Episode 45: Amy Adams, China & Two Compounds

It is almost time for the Christmas music to stop playing in the shops, and the return of the normal drone of unintelligent selection of dribble. Yes, I like Christmas music and Christmas it is a fun time of year when we all try to be nicer for a change. Also that time of year we watch John Maclean run around Nakatomi Plaza welcoming us to the game pal, and for watching the Muppets Christmas Carol. So to one and all, Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year, we thank you for listening and hope we see you all next year.

            This week’s episode the DJ tells us that Amy Adams might be finished with playing Louis Lane for the Superman franchise. Which starts a debate over who was the best Louis and who should replace her; Buck loves Margot Kidder still, but believes Elizabeth Henstridge would be a great replacement for any reboots. What do you think?

            The second topic for discussion is China banning games, some of which are from China. The laughs you will get from this are fantastic, particularly the reasons for why the games are banned. Want to know which games will be the biggest surprises for being banned? You will have to listen, but trust us, it is epicly awesome.

            Buck brings us news about two compounds found in coffee that show interesting promise in preventing and fighting Parkinsons disease and Dementia. Talk about an awesome show, right? The science behind this is solid and has many other possibilities, and Buck is excited. Things like this is why he likes science, also science-fiction, breaking down the barriers and limitations and boldly searching for new and better ways to do everything.

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Episode 26 - Fortnite, Computers and WoW

Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

Fortnite Coaching

- https://gamerant.com/fortnite-parents-hiring-coaches-kids/

- https://www.wsj.com/articles/ready-aim-hire-a-fortnite-coach-parents-enlist-videogame-tutors-for-their-children-1533046708



Computer museum closure

- https://www.itnews.com.au/news/australian-computer-museum-society-collection-faces-bulldozers-499452



WoW character goes “Evillllll”

https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/08/a-major-world-of-warcraft-character-turned-evil-and-fans-are-freaking-out/




Games currently playing


Professor ‘s game

- Gloomhaven the board game - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloomhaven 


Buck’s game

- Guns of Icarus Online - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns_of_Icarus_Online


DJ’s game

- Quake Champions - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quake_Champions




Other topics discussed


“Ninja” blevins monthly pay

- https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/19/tyler-ninja-blevins-explains-how-he-makes-more-than-500000-a-month-playing-video-game-fortnite.html


Fortnite prize money worth $130,000

- https://www.reddit.com/r/FortNiteBR/comments/90q2bn/summer_skirmish_week_2_friday_winner/?st=JJVL3H5V&sh=ec14de5c


Twitch record broken

- https://gamerant.com/drake-fortnite-twitch-travis-scott-ninja-record/


eSport schools in China

- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5425149/In-Chinas-eSport-schools-students-learn-pays-play.html

- https://technode.com/2018/03/23/peking-university-offers-first-gaming-course/


Study : Video gamers will be getting paid more than pro athletes

- https://ponderwall.com/index.php/2018/07/01/video-gamers-may-soon-outperform-pro-athletes/


Warcraft protest

- https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/08/world-of-warcraft-players-are-removing-pieces-of-armour-to-protest-recent-plot-developments/


Warcraft the movie

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warcraft_(film)


Definition of a MOBA

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


PubG cheats

- https://www.usgamer.net/articles/china-cracking-down-on-pubg-cheaters-with-arrests-jail-time


Spacehulk the game

- https://store.steampowered.com/app/242570/Space_Hulk/


Is Blackwake a MOBA

- https://www.reddit.com/r/BlackwakeGame/comments/4iqed9/is_this_the_first_rpgmoba_role_playing_moba_of/


Intro

Artist – MusicCoriAnder

Song Title –  Dr Who Dance Remix

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



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Episode 22: Intel, Lasers and Cryptocurrency

Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

Intel turns 50

- https://www.pcgamer.com/intel-co-founder-gordon-moore-reflects-on-companys-50-year-history/



Laser AK 47

- http://m.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2153310/china-brings-star-wars-life-laser-ak-47-could-set-fire



First Person shooter using cryptocurrency  

- https://cointelegraph.com/news/gaming-company-allows-players-to-win-cryptocurrency-in-its-new-first-person-shooter



Overwatch character name change

- https://www.pcgamer.com/why-wrecking-ball-is-awkward-to-say-and-other-reasons-overwatch-fans-prefer-hammond/



Fortnite cheaters using malware

- https://www.techradar.com/au/news/players-cheating-in-fortnite-are-flooding-internet-with-malware



Red Faction Remastered

- https://www.pcgamer.com/red-faction-guerrilla-re-mars-tered-brings-back-the-best-destruction-ever/

- https://www.polygon.com/2018/7/4/17531882/red-faction-guerrilla-remarstered-remastered-podcast-quality-control



Other Topics discussed


Moore’s Law

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law

- https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/mooreslaw.asp



Intel Core i7-8086 anniversary edition CPU - https://www.pcgamer.com/intels-core-i7-8086k-anniversary-edition-cpu-is-now-available-for-a-limited-time/



Laser AK 47 in action - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5920475/Chinese-gun-maker-shares-strange-video-laser-firing-AK-47.html 


Overwatch Buttgate - https://www.polygon.com/2016/3/28/11321138/overwatch-tracer-pose-removal




Shoutouts


Fallout 76 trailer song now available in iTunes - https://www.polygon.com/2018/7/4/17534258/fallout-76-country-road-where-to-buy-itunes


Grand Theft Auto 6 release announcement was a hoax - https://www.pcgamer.com/grand-theft-auto-6s-announcement-is-a-good-hoax-but-still-a-hoax/



Famous Birthdays


1855 - King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_C._Gillette


1874 - Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Erlanger

1914 - George Reeves, American actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), born in Woolstock, Iowa - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Reeves



Event of interest


1886 - "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson published by Longmans, Green & Co. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Case_of_Dr_Jekyll_and_Mr_Hyde


1896 "Die Presse" newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article - https://www.historyhop.com/famous-people/wilhelm-rontgen/bio



Intro

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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Episode 21 - KoKo, Wi-Fi and A.I.

Shoutout to Koko the gorilla

- https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/koko-the-gorilla-who-knew-sign-language-dies-at-46-20180621-p4zmzv.html

WPA3 Wi-Fi

- https://www.cnet.com/news/wpa3-wi-fi-is-here-and-its-harder-to-hack/?utm_source=reddit.com

A.I. bots defeat DOTA 2 players

- https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/25/17492918/openai-dota-2-bot-ai-five-5v5-matches

Japanese spacecraft chases asteroid

- http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-06-27/hayabusa-2-spacecraft-is-about-to-arrive-at-ryugu/9911680?pfmredir=ms

- https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/solar-system/a21967081/japanese-sample-return-spacecraft-reaches-target-asteroid/

- http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2018/06/20180627_hayabusa2.html

Shoutout to RocketLab’s failure to launch

- https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/360555/rocket-lab-cancels-commercial-launch-again

Blockchain CPU

- https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/ibm-blockchain-computer-salt/

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC reveal on LinkedIn

- https://www.pcgamer.com/red-dead-redemption-2-pc-temporarily-appears-on-rockstar-linkedin-profile/

A lifesaving game called Sound Scouts

- https://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/gaming/apps/the-aussie-game-saving-kids-around-the-world/news-story/3167ba80e52bdc5f8d19d95b0b34df29  

- https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/sound-scouts/id911637845?mt=8 - Sound Scouts on iTunes

- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cmee4.soundscouts&hl=en - Sound Scouts on Google Play


Other Topics Discussed

Wild gorilla using a walking stick - https://www.theguardian.com/science/2005/sep/30/environment.uknews

Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics” - https://www.auburn.edu/~vestmon/robotics.html

Rosetta spacecraft - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_(spacecraft)

Rosetta spacecraft on the comet - http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2014/09/rosetta_and_its_target_comet/14772820-1-eng-GB/Rosetta_and_its_target_comet.jpg

PUBG drops lawsuit against Fortnite - https://www.theguardian.com/games/2018/jun/28/pubg-drops-fortnite-lawsuit-epic-games


Shoutouts

1926 - Mel Brooks [ Melvin Kaminsky] , American actor, comedian and director (Get Smart, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs), born in NYC, New York - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Brooks

1948 - Kathy Bates, American academy award winning actress (Misery), born in Memphis, Tennessee - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Bates

1971 - Elon Musk, American entrepreneur and inventor (SpaceX, Tesla, Paypal), born in Pretoria, South Africa - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk


Event of interest

- 1980 - "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweeney_Todd:_The_Demon_Barber_of_Fleet_Street


Intro

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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Episode 17 - Elon Musk, The Great Barrier Reef and E3 episode

Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

Elon Musk’s new venture

http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/23/technology/elon-musk-media/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/24/business/elon-musk-tesla-twitter-media.html


Great Barrier Reef had five near misses

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/great-barrier-reef-has-had-five-near-death-experiences-past-30000-years

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/tibbles-the-cat-and-stephens-island-wren-2014-12?r=US&IR=T


PubG is suing Fortnite

https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/29/17404516/pubg-epic-games-fortnite-lawsuit

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2018/05/134_249598.html


ESA president defends lootboxes

https://www.pcgamer.com/esa-president-defends-loot-boxes-warns-against-government-regulation/#comment-jump

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-05-25-esa-we-cant-go-to-the-lowest-common-denominator-of-government-on-loot-boxes


Guillermo Del Toro’s Netflix horror series title announced

http://www.indiewire.com/2018/05/guillermo-del-toro-netflix-horror-anthology-series-1201964396/

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