Technorama Ep 364: Welcome Robot Overlords!

Before we go too far, we want to send our thoughts and prayers out to the friends and family of Aaron Swartz.

Coming up in this episode…

  • Star travel cuisine
  • We look at the wonderful world of Silly Putty
  • Nasa uses spirograph to predict the end of our spiral galaxy

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Introducing the team…

  • Shout out to the chat room
  • Happy Birthday to:
  • 21 – Michael Rabalais – Stingray42
  • 22 – TAW012294
  • 23 – Kathie Luke, IL
  • 23 – Chris Moody from PodioMedia Chat
  • 25 – Kreg Steppe
  • 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.


From Dean Jenson:

Chuck and Kreg,

You know your raising a geek when you hear from the back seat of the van…”Its Power Pill…not Power Button” during your conversation about PacMan.

Raising a geek that even corrects the famous Chuck and Kreg.  I now know I’m doing something right.



On This Day In History for January 19, 2013

This is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 346 days remaining in 2013

  • It was on this date in 1788 the the second group of ships of the First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay.
  • Captain Charles Wilkes circumnavigates Antarctica, claiming what became known as Wilkes Land for the United States today in 1840
  • Today in 1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
  • January 19, 1915 – Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising.
  • Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first briefs on this date 78 years ago.
  • 76 years ago today, Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles, California to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.
  • The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW’s plant in Emden on this date in 1978. Beetle production in Latin America continues until 2003.
  • It was today in 1983 that the Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.
  • 27 years ago today, the first IBM PC computer virus is released into the wild. A boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, it was created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter piracy of the software they had written.
  • And today in 2006 the New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.

Happy Birthday goes out on this day to:

  • Scottish inventor James Watt, born on this date in 1736
  • Also born on this date in 1813, English inventor Sir Henry Bessemer
  • Dutch astronomer Jacobus Kapteyn was born 162 years ago today
  • John Lions, the Australian computer scientist would have been 76
  • And finally, the woman who gives her voice to Leila on Futurama (among other things), actress Katey Sagal turns 59

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for January 19, 2013

You know when people say “it works like magic”? News flash: Magic isn’t real so what does that say about the metaphor?


Hacks & Strange Stories

Media Corner

  • Isn’t it amazing that the entire Star Wars universe has consistent data ports and they are all at R2-D2’s height?
  • Live action Toy Story – (Story Here)

What the Chuck!

  • What do you think about people without Facebook accounts?

What the Kreg!

  • What do you think about people with Facebook accounts?

Geek Library

  • What are you reading?
    • Check out the free Kindle books WITH WhisperSync on Amazon/Audible

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