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 Episode 624: Happy New Year! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:50

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Megan Enloe – Email What is your Geekish wish/prediction/hope for the new year? Technorama Chuck On This Day In History for January 6, 2021 This is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 359 days remaining in 2021. It was on this date in 1838, that Alfred Vail and colleagues demonstrated a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).. Also on January 6, 1847, Samuel Colt obtained his first contract for the sale of revolver pistols to the United States government.. Also today in 1912, German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first presented his theory of continental drift.. It was also this date in 1930 that The first diesel-powered automobile trip was completed, from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York, New York.. 74 years ago today, Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to offer a round-the-world ticket. It was 47 years ago today, that In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commenced nearly four months early in the United States. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: French martyr and saint, Joan of Arc, born on this date in 1412. Born January 6, 1561, Danish mathematician and physicist Thomas Fincke. French chemist and academic, Anselme Payen was born 226 years ago today. Born January 6, 1807, German-Hungarian mathematician and physicist Joseph Petzval. American cowboy and actor, Tom Mix was born 141 years ago today. Danny Thomas, the American actor, comedian, producer and humanitarian was born 109 years ago today. Born January 6, 1920, Korean religious leader; founder of the Unification Church Sun Myung Moon. Earl Scruggs, the American banjo player was born 97 years ago today. American engineer and businessman, founded the DeLorean Motor Company, John DeLorean, born on this date in 1925. American actor, Vic Tayback was born 91 years ag today. Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov, the Russian engineer and astronaut was born 88 years ago today. Born January 6, 1944, American actress and singer Bonnie Franklin. Also turning 77 today is Swiss immunologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Rolf M. Zinkernagel. Also born on that same date in 1948,  American colonel and astronaut, Guy Gardner. British-American astrophysicist and astronaut, Michael Foale, born on this date in 1957. Born January 6, 1968, American director, producer, and screenwriter John Singleton. Listener Birthdays 3 – Thomas Gideon (The Command Line Podcast) 6 – Steve Therrien (Canada) 8 – Elvis! 9 – Lingo from the Brit & Yankee pubcast And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for January 6, 2021. If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. News Recovering Samples From the Moon, China’s Chang’e-5 Team Used Exoskeletons – Slashdot Hacks & Strange Stories Some ...

 Episode 622: The Goose is Getting Fat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:18

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Question of the week: * Technorama * Chuck “What’s wrong with you people?” — Office Space * Kreg On This Day In History for December 16, 2020 This is the 351st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 15 days remaining in 2020. * It was on this date in 1843, that The discovery of octonions by John T. Graves, who denoted them with a boldface O, was announced to his mathematician friend William Hamilton, discoverer of quaternions, in a letter on this date. * That same date in 1907, The American Great White Fleet begins its circumnavigation of the world. * 83 years ago today, Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempted to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again. * Also on December 16, 1947, William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain built the first practical point-contact transistor. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * English novelist, Jane Austen, born on this date in 1775. * Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German chemist, physicist, and philosopher was born on that same date in 1776. * Viktor Bunyakovsky, the Russian mathematician and academic was born 216 years ago today. * George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, novelist, and poet was born on that same date in 1863. * Bertha Lamme Feicht, the American electrical engineer was born 151 years ago today. * Born December 16, 1882, German physicist and engineer Walther Meissner. * Arthur C. Clarke, British science fiction writer was born on that same date in 1917. * Born December 16, 1928, American philosopher and author Philip K. Dick. * American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Billy Gibbons, born on this date in 1949. * Also turning 51 today is American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic Nobel Prize laureate Adam Riess. * American computer scientist and academic, Jen Golbeck is 44 today. * American actress, musician, and model, Krysten Ritter, born on this date in 1981. Listener Birthdays * 17 – Jorge Schrauwen * 20 – Phil Burchill the 9 year old I started listening to Technorama with turned 21 this year (2017)! * 21 – James Ballard KarakSindru * 22 – Bo Pace * 22 – Luke “Chuck’s Stalker” Smith (2000) * 22 – Jason Pelloni, Tampa, FL And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for December 16, 2020 * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. News * Japan’s asteroid sample returns home, poised to reveal solar system’s secrets – CNET * Scientists say they have come up with potential way to make oxygen on Mars – CNN *

 Episode 621: Number 9, Number 9, Number 9 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:43

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback What’s something cool you recently learned about? Technorama Chuck On This Day In History for December 9, 2020 This is the 344th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 22 days remaining in 2020. It was on this date in 1793, that New York City’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, was established by Noah Webster. It was also this date in 1868 that The first traffic lights were installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps. That same date in 1950,Harry Gold is sentenced to 30 years in jail for helping Klaus Fuchs pass information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union. His testimony is later instrumental in the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. December 9, 1953, General Electric announced that all communist employees will be discharged from the company. 58 years ago today, The Petrified Forest National Park was established in Arizona. Also today in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas, first in a series of Peanuts television specials, debuted on CBS. It was also this date in 1968 that Douglas Engelbart gave what became known as “The Mother of All Demos”, publicly debuting the computer mouse, hypertext, and the bit-mapped graphical user interface using the oN-Line System (NLS). Also today in 1979, The eradication of the smallpox virus was certified, making smallpox the first of only two diseases that have been driven to extinction (rinderpest in 2011 being the other). Happy birthday goes out on this date to: Dutch mathematician and cartographer, Gemma Frisius, born on this date in 1508. Dutch mathematician and astronomer, Metius was born 449 years ago today. Polish-German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Fritz Haber, born on this date in 1868. Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician, theorist, and academic was born on that same date in 1883. German-American fitness expert, developed Pilates, Joseph Pilates, born on this date in 1883. Clarence Birdseye, the American businessman, founded Birds Eye was born 134 years ago today. American admiral and computer scientist, designed COBOL, Grace Hopper, born on this date in 1906. American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, James Rainwater was born 103 years ago today. American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, William Lipscomb, born on this date in 1919. American actor, Redd Foxx was born 98 years ago today. Born December 9, 1928, American actor Dick Van Patten. English actress, Judi Dench is 86 today. American actor and voice artist, Michael Dorn, born on this date in 1952. Also born on that same date in 1953,  American actor and producer, John Malkovich. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for December 9, 2020 Listener Birthdays 9 – Steve Kite (BigUnit62) 12 – Deckrd 12 – Kevin Burns (Soleblaze) 12 – Matt Blocker TheGiant 12 – Rob Riehl (suriehl) 12 – Pamela Gay from AstronomyCast 14 – Michael Spence from Brother Osric’s Scriptorium If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. News

 Episode 620: Are You On The Naughty List? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:52

  On this Episode Ben and Keith from TGGeeks.com Join us! Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback Jorge – Still on 616, a toaster in Dutch is ‘brood rooster’ basically ‘bread griller’ Question of the Week: What problem from the 1980s and 90s no longer exists? Technorama Chuck On This Day In History for December 2, 2020 This is the 337th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 29 days remaining in 2020. It was on this date in 1927, that Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveiled the Ford Model A as its new automobile. On December 2, 1939, New York City’s LaGuardia Airport opened. Also on December 2, 1942, during the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. 38 years ago today, at the University of Utah, Barney Clark became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart. That same date in 1993, NASA launched the Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-61, to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: American businessman, co-founded the Ringling Brothers Circus, Charles Edward Ringling, born on this date in 1863. Peter Carl Goldmark, the Hungarian-American engineer was born 114 years ago today. Listener Birthdays 2 – Ben Fryxell from the MacMania Podcast 6 – SuperMoonMan 7 – Peter aka Zzippster from the Zzipp and Co. Podcast, Weymouth, Dorset, UK 8 – DanDman 8 – Gydian (Michael H.) And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for December 2, 2020 If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. News Theories abound over mystery metal monolith found in Utah | The Guardian Update: Some eager explorers have already hiked into the desert and found the Utah monolith. Spoiler alert: it’s gone now – CNN Style Scientists make bigger monkey brains using human genes Reverse Aging: Study Finds Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Slows Aging Shout out to the chat room Watch us live every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET on Facebook. Go to Join our page and get notified automatically. Join us on the live chat! Remember When Never heard of Cecelia Payne, the woman who literally discovered what the universe is made of? You’re not alone. – Upworthy Thank you Patrons! This show is brought to you by… YOU! Thank you to our Patrons who enable us to keep the show running and bring you special episodes. Alexis Duran Amber Elstad Amy Bowen Avner Braverman Ben Vaughan Brian Brown Chris Mc DanDMan Coyer

 Episode 619: Cyber Turkeys | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:50

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback Q: If you had a chance to broadcast one song to all the 7.8 billion people on this planet, which song would you choose? Technorama Chuck On This Day In History for November 25, 2020 This is the 330th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 36 days remaining in 2020. It was on this date in 1915, that Albert Einstein presented the field equations of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. 36 years ago today, Thirty-six top musicians gathered in a Notting Hill studio and recorded Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: French astronomer and botanist, Jean-François Séguier, born on this date in 1703. Julius Robert von Mayer, the German physician and physicist was born 206 years ago today. Ernst Schröder, German mathematician and academic was born on that same date in 1841. Also born on that same date in 1944,  American actor, television personality, game show host, lawyer, and author, Ben Stein. Also turning 73 today is American actor John Larroquette. Also born on that same date in 1960,  American singer-songwriter, Amy Grant. Born November 25, 1960, American lawyer, journalist, and publisher John F. Kennedy Jr. Listener Birthdays 25 – Lane Williams 26 – Joanie 27 – Brad P. from NJ (but who was born in VA, and has moved back there…) 28 – Ben Sweetser 1 – Claudio Miranda (ClaudioM) And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for November 25, 2020 If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. News Swiss city bans ‘noisy’ silent discos – BBC News Diamonds created at room temperature in minutes – CNN SpaceX Better Than Shuttle or Soyuz, Says Astronaut Who Flew All Three Shout out to the chat room Watch us live every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET on Facebook. Go to Join our page and get notified automatically. Join us on the live chat! Remember When 7 of the biggest hacks in history – CNN Thank you Patrons! This show is brought to you by… YOU! Thank you to our Patrons who enable us to keep the show running and bring you special episodes. Alexis Duran Amber Elstad Amy Bowen Avner Braverman Ben Vaughan Brian Brown Chris Mc DanDMan Coyer Danny Mortensen Dean Jensen Denise Inglis Gary Lindros Harold McInstry John Clifford John Noble Jorge Schrauwen Kristina Kyle Nishioka Leon Mark Kilfoil Mike Wills NightGig Studios Saturday Morning Media Stephen Wesche Steve Therrien Spiffy Steve Cody

 Episode 618: Now that that’s settled | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:20

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback Remember November is International Technorama Voicemail Month!  Voicemail from John Miller Jr What lives in your brain rent free? Technorama Chuck Kreg On This Day In History for November 4, 2020 This is the 309th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 57 days remaining in 2020. It was on this date in 1783, that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 was performed for the first time in Linz, Austria. Also today in 1847, Sir James Young Simpson, a Scottish physician, discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform. It was on this date in 1890, that the City and South London Railway: London’s first deep-level tube railway opened between King William Street and Stockwell. 98 years ago today, In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men found the entrance to Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. It was also this date in 1952 that The United States government established the National Security Agency, or NSA. November 4, 1962, The United States concludes Operation Fishbowl, its final above-ground nuclear weapons testing series, in anticipation of the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Also today in 1973, The Netherlands experiences the first Car-Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are used only by cyclists and roller skaters. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: French mathematician and engineer, Pierre-Simon Girard, born on this date in 1765. Irish engineer, who invented the tractor, Harry Ferguson was born 136 years ago today. Born November 4, 1904, Polish engineer, technician, and academic Tadeusz Żyliński. Joseph Rotblat, the Polish-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 112 years ago today. Ruth Handler, American businesswoman, created Barbie was born on that same date in 1916. Walter Cronkite, the American journalist, voice actor, and producer was born 104 years ago today. Art Carney, American actor, was born on that same date in 1918. American scientist and engineer, Mary Sherman Morgan was born 99 years ago today. Charles K. Kao, the Chinese physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate was born 87 years ago today. Also born on that same date in 1937,  American actress and singer, Loretta Swit. American actor, Ralph Macchio is 59 today. Anton Buslov, Russian astrophysicist and journalist was born on that same date in 1983. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for November 4, 2020 If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. News Tesla Model 3 owner cleverly outsmarts worst thieves ever with mobile app features Shout out to the chat room Watch us live every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET on Facebook. Go to Join our page and get notified automatically. Join us on the live chat! Remember When 31 vintage ads that would pr...

 Episode 617: Wait! …Did you hear that? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:50

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback If you were an assassin, what would your trademark be that tells people it was you who committed the crime? Chuck Technorama Kreg On This Day In History for October 28, 2020 This is the 302nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 64 days remaining in 2020. It was on this date in 1492, that Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba on his first voyage to the New World. It was 384 years ago today, that The Massachusetts Bay Colony voted to establish a theological college, which would later become Harvard University. 294 years ago today, The novel Gulliver’s Travels was published. Also on October 28, 1886, President Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty. On October 28, 1942, The Alaska Highway first connected Alaska to the North American railway network at Dawson Creek in Canada. It was on this date in 1948, that Paul Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT. That same date in 1956, Elvis Presley received a polio vaccination on national TV. On October 28, 1971, Prospero became the only British satellite to be launched by a British rocket. It was on this date in 2009, that NASA successfully launched the Ares I-X mission, the only rocket launch for its short-lived Constellation program. Also today in 2014, A rocket carrying NASA’s Cygnus CRS Orb-3 resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded seconds after taking off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: French mathematician and engineer, Antoine Deparcieux, born on this date in 1703. Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian priest, mathematician, astronomer, and explorer was born on that same date in 1718. Born October 28, 1793, American businessman, founded Remington Arms, Eliphalet Remington. Belgian mathematician and theorist, Pierre François Verhulst was born 216 years ago today. Wilhelm Anderson, the Belarusian-Estonian astrophysicist and astronomer was born 140 years ago today. Born October 28, 1905, Dutch mathematician Tatyana Pavlovna Ehrenfest. Jonas Salk, American biologist and physician was born on that same date in 1914. Also born on that same date in 1955,  American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Microsoft, Bill Gates. American computer scientist and mathematician, Landon Curt Noll, born on this date in 1960. Also turning 53 today is American video game designer, co-founded Id Software John Romero. American computer scientist, Jawed Karim is 41 today. Listener Birthdays 28 – Dylan Licata (San Antonio) 29 – Big Jim Clark, MegaPodTastic 30 – WolfGeek (Indiana) 1 – Amber Elstad 2 – Mark McCoy 3 – Ken Pace And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for October 28, 2020 If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. News NASA collected asteroid dust, but it’s leaking on its return journey

 Episode 616: Creepy Crawly | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:05:17

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback Mad Marv Catching up on my backlog and had to share this phrase that annoys a friend in my Toastmasters club.  He can’t stand when people say “With no further ado…” because it is an unnecessary waste of air. The phrase could also be phrased “Without further delay.” http://thevirtualpresenter.com/delivery/if-you-say-without-further-adieu-you-really-should-consider-this/ What he likes to do when he hears people use the phrase is say to “With no further a doo-doo” under his breath. QotW: Given the current level of technology, what still impresses you? Technorama Chuck Kreg On This Day In History for October 21, 2020 This is the 295th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 71 days remaining in 2020. It was on this date in 1520, that João Álvares Fagundes discovered the islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, bestowing them their original name of “Islands of the 11,000 Virgins”. Also on October 21, 1520, Ferdinand Magellan discovered a strait now known as the Strait of Magellan. October 21, 1824, Portland cement is patented. Also today in 1879, Thomas Edison applied for a patent for his design for an incandescent light bulb. Also on October 21, 1940, The first edition of the Ernest Hemingway novel For Whom the Bell Tolls was published. It was also this date in 1959 that President Eisenhower approved the transfer of all US Army space-related activities to NASA, including most of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency. 37 years ago today, The metre is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second. On October 21, 2005, Images of the dwarf planet Eris were taken and subsequently used in documenting its discovery. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: Swiss mathematician and theorist, Nicolaus I Bernoulli, born on this date in 1687. Born October 21, 1833, Swedish chemist and engineer, invented dynamite and founded the Nobel Prize Alfred Nobel. Canadian-American physician and microbiologist, Oswald Avery, born on this date in 1877. American mathematician and author, Martin Gardner was born 106 years ago today. Born October 21, 1921, Dutch astronomer and academic Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld. Also turning 80 today is South African-English keyboard player and producer Manfred Mann. American physicist and astronaut, Ronald McNair was born 70 years ago today. American actress and screenwriter, Carrie Fisher, born on this date in 1956. Also born on that same date in 1957,  German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Wolfgang Ketterle. Listener Birthdays 21 – Daniel Ebdrup Jensen (D. Ebdrup) 21 – Justin Diehl (nulloperations) 22 – Zach – zml2008 22 – Cassandra Therrien (Canada) 25 – Mad Marv – spelled “K – Y – L – E” but pronounced “Marv”. Hope that helps 25 – HMNSHLD 25 – BritOnTour (Jason) 25 – Scott (Minneapolis) And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for October 21, 2020 If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the

 Episode 615: The Fun Sized Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:09

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback What is an overused word or phrase that annoys you? Technorama Chuck Kreg On This Day In History for October 7, 2020 This is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 85 days remaining in 2020. It was on this date in 3761 BC, that The epoch reference date epoch (origin) of the modern Hebrew calendar. It was also this date in 1826 that The Granite Railway began operations as the first chartered railway in the U.S. The Helsinki Stock Exchange sees its first transaction on this date in 1912. It was on this date in 1919, that KLM, the flag carrier of the Netherlands, was founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name. It was also this date in 1933 that Air France was inaugurated, after being formed by a merger of five French airlines. That same date in 1958, The U.S. manned space-flight project was renamed Project Mercury. It was also this date in 1959 that The Soviet probe Luna 3 transmits the first-ever photographs of the far side of the Moon. Also today in 1963, President Kennedy signed the ratification of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. On October 7, 1996, Fox News Channel began broadcasting. October 7, 2002, The Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on STS-112 to continue assembly of the International Space Station. 12 years ago today, Asteroid 2008 TC3 impacted the Earth over Sudan, the first time an asteroid impact was detected prior to its entry into earth’s atmosphere. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: Danish physicist and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate, Niels Bohr, born on this date in 1885. American computer scientist and academic, Henriette Avram was born 101 years ago today. Canadian director and producer, co-founded the IMAX Corporation, Graeme Ferguson, born on this date in 1929. South African archbishop and activist, Nobel Prize laureate, Desmond Tutu is 89 today. English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Harry Kroto, born on this date in 1939. Also born on that same date in 1939,  American computer scientist and author, John Hopcroft. Also turning 75 today is Scottish physicist and academic David Wallace. American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor, John Mellencamp, born on this date in 1951. Also turning 68 today is Russian colonel and politician, 4th President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Also born on that same date in 1955,  American computer scientist and author, Ralph Johnson. Also turning 65 today is French-American cellist and educator Yo-Yo Ma. Also born on that same date in 1959,  English businessman and producer, Simon Cowell. Also turning 43 today is French comics writer and illustrator Antoine Revoy. Listener Birthdays 9 – Itsuko Rumpke (sounds like IT SUE-Koe) 9 – Mario (New Jersey) 10 – Victor Cajiao 10 – Garrett Riffal 11 – Bruce Barr 13 – Jason Schwanz And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for October 7, 2020 If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. chuckchat.com/birthday News

 Episode 614: One ring shy of a three ring circus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:21

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback What movie(s) is your comfort food? The ones you will watch time after time? Technorama Chuck Kreg On This Day In History for September 30, 2020 This is the 274th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 92 days remaining in 2020. It was on this date in 1791, that The first performance of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute takes place two months before his death. That same date in 1882, Thomas Edison’s first commercial hydroelectric power plant (later known as Appleton Edison Light Company) began operation. On September 30, 1935, The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, was dedicated. It was on this date in 1939, that NBC broadcast the first televised American football game. 66 years ago today, The U.S. Navy submarine USS Nautilus was commissioned as the world’s first nuclear-powered vessel. It was on this date in 1965, that The Lockheed L-100, the civilian version of the C-130 Hercules, was introduced. Also today in 1967, The BBC Light Programme, Third Programme and Home Service were replaced with BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 Respectively, BBC Radio 1 was also launched. On September 30, 1968, The Boeing 747 was rolled out and shown to the public for the first time. The AH-64 Apache makes its first flight. Eight years later, the first production model rolled out of the assembly line on this date in 1975. September 30, 1977, Because of NASA budget cuts and dwindling power reserves, the Apollo program’s ALSEP experiment packages left on the Moon are shut down. On September 30, 1980, Ethernet specifications were published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: German astronomer and mathematician, Michael Maestlin, born on this date in 1550. John Rae, the Scottish physician and explorer was born 207 years ago today. American activist, co-founded Mother’s Day, Ann Jarvis was born 188 years ago today. American businessman, founded Wrigley Company, William Wrigley, Jr., born on this date in 1861. French-American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, Jean Baptiste Perrin was born 150 years ago today. Born September 30, 1882, German physicist and academic Hans Geiger. English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Nevill Francis Mott, born on this date in 1905. Arkady Ostashev, Russian engineer and educator was born on that same date in 1925. Also born on that same date in 1935,  American singer and actor, Johnny Mathis. German-American biochemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate, Johann Deisenhofer, born on this date in 1943. English astronomer and academic, Richard Edwin Hills is 75 today. Also turning 65 today is German engineer, co-founded Sun Microsystems Andy Bechtolsheim. Also born on that same date in 1961,  American actor, director, and producer, Eric Stoltz. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for September 30, 2020 Listener birthdays: 1 – 10/1 = 101 & Stephen Wesche (From Saint Louis Missouri) (Pronounced Like the first part of the word “Wet” and the word “She”) 2 – Adam Rumpke 6 – John Duerholt (Jo Dho) If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the

 Episode 613: Some people call me the space cowboy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:13

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback What would you do with a cardboard box? Technorama Chuck On This Day In History for September 23, 2020 This is the 267th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 99 days remaining in 2020. It was on this date in 1642, that The first commencement exercises occurred at Harvard College. That same date in 1806, Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States. 175 years ago today, The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, was founded in New York. September 23, 1846, Astronomers Urbain Le Verrier, John Couch Adams and Johann Gottfried Galle collaborated on the discovery of Neptune. Also on September 23, 1889, Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda. It was 109 years ago today that Pilot Earle Ovington made the first official airmail delivery in America under the authority of the United States Post Office Department. Roland Garros of France became the first to fly in an airplane across the Mediterranean (from St. Raphael in France to Bizerte, Tunisia) on this date in 1913. That same date in 2002, The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”) was released. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: German astronomer and academic, Johann Franz Encke, born on this date in 1791. Hippolyte Fizeau, the French physicist and academic was born 201 years ago today. Born September 23, 1851, American mathematician and astronomer Ellen Hayes. German engineer and businessman, founded Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch was born 159 years ago today. Miron Merzhanov, Russian architect and engineer was born on that same date in 1895. Born September 23, 1902, Chinese mathematician and academic Su Buqing. Clifford Shull, the American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 105 years ago today. American actor, singer, director, and producer, Mickey Rooney, born on this date in 1920. André Cassagnes, the French toy maker, created the Etch A Sketch was born 94 years ago today. American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor, Ray Charles, born on this date in 1930. Also turning 77 today is Spanish singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias. American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Bruce Springsteen, born on this date in 1949. Also turning 63 today is American actress Rosalind Chao. American actor, singer, and voice artist, Jason Alexander, born on this date in 1959. Listener Birthdays 26 – Brett (from Wales) And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for September 23, 2020 If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. News The search for life – from Venus to the outer solar system | Alien life | The Guardian Hacks & Strange Stories A 3.2 Billion Pixel Camera Takes A Picture Of Broccoli : NPR

 Episode 612: Some people call it a Slingblade | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:05:27

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Matt Baum – Binary license plate image * What new hobbies have you picked up this year and would you recommend them to others? * Technorama * Chuck On This Day In History for September 16, 2020 This is the 260th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 106 days remaining in 2020. * It was on this date in 1620, that Pilgrims set sail from England on the Mayflower. * It was 140 years ago today that The Cornell Daily Sun printed its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the United States’ oldest, continuously-independent college daily. * September 16, 1908, The General Motors Corporation was founded. * On September 16, 1955, A Zulu-class submarine became the first to launch a ballistic missile. * TCN-9 Sydney is the first Australian television station to commence regular broadcasts on this date in 1956. * Also today in 1959, The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, was introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City. * It was 59 years ago today that The United States National Hurricane Research Project dropped eight cylinders of silver iodide into the eyewall of Hurricane Esther. Wind speed reduces by 10%, giving rise to Project Stormfury. * Also today in 1961, Pakistan established its Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission with Abdus Salam as its head. * It was 45 years ago today that The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor made its maiden flight. * It was on this date in 1979, that Eight people escaped from East Germany to the west in a homemade hot air balloon. * September 16, 1979, The Sugarhill Gang were formed and Rapper’s Delight was released. * It was 33 years ago today that The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * French mathematician and theorist, Antoine Parent, born on this date in 1666. * Albrecht Kossel, German physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate was born on that same date in 1853. * James Cash Penney, the American businessman and philanthropist, founded J. C. Penney was born 145 years ago today. * Jacob Schick, American-Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Schick Razors was born on that same date in 1877. * Hungarian-American physiologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate, Albert Szent-Györgyi, born on this date in 1893. * Born September 16, 1898, American author and illustrator, co-created Curious George H. A. Rey. * Allen Funt, American director, producer, and screenwriter was born on that same date in 1914. * Born September 16, 1924, American actress Lauren Bacall. * American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, B.B. King, born on this date in 1925. * Peter Falk, American actor was born on that same date in 1927. * Also born on that same date in 1942,  American computer scientist and academic, Susan L. Graham. * American actor and environmental activist, Ed Begley Jr., born on this date in 1949. * Also born on that same date in 1956,  American magician and actor, David Copperfield. Listener Birthdays: * 18 – Jeff Schultz (Gorbash) * 20 – Joel Harper (Rincewind) / Milwaukee WI * 20 – Joel Rickenbach [deceased] (host of the You’ve Got Geek Podcast) * 21 – Dean Jensen (Beaker1) * 22 – Matthew Tjarks (Jharks) And that’s the way it was,

 Technorama / Comedy4Cast and Friends DragonCon 2020 Show! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:13

This year DragonCon was Virtual…and So were we! We had our annual Comedy4Cast/Technorama mashup on the DC Media Track streamed via Twitch! Thanks goes to Clinton at Comedy4Cast for putting up with us and many Thanks to all the support from DC Media Track for putting this all together. Video is below or listen to audio only here. If you are interested in watching the other productions from this year’s DragonCon, here are some links for you. * DC Digital Media @ Twitch * DC Digital Media @ YouTube * DragonConTV

 Episode 611: The Day the Podcast Stood Still | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:01:14

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback QotW: What movie made you laugh the hardest? Technorama Chuck On This Day In History for August 19, 2020 This is the 232nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 134 days remaining in 2020. It was on this date in 1839, that The French government announced that Louis Daguerre’s photographic process is a gift “free to the world”. Also today in 1848, The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California (although the rush started in January). Also on August 19, 1909, The first automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On August 19, 1934, The first All-American Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, Ohio. Also on August 19, 1940, First flight of the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber. It was also this date in 1960 in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Soviet Union for espionage. It was on this date in 1960, that the Soviet Union launched the satellite Sputnik-2 with the dogs Belka and Strelka, 40 mice, two rats and a variety of plants. It was 56 years ago today, that Syncom 3, the first geostationary communication satellite, was launched. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: English astronomer and academic, John Flamsteed, born on this date in 1646. German chemist, Julius Lothar Meyer was born 190 years ago today. Orville Wright, American engineer and pilot, co-founded the Wright Company was born on that same date in 1871. Coco Chanel, the French fashion designer, founded the Chanel Company was born 137 years ago today. Born August 19, 1906, American inventor, invented the Fusor Philo Farnsworth. Gene Roddenberry, the American screenwriter and producer was born 99 years ago today. Born August 19, 1924, Canadian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Willard Boyle. English microbiologist and geneticist, David Hopwood is 87 today. Also born on that same date in 1938,  American actress, Diana Muldaur. Chinese-American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Computer Associates International, Charles Wang was born 76 years ago today. American lawyer and politician, 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, born on this date in 1946. Also turning 74 today is American general and astronaut Charles Bolden. American actor and director, Jonathan Frakes, born on this date in 1952. Also turning 51 today is American actor, producer, and screenwriter Matthew Perry. Listener birthdays for August 19-25: 19 – Matt Rider (The Eagle Scout Geek ) 20 – Jedi_Kez (aka Brian From Winnipeg) 22 – Zoidberg [1967] 22 – Kyle Slingo 22 – AlchemyDragon 24 – Kira Fiore (Krazy Joe & Christine’s daughter) 25 – David “Grizzly” Smith from Grizzly’s Growls podcasts And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 19, 2020 If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. News NASA Launched Laser Beams at the Moon – For the First Time,

 Episode 610: No static, no static at all | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:33

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show.   Feedback * What should humanity’s goal be? * Technorama * Chuck * Kreg On This Day In History for August 12, 2020 This is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 141 days remaining in 2020. * It was on this date in 1492, that Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World. * Also today in 1851, Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.. * 155 years ago today, Joseph Lister, British surgeon and scientist,  performed 1st antiseptic surgery. * Also on August 12, 1953, the Soviet atomic bomb project continued with the detonation of “RDS-6s” (Joe 4), the first Soviet thermonuclear bomb – the first testing of a real thermonuclear weapon (not test devices). * 60 years ago today, Echo 1A, NASA’s first successful communications satellite, was launched.. * On August 12, 1977, The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise. * Also today in 1981, The IBM Personal Computer was released. * It was also this date in 1990 that Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton found to date, was discovered by Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Jewish astronomer, astrologer, mathematician, rabbi and historian, Abraham Zacuto, born on this date in 1452. * Born August 12, 1856, American businessman and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady. * Cecil B. DeMille, American director and producer was born on that same date in 1881. * Jean Cabannes, the French physicist and academic was born 135 years ago today. * Austrian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Erwin Schrödinger, born on this date in 1887. * Joe Besser, American actor was born on that same date in 1907. * English-American astrophysicist and academic, Margaret Burbidge, born on this date in 1919. * Scottish publisher and activist co-founded the Guinness World Records, Norris McWhirter was born 95 years ago today. * American computer scientist and academic, Dorothy E. Denning, born on this date in 1945. * Also born on that same date in 1949,  Scottish-English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Mark Knopfler. * American actor, director, and screenwriter, Jim Beaver, born on this date in 1950. Listener Birthdays (Aug 12-18) * 13 – Christine Fiore MegaPodTastic and Honey, You’ve *GOT* to See This! * 17 – Clive Jevons, Baeumenheim German, Kevin (SusietheGeek’s son and Geek in Training) And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 12, 2020 * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link. News * Three men rescued from tiny island after writing ‘SOS’ in the sand – Geekologie * Stunning Image Gallery Documents Thrilling SpaceX Splashdown – First Splashdown of American Astronauts in 45 Years Shout out to the chat room

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