The Geekbox: Episode 203

This is the year of Ryan Higgins playing all the classic role-playing games he missed out on — which is a lot, for a guy who is a self-professed lover of role-playing games. Also, Higgins apparently doesn’t know what the flu is. Get ready for the Science Box!

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The Geekbox — Episode 203 (2013-01-15)
Wherein we discuss DC Comics creative teams losing their jobs over the Internet, fixing Disney’s Fantasyland, Disney’s all-seeing eye, Zack Snyder and Star Wars, classic role-playing games, Persona 3, Fire Emblem, Chrono Cross, Arrow, the 2013 Academy Award nominees, cold vs. flu, and the best games of 1993. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 18m 15s
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11 Responses to “ “The Geekbox: Episode 203”

  1. Antinonymous says:

    Damn it, if Karen doesn’t care about the top games of 1993 list and discussion about it she can just leave. Just continue another half hour without her, jeez. Ryan seemed so enthusiastic to talk about it but instead it gets cut short ’cause someone didn’t care.

  2. Ryan Higgins says:

    Hey all, for the record, I’m not anti-vaccine. Those people are fucking crazy. I’m not totally insane :)

  3. Chris says:

    The discussion about flu vaccines was absolutely painful – and unethical. There’s a reason we have a centers for disease control and a national institutes of health who DON’T have a commercial interest in pushing a vaccine for no reason.

    If you use bad science and say “I’m a perfectly healthy person – I won’t die from the flu and the flu shot is some evil plot” what you are doing is potentially contracting the virus from someone else unvaccinated, and then spreading it to someone immunocompromised (children, the elderly, people undergoing chemotherapy) who can’t be effectively vaccinated and may die from contracting the real thing.

    The flu kills something like 30,000 people a year. Besides it being callous to just say “well, it just kills the old and sick people so yay Darwin, who cares,” it occasionally kills perfectly healthy people and causes millions of dollars in lost productivity and avoidable hospitalizations / ER visits.

    Everyone who can be vaccinated against the flu should be. That or move to Wyoming and don’t ever interact with civil society until you’re willing to accept the responsibilities that come with it.

  4. Taylor says:

    OMG, I can’t listen to Ryan H. talk about vaccines. This is like some next level Bachmann ish. Seriously, screw off.

  5. sdf says:

    M. Higgins is your new god, pinkies. I bet you idiots fall for knock-knock jokes too.

  6. person says:

    Ryan H. loving Prometheus fits well with his science/vaccine denial. (not the most informed sci-fi movie)
    http://whatculture.com/film/prometheus-20-blunders-that-ruined-the-film.php

  7. WangDangle says:

    Just when you think Higgins couldn’t get more ignorant or contrarian. He comes out as anti-vaccination.

  8. SaltyB says:

    Please god never let Ryan talk about the flu shots or imunisation again he knows nothing about them and is just trying to explain away proven science.

    It reminded me of when people try to argue against vaxinating kids against diseases becasue it will either give them the deases or give them asburgers

  9. Val says:

    Vaccines give a dead version of a pathogen without any of it’s harmful genetic material that actually cause any damage. The way vaccines work is they introduce the predicted antigen(a sort of receptor by which our immune system recognizes the pathogens), our body produces the required memory cells – it takes a while, that’s why we’re generally sick for a couple of days – so when we get the real thing in the future the immune system already has all the necessary specialized cells to combat it, and so the infection has no effect as it’s immediately wiped out. Also antibiotics produce resistant pathogens, not vaccines. Vaccines are one of the biggest medical advancements, and they have prevented MANY infections and deaths, it’s not even arguable.

  10. Andrew B says:

    Thanks Brian! Haha, that conversation was so heated I stopped making food to come to the site and make certain some one had addressed the issue. If nothing else, I just wanted to mention that, with the healthcare I currently have, annual flu shots cost me only $10-15. Unless the healthcare provider is really shelling out some heavy behind the scenes cash, it doesn’t seem like research and distribution of the vaccines would be a super profitable thing…. Anyway, who’s looking forward to Pandora’s Tower? This guy!

  11. Brian says:

    Cold v. Flu:

    There are a couple of easy facts to locate online for this, but I don’t want to save you the googling joy :}

    1- Colds are caused by the same virii that cause the flu and strep throat. They are just weak reactions to the virii.

    2- Vaccines give you weakened or killed versions of the predicted “popular” strains as you said. This generates antibodies, but can cause the flu, and can also fail to provide protection. It reduces the number of cases, but doesn’t provide immunity. Healthy 20-40 year-olds arguably don’t need the vaccine, but child and elderly immune systems often need the “practice” that vaccines provide.

    3- Anti-bacterial hand soap has nothing to do with virii, and I’ve seen a lot of disagreement on the strengthening effects. Used in moderation in germy situations, like cons, it’s probably a good idea. Used frequently in all situations is probably a bad idea.

    Love the show :}

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