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 Episode 559 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:22

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Question from Ep 558 – What brands are you loyal to and why? On This Day In History for March 27, 2019 This is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 279 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1513, that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León reaches the northern end of The Bahamas on his first voyage to Florida.* Also on March 27, 1915, Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States, is put in quarantine, where she would remain for the rest of her life.* It was 61 years ago today, that Nikita Khrushchev becomes Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union.* It was also this date in 1975 that Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.* It was on this date in 1998, that The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * French engineer, urban planner, and politician, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, born on this date in 1809.* Wilhelm Röntgen, the German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 174 years ago today.* German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Otto Wallach was born 172 years ago today.* Karl Pearson, English mathematician, eugenicist, and academic was born on that same date in 1857.* Douglas Hartree, the English mathematician and physicist was born 122 years ago today.* Born March 27, 1899, German-Swiss physicist and academic Herbert Arthur Stuart.* Phil Chess, Czech-American record producer, co-founded Chess Records was born on that same date in 1921.* Also born on that same date in 1944,  New Zealand astronomer and academic, Alan C. Gilmore.* English keyboardist and songwriter, Tony Banks is 69 today.* Also born on that same date in 1963,  American director, producer, screenwriter and actor, Quentin Tarantino. (past) birthdays * 16 – Michelle Lopez a.k.a. CntrySigns* 18 – Gregory Lemon @ GregoryLemon.com* 19 – JT Shea of The Gigcast and JT Ukes at 40* 19 – Michael R. Mennenga* 21 – “Krazy Joe” Fiore, MegaPodTasticand Honey, You’ve *GOT* to See This!* 23 – Steve Riekeberg a.k.a. MissingIntellect of Geek Cred* 23 – Richard Parkman* 25 – Nicholas St Gabriel* 26 – Chuck Tomasi* 26 – Brina Baird in Hampton, VA * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for March 27, 2019 News * SpaceX’s Crew Dragon could land with abort thrusters in emergencies, says Musk* The CW’s ‘Supernatural’ will end next year after 15 seasons Hacks & Strange Stories * MIT’s deflated balloon robot hand can pick up objects 100x its own weight | TechCrunch Shout out to the chat room

 Episode 558 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:38

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback Claudio MirandaHey fellas,Great show as always!  I know I’m late to the party, but I figured I’d throw my impacting game (or games) from the previous episode. For me, the games that had an impact on me were text adventure games as well as DOOM.  I know that Wolfenstein 3D was mentioned, but DOOM further surpassed that in terms of an immersive 3D-ish FPS. Quake went even further than DOOM but giving you true 3D environments in an FPS. The RetroAhoy YouTube channel has some great documentaries on DOOM and Quake, as well as Wolfenstein 3D.  Check them out here:RetroAhoy: DOOMRetroAhoy: QuakeRetroAhoy: Wolfenstein 3DAs for the worst game I’ve ever played, I can’t say it was E.T. because I actually enjoyed *and finished* that game as a kid in spite of the sprite collision frustrations (I actually read the fine manual like a proud card-carrying nerd before I graduated to geek status).  I *can* say that it was Superman64. I had heard stories of how bad it was, but didn’t believe it until I tried it myself. Horrible mechanics that made me long for the old Atari 2600 Superman game.Anyway, Oh-nee-za-row-nee! Website comments: * Steven Traux – The Schoy Bros’ Flashback Arcade QotW: What is the worst video game you’ve ever played? On This Day In History for March 6, 2019 This is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 300 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 12 BC, that The Roman Emperor Augustus is named Pontifex Maximus, incorporating the position into that of the emperor.* It was 498 years ago today, that Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam.* The first joint Secretary of the Royal Society, Henry Oldenburg, publishes the first issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the world’s longest-running scientific journal on this date in 1665.* It was also this date in 1820 that The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe. The compromise allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, brings Maine into the Union as a free state, and makes the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase territory slavery-free.* Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society on this date in 1869.* It was on this date in 1899, that Bayer registers “Aspirin” as a trademark.* It was 76 years ago today, that Norman Rockwell published Freedom from Want in The Saturday Evening Post with a matching essay by Carlos Bulosan as part of the Four Freedoms series.* It was on this date in 1975, that For the first time the Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is shown in motion to a national TV audience by Robert J. Groden and Dick Gregory.* Also on March 6, 1992, The Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * French author and playwright, Cyrano de Bergerac, born on this date in 1619.* German physicist and astronomer, Joseph von Fraunhofer was born 232 years ago today.* Aaron Lufkin Dennison, American businessman,

 Episode 557: Somewhere over the Einstein-Rosen Bridge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:33

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Postcard from Jorge* QotW: What video game had a major impact on your life? On This Day In History for February 27, 2019 This is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 307 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 425, that The University of Constantinople is founded by Emperor Theodosius II at the urging of his wife Aelia Eudocia.* Also today in 1594, Henry IV is crowned King of France.* 207 years ago today, Poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire.* February 27, 1900, The British Labour Party is founded.* A challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, allowing women the right to vote, is rebuffed by the Supreme Court of the United States in Leser v. Garnett on this date in 1922.* It was also this date in 1940 that Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14.* That same date in 1964, The Government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Italian composer, director, historian, and geographer, Pietro Gnocchi, born on this date in 1689.* Edward Belcher, British naval officer, hydrographer, and explorer was born on that same date in 1799.* Born February 27, 1887, Russian captain, pilot, and engineer Pyotr Nesterov.* Charles Herbert Best, American-Canadian physiologist and biochemist, co-discovered Insulin was born on that same date in 1899.* Russian physicist and academic, Yulii Borisovich Khariton was born 115 years ago today.* Kelly Johnson, the American engineer, co-founded Skunk Works was born 109 years ago today.* Born February 27, 1932, English-American actress and humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor.* Also born on that same date in 1934, American lawyer, politician, and activist, Ralph Nader.* Also turning 79 today is American actor Howard Hesseman.* Also born on that same date in 1947, American physicist and cosmologist, Alan Guth.* Italian car designer, Walter de Silva is 68 today.* Also born on that same date in 1954, American rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Neal Schon.* American singer-songwriter, Johnny Van Zant is 60 today.* Also born on that same date in 1962, American actor, Adam Baldwin.* English industrial designer, currently chief design officer (CDO) of Apple, Jonathan Ive is 52 today.* Also turning 39 today is American journalist and academic Chelsea Clinton. Listener Birthdays * 28 – Wayne “Your Ad Here” Pittenger – Bethlehem PA* 29 – Paul Dove a.k.a Eilmer From Malmesbury UK * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for February 27, 2019 News * National Day of Unplugging – March 1 – 2* Nike’s self-lacing sneakers turn into bricks after faulty firmware update | Ars Technica Hacks & Strange Stories *

 Episode 556: What is that smell? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:22

Coming up in this episode… * One* Two* Three Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback Question of the week: For the podcast tonight: If you had a $200… – Technorama Podcast Ben Vaughan “Hey guys,Had a quiet moment and thought of you two (how weird)…Just wanted to drop a quick note to say “hey” and thank you for providing so much great entertainment for so long. I love the levity you bring on an (almost) weekly basis. Keep up the good work and I look forward to the good stuff from Chuck and Kreg for many years to come.” On This Day In History for February 20, 2019 This is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 314 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1792, that The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by United States President George Washington.* 203 years ago today, Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.* It was 147 years ago today, that The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.* Also on February 20, 1877, Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake receives its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.* 88 years ago today, The Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.* It was also this date in 1935 that Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.* It was on this date in 1962, While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes.* 54 years ago today, Ranger 8 crashes into the Moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for  the Apollo program astronauts.* That same date in 1971, The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.* It was on this date in 1986, that The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for ten of those years. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * German physician, physiologist, and anatomist, Johann Christian Reil, born on this date in 1759.* Born February 20, 1844, Austrian physicist and philosopher Ludwig Boltzmann.* Joshua Slocum, the Canadian sailor and adventurer was born 175 years ago today.* American engineer and politician, 3rd Governor of the Panama Canal Zone, Jay Johnson Morrow was born 149 years ago today.* Louis Kahn, the American architect, designed the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Bangladesh Parliament Building was born 118 years ago today.* Born February 20, 1906, American actor Gale Gordon.* Bahamian-American actor, director, and diplomat, Sidney Poitier, born on this date in 1927.* Also born on that same date in 1931,  American mathematician and academic, John Milnor.* Australian minister and amateur astronomer, Robert Evans is 82 today.* J. Geils, the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born 73 years ago today.* Also turning 59 today is American comedian, actor, and screenwriter Joel Hodgson.* Also born on that same date in 1966,  American model and businesswoman, Cindy Crawford.* Born February 20, 1967, American singer-songwriter and guitarist Kurt Cobain.* Also turning 31 today is Barbadian-American singer-songwrite...

 Technorama Ep 555: They’re Back!!!! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:13

Coming up in this episode… * Drones* Whiskey* Religion Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Video from Technorama Ep 555 Feedback * What has been the best thing you’ve discovered on the Internet? On This Day In History for January 30, 2019 This is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 335 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1703, that The Forty-seven rōnin, under the command of Ōishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master.* 213 years ago today, The original Lower Trenton Bridge (also called the Trenton Makes the World Takes Bridge), which spans the Delaware River between Morrisville, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey, is opened.* Also today in 1820, Edward Bransfield sights the Trinity Peninsula and claims the discovery of Antarctica.* Also on January 30, 1826, The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales, is opened.* It was also this date in 1847 that Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Francisco, California.* January 30, 1889, Archduke Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, is found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in the Mayerling.* It was 108 years ago today, that The destroyer USS Terry makes the first airplane rescue at sea saving the life of Douglas McCurdy ten miles from Havana, Cuba.* It was also this date in 1948 that Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist.* On January 30, 1948, British South American Airways’ Tudor IV Star Tiger disappears over the Bermuda Triangle.* 60 years ago today, MS Hans Hedtoft, said to be the safest ship afloat and “unsinkable” like the RMS Titanic, strikes an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sinks, killing all 95 aboard.* That same date in 1969, The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.* On January 30, 1975, The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is established as the first United States National Marine Sanctuary.* It was also this date in 1982 that Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called “Elk Cloner”.* 24 years ago today, Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.* It was on this date in 2013, that Naro-1 becomes the first carrier rocket launched by South Korea. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Swedish entomologist and archaeologist, Charles De Geer, born on this date in 1720.* American lawyer and politician, 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt was born 137 years ago today.* Born January 30, 1914, American actor David Wayne.* Delbert Mann, American director and producer was born on that same date in 1920.* American comedian, actor, and director, Dick Martin was born 97 years ago today.* Dorothy Malone, American actress was born on that same date in 1924.* Born January 30, 1925, American computer scientist, invented the computer mouse Douglas Engelbart.* Also turning 91 today is American director and producer Harold Prince.* American actor and author, Gene Hackman,

 Technorama Ep554: Robot Santa is Coming to Town | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Coming up in this episode… * Robots* UFOs* Cosplayers save the holiday! Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback Claudio Miranda #1Hey Chuck and Kreg!Great show as always! BTW, I think you have a successor to Izerol with “oh-knee-zuh-roo-knee” (OneZeroOne). Time for another bumper! Git on it!!!

 Technorama Ep533: Technoramamas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:48

Coming up in this episode… * Gyruss* Laptop Thieves* More Song Masher Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback Claudio Miranda Hey Chuck and Kreg! I brainfarted when it came to the Questions of the Week and forgot to send in my submissions for favorite video game music.  Without a doubt, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor in Gyruss, one of my favorite video games as a teenager. The Wikipedia entry says that it’s actually based on a rock version of the J. S. Bach classic called “Toccata” from Skye Gyruss: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GyrussGyruss Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNc7VdD-inkGyruss Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suRXuW1hryw“Toccata” by Sky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgbgUrp1a70 My response for good nerd/geek gifts are: USB flash drivesGeeky/nerdy themed clothing (I prefer anything *nix themed)An e-book reader, maybe?Or even better, a good dead-tree book!If we’re talking relatively affordable, a Pinebook or Raspberry Pi kit.Last, but definitely not least, a really good coffee mug! BTW, I also left a voicemail when you asked what geeky thing you were thankful for but I guess it got overlooked, hence why I’m sending it in via e-mail. :-p OneZeroOne! What are some good nerd/geek gift ideas when you’re on a budget? On This Day In History for December 12, 2018 This is the 346th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 19 days remaining in 2018. * It was on this date in 1862, that American Civil War: USS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by a controlled mine.* It was 117 years ago today, that Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter “S” [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John’s, Newfoundland.* On December 12, 1991, The Russian Federation gains independence from the USSR.* December 12, 2000, The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore.* It was also this date in 2012 that North Korea successfully launches its first satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2, using an Unha-3 carrier rocket. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * American businessman, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express, Henry Wells, born on this date in 1805.* Born December 12, 1862, English businessman J. Bruce Ismay.* Walter Benona Sharp, the American businessman, co-founded Hughes Tool Company was born 148 years ago today.* Born December 12, 1881, Polish-American businessman, co-founded Warner Bros Harry Warner.* American actor, Edward G. Robinson was born 125 years ago today.* Born December 12, 1900, American actor and dancer Sammy Davis, Sr..* American singer, actor, and producer, Frank Sinatra was born 103 years ago today.* American game show host and producer, Bob Barker is 95 today.* Robert Noyce, American inventor and businessman, co-founded the Intel Corporation was born on that same dat...

 Technorama Ep 552: Unringing the Bell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:05

Coming up in this episode… * Earth * Legos * Space Robots Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * What’s your favorite piece of music in a video game? On This Day In History for December 5, 2018 This is the 339th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 26 days remaining in 2018. * It was on this date in 1492, that Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic). * December 5, 1766, In London, auctioneer James Christie holds his first sale. * On December 5, 1848, In a message to the United States Congress, U.S. President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California. * It was 85 years ago today, that The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified. * It was on this date in 1958, that The Preston By-pass, the UK’s first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. (It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways.). * That same date in 1958, Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh. * Also today in 1964, Lloyd J. Old discovered the first linkage between the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and disease—mouse leukemia—opening the way for the recognition of the importance of the MHC in the immune response. * It was also this date in 2014 that Exploration Flight Test 1, the first flight test of Orion is launched. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * American zoologist, ornithologist, entomologist, and ethnographer, Clinton Hart Merriam, born on this date in 1855. * Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist and academic was born on that same date in 1868. * American pilot and businessman, founded the Cessna Aircraft Corporation, Clyde Vernon Cessna was born 139 years ago today. * Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech-American biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate was born on that same date in 1896. * American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney was born 117 years ago today. * German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Werner Heisenberg, born on this date in 1901. * English-Italian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, C. F. Powell was born 115 years ago today. * Giuseppe Occhialini, the Italian-French physicist and academic was born 111 years ago today. * Born December 5, 1916, Polish-American virologist and immunologist, created the world’s first effective live polio vaccine Hilary Koprowski. * Also turning 86 today is American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Sheldon Lee Glashow. * American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor, Little Richard is 86 today. * Also born on that same date in 1963, American television and radio host, Doctor Dré. * American actress, Amy Acker is 42 today. Listener Birthdays * 06 – SuperMoonMan * 07 – Peter aka Zzippster from the Zzipp and Co. Podcast, Weymouth, Dorset, UK * 08 – DanDman * 08 – Gydian (Michael H.) * 09 – Steve Kite (BigUnit62) If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for December 5, 2018 News *

 Technorama Ep 551 : Gather round the Festivus Pole! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:01:22

Coming up in this episode… * Mars * Shrek * Word Mangler 3000 Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * What geeky/tech thing are you thankful for? John Noble I was listening to you guys talk about going to the terminal window for Macs and reminded me of an event.  I was visiting my older son’s office and he mentioned his Mac wasn’t doing updates. Since I have worked for years on Unix and Linux machines, I popped open a terminal window and found where the Mac stored the downloads for the updates.  I deleted the recent update files and emptied the trash can. Next I hit the update button and low and behold, the updates began pouring in and installing. He was shocked that I could fix Macs and asked how I knew what to do. I just told him when there is a problem, you just have to pop the hood and find the right wire to plug in.  Yea it is a little sad that a large portion of the new generation don’t know what is going on behind the curtain of many of the machines because they like the shiny GUI. yes that JN On This Day In History for November 28, 2018 This is the 332nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 33 days remaining in 2018. * It was on this date in 1520, that an expedition under the command of Ferdinand Magellan passes through the Strait of Magellan. * That same date in 1660, At Gresham College, twelve men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray decide to found what is later known as the Royal Society. * It was 204 years ago today, that The Times of London becomes the first newspaper to be produced on a steam-powered printing press, built by the German team of Koenig & Bauer. * On November 28, 1895, The first American automobile race takes place over the 54 miles from Chicago’s Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea wins in approximately 10 hours. * That same date in 1925, The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee, as the WSM Barn Dance. * NASA launches the Mariner 4 probe toward Mars on this date in 1964. * On November 28, 1967, The first pulsar (PSR B1919+21, in the constellation of Vulpecula) was discovered by two astronomers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Flemish captain and explorer, Willem de Vlamingh, born on this date in 1640. * Nathaniel Bliss, English astronomer and mathematician was born on that same date in 1700. * Luke Howard, the English chemist and meteorologist was born 246 years ago today. * Born November 28, 1805, American archaeologist and explorer John Lloyd Stephens. * English engineer and architect, William Froude was born 208 years ago today. * John Wesley Hyatt, American engineer was born on that same date in 1837. * English chemist and academic, Cliff Addison was born 105 years ago today. * American physicist, novelist, and academician, Alan Lightman, born on this date in 1948. * Also born on that same date in 1949, Canadian-American singer, keyboard player, and bandleader (CBS Orchestra), Paul Shaffer. * Also turning 68 today is American physicist and astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate Russell Alan Hulse. * American educator and astronaut, Barbara Morgan, born on this date in 1951. * American actor and screenwriter, Judd Nelson is 59 today. * Also turning 56 today is American comedian, actor, and television host Jon Stewart. Listener Birthdays November

 Technorama Ep 550: KFYI | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:08:36

Coming up in this episode… * Robocalls * Magnetic Fields * Cheese Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Email from Charles Stell * Ranger Craig has retired * Fraser’s book arrived * QotW: What was the worst thing you’ve accidentally played on speakers? On This Day In History for November 21, 2018 This is the 325th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 40 days remaining in 2018. * It was on this date in 164 BC, that Judas Maccabeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah. * Also today in 1676, The Danish astronomer Ole Rømer presents the first quantitative measurements of the speed of light. * It was on this date in 1783, that In Paris, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes, make the first untethered hot air balloon flight. * It was also this date in 1877 that Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. * On November 21, 1905, Albert Einstein’s paper that leads to the mass-energy equivalence formula, E = mc², is published in the journal Annalen der Physik. * November 21, 1953, The Natural History Museum, London announces that the “Piltdown Man” skull, initially believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, is a hoax. * Also on November 21, 1959, American disc jockey Alan Freed, who had popularized the term “rock and roll” and music of that style, is fired from WABC-AM radio over allegations he had participated in the payola scandal. * Also today in 1964, The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opens to traffic. At the time it is the world’s longest bridge span. * That same date in 1969, The first permanent ARPANET link is established between UCLA and SRI. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Canadian businessman, founded the Cunard Line, Samuel Cunard, born on this date in 1787. * Joseph Campanella, American actor was born on that same date in 1924. * Georgian chemist and physicist, Revaz Dogonadze was born 87 years ago today. * American educator and mathematician, Etta Zuber Falconer, born on this date in 1933. * Henry Hartsfield, the American colonel, pilot, and astronaut was born 85 years ago today. * Harold Ramis, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter was born on that same date in 1944. * Also turning 73 today is American actress, singer, and producer Goldie Hawn. Listener Birthdays * 22 – Tom Posz – (from California, USA) * 25 – Lane Williams * 26 – Joanie * 27 – Brad P. from NJ (but who was born in VA, and has moved back there…) And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for November 21, 2018 * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. News * Observations from Mariana Trench Show Inner Earth Is Sucking Up Far More Water Than Previously Thought * Spacecraft ...

 Technorama Ep 549 : The Fresh Maker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:08:09

Coming up in this episode… * Bitcoin * DNA * FDA Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show.   Feedback * What is your most disappointing purchase you thought was going to be awesome? Claudio Hey gents! Great show as always! I just need to catch it live again (tried last week but that time change must have mucked me up). Just to clarify something on AT&T vs. “BSD”: Yes, BSD (the software) refers to Berkeley Software Distribution, but it would be kind of funny if AT&T were suing a piece of software. BSD, or more specifically, BSDi (Berkeley Software Design, Inc.) was the company that was being sued which was developing and selling BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) at the time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Software_Design https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNIX_System_Laboratories,_Inc._v._Berkeley_Software_Design,_Inc. So, my bad for not adding that “i” at the end.  Proof that “The ‘i’s have it!”

 Technorama Ep548: Certain Defeat – Repost | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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 Technorama Ep548: Certain Defeat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24

Coming up in this episode… Space Space and More Space Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Postcard from Jorge * Postcard from Liisa * Shari E Mosser. Sandwick Long time listener…OK, but not for a while.  Kids make me more of a stealth geek now. Anyway, I run ND’s part of the Letters About Literature contest.  I want to promote it using the Letters song you guys use for feedback. However, my Google Fu is failing me hardcore. Where did you guys find it? * Claudio Miranda Hey fellas!  I’m not dead yet! I hope this makes it to the show tonight.  If not, there’s always next week I guess. Nevertheless, I thought I’d share this one with you guys being the Unix geek/nerd that I am.  Found this one on reddit. It’s a touched up BSD vs System V “Death Star” poster from back in the day when AT&T was suing BSD (aka, Berkeley Software Design).  I’d love to get a full-size version of this bad boy if they ever remake it. https://www.reddit.com/r/BSD/comments/9sdy0n/bsd_vs_system_v_death_star_poster/ Still listening after all these years (that explains a lot of things…must be the Izerol, lol). OneZeroOne! * What was the worst horror movie you’ve ever seen? On This Day In History for November 7, 2018 This is the 311st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 54 days remaining in 2018. 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. The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published on this date in 1665. That same date in 1885, The completion of Canada’s first transcontinental railway is symbolized by the Last Spike ceremony at Craigellachie, British Columbia. November 7, 1908, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente Canton, Bolivia. On November 7, 1910, The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse. Also on November 7, 1940, In Tacoma, Washington, the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses in a windstorm, a mere four months after the bridge’s completion. It was on this date in 1944, that Franklin D. Roosevelt elected for a record fourth term as President of the United States of America. It was also this date in 1967 that US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Also today in 1991, Magic Johnson announces that he is infected with HIV and retires from the NBA. It was also this date in 1994 that WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world’s first internet radio broadcast. Also on November 7, 1996, NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: Polish chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, Marie Curie, born on this date in 1867. Philip Morrison, American astrophysicist and academic was born on that same date in 1915. New Zealand astronomer and academic, Gerard F. Gilmore, born on this date in 1951. American actor, Christopher Knight is 61 today. American actress, Dana Plato, born on this date in 1964.

 Technorama Ep 547: Text Message from Mars | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Coming up in this episode… * Robot Calls * Robbers * Spray on Coating Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Voicemail from Crazy Joe (In the VM folder) On This Day In History for October 31, 2018 This is the 304th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 61 days remaining in 2018. * It was on this date in 1517, Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. * Also today in 1587, Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575. * 105 years ago today, Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile highway across United States. * October 31, 1941, After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed. * It was also this date in 1943 that An F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception by a United States Navy or Marine Corps aircraft. * That same date in 1961, In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from the Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as the Lenin Tomb. * 45 years ago today, Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape. Three Provisional Irish Republican Army members escape from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin aboard a hijacked helicopter that landed in the exercise yard. * October 31, 1999, Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted. * Also today in 2000, Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been crewed continuously since then. * 7 years ago today, The global population of humans reaches seven billion. This day is now recognized by the United Nations as the Day of Seven Billion. * It was also this date in 2014 that During a test flight, the VSS Enterprise, a Virgin Galactic experimental spaceflight test vehicle, suffers a catastrophic in-flight breakup and crashes in the Mojave Desert, California,. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * French archaeologist and author, Anne Claude de Caylus, born on this date in 1692. * Italian physician, physicist, and academic, Laura Bassi was born 307 years ago today. * Karl Weierstrass, the German mathematician and academic was born 203 years ago today. * Adolf von Baeyer, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born on that same date in 1835. * Born October 31, 1912, American animator and voice actor Ollie Johnston. * American singer-songwriter and actress, Dale Evans, born on this date in 1912. * John Hugenholtz, Dutch engineer and designer was born on that same date in 1914. * Born October 31, 1919, American mathematician and author Magnus Wenninger. * Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress was born on that same date in 1922. * Also born on that same date in 1930, American general, pilot, and astronaut, Michael Collins. * Also turning 83 today is American mathematician and theorist Ronald Graham. * Michael Landon, the American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter was born 82 years ago today. * American businessman and activist, founded the Oscar Wilde Bookshop, Craig Rodwell was born 78 years ago today. * David Ogden Stiers, American actor was born on that same date in 1942. * New Zealand actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, Peter Jackson, born on this date in 1961. * Also turning 55 today is American actor and comedian Rob Schneider. Listener Birthdays November Birthdays * 01 – Amber Elstad * 02 – Mark McCoy * 03 – Ken Pace * 03 – Craig Glassner (aka Ranger Craig) * 04 – Avner (OMG, its 2014 – I’m 40 already)

 Technorama Ep 546: It’s October already? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:07:40

Coming up in this episode… * Gary Kurtz * AI and Guns * Word Mangler 2000 Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Feedback from Jorge * So the 50 times close was bugging me while stuck in traffic… would it not be the sun -> mercury distance devices by 50? * Say Mercury is 50 units removed from the sun. 50 times close would be 1 unit removed? So 50/50 = 1? * Another player in the rocket space: Blue Origin * What’s your favorite time travel movie? On This Day In History for October 5, 2018 This is the 276th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 89 days remaining in 2018. * It was on this date in 1283, that Dafydd ap Gruffydd, prince of Gwynedd in Wales, is the first nobleman to be executed by hanging, drawing and quartering. * It was 229 years ago today, that George Washington makes the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the US. * Also today in 1849, American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death. * 155 years ago today, The last Thursday in November is declared as Thanksgiving Day by United States President Abraham Lincoln as are Thursdays, November 30, 1865 and November 29, 1866. * Captain Jack and companions are hanged for their part in the Modoc War on this date in 1873. * Also today in 1919, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Adolfo Luque becomes the first Latin player to appear in a World Series. * Also on October 3, 1929, The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes is renamed to Kingdom of Yugoslavia, “Land of the South Slavs”. * On October 3, 1942, 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. * That same date in 1949, WERD, the first black-owned radio station in the United States, opens in Atlanta. * 66 years ago today, The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon to become the world’s third nuclear power. * Sigma 7 is launched from Cape Canaveral as part of Project Mercury, with astronaut Wally Schirra aboard, for a six-orbit, nine-hour flight on this date in 1962. * It was also this date in 1985 that The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight. (Mission STS-51 -J). * Also today in 1986, TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron at the Chalk River Laboratories, is officially opened. * That same date in 1995, O. J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Italian physicist and academic, Giovanni Battista Beccaria, born on this date in 1716. * Russian archaeologist and explorer, Pyotr Kozlov was born 155 years ago today. * American film producer, Ray Stark, born on this date in 1915. * Born October 3, 1925, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic Gore Vidal. * Also turning 83 today is American general, pilot, and astronaut Charles Duke. * Belgian mathematician and academic, Pierre Deligne, born on this date in 1944. * Also turning 71 today is American poet, songwriter, blogger, and activist John Perry Barlow. * American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Lindsey Buckingham, born on this date in 1949. * Also turning 69 today is American photographer and director Laurie Simmons. * American geologist and astronaut, Kathryn D. Sullivan, born on this date in 1951. * Also born on that same date in 1964,  English actor, Clive Owen. * American singer-songwriter,

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