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Junkyard Wars Wants You!

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the community-service dept.

Television 377

Dan Messinger writes "Bring On The Junk! Junkyard Wars is looking for new contestants to compete on the 2003 series. Teams of contestants are given ten hours to build a machine to solve a specific challenge using parts they salvage from a junkyard. In contrast to previous seasons, this year we are looking for individual applicants who are skilled at putting together sophisticated machinery and not afraid of getting their hands dirty. Successful candidates will possess a strong background in engineering, fabrication and a good mechanical 'know how.' Junkyard Wars wants applications from people of all ages, races, creeds, colors, sexes, religions, and sexual orientations, as well as people with physical disabilities. We are especially interested in applications from women and/or people of color, as previous crops of contenders have been underrepresented among these groups. Lots of kids watch Junkyard Wars and we want to show them that anyone can grow up to be the world's greatest mechanic or engineer! If you think you match the description or you know of someone who does - please log onto our website and apply: you will find the application forms as well as all of the information that you need regarding applying. Application deadline is February 28, 2003."

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Bone-O-Rama (-1)

613746 (613746) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294186)

Damn straight, you freaking homos.

IN SOVIET RUSSIA... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294356)

...Junkyard Wars Wants YOU! Oh wait...

Re:Bone-O-Rama (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294364)

This post...for absolutely great Sauce!!!

Oh, and maybe for the sexy girl on JYW.

Gold *stars* for every one!!

FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294188)

FP +1 3y3 0wn j00

Cathy rogers! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294194)

Cathy Rogers is super mega hot, wish we could spend 10 hours with her.

Re:Cathy rogers! (1)

kperrier (115199) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294217)

Too bad she no longer hosts the show.

Kent

Wrong. (-1)

Grape Smuggler (569838) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294430)

Lisa Rogers is a fucking HOTTIE!

http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/S/scr ap heap/

http://www.mw-net.co.uk/celebrity-city/lisa_roge rs .shtml

Re:Wrong. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294449)

She looks kind of like a guy. What is it with guys who like butch girls? Hmmm...

Wow... first post. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294195)

Go Anonymous Coward!

PC! (5, Funny)

Gannoc (210256) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294197)

I've been saying for years that we need more hispanic lesbians building robots on TV. Count me IN!

Re:PC! (1)

AssFace (118098) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294263)

I think you forgot "handicapped"

they gotta be in wheelchairs and maybe slur their words.

then you are talking pure gold.

Re:PC! (1)

SN74S181 (581549) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294358)

Yes, but are they allowed to bring in items on their tool belt to use in the competition?

Re:PC! (1)

giel (554962) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294483)

Toolbelt? Hispanic lesbian? No, you can't attend wearing a strap-on.

Re:PC! (4, Funny)

Chocolate Teapot (639869) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294467)

I've been saying for years that we need more hispanic lesbians building robots on TV
So that's how they breed. I always wondered.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294198)

yo

Sounds like fun (3, Interesting)

mhaisley (410683) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294201)

Sounds like fun, they have a diversity problem they want you to solve. Its amazing that this day in age we are still this worried about diversity, they probably got threatened by their network and/or the fcc. Anyways, I'm still going to apply, it's a good oppertunity.

Re:Sounds like fun (5, Insightful)

chris09876 (643289) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294221)

I agree completely. I don't think diversity should even be an issue. ...why does it matter? If someone is qualified to be on the show, more power to them! Heh, I'm in computer engineering at the university of waterloo. About 70% of my class is chinese... and it's great :-) I'm learning all sorts of curse words and tasty new foods. I don't know why the asian percentage of my class is so high, but it must be 'cause they were the most qualified people that applied. It's a good rule to follow... letting the most qualified people participate. It shouldn't matter what race/age/gender/disability status they are.

Re:Sounds like fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294400)

Represent UW Comp Eng!

I'd say more like 50% Chinese and Korean... there's a large percentage of Indians and Persians as well.

Re:Sounds like fun (4, Insightful)

ajakk (29927) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294431)

While normally I would agree with you, you must notice that this show is entertainment, not some actual competitive event. They want a greater diversity of contestants because they want to appeal to a greater diversity of audiences. While I doubt that it will actually work, what is wrong for them wanting to expand their viewership?

Re:Sounds like fun (1, Insightful)

SN74S181 (581549) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294438)

I would agree, except this isn't quite yet the 'globalized world' that the idealists are striving for. Therefore, heavily subsidiezed educational institutions should stop admitting high proportions of students who won't contribute to the subsidizing tax base after graduation.

The old saw about 'we as a people need to invest more in education' falls apart if 'we as an economy' are paying to subisdize the education of members of seperate economies. Sure, it funds those permanent denizens of the educational institutions (who, not surprisingly, are the loudest voices in the 'we as a people....' outcry) but it represents a knowledge drain on our culture.

Re:Sounds like fun (1)

AssFace (118098) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294354)

I agree. when I hear people mentioning that they need to diversify something - especially something like this which is esentially an acedemic area - it makes me want to smack someone.

there are occasions (okay... every day really) where I wish certain books could be handed out to everyone in the world and they would then have to read them.
Usually the book that comes to mind is Sagan's "Demon Haunted World" - but in the case I think I would have to go with Pinker's "Blank Slate"

I wish more people thought like me ;)

Re:Sounds like fun (1)

mattreilly (33603) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294474)

I wish more people thought like me ;)

Shudder to think.

Re:Sounds like fun (1)

Naikrovek (667) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294381)

They don't have a network, they're licensing their show to Discovery, and their wholly owned subsidiary, TLC.

The company (RDFMedia.com) is based in London, and the FCC doesn't give a poo about how many minorities you have on your show, anyway.

However, Cathy Rogers (the creator of both Junkyard Wars and Full Metal Challenge) is head of the LA office of RDFMedia.com, the office that is in charge of the production of the two shows. Also, she is a total babe.

Re:Sounds like fun (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294418)

Too bad that they feel 'obligated' to emphasize that certain groups are more desirable than other groups.

Underrepresentation? (5, Insightful)

doc_traig (453913) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294203)

... as previous crops of contenders have been underrepresented among these groups.

Those groups are "underrepresented" among engineers!

Re:Underrepresentation? (2, Informative)

gowen (141411) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294254)

Those groups are "underrepresented" among engineers!
You're right, they are. But most of that is cultural[0]: women were told they couldn't be engineers, so they didn't become engineers. Positive discrimination, as the call for contestants says, can help change those perceptions. This is good. Diversity is a good thing. Monocultures are boring.

Also, more hot chicks wear I work would be great (*damn* did I say that out loud?)

[0] Unless you believe that only white males are genetically predisposed to becoming capable engineers, in which case, well ... you're a moron.

Re:Underrepresentation? (2, Funny)

sydlexic (563791) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294353)

Also, more hot chicks wear I work would be great (*damn* did I say that out loud?)

what's an "I work" and how do you wear one?

Re:Underrepresentation? (2, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294391)

<sound of man bashing head against table>

Jesus, thats one of the dumbest things I've ever typed. *where*, *where*, *where*

I am an idiot.

sometimes I think to myself (1)

diablobynight (646304) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294379)

That forced diversity is absurd as taking a white male in Britain and force him to hang out with a French white male. We would never do this because they are both the same color, and so then it's ok that they don't like eachother. Diversity at my company is a crock, and when people talk about why there aren't many female engineers. I can tell you why. my first year of school at kettering, a private engineering school in Michigan, where I got my undergrad B.S. 35% of the girls dropped out before the first semester ended. They had every advantage, garanteed scholarships just for being girls at a engineering school and buy my Junior year, out of the 79 girls that started when i was a freshman 15 were left. and even less were sitting up there with me when I graduated. So I don't know what the reason is. But something happens and it's not all societal.

Re:sometimes I think to myself (1)

gowen (141411) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294437)

my first year of school at kettering, a private engineering school in Michigan, where I got my undergrad B.S. 35% of the girls dropped out before the first semester ended ... But something happens and it's not all societal.
What makes you think thats not societal? It could be peer pressure, parental pressure ("not a suitable job for a lady"), a misogynistic atmosphere, any of hundreds of things (I'm not suggesting that it *is* necessarily any of those things, you know the situation better than I, but just because they're wealthy, doesn't mean there aren't cultural disinclinations to one job or another. Societal pressures don't just mean poverty.)

Re:sometimes I think to myself (2, Interesting)

diablobynight (646304) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294482)

but that's the point, they don't even have to be wealthy. They are given half or full scholarships and treated like royalty by the school because the ratio is 40 to 1, and I could see it being societal if the were just dropping out, but the fact is that they just don't drop out, they drop because their failing out. Girls I know pick schools by locations and how much fun they're going to have there, guys that want to be engineers, just look at the school, and its curiculum I went to school in Flint Michigan when I went to Kettering. No parties really, dreary weather, shitty town. And girls left, I stayed, so after I went through 5 years of B.S. hell and 4 years of grad hell. This is my pay back, my cushy office in my own consulting company. And now the city is pushing for my company to be more diverse. It's pissing me off. It's a free country and I will hire the best person for the job, not the mediocre person that fills out my quota system

Re:Underrepresentation? (1)

Uerige (206572) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294457)

Those groups are "underrepresented" among engineers!
You're right, they are. But most of that is cultural[0]:
[...]
[0] Unless you believe that only white males are genetically predisposed to becoming capable engineers, in which case, well ... you're a moron.

Or, perchance, a mormon.

Re:Underrepresentation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294477)

Most of the women I know do not want to become engineers. Not because they are discriminated against, but because it's not what they want to do. They find it boring. In my school, females are a large majority of biology and veterinary science majors. Does this mean males are discriminated against in biology and veterinary science?

Also, if monocultures are boring, should traditionally black colleges diversify by beginning to admit whites and non-black minorities?

Why So Few Gay Engineers? (5, Funny)

BigBlockMopar (191202) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294360)


Those groups are "underrepresented" among engineers!

Yeah, tell me about it. In my engineering classes, out of about 300 students, we only had two gay guys. Two! And they were both in aerospace engineering.

It was really annoying, because anytime I needed fashion advice, I had to walk all the way to the arts buildings on the other end of campus and start asking random people in the hallways.

In my experience, there are only two kinds of people who can drink harder than engineers: mariners and gay people. I think it would be utterly terrifying to meet a gay marine engineer.

The best part of that show (4, Funny)

stevens (84346) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294206)

was Cathy rogers. Rrowr!

Re:The best part of that show (1)

Void_of_light (469480) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294455)

The new chick (at least in the us version) is named Lisa Rogers anyone know if she is a relation to Cathy or if its just a coincidence?

Translation: (2, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294207)

The other people caught on, and we need some new people to come in and clean up this junkyard.

Re:Translation: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294488)

I suppose an entire group of people are damned to be janitors forever because their mommy didn't (or couldn't) buy them a TRS-80 when they were a kid.....

you sir, are a fucking moron.

Never Fails (4, Insightful)

jetkust (596906) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294213)

Is is just me, or does anyone else find it strange that the teams always finish on time. Some editing tricks perhaps?

TV Magic! (4, Interesting)

Angram (517383) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294234)

I've always thought about that myself. They've always 'got a long way to go' with 45 minutes left, and just finish the last nail at the buzzer. A little too Hollywood in the timing, and it's consistant with every team every time.

Re:TV Magic! (5, Informative)

Zathrus (232140) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294434)

You don't watch the show much...

A lot of teams finish with spare time on their hands... not a lot of spare time, but I've seen at least 30 minutes before. They usually lose.

The majority do finish in the "nick of time"... or don't actually finish at all and are welding/constructing during the hour of tinker time on competition day.

A rather large number of the machines don't work at all, or fail during the tests... I wonder if they'll ever do hydroplanes again since they've yet to have a single one work out of two competitions (or maybe more... don't recall - most of them floated and moved, but none actually hydroplaned).

Read the forums though... the ones where the teams actually participate in them. There isn't any behind the scenes help in construction. Sorry to burst your cynical bubble.

Re:Never Fails (1)

MadLibs (603254) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294279)

well they "finish" ... but the finished product doesnt always....uhm...work.

ive heard girls talk about their boyfriends like this....

Re:Never Fails (4, Informative)

sheetsda (230887) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294389)

See the Cathy Rogers interview [slashdot.org] , first question.

Re:Never Fails (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294409)

There is quite a bit of editing going on. Some sequences are shown out of order and they concentrate on the spectacular (which is usually also disastrous) rather than the four hours of welding. Teams also have a bit of time the next day without the tools and equipment to do "touch up" work. And sometimes, the machines just plain suck.

Great show but wrong place to solicit (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294216)

Don't you know the Slashdot audience?
Overweight all-talk do-nothing airchair warriors.
If you had some sort of porn watching or complaining challenge - then this would be the place.

Re:Great show but wrong place to solicit (3, Interesting)

Malc (1751) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294433)

If it were a case of scavenging the SourceForge junkyard for libraries, we might stand a chance of winning a virtual Junkyard War/Scrapheap Challenge. The pre-requisites would include coding/integration not welding ability.

You're posting this on the wrong site... (4, Funny)

Asprin (545477) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294218)


But HW is probably a little too "RL" for the /. crowd.

Now, if it were **LEGO** wars, or involved building video game consoles out of discarded kitchen appliances we could talk.

Great show though. Engineering r0X0rz!

Underrepresented.. (5, Interesting)

Nix0n (649693) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294220)

How, exactly? Underrepresented relative to their proportions in the general population, or relative to their proportions with inclination/education in mechanical engineering? If the former, they are idiots. If the latter, good for them. Applying one set of demographic standards to another domain entiely is ridiculous.

Re:Underrepresented.. (1)

gowen (141411) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294300)

inclination/education in mechanical engineering
Inclination to mechanical engineering is cultural, and JW are trying to help overcome those cultural biases. I say, more power to them.

i wanna see the slashdot squad... (5, Funny)

TechnoVooDooDaddy (470187) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294224)

and see them fail miserably because they wasted 6 hours arguing over whether to use the MIG/MAG or TIG welding torch, or spending all the time trying to get linux to boot on their handheld so they can run some simulation calculations....

Contradiction (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294227)

"...and not afraid of getting their hands dirty..."

"...as well as people with physical disabilities..."

What about people with no hands?

Re:Contradiction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294249)

Hmm, on second thoughts I guess they would really have worries about getting their hands dirty.

This IS slashdot... (5, Funny)

JohnA (131062) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294228)

this year we are looking for individual applicants who are skilled at putting together sophisticated machinery and not afraid of getting their hands dirty.

Hands dirty? The poster does realize that this is slashdot, right?

Perhaps he ment to post that they were looking for someone to bitch on the sidelines in the upcoming season...

Re:This IS slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294395)

Perhaps he ment to post that they were looking for someone to bitch on the sidelines in the upcoming season...

I think you'll find that the spelling is "meant", I mean for the love of Jehovah get something right will ya?

And apart from the bitching what else is the typical /. person going to be good at? Pointing out that the car(again?) needs some kind of di-lithium crystal to make it go VROOM-VROOM, then cackling madly at their own goddamn lack of wit?

Under representation? (1)

jclendenan (530313) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294232)

I find the most under represented groups are those of students (post-secondary ones). What's up with that? Do they thing we've not got the skills to build things?

Wow .. ironic isnt it (-1, Offtopic)

RembrandtX (240864) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294235)

I hit my back button in order to get back to slashdot less than 2 paragraphs into that .pdf file.

Re:Wow .. ironic isnt it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294304)

Moron

Re:Wow .. ironic isnt it (1, Funny)

objekt (232270) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294350)

No, the irony is that you ended up in the wrong thread.

I guess you do need a better back button after all.

Wow, just like Mad Max (4, Funny)

georgeha (43752) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294239)

If I can contact the legless mechanic and Tina Turner, I've got myself a team!

Re:Wow, just like Mad Max (0)

scottcha+4 (643890) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294423)

And don't forget the little guy and his mentally challenged friend.

i wish.... (1)

MadLibs (603254) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294246)

this is one of the few times ive wished i was more mechanically inclined, as a chica. i am SO in love with that show, and other than reception, it would be one of the few reasons i would get cable. i am often incredulous at what they come up with. not to mention, they seem like they have so much fun --- winning or losing. maybe i can pick up a "dummies guide to 'engineering, fabrication and a good mechanical 'know how'". ah well. whats a girl to do??

Re:i wish.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294406)

On one of the shows one of the team's welder said something like "I've never really done this before I just said I could to get on the show"

So wing it see if you can get on the show.

ummm...get a degree (1)

diablobynight (646304) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294412)

Get a degree in Engineering like most of us here, I imagine. I don't suggest computer engineering, That's what my major was and well, I have my degree, but I hated it. lol

Re:ummm...get a degree (1)

MadLibs (603254) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294445)

well if i thought i had a mechanical bone in my body (NO RUDE COMMENTS HERE!) i would consider it, as i really am interested. but theres a reason my degree was communications (not telecomm, just good ole publication editing, PR, advertising, broadcast, etc.) and that i can barely add and subtract (ok, ok, ok, and i can barely type either). my mind just doesnt think like that.

In Soviet Russia (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294247)

Junkyard Wars want YOU! .....oh nevermind....

Trends (2, Offtopic)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294251)

Einstein said something like "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

With the actual problem in Middle East (and possible consequences [idleworm.com] ) maybe the next war will be really a Junkyard war.

Re:Trends (1)

Oliver Wendell Jones (158103) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294375)

If only there was a [+1 Insightful but Offtopic]...

Re:Trends (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294401)

Possible consequences like a 'Palestinian Homeland' that's a radioactive waste? And a Persian Gulf that's a chemical warfare wasteland?

All I can say is we'll have to beef up our borders to keep out the people who didn't have the self-restraint to not shit in their own beds.

Correct me if I'm wrong.. (5, Funny)

cioxx (456323) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294255)

..but wouldn't this be more suited for [H]ardOCP folk? Slashdot crowd's needs are different. Hear me out.

Create a gameshow called IT Storage Wars.

Premise: Nerds will be unleashed upon ridiculously aged hardware with a copy of putty.exe, 5 1/5 floppy disc, Linux distribution on a USB-pen, and a wrench to build enterprise-level application servers complete with clustering and a backend database.

I think this could be a winning combination.

Re:Correct me if I'm wrong.. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294363)

It already exists. It's called my job. Except I don't get no fancy USB-pen.

Wow (4, Funny)

superdan2k (135614) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294264)

This is probably going to become the first time in history that a snail-mail box is going to feel the wrath of the Slashdot Effect.

And yes, I'll be applying. Heh.

Re:Wow (1)

The Evil Couch (621105) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294454)

no, I think our good friend Alan Ralsky holds that title. [slashdot.org]

I just hope that he's still getting snail mail spam.

Wonder if they will... (1, Funny)

boaworm (180781) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294265)

... make the competition more suitable to the ./ crowd.

*Mental Picture*

Ok, guys.. You got 10 hours to build a PC that will run Quake2 in 60 FPS or more. Good luck !

Not trying ot be mean... (1, Funny)

spammeister (586331) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294270)

But dohn't they contradict the statement of having "diasbled people" and people with "good skills" on the same show. I mean the show is pretty funny now, but have a bunch of one armed people with an IQ of 50 will just make it a "sad funny". I have nothing against stupid people, some of my best friends are stupid! Obviously the show cheats enough as it is to magiclaly get this contraptions to work, but going too far will just turn it into a fantasy show.

On an off-tanget note, I wonder if they will have a show like that 100 years from now. "On the next episode in 5D vision Refuse Pile Conflicts (politically corret), our two teams (made up of humnas and robitic celebrities) try to construct a particle accelerator and see which team can extract the most Uranium 238 in an hour to make fuel for a mass driver."

Re:Not trying ot be mean... (2, Interesting)

gowen (141411) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294319)

But dohn't they contradict the statement of having "diasbled people" and people with "good skills" on the same show
Yeah! They don't want disabled guys like that Stephen Hawking moron on, lowering the intellectual tone...

Re:Not trying ot be mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294349)

The you ought to get out of your narrow little life and meet some disabled people.

There are disabled people who are university professors (on merit, not on quotas), and disabled people who climb mountains and build cars.

Categorising everyone whose abilities don't fit into your narrow preception of 'normal' as both 'stupid' and 'unskilled' is both insulting and ill-informed.

Re:Not trying ot be mean... (1)

gorilla (36491) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294385)

In my experience disabled people generally have better skills than average. They work very hard to overcome their limitations and succeed. And of course, physically disabled people have exactly the same range of IQ as non-disabled people.

Re:Not trying ot be mean... (5, Insightful)

Stuart Gibson (544632) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294407)

Obviously the show cheats enough as it is to magiclaly get this contraptions to work

The UK version (Scrapheap Challenge [channel4.com] ) doesn't always have working machines. In the last series a car tossing trebuchet collapsed in spectacular fashion on the first attempt to hurl a Mini through the air. It is also common to see teams sitting, in true British stereotype fashion, wth a cup of tea at the end of the building time, having finished half an hour early.

This is scrapheap challenge right? (1)

phrantic (630202) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294289)

I've have watched this for ages on Discovery. The latest series seems to consists of exclusively of US teams, although it appears still to be set in the UK (UK number plates on the scrapped cars etc). In addition to shipping the teams in they also appear to ship cars in, like Oldsmobile and the like. The challenges are getting a bit repetitive too, last night (I live in Holland) we had the "build a old fashioned diving bell and get some treasure off the bottom of the pool". Been there done that.

If they are going to repeat these things can we have repeats of the ones that involve building guns and siege weapons, you can never have enough of that.

Pedantic explanation of Scrapheap/Junkyard (5, Informative)

threeturn (622824) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294346)

To clarify all this:
There are basically two programmes:
  • Scrapheap Challenge (mostly UK teams made for UK TV), and
  • Junkyard Wars (mostly US teams made for US TV)

Just to confuse things though, when Discovery Channel in Europe shows the programmes the use Scrapheap Challenge as the title regardless of which version the programme originally came from.

Both SHC and JW are filmed in the same place. Last series this was in the US. This series its moved back to the UK. As you say, "foreign" rubbish is imported if necessary to make people feel at home.

Am I the saddest man on /. for knowing all this?

Re:Pedantic explanation of Scrapheap/Junkyard (3, Informative)

idontgno (624372) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294404)

Just to confuse things though, when Discovery Channel in Europe shows the programmes the use Scrapheap Challenge as the title regardless of which version the programme originally came from.

And, conversely, it's all "Junkyard Wars" on the US version of Discovery Channel, regardless of the original program.

Am I the saddest man on /. for knowing all this?

No, just a true /.er.

Affirmative action ? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294305)

Affirmative action represents everything that is wrong with America.

Positions/places should be sourced strictly on merit, not conforming to this weeks politcally correct poster image.

Look at how successfull it has been in South Africa !

Come on now (2, Informative)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294310)

This is a show that does some great engineering out of nothing. But their application process is to download a word document, fill it out, print it out and send it via snail mail to the studio.

Can't they come up with a better solution then this? At the very least make the application an interactive PDF and at most make it a Web Form.

But because they are using word they have to post an e-mail address stating that if you can not open word to e-mail someone about it.

Not very technically saavy they seem.

Re:Come on now (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294472)

Not very technically saavy they seem

Talk like Yoda you do much?

Seems to me they have to raise the bar a little bit for these entries, else they'll be bombarded. Granted, they're soliciting, but there's a difference between holding your cattle call at 8:00am on a Thursday in a SoHo loft and Noon on a Saturday in Central Park. You'd be surprised at how many time-wasting wannabes and poseurs the simple requirement of licking a stamp and dropping an envelope into a box eliminates.

Re:Come on now (1)

KMAPSRULE (639889) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294491)

"at most make it a Web Form."

They won't cause They don't want to pay NCR for it ;)

In the monarchy of England... (-1)

SlashdotTroll (581611) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294313)

In the monarchy of England, Junkyard-Wars wants you!

I fowarded this to my dad (4, Interesting)

AssFace (118098) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294326)

I hope he applies for it - this is the sort of thing he would love.

when he was a professor, his students hated him because he made them think (imagine that) and he frequently gave them assignments that were much like this show (the one I recall best was they were given a remote control car, assorted kitchen appliances, tin foil, wood, tennis balls, a 286, and some other stuff and were supposed to make a robot that would roam about a gym and retrieve various objects that were placed there. nobody completed the assignment and most didn't even try)

I told him about this show once and he was quite excited - had never seen it - I don't think he watches tv. he wanted me to tape it for him, which to me is like asking me to carve it out of stone for him - I don't even own a VCR.
Now I see that they sell VHS tapes of the show, so I guess now I know a present for him.

I agree with another poster on here that my fav part of the show was the cute brit host girl that is now on that show with Henry Rollins.

Pet Peeve #1 (3, Funny)

chrysrobyn (106763) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294371)

please log onto our website

I tried, but I couldn't find the blank for my userid and password. Perhaps your site is broken.

Wish it were for Scrap Heap (1)

nedron (5294) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294402)

Too bad this wasn't a call for contestant on Scrap Heap. The American installments of Junkyard Wars have been generally awful, with pparticipants who act no better than your average (American) football fan. Ugh! The British teams always seemed as if they were actually having fun, but the American teams spend most of their time posturing and sniping at one another. The Young Guns were the worst.

hmm (1)

K. (10774) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294417)

Why did they change the name from Scrapheap Challenge to Junkyard Wars, I wonder. Junkyard I can understand, it's a localisation thing. But why Wars?

And why did they drop Kryten? He was deadly!

Re:hmm (1)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294471)

Because one's English, and the other one is American :) Ditto for Robert Lewellyn, he's here, someone else is over there....

The beginning of the end (5, Funny)

JohnnyBolla (102737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294428)

Tonight, on a very special episode of Junkyard Wars- Two guys in wheel chairs join the megalomaniacs. Can Nosher find the true beauty within them, or will he be untouched by their stoic perseverance at trying to drag a mini out of a pile of crap? Will he tear their wheelchairs apart to get the motors? Will they all cry together at the end?
Will this show suck?

To bad they don't want (3, Funny)

TerryAtWork (598364) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294441)

people who like to post 'F1r5t p0t7 d00d! 1'm 1337!'

Then they'd have come to the right place.

Why does this come into play? (1)

rindeee (530084) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294443)

"Junkyard Wars wants applications from people of all ages, races, creeds, colors, sexes, religions, and sexual orientations..." This is not a question of right or wrong. I completely fail to undersatnd why who/what you perfer to have sex with is a criteria for any job/tv gameshow.

Is in in the desert? (0, Offtopic)

oliverthered (187439) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294444)

Turn this super gun into an oil pipe running through afganistan.
Conpanies in the US and UK will provide all the materials, and the US, UK governments will provide any 'assistants' you need, incease any 'problems' are encountered.

BTW Junk Yard wars was a UK programme called Scrap Heap chanlange. Conisidence?

Affirmative Action for game shows?!? (0)

Dopeskills (636230) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294456)

Affirmative action for game shows?!? What is this world coming to....

An Insightful Slashdot Poll..? (1)

riflemann (190895) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294458)

I am:

Caucasian

Black

Asian

Hispanic

Middle eastern

Native [Australian/American/etc]

Mixed

Cowboynealean

This show has jumped the shark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5294475)

I found this show pretty fun a few years ago but it has grown tiresome, dull, repetitive and predictable.
I just go outside now for fun.
*Outside*?
Yeah, you know, trees, people, walking?

Goddammit! (0, Flamebait)

liquidsin (398151) | more than 11 years ago | (#5294478)

Why must I be trapped in this caucasian-male-between-the-ages-of-18-and-35-years -old body? All this PC shit sucks! I'm in the key demographic but I now I won't be able to compete?! Sucks to that!

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