Technorama Ep353: Unicorns, Peppermints, and Dark Matter

In this episode…

  • Turkeys solving the mysteries of the universe
  • A cross between Batman and SuperGirl
  • Genes genes genes

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Introducing the team…

  • Shout out to the chat room
  • Happy Birthday to:
  • August
  • 22 – Zoidberg [1967]
  • 22 – Kyle Slingo
  • 25 – David “Grizzly” Smith from Grizzly’s Growls podcasts
  • 27 – Chuck’s forgotten iPod
  • 27 – Mike Noble
  • 30 – Maximilian Björsten, Stockholm Sweden
  • 31 – Tim Downing from The High Potency Music Podcast
  • September
  • 05 – Ben Vaughan (benvon) [1977]
  • 06 – Susan Murph (SusietheGeek) How to Grow Your Geek Podcast
  • 10 – Anthony Warnack (EastBayAnt) [1979]
  • 14 – Andrew Peters (Perl Hacker from the UK)
  • 18 – Jeff Schultz (Gorbash)
  • 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.

On This Day In History for September 12, 2012
This is the 256th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, there are 110 days remaining in 2012.

  • It was on this date in 1609 that Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen.
  • Also today in 1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.
  • Strange occurrences, including a monster sighting, take place in Flatwoods, West Virginia on this date in 1952.
  • It was September 12, 1958 that Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit.
  • Today in 1959 saw the Premiere of Bonanza, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color.
  • The very same date – The Soviet Union launches a large rocket, Lunik II, at the moon.
  • 48 years ago Canyonlands National Park is designated as a National Park.
  • It was today in 1966 that NASA Gemini 11, the penultimate mission of NASA’s Gemini program, and the current human altitude record holder launches today.
  • 20 years ago today NASA launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-47 which marked the 50th shuttle mission. On board are Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in space,Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spaceship, and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space.
  • And today in 2005 – Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

Happy Birthday goes out on this day to:

  • French astronomer Guillaume Le Gentil, born on this date in 1725
  • also born today in 1885 German photographer Heinrich Hoffmann
  • French physicist and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Irene Joliot-Curie was born today in 1897
  • and actress Erin Gray turns 62

And finally, this is the earliest date on which Programmers’ Day can fall, while September 13 is the latest, celebrated on the 256th day of the year. (Russia and programmers around the world)

Shout out: Listener Nicholas St. Gabriel and his family are raising money to adopt a baby from China. If you would like to help them visit his Indigogo page for more information


Hacks & Strange Stories

Media Corner

What the Chuck!

What the Kreg!

  • Saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAX Saturday
    • Harrison spotted R2 and C3PO in the Well of Souls
    • The Hanger scene isn’t so menacing since you know what it is 🙂
    • Write up from Krishna

Geek Library

End of Show Stuff
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