GR2 Weekly- 19 July 2015 Edition

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19 July 2015

Hello all you fine guys and gals! Welcome, once again, to the mass of Awesomeness that is none other than GR2 Weekly! Before I get much further, I do want to inform you of some things coming up, most notably involving Geek.Kon. If you are interested in entering it’s Fanfiction Contest, you have until August 8th to submit an entry. But if you plan on partaking in the GMV (Geek Music Video) Awards contest, that particular deadline is fast approaching (July 31st at Midnight).   There’s also a League of Legends tournament and of course (among other events), Kon.Quest!

Switching gears back to the task at hand, several more noteworthy events took place in the Geek World this week. A fan gave Brock Lesnar’s destruction of a $55,000+ Cadillac during an episode of WWE Monday Night Raw the Street Fighter treatment, Arrow’s 4th season promises to be a scootch on the lighter side, PS3 and PS4 owners will finally get their hands on the surprise hit Goat Simulator next month (I might buy it myself and do a Review on it), Science proved sexist men suck at video games something fierce and Street Fighter V will allow you to actually unlock characters via gameplay for the first time in forever. Sadly though, Nintendo’s CEO and former programmer Satoru Iwata passed away at the age of 55, innocent Dark Souls II players are getting banned because of acquiring hacked items from other players, douchebags turned a very serious protest in Japan into a meme contest, Sony continues to show why they need to give the movie rights back to Marvel ASAP and Disney and Lucasfilm is taking Amy Schumer’s risqué Star Wars-themed photos way too seriously (dude, even Mark Hammil’s cool with them). Now we proceed with the Main Dishes. :3

Geek Rave of the Week

The subject for this week’s Rave hit very early in the week. Sunday night last week, to be more precise. In case you have been a bit out of the loop, there has been a show on the last few weeks that has had geeks and robot enthusiasts alike jumping for joy! The show in question?

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For those who may not be familiar with it’s previous incarnation (which lasted for 5 seasons in the early 2000’s, but that version had none other than Bill Nye as the show’s Technical Advisor for the bots)), Battlebots is a competition of various teams who build fighting robots, which duel in a glass-encased arena and try to destroy or otherwise incapacitate the other team’s robot in a single-elimination style tournament until a Champion is crowned. They can use whatever weapon they may have built into the bot or use the various traps and hazards scattered throughout the Battlebots Arena. If you so desire to play catch-up, you can check out the current season’s episodes HERE. Now that I have you up to speed on the general gist of the show, let me explain why the May 12th episode stuck such a chord with me. A couple of weeks prior, one of the Preliminary Round bouts featured longtime Battlebots veteran Donald Hudson (Team Mutant Robotics) with his robot Lock-Jaw against Team JACD (most of whom have ties to MIT) and their robot Overhaul. The fight itself was a fierce, back-and-forth battle that was almost too close to call, although (in my eyes) Overhaul was getting a slight advantage. Even though they started to lose some momentum at the very end, I felt that Lock-Jaw was gonna get the short end of the Decision. This was ESPECIALLY after some blatant hits Lack-Jaw dealt Overhaul well after the bell rang. Donald tried to shake hands with one of the members of Team JACD afterwards, claiming it “was an accident”, but was snubbed of the gesture. As some may feel the snub was an act of poor sportsmanship on the part of Team JACD, you can’t really blame them for that. It was an incident that happened several seconds after the fight was over and their bot could have been damaged well beyond repair. While it was Overhaul who got the short end of (what was ultimately) a Spilt Decision, they did put on good enough of a performance to nab one of the four Wild Card spots to advance to the Round of 16.
They wouldn’t have to wait long for a shot at payback, as their Round of 16 opponent was none other than Donald Hudson and Lock-Jaw.

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If you so wish to take a few minutes to visit the hyperlink with the Battlebots episodes to see the aforementioned rematch, feel free to. I’ll still be here.

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We good now?  Awesome sauce.  But in case you felt like reading on instead, here’s a quick recap.  While Team JACD was initially annoyed they had to face Donald Hudson’s robot again so soon, they made a slight tweak to Overhauls’ Crushing Lifter weapon to speed the lifting mechanism up a smidge.  What a difference that made.  From the moment the bell rung, it was nothing short of a textbook clash of the Colussus and the Ant. But it was Donald Hudson that became the Ant.  A seasoned veteran that was made to look like a wet-behind-the-ears rookie.  Needless to say, Team JACD was, well, pretty jacked up about their successful bid at redemption.  You know what they about payback…….

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Speaking of bitches…….

Geek Rant of the Week

The person who is the subject of this week’s Rant is someone who levels of Bitchiness and Douchebaggery reach such extreme levels, even Ghandi would (subconsciously) want to snap this person’s neck. We are well into a point in our society that the need to invest in Renewable Energies becomes more and more of an urgent need. But every now and then, that certain someone comes along and for reasons even Fox News pundits would be baffled by, decides to come up with the most flimsy reasons to do otherwise. This time around, it’s none other than the Prime Minister of Austraila, Tony Abbot.

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A face even his mother might loathe.

In an apparent mission to undo his country’s efforts to reduce Carbon Emissions (according to an article on IFLScience), he’s allowed his federal government to ban the Clean Energy Finance Corporation from banning them from both investing in current wind technology AND small-scale solar projects.

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A bit big for an example image, but I think you get the idea. 😛

Instead, Mr. Abbot will focre the CEFC into investing only in “emerging technologies”. Needess to say, the CEFC isn’t taking this one sitting down, having already begun seeking legal advice, even so much as learning they have significant gounds on which to fight the recently-administered ban. PM Abbot claimed to reporters that “It is our policy to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation because we think that if the projects stack up economically, there’s no reason why they can’t be supported in the usual way”. But his actions since he took office don’t exactly scream “Pro-renewable energy”:

-He’s lowered Australia’s renewable energy targets to a meager 33,000 gigawatt hours (was previously 41,000 gigawatt hours).

-He’s dissolved their Climate Comission body.

-Sometime between 2013-2014 silently dropped their Science Minister.

-Approved the opening of a Coal Mine in New South Wales that will remain in operation until 2046, which will no doubt bring even further harm to Austrailia’s Great Barrier Reef.

And if you take a look at this 2013 Solar Potential Map of Austrailia, you can see that a good majority of the country could have produced at least 1,500 kilowatt hours per square meter. And yet, the Prime Minister is hell-bent on handcuffing his country to an unhealthy dependence on coal and oil. You, sir, are an ass of the highestcaliber. Here, have some Banjo Guy Ollie and whoisthisgit goodness for the mandatory Palet Cleanser.

Well, my fellow geeks and geekettes across the interwebs, that brings this blogiside of GR2 Weekly to a most satisfying end. And as I tend to enjoy mentioning every chance I get, should you have any suggestions for what I should Rant and/or Rave about (please suggest away, I promise I won’t bite), feel free to follow me both on Tumblr and WordPress. But as a friendly reminder, be sure to spread the word about GR2 Weekly. You all are pretty awesome. You are equally as encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page and I just as strongly encourage you to like and comment on some of the links I post. I enjoy interacting with you all. See you next week! While you’re still here, though, be sure to check out and Vote Up Lemme Addams everybody. Sonny Strait will be a happy person. 😛

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