The Geekend Review | April 6th

The Geekend Review | April 6th

The Geekend Review | Taking a look back and forward at cool geek news.

Geekend Review

The Geekend Review, “the cool form of uncool before uncool became a thing”. We take a look at some of the more exciting news stories to have dropped over the last week and what’s coming soon.

This week a guy spent an entire year building an Iron Man suit out of cardboard, another guy came dangerously close to being hit by a meteorite whilst skydiving – and has  the video to prove it, Amazon enter the set-top box market, we take a look at the US pilot for the IT Crowd (Did we learn nothing from Red Dwarf?) and a look at one film on at the cinema this week.

I Am Cardboard Man! 

Taiwanese artist Xhongkai Xiang spent a whole year creating a highly detailed, full sized replica of  Tony Stark’s billion dollar armour for next to nothing. His other creations are equally as amazing. Also built from cardboard Xiang has created a moveable T-Rex, Optimus Prime and an incredibly detailed dragon sculpture complete with individual scales. From drinking straws he’s created one of Ridley Scott’s Aliens from the movie.

Check out this video to see all of the above and more.

Skydiving Around A Meteorite, BRB.

This amazing footage hit the net this week of a guy coming very close to being hit by a falling meteorite. In real-time it’s difficult to catch but keep watching as the film is slowed down to witness a significant lump of rock hurtling towards the Earth and coming very close to taking out the skydiver filming the whole thing.

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Amazon Fire TV Unveiled.

Amazon have entered the set-top box market which will allow users to stream content at lightning fast pace claiming to have taken the buffering out of the equation. As well as Amazon Prime for movies and TV you’ll be able to browse the net and play games with the additional joypad accessory. Amazon Fire TV also boasts voice search.

The box retails at $99 and is available in the US now. The comparable price in the UK is £59 though it’s likely that the box will be priced more towards £99 which pitches it neatly against the similarly priced Apple TV and Roku. No UK release date has been announced yet.


The IT Crowd US Pilot.

Not necessarily on trend this week but it’s still interesting to see another failed attempt at re-creating UK comedy in the US. Red Dwarf was a monumental flop in the past, though the Office went on to run for more seasons that it achieved in on this side of the pond. You can find a comparison between the UK and US pilots for The IT Crowd here.

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Will Harrison

About the author | Will Harrison

Founder of The Unheard Nerd. A husband and father of two girls, Will is a fan of Nerdcore Hip-Hop, a comics fiend, a podcast host and champion of independent nerd culture. | Follow will on twitter: @TheUnheardNerd

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