Technorama Ep427: Rank and File

Coming up in this episode…rank-and-file-chessboard

  • 5 finger Neil
  • Skynet
  • Mel Brooks

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  • VM from Zhadum (3 parts)
  • VM from Jack Jaffe
    • Backseat games
    • Man in the High Castle
  • Feedback from Steve Ly

Just watched the first episode and I want to see more! What sucks is that there will be some dependency on the reviews of the episode to make a decision on whether to pick it up the show to not. The problem is how do you write a review of any substance based on one episode?

I hope it gets picked up.



On This Day In History for February 18, 2015

This is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 316 days remaining in 2015. 

  • It was on this date in 1885 that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States.
  • 104 years ago today, The first official flight with air mail takes place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now India), when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.
  • That same date in 1954, The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
  • Operation Teapot test shot “Wasp” is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots in the Teapot series 60 years ago today.
  • 38 years ago today, The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747.
  • It was 37 years ago today that The first Ironman Triathlon competition takes place on the island of Oahu and is won by Gordon Haller.

Happy Birthday goes out on this day to:

  • French astronomer Jacques Cassini born on this date in 1677.
  • Also born today, the man who invented the battery, Alessandro Volta.
  • February 18, 1838 is the birthday of the man who’s name is synonymous with the speed of sound, Ernst Mach.
  • Co-founder of Bethlehem Steel and american business man, Charles M. Schwab was born today in 1862.
  • Sharing that same birthday in 1898, Italian race car driver and founder of Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari.
  • The cartoonist behind B.C. and the Wizard of Id, Johnny Hart was born today in 1931.
  • and finally, happy birthday to several actors including Jack Palance, George Kennedy, John Tavolta, Vanna White, and Molly Ringwald.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for February 18, 2015


Listener Birthday Calendar

  • 18 – Ray Insalaco – Central Village, CT
  • 19 – Scooter in Connecticut
  • 19 – Steve in Sumter
  • 23 – Zhadum
  • 23 – Keith Hughes(a.k.a. EdGizmo)
  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.

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  • Feedback question: What would you build on a Raspberry Pi?

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