Technorama Ep CDXCIX : Next Stop .. 500!

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  • NASA
  • Superheroes
  • Bob Ross

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  • Q: What is your favorite opening movie scene?
    • Lone Guise Knight: The Matrix
    • Brian Witt: I always liked the opening to Serenity
    • Kevin O’Conner: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – you knew *exactly* what you were in for in the first few minutes of the movie.
      • Another fav is Mad Max: Fury Road
    • Weber Baker: You didn’t specify which genre: Patton
    • Paul Parkinson: Contact
    • Jorge Schrauwen: Saving Private Ryan
    • Joe Fiore: Desperado has a pretty good opening scene. That said, Boogie Nights gets my vote. That long steadicam shot through Maurice’s night club introducing all the principal characters- beautiful
    • Trampas Whiteman: Spaceballs
    • Gary Phillips: Sleepless in Seattle
    • Bret Sheeley: Touch of Evil
    • Stu Mayhew: Jaws – I haven’t swam in the sea at night since – or 2001: A Space Odyssey
    • Cynthia Fry: Depends on what you’re going for. Best monologue: Trainspotting. Most Iconic: 2001 A Space Odyssey. Most Touching: Up
    • Scott Stephanie Long: Avengers:Age of Ultron opens with action right away
    • John Miller Jr. Superman: The Movie. Gets me every time.
  • Jorge: Re: Submarine in Raiders
    • Also VIIC Submarines… probably 700 series if Roman numerals

On This Day In History for February 15, 2017
This is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 319 days remaining in 2017.

  • It was on this date in 1493, that while on board the Niña, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World.
  • Also on February 15, 1764, The city of St. Louis is established in Spanish Louisiana (now in Missouri, USA).
  • February 15, 1946, ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
  • It was also this date in 1954 that Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska.
  • A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner on this date in 1965.
  • It was on this date in 1971, that the decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
  • It was 45 years ago today, that sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
  • That same date in 1996, At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing many people.
  • It was also this date in 2001 that the first draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.
  • It was 4 years ago today, that a meteor explodes over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings. This happens unexpectedly only hours before the expected closest ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Italian astronomer, physicist, and mathematician, Galileo Galilei, born on this date in 1564.
  • Louis XV of France, born on this date in 1710.
  • Abraham Clark, the American surveyor, lawyer, and politician was born 292 years ago today.
  • Cyrus McCormick, American journalist and businessman, co-founded International Harvester was born on that same date in 1809.
  • Charles Lewis Tiffany, the American businessman, founded Tiffany & Co. was born 205 years ago today.
  • Born February 15, 1851, Romanian mathematician, astronomer, and politician, 55th Romanian Minister of Internal Affairs Spiru Haret.
  • Miep Gies, Austrian-Dutch humanitarian, helped hide Anne Frank and her family was born on that same date in 1909.
  • American actor and comedian, Harvey Korman was born 90 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1934,  Swiss computer scientist, created the Pascal programming language, Niklaus Wirth.
  • Roger B. Chaffee, the American lieutenant, engineer, and astronaut was born 82 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1954,  American animator, producer, and screenwriter, Matt Groening.
  • American engineer and astronaut, Leland D. Melvin, born on this date in 1964.
  • Chris Farley, American comedian and actor was born on that same date in 1964.

Listener Birthdays

  • 15 – Philip from Australia
  • 18 – Ray Insalaco – Central Village, CT
  • 19 – Scooter in Connecticut
  • 19 – Steve in Sumter

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for February 15, 2017
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