Coming up on Season 2 of Beyond Geek…
Fire in the hole! [gunshot sound] Woo!
It’s an exact replica of the bridge.
I’m a weekend warrior.Once a month, people come over here and shoot.
What do you think draws people to make Star Trek fan films?
In my opinion, a hackathon is basically where everybody can get together to just throw all the experience they have, gain as much as experience coding as they want, and try to create something with as little sleep and as much caffeine as you can put into a human body. [laughing]
We wanted to make the physical world just as interactive to everyone as the virtual world is right now, and in order to do that, I wanted to use robotics.
[Robot voice] Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present via telerobotics at a place other than their true location.
And so, Henry has left his body. His mind is just flying. It’s to the point now that I don’t really think of him being paralyzed.
I feel like this is gonna hurt me more than it’s gonna hurt you. [laughing]
What’s the biggest difference between this level of wrestling and then what we see on the big networks like WWE?
The money, really. What they do is fundamentally the same as what we do.
You want gender equality? Welcome to wrestling.
Crowd cheering: “Bookworm!”
You’re gonna see mayhem, and chaos, and crazy things like that, but what you’re also gonna see is people coming together to overcome obstacles and challenges.
You can expect to see a lot of crazy art doing things that art shouldn’t do.
I do several kinds of reenacting. All of them are fun, but pirate reenacting is the most fun of all.
Why do you think people are drawn to the lightsaber?
On the playground, my friend and I we’d pick up sticks, and whack the bejezzus out of each other, you know, and pretending we’re Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Are you guys working out with lightsabers?
This is our way of deceiving nerds and geeks like us into working out.
They were kind of messing around with a toy lightsaber,
and they said, Man, it would be really cool if you know there was lightsaber fighting the sport. They started talking, and one thing led to another, and then suddenly, you know, here we are.
It’s the nerdiest sport that will probably exist in my lifetime, and that’s why everyone should do it.