Episode 718: I am a nerd among nerds

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  • Mad Marv

re: WD-40.  There is a version of WD-40 that is safe for use on

electronics, it’s called WD-40 Specialist Contact Cleaner.  I bought

some because the buttons / triggers on my Oculus Quest controllers got

sticky and I took them apart to clean the insides.  I had to try two or

three different hardware stores to find this spray.

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On This Day In History for July 19, 2023

This is the 200th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 165 days remaining in 2023.

  • It was on this date in 1843, that Brunel’s steamship the SS Great Britain was launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull and screw propeller, becoming the largest vessel afloat in the world
  • Also today in 1934, The rigid airship USS Macon surprised the USS Houston near Clipperton Island with a mail delivery for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, demonstrating its potential for tracking ships at sea.
  • It was also this date in 1952 that saw the opening of the Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Also today in 1963, Joe Walker flew a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 meters (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 km, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention
  • On July 19, 1977, The world’s first Global Positioning System (GPS) signal was transmitted from Navigation Technology Satellite 2 (NTS-2) and received at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at 12:41 a.m. Eastern time (ET).
  • July 19, 1983, The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT was published

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American businessman, founded the Colt’s Manufacturing Company, Samuel Colt, born on this date in 1814.
  • American astronomer and physicist, Edward Charles Pickering was born 177 years ago today.
  • English astronomer, Fiammetta Wilson, born on this date in 1864.
  • Charles Horace Mayo, American surgeon, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic was born on that same date in 1865.
  • American physicist and inventor of the microwave oven, Percy Spencer was born 129 years ago today.
  • Also turning 94 today is Austrian engineer and businessman, co-founded Glock Ges.m.b.H Gaston Glock.
  • Indian astrophysicist and astronomer, Jayant Narlikar is 85 today.
  • English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and astrophysicist, Brian May, born on this date in 1947.
  • Mark Crispin, American computer scientist, designed the IMAP was born on that same date in 1956.
  • Also turning 41 today is American actor Jared Padalecki.

Listener Birthdays

  • 23 – John Miller Jr. – Lancaster SC
  • 23 – Dave Perillo, MegaPodTastic and Montygog’s Art-O-Rama!

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for July  19, 2023

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