Technorama Ep548: Certain Defeat

Coming up in this episode…

  • Space
  • Space
  • and More Space

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  • Postcard from Jorge
  • Postcard from Liisa
  • Shari E Mosser. Sandwick

Long time listener…OK, but not for a while.  Kids make me more of a stealth geek now.

Anyway, I run ND’s part of the Letters About Literature contest.  I want to promote it using the Letters song you guys use for feedback. However, my Google Fu is failing me hardcore.

Where did you guys find it?

  • Claudio Miranda

Hey fellas!  I’m not dead yet!

I hope this makes it to the show tonight.  If not, there’s always next week I guess. Nevertheless, I thought I’d share this one with you guys being the Unix geek/nerd that I am.  Found this one on reddit. It’s a touched up BSD vs System V “Death Star” poster from back in the day when AT&T was suing BSD (aka, Berkeley Software Design).  I’d love to get a full-size version of this bad boy if they ever remake it.

Still listening after all these years (that explains a lot of things…must be the Izerol, lol).


On This Day In History for November 7, 2018

This is the 311st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 54 days remaining in 2018.

  • It was on this date in 1492, that The Ensisheim meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, strikes the Earth around noon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France.
  • The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published on this date in 1665.
  • That same date in 1885, The completion of Canada’s first transcontinental railway is symbolized by the Last Spike ceremony at Craigellachie, British Columbia.
  • November 7, 1908, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente Canton, Bolivia.
  • On November 7, 1910, The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse.
  • Also on November 7, 1940, In Tacoma, Washington, the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses in a windstorm, a mere four months after the bridge’s completion.
  • It was on this date in 1944, that Franklin D. Roosevelt elected for a record fourth term as President of the United States of America.
  • It was also this date in 1967 that US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  • Also today in 1991, Magic Johnson announces that he is infected with HIV and retires from the NBA.
  • It was also this date in 1994 that WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world’s first internet radio broadcast.
  • Also on November 7, 1996, NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Polish chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, Marie Curie, born on this date in 1867.
  • Philip Morrison, American astrophysicist and academic was born on that same date in 1915.
  • New Zealand astronomer and academic, Gerard F. Gilmore, born on this date in 1951.
  • American actor, Christopher Knight is 61 today.
  • American actress, Dana Plato, born on this date in 1964.

Listener birthdays

  • 08 – Mark, the Encaffeinated ONE, host of The Weird Show
  • 08 – OnTheDrift
  • 10 – John Noble from the Island
  • 13 – Pippa (London UK)
  • 13 – Jennifer Therrien (Canada)
  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for November 7, 2018


Hacks & Strange Stories

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Media Corner

  • Poetry gone wrong
  • My Love is like a red, red rose: English> Czech> Bulgarian> Kannada> Norwegian> Russian> Polish> Irish> Kannada> English
O my Luve is like a red, red rose

That’s newly sprung in June;

O my Luve is like the melody

That’s sweetly played in tune.

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,

So deep in luve am I;

And I will luve thee still, my dear,

Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,

And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;

I will love thee still, my dear,

While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve!

And fare thee weel awhile!

And I will come again, my luve,

Though it were ten thousand mile.

My moon is red, rose red

This happened in June.

My moon is beautiful

These are sweet melodies.

You are beautiful, my friend,

I was very surprised

And I will defend you, honey,

Although the sea group is dry.

Although the seabed is dry,

Stone sun

I love you now, honey,

Even if the sand works.

And you, only one!


I still come, honey,

Although it was ten miles a kilometer.

Question of the week:

  • What is your most disappointing purchase you thought was going to be awesome?

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2 Responses to Technorama Ep548: Certain Defeat

  1. Sylvain Racicot says:

    Is episode 548 supposed to be only 23 seconds long? Because it is. I prefer the longer version… 😉

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