Episode 598: Dos Equis

I don't always work from home but when I do... I'M PANTLESS ...

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You’re tired from the human race, so you decide to help an advanced alien civilization destroy the Earth – What tips would you give them?

On This Day In History for April 29, 2020

This is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 246 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1770, that James Cook arrived in Australia at Botany Bay, which he names.
  • On April 29, 1834, Charles Darwin during the second survey voyage of HMS Beagle, ascended the Bell mountain, Cerro La Campana on 17 August 1834, his visit being commemorated by a memorial plaque..
  • It was 156 years ago today, that Theta Xi fraternity was founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the only fraternity to be founded during the American Civil War..
  • It was on this date in 1953, that The first U.S. experimental 3D television broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
  • 55 years ago today, Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) successfully launched its seventh rocket in its Rehber series.
  • Also on April 29, 1986, American and European spy satellites captured the ruins of the 4th Reactor at the Chernobyl Power Plant.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French mathematician, physicist, and engineer, Henri Poincaré, born on this date in 1854.
  • Forest Ray Moulton, the American astronomer and academic was born 148 years ago today.
  • Born April 29, 1893, American chemist and astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate Harold Urey.
  • Marietta Blau, the Austrian physicist and academic was born 126 years ago today.
  • American pianist, composer, and bandleader, Duke Ellington, born on this date in 1899.
  • Henry H. Barschall, German-American physicist and academic was born on that same date in 1915.
  • Also turning 74 today is Polish astronomer Aleksander Wolszczan.
  • Also born on that same date in 1954,  American comedian, actor, and producer, Jerry Seinfeld.
  • American actress, Kate Mulgrew is 65 today.
  • Also turning 64 today is American physicist and philosopher Karen Barad.
  • American actress, Eve Plumb is 62 today.

Listener birthdays this week (April 29-May 5)

  • April 29 – Shepherd Thom from outside of the known universe
  • April 29 – Timothy Karre
  • April 30 – Julio Diaz (JulioTijuana)
  • May 3 – Keao Wright
  • May 3 – Leon
  • May 5 – Joe Mieczkowski host of Onthepodcast

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April 29, 2020

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Media Corner

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  • Devs (Hulu) 6/10
    • “Devs” is an FX limited series that focuses on a young software engineer named Lily Chan who works for Amaya, a cutting-edge tech company based in Silicon Valley. After her boyfriend Sergei’s apparent suicide, Lily suspects foul play and begins to investigate. She quickly realizes that all roads lead to Forest, Amaya’s enigmatic CEO, and Devs, the company’s secret development division. In Lily’s quest to discover the truth, she uncovers a technology-based conspiracy that could change the world.
  • Middleditch & Schwartz

Comedy duo Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz improvise performances based on audience suggestions, from NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

Geek Library

Question of the week:

  • What movies could have been much shorter if the main characters just used a little common sense?

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