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 Episode 564: Stardust in the Wind | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:08

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. On This Day In History for May 1, 2019 This is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1328, By the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.* It was also this date in 1707 that The Act of Union joining the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain takes effect.* May 1, 1753, Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.* Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt on this date in 1776.* It was 179 years ago today, that The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.* Also today in 1851, Queen Victoria opens The Great Exhibition at The Crystal Palace in London.* 135 years ago today, Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.* Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States on this date in 1884.* Also today in 1885, The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opens for business.* On May 1, 1930, The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.* Also on May 1, 1931, The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.* It was also this date in 1956 that The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.* May 1, 1960, Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Sverdlovsk Oblast, Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.* 52 years ago today, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu are married in Las Vegas.* Disney-MGM Studios opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States on this date in 1989.* 20 years ago today, SpongeBob SquarePants premieres on Nickelodeon after the 1999 Kids’ Choice Awards.* OpenOffice.org released version 1.0, the first stable version of the software on this date in 2002. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * German astronomer, astrologer, mathematician, Johannes Stadius, born on this date in 1527.* German missionary and astronomer, Johann Adam Schall von Bell was born 428 years ago today.* William Lilly, English astrologer was born on that same date in 1602.* Johann Jakob Balmer, the Swiss mathematician and physicist was born 194 years ago today.* Born May 1, 1910, American astronomer and ufologist J. Allen Hynek.* Jack Paar, the American comedian, author and talk show host was born 101 years ago today.* American commander, pilot, and astronaut, Scott Carpenter, born on this date in 1925.* Also turning 74 today is American singer-songwriter Rita Coolidge.* Also born on that same date in 1949,  American motorcycle designer, co-founded Orange County Choppers, Paul Teutul, Sr..* American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Ray Parker, Jr., born on this date in 1954. Listener Birthdays * 03 – Keao Wright* 03 – Leon* 05 – Joe Mieczkowski host of Onthepodcast* 06 – Amber Pace (not really a listener, but a mother and a wife of listeners)* 06 – Bill Barbour* 06 – Steve Bickle* 06 – Brian ‘the intern’ Brown* If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was,

 Episode 563: Like a Rhinestone Cowboy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:39

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Q: What film sequel is better than the original:* Technorama* Chuck* Kreg On This Day In History for April 24, 2019 This is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 251 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1558, that Mary, Queen of Scots, marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.* April 24, 1704, The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, is published.* Also today in 1800, The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress”.* April 24, 1885, American sharpshooter Annie Oakley is hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.* On April 24, 1895, Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard the sloop “Spray”.* 106 years ago today, The Woolworth Building, a skyscraper in New York City, is opened.* April 24, 1914, The Franck-Hertz experiment, a pillar of quantum mechanics, is presented to the German Physical Society.* Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for the crew of the sunken Endurance on this date in 1916.* April 24, 1918, the first tank-to-tank combat in World War 1, during the second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. Three British Mark IVs meet three German A7Vs.* Also on April 24, 1922, The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.* 66 years ago today, Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.* April 24, 1967, Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.* It was 29 years ago today, that the Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Swedish-American engineer and businessman, developed the zipper, Gideon Sundback, born on this date in 1880.* Oscar Zariski, Russian-American mathematician and academic was born on that same date in 1899.* American actor, director, and producer, Richard Donner is 89 today.* American actress, singer, and dancer, Shirley MacLaine, born on this date in 1934.* Born April 24, 1940, American author Sue Grafton.* Also turning 78 today is Australian-English guitarist and composer John Williams.* American lawyer and politician, 54th Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, born on this date in 1942.* Also turning 77 today is American singer, actress, activist, and producer Barbra Streisand.* Also born on that same date in 1947,  American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Roger D. Kornberg.* American actor, Michael O’Keefe is 64 today.* American director, producer, and screenwriter, Eric Kripke, born on this date in 1974.* Also born on that same date in 1982,  American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress, Kelly Clarkson. Listener Birthdays

 Episode 562: More Than a Feeling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Question of the Week: What do you believe is the… – Technorama Podcast* Kreg Steppe – What say you?* Chuck – Universally awesome On This Day In History for April 17, 2019 This is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 258 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1492, that Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.* April 17, 1521, Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day.* That same date in 1861, The state of Virginia’s secession convention votes to secede from the United States, becoming the 8th state to join the Confederate States of America.* The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day on this date in 1907.* Also today in 1951, The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom’s first National Park.* 58 years ago today, A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.* Also today in 1969, Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.* Also on April 17, 1970, The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.* That same date in 2014, NASA’s Kepler space telescope confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Italian priest and astronomer, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, born on this date in 1598.* J. P. Morgan, American banker and financier, founded J.P. Morgan & Co. was born on that same date in 1837.* Born April 17, 1863, English mathematician and theorist Augustus Edward Hough Love.* Polish-American ufologist and author, George Adamski was born 128 years ago today.* Born April 17, 1906, American physician, co-founded Kaiser Permanente Sidney Garfield.* Harry Reasoner, American soldier and journalist was born on that same date in 1923.* American broadcaster, founded Home Shopping Network and Pax TV, Bud Paxson was born 84 years ago today.* Czech pianist, composer, and producer, Jan Hammer, born on this date in 1948.* American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Michael Sembello is 65 today.* English actor, Sean Bean, born on this date in 1959. Listener birthdays * 16 – Donna Tomasi* 18 – Skaifey (Anthony)* 19 – Amanda (SusietheGeek’s daughter & Geek in Training)* 21 – Kim and Kreg’s Anniversary* 23 – Runtime 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 April 17, 2019

 Episode 561: Deep in the swamps of Dagobah | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:50

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Q: What movie/book/tv show can you not get enough of?* Technorama* Chuck* Kreg On This Day In History for April 10, 2019 This is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 265 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 837, that Halley’s Comet makes its closest approach to Earth at a distance equal to 0.0342 AU (5.1 million kilometres/3.2 million miles).* That same date in 1815, The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15. The eruption ultimately kills 71,000 people and affects Earth’s climate for the next two years.* It was also this date in 1858 After the original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonnes (32,000 lb) bell for the Palace of Westminster, had cracked during testing, it is recast into the current 13.76 tonnes (30,300 lb) bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry.* April 10, 1866, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by Henry Bergh.* On April 10, 1872, The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska.* It was on this date in 1912, that RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden and only voyage.* The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City on this date in 1916.* April 10, 1925, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner’s Sons.* Paul McCartney announces that he is leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons on this date in 1970. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * German mathematician, physicist, and physician, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, born on this date in 1651.* Born April 10, 1713, English geologist and clockmaker John Whitehurst.* Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist and academic was born on that same date in 1762.* Born April 10, 1919, American engineer and academic John Houbolt.* Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor and screenwriter was born 87 years ago today.* English chemist and academic, Carol V. Robinson is 63 today.* Also turning 60 today is American singer-songwriter and guitarist Brian Setzer.* American actor, producer, and screenwriter, Orlando Jones is 51 today.* English actress, Daisy Ridley, born on this date in 1992. Listener birthdays * 14 – Danny Harnish* 16 – Donna Tomasi * 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 April 10, 2019 News * GPS Rollover is today.

 Episode 560 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:57

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. On This Day In History for April 3, 2019 This is the 93rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 272 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 686, that Maya king Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk’ assumes the crown of Calakmul.* Also today in 1860, The first successful United States Pony Express run from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, begins.* April 3, 1882, Robert Ford kills the infamous Jesse James.* On April 3, 1885, Gottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design.* That same date in 1933, First flight over Mount Everest, by the British Houston-Mount Everest Flight Expedition, led by the Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston.* On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. He was assassinated the next day.* It was 46 years ago today, that Martin Cooper of Motorola makes the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.* Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default on this date in 1975.* Also on April 3, 1981, the Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.* That same date in 1996, Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski is captured at his Montana cabin in the United States.* Also on April 3, 2000, Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust law by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors.* April 3, 2007, a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.* On April 3, 2010, Apple Inc. released the first generation iPad, a tablet computer. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * German mathematician and astronomer, Michael Neander, born on this date in 1529.* Pierre Bretonneau, French doctor who performed the first successful tracheotomy was born on that same date in 1778.* American publisher, co-founded Time Magazine, Henry Luce, born on this date in 1898.* American singer and actress,  is 97 today.* Gus Grissom, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut was born on that same date in 1926.* Also turning 85 today is English primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall.* Also born on that same date in 1944,  American singer, Tony Orlando.* American game show host, Ray Combs was born 63 years ago today.* Also turning 61 today is American actor, comedian, producer and television host Alec Baldwin.* American actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy is 58 today. Listener birthdays * 04 – Brian K – My Blog* 04 – Joel McLaughlin (aka Gorkon)* 05 – Chad Davis, Jon Issler (hsteckylf)* 05 – Griffin Sylvester (Ildreancipher)* 05 – Martine Tysmans – citytrips, travelling, jokes… (in Dutch)* 05 – Ringmaster Greg from Dancing With Elephants* 06 – Trevor Litecky (future Geek)* 07 – P.C. Haring* 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 April 3, 2019 News * Wind Turbines and Solar Panels Suspected of Ki...

 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 ...

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