Geekend Update: Reuseable Rockets, 3D Printed Implants, and Life on Mars

Reuseable Rockets, 3D Printed Implants, and Life on Mars

Your weekly look at the most interesting science stories in the ever-expanding universe.

Don't fret, folks, we'll be talking about the Higgs Boson confirmation next week! For more on the stories this week, you can read about Reusable Rockets, 3D Printed Implants, and Life on Mars.

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What a nice addition to the Escapist! Thank you for bringing a video series to look forward to on the "Geekend." I like that term much more than I should. I really enjoyed this episode and didn't realize there was one before it. I think it's time to go check that one out.

Thanks again and I'm looking forward to next week's Higgs Boson segment (there's something I don't get to say very often).

What is the music at the end? It's nice

The sun joke just fell flat.

I enjoy this series, thank you for making it

kailus13:

The sun joke just fell flat.

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you could even go that far and say..
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that joke wasn't very bright..

love the new show... but hate the host :s

Ok, this eoisode convinced me somewhat more than the last, can't quite put my finger on why though...

Oh also, as a nurse on an A&E post-OP ward; bio-polymer implants sound like seriously good news, even if it is still in its early stages.Can't overstate the number of problems this may help to solve in the coming years.

Loving this series the sun joke brighten up my day.

Sun getting in the way?
Get an Oracle!

umbraticus:
love the new show... but hate the host :s

Ok, as constructive criticism goes, that's not very helpful. Is there anything in particular that you don't enjoy?

NASA can't say "life on Mars" anymore unless they find fossils, live microbial life, or some green skinned fellow wanting to say hi. No more of this "Might possibly perhaps at one point could have theoretically suggested" crap when they want media attention.

I'd be interested in that slightly old story about negative Kelvin temperatures getting on the show.

I'm quite glad to see more science news on the escapist.

I've missed that weekly science column you guys had running some time back.

Ohhh, I do enjoy this show.

I personally think that everything about this show is good. I like the host, she sounds like she understands most of the science.

Susan Arendt:

umbraticus:
love the new show... but hate the host :s

Ok, as constructive criticism goes, that's not very helpful. Is there anything in particular that you don't enjoy?

it's the way she 'brings' the news. it feels kind of staged or fake. good intonation and pauses at the right moment are important to keep attention, but sometimes she gets too close to some form overacting. i think the first segment about the rocket and how she explains why it's so important, is a good example.

I like her, she's funny. Can we keep her? Pretty please?

I like this show more than her other one -the commercially one - but then I like science more than looking at things I can't afford.

Ugh, I hate writing posts on my phone. This took me almost five minutes to write instead of the 30 seconds it would've taken on a computer. Can we have mobile friendly Escapist soon too?

umbraticus:

Susan Arendt:

umbraticus:
love the new show... but hate the host :s

Ok, as constructive criticism goes, that's not very helpful. Is there anything in particular that you don't enjoy?

it's the way she 'brings' the news. it feels kind of staged or fake. good intonation and pauses at the right moment are important to keep attention, but sometimes she gets too close to some form overacting. i think the first segment about the rocket and how she explains why it's so important, is a good example.

I really liked the content, and the H2G2 reference at the beginning :)

As for a mild critique; firstly let me say that 'bad for the escapist' is still very good in terms of the whole internet. You guys do an amazing job and well deserved crown of best lifestyle website in the universe. However I think Umbraticus has hit the nail on the head, the delivery is a little too sterile, and not very 'Escapisty'.

I know that may be a little hard to interpret but the rest of your videos set such a high standard. I'd say Reel Physics has a lot of delicious Escapistiness, I get the feeling they are having a good time filming it, same can be said for Greg doing Escapist News Wrap. In both these cases I feel like I am being talked to, not being talked at.

I'd like to finish on a positive; Ashley's twitter feed demonstrates she's a fantastically fun person and fabulous nerd, I think the viewers would just like that relayed in her content.

Holy crap, the classic rocket ships from movies in the 1950s got it right, spaceships in the future WILL take off and land verticaly!

MIND BLOWN!

LordFish:

umbraticus:

Susan Arendt:

Ok, as constructive criticism goes, that's not very helpful. Is there anything in particular that you don't enjoy?

it's the way she 'brings' the news. it feels kind of staged or fake. good intonation and pauses at the right moment are important to keep attention, but sometimes she gets too close to some form overacting. i think the first segment about the rocket and how she explains why it's so important, is a good example.

I really liked the content, and the H2G2 reference at the beginning :)

As for a mild critique; firstly let me say that 'bad for the escapist' is still very good in terms of the whole internet. You guys do an amazing job and well deserved crown of best lifestyle website in the universe. However I think Umbraticus has hit the nail on the head, the delivery is a little too sterile, and not very 'Escapisty'.

I know that may be a little hard to interpret but the rest of your videos set such a high standard. I'd say Reel Physics has a lot of delicious Escapistiness, I get the feeling they are having a good time filming it, same can be said for Greg doing Escapist News Wrap. In both these cases I feel like I am being talked to, not being talked at.

I'd like to finish on a positive; Ashley's twitter feed demonstrates she's a fantastically fun person and fabulous nerd, I think the viewers would just like that relayed in her content.

Oh, I appreciate that you saw my Twitter feed. I like to have fun on the internet (that's what it's there for, right?) --

I've been creating shows for a few years now, and I actually understand this critique...

Whenever I create a new show, it takes a while for me to warm up to a couple of things:

- The production schedule (which, in the case of the GU, is very quick turnaround, so not much time for rehearsals)
- The audience viewing the content and what they want in terms of personality, overlapped with what the tone Susan and I discussed when we mapped out the show
- The groove of the show

Just like any host you've probably seen on TV, it takes a few episodes for them to sort of "settle in" to their show, and I'm definitely the same way! My very first show for Mobile Nations was horrible!

I can promise that over time, I shall be more comfortable in my new Escapist homes, and hopefully loosen up a bit in terms of presentation.

HOWEVER (and this is very important!):

I am admittedly a huge ham and cheese sandwich. Extra ham, extra cheese. And that, my friends, will never go away.

Not bad info. But I don't understand the point of the weird recap montage after a segment. >_>

LordFish:

I know that may be a little hard to interpret but the rest of your videos set such a high standard. I'd say Reel Physics has a lot of delicious Escapistiness, I get the feeling they are having a good time filming it, same can be said for Greg doing Escapist News Wrap. In both these cases I feel like I am being talked to, not being talked at.

Wait, did I hear someone say Reel Physics?

Thanks for the kind words LordFish! I really appreciate it. We hope we embody all that is Escapisty!

Ashley Esqueda:

Just like any host you've probably seen on TV, it takes a few episodes for them to sort of "settle in" to their show, and I'm definitely the same way! My very first show for Mobile Nations was horrible!

I can promise that over time, I shall be more comfortable in my new Escapist homes, and hopefully loosen up a bit in terms of presentation.

HOWEVER (and this is very important!):

I am admittedly a huge ham and cheese sandwich. Extra ham, extra cheese. And that, my friends, will never go away.

As for Ashley, let her get settled in. The show is a tough one to do because you have to research the information, pick the stuff people want to see and hear about, write the script, deliver the on-air work, and then get all of the video/images to go along with the voiceover. I pitched a show pilot similar to this and it was hard to nail down without the show format being stale. It's hard dammit! As for Reel Physics, it definitely took us a while to get in the groove... if we can even claim to be there now. And we still deliver more ham and cheese than the law legally allows.

Good luck Ashley!

Jason Dean
REEL PHYSICS

Ashley Esqueda:
I auditioned for the part of Dejah Thoris.

The first words that came to mind with this episode were: "This is smart."

You didn't try to dumb it down too much. That's a nice change of pace from the large majority of science and technical news casters who don't want to alienate or confuse folks with excessive technical jargon. It can be a real balancing act, I know, but your approach is fitting for the Escapist with its "Geek" community.

I grok your need to settle into the show and I'm glad you addressed it because...

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...I didn't want to go there. :D

Very informative; I hadn't heard about any of these stories. I'm enjoying the show so far, and hope to see more!

AngelSword:
Not bad info. But I don't understand the point of the weird recap montage after a segment. >_>

Cuts between stories. Otherwise, we'd just have an ugly jump cut there, and I find jump cuts too unpolished for a show like this~

Ashley Esqueda:

AngelSword:
Not bad info. But I don't understand the point of the weird recap montage after a segment. >_>

Cuts between stories. Otherwise, we'd just have an ugly jump cut there, and I find jump cuts too unpolished for a show like this~

My suggestion is to cut between stories like LRR did back in eNN. For example look at this episode http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/escapist-news-network/2440-Rejeweled

Now you may feel like segments need book ending to differentiate them but I think this is not the case.

Another good show, not quite as polished as the first in the writing department. But overall good to go! Besides if you'd hit two right out of the ball park on the first go. There would have to be some conspiracy theories to explain it all.

Ok, this is miles better than the infomercials you done in the other show.
However the recap cuts are to be done away with, it is nothing but annoying and to somone who actually watches the video it feels like you think our attention span is that low.
Also it feels like you lack passion to present it. I guess it works for news, kinda, but the jokes just do not feel genuine. Reel Physics have done presenting better in my opinion. However the content is interesting and this show i will keep watching.

 

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