Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mr. Fantastic will help you play Warcraft forever

- I think there is a small chance you will never die from natural causes.  I think there is a very good chance your grand-children will never die from natural causes.  Articles like the following provide this kind of optimism:,2933,592668,00.html

- If you suddenly came down with a never-seen-before fatal illness, which one of the following super-scientists would you most trust to save your life?

1. Doctor Emmett Brown (Back to the Future)
2. Reed Richards (Fantastic Four)
3. Walter Bishop (Fringe)
4. Professor Roy Hinckley (Gilligan's Island)
5. Buckaroo Banzai (Across the 8th dimension)

Feel free to use the comments section to add your own super-scientist to the list.

- New programming jargon.  None of these terms are part of the official programmer vocabulary, but some of them should be:

- When World of Warcraft players get burned out (like me), which online game do they turn to next?


Anonymous said...

Reed by a mile. Not even close. "It's great, steal it."


Randal said...

Of that list, only Banzai is a medical doctor, and has done some medical research. Bishop seems to have some sort of medical knowledge, but he might have accidentally invented the fatal illness in the first place.

As far as Reed Richards, he's at the very least third on the list of Marvel super scientists...Bruce Banner and Hank Pym come ahead of him (Pym is actually this dimension's Scientist Supreme, analogous to Dr. Strange being Sorcerer Supreme), and since Banner could never cure himself of being the Hulk, and Richards could never cure Ben of being the Thing, I'd give the nod to Pym (although when the three of them, among others, tried to cure Captain Marvel's fatal cancer, they failed).

Speaking of Dr. Strange, he might be a good bet - he's one of the best surgeons on the planet and has that whole mystical hoojoo to back up (although he's not Sorcerer Supreme anymore).

Believe it or not, Lex Luthor would be at the top of my list. He's actually invented and is sitting on cures for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimers and a whole bunch of others because he refuses to help humanity until Superman's taken care of.

And I think I've spent far too much time thinking about this topic. Good question.

Greymarch said...

I slightly leans towards Reed Richards. My 2nd pick would be Walter Bishop, but I can make an argument for all five:

- From everything I know about the Marvel universe, Reed Richards is considered the smartest human being in the cosmos.

- Walter Bishop has a PHD in biochemistry, and was the head of the biochem departments of Harvard, Yale and MIT...all at the same time!

- Doc Brown works faster than all the others, and he just seems to have this aura of luck about him.

- Banzai is a world renown neuro-surgeon and he has a PHD in particle physics.

- The Professor can make robots and radios from mere coconuts. Nuff said.