Monthly Archives: November 2017

Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Breakdown

The new trailer for Infinity war was out this week, and people liked it. And they should. In a single movie, Marvel brings together every hero in the cinematic universe and pits them against the most powerful Marvel villain so far and his army of aliens. Here’s the trailer, in case you haven’t seen it:

The truth is, there is so much to in this trailer that there is no way I can mention everything in one post. But I can try.

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Strange is back, and he’s bringing his friends. Dr. Strange has been a bit of an oddball so far. He is far more powerful than just about any Avenger, and even with his cameo in Thor: Ragnarok he was held back and mysterious. Maybe that will change now that he is fighting alongside the “mainstream” Avengers.

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It appears Vision has found a way to give himself synthetic skin. It will be interesting to see if it is a disguise, a human form, or a transfer of consciousness. Either way, an android becoming a human is pretty damn cool.

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Loki’s up to no good, as usual. He has his hands on the Tesseract, which he presumably took with him as Asgard was destroyed. We don’t know everything that it can do, but as we saw in The First Avenger, it is not too be messed around with. And it’s hard to imagine what else Loki might be doing with it, if not messing around.

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Looks like Spidey has an Iron Man suit. As you can see on the knee pads and eyes, it’s completely robotic, but it’s still flexible–does that make it the best Iron Man armor so far?

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Tony’s back to bust hulks, in what looks like a modern version of the Hulkbuster. There is a rumor that the guy inside is actually Banner, not Stark, because he doesn’t want to be Hulk again, but still wants to smash things.


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Is this the death of Vision? The Stone in his forehead gave him his power, so if it is ripped out, that might be the last we see of him. He is definitely worth keeping an eye on, with the new skin and all.

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Predator, is that you? Probably not. To be honest, this is a very dull and generic movie alien: green, big, misshapen head, marginally intimidating teeth…let’s just hope they’re gonna be better than all the other ones.

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Thanos looks like a force to be reckoned with. The only question is, if he brought an army to do the dirty work, how powerful is he really? Hopefully, he is a badass as well as a mastermind. We’ll see.

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The Black Panther movie isn’t out yet, so it’s hard to tell who the army is, but they look like they can beat up a handful of aliens.

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There’s a lot to see here. Bucky has his arm back, as expected. War Machine is flying again, which is unexpected given his injuries from Civil War. The Hulk is pissed off again, even though Banner said he never wanted to be Hulk again after Ragnarok–maybe the Hulkbuster suit failed him, it really was him inside. There is someone new between Panther and Cap, though she might not be new after Black Panther. But the most interesting thing is Cap’s pitch black suit. It looks like the black Superman suit, just with more tech. In reality, the reason for the color would be that there was no time to paint it, but in a movie it makes you think. Has the first Avenger lost his patriotism after all? In Civil War, he chose independence over the law, and you could tell it was hard on him. Maybe he became a darker hero after that.

Why the Clone Wars is NOT a Kids Show, In 15 Pictures

The Clone Wars is a one-time love-it-or-hate-it deal. Many people understandably have issues with it, and it’s been called a “kiddie show” even by fans of the movies. The combination of an animated format, cheesy music, and cartoonish antics have earned it enough hate to be dubbed as “not true Star Wars” and “just a bit of fun for kids.”

This is not true. The show might even be less kid-friendly than the movies. Sure, it has no blood, but it’s still a dark, violent show, and many scenes have more weight about them than a small child can comprehend. This is true especially for children who have not seen the movies because they are targeted to a slightly older audience, and because some are PG-13 (such as Revenge of the Sith, the end of which is essential to understanding and enjoying the depth of the Clone Wars). Here’s why toddlers should stay away from this show, for better or worse.

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Jedi training ordinary Separatist citizens to riot and rebel against their government and become notorious terrorists and extremists
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A dozen people decapitated because they refused to join a terrorist cell
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A terrorist group of so-called Mandalorians casually torching up a village of innocents to show their strength
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A cyborg about to decapitate a psycho on screen for all those toddlers to see
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A lizard-person hunting enslaved kids for sport
An alien zombie with a worm up its nose, straight from your nightmares
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A worm that enters through your nose or ears and turns you into a zombie before eating your brain completely
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Clones fighting their comrades on orders of a fallen Jedi
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The same Jedi slaughtering his own men
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Clones executing clones for questioning risky and ruthless orders from the same Jedi
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A guy committing suicide after terrorists took over his planet
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A twi’lek committing suicide
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Anakin, forced to either kill his master, kill his apprentice, or complete his turn to the Dark Side
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A lecture on war budgets and corrupt governments that every six-year-old will understand and enjoy, as told by a homicidal terrorist mastermind
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And finally, foreshadowing of Anakin’s fall, the rise of Darth Vader, and the beginning of an era of evil for the galaxy

…and all that is only a small sample of the hidden darkness in this seemingly innocent cartoon. If your kid wasn’t messed up before…

The fact that it is for an older audience could be good or bad. It’s good because if you enjoyed it, you don’t have to be ashamed of actually liking a kid show. It’s bad because it shows what a dumb move it was to try to sell toys from it, and because it proves that Lucasfilm was just too lazy to produce it in live-action. It also brings up the question of just how much more enjoyable a TV-14 live-action show would have been instead of a TV-Y7 cartoon, for both the Clone Wars and Rebels.

Still not convinced? Watch the show again and see for yourself.

5 Best Fighting Bot Designs


Remote control robot fighting is a strange but exciting hobby. Every robot is unique and loaded with weapons and features, and often takes years to build. The fights are short, intense, and satisfyingly violent, and many bots go down in a blaze of glory–sometimes literally–after only a few minutes in the ring.

When building one of these machines, many factors must be considered, such as ground clearance, stability, weight, speed, maneuverability, protection, and effective weapons. The rules to the competitions are mostly just common sense: no lasers, radioactivity, explosive projectiles, self-destruction, etc., so there are few limits to what can be done. Flamethrowers, chainsaws, and missiles are all part of the deal.

These are five of the best designs for fighting bots that I could find, considering results from real competitions, as well as the potential or theoretical effectiveness since these are design ideas, not specific bots.



5: Hammerers

Characterized by one powerful hammer on top, these are formidable bots loaded with power. They have a sturdy base with no weak points and one powerful arm on top. It can be loaded with a hammer, ax or saw, but whatever it is all the power in the robot is behind it for one lethal blow that will smash anything in its path.


4: Flippers

Flippers, aka launchers, don’t have any flashy weapons like hammers or blades, but what they do have is just as effective. An entire section of the hull thrusts upward, hurling anything on it into the air. It is also used to flip itself up if it is turned upside down. The hydraulic motor responsible for the thrust is powerful enough to toss around just about any bot in the weight limit.

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3: Grapplers

These scorpion-shaped bots grasp their victims with steel claws that can pierce the armor, and lower their “tails” to destroy them. The tail can be anything from a hammer to a saw to a spear, or anything else that can do damage. The power of the weapon is less dependent on the weight because it can use the enemy as balance, but even so, they are typically less powerful than hammerers. Nonetheless, by trapping its opponent in its claws, it ensures that it gets off multiple hits from the same angle, causing maximum damage with minimal effort.


2: Blade spinners

While many are small, these are powerful bots. Their rotating blades or bars can reach speeds high enough to launch opponents into the air. Because they are flat, most can be driven upside down. Their strong armoring protects them from heavy weapons like hammers and axes, and their blades can rip up bots twice their size with a single hit.


1: Tub spinners

These are one of the simplest types of fighting bots, but they do very good in battles. The key to their success is the speed of the cylinder and the durability. High-speed cylinders cause severe damage even on well-built robots and occasionally they even light others on fire with the sparks created by the friction of the cylinder against the opponent. Their flat, aerodynamic hulls optimize airflow and downforce so they are fast and stable. The weight of their armor is no disadvantage with a powerful motor, and it helps them stay on the ground and avoid getting tossed around by bigger bots. Most can take direct hits from heavy weaponry such as hammers. Many have no assigned top or bottom, so they are at no disadvantage when flipped upside down. Combined with a virtually indestructible body, these are dangerous bots with a good record.

What do you think? Which bot would you bet on? Do you have better ideas?