13 September 2015
Howdy! So what’s everybody been up to as of late? I WAS planning on getting ready for Titletown Comic and Entertainment Expo in a couple of weeks, but alas, in a move that (tragically) surprised not too many people, the event got pushed back to June 2016. Of course, this means that the Geek.Kon Recap I posted a couple weeks ago will indeed be the final Recap for this calendar year. Hard to say what 2016 will have in store, convention-wise outside of Geek.Kon and likely No Brand Con. But on the upside, those who still want to attend the June show will get a VIP Pass upgrade. Even those already with a VIP Pass will get an upgrade all their own. And seeing I won my passes, I really don’t have much to lose here (besides possibly skipping Kitsune Kon as I do have Geek in August and not sure how work would like me taking 3 weekends off in such short order), so I figure “why the hell not?” and go (so I guess that makes 3 cons for sure). Well, assuming that event will even still happen. But let’s try to remain fairly optimistic, shall we? This state could use some more conventions. :3
As far as the rest of the Geek World is concerned, there were quite a number of solid candidates for both Ranting and Raving this week, but only one from each pile can claim the title of Rant (or Rave) of the week and here are the people won lost and won at life this time around.
Geek Rant of the Week
This week, it’s not a single person who is the subject, but a whole group of scumbags. While it’s a sad truth that the Internet and more specifically Online Gaming communities are littered with rage-inducing trolls, there have been a certain group of them who have taking their trolling to a whole other level altogether.
There’s a law in the country of South Korea that enables people to report Internet defamation to the police. Basically, if someone feels they’re being overly harassed online, the person can file the complaint and the police can use things like IP Addresses and Internet Personal Identification Numbers to track down the offenders. This, in turn, can lead to monetary settlements out of court as punishment for such crimes there carry a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison and roughly $20,000 fine (in US dollars). Last year, South Korea police saw over 8,000 such cases filed.
There were already 8,488 such cases filed already this year………and that’s just through July. And what are the trolls using to cause this escalation of case filings?
The one and only.
In a case of legal exploitation so massive and severe, even German filmmaker (and I use that word very loosely) Uwe Boll would be taken aback by it, the group of trolls (who have come to be known as “settlement money” hunters) deliberately play their LoL matches in a fashion designed to enrage the other players. In the process, this will (in throry) cause the target to post inflaming and defamatory comments to the troll. Said troll Screen Captures the conversations, go to the police and BAM!, instant settlement money. Because settling it out of court is understandably cheaper (settlements have ranged anywhere from $300-$2,000), which also causes the charges to be dropped. But let us call it for what it truly is: A Grade-A Scam. Blackmail in its truest form.
These so-called “settlement hunters” have even recently gone so far as to post blog entries, detailing the method behind their madness and boasting about the money they’ve made so far. It would seemingly appear that the police are looking at ways to curb this hideous and (frankly) disturbing practice. The most notable of these as the article points out include turning the case down if the person has filed too many complaints or even charging the scammer themselves if the troll harasses the accused in any way. If I might make a suggestion, I propose that they should also be fined. Fined not by a fixed amount, but proportionate to the total amount they’ve accrued through their scamming. That might get them to think twice. MIGHT.
Geek Rave of the Week
My fellow geeks and geekettes of legal drinking age, I have a question for you. What sorts of silly shenanigans have you ever managed to accomplish while in an inebriated state? Whatever it was, I’m pretty sure the subject of this week’s Rave of the Week has you pretty well beat.
A Michigan Tech student (Mechanical Engineering, to be more precise)who is going by the pseudonym of “Mark” decided to one night, completely out of nowhere, design an airplane of sorts in a rush of creativity that would make almost any artist, game programmer or graphic designer jealous. The catch?
The dude designed the craft while totally blackout drunk.
So during a random night involving some consuming of a fairly substantial amount of “rum and vodka-mixed drinks” (according to Cody, the guy who brought the drunken genius to Mark and Keith’s dorm room), Mark had proceeded to calculate, sketch and give rough designs over several different mediums (graph paper and a whiteboard were utilized in the process) for his “airplane”. When he woke up the following morning, Mark had looked over his creations and had absolutely zero memory as to why he did this. But his roommate made sure the Twitterverse knew about the craft. Within hours, the Twitter post had reached over 75,000 retweets and was favorited over 125,000 times (you’ll have to see the pic on the article I linked, as the original twitter post has since gone down). It was later clarified the craft in question was not an Airplane, per se, but rather an ekranoplan, which is more of a high-speed aircraft that can hover over water. But even in spite of the use of the fake name (Mark was understandably worried about potential future job prospects), he still managed to get a job offer or two, according to the duo. Their next step is to get a 3D-printed scale model and test it out. You, good sir, deserve a medal.
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 message me and you are equally as encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page. 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. 😛