Coming up in this episode…
- The mother of WiFi
- More earwear to go with your ear guards
- Add a little high tech holiday cheer
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- 14 – Michael Spence from Brother Osric’s Scriptorium
- 17 – Jorge Schrauwen
- 20 – Phil Burchill (will be 0×21 in 2006)
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On This Day In History for December 14, 2011
- It was on this date in 1782 that the Montgolfier brothers‘ first balloon lifts off on its first test flight.
- That same date in 1896, the Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.
- Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law today in 1900
- Two years later, the Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from Ocean Beach, San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii.
- December 14, 1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
- Roald Amundsen‘s team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, becomes the first to reach the South Pole today in 1911.
- It was also on this date in 1962 that NASA‘s Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
- and today in 1972 Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission. This is the last manned mission to the moon of the 20th century.
- and just five years ago American spy satellite USA-193 is launched.
Happy Birthday goes out on this day to:
- Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer and alchemist born on this date in 1546
- also born today in 1909 American geneticist and Nobel laureate Edward Tatum,
- one of my favorite comedian/musicians, Spike Jones was born today in 1911
- sharing the same birthday is German/American aerospace engineer Hans von Ohain
- Soviet physicist and Nobel laureate Nikolay Basov was born on this date in 1922
- Dutch chess grandmaster Jan Timman turns 60 today
- and finally Canadian astronaut Steven MacLean turns 57
And today is Monkey Day – a day when monkey business is actually encouraged (a quote from Hallmark Cards)
And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for December 14, 2011
Hacks & Strange Stories
- Steering wheel desk now with cup holder
- More earwear: Keep those ears warm
- Bad idea to get out of work
- Now you can get in to space – you just have to die first
- Did you know actress Hedy Lamarr is the mother of WiFi?
- Favorite sci-fi/fantasy insult
- Nobilis Reed - ”Why you stuck up, half witted, scruffy looking, nerf-herder.” “Who’s scruffy looking?!”
- David Roberson
- So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb. – SpaceBalls
- You better pray to the god of skinny punks that this wind doesn’t pick up, ’cause I’ll come over there, and jam an oar up your ass. – Tommy Boy
- “DIE GAS-PUMPER!” – The Jerk
- Johnee Bee Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
- Matt Beran To the pain.
- Jorge Schrauwen Only human. — Matrix
- Debra Paulson Resistance is futile — Next Generation, Star Trek. If you consider that an insult. It’s more of a threat.
- Sam Vander Velden: “Assimilate This!” -Worf from First Contact
- Leon W. Durivage ?”I hate warriors, too narrow-minded. I’ll tell you what I do like though: a killer, a dyed-in-the-wool killer. Cold blooded, clean, methodical and thorough. Now a real killer, when he picked up the ZF-1, would’ve immediately asked about the little red button on the bottom of the gun. ” – Zorg, The Fifth Element
- Joe Fiore Kirk: Spock, you want to know something?, Everybody’s Human. Spock: I find that remark… insulting.
What the Chuck!
- Do you turn off your phone on the airplane during takeoff and landing?
- Infographic – eletrical outlets of the world
- Wisconsin boy builds lego farm equipment
- Hey Netflix customers – turn your flat screen TV in to a fireplace
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