Technorama Ep500 : It’s all downhill from here

Coming up in this episode…

  • 60,000 microbes
  • Robots
  • Bill Gates

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  • Voice mail: Mike from DesMoines
  • Voice mail: Ranger Craig
  • QoTW: What computer game is a classic to you?
    • Andy Helsby: So many to choose from. I spent many hours with Hollywood Hijink from Infocom but didn’t get very far on my Amstrad CPC6128 that ran CP/M. Other classics would be Doom, Duke Nukem, Castle Wolfenstein but the first game I ever played was Snake on a Commodore Pet.
    • Matt Baum: Power Pete. Also, Harry the Handsome Executive.
    • Josiah Lanska: King’s Quest and Space Quest
    • Jack Mangan: Scorched Earth
    • Brad Miller: Why hasn’t anyone said Super Mario Brothers?
    • Suzette Tomasi: Candy Crush Saga
    • Scott Tyler: Space Invaders
    • Michael Slabodnick – Space Quest 3
    • Jack Jaffee – Leisure Suit Larry
    • Derek McCarthy – Adventure, on the Atari 2600. Still play it occasionally on my Playstation 2, which has some great classic collections.
    • Bob Pankratz – Everything referenced in Ready Player One

On This Day In History for March 1, 2017

This is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 305 days remaining in 2017.

  • It was on this date in 1565, that the city of Rio de Janeiro is founded.
  • 325 years ago today, Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning what would become known as the Salem witch trials.
  • It was on this date in 1700, that Sweden introduces its own Swedish calendar, in an attempt to gradually merge into the Gregorian calendar, reverts to the Julian calendar on this date in 1712, and introduces the Gregorian calendar on this date in 1753.
  • Also today in 1790, the first United States census is authorized.
  • That same date in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is established as the world’s first national park.
  • It was also this date in 1893 that electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • It was 121 years ago today, that Henri Becquerel discovers radioactive decay.
  • That same date in 1936, the Hoover Dam is completed.
  • It was also this date in 1954 that the Castle Bravo, a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb, is detonated on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in the worst radioactive contamination ever caused by the United States.
  • It was 51 years ago today, that Venera 3 Soviet space probe crashes on Venus becoming the first spacecraft to land on another planet’s surface.
  • 22 years ago today, Yahoo! is incorporated.
  • Also on March 1, 1998, Titanic became the first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide.
  • It was on this date in 2006, that English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German philosopher and lexicographer, Rudolph Goclenius, born on this date in 1547.
  • Jean-Charles della Faille, Flemish priest and mathematician was born on that same date in 1597.
  • E. M. Antoniadi, the Greek-French astronomer and academic was born 147 years ago today.
  • Glenn Miller, American trombonist, composer, and bandleader was born on that same date in 1904.
  • Born March 1, 1910, English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Archer John Porter Martin.
  • American soldier, pilot, and astronaut, Deke Slayton was born 93 years ago today.
  • American actor, radio host and stuntman, Robert Conrad, born on this date in 1935.
  • Also born on that same date in 1943,  Russian-German astronomer and physicist, Rashid Sunyaev.
  • English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor, Roger Daltrey, born on this date in 1944.
  • Also turning 72 today is American actor and director Dirk Benedict.
  • American actress, Catherine Bach, born on this date in 1954.
  • Also born on that same date in 1954,  American actor, director, and producer, Ron Howard.
  • American actor and director, Jensen Ackles, born on this date in 1978.

Listener Birthdays!


  • 23 – Zhadum
  • 23 – Keith Hughes (a.k.a. EdGizmo)
  • 25 – Norbert
  • 25 – Sandi Sheppard (Mark’s lovely wife)
  • 28 – The Geek formerly known as Wayne Something Something – Bethlehem PA
  • 29 – Paul Dove a.k.a Eilmer From Malmesbury UK


And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for March 1, 2017

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