11 October 2015
A most enjoyable and pleasant evening, everybody. Looks like it’s that time of the week again, so here we are with another blogisode of GR2 Weekly! I do have to start off things today with a bit of bad news (in a way). Since next Sunday does happen to be when I’ll reach Level 32 (Gamers don’t age, we Level Up), I’ll be busy celebrating all day, so there will NOT be any GR2 Weekly next week. And with that out of the way, back to the regularly scheduled intro.
No shortage of activity in the Geek World this week as always. A stunt double was severely injured during filming of the new Resident Evil movie, IGN Turkey prematurely leaked news in regards to the upcoming Farcry game, Konami is jumping on the “microtransaction train” with Metal Gear, we’re sadly getting even more Transformer movies and the Delusion is stronger than ever with Power Ranger Alum Jason David Frank in his stalker-like pursuit of an MMA fight with former WWE Champion C.M. Punk. But on the bright side, we got some VERY interesting news in regards to the upcoming Power Rangers movie, Pepsi is releasing a Limited Edition variety based off the version from Back To The Future Part II, John Hurt’s War Doctor will be making a re-emergence in a series of audio dramas, Japan aired a rather interesting commercial for cold medicine that has shades of Final Fantasy to it and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses (Nintendo’s own touring concert) is set to make an appearance in an upcoming episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Geek Rant of the Week
The subject of this week’s Rant of the Week is quite the rage-inducer, so I hope you can forgive me if I slip out a profanity or two.
When you spend years upon years to find something that has eluded you, something that you just must have or catch a glimpse of, wouldn’t you want to do everything you can to know more and perhaps preserve that moment? Well, it would seem that a group of people headed by Chris Filardi, who is the director of Pacific Programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, took things way too far. Mr. Filardi had spent a shade north of two decades attempting to track and locate a bird known as a Guadalcanal moustached kingfisher, one of the rarest birds in the Western world (with the population of which anywhere between 1,000-4,000). When him and some of his colleagues eventually come across a male Kingfisher a few weeks ago, Filardi equated finding the elusive bird to that of “finding a unicorn”.
They took some pictures…….then proceeded to kill the damn thing “in the name of science”.
According to the rare-bird-killing cocksucker, the reason they euthanized the creature to study was that there was only so much data they could collect from photos feathers and blood samples. And while the bird is native only to the island of Guadacanal (thus putting it at the same kinds of risks as other “Same-island endemic” animals, he claims that the additional data they were supposedly able to collect would “positively impact the species’ world”. But in what should surpise absolutely nobody, many people both in the public and fellow conversationists have spoken out in disgust and anger over his mind-numbingly stupid actions. In an op-ed that University of Colorado professor Marc Bekoff recently composed, he described the practice of “killing in the name of conservation” as “wrong and sets a horrific precedent for future research and for children.” I can’t possibly agree with that statement more. Chris Filardi, you equate this majestic bird to a goddamn unicorn and yet you proceed to coldheartedly kill the fucking thing “for science”? You, sir, are a cock-juggling thundercunt of the highest caliber. Leave the birds alone, you worthless sack of goose shit.
And now for something completely different.
Geek Rave of the Week
Perhaps one of mankind’s greatest achievements was the Apollo Moon Mission that saw the likes of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Alan Shepard become the first men to ever land on the surface of the Moon. As significant as the feat was, it has tragically been plagued for decades by Conspiracy Theorists the world over, convinced the whole thing was filmed in some studio somewhere. But in an act that was long overdue, NASA finally got fed up with the crap and decided to release every single goddang photo they took and post them on the internet.
The things in this case being the photos. 😛
They created a Flickr page for all the over 8,400 photos called the Project Apollo Archive, with the images rendered in a 1800 dpi resolution and were posted in the order by the rolls of film they were on. Here’s a glimpse of just a few of the photos:
While this undoubtedly has caused some of the nutjobs to become even more convinced that the whole thing was one massive Photoshop project, it is also a pretty safe bet this has silenced quite a number of critics as well. Honestly, that’s about all you can ask for.
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. 😛
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