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 Technorama Ep360: Full Circle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:10

In this episode... * Are itches the same in space? * You’ve heard of “pirate radio”, now there’s “zombie radio” * New research shows Facebook IPO can be hazardous to your financial health Listen below with the audio player or Click Here (http://wp.me/pe53l-ZG) for complete show notes and video from the show. http://youtu.be/83Wpv8XGypw Introducing the team... * Shout out to the chat room * Happy Birthday to: * 15 - Chuck Jolley aka nitestarr - (Horn Lake, MS) * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. * Join us on the Google+ hangout every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET to see and hear the show raw and unedited. Just circle Technorama Podcast, Kreg, or me and you’ll see the announcement when we join the hangout. Huge Congratulations to long time listener and fellow podcaster Claudio Miranda! He was married last week to Sandra! On This Day In History for November 14, 2012 * It was on this date in 1889 that pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) begins a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completes the trip in seventy-two days. * Aviator Eugene Ely performs the first take off from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He took off from a makeshift deck on the USS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher today in 1910. * 90 years ago today, the BBC begins radio service in the United Kingdom. * November 14, 1952 – The first regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express. * American physicist Theodore Maiman is given a patent for his ruby laser systems, the world's first laser 45 years ago today. * It was on November 11, 1969 that NASA launches Apollo 12, the second crewed mission to the surface of the Moon. * Mariner 9 enters orbit around Mars today in 1971. * 21 years ago today in Royal Oak, Michigan, a fired United States Postal Service employee goes on a shooting rampage, killing four and wounding five before committing suicide - giving us morbid phrase of being stressed out “going postal” * and on November 11, 2003 – Astronomers Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz discover 90377 Sedna, a Trans-Neptunian object. Happy Birthday goes out on this day to: * Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's father born today in 1719. * Sharing his birthday Mozart’s father, is Ludwig van Beethoven’s father, Johann van Beethoven, born exactly 21 years later in 1740. * also born on this date in 1765, American inventor Robert Fulton * another inventor was born today in 1863, Leo Hendrik Baekeland, Flemish-American chemist and inventor of the first synthetic plastic, Bakelite * First Lady of the United States Mamie Eisenhower was born today in 1896 * The TV producer who brought us such shows as the Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch was born today in 1916 – Happy birthday to Sherwood Schwartz * American astronaut Edward Higgins White was born today in 1930 * Another American astronaut Fred Haise, who flew aboard Apollo 13, turns 79 today * and finally, the man who brought us Norton Utilities back in the 80s and 90s, American software engineer, Peter Norton is 69 And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for November 14, 2012 Geek Zodiac * Ninja - Be alert. Your upcoming attack may not go as planned. Use stealth to your advantage. * Pirate - Booty is on the horizon. Keep after it. * Robot - Distractions abound. Stay focused on your plan. Strike when they least suspect. * Superhero - Love is in the air, but you must not let it show. It could be your downfall. Keep your secret safe and revel in it. * Zombies - Brains News * Scientists name new dinosaur after Lord of the Rings bad guy (http://io9.com/5957909/new-dinosaur-named-after-sauron-from-lord-of-the-rings) * Lawyers have to ruin everything cool. No more calling small humans Hobbits.

 Interview: Ernest Cline | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:50

(http://www.chuckchat.com/technorama/files/2012/11/mwbw-ernectcline-300x216.jpg)ERNEST CLINE (http://www.ernestcline.com) has worked as a short-order cook, fish gutter, plasma donor, elitist video store clerk, and tech support drone. His primary occupation, however, has always been geeking out, and he eventually threw aside those other promising career paths to express his love of pop culture fulltime as a spoken word artist and screenwriter. Mentioned in the Interview: Fanboys (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489049/) | Ready Player One (http://www.readyplayerone.com/)

 Technorama Ep359: 10 kilometers up and ready to jump | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:21

Coming up in this episode... * Look, up in the sky, it’s coming straight toward us! * Start the countdown to the magnetic flip * Asimov to come out with three more laws of robotics in 2015 Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. http://youtu.be/XdxBIv24P0k Introducing the team... * Shout out to the chat room * Happy Birthday to: * 08 - Mark, the Encaffeinated ONE, host of The Weird Show (http://technorama.wetpaint.com/page/http%2F%2Fencaffeinated.ca) * 08 - OnTheDrift * 10 - John Noble from the Island * 13 - Pippa (London UK) * 13 - Jennifer Therrien (Canada) * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. * Join us on the Google+ hangout every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET to see and hear the show raw and unedited. Just circle Technorama Podcast, Kreg, or me and you’ll see the announcement when we join the hangout. On This Day In History for Nov 7, 2012 * It was on this date in 1492 that the Ensisheim meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, strikes the earth around noon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. * Also on this date in 1665, the London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published. * The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright Brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse on November 7, 1910. * That same date in 1929 – In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art opens to the public. * 72 years ago today – The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, in Tacoma, Washington, collapses in a windstorm, a mere four months after the bridge's completion. * WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world's first internet radio broadcast on this date in 1994. * and 16 years ago today NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor. Happy Birthday goes out on this day to: * Polish chemist and physicist, and pioneer in radiation, Marie Curie born on this date in 1867 * also born on this date in 1879, Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky * American scientist Philip Morrison was born today in 1915 * American film producer and author G. Edward Griffin celebrates his 81st birthday today * and finally the actor who played Peter Brady on the Brady Bunch TV show, Christopher Knight, turns 55 And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for Nov 7 ,2012 News * Amazon: Huttese translator ring (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006JMZNCS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B006JMZNCS&linkCode=as2&tag=bkgas-20) * Scientists prove “hurty brain” is real (http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2012/11/02/maths-anxiety-can-cause-you-physical-pain) Hacks & Strange Stories * Man sues wife for being ugly (http://www.geekologie.com/2012/10/man-sues-wife-for-being-naturally-ugly-u.php) and wins $120,000 Remember When * When Pigeons Guided Missiles By Robert T. Gonzalez Pigeons are...   (http://updates.io9.com/post/34707349836/when-pigeons-guided-missiles-by-robert-t) * Remains Of World War II Military Pigeon Ignites Code Mystery   (http://updates.io9.com/post/34854691199/remains-of-world-war-ii-military-pigeon-ignites-code) * Movember never would have worked if we still had a beard tax (http://updates.io9.com/post/34760304359/behold-a-beard-tax-token-from-the-beard-hating) Media Corner * Thoughts on the Disney/Lucas deal? * From Mad Marv: * In case you were thinking of calling Adam West (http://updates.io9.com/post/34901936306/what-happens-when-you-look-up-adam-west-in-the-phone) What the Kreg! * Saw Wreck-it-Ralph today Geek Library * IFTTT.com (http://ifttt.com/) - a quick overview * Omni Magazine archives are now online (http://updates.io9.com/post/34852853798/check-out-the-complete-run-of-omni-magazine-free) End of Show Stuff

 Technorama Ep358: Normally scary enough | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:56

In this episode... * Man dressed as Chewy frightens Ewoks * Super heroes have super debt * Boy fights for grade over info on The Big Bang Theory Listen below with the audio player or Click Here (http://wp.me/pe53l-Za) for complete show notes and video from the show. http://youtu.be/4Q5w2GRnpQc Introducing the team... * Shout out to the chat room * Happy Birthday to: * 01 - Amber Elstad * 03 - Ken Pace * 03 - Craig Glassner (aka Ranger Craig) * 04 - Avner (from Tel Aviv) * 05 - Michael Corlett (from New Zealand) * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. * Join us on the Google+ hangout every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET to see and hear the show raw and unedited. Just circle Technorama Podcast, Kreg, or me and you’ll see the announcement when we join the hangout. On This Day In History for October 31, 2012 * It was on this date in 1517 that Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, starting the Protestant Reformation. * Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state on this date 148 years ago. * It was also today in 1913 that saw the dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States. * Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured 86 years ago on Halloween. * It was October 31, 1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed. * 13 years ago, yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted. * Soyuz TM-31 launches, on this date in 2000, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been continuously crewed since. Happy Birthday goes out on this day to: * German mathematician Karl Weierstraß, born today in 1815 * also born on this date in 1860, American founder of the Girl Scouts Juliette Low * American singer and actress Dale Evans was born 100 years ago * American astronaut Michael Collins turns 82 today * English physicist Paul Frampton celebrates his 69th birthday * Canadian comedian and actor John Candy would have been 62 today * and finally American rapper Vanilla Ice turns 45. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for October 31, 2012 Feedback Nest Thermostat from Steve - Hey guys, I have the Nest thermostats. They are awesome. Here are a couple screenshots of the app from my iPhone. Chuck should definitely watch the Nest video on their site. It sets up pretty easily. It is connected to my WPA enabled wifi. All of my temperature controls are available via the web as well as with the app. The app, site, and Nest will also show my historical usage for the last 10 days. Also, the thermostat will go into auto-away mode on its own when we leave the house for several hours or I can just choose Away with the app. Long time listener, Steve in South Carolina - Columbia, SC News * How dangerous is carving pumpkins? (http://io9.com/5954459/how-dangerous-is-pumpkin-carving-science-investigates-with-severed-human-limbs) * Crime is low. Superheroes have to clean windows. (http://io9.com/5954485/captain-america-batman-superman-and-spidey-adorably-storm-a-childrens-hospital) Hacks & Strange Stories * Dude carves pumpkin with a gun (http://www.geekologie.com/2012/10/spending-halloween-in-the-hospital-dude.php) * Looking for love in all the geek places (http://gizmodo.com/5954354/can-this-girl-find-love-on-a-coding-website) * Shark falls from the sky (http://news.yahoo.com/shark-falls-sky-onto-golf-course-185842704.html) Remember When * Remember Halloween when people dressed up as buildings? (http://io9.com/5953526/nothing-to-see-here-just-a-bunch-of-architects-dressed-as-the-buildings-they-designed) Media Corner * Denny’s Hobbit Menu: Now you can get second breakfast and elevensies!

 Technorama Ep357: Zoetrope Tupac | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:00

Coming up in this episode... * Spray on socks and hats * Star Trek back on TV? * If Woz ran the Apple world Listen below with the audio player or Click Here (http://wp.me/pe53l-Z4) for complete show notes and video from the show. http://youtu.be/y7mRwRm9ymw Introducing the team... * Shout out to the chat room * Happy Birthday to: * 10 - Victor Cajiao * 10 - Garrett Riffal * 11 - Bruce Barr * 13 - Jason Schwanz * 19 - Russell Pearson (Ninereeds) * 21 - Daniel Ebdrup Jensen (D. Ebdrup) * 21 - Justin Diehl (nulloperations)22 - Zach - zml2008 * 25 - Mad Marv (http://madmarvonline.com/) - spelled "K - Y - L - E" but pronounced "Marv". Hope that helps.25 - HMNSHLD * 25 - BritOnTour (Jason) * 25 - Scott (Minneapolis) * 28 - Dylan Licata (San Antonio) * 30 - WolfGeek (Indiana) * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. * Join us on the Google+ hangout every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET to see and hear the show raw and unedited. Just circle Technorama Podcast, Kreg, or me and you’ll see the announcement when we join the hangout. On This Day In History for October 24, 2012 This is the 298th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, there are 68 days remaining in 2012. * It was on this date in 1851 that William Lassell discovers the moons Umbriel and Ariel (moon) orbiting Uranus. * That same date in 1861 – The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States is completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express. * Also on October 24, 1901 – Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. * Orville Wright remains in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina today 101 years ago * Harry Houdini's last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan was on this date in 1926. * It was also today in 1929 known as "Black Thursday" - the infamous stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange. * The George Washington Bridge opens to public traffic October 24, 1931 * Today in 1946 – A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space. * 65 years ago – Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists. * 55 years ago – The USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program. * Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission was today in 1998 * Concorde makes its last commercial flight just 9 short years ago * also on this date in 2007 – the first satellite in the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, Chang'e 1 is launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. * Happy birthday goes out on this date in 1804 to German physicist Wilhelm Eduard Weber * Also born on this date in 1906 – Russian mathematician Alexander Gelfond * American aeronautical engineer Frank Piasecki was born today in 1919 * Doctor Stephen R. Covey, American author and speaker would have turned 80 today * F. Murray Abraham, American actor who played Ru'ofo on Star Trek Insurrection turns 73. * David Weber, American science fiction and fantasy author celebrates his 60th birthday today. * and finally, Mindy Newell, American comic book writer is 59 And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for October 24, 2012 News * Chubby Batman gets arrested again (http://gizmodo.com/5949478/that-chubby-guy-dressed-as-batman-got-arrested-again) * Forget 3D printers - turn garbage into stuff (http://gizmodo.com/5949017/the-amazing-machine-that-can-create-anything-from-shredded-scraps) Hacks & Strange Stories * A vest that gives you a hug when you get a Facebook Like (http://www.geekologie.com/2012/10/vest-gives-you-a-hug-whenever-you-get-a.php) * It’s like airbags for your head! (http://gizmodo.com/5949067/the-ridiculous-high+concept-inflatable-bike-helmet-is-finally-buyable)

 Technorama Ep356: Gravel Lumber | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:38

Coming up in this episode... * NASA readies something else for space * Guess what’s new in the kitchen * Japan comes out with another first Listen below with the audio player or Click Here (http://wp.me/pe53l-YX) for complete show notes and video from the show. http://youtu.be/vFbisywWFkk Introducing the team... * Shout out to the chat room * Happy Birthday to: * 06 - John Deurholt (Jo Dho) * 09 - Itsuko Rumpke (sounds like IT - SUE - KOE) * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. * Join us on the Google+ hangout every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET to see and hear the show raw and unedited. Just circle Technorama Podcast, Kreg, or me and you’ll see the announcement when we join the hangout. On This Day In History for October 3, 2012 * It was on this date in 1778 that British Captain James Cook anchors in Alaska. * Also on that same date in 1789, George Washington made the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America. * Today in 1849, American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death. * The last Thursday in November is declared as Thanksgiving Day by President Abraham Lincoln as are Thursdays, November 30, 1865 and November 29, 1866 - that was today in 1863. * Today in spaceflight - it was 1942 that the first successful launch of a V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. It is the first man-made object to reach space. * 60 years ago today the United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon to become the world's third nuclear power. * The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC October 3, 1955 * As part of Project Mercury, the Sigma 7 is launched from Cape Canaveral, with Astronaut Wally Schirra aboard, for a six-orbit, nine-hour flight - that was exactly 50 years ago. * Today in 1985 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight. (Mission STS-51-J) * and it was today in 1986 – TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron at the Chalk River Laboratories, is officially opened. Happy Birthday goes out on this day to: * Italian physicist Giovanni Battista Beccaria born on this date in 1716 * American astronaut Charles Duke celebrates his 77th birthday today * Singer/songwriter Chubby Checker turns 71 today * Pierre Deligne, the Belgian mathematician is 68 today * and finally singer and guitars from Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, turns 63 And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for October 3, 2012 News * NASA's next goal: bring back samples from Mars | Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/09/26/mars-sample-return-goal-drives-nasa-exploration-red-planet/) * Weather toaster (http://www.sliceofscifi.com/2012/09/26/weather-predicting-toaster/) Hacks & Strange Stories * Liquid Nitrogen + 1500 Ping Pong Balls [Video] - How-To Geek (http://www.howtogeek.com/125238/liquid-nitrogen-1500-ping-pong-balls-video/)- VIDEO WAS REMOVEDWould you wear a camera all day? * Autographer wearable camera takes the whole taking pictures thing out of taking pictures -- Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/25/autographer-wearable-camera-takes-the-whole-taking-pictures-thin/) * My prayers are answered - no more lost socks (http://gizmodo.com/5946000/thanks-to-rfid-youll-never-lose-a-sock-again) Remember When * Antarctic explorers brought their own snow (http://gizmodo.com/5947311/top-of-the-first-antarctic-explorers-packing-list-lots-and-lots-of-cocaine) Media Corner * Flavorwire » Video Essay: “How Time Travel Works” (http://www.flavorwire.com/331886/video-essay-how-time-travel-works) * Doctor Who workout (http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2012/09/30/introducing-the-doctor-who-workout-program-pic) What the Chuck! * How expensive is printer ink?

 Technorama Ep355: Flannel Ice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:36

In this episode... * Space * Old stuff * and at least one thing that’s funny C’mon, you know we’re going to mention that stuff SOMEWHERE in this show! Listen below with the audio player or Click Here (http://wp.me/pe53l-YT) for complete show notes and video from the show. http://youtu.be/IuTzEi7xenw Introducing the team... * Shout out to the chat room * Happy Birthday to: * Sept 26 - Brett (from Wales) * Oct 01 - 10/1 = 101 & Stephen Wesche ( Saint Louis Missouri) * Oct 02 - Adam Rumpke * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. * Join us on the Google+ hangout every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET to see and hear the show raw and unedited. Just circle Technorama Podcast, Kreg, or me and you’ll see the announcement when we join the hangout. On This Day In History for September 26, 2012 * It was on this date in 1580 that Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth. * New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire today in 1907 * The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is established by the Federal Trade Commission Act September 26, 1914. * 78 years ago today, Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched. * In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy today in 1960 * 39 years ago today, the Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time. * also on this date in 1983, Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a likely worldwide nuclear war by correctly identifying a report of an incoming nuclear missile as a computer error and not an American first strike. * Polish Wikipedia was started 11 years ago today. * and just four years go, Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel. Happy Birthday goes out on this day to: * Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist born on this date in 1774 * also born today in 1849 Russian scientist and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Ivan Pavlov * American-born British writer and poet, Nobel laureate, T. S. Eliot would have celebrated his 124th birthday today * Composer George Gershwin, was born today in 1898 * and finally Robert Cade, American physician and beverage inventor was born today in 1927 And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for September 26, 2012 News * I didn’t win Neste’s Willie Wonka contest (http://gizmodo.com/5944284/nestle-is-playing-real+life-willy-wonka) * Holding together quantum computers with Scotch tape (http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2012/09/18/holding-together-a-quantum-computer-with-scotch-tape) Hacks & Strange Stories * Dad Sends His Son’s Toy Train to Space, Creates Short Film Showing the Journey (http://www.petapixel.com/2012/09/21/dad-sends-his-sons-toy-train-to-space-creates-short-film-showing-the-journey/) * The price may be high, but it’s better than a Barbie Jeep! (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M3X6FC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004M3X6FC&linkCode=as2&tag=bkgas-20) * And then there’s the talking measuring cup! (http://gizmodo.com/5944174/talking-measuring-cup-will-never-critique-your-kitchen-skills) * What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard on Technorama? Remember When * Radio Shack Cell Phone Commercial from 1989 [Video] - How-To Geek (http://www.howtogeek.com/124985/radio-shack-cell-phone-commercial-from-1989-video/) * Phone instructions from 1917 (http://io9.com/5945619/instructions-on-how-to-use-a-telephone-from-1917) * Odd ways people died in Victorian Times (http://io9.com/5945484/the-oddest-ways-people-died-in-victorian-times) Media Corner * Christopher Rizzo - Google+ - This is by far the best Apple Maps meme yet.. (https://plus.google.com/u/0/110700994347677244209/posts/HigCgX7L95K)

 Technorama Ep354: Arrrrrrrrr | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:35

Coming up in this episode... * Zwep * Flarg * Nip (c’mon, don’t you speak Zurn?) Listen below with the audio player or Click Here (http://wp.me/pe53l-YF) for complete show notes and video from the show. http://youtu.be/9lUned2vcbs Introducing the team... * Shout out to the chat room * Happy Birthday to: * 21 - Dean Jensen (Beaker1) * 22 - Matthew Tjarks (Jharks) * 22 - Bilbo and Frodo * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. * Join us on the Google+ hangout every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET to see and hear the show raw and unedited. Just circle Technorama Podcast, Kreg, or me and you’ll see the announcement when we join the hangout. On This Day In History for September 19, 2012 * It was on this date in 1846 that two French shepherd children, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, experience a Marian apparition on a mountaintop near La Salette, France, now known as Our Lady of La Salette. * also today in 1934,  Bruno Hauptmann is arrested for the kidnap and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.. * On September 19, 1946 the first Cannes Film Festival is held, having been delayed seven years due to World War II. * 60 years ago today, the United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England. * First American underground nuclear bomb test (part of Operation Plumbbob) was today in 1957. * It was this date in 1959 that Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland due to security concerns. * Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them 51 years ago. * Continuing with the unusual events… Today in 1976 – Two Imperial Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom II jets fly out to investigate an unidentified flying object when both independently lose instrumentation and communications as they approach, only to have them restored upon withdrawal. * Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System - that was today, 30 years ago. * Today in 1991 – Ötzi the Iceman is discovered by German tourists. Happy Birthday goes out on this day to: * Christopher Stone, the first disc jockey in the United Kingdom born today in 1882 * Also born on this date in 1888, American mathematician, J. W. Alexander * Austrian automobile Ferry Porsche was born today in 1909 * The original Batman, Adam West, celebrates his 84th birthday today * American journalist Soledad O'Brien, turns 46 * and tech blogger, Gina Trapani, is 37 years young today. Correction to last week, it wasn't Erin Gray who turned 72, it was Linda Gray. Sorry about that! And last but not least, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for September 19, 2012 News * Software that could silence those pings automatically (http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/14/pressure-sensitive-notifications-blocker/) * Caine’s Arcade Part 2 (http://cheezburger.com/41972993) * October 6 - Global Cardboard Challenge (http://cardboardchallenge.com/) Hacks & Strange Stories * GPS Shoes (http://gizmodo.com/5943572/youd-never-get-lost-with-a-pair-of-these-gps-shoes) * Pi in the sky (http://www.geekologie.com/2012/09/pi-in-the-sky-pilots-skytype-pi-to-1000.php) * Atari 2600 PC case mod (http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/13/atari-2600-pc-case-mod/) Remember When * Remember when Superman disarmed a bomb by disco dancing? (http://io9.com/5942725/remember-when-superman-disarmed-a-bomb-by-disco-dancing) Media Corner * All of Chewbacca’s dialog from A New Hope on a sticky note (http://www.savagechickens.com/chewbacca) * This IS the droid you are looking for (http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2012/09/13/this-is-the-droid-i-was-looking-for-r2-d2-keg-pic) What the Chuck! * Behold the poop tank (http://cheezburger.com/6578689280) Geek Library

 Interview: Dr. Robert Nemiroff | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

(http://www.chuckchat.com/technorama/files/2012/09/Robert-Nemiroff.jpg) Dr. Robert Nemiroff is a professor at Michigan Technological University (http://mtu.edu) in Houghton Michigan. He's also one of the people behind APOD (http://apod.nasa.gov) (Astronomy Picture of the Day) among other things. While dropping my daughter off at college, I was fortunate enough to get a moment to talk to Dr. Nemiroff before he started the busy semester.

 Technorama Interview: Josh and Will from Written by a Kid | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:12

Josh Flaum and Will Bowles, the creators of the show Written by a Kid (http://writtenbyakid.geekandsundry.com/) on the Geek & Sundry (http://geekandsundry.com/) YouTube channel, join me for an interview(http://www.chuckchat.com/technorama/files/2012/09/GeekSundryWrittenByaKid.png) where they talk about themselves and about the show. If you are not familiar with the show Written by a Kid it is a show where Kids from 5-10 year olds make up a story and they produce it with live actors using the kids story as the script, verbatim. It is fun and great to watch for anyone, including your own kid.

 Technorama Ep353: Unicorns, Peppermints, and Dark Matter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:59

In this episode... * Turkeys solving the mysteries of the universe * A cross between Batman and SuperGirl * Genes genes genes Listen below with the audio player or Click Here (http://wp.me/pe53l-Yd) for complete show notes and video from t...

 Technorama Special: This Side of Paradise | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:53

If you didn't know Star Trek The Original Series just passed it's 46th(http://www.chuckchat.com/technorama/files/2012/09/spock_tree_smile-300x232.jpg) anniversary orginally airing on September 8th, 1966. While at Dragon*Con, Julie, Clinton (http://www.comedy4cast.com), Chuck and Kreg got together and pay tribute to Star Trek TOS, specifically the episode "This Side of Paradise" (Season 1, Episode 24)...and by paying tribute we mean, MST3K it. We invite you to follow along and watch as you listen to us cackle on about spore confetti popping out everywhere, Spock experiencing love, and Kirk trying to bring everyone's buzz down. It is available in iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/this-side-of-paradise/id218818763?i=266738249), Netflix (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Star_Trek_Season_1_This_Side_of_Paradise/70109459?trkid=438403), and on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/This-Side-of-Paradise-HD/dp/B005HEE62M/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1347215006&sr=1-1&keywords=this+side+of+paradise).

 Technorama Ep352: Where did we go wrong? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:16

In this episode... * 10 Print “Hello World” * 20 goto 10 * 30 Rem I Never Run Listen below with the audio player or Click Here (http://wp.me/pe53l-XR) for complete show notes and video from the show. http://youtu.be/i93ulmsj5Hk Feedback * TJ from PA - Looking for tips on cosplay * Comicon vs. DragonCon vs Balticon * Bruce Barr - TRS-80 Model I * Anonymous - Did we wake you up? Introducing the team... * Shout out to the chat room * Happy Birthday to: * 17 - Clive Jevons, Baeumenheim German, Kevin (SusietheGeek's son and Geek in Training) * 19 - Brian Litecky (blitecky) * 19 - Matt Rider (The Eagle Scout Geek) * 20 - Jedi_Kez (http://smaccast.org/) (aka Brian From Winnipeg) * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. * Join us on the Google+ hangout every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET to see and hear the show raw and unedited. Just circle Technorama Podcast, Kreg, or me and you’ll see the announcement when we join the hangout. On This Day In History for August 15, 2012 * It was on this day in 293 BC, that the oldest known Roman temple to Venus is dedicated. * Today in 1914, a male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground. * The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon on August 15, 1914. * 77 years ago Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska. * On this date in 1965, the Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, in an event later seen as marking the birth of stadium rock. * The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opens 43 years ago today. * It was August 15, 1971 – President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors. * and on this date in 1977, the Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project. Happy birthday goes out on this date to * Napoleon Bonaparte, born today in 1769. * Also born today in 1863 Russian engineer and mathematician Alexei Krylov * New Zealand astronomer and mechanical computation designer Leslie Comrie was born on this date in 1893 * August 15, 1896 is the birthday of Russian inventor Leon Theremin * and finally America astronaut Scott Altman turns 53 And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 15, 2012 News * New theoretical physics prize (http://www.nature.com/news/physics-prize-dwarfs-all-others-1.11131) * Interview with Mohawk guy (http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/08/meet-the-meme-mohawk-guy/?pid=7821&viewall=true) Hacks & Strange Stories * 7 ft. long Serenity Model from Legos! (http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/7-foot-lego-replica-of-the-firefly-space.php) * A Brainwave-Controlled Version of "Pong" | Popular Science (http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-07/brainwave-controlled-version-pong?cmpid=tw) * What is This Abomination?! (Thrift Store Find) - Imgur (http://imgur.com/r/pics/iD1hy) Remember When * Were they right? 25 year (http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/7-foot-lego-replica-of-the-firefly-space.phphttp://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/7-foot-lego-replica-of-the-firefly-space.php)s ago, science thinkers predicted the world in 2012 | Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/slideshow/2012/08/07/were-right-25-years-ago-science-thinkers-predicted-world-in-2012/?intcmp=features#slide=1) Media Corner * Alf Movie? (http://www.hitfix.com/news/alf-the-movie-is-happening) * First Vignette From ‘Star Trek Continues’ Fan Series Picks Up Where TOS Left Off | TrekMovie.

 Technorama Ep 351 – Out of Order | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:42

In this episode... * Not too soon to think about the holidays * Turn your cell phone into a time machine * What would you do with 1,000 computers? Listen below with the audio player or Click Here (http://wp.me/pe53l-XI) for complete show notes and video from the show. http://youtu.be/b8h_TtlYdlI Feedback * PC Haring - Olympic Swimsuits * Ben S - Walking Dead Apocalypse Dog Days of Podcasting 30 days of podcasting .. everyday. * Kreg Steppe - Spyndle.com (http://www.spyndle.com/)- rss (http://feeds.feedburner.com/Spyndlecom) * Chuck Tomasi - Freestyle (http://www.chuckchat.com/freestyle) - rss (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ChuckChatBlog) * Mad Marv - Madmarvonline.com (http://madmarvonline.com/blog) - rss (http://madmarvonline.com/blog/feed/) * Justin Diehl/nulloperations - Hiddennode (http://www.hiddennode.com/) - rss (http://www.hiddennode.com/feed/) * Clinton/comedy4cast - comedy4cast.com (http://www.comedy4cast.com/) - rss (http://audioboo.fm/users/471878/boos.rss) On This Day In History for August 8, 2012 * It was on this date in 1576 that the cornerstone for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven. * John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage today in 1585. * Also today in 1709 Bartolomeu de Gusmão demonstrates the lifting power of hot air in an audience before the King of Portugal in Lisbon * August 8, 1786, Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard. * 209 years after John Davis' search for the Northwest passage, Joseph Whidbey leads an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska. That was on August 8, 1794. * 136 years ago, Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph. * Today in 1908, Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers' first public flight. * The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight on August 8, 1929. * Just one year after the first atomic bomb was dropped, we saw the first flight of the Convair B-36, the world's first mass-produce nuclear weapon delivery vehicle. * This is also the 49th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery in England. A gang of 15 train robbers steal 2.6 million pounds in bank notes. * On this momentous day in 1974 – President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day. * Today in 1989 the space shuttle Columbia, takes off on mission STS-28 on a secret five-day military mission. * The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses on this date 21 years ago * 12 years ago Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor. If you were born on August 8, you share your birthday the likes of: * American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Ernest O. Lawrence, born on this date in 1901 * Also born today 110 years ago today, English physicist and Nobel Prize laureate  Paul Dirac * Two birthdays for August 8, 1921, British Physicist John Herbert Chapman and actress/swimmer Esther Williams * British physicist Sir Roger Penrose turns 81 today * The man who brought us TV series like Magnum P.I., Airwolf, Quantum Leap and many others, TV producer Donald P. Bellisario, is 77 today * Celebrating her 64th birthday today, Russian Cosmonaut and the first woman to perform a space walk, Svetlana Savitskaya * Irish guitarist for U2, The Edge is 51 today. * Swiss Tennis player Roger Federer turns 31 Finally, August 8th is the earliest day on which Melon Day, celebrated on the second Sunday in August in Turkmenistan can fall, while August 14 is the latest. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 8, 2012 Feedback * Ben S - Tales from ComicCon - Walking Dead Apocalypse

 Technorama Ep 350 – Olympic Sized Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:58

In this episode... * The science of science * What makes our brains so mushy * The first triangle with four corners Listen below with the audio player or Click Here (http://wp.me/pe53l-Xr) for complete show notes and video from the show. Introducing the team... http://youtu.be/ThoNSKhV1bU * Happy Birthday to: * NOBODY! HELP US OUT!!! * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. * Join us on the Google+ hangout every Sunday night at 9:30PM ET to see and hear the show raw and unedited. Just circle Technorama Podcast, Kreg, or me and you’ll see the announcement when we join the hangout. On This Day In History for August 1, 2012 * It was on this date in 1498 that Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela. * Also today in 1957, The United States and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD). * MTV begins broadcasting in the United States on 31 years ago today and airs its first video, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. * Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, northwest England on this date in 1984 * and five years ago today, the I-35W Mississippi River bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, collapses during the evening rush hour. Happy Birthday goes out on this day to: * Roman emperor Claudius, born on this date in 10 BC * American astronomer Maria Mitchell was also born today in 1818 * Also born today in 1819, “Call me Ishmael”, writer Herman Melville * Today in 1881 German mathematician Otto Toeplitz was born * 1889 – Walter Gerlach, German physicist (d. 1979) * 1933 – Dom DeLuise, American actor and comedian (d. 2009) * 1942 – Jerry Garcia, American musician (The Grateful Dead) (d. 1995) * 1946 – Richard O. Covey, American astronaut * 1963 – Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 1, 2012 Feedback * VM from Bruce Barr News * Nice tip of the hat to Tim Berners-Lee at the Olympics opening ceremony * Social media clogging up the IOC’s data path (http://gizmodo.com/5929971/olympics-fans-asked-to-kindly-stop-tweeting-so-damn-much) * Maybe some of the tweets are going to @stanleypiano (http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2012/07/28/stanley-is-a-piano-that-takes-requests-over-twitter)! Hacks & Strange Stories * Humiliate squirrels while they feed! (http://www.mcphee.com/shop/products/Big-Head-Squirrel-Feeder.html) Remember When * Twelve absurd olympic events (http://www.oobject.com/12-absurd-olympic-events/town-planning-1928-32-36-48/8877/) * The first “portable” computer (http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2012/07/23/first-portable-computer-55-pounds-and-cost-more-than-a-car/) Media Corner * Hey fencing team - impress me with a little geek love! (http://thedailywh.at/2012/07/28/badass-armor-of-the-day) Geek Library * Tetris Alarm Clock (http://www.firebox.com/product/5340/Tetris-Alarm-Clock) * Chewbacca messenger bag (http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ef32/?cpg=44151330&msg_id=44151330&et_rid=507874901&linkid=44151330_feature1_ef32) End of Show Stuff * Don’t forget, we want to see you at Dragon*Con in Atlanta for our live show Friday August 31, 2012. Hilton Room 204. Put it on your calendar - now! * We appreciate your support. If you like the show, there are many ways to show your love: * Call the Listener Line: 206-222-CHAT (2428) * Email: technorama@chuckchat.com * or on Twitter! @Ctomasi, @Steppek, and @technorama * Web Site: www.chuckchat.com (forums, swag, webcam, mail lists, links in the show notes, and more) * How about a donation to the tip jar: one time or monthly micro payment. * Or a review on the iTunes music store, Podcast Pickle, Podcast Alley, or any one of the many podcast directories. * Thanks to * Mad Marv for providing the great blog content

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