Technorama Ep 307 – The Dork Side of the 4th

Coming up in this episode…

  • Are social network devices going too far?
  • Klingon Monopoly could be the last game you’ll ever lose
  • You won’t believe what Grandma is selling on the Internet now

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Introducing the team…

  • Shout out to the chat room
  • Happy Birthday to:
  • 05 – Joe Mieczkowski host of Onthepodcast
  • 05 – Charles Stricklin – former host of the WordPress Podcast
  • 06 – Amber Pace (not really a listener, but a mother and a wife of listeners)
  • 06 – Bill Barbour
  • 06 – Steve Bickle
  • 08 – Curtis Parish
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On this day in history for May 4, 2011

  • It was on this date in 1493 that Pope Alexander VI divides the New world between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
  • Also on May 4, 1494 – Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica.
  • King Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory on this date in 1675.
  • And it was today in 1859 that the Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the countries of Devon and Cornwall in England.
  • Another construction anniversary – today in 1904, the United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
  • It was May 4, 1953 that Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
  • The PEPCON disaster rocks Henderson, Nevada today in 1988 as tons of space shuttle fuel detonates during a fire.

Happy Birthday goes out on this date to:

  • English scientist Thomas Henry Huxley, born today in 1825
  • and also born today in 1827, British Explorer John Hanning Speke.

Finally, don’t forget – it’s Star Wars Day – May the 4th be with you! Check for an announcement on May 4th, unless it’s a hoax.

And that’s the way it was on this day in History for May 4th, 2011


  • Technorama has been nominated for a Parsec!
  • Categories:
  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
  • What clips do you remember from the past year that we should include in our submission?
  • Grandma is selling suicide kits online

Hacks & Strange Stories

Remember When

Media Corner

  • Superman renounces his U.S. Citizenship
  • Wonder twins also giving up on the ASPCA & US Hydrological Association
  • Aquaman no longer endorsing the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • and Captain America is also having talks with his lawyer to make his brand to a more globally friendly
  • FYI .. Free Comic Book Day is May 7th! This Saturday! Take your kids out to find some American Superman while you can!

What the Chuck!

  • Royal wedding – it was a beautiful ceremony
  • I didn’t know it was going to be “crazy hat day” for all the women
  • I feel sorry for Kate Middleton’s father – isn’t the father of the bride supposed to pay for the wedding?
  • Saturday morning was a real eye opener for the royal couple – royal morning breath, royal bed head, you know – all those nice little surprises (royal gas, royal who-forgot-to-put-the-lid-down)

What the Kreg!

  • Clicker Remote and Bells on my shoes

Geek Library

We ran out of time, but trust us and check these out…

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