GR2 Weekly- 25 October 2015 Edition

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25 October 2015

Happy Almost Halloween!  Yeah, it’s a few days away yet, but figured I oughta say something about it.  Sucks I have to work that day, but at least all the canday and costumes/masks will go Half Off the day afterwards.  😛

Again, my apologies for the lateness of this week’s editon.  But given the fact the week prior had been a pretty rough going (evening of my birthday aside), I badly needed the escape Saturday night and work on Sunday was preventing me from completing it on time.  But here it is regardless and as to be expected, the Geek World was buzzing as much as it usually does.  Japan’s getting an actual Pokemon Gym next month, Canada’s newly-elected Prime Minister is quite the Star Wars fan, we got to see the new Star Wars trailer (as well as hear of the internet crashing theater ticket sites the day following), the Emmy-nominated science talk show Star Talk made its glorious return and the newly-released board game Pandemic: Legacy takes the game to heights never seen before.  But begrudgingly, Topher Grace actually comes to the defense of Spider Man 3 for lord knows what reason, Hideo Kojima has officially left Konami (in spite of the company’s claims he’s only “on vacation”, El Nino has brought some very unwelcome visitors to California in the form of poisonous snakes, some 4th-rate dips**t Perez Hilton wannabe is getting kicks from fat shaming cosplayers and South Park is strangely facing a $10 Million lawsuit from Yelp after the customer review website got parodied in a recent episode.  Shall we see what got the most attention this week?  I think we shall.  Read on.  J

Geek Rave of the Week

This week’s Rave of the Week is a bit of a heartwarmer and quite possibly one of the most revolutionary things to come along for wheelchair-bound people in quite some time.  A group of over 10 students (both industrial designers and engineers) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and the Zurich University of the Arts have generated a functional prototype for a 2-wheeled wheelchair called Scalevo…..that has the ability to climb stairs.

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Here’s some specs and features about the new device:

– Top Speed of the wheelchair (on flat ground) sits at 10km/h (roughly 6.2 mph)

-Is capable of both ascending anddescending stairs that have slopes anywhere from 17-34 degrees.

– In relation to the prior feature, it does so by dropping a pair of treaded tracks to climb approximately one star per second while keeping the user in an upright position for the duration of the climb.

-The Segway-inspired gyroscopic technology it possesses enables the wheelchair to rotate from a stationary position and swiftly alter its direction.

While this isn’t the first time someone had tried to achieve a feat like this (Johnson & Johnson tried something similar, but was quickly discontinued in 2009 after complaints about affordability), the group behind Scalevo is tossing around the idea of creating a Kickstarter campaign in order to make the revolutionary wheelchair commercially available.  Perhaps this added time can enable the wheelchair designers to give the device some potentially needed tweaks.  If the Kickstarter becomes a thing, let’s try to spread the word and (if possible) drop a buck or two its way.  Let’s not be a horrible bunch of people like the group of people I’m about to Rant on next.


Geek Rant of the Week

If you’re like me, you are psyched as hell for the upcoming Star Wars movie coming out on Christmas (though I may wait a couple of weeks or so before I go see it).  And by psyched, I mean something along these lines:

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Yeah, pretty much.

I must sadly report that not all Star Wars fans are enthused about it.  As a matter of fact, a group of ignorant, racist, douche nozzles have had the audacity to start a #BoycottStarWarsVII social media campaign!!!!!

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BIGOTS.

What’s got all the angry nerds up in a major tizzy this time is the general feeling that the casting for the movie is diverse to the point that they’re convinced the movie “promotes white genocide” and that JJ Abrams is “an anti-white nut”. So now they’re going all over Twitter and various other social media platforms, urging people to boycott the movie.  They seem to be doing so under the (evidently) misguided belief that the original films were much more “pure”.  News flash, you Neandrathal-like asshats!  Did you happen to feget the original movies ALSO had some prominent figures who WEREN’T white?

Darth Vader?  He was voiced by James Earl Jones.  Who is black.  Oh, yeah, there was also the character of Lando Clarissian, who was played by Billy Dee Williams.  Who is also black.  Remember Mace Windu?  Yeah, last I checked, his actor, Samuel L. Jackson, is also a tad on the black side.

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And he’s had just about enough of your racist asshattery.

If you dare to enter the “wretched hive of scum and villainy” that is the #BoycottStarWarsVII on Twitter, you will find some pretty stupid and pointless posts.  But amongst the trash, you’ll also find some pretty sweet responses, some along the lines of this:

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Honestly?  They are quite tasty.  It never ceases to both amuse and horrify me whenever something like this comes along, especially pertaining to Star Wars.  It’s as if these discriminatory Frig Sticks completely missed the point of the very movies they are so quick to anger over.  They are literally the Mos Eisley Cantina owners, perhaps even the Empire itself if they’re vile enough.  If any of the boycotters are reading this, I pity you.  Why?  Because your behavior makes Jar-Jar Binks look like a noble, well-loved character.

Let that sink in for a moment.  For the rest of you, enjoy this epic plaet cleanser in the form of a Lindsey Sterling music video.  😉

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.  😛
Also, if you haven’t yet pitch in a buck or two for both The Slants’s fight to get their band’s trademark a reality and to support the upcoming Nerd & Tie Expo.

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