Geekly Roundup, June 28th: Love For Everyone Edition


In this week’s Geekly Roundup podcast, Lauren, David, and Ben tackle bionic hands, bottle caps for Bethesda, and the landmark SCOTUS ruling, as well as getting the Black Widow her own film, the Dursleys of Harry Potter, and even the upcoming sequel to Top Gun!  There’s plenty to talk about and even more to read, so check out what we’ve found in this week’s Geekly Roundup – make sure to listen to the show and check out all the news after the jump!

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transparent ace teal copyWorld’s most lifelike bionic hand developed, has a user

For those with the resources — space-age materials, rare earth magnets, and the like — the most lifelike, realistically articulated bionic hand ever invented has not only come about in the UK, but also been granted to a user. Thanks to careful design, the hand responds well to neural commands, but also features things like force feedback (sensing when something begins to falland immediately correcting its force used). If the hand can be easily mass-produced, this implies a huge change in quality of life for many and an incredible leap in the field of prosthetics and cybernetics.

transparent ace teal copyBethesda accepts one fan’s bottle caps as Fallout 4 preorder

It was a gutsy move, but one that perfectly matched the tone of the game whose fandom inspired it. One fan sent in 2,200 bottle caps — the currency used in the hit post-apocalyptic Fallout game series — to Bethesda with the hopes of receiving a preorder of the upcoming entry in the Fallout canon. Bethesda’s response? For being the first to take the step, he will, in fact, receive a preorder for Fallout 4, though his receiving a Pip-Boy appears still to be up in the air.

transparent ace teal copyDallas comic shop opens late in anticipation of same-sex marriage ruling

Here at The Ace of Geeks, we’re soundly behind Friday’s Supreme Court ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges; for our takes on the subject, check out our group celebration of the momentous decision, John’s spontaneously fun Rainbow Raider cosplay, or this excellent piece on transhumanism by Jarys. One of our favorite stories: The Red Pegasus store in Dallas did not open on time on the morning of Friday the 26th, with a note that if the Court voted to make marriage equality the law of the land, they would be opening a bit late — and also married!

transparent ace teal copyClark Gregg says the lack of female superhero merchandise is “unacceptable”

Gregg’s daughter, he revealed, was originally turned off from his show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., because of its male-heavy cast — before discovering the capable, brilliant characters played by Elizabeth Henstridge, Chloe Bennet, and Adrienne Palicki. He pointed out that it’s time for a Black Widow movie and merchandise, and we wholeheartedly agree. Also: Hayley Atwell reminds us that Agent Carter can teach us that fans help create change — there’s money in giving the fans what they want, after all!

transparent ace teal copyRowling reveals the reasons the Dursleys don’t like Harry Potter

In a well-written move, J.K. Rowling has revealed the motivations behind the Dursleys’ love-lacking relationship with Harry Potter, and the answer…won’t actually shock you too much. While it makes the Dursleys out to be marginally more sympathetic characters by virtue of a little character depth, it also leaves the vague openings that suggest they also may have just been very mean-spirited people — if only mean-spirited people with real motivations.

transparent ace teal copyNew plot details available for Top Gun 2, Maverick Returns

Top Gun 2 is preparing for take-off, with the return of Tom Cruise as elite dogfighter Maverick facing the new age of mechanized drones, electronic warfare, and the questionable role of the human element in modern-day aerial warfare. Could this be a modern John Henry Irons story masked as a classic film’s sequel?

Elsewhere around the Internet:

Real life horror maze will monitor your heart rate — and adapt (Kotaku)

Chris Pratt taught kids at a children’s hospital to train raptors (Entertainment Weekly)

Disney and Deadmau5 settle trademark fight (Robot6)

A very unfortunate BBC typo when discussing the Large Hadron Collider (superkoopasirf/YouTube)

Electronic Privacy Information Center files complaint regarding privacy against Uber (DocumentCloud)

Crunchyroll will stream new live-action Death Note outside of Japan (Anime News Network)

Unfortunately, Hawkgirl isn’t getting her own TV show (Daily Dot)

Feige promises Van Dyne’s Wasp in Ant-Man (Comic Book Resources)

Captain Marvel taken over by Agent Carter showrunners, Anka (Comic Book Resources)

Feige explains how Marvel will be involved in Sony’s Spider-Man movie (

Dwayne Johnson to take on Rampage adaptation (Spinoff Online)

Trailer released for newest Naruto movie — with English subtitles (The Latin Times)

Furious 7, as explained by a physicist (Los Angeles Times)

Michael Bay to produce Hitchcock’s The Birds remake (The Guardian)

Sequels in development for Lucy and Colombiana (Spinoff Online)

Marvel announces Doctor Strange series by Aaron, Bachalo (Comic Book Resources)

Custom comic book binding lets you make your own trades (Newsarama)

Rowling announces Harry Potter: The Cursed Child play comes to London next year (Buzzed)

Dying Light DLC now available from bottled water (The Nerdist)

LEGO adds more women in science to lineup (Scientific American)

The Titan Class CW Devastator at Australian Retail (The Allspark)

This Minecraft mural uses more than a million blocks (Daily Dot)

Rocksteady’s statement regarding Arkham Knight PC issues (

Thanks for checking out the latest in this week’s Geekly Roundup — let’s talk more geek next week!

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.  The Geekly Roundup podcast this week features Ben Fried-Lee, Lauren Harrington, and David Losey. Mentioned on the podcast this week is a previous article of Lauren’s, available here.

The podcast theme is ”Protagonist”, by The Y Axes; check out their site and more awesome music here.

Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by Ben, MalKontent, David, and John.







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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