Magic the Gathering, Brushing & Cuphead

It is time to grab a cup of tea (Earl Grey Hot for the Trekkies), strap in and get ready for another episode from the Nerds we all look forward to each week. Also grab a slice of birthday cake and help us wish the DJ a Happy Birthday, yep our favourite funny guy is another year older. Now on with the show; that’s right, we once again have another fun packed episode in which we entertain you with some of the latest topics in Nerd pop culture news. This week we start off with news of an animated series coming from Netflix of Magic the Gathering. While details are limited at the moment it is something to look forward to. The boys have some interesting points to consider with this one, and the chief among them is based on who determines what is canon for stories. Also what is possibly the coolest car commercial at the moment?

            Next up we look at why brushing your teeth is more important than just to protect your teeth and good breathe. The implications for this are actually quite important, particularly if you want to remember where you hid your favourite comics and figurines. Once again Buck has found a research article that we should take a moment to look at that highlights some very interesting and disturbing facts. So, remember to brush, rinse and floss if you want to have the best health in the nursing home.

            Next up Professor brings us news that Tesla is now becoming a rolling game console. That’s right, Tesla cars are gaming consoles with the release of another game to play on the in car tablet style interactive screen. Unfortunately you are not able to play them while driving, um, oops, maybe that’s a good thing. We also hear about what some people have been doing with their Teslas that has been noticed by Elon, and trust us, this is not something we recommend.

            The games played this week show us that Buck truly is a grumpy old man, and that DJ is a fan of Clint Eastwood. But honestly tough, who isn’t a fan of Clit? What game is this, listen in or cheat and scroll down to the link. DJ has been playing Mortal Kombat 11 and still hasn’t exhibited any signs of PTSD, lots of other funny behaviour, but hey, that is normal. Professor has set fire to a house and read a book by the light. Then we have the shout outs, remembrances, birthdays, and events. Speaking of Birthdays, we wish to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to DJ. He is OLD folks!!! As always, stay safe, take care of each other and stay hydrated, catch you all next time.

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Time Bandits, Fallout RPG & Artificial Intelligence

We wish to take a moment and offer our condolences and heart felt sympathies to all those injured and killed this week in Christchurch. Such senseless violence achieves nothing and is disgusting to us all. No words can express our sadness over this.

WOW! Once again those Nerds have done it again. They have found some exciting news about entertainment with a movie being adapted to a television series. That’s right, another awesome movie, Time Bandits this time, is going to get a reboot into a TV series. Hopefully it will be great and actually follow the story of the movie. We would say we are not holding our breath, but we would never consider it anyway, after all the examples of this sort of thing going wrong we just hope it doesn’t drag us all into the sucking void of despair. Then for those who like Fallout, who also like RPGs (not the rocket propelled grenade kind for the NSA and CIA who are listening and spying) we have news for you. Fallout is now a pen and paper role playing game, that’s right, and we warn, if you had no one to play fallout 76 with you will still be singing that song ‘Lonely’ again. Further there are miniatures available for table top games similar to Warhammer. Which let’s face it is really cool. We just haven’t figured out the loot boxes that Bethesda has got to be trying to squeeze into the game. Now we suggest everyone run for cover as Buck is back and on the Rant path with news that work is happening to insert AI memory processors to improve music ability. Now we understand this has to be a good thing right? Well, the thing he hates is the imbecilic nature of mumble rappers and the moronic fashion styles they represent. Trust me he really takes issue with that kind of thing. After we get him to calm down we look at the games played this week, followed by the famous events, birthdays, remembrances, and shout outs. The biggest shout out was a moments pause to remember the late great Stephen Hawking who left us last year.

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SpaceX, Game of Thrones & Anthem

In this latest marvellous and riveting episode we are going to first travel into the cold, quiet and overcrowded outer space. That’s right, we are going into earth orbit and visiting the ISS (International Space Station) where Space X has just docked the new Dragon Capsule. This is the next step in a flight to the moon in 2023, still trying to get a ticket if anyone has one. The capsule was only a test with a dummy aboard, and no, not Trump. Next up is the fast approaching final season of Game of Thrones – season 8 – with what is looking like a record breaking battle scene that took weeks to film. This is expected to be more epic than Helms Deep, even the extended edition. Then we look at the fact that Anthem is hard crashing consoles and systems around the world. Cue the music “Queen – Another One Bites The Dust.” That’s right folks, EA has struck again, and this time it gets personal with systems and consoles being bricked by this latest screw up. There is mention of compensation floating around, so hopefully word will spread before too many systems are wrecked. Then we have the games of the week, the weekly shout outs, birthdays, remembrances and events of interest from this week in history. As always we would welcome any feedback, suggestions or whatever. Until next week, stay safe, look out for each other and stay hydrated.

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Episode 34: Telltale, AI, Prince Charles and E-Sports

The DJ has returned to the show. Yay?!

            Glad to see he is alive and talking still. Buck scares everyone by being polite and friendly, not sure what happened there. Maybe someone spiked his coffee.

            At the start we get an update from the Professor about Nintendo’s save policy (still no sign of Ginger or Mary-anne but DJ looks and acts like Gilligan). We did it, yep, we started the show with two good pieces of news, and Buck was friendly, what is happening?

            Then Buck brings up the saga of Telltale games closing down, with the absurd behaviour of management. Such a shame and our thoughts are with all the employees who have lost their jobs, hope everything works out well for you all.

            The Professor tells us about how an AI has created a couple of games, so if we can combine that with all the other AI’s out there can we expect Skynet? The DJ is worried about being replaced with all the automation, there is a valid point that we can combine all the AI’s and build a new member for the show.

            Prince Charles is opposing cyborgs, he mustn’t have watched Robocop or Star Trek, so he is off the guest list, not a Nerd. Although why he was in GQ talking about the subject is beyond us, like, literally, he is not cool, fashionable and he is older the Buck, and he went to school with Noah.

            The DJ gives us a story about a bunch of wack jobs at a football game throwing game controllers and tennis balls onto the pitch in a protest against E-Sports. So please, no one help them with any tech service et cetera if they want to attack Nerds lets show them we make the world better and not to mess with us.

            On the games front the Professor has been playing Legend of Zelda on the Switch, and Buck has been slaying dragons in Skyrim. The DJ has been slack yet again and not played any games, we are unsure about if he truly is a nerd.

            We have all the regular shout outs at the end of the show, and Buck deliveries some breaking news about a crazy drunk woman from Adelaide, South Australia, who attacked KFC. She needs to just let the nugget go. We also made an important announcement and that is the show will no longer be called Top Shelf Nerds, it will be called Nerds Amalgamated.

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Episode 20 - Space, Apple and Gaming Disorders

Apple slugged - https://www.news.com.au/technology/gadgets/apple-slugged-9-million-for-misleading-aussie-customers-over-error-53-debacle/news-story/176dcfce076b34a4a4a227a3feb69724 

Sucking CO2 is much cheaper - https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05357-w?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf191287565=1 

NASA’s newest find - https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-finds-ancient-organic-material-mysterious-methane-on-mars 

Unchanged galaxy - http://www.iac.es/divulgacion.php?op1=16&id=1358&lang=en

Trump Space Force - http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-19/trump-wants-american-dominance-in-space/9884718 

Microsoft Protest - https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44543352 

WHO’s ruling on gaming addiction - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-diseases/gaming-addiction-classified-as-mental-health-disorder-by-who-idUSKBN1JE0VI 

Queensland gaming industry reinvigorated - https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/06/queensland-will-champion-and-reinvigorate-the-local-games-industry-over-the-next-decade/


Other topics discussed

Water in Mars -  https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-confirms-evidence-that-liquid-water-flows-on-today-s-mars

Curiosity vs the Martian dust storm - https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/curiosity-photos-show-martian-dust-storm-growing

Nasa’s trillion dollar space mission - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-big-question-is-nasas-trillion-dollar-space-mission-worth-the-money-427231.html

How psykers are used to sacrifice - https://www.reddit.com/r/40kLore/comments/7tsm5m/is_the_psyker_sacrifice_even_necessary_now/

Iron Sky movie sequel - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Sky:_The_Coming_Race

WHO ICD 11 Information - http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/18-06-2018-who-releases-new-international-classification-of-diseases-(icd-11)

The psychology of gaming disorder - https://platinumparagon.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/the-psychology-of-gaming-disorder/

Internet camps - https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40920488

Two Point Hospital the game - https://store.steampowered.com/app/535930/Two_Point_Hospital/


 Shoutouts

Stephen Hawking's voice beamed into space - http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-16/stephen-hawkings-ashes-buried-at-westminster-abbey/9876450


Famous Birthdays

1909 - Errol Flynn, Australian actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (d. 1959) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Errol_Flynn

1915 - Terence Young, director (Dr No, Thunderball), born in Shanghai, China - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Young_(director)

1942 - Brian Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer (Beach Boys), born in Inglewood, California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Wilson


Events of interest

1840 - Samuel Morse patents the Telegraph - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Morse#Patent

1960 - "The Huckleberry Hound Show" by Hanna-Barbera becomes the first animated programme to win an Emmy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huckleberry_Hound

1963 - Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman flies to space - https://www.nasa.gov/topics/history/features/ride_anniversary.html 

1983 - Sally Ride's first trip to space - https://www.nasa.gov/topics/history/features/ride_anniversary.html 


Artist – DJ AJ

Song Title –  Star Wars - The Imperial March (DJ AG Remix)

Song Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU9jdjuDA8w


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