27 September 2015
And yet another pleasant evening to you all out there! Seems it’s about time for yet another blogisode of GR2 Weekly! So I finally got to watching the new MLP: Equestria Girls movie and I gotta say, compared to the prior two installments, I found Friendship Games to be…
…. 20% Cooler.
Anyhoo, amongst the lowlights this week: The d-bags responsible for Call of Duty: Black Ops III are only giving PS3 and Xbox 360 owners Multiplayer and Zombie modes for those versions of the game, the tragically misguided One Million Moms group has set their sights on The Muppets of all things, one person takes the opening from The Simpsons and turns it into massive Nightmare Fuel, the umpteenth announced cameo in the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters has given even some of the more open-minded people reason to worry and the “restrictions” the people for the game Pro Evolution Soccer are causing the thinking parts of reviewers all over to hurt on a massive scale. And some of the week’s highlights include: Bill Nye dropping some major Science on Anti-Abortionists, Playstation owners finally getting a Twich viewing app on their consoles, Inventor Patrick Neuman invents an ion engine that could (theoretically) go to mars and back on a single tank of fuel, GlaDOS continues to be its sadistic self in Lego Dimensions and an evil genius creates a Super Mario Maker level so challenging, it took a Spelunker speedrunner to beat it once……after 11,000 others have failed.
Geek Rant of the Week
Some people can deny it all they want, but Depression is a very real thing. I myself suffer from it (with a dash of anxiety issues to boot) and millions of others do as well. There are multiple ways you can treat it, mostly involving medications and/or regularly consulting with a counselor. The help is out there.
So you could imagine the relief on the faces of many back in 2001 when a study simply titled “Study 329” showed that an antidepressant called paroxetine (which is classified as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI)) claimed to be a highly effective form of treatment for adolescents with the condition. While it never got full approval for use on the age group, it nevertheless stopped the drug companies from making many (described as ) “off-label” prescriptions. Someone decided to take a look at the study once more and found the claims to be a total load of crap.
You see, when Professor Jon Jureidini of the University of Adelaide got an opportunity to re-examine the findings of the study, he made an alarming discovery. You know how that drug was supposed to help the adolescents with their depression symptoms? Turns out the drug had the exact opposite effect, causing adolescents to be even more suicidal.
It didn’t help matters any that when GlaxoSmithKline originally made the reports available back then, it was presented in such a manner as to prevent anybody who had access to it to completely identify any and all errors in the aforementioned report. The reexamination of the study showed that at least 11 of the test subjects who took the paroxetine had reactions to the drug adverse enough to cause suicidal/self-harming tendencies, whereas only 1 person in the Placebo group had the same reaction. While the company was eventually fined in 2012 to the tune of around $3 Billion for falsely promoting diabetic and mental illness drugs, the fact they would go to the extent that they did to hide the increased suicidal tendencies in adolescents is despicable to say the very least. Not only that, but all studies involving SSRI’s have now been cast into much doubt and scrutiny.
Way to go, douchebags. Way to frigging go.
Geek Rave of the Week
This week’s Rave of the Week also comes from the Science and Tech realm and may show a lot of promise. There’s no doubt that 3D Printers are all the rage these days. They can make trophies, game pieces, prosthetic limbs, pizza and almost anything else you can think of. WASP (which stands for World’s Advanced Saving Project) decided to take the 3d Printing concept and crank it up well past 11. And by that, I mean they can use theirs to actually build houses.
Photo from the article. Holy wa, is that huge.
The printer in question, called BigDelta stands over 40 feet tall and uses clay in order to build the structures. You know, like real life Wasps do. 😛
BigDelta was unveiled at a 3-day Reality of Dream rally in Italy and it has been proposed that the tech could be of the greatest use in war zones. With the speed at which the houses could be built, it make for the wisest option for housing those displaced by the perils of war. It helps too that the use of the natural materials goes a long way at reducing carbon emissions. You can get a small glimpse of the printer’s journey via this YouTube video. It is my sincere hope that this type of technology really takes off. With the demand for housing increasing and resources dwindling at an alarming rate, this sort of thing may have come at just the right time.
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. 😛