Technorama Ep516: Not on my smart watch!

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  • From Mad Marv: I think I heard you ask about anime recommendations in the latest Patreon episode.  I think you should see Macross Plus.  If you are familiar with the Robotech cartoon from the 80’s all you need to know is that this is takes place in that world in a future time.  If you never saw Robotech, it’s one of the original giant robot cartoons that molded Japanese sci-fi the way Star Wars and Star Trek molded American sci-fi.

The animation in this mini-series was one of the earliest to use computers.  I don’t think you can call it CGI because Macross Plus was released in 1994 and therefore computers were probably running Windows 3.0.
You can stream the series on Amazon for about $6, I haven’t really seen it offered anywhere else.

On This Day In History for October 4, 2017

This is the 277th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 88 days remaining in 2017.

  • It was on this date in 1535, that the first complete English-language Bible (the Coverdale Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Myles Coverdale.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence by suppressing armed counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the National Convention on this date in 1795.
  • On October 4, 1830,  The Provisional Government of Belgium secedes from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • Texas A&M University opens as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, becoming the first public institution of higher education in Texas on this date in 1876.
  • It was 134 years ago today, that  First run of the Orient Express.
  • On October 4, 1927, Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore.
  • October 4, 1957,  Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
  • Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 633.468 miles per hour (1,019.468 km/h), driving Thrust2 at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada on this date in 1983.
  • It was on this date in 1985, that  The Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, United States.
  • Also on October 4, 2004,  SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space.
  • October 4, 2006,  Wikileaks is launched by Julian Assange.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Danish astronomer and author,  Christen Sørensen Longomontanus, born on this date in 1562.
  • Florence Eliza Allen, the American mathematician and suffrage activist was born 141 years ago today.
  • Born October 4, 1895, American film actor, director, and producer  Buster Keaton.
  • English reporter, who secretly posed as a man to become a soldier during World War I (died 1964),  Dorothy Lawrence, born on this date in 1896.
  • John Vincent Atanasoff, the American physicist and academic, invented the Atanasoff-Berry computer was born 114 years ago today.
  • Born October 4, 1916, American comedian, actor, and game show host  Jan Murray.
  • Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate,  Vitaly Ginzburg was born 101 years ago today.
  • Kenichi Fukui, the Japanese chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 99 years ago today.
  • American actor, director and gun rights activist,  Charlton Heston, born on this date in 1923.

Listener birthdays this week in October

  • 06 – John Deurholt (Jo Dho)
  • 09 – Itsuko Rumpke (sounds like IT – SUE – KOE)
  • 09 – Mario (New Jersey)
  • 10 – Victor Cajiao
  • 10 – Garrett Riffal

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for October 4, 2017



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