Episode 51: Smash Brothers, Oscars & Gods and Robots

Happy Australia Day/ Invasion day or just plain hi, how are you today; whatever floats your boat these days. Hopefully everyone is taking care of themselves in this extra hot summer and keeping hydrated. Whoever it was that invited Diablo or whoever please send them home. Happy 20th birthday to Super Smash Bros, it seemed like 20 years at the E3 release for the latest installment of fun, but no, the game with the same head developer is 20, well done. We meander down the path of other games that have stood the test of time, either in the same original format of reincarnated into newer and slightly different formats. Then DJ brings us some news about the Oscar nominations, and Black Panther is on it, I know, yay, go Marvel. DJ is happy about that, and congratulations on a super hero movie finally getting a nomination. Hollywood is starting to recognise Nerds are a large market share finally. There are some interesting names on the list, including Green Book, a film worth checking out. Then Buck brings us a book entitled ‘Gods and Robots’ that looks at the historical accounts of robots and automatons throughout civilisation in many different forms. He is like a kid in a candy shop he is so excited. We also have the regular shout outs and events of interest, including a special birthday for Selma and Patty, who? Listen and find out. Thanks as always for your continued listening and support, take care of yourselves and look out for each other, and drink heaps of water.


Super Smash brother turns 20

- https://twitter.com/Sora_Sakurai/status/1087140521020088320/

- https://www.videogamer.com/news/super-smash-bros-turns-20-today

Oscar Nominations 2019

- https://variety.com/2019/film/news/oscar-nominations-2019-list-1203112405/

Gods and Robots

- https://www.sciencenews.org/article/our-fascination-robots-goes-all-way-back-antiquity

Games currently playing


– Super Smash Brother Ultimate - https://www.smashbros.com/en_AU/


– Elder Scrolls Online - https://store.steampowered.com/app/306130/The_Elder_Scrolls_Online/


– Darksiders 3 - https://store.steampowered.com/app/606280/Darksiders_III/

Other topics discussed

Pong (1972 Game)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pong

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982 Game)

 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T._the_Extra-Terrestrial_(video_game)

881 E.T cartridges buried

- https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/08/881-e-t-cartridges-buried-in-new-mexico-desert-sell-for-107930-15/

Pac Man (1980 Game)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Man

Asteroids (1979 Game)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroids_(video_game)

Spacewar (1962 Game)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spacewar!

Frogger (1981 Game)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frogger

Call of Duty (first-person shooter video game franchise)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_of_Duty

Master hand (Smash Brothers boss)

- https://supersmashbros.fandom.com/wiki/Master_Hand

Street Fighter (fighting video game franchise)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_Fighter

Double Dragon (1987 Game)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Dragon_(video_game)

Double Dragon 4 (2017 Game)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Dragon_IV

The Day of the Triffids (1951 Novel)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Triffids

Oscar nomination firsts

- https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-23/oscar-nominations-netflix-roma-marvel-black-panther-historic/10738056

- https://slate.com/culture/2019/01/oscar-nominees-2019-first-superhero.html

Seasame Street Lawsuit against Happytime Murders’ Lawsuit

- http://fortune.com/2018/05/31/the-happytime-murders-movie-lawsuit/

Lady Gaga quoting Bradley Cooper when winning an award

- https://www.thehits.co.nz/spy/lady-gaga-uses-the-exact-same-same-quote-about-bradley-cooper-in-every-a-star-is-born-interview-and-it-is-hilarious/

Neil Patrick Harris

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Patrick_Harris

Lady Gaga wins Golden Globes for best actress in American Horror Story

- https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/lady-gaga-golden-globe-winner-american-horror-story-hotel-1201676564/

Halle Berry wins Oscar for Best Actress

- https://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/25/movies/beautiful-mind-wins-best-actress-goes-to-halle-berry.html

Monster’s Ball

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster%27s_Ball

Oscar awards shake up

- https://www.nme.com/news/change-is-coming-oscars-announce-new-awards-for-next-years-ceremony-2364546

- https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/21/oscars-awards-diversity-crisis-african-american

Animatronio (Futurama character)

- https://theinfosphere.org/Animatronio

Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology at Amazon

- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0691183511/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=sciencenews06-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0691183511&linkId=f7c8730b7bc5b59c66bfc44d81571bdd

Adrienne Mayor (Author)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrienne_Mayor

Super Smash Brothers trophy option

- https://www.ssbwiki.com/trophy

Fallout 76 is not going free to play

- https://www.pcgamer.com/au/fallout-76-is-not-going-free-to-play-in-case-you-were-wondering/

Phantom Zone (DC Comics)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_Zone

The Cell (2000 Movie)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cell

Pasteurization process

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasteurization

Milkmaids and the Smallpox Vaccine

- https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/02/01/582370199/whats-the-real-story-about-the-milkmaid-and-the-smallpox-vaccine


23 Jan 1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman M.D - https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-woman-m-d

23 Jan 1922 – Leonard Thompson becomes the first person to receive insulin injections as treatment for diabetes - https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/insulin-injection-aids-diabetic-patient

20 Jan 2019 - Masazo Nonaka, the world's oldest man, dies aged 113 - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-21/masazo-nonaka-worlds-oldest-man-dies/10730738

Famous Birthdays

19 Jan 1736 – James Watt, Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist who improved on Thomas Newcomen's 1712 Newcomen steam engine with his Watt steam engine in 1776, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both his native Great Britain and the rest of the world. He developed the concept of horsepower, and the SI unit of power, the watt, was named after him, born in Greenock, Renfrewshire - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Watt

19 Jan 1809 -Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), born in Boston, Massachusetts - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe

Dec 1854 or Jun 1855 – Ned Kelly, Australian bushranger, outlaw, gang leader and convicted police murderer. One of the last bushrangers, and by far the most famous, he is best known for wearing a suit of bulletproof armour during his final shootout with the police, born in Beveridge, Colony of Victoria - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Kelly

22 Jan 1934 – Bill Bixby, American actor (The Incredible Hulk, My Favourite Martian & The Magician) director, producer, and frequent game-show panellist, born in San Francisco, California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Bixby

23 Jan 1950 – Richard Dean Anderson, American actor (McGuyver & Stargate franchise) and producer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dean_Anderson

23 Jan 1951 - Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III aka Sully, American retired airline captain who, on January 15, 2009, landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan after both engines were disabled by a bird strike; all 155 persons aboard survived, born in Denison, Texas - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesley_Sullenberger

22 Jan 1940 – Sir John Hurt, English actor (Dr Who, V for Vendetta, Hellboy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter film series) his screen and stage career spanned more than 50 years, born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hurt

Events of Interest

22 Jan 1987 - Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Budd_Dwyer

23 Jan 1957 - Toy Company Wham-O produces the first Frisbees - https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/toy-company-wham-o-produces-first-frisbees

22 Jan 1984 - The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during a Super Bowl XVIII television commercial.

- https://www.businessinsider.com.au/apple-super-bowl-retrospective-2014-1?r=US&IR=T

- https://www.upi.com/Iconic-Super-Bowl-ad-35-years-ago-sparked-Apples-rise-to-a-1T-company/2381548117342/


Artist – Goblins from Mars

Song Title – Super Mario - Overworld Theme (GFM Trap Remix)

Song Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GNMe6kF0j0&index=4&list=PLHmTsVREU3Ar1AJWkimkl6Pux3R5PB-QJ

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