Technorama Ep 518 : Spin me round baby, right round baby

Coming up in this episode…

  • Printers
  • Stars and Planets
  • Snowflake

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  • Avner loves “Gandalf the Fuscia”
On This Day In History for November 22, 2017

This is the 326th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 39 days remaining in 2017.

  • It was on this date in 1928, that the premier performance of Ravel’s Boléro takes place in Paris.
  • Also on November 22, 1935, the China Clipper inaugurates the first commercial transpacific air service, connecting Alameda, California with Manila.
  • November 22, 1954, the Humane Society of the United States is founded.
  • It was 54 years ago today, that U.S. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated and Texas Governor John Connally is seriously wounded by Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Also today in 1968, The Beatles release The Beatles (known popularly as The White Album).
  • 40 years ago today, British Airways inaugurates a regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service.
  • Also on November 22, 1987, Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.
  • It was 29 years ago today, in Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
  • 22 years ago today, Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • English ornithologist and ichthyologist, Francis Willughby, born on this date in 1635.
  • René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, French-American explorer was born on that same date in 1643.
  • English businessman, founder of the Thomas Cook Group, Thomas Cook was born 209 years ago today.
  • Born November 22, 1897, German astronomer and educator  Paul Oswald Ahnert.
  • French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Louis Néel, born on this date in 1904.
  • Mikhail Mil, the Russian engineer, founded the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant was born 108 years ago today.
  • American colonel, pilot, and astronaut,  Guion Bluford is 75 today.
  • American computer scientist, engineer, and academic, Elaine Weyuker, born on this date in 1945.
  • Also turning 67 today is American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor  Steven Van Zandt.
  • American actress, Jamie Lee Curtis, born on this date in 1958.
  • American computer programmer and author, Randal L. Schwartz is 56 today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1961, American actress,  Mariel Hemingway.
  • American actor and activist, Mark Ruffalo, born on this date in 1967.
  • Also turning 44 today is American astronomer and scholar Chad Trujillo.
  • Also born on that same date in 1980, American computer programmer and businessman, founded Napster,  Shawn Fanning.
  • American actress, Scarlett Johansson, born on this date in 1984.

Listener Birthdays


And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for November 22, 2017


Hacks & Strange Stories

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Media Corner

Geek Library

Question of the week:

  • What’s the stupidest piece of tech you’ve seen?
  • Answers (so far)…
    • Andy Helsby Windows ME. Fortunately I didn’t have to see it that much.
    • Terry Taylor Retracting cup holder on PC’s
    • Rick Stringer 3D televisions
    • Gary Lindros Electric can openers
    • Patti Effertz Blue dot on puck on hockey games on tv
    • Joe Westrich Bluetooth Toothbrush
    • Cian Mac Mahon I once saw a fork with a motor on it so you didn’t need to twirl your own spaghetti while eating it. Except it went super fast so I assume you’d end up with sauce all over yourself and your friends. So stupid.
    • Dean Jensen rfid rings
    • Eric Szonyi – Corded toy monster truck
    • Mark Lietha Pet rock…oops (for smashing stupid tech)
    • Michael Malcangio CueCat –
      • Gary Lindros and Dean Jensen replied “I still have one of those – great barcode reader.”
    • Norbert Davis This takes the cake… well, ok, poorly stated but you get the drift. Illuminated toilet night light
    • Lone Guise Knight USB Pet Rock –…/uploads/2017/06/usb-pet-rock.jpg
    • Billy Flynn Bluetooth fork
    • Weber Baker Fridge with internet
    • Pamela L Gay IoT hairbrush
    • Michael Slabodnick The book –
    • Mark Trubl IoT Toothbrush
    • Liisa Tomasi That juicer that needed to be connected to the internet for some reason and really just squeezed a bag of vegetable pulp.
    • Paul R Berg Worn out, hard, old eraser

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