Solar powered, Steven Universe & Barely Surviving

Are you ready? We hope so because here it is, another amazing episode from the goofballs of Nerd pop-culture to entertain you once again. This week we bring you some brilliant stories that are sure to educate (we apologise for those not looking to learn, we are Nerds, you have got to expect it). There are some laughs, so grab hold, strap in and let’s get this party started.

First up we have Buck with solar powered water filtration systems that are looking pretty darn good. Trust me, when you look at the science behind these you will understand why we got excited, I mean this is fantastic and the possibilities are amazing. While they are only in the early development stages the fact is that this is game changing technology to make life better.

Next up DJ has news about the Steven Universe movie, that’s right, not Marvel. Now we know that some of you are going to be fans of this on many levels, I mean who doesn’t like 80’s style dance and music to solving the world’s problems. It worked for the Care Bears and the Smurfs and they are still around, let alone Bob the Builder. Now, we won’t give away the storyline and details, but just remember we can fix it.

Next we have the Professor with the story of struggling game developers trying to make it big in a world full of nasty companies. This is a look at the realities of the various platforms available and the costs incurred in bringing games to an over saturated market. Think we are joking consider 40 plus games a day being released, some of which are clones. Now before anyone gets upset, software clones are not aliens who have escaped from Area 51. So, if you want to understand why Geeks and Nerds look stressed and sleep deprived this will explain it to you. Also it is why we review the games we are playing each week to try and help identifying something cool.

Next is the regular shout outs, remembrances, birthdays, and events of interest. We take a moment in this to pay respect to the Swiss that even their train accidents are organised. While serious injuries and fatality is never a laughing matter the Swiss are the people who are so organised they make a German sweat about the details. That is it for another week, remember to take care of yourselves, stay safe, look out for each other and stay hydrated.


Solar powered device -

Steven Universe The Movie –

Barely surviving game developer -

Games currently playing


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– NetHack -


– Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition -

Other topics discussed

Salt as a form of currency


The Bush Tucker Man (Australian Bushman)


The Bush Tucker Man finding water


Steven Universe (2013 TV series)


Steven Universe posters

- TV series poster -

- Steven Universe the movie poster -

Steven Universe Music

- List of songs -

- Every song on Steven Universe -

Blockchain (Cryptography terminology)


Shareware (Downloadable software)


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984 movie)


Python (programming language)


Infiniminer (2009 game)


Harry Potter in Minecraft


Event Horizon (1997 Sci-Fi horror movie)


Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (2011 game)


Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution (1984 book by Steven Levy)


Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress or Dwarf Fortress (2006 game)


Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead (2013 game)


Van Goh painting in Queensland


Loving Vincent (2017 movie)


Vincent and the Doctor (Dr Who episode)


Vincent (Don Mclean song)


David Hahn (Radioactive Boy Scout or Nuclear Boy Scout)


1997 Thredbo Landslide


Musicals Taught Me Everything I Know (TNC podcast)



29 Jul 2005 – Eris’ discovery was announced by the team of Mike Brown,Chad Trujillo, and David Rabinowitz. -

29 Jul 2013 - Two passenger trains were involved in a head-on collision at Granges-près-Marnand, Switzerland, killing one person and injuring 25 others. -

31 Jul 1715 - A hurricane strikes the east coast of Florida, sinking 10 Spanish treasure ships and killing nearly 1,000 people, on this day in 1715. All the gold and silver onboard at the time would not be recovered until 250 years later. -


29 Jul 1833 - William Wilberforce, British politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. In 1787, he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave-trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton. They persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. Wilberforce was convinced of the importance of religion, morality and education. He championed causes and campaigns such as the Society for the Suppression of Vice, British missionary work in India, the creation of a free colony in Sierra Leone, the foundation of the Church Mission Society, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In later years, Wilberforce supported the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery, and continued his involvement after 1826, when he resigned from Parliament because of his failing health. That campaign led to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery in most of the British Empire. He died from illness at the age of 73 in London. -

29 Jul 1890 - Vincent van Gogh, Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes,portraits and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. His reputation began to grow in the early 20th century as elements of his painting style came to be incorporated by the Fauves and German Expressionists. He attained widespread critical, commercial and popular success over the ensuing decades, and is remembered as an important but tragic painter, whose troubled personality typifies the romantic ideal of the tortured artist. Today, Van Gogh's works are among the world's most expensive paintings to have ever sold at auction, and his legacy is honoured by a museum in his name, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which holds the world's largest collection of his paintings and drawings. He died from suicide at the age of 37 in Auvers-sur-Oise. -

29 Jul 1982 - Vladimir K. Zworykin, American inventor, engineer, and pioneer of television technology. Zworykin invented a television transmitting and receiving system employing cathode ray tubes. He played a role in the practical development of television from the early thirties, including charge storage-type tubes, infrared image tubes and the electron microscope. He died at the age of 94 in Princeton, New Jersey. -

Famous Birthday

29 Jul 1888 - Vladimir K. Zworykin, American inventor, engineer, and pioneer of television technology. Zworykin invented a television transmitting and receiving system employing cathode ray tubes. He played a role in the practical development of television from the early thirties, including charge storage-type tubes, infrared image tubes and the electron microscope. He was born in Murom, Vladimir Governorate -

29 July 1924 – Elizabeth Short known posthumously as the "Black Dahlia", was an American woman who was found murdered in the Leimert Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles, California. Her case became highly publicized due to the graphic nature of the crime. It is commonly held that Short was an aspiring actress, though she had no known acting credits or jobs during her time in Los Angeles. She would acquire the nickname of the Black Dahlia posthumously, as newspapers of the period often nicknamed particularly lurid crimes; the term may have originated from a film noir murder mystery, The Blue Dahlia, released in April 1946. Short's unsolved murder and the details surrounding it have had a lasting cultural intrigue, generating various theories and public speculation. Her life and death have been the basis of numerous books and films, and her murder is frequently cited as one of the most famous unsolved murders in American history, as well as one of the oldest unsolved cases in Los Angeles County. She was born in Boston,Massachusetts. -

29 Jul 1973 - Stephen Dorff, American actor, known for portraying Roland West in True Detective Season 3, PK in The Power of One, Stuart Sutcliffe in Backbeat, Johnny Marco in Sofia Coppola'sSomewhere, and for his roles in Blade as vampire-overlord Deacon Frost. He was born in Atlanta,Georgia. -

Events of Interest

29 Jul 1907 – Sir Robert Baden-Powell sets up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour on the south coast of England. The camp runs from August 1 to August 9, 1907, and is regarded as the foundation of the Scouting movement. -

29 Jul 1954 - Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien published by George Allen and Unwin in London. -

29 Jul 1981 – A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London. -


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