March 15th, 2013


Friday Fun Stuff: Tesla, Kickstarter, School of Thrones

Epic Rap Battles of History has had its up times and its down times. There have been several down episodes lately, but they just released "Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla" and thankfully they seem to have gotten their groove back.

In fact Tesla seems to be on everyone's minds this week. I've only seen a couple reviews of "Oz the Great and Powerful" so far, but the ones i have all seem to agree that the movie is beautiful but the plot is flawed. Martha Wells had this in particular to say:

"and I didn't like the mention of Thomas Edison as a hero. If Edison had been there, he would have electrocuted the Munchkins and stolen all their stuff. But if Tesla had been there, with even a tenth of the Tinkers' resources and help, he would have built them a robot army on hovercraft and been leading them in the Iron Man suit. That's how it happens in my head, anyway."

That sounds _awesome_. Of course Edison really ought to be the bad guy, whether replacing or in cahoots with one of the Wicked Witches i dunno.

And in addition one of Kickstarter's recommended things this week is a Nikola Tesla graphic novel biography. Unlike a lot of other kickstarters i've mentioned i don't really have much of an opinion about this one, i just find yet another Tesla reference amusing.

Of course the big Kickstarter news this week, for the one person who hasn't heard about it yet, is the Veronica Mars movie project which managed to surpass a million dollars in four or five hours or some such. It also drew a non-trivial amount of criticism for being too commercial or some such. Particularly because the people running the kickstarter don't actually have the rights to the movie. The kickstarter is effectively an attempt to bribe Warner Brothers into committing to the project. Which they've been perfectly up front about, but some of said critics still seem to think people are being fooled/scammed/whatever.

Also on a related note, before Veronica Mars set the record for quickest to one million, the record was previously held (for like all of a week) by Torment: Tides of Numenera which is an attempt to make a spiritual sequel to Planescape: Torment.

Okay, this train of thought seems to have derailed into Kickstarter station =P

So here's "School of Thrones", Game of Thrones as a high school drama. It's not great, but it's definitely cute and amusing.

Also, io9 is doing a "March TV Madness" contest to decide the best Science Fiction TV series. Sadly the voting for the first round is already finished, but if you're interested you know where to watch for when round two starts next week.