Episode 55: Submarines, Unions & Savage Avengers

We long to be, under the sea, in the Octopuses garden in the shade. Hi everyone, wow, apparently Boeing are now making submarines, that’s right, subs! We start off with the news that Boeing is to supply 4 large unmanned submarines with a very large payload to the US navy. We would rather use them for science and building an underwater habitat, but hey, this means the tech needed is becoming a reality. Trust me, this is a cool topic to check out. Then we look at unions in the gaming industry and discuss what that could mean. Not everyone will be a fan, but if it helps protect people from overwork and burnout then it is worth considering as the owners and management of a lot of the software developers are only interested in themselves. Then DJ has news that Marvel is poaching another character and ruining it, Conan the Barbarian is now going to be a Marvel character in the new Marvel Suicide Squad, oops, erm, we mean Savage Avengers. Sorry for the confusion there, but it is easy to understand the confusion when it appears that once again Marvel is presenting content that is so similar to DC. Then we have our games currently played, and the plethora of shout outs for your enjoyment. We hope you enjoy and if you think of anything we should cover (other than the DJ in gaffer tape) let us know, until next week, see ya.


Extra Large Unmanned Submarines - https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a26344025/navy-extra-large-unmanned-submarines-boeing/?fbclid=IwAR3bKUe869x4urVpp3dMSv7QfYXdkgzmsN0QqzbVVWTgUh3aKr5HlOfE5ds

Unions in the Games Industry

- https://variety.com/2019/gaming/news/game-workers-unite-fire-bobby-kotick-1203139767/

- https://www.kotaku.com.au/2019/02/an-open-letter-to-game-developers-from-americas-largest-labour-organisation/

Savage Avengers - https://comicbook.com/marvel/2019/02/14/conan-barbarian-savage-avengers-marvel-gerry-duggan-mike-deodato/

Games currently playing


– Tentlan – www.tentlan.com/


– Tetris 99 - https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/tetris-99-switch


– Apex Legends - https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends

Other Topics Discussed

Yellow Submarine (Beatles Song)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Submarine_(song)

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2uTFF_3MaA

Tomahawk Missile

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomahawk_(missile)

A wild Orca attacked a diver

- http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/02/24/did-wild-orca-really-just-attack-diver-new-zealand/

United States ship naming conventions

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

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata takes a 50% pay cut

- https://www.wired.com/2011/07/nintendo-satoru-iwata-pay-cut/

Japanese Airlines CEO pays himself less than the pilots and takes a bus to work

- https://boingboing.net/2011/02/25/japan-airlines-ceo-p.html

- https://www.cbsnews.com/news/japan-airline-boss-sets-exec-example/

The Hand (fictional supervillain organization)

- https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Hand_(Earth-616)

Adelaide pilot leaves a message on flight radar


Kissing Sailor statue vandalised

- https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/20/kissing-sailor-statue-graffitied-metoo-death-george-mendonsa/

Hugh Jackman & Sir Patrick Stewart share Guinness World Records

- https://www.cnet.com/news/hugh-jackman-patrick-stewart-share-guinness-world-record-for-xmen-roles/


19 Feb 1878 - Thomas Alva Edison patents the gramophone (phonograph), the first device to both record sound and play it back. He was awarded U.S. Patent No. 200,521 for his invention–the phonograph–on this day in 1878.

 - https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/thomas-alva-edison-patents-the-phonograph

Patent - http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNum=0&docid=00200521&IDKey=BC2615746C41%0D%0A&HomeUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO1%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526d%3DPALL%2526p%3D1%2526u%3D%25252Fnetahtml%25252FPTO%25252Fsrchnum.htm%2526r%3D1%2526f%3DG%2526l%3D50%2526s1%3D0200%2C521.PN.%2526OS%3DPN%2F0200%2C521%2526RS%3DPN%2F0200%2C521

19 Feb 1942 – The Bombing of Darwin, also known as the Battle of Darwin was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Darwin

19 Feb 2008 - Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video format, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc - http://edition.cnn.com/2008/BUSINESS/02/19/toshiba.hdd/


17 Feb 2019 - George Mendonsa, the U.S. Navy sailor pictured in the iconic V-J Day in Times Square photo on August 14, 1945 where he kissed a stranger—a woman in a white dress—on Victory over Japan Day. He died of a congestive heart failure at 96 in Middletown, Rhode Island - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-19/kissing-sailor-george-mendonsa-dies-at-95/10825008

19 Feb 2019 – Karl Lagerfeld, German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer and caricaturist who lived in Paris. He was known as the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel, a position he held from 1983 until his death, and was also creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house Fendi, and of his own eponymous fashion label. He was recognized for his signature white hair, black sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and high, starched detachable collars. He died after battling privately with pancreatic cancer at 85 in Neuilly-sur-Seine - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Lagerfeld

20 Feb 1895 - Frederick Douglass, American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. Douglass wrote several autobiographies. He described his experiences as a slave in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became a bestseller, and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom. He died of massive heart attack at 77 in Washington D.C. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass


19 Feb 1924 – Lee Marvin, American film and television actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou, Dirty Dozen) known for his distinctive voice and premature white hair, Marvin initially appeared in supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers, and other hardboiled characters. A prominent television role was that of Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger in the NBC crime series M Squad. Born in New York City - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Marvin

19 Feb 1943 – Sir Tim Hunt, a British biochemist and molecular physiologist. He was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Paul Nurse and Leland H. Hartwell for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the division of cells. In particular, Hunt discovered cyclin, a protein in fertilised sea urchin eggs which cyclically aggregates and is depleted during cell division cycles. Born in Neston, Cheshire - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Hunt

19 Feb 1957 - Raymond Andrew Winstone, English film and television actor. He is mostly known for his "hard man" roles beginning with his role as Carlin in the 1979 film Scum. He also played Kevin, an ex-army soldier, in Quadrophenia as well as Will Scarlet in the television series Robin of Sherwood. He has also become well known as a voice over actor and has recently branched out into film production. Born in Homerton, London - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Winstone

20 Feb 1925 – Robert Altman, American film director (M*A*S*H, McCabe & Mrs Miller & Nashville), screenwriter, and producer. A five-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director and an enduring figure from the New Hollywood era, Altman was considered a "maverick" in making films with a highly naturalistic but stylized and satirical aesthetic, unlike most Hollywood films. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in American cinema. Born in Kansas City, Missouri - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Altman

Events of interest

19 Feb 2002 - NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Mars_Odyssey

20 Feb 1952 - "African Queen" film directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is released in the US at New York City at the Capitol Theatre - https://www.nytimes.com/1952/02/21/archives/the-african-queen-starring-humphrey-bogart-katharine-hepburn-at-the.html

20 Feb 1986 - The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for ten of those years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir

20 Feb 1962 - Colonel John Glenn becomes the 1st American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Glenn


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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