Remember how bummed I was that we weren’t able to get that super-cool-amazing-retro-themed-video game in time for game week? Well guess what??
You guys will be so excited to find out that I got the completed game this week!! Now, I know it’s ROBOT WEEK, but don’t video games sort of count as robots, just…virtually? (Maybe I’m stretching it there, but DAGNABIT THIS IS JUST SO COOL!!)
First of all, it’s too stinkin’ cute..!!! I mean, lookit me! I’m a teeny, adorable, pixelated owl-me!! SQUEE!! Secondly, the game’s soundtrack is great; I love it. Thirdly, I finally got it to upload properly on my server, so go play it already!!!!
Then come back here & tell me how wonderful it is! I keep dying on the ice level, mainly because I have no patience & thus keep sliding to my doom, but…! It’s so cool! I’m so happy with it!!
Go play it! (PC/WEB ONLY!) See y’all tomorrow!! Cheers!!
— Elise M. Gross
TONIGHT’S CLOSED CAPTIONING BROUGHT TO YOU BY GLaDOS, WHOM YOU SHOULD FEAR ALWAYS, WHETHER OR NOT THE CAKE IS A LIE:
“Does everybody know what time it is??”
[crowd shouts] “WHO TIME!”
“Thaaat’s right! And here’s your host, Cory, our WHO man, Booweeeerrss!!!”
[cheers & applause erupt in our studio audience.]
“The Caretaker” airs on BBC America 9/27 @ 9/8c
So another Geek Month is winding down, but good news everyone, this year there will be more Whovian Wednesdays after today!! Also, fortunately, not every week (I have to have time to watch more Doctor Who!) And now we’ve reached the week I’ve been most excited about, ROBOTS!!!
Since the very early days of Science Fiction, there have been common themes and creatures/creations, and among them have been aliens, spaceships, robots; all of which are included in some of the best episodes of Doctor Who.
The first appearance of robots on Doctor Who was the opening episode of season 3, with the Chumblies of ‘Galaxy 4.’ However, Sydney Newman(Head of Drama for BBC at that time) did not approve of robots, monsters, and other “gimmicky” Sci-Fi fads, so robots wouldn’t take on the role of nemesis until the fifth season of the series, when the Doctor would face the Abominable Snowmen and the Great Intelligence. Unfortunately, the original story only has one surviving episode, but much of the sequel episode, ‘The Web of Fear,’ was recovered in Nigeria this past year just before the 50th anniversary.
These episodes and characters differ very much from monsters that resemble robots (Daleks, Cybermen, etc.) are that rather than being changed sentient, carbon based lifeforms, the robots are less uniform and more controlled by their programming or programmer. Among the best examples of this relationship, and the worst examples of a working robot, is that of the Master and Kamelion. Kamelion was a joy for then producer John Nathan-Turner, but was not a working automaton, and although had one good show in ‘The King’s Demons’, was otherwise more trouble than he was worth.
The new series has had excellent appearances with new robots, including starting the new series off with the return of the robots from ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’, and a return to robots and the world of Robin Hood in ‘Robot of Sherwood,’ but what may be the most important episode in this theme is simply titled ‘Robot.’ This episode has far more importance for being the story that introduced Tom Baker as the Doctor, but has an epic and, unfortunately, hilarious appearance of a giant robot with a conflicted conscious. So for those that enjoy the stories that feature those beings that have both helped and harmed humanity throughout all of Sci-Fi history, sit back, watch some ‘Who’, and we’ll see you again soon.
In today’s world of exboxes & playstashuns & crazy, learning A.I., we all have our own love for gadgets & technology, yet no technology can beat our undying love for robots. <3 Oh, yes… robots!! Whether they be the beeping droids like those in Star Wars or cute little ones like Pixar’s Wall-E; real ones like NASA’s rover Curiosity, or handyrobotic, bionic limbs*, our culture is fascinated by the potential these inventions hold, limited only by our own imaginations.
*cheap shot you say? Oh, c’mon I love terrible puns!
Don’t judge me!
Believe it or not, robots as a concept really aren’t as new as we would think! While Japan was the first country to build a robot — followed closely after by Germany & then China — the idea of a machine of sorts performing functions assigned to it has been around since ancient time.
OTHER COOL ROBOTS OF THE WORLD
There are some robots that can blow your mind, far surpassing your expectations & imagination, (as already evidenced by those linked above), whether from their highly advanced technology, their stunning designs, or the extraordinary work which they perform. Some robots are created for simple, even nonsensical things. For example, there’s the Snackbot, made by students at Carnegie Mellon University, which does precisely what you’d think: he delivers snacks to students (granted, there’s some “reasoning” behind this, like studying robot-human interactions & what-nots…we know the truth though). Then there are robots like Wheeme: the first body massaging robot of the world! Apparently, it gives massages like the experts. (For obvious reasons, we will most assuredly be getting one of these next payday! xD)
Some other neat neat robots worth mentioning:
Pleo – a ridiculously adorable animatronic pet dinosaur. This neat robot combines two of my obsessions: robots & dinosaurs. If they ever make a Triceratops model, I’ll be the first in line!!
PackBots – developed by iRobot (yes, that same company that makes the cute little robotic vacuums) to detect mines in Afghanistan for the US military.
BigDog – the most advanced “terrain” robot, created to serve as a “pack mule” of sorts, climbing, carrying & able to lift insane amounts (up to 340 lbs so far, they’re working on more!) Personally, I think this little guy looks a lot like an AT-AT, but he’s the size of a large dog.
ISOBOT – the most produced robot in the world with great entertainment offers it provides.
The Schaft robot*- a humanoid, award winning robot created by Google to navigate disaster areas & clear debris. *after SHAFT was acquired by Google, most of the previously public information was removed from the internet.
Obviously, there are far, far more robots out there to know about, but I couldn’t possibly list them all here!!
…Though, I would love to share one final one that tickled me pink to find: a bartending robot made of lego parts. Yep, you read me right! Check him out in the video below of this Einstein-looking robot mixing a screwdriver of “wodka” and orange soda at the 2006 CeBit confrence:
ROFL. Oh, man…I need one of those, too!! Which of these real robots do you think is coolest?? Is there one I missed that you toally feel should have been listed? Share in the comments!
We’ll see you tomorrow for another AWESOME Whovian Wednesday!! Cheers!
— Elise M. Gross
WELCOME TO -bzzt!!- CHEEKY. GEEKS. NNN-BL0000000G!!-cracklez-
HOSTILE TAKE OVER IN 3… 2… 1…
Robots and cyborgs and drones!! OH MY!
What a bang-up week we have in store for y’all — ooooooh, I just cannot wait! and isn’t that poster just TOO COOL?! The ever talented Jeremy Kerns of the always amusing Timid Studios strikes another home run..! (Seriously, have I mentioned yet how incredibly lucky I feel that he does so much for us?!)
If you think that wicked-awesome movie style poster above is awesome, by the way, you’ll love this little r0b0t week promo video I commissioned a video guru to make…!
Oh, man, I am just tickled pink by that!! xD Hoo-hoo-hooo!!!
So, since I already showed you guys my awesome r0b0t Treasury Tuesday todaaaay (it’s one of my favourites, even still), I’ll be treating you all to a very fun learnin’s tomorrow.
Until then, tell me your favourite robot from “history”, real or fictional!! I’m quite partial to GiR (from Invader Zim), personally… :3 …hmm, I suppose that might tell you something about me…oh, well. :\
This week’s round-up is going to be a little different from the previous ones… since this week was all about games, I wanted to really showcase all of the many, many games we couldn’t possibly fit in to a 7-day week — & of course I wanted to fill it with as much awesome DIY treats as possible!! xD
With that, let’s check out some of my favourite DIY’s for games that I’ve drooled over — hopefully, I’ll get to make some of these myself soon! (I have epic plans for my sewing machine & a tic-tac-toe game! Or maybe Checkers…or both??)
….and okay…yes… there are a couple of video gameNintendo related DIYs. xD (What? You know I’m a Nintendork!)