GB Studios, Batman & Human Gene Editing

Hi, hello and welcome to another amazing episode from Nerds Amalgamated. Once again we enjoy bringing you this slice of entertainment from the world of the NERD pop culture news, where all are welcome. We pause for a moment to pay our respect to the victims of the cowardly bombings in Sri Lanka over Easter. Also we pause to honour the ANZACs, those individuals who have helped defend Australia and New Zealand for over a century.

            First topic is from the Professor, and it is about an open source game making program that enables the creation of 8-bit type games. Useable on web-browsers and portable devices such as the Nintendo Gameboy (All trademarks acknowledged – so don’t sue us please Nintendo, Buck is still not happy with you). This is looking like a fun way of making your own games and also introducing coding and game development to a new generation.

            Then we look at a birthday celebration for Batman, 80 years old and still giving crime a beat down. Yep, there is a return of the quadrilogy from the 90’s to cinemas. So grab you friends, dig those happy pants out of the cupboard and shake up that hair spray and head on down. You get to see the two Michael Keaton Batman movies, followed by Val Kilmer and then George Clooney. We discuss Bat-nipple gate and how fun these movies were. Plus we hear how tragic Buck was at decorating his bedroom as a teenager.

            Next up we look at further plans to make use of CRISPR for gene editing, this time to prevent hereditary diseases. Say hi to the start of Gattaca folks, we have a group of mad scientists running around with questionable ethics who don’t watch movies. Next they will be telling us about how they want to remake dinosaurs and release them into the wild, like that other movie. Don’t these people ever learn to think about the consequences of their actions?

            We finish off with the usual shout out, remembrances, birthdays and events. As always take care of each other and stay hydrated.

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Stan Lee Tribute Episode

In this special episode the nerds amalgamated crew along with Shaun Keenan, director of Comics2movies and author of XCT: Xtreme Champion Tournament; said goodbye to Stan Lee; the man who has touched the hearts, minds and souls of many generation through his work at Marvel comics.

We discussed the various tributes to Stan Lee, ranging from DC comics to Brian Michael Bendis. The number of heroes and villains he created and how his mind works when it comes to creating comic book characters. There were other topics that were discussed such as his lesser known achievements, for example his battle against censorship and his creation of Epic illustrated which resulted in Akira being released first in Epic Illustrated. We also spoke about his famous cameo appearances in nearly every Marvel movie to other movies that were not related to marvel and future Stan Lee cameos.

            Also discussed were Stan Lee’s contributions to creative endeavours such as in the anime and manga industry which resulted in 2 anime series and a couple of manga appearances, also his contribution to science and technology. We also spoke about how Stan Lee introduced merchandising through the use of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

            While Stan Lee may be gone, other comic book artists will hopefully carry his torch, people such as Jim Lee. We also spoke about Stan Lee’s works on the Silver surfer comics especially Silver Surfer Parable which was collaborated with Moebius and also Jack Kirby, the Silver Surfer ultimate cosmic experience. We even made comments about how he looked like in his younger days. During our recording his funeral service was conducted in private and a tribute is in the works.

            All in all, Stan Lee was a man who cemented his legacy through his works, his ethics and his view on life. The world will never be the same without you. Excelsior!

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Episode 16 - Science, NetFlix & TotalBiscuit Episode

 Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

First stars formed - http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/05/first-stars-from-oxygen  

International Robotics conference in Brisbane - http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-23/international-robotics-automation-experts-brisbane-conference/9783156

Princeton brain mapping - https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/05/17/princeton-researchers-crowdsource-brain-mapping-gamers-discover-six-new-neuron

Biodiversity GO - http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-22/multiplayer-biodiversity-app-puts-science-in-hands-of-gamers/9784418 

The curious puzzle of the sperm whale - http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/something-killed-lot-sperm-whales-past-and-it-wasn-t-whalers

Obama is now on Netflix - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-22/the-obamas-have-agreed-to-make-films-and-tv-shows-for-netflix/9785626


Other Topics Discussed

CSIRO’s greatest hits - https://blog.csiro.au/giving-you-the-shirts-off-our-back-sort-of/

International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings and dates - https://iwc.int/historical.htm

Whale documentary - http://us.whales.org/news/2008/10/whales-of-mediterranean-sea

Disenchantment TV series - https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/simpsons-creator-sets-streaming-date-for-new-netflix-series-w520694

Exploding whale - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_whale

A real suicide booth - http://bgr.com/2018/04/16/suicide-booth-real-life-futurama-sarco/


Shout Outs

World record stargazing event - http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-05-24/stargazing-live-citizens-scientists-find-two-new-supernovae/9796790?pfmredir=ms

Hitler on the moon - http://www.nola.com/national_politics/2018/05/hitler_not_alive_on_the_moon_s.html

E3 2018 - https://www.e3expo.com/

R.I.P TotalBiscuit - https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor



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Intro

Artist – Mountkid

Song Title – No Lullaby

Song Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fg8733eOkg&feature=youtu.be

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Episode 15 - Margot Kidder memorial episode

 Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

Memorial shout out to Margot Kidder - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-15/margot-kidder-superman-lois-lane-actress-dead-aged-69/9761342


1. Rogue binary planets - http://www.astronomy.com/news/2017/07/rogue-binary-planets

2. Water delivery robots - http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-43814332/the-robot-helping-to-deliver-water-in-rural-india

3. TV shows cancelled and renewed for 2018 – 2109 - https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/here-are-the-canceled-and-renewed-tv-shows-for-2018-2019_us_5afb103ee4b0200bcab94017

4. Google rebellion - http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/google-worker-rebellion-against-military-project-grows/news-story/d4cb5d764c061d33575fbc059156e26a

5. Marvel’s first Chinese superheroes - http://comicbook.com/marvel/2018/05/12/marvel-introduces-first-chinese-superheroes/

6. Bike sharing in China - http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44066083

  - https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/03/bike-share-oversupply-in-china-huge-piles-of-abandoned-and-broken-bicycles/556268/

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