#1 By: Cory Doctorow, September 29th, 2013 12:04
#2 By: Stefan Jones, September 29th, 2013 12:29
Oh MAN . . .
I watched a whole movie on Netflix about Fechter and Rock-A-Fire:
It's odd and not a little sad. A lot of the movie is spent following Fechter around his lab as he remembers the glory days, when Chuck-E-Cheese was buying Rock-A-Fire robot bands. He shows workbenches where so-and-so was working on such-and-such when he was fired, and just left things as they were. And there were pools of toxic plastic goo and reject animatronic skins and so on.
#3 By: Jen Hamilton, September 29th, 2013 13:10
Friends working in surrounding buildings said they thought a train had derailed. It really is amazing that no one was hurt; a few hours difference could have been...bad.
#4 By: Stephen Schenck, September 29th, 2013 13:41
Should I find it very telling that I can't find a single web site clearly explaining what "carbohydrillium" is, chemically?
#5 By: Daniel Nebdal, September 29th, 2013 13:47
I was thinking the same - a fuel substance that has miraculous claims and no MSDS/wikipedia page/blog post about its chemistry is not something I'd bet too much on. Of course, it could just be a real thing kept under wraps until they feel it's time to patent (or release for free, or whatever) it.
edit: "Green and pollution free", but it's a gas you burn as cooking fuel. Yeah no.
#6 By: Bucket, September 29th, 2013 14:07
I suspect it's some variant of Brown's Gas, which is a favorite of the free-energy/woo crowd and a great way to blow up one's family members: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/11/local/la-me-explosion-20110811
#7 By: Jonathan Roberts, September 29th, 2013 19:59
No humans have been hurt yet. Just wait until the Chuck-e-cheese robots rise up in revenge for this unprovoked attack. The whack-a-mole machines have suffered the humans' abuse for too long.
#8 By: David_Gilbert, September 29th, 2013 20:58
I work in a building right across the street from this location. The building has been "abandoned" for several years (i.e. nobody comes and goes it's just storage). In addition, the city had already condemned the building (it's currently sporting several signs showing that is in fact condemned).
Regarding the noise of the bang, I thought that someone dropped a filing cabinet upstairs. My co workers walked right by the building on their way to work without a second glance. At first we couldn't figure out why all the fire trucks and police and TV were hovering around until we read the reports in the media. Yea, we know something happened because of the windows blown out, but you couldn't see the back wall from our office.
They were clearing out some items from the building on Friday. Let's see what Monday brings....
#9 By: echolocate chocolate, September 29th, 2013 21:45
This is really the best possible outcome... nobody was hurt, and now the magnifying glass of attention is on this nonsensical "carbohydrillium". Although come to think of it, it will probably just bring more advocates rather than turn everyone into a skeptic.
Also: Carbohydrillium is an excellently steampunky name for an Unobtanium compound.
#10 By: Smut Clyde, September 29th, 2013 21:52
...causing chaos near downtown Orlando and leaving robots scattered around burning rubble...
Just another normal day in the Philip K. Dick theme-park.
#11 By: Stefan Jones, September 29th, 2013 22:15
The place is going to be kind of toxic, if that documentary I mentioned up above is any indication. Barrels of old plastic goo and who knows what.
#12 By: Coyote, September 30th, 2013 11:31
#13 By: Coyote, September 30th, 2013 11:34
It powers the next generation of Whac-A-Mole machines. You probably don't want to hit the moles too hard, though.
#14 By: Kat Mueller, September 30th, 2013 12:19
The full name of the animatronic band is the Rock-afire Explosion. Isn't it ironic, don't you think?
The Rock-afire Explosion is an animatronic robot band that played in Showbiz Pizza Place from 1980 to 1990, and in various Showbiz Pizza locations between 1990 and 1992 as Showbiz rebranded and the band was steadily replaced by Chuck E. Cheese characters. The show was pioneering in many respects to other animatronics shows of the early 1980s, featuring life-sized characters capable of facial expression; some were even programmed in such a way that they could actually play simple melodies on music...
#15 By: Cory Doctorow, October 4th, 2013 12:04
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