Episode 558

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Claudio Miranda

Hey fellas,

Great show as always!  I know I’m late to the party, but I figured I’d throw my impacting game (or games) from the previous episode. For me, the games that had an impact on me were text adventure games as well as DOOM.  I know that Wolfenstein 3D was mentioned, but DOOM further surpassed that in terms of an immersive 3D-ish FPS. Quake went even further than DOOM but giving you true 3D environments in an FPS. The RetroAhoy YouTube channel has some great documentaries on DOOM and Quake, as well as Wolfenstein 3D.  Check them out here:

RetroAhoy: DOOM

RetroAhoy: Quake

RetroAhoy: Wolfenstein 3D

As for the worst game I’ve ever played, I can’t say it was E.T. because I actually enjoyed *and finished* that game as a kid in spite of the sprite collision frustrations (I actually read the fine manual like a proud card-carrying nerd before I graduated to geek status).  I *can* say that it was Superman64. I had heard stories of how bad it was, but didn’t believe it until I tried it myself. Horrible mechanics that made me long for the old Atari 2600 Superman game.

Anyway, Oh-nee-za-row-nee!

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On This Day In History for March 6, 2019

This is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 300 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 12 BC, that The Roman Emperor Augustus is named Pontifex Maximus, incorporating the position into that of the emperor.
  • It was 498 years ago today, that Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam.
  • The first joint Secretary of the Royal Society, Henry Oldenburg, publishes the first issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the world’s longest-running scientific journal on this date in 1665.
  • It was also this date in 1820 that The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe. The compromise allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, brings Maine into the Union as a free state, and makes the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase territory slavery-free.
  • Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society on this date in 1869.
  • It was on this date in 1899, that Bayer registers “Aspirin” as a trademark.
  • It was 76 years ago today, that Norman Rockwell published Freedom from Want in The Saturday Evening Post with a matching essay by Carlos Bulosan as part of the Four Freedoms series.
  • It was on this date in 1975, that For the first time the Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is shown in motion to a national TV audience by Robert J. Groden and Dick Gregory.
  • Also on March 6, 1992, The Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French author and playwright, Cyrano de Bergerac, born on this date in 1619.
  • German physicist and astronomer, Joseph von Fraunhofer was born 232 years ago today.
  • Aaron Lufkin Dennison, American businessman, co-founded the Waltham Watch Company was born on that same date in 1812.
  • Born March 6, 1906, American actor and comedian Lou Costello.
  • Ed McMahon, the American comedian, game show host, and announcer was born 96 years ago today.
  • Gordon Cooper, American engineer, pilot, and astronaut was born on that same date in 1927.
  • Italian economist and inventor of Lorenzo’s oil, Augusto Odone, born on this date in 1933.
  • American lawyer and politician, 2nd Mayor of the District of Columbia, Marion Barry was born 83 years ago today.
  • Russian general, pilot, and astronaut, Valentina Tereshkova is 82 today.
  • Adam Osborne, Thai-Indian engineer and businessman, founded the Osborne Computer Corporation was born on that same date in 1939.
  • Also born on that same date in 1947,  American actor, director, producer, and activist, Rob Reiner.
  • English singer-songwriter, Kiki Dee, born on this date in 1947.

Listener Birthdays

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  • 07 – Caleb from Dancing With Elephants
  • 08 – Ali Zein Yousuf a.k.a. superAL1394
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  • 11 – Ken Kitzman a.k.a kitzken

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And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for March 6, 2019


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1 Response to Episode 558

  1. I was really interested in the hearing aid discussion. I had no idea they could do the changing of the microphone direction etc. What was the make of the aids and how do you control it? Asking for a friend 😉

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