Madison History: Gates of Heaven Synagogue

Last Monday I was bored on my day off and I decided to go film some historical stuff.  I remembered there is this old synagogue in James Madison Park here in Madison.  Dating back to the 1860’s and moved to it’s present location in the 1970’s, it is one of the oldest synagogue buildings in the US. Now it is owned by the city of Madison and is rented out for events.


More information about Gates of Heaven can be found on the City of Madison website.

What’s Actually Inside: Coffee

Did you happen to know that the average cup of coffee is actually 98 percent water? In the video below, Wired Magazine explores what’s in the other two percent. Some of the compounds include things like 2-ethylphenol, which is actually a pheromone in cockroaches, and trigonelline, which gives coffee its earthy taste. And of course, there’s that wonderful thing called caffeine.

Learn about what you’re drinking:

R-Zone Google Glass Prank

In 1995, Tiger Electronics released a wearable video game system called the R-Zone.  I remember I always wanted one.  R-Zone and the Nintendo Virtual Boy were two “Virtual Reality” type systems I swooned for.  I never got an R-Zone, but I did end up getting a Virtual Boy after it was discontinued and the price dropped dramatically.  But anyway, in retrospect, Virtual Boy… Flop  and the  R-Zone… It was a flop — and obviously way ahead of its time.

Fast forward to 2013, the year of Google Glass, the modern shot at human/Internet singularity, and one of the creepiest technologies ever invented. Many have heard about Glass, but few have seen it in the wild.  So Mashable sent comedian and Internet star Mark Malkoff onto the mean streets of New York City with a Google t-shirt and an R-Zone strapped to his face. Can he fool people into believing this 8-bit monstrosity is really Glass?  Watch the video and find out: