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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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:
Chris Pratt taught kids at a children’s hospital to train raptors (Entertainment Weekly)
A very unfortunate BBC typo when discussing the Large Hadron Collider (superkoopasirf/YouTube)
Crunchyroll will stream new live-action Death Note outside of Japan (Anime News Network)
Feige promises Van Dyne’s Wasp in Ant-Man (Comic Book Resources)
Captain Marvel taken over by Agent Carter showrunners, Anka (Comic Book Resources)
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)
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)
Rocksteady’s statement regarding Arkham Knight PC issues (Comicbook.com)
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.
Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by Ben, MalKontent, David, and John.