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 40: Tencent games, Deadwood Movie & Tractor Beams

Welcome to what is yet another episode full of fun and laughter from those nut job nerds you all hate to love or love to hate? First up we have the Professor telling us about how Tencent Games is planning to use police databases to restrict access to video games; which angers Buck due to breach of privacy issues and the reality that information will be flowing both ways. Professor is excited to see who is going to be the first criminal located by the police using video games to track him down. Ahhh, China, wanting to be the world’s number 1 in everything is now tackling the obstacle of behaving with extreme stupidity on an international level.

          This week the DJ brings us a story about the Deadwood tele-movie. Then the discussion delves into the range of movies and does Netflix and other streaming services spell the end of cinemas? Trust me, this is when you want to sit back with a cup of tea and watch the sparks fly. Best news is that apparently most of the original cast is back for this, including Ian McShane. Also some other movies in the works are Braking Bad, a new Super Mario movie (please, please, please don’t be a crappy as the last one) and also Steven Universe. So we will get to enjoy more from Dakota, check in on the crystal meth scene and hope the DJ stops doing weird accents.

          Buck brings us news of a real life working tractor beam that has been developed in Oz! A team working at the University of Adelaide has made science-fiction a reality for us, although on a reduced scale. But it is a start and now we have lasers and a tractor beam, now we need force fields and shields, please. Buck and the Professor geek out about the possibilities that this tractor beam represents for the future; which in reality is pretty darn sweet, right?

          Also we hope everyone who attended Supanova Brisabne had as much fun as we did. It was awesome meeting so many fantastic people, check the Facebook page to see some of them, and that is only a tiny sample of how incredible it was. Until next time stay safe, stay nerdy and we hope you enjoy.

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Episode 24 - Nintendo, PUBG and Aquaman

Nintendo Labo Contest

- https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/15/nintendo-labo-contest-winners/

PUBG paywall

- https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-07-17-pubg-testing-custom-matches-may-lock-them-behind-paywall

Ubisoft’s first quarter earnings

- https://www.pcgamer.com/ubisoft-reports-record-first-quarter-pc-sales-surpass-xbox-one/

Golden age for paleontology

- https://www.npr.org/2018/07/10/627782777/many-paleontologists-today-are-part-of-the-jurassic-park-generation

Aquaman movie goodies

- http://comicbook.com/dc/2018/07/17/aquaman-movie-magazine-cover-revealed/

Attack on titan season 3

- http://www.denofgeek.com/us/culture/attack-on-titan/265790/attack-on-titan-season-3-release-date-trailer-episode-poster-news

Other topics discussed


- http://www.brainbox.co.uk/

Call of Duty vs Battlefield

- https://www.geek.com/games/call-of-duty-vs-battlefield-the-infographic-1439397/

World of Warcraft new model

- http://www.denofgeek.com/us/games/world-of-warcraft/274979/world-of-warcraft-new-subscription-model-includes-all-expansions

Ubisoft DDoS attack

- https://www.vg247.com/2018/07/17/ubisoft-servers-ddos-attacks/

Blackwake the game

- https://store.steampowered.com/app/420290/

Black Manta’s bio

- http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Manta_(New_Earth)

Jason Mantzoukas’s bio

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

Mercury-Redstone 4

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury-Redstone_4


Apollo 11 launch and landing -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11#Launch_and_flight_to_lunar_orbit

1918 - Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and South African President (1994-99), born in Mvezo, Umtata, South Africa - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela

1921 - John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), born in Cambridge, Ohio - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Glenn

1950 - Sir Richard Branson, British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), born in London, England - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Branson

Event of Interest

1938 - Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan arrives in Ireland after a 28 hours flight, supposedly left NY flying for California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Corrigan

1968 - The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel


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


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


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



Great Barrier Reef had five near misses



PubG is suing Fortnite



ESA president defends lootboxes



Guillermo Del Toro’s Netflix horror series title announced


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