Geekly Roundup: Time-Turner Edition

Turn On The Way Back Machine

Blasts from the past about this week, from reminiscing about the Super Mario RPG (also known as the Legend of the Seven Stars) to far-out footage from a Trek convention in 1976. If you want to learn about aliens, who better to tell it than NASA and Orson Welles, iconic, legendary voice of War of the Worlds? Or, if you’re just starting out, you may want to keep it simple and learn to write an email with this handy guide from 1984. As you do, say a goodbye to Jonathan Goldsmith, more properly known for the last decade as The Most Interesting Man In The World, as he moves on to other projects.

Everything Old Is New Again

It’s the Decade of the Reboot, isn’t it? Seeking the next last latest old big thing, Hollywood and game designers seek to retool well-received concepts all the time — with varying results. Whether it’s the wonderfully received Patrick Warburton vehicle The Tick (without Patrick Warburton) or a new Voltron cartoon, our old favorite properties are returning to the screen and we’re tentatively excited about many of them! On the gaming front, the fan-made KOTOR re-tooling is incredible and we can only hope the finished product sees the light of day; Wizards is re-releasing the classic Robo Rally board game; and high-definition remastering has come to Heavy Rain, a favorite of our own RP_OK Podcast’s, but that hasn’t helped its notoriously painful moments of intimacy age well. At all.


Scott Kelly — astronaut, twin, and occasionally spaceborne gorilla — is leaving NASA, and with any luck we’ll all be the better for whatever he chooses next. If you want to write sci-fi, you can learn physics from the physicists at an upcoming event; if you already like writing comics, Marvel wants to encourage teen girls to take up STEM fields; if you haven’t already written them, some of the things this week are certainly a bit stranger than fiction, from watching solar eclipses in the sky to plastic-eating bacteria to methane peaks on Pluto and glimmer spots on Titan and far, far, far beyond.

Oh, and scientists are going to drill into the crater from the meteorite in Yucatan that drove the dinosaurs to extinction, so that’s already a sci-fi movie waiting to happen. (Aliens.)

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It’s a Visual Medium

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In Memoriam

And Don’t Forget

The Geekly Roundup is a weekly Ace of Geeks feature that brings together all the interesting things we’ve encountered across the Internet this week.  Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by MalKontent, Mary Anne, Mark, and Ben.

Ben Lee
With a wide variety of interests ranging from baseball to theater and dance to technology to writing, Ben has given up on being good at any one thing and settled for being not half bad at a handful of things instead. He can usually be found cleaning up paperwork after a motley but wonderful crew of retail technicians; failing that, you can generally find him on the RP_OK Podcast at the Ace of Geeks, or on the San Francisco Giants-centric TortureCast. His Steam shame list is quickly growing legendary, and it's quite rare he's playing or watching anything made in the last five years.

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