Technorama Ep533: Technoramamas

Coming up in this episode…

  • Gyruss
  • Laptop Thieves
  • More Song Masher

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Claudio Miranda

Hey Chuck and Kreg!

I brainfarted when it came to the Questions of the Week and forgot to send in my submissions for favorite video game music.  Without a doubt, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor in Gyruss, one of my favorite video games as a teenager. The Wikipedia entry says that it’s actually based on a rock version of the J. S. Bach classic called “Toccata” from Skye

Gyruss Music:
Gyruss Gameplay:
“Toccata” by Sky:

My response for good nerd/geek gifts are:

USB flash drives

Geeky/nerdy themed clothing (I prefer anything *nix themed)

An e-book reader, maybe?

Or even better, a good dead-tree book!

If we’re talking relatively affordable, a Pinebook or Raspberry Pi kit.

Last, but definitely not least, a really good coffee mug!

BTW, I also left a voicemail when you asked what geeky thing you were thankful for but I guess it got overlooked, hence why I’m sending it in via e-mail. :-p


What are some good nerd/geek gift ideas when you’re on a budget?

On This Day In History for December 12, 2018

This is the 346th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 19 days remaining in 2018.

  • It was on this date in 1862, that American Civil War: USS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by a controlled mine.
  • It was 117 years ago today, that Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter “S” [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John’s, Newfoundland.
  • On December 12, 1991, The Russian Federation gains independence from the USSR.
  • December 12, 2000, The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore.
  • It was also this date in 2012 that North Korea successfully launches its first satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2, using an Unha-3 carrier rocket.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American businessman, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express, Henry Wells, born on this date in 1805.
  • Born December 12, 1862, English businessman J. Bruce Ismay.
  • Walter Benona Sharp, the American businessman, co-founded Hughes Tool Company was born 148 years ago today.
  • Born December 12, 1881, Polish-American businessman, co-founded Warner Bros Harry Warner.
  • American actor, Edward G. Robinson was born 125 years ago today.
  • Born December 12, 1900, American actor and dancer Sammy Davis, Sr..
  • American singer, actor, and producer, Frank Sinatra was born 103 years ago today.
  • American game show host and producer, Bob Barker is 95 today.
  • Robert Noyce, American inventor and businessman, co-founded the Intel Corporation was born on that same date in 1927.
  • American singer and actress, Connie Francis is 80 today.
  • American singer and television personality, Dionne Warwick, born on this date in 1940.
  • Grover Washington, Jr., the American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and producer was born 75 years ago today.
  • American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actress, Sheila E. is 61 today.

Listener Birthdays

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for December 12, 2018


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Question of the week:

  • When you die, in what video game would you like to be reborn?

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