While watching BattleBots last night,

While watching BattleBots last night, I couldn't help but recall the intense (though much smaller scale) robot wars that MIT, UCLA, Caltech and Japanese engineering colleges used to compete in back in the 80's. From what little I remember, their machines were a lot smaller, but seemed technologically superior. I also recall American colleges almost always losing. These current battlebots pale in comparison, it's really a dumbed down version of the uber nerd competitions of yesteryear.

I also saw Best in Show last night, and it was almost like a Waiting for Guffman 2 (which is actually a good thing). Very funny stuff.