Posts tagged space
- Conglomeration is happening NOW!
- Automated driving takes another step towards reality
- Talking about legal stuff, that we may not quite understand
- The Mars rover runs the marathon!
- Help your mom cut the cord (cable and satellite TV, that is)
- Windows 10 is Coming!
- More legal stuff. Only slightly more coherent.
- More Voskhod!
Geek Trivia Question (care of Jay Garmon):
What was the first project Jim Clark wanted to hire Marc Andreesen for (hint: it’s NOT Netscape, that was their second project)?
Coolsites of the Week:
- Art Institute of Chicago – Awesome set of collections and artwork you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home!
- App Inventor – Super easy way to start making mobile apps (android only), from MIT!
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
“Touched” by Vast
TOPIC: Or at least get into some fun reminiscences about what it’s like to hold the fate of young children in an iron fist through the power of technology – ermm, I mean – manage with discretion the tech concerns of our local schools 🙂 In this episode, Mike also reveals that he’s now a school board member, loves data, just discovered Pinterest, and as always wishes he knew even half as much as Jay Garmon, who stops by to give us this humdinger of a trivia question:
What is the only TV program in US history (not a superbowl or the last episode of MASH) that attracted a viewing audience of more than 100M people?
No cool sites to finish us off, but a very cool podcast only song “Disparate Youth” by Santigold!
TOPIC: Mostly prognostication, but we DO get into a long discussion about how the prevalence of memes adds to the misinformation quotient of the Internet … Jay Garmon gets to weigh in on that one too, before asking us this awesome question:
How many people have been both astronauts and been elected to Congress (not necessarily in that order)?
Then it’s time for our yearly “future look” for the team. We may not come up with many predictions, but they’re good ones! We’re confident enough to put these down in ink, not just audio this year, so you can call us out on them as we miss/hit over the next 12 months:
- Tesla figures out a way to sell direct to consumer. (JG)
- A fully autonomous commuter vehicle will be put into regular use. (MK)
- We will see the first conventional military response to a cyber-attack. (JG)
- NVRAM will begin replacing hard drives in consumer tech devices. (DS)
- Major breach of healthcare data will reveal not only that our government is just as bad at protecting our data as corporations are, but also details of price collusion and related corruption. (MK)
We end up with the Black Keys screaming out some “Howlin’ for You” off their album Brothers!
TOPIC: It’s a tough week for movies and TV with Sony hacked and CBS and Dish battling it out (guess who loses that fight? Hint: it’s neither of them!) Jay and I also have a great time discussing how Stephen Hawking uses Swiftkey programming to recreate his communications and – OF COURSE – we get deep into the first Star Wars trailer!
Don’t miss this geek trivia question from Jay Garmon:
What other vertebrates were also “along for the ride” on the Apollo 17 mission?
Not a lot of time, but we do sneak one cool site of the week in:
- Google Express – Can’t get what you want from Amazon Prime, or don’t want to pay their premium? Now you can get same day and next day delivery on items you buy via Google shopping! Note that this is not offered everywhere yet (we don’t get it north of Chicago yet, but if you’re in a major city you might be covered).
Great, rocking little tune “Get Free” by Major Lazer will finish us off!
TOPIC: The Mag Mile got a little more magnificent this week with the addition of the Verizon destination store – and TechTalk got a special media invite to check it out for you! Mike managed to get the – slightly shocked – admiration of Verizon staff by being the only guest at the drone demo platform to ask the question “how do I sneak this thing around so I can spy on people?”
Before that, BigMarker CEO Zhu-Seong Mei bought Mike a Sandwich Cubano downtown, and gave a special scoop on their new digs – and new partnership with TechWeek in LA for FREE BigMarker access to this amazing conference!
There’s far too much talk about Kim Kardashian’s butt, which we don’t miss a chance to bring Jay Garmon on to talk about – but he does also weigh in on the whole “using drones to spy” debate, answers last week’s question and give us this one to chew on:
How long did Microsoft continue support of Windows 1.0?
And we finish off with a rousing rendition – and homage to Kim Khardasian’s attempt to “break the Internet” with Butter’s “What What In The Butt”!
TOPIC: Great conversation today with Lucion CEO and creator of FileCenter Jeff Pickard! We discuss the ins and outs, and ups and downs of going paperless at home or in business, and whether you can successfully create a business outside of the traditional silicon valley geography (spoiler alert: yes, yes you can).
On top of our awesome interview with Jeff, we also spend time talking to Jay, who presents this brain bender for you:
Who was the SECOND person to achieve astronaut status through aerodynamic flight (that is, without a rocket)?
- Lucion – This is where you can find more about the FileCenter products and Lucion’s other paperless and organizational solutions.
- ABetterQueue – Does a MUCH better job of setting you up with good flicks on Netflix, combined with Rotten Tomatoes ratings!
Podcast only song of the week this week is Ritual Union by Little Dragon. Enjoy!
TOPIC: This is the second (of two) in our series of interviews from the floor of ConGlomeration 2014 in Lousiville, KY.
In the first segment, we discuss cubesats, kevlar solar sails, 3D printing and more with Dr. Les Johnson! Dr. Johnson is an author and an honest to goodness NASA rocket scientist, so we have a fabulous and in-depth hard science talk about the future of space exploration. You’ll want to check out his books, both the ones already out and those now available for preorder:
- Les Johnson Homepage – A great place to start, this page focuses on Dr. Johnson’s writing, both fact and fiction.
- Rescue Mode – Co-written with sci-fi icon Ben Bova, this “gritty and scientifically accurate” book will be on shelves in June, but you can pre-order your copy today!
- Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel – To get a better idea of the details of our brief discussion about sails, this is a great book. It provides a truly accessible introduction to solar sail technology, and what they will be used for in the near, and distant, future.
- TEDx Talk – Dr. Johnson also gave a wonderful talk at TEDx in Huntsville, AL back in October.
Immediately following that, we’re graced with Adam English and Rand Bellavia from the band “The Surfing Colonel from Apocalypse Now” … no, wait, that’s not right … it’s “Ookla the Mok!” And make sure you spell that with a “K” unless you’re really, really into reggae.
Seriously though, this is a fabulous interview covering the gamut from filk to tech-pop rock, what it means that “real” music can now be made without ever touching an instrument, and how you too can use Melodyne to sound just like Jon Bonham – without 2 liters of vodka in you! Plus, we discover that Rand truly is a polymath with a prodigious memory that may, just may (shhh, don’t tell him), outstrip our very own Jay Garmon’s!
Here are some useful links for getting even more Mok in your ears:
- Ookla the Mok Homepage – All Ookla, all the time, your best bet for getting CD’s, finding tour dates, and more.
- CD Baby Discography – Get all the Ookla you can handle (and then some?) here for sale on CD Baby!
Podcast only songs of the week are from Ookla the Mok vs. Evil and include “Mwahaha” and “Doctor Octopus (feat. Venom).” Enjoy!
TOPIC: Weather woes force us to miss out on Nick Brous and his Shakespearean insight (though we try to fake it for a while) – but stay tuned in a few weeks when we bring him back! And then we get down to business. China lands on the moon, Dave comes up with some great new names for Uranus, and Yahoo! mail is down!
Plus, Dave tries to start an OS flame war for Christmas to make up for Jay Garmon being absent too, and then give us a new tag line for the show “So lame, not even the NSA listens”! Awwww ….
Our cool sites of the week:
- Mummify.it – Freeze a web page, twitter feed, or anything else on the web for posterity on Mummify’s servers!
- CharityMiles.org – Select different charities you want to donate to as you walk, bike, or run! Costs you nothing but your poor health to help out those needier than you!
Finishing it all off is the holiday special song of the week Chiron Beta Prime by Jonathon Coulton!
TOPIC: Dave’s in Europe, and as you know when Sparky’s away Jay Garmon and I take the opportunity to go whole-geek on your ears! This week we’re talking about signing up for a one-way ticket to Mars, Commander Riker’s bizarre seating methods in TNG, and about a dozen other things (other than the one thing I promised we’d discuss of course … 3D printing! Maybe next time?). Jay delivers a fantastic geek trivia question as always:
Who was the only guest star who played themselves on Star Trek?
Only time for one coolsite of the week this week, but it is a lot of fun –
- GigWalk – Hire or become part of a smartphone army! Very interesting idea – People can earn money doing jobs for businesses through the Gigwalk mobile app, and businesses can hire people instantly!
We finish it the show off with “Rich Girls” by The Virgins!
TOPIC: Wow! Episode 300 … and what a great one it is too! Oddly enough, our tricentennial goes unremarked, either through excessive humility or rampant obliviousness (long time listeners of the show will be placing their bets on obliviousness), but with Dave “Sparky” Saganaki, good friend Jay Garmon and new friend of the show Alex Knapp of Forbes magazine tech and blog fame, this is an outstanding reflection on the past years of broadcast!
Jay of course provides us with a great stumper for the coming week:
Who was the one (and only) person in history to have ever been hit directly by a meteorite?
With this lineup there was no way to fit in coolsites of the week, but don’t forget to tweet with Alex @TheAlexKnapp! We end with “The Ship Song” by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.