Another week another episode of The Geek Awakens in the books. Two weeks ago when I did the Nerd News update I planned on doing one each and every week after we completed the radio show. Last week, I failed. This week, I’m back with a vengeance. Not really, just a few extra news stories that I didn’t get to post last week.
There is some cool, awesome, fun news that is not really of the geeky variety, but it still something worth geeking out about. Beginning this week and from here on out, The Geek Awakens was live on the internet radio station 217 Radio.com. If you can’t tune in at 6:30pm on Thursdays, the show is still being recorded and uploaded to Ustream. (I’ll make sure to share the link on my author Facebook page each week after the show airs.)
Now…on to the Nerd News.
How Fast Is New Horizons? – I’m not a big space geek, but the pictures captured on Mars and those released late this summer from Pluto are really cool. It never occurred to me how long it takes these probes to get where they’re going in space until I saw the GIF in the linked article. To travel through space, beginning from Earth and reaching Pluto in less than ten years the New Horizons interplanetary space probe has to travel crazy fast. And according to NASA’s website, New Horizon’s isn’t done exploring. It is being sent further into the Kuiper Belt, of which Pluto is a member. They’ve already discovered four new moons for Pluto. What else is out there?
Batman’s Garage – I think it’s a safe bet that all of us who have seen the most recent Batman movies have looked at the Batcave and wondered what it would be like to have something like that tucked away under your house. Well, a house in Australia now knows what it is like. Part of the tennis court raises and lowers to hide away a garage for the owners car collection. Add a very impressive garage without changing the architecture of the house? With enough money. Sure.
Two Villains for Wonder Woman – As the arrival of the Batman v Superman film draws closer, it is time to start looking farther down the pipeline at the other DC movies in development. It seems as if when Wonder Woman’s own flick hits theaters she’ll have two problems outside of the squabble of Batman and Superman. Sean Bean and Eva Green are rumored to play gods with something against Wonder Woman. Personally, I’m just hoping that Sean Bean can find a role where he won’t die.
No One Hangs Out At the Mall Anymore, Right? – Supergeek himself, Kevin Smith has been inching forward with plans to film and hatch upon the world a second Mallrats movie. Following Kevin Smith on social media, he revealed earlier this year that most (if not all of the original) cast is back on board for the sequel, and now it appears as if he has nailed down his filming location. I’m very excited for this sequel to come to fruition. I’m sure I won’t be the only one making plans to see this on opening night.
More Drones! – Drones seem to be a popular topic for us at The Geek Awakens and this article and the video show what happens when you strap a whole bunch of drones together to make a helicopter-type craft. It’s called The Swarm. So, I guess you can have a flock of geese, a herd of cattle, and The Swarm of drones. Either that or it’s a title for a B horror movie.
There’s A Story Idea Buried Here – Among the many hats I wear, I am also a writer and as such am constantly finding inspiration for stories in the strangest places. You know what else is strange? When the people of a small Irish town found a skeleton attached to a felled tree. A storm toppled the tree and wrapped up in the roots, now exposed to the world, was the top half of a skeleton. The bottom half wasn’t far behind. It was still in the ground below the tree. While many aspects of the discovery are still being investigated, researchers were able to determine that the bones could be nearly 1000 years old. I will be following this story as I continue to develop my own interpretation and get it down on paper. (Maybe it too will someday see the light of day.)
I could go on for days with geek news that we didn’t get to talk about on the show, and expand upon some things we DID talk about. But I’ll leave you with these tidbits for the week. Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue these on a weekly basis. Check back next week to see what else there is to geek out about.