Teams prepare for the 2014 Iditarod start in Fairbanks Monday morning. (Photo By Emily Schwing – APRN)Download AudioRace Update 6:30: Past Iditarod champion Martin Buser and rookie Thomas Waerner were the first in to and out of Nenana Monday afternoon. They were trailed by Michelle Phillips and Jessie Royer. Buser arrived about 3:00 p.m. He took off shortly before 3:30 p.m. Waerner was bout 30 minutes behind Buser.DeeDee Jonrowe and Aliy Zirkle left Nenana minutes apart and were trailing the leaders Monday afternoon.The first mushers started arriving in Normally Iditarod dog teams restart the race from Willow the day after the ceremonial start in Anchorage, but this year, they spent an extra day travelling north for a restart in Fairbanks. For some teams, the trip to the start line in Fairbanks Monday wasn’t without incident.Many mushers left for Fairbanks directly from Anchorage’s Campbell airstrip following Saturday’s ceremonial start. Curt Perano, also known as the Kiwi musher, says the combination of an unreliable dog truck and poor weather had him heading for Fairbanks immediately.“Yeah we hit a bit of a snowstorm and then Bret Sass his real wheel, so we recovered him and helped haul his dogs up here to Fairbanks, so a six hour trip became like 10 [hours],” Perano said. “The wheels fell off the truck literally, but yeah, we made it.”Mushers take off from Fairbanks on Monday. (Photo By Emily Schwing – APRN)Brent Sass won the Yukon Quest last month. He says a hairy trip up the Park Highway hasn’t dampened his attitude.“I feel great. I’m super stoked to get on the trail as always it’s been kind of a bigger buildup now with the travel after the ceremonial,” he said. “The Iditarod is always a bigger build up than the Yukon Quest anyways, but yeah, I’m stoked. I can’t wait until the say go.”But Michelle Phillips was a little nervous. She accidentally locked, her parka, warm clothes and other gear in her truck, along with the keys.“Yeah, Murphy’s law.”Phillips, from Tagish, Yukon tried to laugh it off as she waited for a locksmith arrive. It took a few minutes, but once the truck was open, Phillips was able to concentrate. Her goal is a top ten finish this year.“You never know until you get out there and see what the race holds for you, you know. I’m just going to try to stick to my schedule, do my plan and see where that takes me,” Phillips said.Nearby, long-time Iditarod musher Ray Redington, Jr. was scrambling. His dog truck wouldn’t start, because it wasn’t plugged in overnight. He didn’t comment, but did find a way to make it down the trail, among 78 other teams who will race for Nome over the next two weeks.
The director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies, Guillermo del Toro has revealed he is a big fan of Valve as he’s hired the voice of GLaDOS to play a robot AI in his new movie.Ellen McLain plays the evil AI, GLaDOS in the Portal games, she also lends her voice to many other Valve games including Team Fortress 2 and Half Life 2. The trailer for Pacific Rim, del Toro’s new movie, shows that McLain is using the same voice filter she uses for GLaDOS so the robot AI she plays in the movie, sounds exactly like GLaDOS. It all seems a bit confusing…It’s likely del Toro purposely did this as a tribute to the Portal games. In fact he personally called Gabe Newell, the boss at Valve to make sure he could get GLaDOS’ voice in the movie. He’s been quoted before as being a big Valve fan and he said “Portal and Left 4 Dead have been instrumental family experiences at my house”.Pacific Rim is about an alien attack threatening Earth’s existence. The humans decide to pilot giant robots to fight off the alien attack, as one would when attacked by aliens. Basically, it’s your typical monster movie, though it does star Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and GLaDOS so what more could you ask for?Although I think Portal fans will be expecting McLain’s robot AI to go rogue and turn on the humans at some point, if she doesn’t then a lot of people are going to be disappointed. Pacific Rim hits cinemas on July 12, 2013.via Eurogamer