Spacewalk, Hall of Fame & Dora

To start with, welcome back and hello to the new listeners, we hope everyone is having fun and taking care of themselves. So this week we find out that NASA forgot to pack enough clothes for the astronauts and that by doing this we failed to see history being made. That’s right folks, we had the first all-female space-walk in history planned and someone messed up. We roast the folks at NASA for messing this up. Hopefully it will be able to happen next time and become a regular practice. Also for those in Brisbane the Queensland Museum has an exhibit of space suits and other items to spend some time dreaming over.  Next up we look at the latest on this year’s Video Game Hall of Fame nominations, some are looking good and one is surprising. We take a look at the games already in the Hall and try to find out which is the favourite. Unfortunately Leisure Suit Larry isn’t on the list, neither was there any of the Police Quest, Space Quest or Outrun for Buck. Oh to be so old and to have played so many games as our resident geriatric. Lastly we review the new movie coming out for Dora the Explorer and try to figure out if it is working out to be great or just another in a long line of failures. One thing though is Danny Trejo is involved and we don’t think he has a machete in this movie. Oh well, I guess it is safe for kids to watch then. As usual we have the regular list of shout outs, remembrances, birthdays, and events of interest. As usual we have a lot of fun bringing you this latest episode of mayhem, so settle in with a cup of earl grey and a biscuit while we bring you some of the news this week in Nerd pop culture. Remember, take care of each other and stay hydrated.

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Episode 48: Welcome to 2019 : New Horizons, Stranger Things & Tattoos in Games

Happy new year, welcome to the first episode of the year; we hope everyone is safe and enjoying themselves. This week we are bringing you stories about the new horizon project with pictures of MU69 or as it has been dubbed, the Ultimate Thule. This could be the perfect piece of real estate for those wanting to avoid those door to door sales people. We discuss the distances to it, the distance the New Horizons travels near the Ultimate Thule, the fact it travels in what is low earth orbit, also the lunar distance just for a laugh.

            Next up is a discussion about the new season of Stranger Things, and we don’t mean the crazy movie named Mad Max Fury Road either. Which Buck says was an ok movie but not a ‘Mad Max’ movie by any stretch of the imagination. We have a laugh of at the poster and the atomic wedgie of one of the kids, ah the eighties and bad fashion, thank goodness it is over. Also once again it appears that Hollywood is copying Australia instead of creating origional IP. It appears that ‘Stranger Things’ is copying the movie and series ‘Puberty Blues’ folks; that’s right you heard it here first.

            Then we talk about tattoos and gaming with the recent lawsuit regarding LeBron James and his appearance in various video games. We then wonder about who owns the artwork on your body. Also the levels of insanity, with people selling advertising on themselves by getting tattoos for organisations such as Golden Palace. Some of these people are all kinds of crazy with where they get these tattoos. Once again, happy new year and keep listening as we approach our first birthday in a few weeks.

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Episode 43: No Propellers, Nintendo & Neon Genesis

So, I was going to be clever and lead in with a Kermit the frog intro and a Fuzzy B Bear joke, but we would probably get in trouble with Henson productions and Disney. So instead, Like sands in the… nope, that’s been taken too. Like a case of athlete’s foot, it is Nerds Amalgamated, here with the latest episode for you all. We hope everyone is safe, with massive fires in Queensland and devastating storms down south, Australia is reminding us of how unpredictable it is. We wish to say thank you to all the people of the various emergency services that are out saving lives in horrendous conditions.

            This episode we start with Buck and a plane without propellers, in fact it is Star Trek inspired as it utilises an ion drive. That’s right folks, a plane that is taking a page out of science-fiction. So, my fellow Nerds, once again a piece of fiction is moving to the non-fiction section of the library, whoop whoop! Buck and the Professor are both excited about this one, and at some point the DJ gets beamed up by Scotty because he fries the Dilithium Crystals. Aww, for goodness sake man, we canna take much more of this…

            While the DJ disappears Buck and the Professor talk about Nintendo closing the Nintendo Creators Program. That’s right, people who show video’s containing images of any games etc have had to submit it to the NCP for authorisation. Out of curiosity am I the only one thinking NCP sounds like OCP from Robocop? My goodness, Nintendo are going to give us Robocop in the future!!! I’ll buy that for a dollar.

            The DJ returns to tell us about how Neon Genesis is coming to Netflix, and some other items that are going to be live action remakes. Let’s hope they don’t screw these up like they did with Deathnote and Full Metal Alchemist. Rest assured though, if they do screw it up we will tell you about it and make more terrible puns. At this time we wish to say thank you to our listeners who have been with us each week, you are why we do this.

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Episode 38: Del Toro's Pinocchio on Netflix, Steam supporting Australian Dollars & Future Mars landing

Welcome, welcome, come on up to the slab and let us see what mischief and havoc your favourite ne’er do wells have been up to this week. First up the DJ fiendishly illuminates us on the latest plans of Guillermo del Toro, apparently Pinocchio is set to be re-envisioned by this sorcerer and his mystic arts.

Then the mad professor brings us tales of Steam announcing it is finally intending to accept the currency of the land of criminals and exiles (otherwise referred to as Australia). Although given the latest insanity from some twisted mind, Australia is all a hoax perpetrated on the unsuspecting world…mmmm, yes some people are decidedly stupid aren’t they.

Next up Buck the mad scientist carries news that there is talk of landing sites for the next Mars Rover mission. Such is how the darkness of humanity shall spread across the verse…. Beware the reapers…

Such a ghoulishly fun filled episode that will give you paroxysms of laughter and mirth… remember you have been informed of the dangers involved in listening to this dark chaos….

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Episode 25 - Mars, Xbox & Fallout

Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

Is there Lake on Mars?

- https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a22541370/underground-lake-liquid-water-mars/ 



Xbox Adaptive Controller

- https://www.cnet.com/news/microsofts-new-xbox-adaptive-controller-puts-disabled-players-back-in-the-game/

Backstory - https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-05-20-how-gamers-with-disabilities-shaped-the-microsoft-adaptive-controller

Specs - https://www.pcworld.com/article/3274144/gaming/microsoft-xbox-adaptive-controller.html

Packaging - https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/25/17611488/microsoft-xbox-adaptive-controller-unboxing-packaging



Fallout Cookbook

- https://www.facebook.com/UNILADGaming/videos/2244352695588595/  

Amazon link - https://www.amazon.com/Fallout-Vault-Dwellers-Official-Cookbook/dp/168383397X

Fallout cookbook author info and other recipes - https://pixelatedprovisions.com/



Games currently playing


Professor ‘s game

- Octopath traveller - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopath_Traveler


Buck’s game

- Rise of the Tomb raider - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rise_of_the_Tomb_Raider

- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin%27s_Creed_Syndicate


DJ’s game

- God of War 2018 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_of_War_(2018_video_game)



Shoutouts


Longest total lunar eclipse 2018 - www.iflscience.com/space/heres-why-this-weeks-total-lunar-eclipse-will-be-so-long/


2018 Mid-year university graduations 



Intro

Artist – MusicCoriAnder

Song Title –  Dr Who Dance Remix

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



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Episode 23 - E-Sports, NBN and Runescape

E-Sports coming to ESPN

- https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-07-11-blizzard-and-disney-partner-to-bring-overwatch-league-to-espn-other-networks



NBN jobs boom

- http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-12/nbn-provides-jobs-boom-for-esports/9979380



Runescape revenue

- https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-07-11-runescape-has-brought-in-over-usd800-million-in-lifetime-revenue



Lando in Episode IX

- http://comicbook.com/starwars/2018/07/09/star-wars-lando-calrissian-epsiode-ix-lando-calrissian/



Eau de space

- http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/07/outer-space-smells



Elon Musk’s Cave Submarine

- https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/elon-musk-making-kid-sized-submarine-to-rescue-teens-in-thailand-cave/

- http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-11/thai-cave-rescue3a-elon-musk-questions-expertise-of-mission-ch/9979166




Other topics discussed


NBN Chief blames gamers

- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-04/nbn-chief-blames-gamers-for-congestion/9832596


Kangaroo Valley Broadband Network

- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-13/build-your-own-broadband-kangaroo-valley/9984890


Runescape Tresure Hunter

- https://www.runescape.com/treasure-hunter


Skyrim sales and revenue

- https://gamingbolt.com/skyrim-ships-10-million-650-million-in-revenue-and-becomes-the-fastest-selling-game-in-steam-history


Todd Howard’s Skyrim ports

- http://au.ign.com/articles/2018/07/10/todd-howard-if-you-want-us-to-stop-releasing-skyrim-ports-stop-buying-them


Last Jedi earnings

- http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=starwars8.htm


Futurama Smell-O-Scope

- http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Smell-O-Scope


Elon Musk fixes Flint’s water contamination

- https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/12/elon-musk-flint-fund-clean-water-contamination


Elon Musk vs the media

- https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2018/05/24/pravda-elon-musks-solution-for-punishing-journalists/?noredirect=on


Elon musk submarine in Thailand

- https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/10/elon-musk-takes-submarine-to-thailands-tham-luang--cave.html


Trapped Thai soccer team sedated

- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-15/thai-cave-rescue-australian-diver-craig-challen-boys-sedation/9995830


The Black Masses official reveal trailer

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM2tJOWaPnk



Shoutouts


Broly in the next Dragonball Super movie - http://comicbook.com/anime/2018/07/09/dragon-ball-super-movie-broly-canon-akira-toriyama-anime/


1854 - George Eastman, American inventor (Kodak camera, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company), born in Waterville, New York - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eastman


1997 - Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient, born in Mingora, North-West Frontier Province - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai



Event of Interest


1954 - President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system -  https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/interstate/audiogallery.cfm



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 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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