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Kenneth McCormack has been at 8 events

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Larry Fournillier1,416,360In this exciting episode of *Food Stories*, my favorite G+ couple,@101888088652157354149 and @117875987563872032638  will be cooking and serving up a tasty Belgian dish, *Stoverij* *_(Carbonnade Flamande)_*.  This is a traditional Belgian sweet-sour beef and onion stew made with *beer*, and seasoned with *thyme, bay-leaf and mustard*. Mushrooms or spiced bread can also be added. In addition, George and Marilyn has a fascinating story behind this dish and I can’t wait for them to share it.  Meanwhile, check out *George's recipe* here:  http://goo.gl/s4okuq  So join us on *Sunday 15th, March at 1:00PM(PDT), 4:00PM(EDT & AST)* for another fun-filled and *_must see_* HOA.  I will have a special guest join us in Marilyn and George's kitchen :) *Reminder*: Don't forget to bring along your favorite *food and drink*. #belgianbeefstew   #foodstories   #hoa   #hangoutsonair   #STOVERIJ   #larryfournillier  Food Stories | Stoverij (Flemish Beef Stew) S02E052015-03-15 21:00:0069  
Eric Enge23,324This week on the #DMEShow  @104858643838035519891 and @108493275257625053433 and I will chat about Pinterest and G+ and how to leverage them together. The show airs at 5 PM EDT on Thursday May 29th.  Just say yes to get access to the video for live or later viewing.  I will also share the video here for mobile users. Please help us by inviting others or sharing the event!Pinterest and Google Plus: Two Peas in a Pod2014-05-29 23:00:23207  
Lisa Engles6,248*Link to the program mentioned in this hangout www.hangoutsforvisionaryleaders.com/program* *Coaches, Authors and Speakers: Go From Ground Zero to Hangout Hero* Have you spent a lot of time, energy and money spinning your wheels, trying to spread your message and build your audience using social media marketing, but haven’t seen the results that you hoped for?  Do you feel disconnected from the very people you want to reach?  Well, you’re not alone.  In fact, most heart-centered entrepreneurs and visionary leaders that I talk to all say the same thing: " I feel disconnected from the people I want to reach"  and : “I don’t like using social media, but I know I’m supposed to.”  And less than a year ago, I was one of them. ​I was frustrated because there was something about social media that didn’t feel right to me.  I was very resistant to using it.  It felt useless to me because honestly, I was a small fish in a big pond of thousands of 'experts' who were using all types of tactics that felt pushy and in your face. If that's what I needed to do to get seen and get clients, then no thanks.  It's just not who I am. Then one day, I had an ‘ah-ha” moment.  I realized that the reason I was feeling so much resistance was because at the core of who I am and what I do as a coach, author and speaker is - connect and communicate. In that moment I saw how social media was actually putting a divide between me and ideal audience and was keeping me from getting noticed and ultimately, getting clients because there was a lack of authentic connection and communication.  Think about it, how much can you really connect with people when you’re limited posting a 140 characters, a link or an image?  The lack of authentic engagement was not only keeping me from effectively communicating my message, it was keeping me from connecting with my ideal audience and it was ultimately keeping me from making money doing what I love to do.  So I made it my goal to figure out how I could reach others with my message in a way that felt real and that created an opportunity for authentic connection.  And that’s when I decided to look into google hangouts on air.   Within 6 months of using hangouts on air (HOA) I was finally able to break the barriers between me and my ideal clients, get the support of influencers both in google plus and in my niche, establish my expertise and build a loyal following of people who want what I have to offer… all things I had been unsuccessful in accomplishing before. So, in this hangout I want to show you how you can have this type of success using hangouts as well.    #RonnieBincer  has been a big piece of my 'winning' equation, so he'll be joining us in this hangout where you'll: *Learn the 4 critical steps that will take you from ground zero to hangout hero (or shero)* *Discover how to use hangouts on air to connect and communicate with your ideal audience in real time so that you create trust and meaningful relationships* *Learn how usHangout Strategies for Visionary Leaders2014-04-14 20:00:0094  
Chef Dennis Littley795,421Mobile Use this Link: http://youtu.be/OATc03mlDks Join me and my Co-host @108641528210325220263  with are very special guest @115620878851836664537  as we tackle the topic of *Semantic Search*  on the 10th episode of *The Bloggers Guide to Using Google+ Effectively* And who better to learn it from then the Author of Google Semantic Search himself.   Every Monday  for thirty minutes we will focus on a different aspect of Google+  offering guidance and  answering questions.    If you have questions please leave them in the Comment Bar of this event  before the start of the show and we will do our best our best to answer them. The goal of our series is to help everyone understand how Google+ works and what they need to do to become successful on G+.  Once G+ begins to make sense to you, you'll be able to enjoy your time on the plus, making new friends, engaging in communities and seeing some pretty amazing search engine results.  While our series will be focused on Bloggers everyone is welcome and we hope to see all of you with your questions-    You can also join us at the G+ Food Bloggers Community - http://goo.gl/IEKmsV  where we discuss all the issues that Bloggers have as well as sharing best practices. All of our previous episodes are on Youtube  http://goo.gl/3iukbR Monday February 1th @ 1 PM EST/12 PM CST/11 AM MST/10 AM PST #googleplustips   #bloggers   #Gplusfoodbloggers  The Bloggers Guide to Using Google+ Effectively - Semantic Search with David Amerland2014-02-17 19:00:00145  
martin shervington1,144,953*Google Plus for Individuals and Business!* _Including launch of the free 'Quickstarter' courses..._ There have been so many changes in the Plus over the past few months, and as such we wanted to get together to re-launch the website, tell you about some of the resources and pick up on some of your questions as well. So get yourself ready and see you on Monday!The PYB team talk about some amazing, free resources available for Google+!2014-02-10 21:00:00116  
Men's Health732,062Stay on track in 2014 with healthy eating and nutrition tips from our panel of experts. TOPICS OF DISCUSSION: -Tips for maintaining flavor while eating healthy -Cooking demo -How to incorporate fruits and vegetables during the winter months PARTICIPANTS: -Paul Kita, Men’s Health Senior Associate Editor -Cheryl Forberg, Nutritionist and Chef -David McInerney, Co-Founder, Fresh Direct -Christopher Mohr, Ph.D, RDHealthy Cooking & Nutrition Tips2014-01-28 19:00:00154  
Google+10,959,025The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033824  
Google Australia191,956Join us for a special Doodle 4 Google explorer Hangout On Air and hear Project Loon engineer +Anton Staaf talk about exploring big ideas and a behind the scenes look at +Project Loon with students from Roydvale Primary School in Christchurch. #projectloon #loon #balloonpoweredinternetDoodle 4 Google Explorer Series: HOA with Project Loon's Anton Staaf2013-08-27 12:00:00432  

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2015-07-16 06:16:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Today in History: Aldus Pagemaker 1.0 was released, 1985
On July 15, 1985 — 30 years ago today — one of the first desktop publishing programs was released by Aldus for the original Apple Macintosh. (Much later, in December 1986, Pagemaker was made available for the IBM PC.) Pagemaker was awarded an “SPA [Software Publishers Association] Excellence in Software Award for Best New Use of a Computer” in 1986. The software was primarily written by Paul Brainerd (see images, lower right).

YouTube Videos:
•Computer Chronicles: PageMaker for the Mac (length 01:37). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNwe12xmono
•Computer Chronicles – PageMaker on the PC (length 06:21). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVXxH6qVpSs

Web Sources:
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_PageMaker
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Brainerd•http://www.pet... more »

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2015-06-24 23:09:30 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Today in History: Two Luminaries Were Born — Turing, 1912; Cerf, 1943
On June 23, 1912 — 103 years ago today — Alan Turning was born in London, England. Alan Turing was a mathematical genius and extraordinary polymath who is credited with helping to save countless lives by deciphering the encrypted German military communications code during World War II. After the war, Turing worked in Britain's National Physical Laboratory where he developed designs for the world's first "Automatic Computing Engine" — ACE (aka "the Turing machine"). He is frequently called "the father of computer science." Tragically, in his late 30s, his honesty with police led him to be convicted for being gay; he was sentenced to hormonal treatment that resulted in chemical castration. Turing died at the age of 41 (perhaps by suicide), while he was exploring"m... more »

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2015-07-25 18:54:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

God has given me a new day. Hope He's done the same for you !!!!

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2015-08-23 17:38:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I love any post about cooking.  

Today in History: Cooking Pioneer Fannie Farmer Opened Her School
first school to focus on healthy eating and serious measurements of ingredients
On August 23, 1902 — 113 years ago today — pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer opened the “Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery” in Boston, MA (in Huntington Chambers, 30 Huntington Avenue, Boston, adjacent to the Boston Public Library — now the site of Westin Copley Hotel). Fannie was a graduate of Boston’s first cooking school, “The Boston Cooking School,” which was founded in 1879 by the “Woman’s Educational Association of Boston” in order “to offer instruction in cooking to those who wished to earn their livelihoods as cooks, or who would make practical use of such information in their families.” At the Boston Cooking School, Fannie studied under Mary J. Lincoln, who researched and wrote Mrs. Lincoln’s Boston Cook Book: What to Do and What Not to Do in Cooking, a textbook used primarily for her students (so they would not have to copy recipes). 

Fannie graduated in 1889 from The Boston Cooking School. Because Fannie was one of the school’s top students, Fannie became assistant director of the school, and then director of the school in 1894. Fannie revised and expanded Mrs. Lincoln’s cookbook, and Fannie built on Mrs. Lincoln’s detailed and methodical approach to recipe writing, including careful measurements for each ingredient. During her time at The Boston Cooking School, Fannie began to understand the association between eating certain foods and good health. Fannie took a nutrition course at Harvard Medical School to learn as much as she could about healthy eating. Fannie’s version of the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book in 1896 became the best-selling cookbook of the era. After 8 years as director, Fannie resigned from the school in 1902 to open her own cooking school on this day in 1902. Fannie’s School lasted until 1944.

YouTube videos:
•Fannie’s Last Supper (length 04:16). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz7Y1x5p8AE

Web sources:
•http://www.britannica.com/biography/Fannie-Merritt-Farmer
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fannie_Farmer
•http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/html/books/book_48.cfm
•http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Cooking_School
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Cooking_schools_in_the_United_States
•http://www.masshist.org/collection-guides/view/fa0393
•http://historiccookingschool.com/category/cooking-class/
•http://womenshistory.about.com/od/cookbooks/p/fannie_farmer.htm
•http://www.notablebiographies.com/Du-Fi/Farmer-Fannie.html
•http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41940/41940-h/41940-h.htm

Book sources:
• The Original Fannie Farmer 1896 Cookbook: The Boston Cooking School by Fannie Farmer. http://amzn.to/1NDmQa3
• Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements (fiction based on certain facts) by Deborah Hopkinson. http://amzn.to/1h5TC6O

Image credits:
•Fanny Farmer and young student. http://www.britannica.com/biography/Fannie-Merritt-Farmer
•The Original Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, 1896, by Fannie Merritt Farmer. http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/images/books/400w/book48_title.jpg___I love any post about cooking.  

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2015-08-09 19:57:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Minky studying Facebook v. Google+ active user stats
One of Minky’s favorite sites is the “Internet Live Stats” site that provides real-time counting for various types of Internet services, features, and social media sites. Here, Minky is focused on how Google+ is adding “active users” much, much faster than Facebook.

FB = 1,448,523,281
G+ = 1,321,296,753
www.internetlivestats.com

Minky studying Facebook v. Google+ active user stats
One of Minky’s favorite sites is the “Internet Live Stats” site that provides real-time counting for various types of Internet services, features, and social media sites. Here, Minky is focused on how Google+ is adding “active users” much, much faster than Facebook.

FB = 1,448,523,281
G+ = 1,321,296,753
www.internetlivestats.com___

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2015-07-27 19:38:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Did you know that strawberries provide iron? Eating fresh strawberries is a great way to ramp up your daily iron intake. Not only are strawberries a viable source of iron (a pint constitutes roughly 9% of the daily recommended value), but the high vitamin C content helps your body absorb more of the iron it needs. Strawberries make an excellent side to any breakfast dish, they're great in an afternoon smoothie, and you can also serve them as a sweet after-dinner treat. #infographic   #ironsupplement  

Did you know that strawberries provide iron? Eating fresh strawberries is a great way to ramp up your daily iron intake. Not only are strawberries a viable source of iron (a pint constitutes roughly 9% of the daily recommended value), but the high vitamin C content helps your body absorb more of the iron it needs. Strawberries make an excellent side to any breakfast dish, they're great in an afternoon smoothie, and you can also serve them as a sweet after-dinner treat. #infographic   #ironsupplement  ___

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2015-07-27 19:38:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

“My parents taught me never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion. Why make life miserable for someone when you can use your energy for good? We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful. When you hear people making hateful comments, stand up to them. Point out what a waste it is to hate, and you could open their eyes.”
~TAYLOR SWIFT 

“My parents taught me never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion. Why make life miserable for someone when you can use your energy for good? We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful. When you hear people making hateful comments, stand up to them. Point out what a waste it is to hate, and you could open their eyes.”
~TAYLOR SWIFT ___

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2015-07-27 19:36:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

“When I wanted to call the album '1989', people on the team questioned that. Every single element of this album has been called into question, and I’ve had to say “No, this is how we’re doing it.” And the fact that we came out and did the kind of numbers we did in the first week—you have no idea how relieved I was, because it was all on me if this didn’t work. It was a little hard to sleep the night of the album release.”
~ Taylor Swift on 1989. 

“When I wanted to call the album '1989', people on the team questioned that. Every single element of this album has been called into question, and I’ve had to say “No, this is how we’re doing it.” And the fact that we came out and did the kind of numbers we did in the first week—you have no idea how relieved I was, because it was all on me if this didn’t work. It was a little hard to sleep the night of the album release.”
~ Taylor Swift on 1989. ___

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2015-07-25 18:54:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

God has given me a new day. Hope He's done the same for you !!!!

God has given me a new day. Hope He's done the same for you !!!!___

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2015-07-25 12:12:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Understanding the difference between Google and Microsoft by looking at their cafeterias.

+FOODBEAST breaks down the cultures of Microsoft and Google by looking at the food they serve employees.

From the post: 

Microsoft culturally sees food through the lens of Star Wars: a capitalist empire with many free-market options that you vote for with your wallet. They pay you enough to think with your money.

Google culturally sees food through the lens of Star Trek: a socialist empire in search of truth, where the basics of life are made free for you to focus on the complicated.

http://www.foodbeast.com/news/ex-google-employee-makes-a-brilliant-observation-about-microsoft-and-googles-meal-plans/

#Google   #Microsoft  

Understanding the difference between Google and Microsoft by looking at their cafeterias.

+FOODBEAST breaks down the cultures of Microsoft and Google by looking at the food they serve employees.

From the post: 

Microsoft culturally sees food through the lens of Star Wars: a capitalist empire with many free-market options that you vote for with your wallet. They pay you enough to think with your money.

Google culturally sees food through the lens of Star Trek: a socialist empire in search of truth, where the basics of life are made free for you to focus on the complicated.

http://www.foodbeast.com/news/ex-google-employee-makes-a-brilliant-observation-about-microsoft-and-googles-meal-plans/

#Google   #Microsoft  ___

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2015-07-24 17:52:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Nope

Nope, not in here. No, just no. Go away, human...
So tomorrow's #Caturday , though.

#GIF   #Cat  

Nope

Nope, not in here. No, just no. Go away, human...
So tomorrow's #Caturday , though.

#GIF   #Cat  ___

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2015-07-23 20:11:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I could not imagine flying around the world by myself.

Today in History: Circumnavigations and Venus
On July 22, 1933 — 82 years ago today — U.S. aviator Wiley Post returned to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York to complete the first solo around the world flight in 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes. Post completed his circumnavigation in a purple-and-white Lockheed 5C Vega, which he named the “Winnie Mae.” Two technological advances allowed Post to attempt the solo circumnavigation: (1) an autopilot and (2) an experimental radio compass. As Post prepared to land at the field from which he began his record-setting trip, 50,000 spectators crowded onto the landing field as 1,000s more lined the highway leading to the airfield. 

In 1931, Post and navigator Harold Gatty made a 14-stop around-the-world trip in a little over 8 days — a flight which cut 12 days off the previous circumnavigation record set by the “Graf Zeppelin” in 1929. One of the first people to congratulate Post for his solo flight was Harold Gatty! Post’s record stood until 1973 when William P. Odom circled the globe in 3 days,1 hour, 5 minutes.

On July 22, 1962 — 53 years ago today — NASA launched the first spacecraft ever directed to Venus, Mariner 1. The launch went perfectly, but just before the spacecraft was set to separate from its rocket, the rocket fishtailed and went off course from its necessary trajectory for getting into space. The safety officer had no choice but to issue a “destruct command.” Later, it was determined that a single misplaced symbol of code — a software error — caused the rocket’s malfunction.

On July 22, 1972 — 43 years ago today — Russia’s Venera 8 landed softly on the planet Venus.

On July 22, 1983 — 32 years ago today — Australian pilot Dick Smith completed the first solo helicopter flight around the world. 

YouTube videos: (coming soon)

Web sources:
•http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/wiley-post-flies-solo-around-the-world
•http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/follow-path-wiley-posts-historic-around-world-flight-180947934/?no-ist
•http://www.wired.com/2010/07/0722wiley-post-completes-circumnavigation/
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_206
•http://www.wtvy.com/news/headlines/This-Day-in-History-Mariner-1-Venus-Probe-Fails-216422971.html
•http://www.edn.com/Home/PrintView?contentItemId=4418667
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venera_8
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observations_and_explorations_of_Venus
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Smith_(entrepreneur)
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_206

Book sources: (coming soon)

Image credits (not yet complete):
•1933, Wiley Post posing before his Lockheed 5C Vega, the plane in which he traveled around the world as the first solo pilot to accomplish the feat.
•1962, Mariner 1 launched July 22, 1962. 
•1962, Mariner 1 immediately after “destruct command” given, from frame of video by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
•1972, Venera 8 landing capsule. NASA: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venera_8_capsule.jpg#file.
•1983, Dick Smith, helicopter world circumnavigation record-setter (photo, May 2013). By Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia (Cropped from Dick Smith) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
•1983, A Bell 206 Jetranger helicopter, similar to the one Dick Smith used to circumnavigate the world. By Mfield - Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

#history #tech-history #solonavigators #Venus #circumnavigation #circumnavigators___I could not imagine flying around the world by myself.

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2015-07-23 20:08:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

It's about time.

History on YouTube via AP
Isn’t this fantastic?___It's about time.

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2015-07-22 06:15:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I could not imagine flying around the world by myself. Excellent post.

Today in History: 4 Significant Events in Spaceflight
On July 19, 1963 — 52 years ago today — Joseph “Joe” Walker, a NASA test pilot, became the first and only X-15 pilot to fly over 100 kilometers (62 miles) in altitude (his actual altitude was 106 kilometers (66 miles), the point at which “space” officially begins according to the international definition established by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

On July 19, 1969 — 46 years ago today — NASA’s Apollo 11 entered lunar orbit to complete an essential step necessary for humankind’s first attempt at landing on the Moon (which occurred the next day).

On July 19, 1975 — 40 years ago today — NASA’s Apollo “CSM-111” mission undocked from the Russian Space Agency’s Soyuz 19 to become the last Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), the collaborative international program that prepared the way for the International Space Station many years later.

On July 19, 2011 — 4 years ago today — Space Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) to become the last Shuttle to visit the ISS.

YouTube videos:
•NASA Chief Test Pilot Joe Walker’s X-15 Flight (length 07:57). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LqYAbnNmTo
•Edge of Space: X-15 – World’s Fastest Rocket Plane (length 27:04). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFcCx4uR6rk
•STS-135 Space Shuttle Atlantis Undocks from the International Space Station, July 19, 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD8r3Lm_mV8
•STS-135 Timelapse of Undocking Flyaround of ISS, July 19, 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67zN2eo_sgg

Web sources:
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_X-15
•http://www.space.com/26577-apollo-11-flight-log-july-19-1969.html
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo%E2%80%93Soyuz_Test_Project
•http://www.space.com/12376-nasa-space-shuttle-program-facts-statistics.html
•http://www.space.com/12341-shuttle-atlantis-final-space-station-undocking-photos.html
•http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/07/19/shuttle.undocks/

Book sources: 
• Transiting from Air to Space: The North American X-15 by Robert S. Houston, Richard P. Hallion, and Ronald G. Boston. http://amzn.to/1Vh4XRx
• X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight by NASA and Dennis R. Jenkins. http://amzn.to/1fVbZLM
• Apollo 11: The History and Legacy of the First Moon Landing by Charles River Editors. http://amzn.to/1Vh5qmT
• The Eagle Has Landed: The Story of Apollo 11 by Jeffrey Smith. http://amzn.to/1MiBjZr
• Beyond the Stars – NASA’s 50 Years of Manned Space Flight – Part 10 – Apollo-Soyuz Test Project by Henry M. Holden. http://amzn.to/1fVd3PK
• The Partnership: A NASA History of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project by Edward Clinton Ezell. http://amzn.to/1I20V5y
• Atlantis: The Final Space Shuttle Mission by Tony Riches. http://amzn.to/1I21zjo

Image credits:  
•1963, left: X-15 in flight.
•1963, right: cockpit of an X-15. Public domain. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:North_American_X-15A-2_cockpit_2_USAF.jpg#file
•1969: Apollo command module attached to Lunar Excursion Module as it orbits the Moon. http://www.ninfinger.org/models/vault2008/Apollo11%20in%20Lunar%20Orbit.jpg
•1975: Artist depiction of the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft just before docking occurred.
•2011: Space Shuttle Atlantis, after it undocked from the International Space Station, to begin its return to Earth.

#history #history -tech #spaceshuttle #Atlantis #Apollo -Soyuz #CSM -111 #Apollo11 #X -15___I could not imagine flying around the world by myself. Excellent post.

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2015-07-21 05:21:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today in History: Outstanding Events on July 20
On July 20, 1903 — 112 years ago today — entrepreneur and inventor Henry Ford opened his second major car manufacturing plant. By the end of the day, the Ford Motor Company had shipped its first car.

On July 20, 1927 — 88 years ago today — aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh began a 3-month, nation-wide tour to promote the development of aviation in the United States.

On July 20, 1931 — 84 years ago today — inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla was featured on the cover of Time Magazine to celebrate his 75th birthday.

On July 20, 1969 — 46 years ago today — U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren became the first humans to walk on another celestial body (Earth’s Moon).

On July 20, 1999 — 16 years ago today — the Mercury space capsule, “Liberty Bell 7,” of U.S. astronaut GusGrissom was recovered fro... more »

Today in History: Outstanding Events on July 20
On July 20, 1903 — 112 years ago today — entrepreneur and inventor Henry Ford opened his second major car manufacturing plant. By the end of the day, the Ford Motor Company had shipped its first car.

On July 20, 1927 — 88 years ago today — aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh began a 3-month, nation-wide tour to promote the development of aviation in the United States.

On July 20, 1931 — 84 years ago today — inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla was featured on the cover of Time Magazine to celebrate his 75th birthday.

On July 20, 1969 — 46 years ago today — U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren became the first humans to walk on another celestial body (Earth’s Moon).

On July 20, 1999 — 16 years ago today — the Mercury space capsule, “Liberty Bell 7,” of U.S. astronaut Gus Grissom was recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The capsule’s door opened unexpectedly and the capsule filled with so much water that recovery helicopters had to abandon it and let it sink — back in 1961.

On July 20, 2006 — 10 years ago today — Tesla Motors introduced its electric sports vehicle, the Roadster.

YouTube videos: (coming soon)

Web sources:
Ford
•http://www.at.ford.com/news/Plants/Pages/This-Month-in-Ford-History0716-5621.aspx
•http://www.charleslindbergh.com/history/gugtour.asp
(more links to follow)

Book sources: (coming soon)

Image credits:
•Ford Motor Company - model of first car produced July 20, 1903. http://www.ritzsite.nl/FORD_1/02_eford.htm
•Map of Lindbergh’s Guggenheim Tour to promote U.S. aviation, which began on July 20, 1929. http://www.charleslindbergh.com/history/gugtour.asp
•Charles Lindbergh, about 1927. http://www.biography.com/people/charles-lindbergh-9382609
•Nikola Tesla on the cover of Time Magazine on July 20, 1931. http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,742063,00.html
(more links to follow)

#history-tech #history #ford #lindbergh #tesla #MoonLanding #roadster #LibertyBell7 ___

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2015-07-19 12:51:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is an amazing story.  How one step leads to the next and how planning and goals are so essential.  Plus, it is my partners Brad Acker's Birthday today.  I love all the work and effort he puts into these History Posts.  

Today in History: 4 Significant Events in Spaceflight
On July 19, 1963 — 52 years ago today — Joseph “Joe” Walker, a NASA test pilot, became the first and only X-15 pilot to fly over 100 kilometers (62 miles) in altitude (his actual altitude was 106 kilometers (66 miles), the point at which “space” officially begins according to the international definition established by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

On July 19, 1969 — 46 years ago today — NASA’s Apollo 11 entered lunar orbit to complete an essential step necessary for humankind’s first attempt at landing on the Moon (which occurred the next day).

On July 19, 1975 — 40 years ago today — NASA’s Apollo “CSM-111” mission undocked from the Russian Space Agency’s Soyuz 19 to become the last Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), the collaborative international program that prepared the way for the International Space Station many years later.

On July 19, 2011 — 4 years ago today — Space Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) to become the last Shuttle to visit the ISS.

YouTube videos:
•NASA Chief Test Pilot Joe Walker’s X-15 Flight (length 07:57). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LqYAbnNmTo
•Edge of Space: X-15 – World’s Fastest Rocket Plane (length 27:04). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFcCx4uR6rk
•STS-135 Space Shuttle Atlantis Undocks from the International Space Station, July 19, 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD8r3Lm_mV8
•STS-135 Timelapse of Undocking Flyaround of ISS, July 19, 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67zN2eo_sgg

Web sources:
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_X-15
•http://www.space.com/26577-apollo-11-flight-log-july-19-1969.html
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo%E2%80%93Soyuz_Test_Project
•http://www.space.com/12376-nasa-space-shuttle-program-facts-statistics.html
•http://www.space.com/12341-shuttle-atlantis-final-space-station-undocking-photos.html
•http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/07/19/shuttle.undocks/

Book sources: 
• Transiting from Air to Space: The North American X-15 by Robert S. Houston, Richard P. Hallion, and Ronald G. Boston. http://amzn.to/1Vh4XRx
• X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight by NASA and Dennis R. Jenkins. http://amzn.to/1fVbZLM
• Apollo 11: The History and Legacy of the First Moon Landing by Charles River Editors. http://amzn.to/1Vh5qmT
• The Eagle Has Landed: The Story of Apollo 11 by Jeffrey Smith. http://amzn.to/1MiBjZr
• Beyond the Stars – NASA’s 50 Years of Manned Space Flight – Part 10 – Apollo-Soyuz Test Project by Henry M. Holden. http://amzn.to/1fVd3PK
• The Partnership: A NASA History of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project by Edward Clinton Ezell. http://amzn.to/1I20V5y
• Atlantis: The Final Space Shuttle Mission by Tony Riches. http://amzn.to/1I21zjo

Image credits:  
•1963, left: X-15 in flight.
•1963, right: cockpit of an X-15. Public domain. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:North_American_X-15A-2_cockpit_2_USAF.jpg#file
•1969: Apollo command module attached to Lunar Excursion Module as it orbits the Moon. http://www.ninfinger.org/models/vault2008/Apollo11%20in%20Lunar%20Orbit.jpg
•1975: Artist depiction of the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft just before docking occurred.
•2011: Space Shuttle Atlantis, after it undocked from the International Space Station, to begin its return to Earth.

#history #history -tech #spaceshuttle #Atlantis #Apollo -Soyuz #CSM -111 #Apollo11 #X -15___This is an amazing story.  How one step leads to the next and how planning and goals are so essential.  Plus, it is my partners Brad Acker's Birthday today.  I love all the work and effort he puts into these History Posts.  

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2015-07-18 21:02:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Funny 😂 and so cute ♡

Funny 😂 and so cute ♡___

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2015-07-18 16:38:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I love this song.

Only You (and You Alone)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FygIKsnkCw (length 02:44)
The Platters first recorded this tune, composed by Buck Ram, while they were signed under Federal Records, but it was “deemed unreleasable by the label.” They re-recorded the song after signing with Mercury Records and released it in the summer of 1955 — when i was 5 years old and just starting to tune in the radio to find the songs i liked. This is one of those songs that grew on me as i advanced through the romantic years and experienced the deep feelings expressed by the words and magical music.

In 1955, this song became the Platters’s first Top Ten hit on the pop charts and topped the R&B charts for 7 weeks.  BTW, The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990!

Image credit:
•Platters singing in video posted on Solrac Etnevic’s YouTube Channel (see link at top of post-second line).
•The image cover on the Mercury Record Corporation release of “Only You (and You Alone)” by Buck Ram, sung by the Platters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Platters_-_Only_You_single.jpg

Memory Confirmation References, haha:
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Platters
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Only_You_(And_You_Alone)___I love this song.

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2015-07-18 16:37:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

It is a amazing to learn this history.  Just think there are 1.8 billion photos each day.

Today in History: First Photograph Uploaded and Posted to Web, 1992
On July 18, 1992 — 23 years ago today — the first photographic image in history was uploaded to the web and posted by “the father of the web,” Tim Berners-Lee, on behalf of a comedy “doo-wop” singing group formed at CERN, — “Les Horribles Cernettes.” The group dubbed itself as “the one and only high energy rock band” and sang songs about antimatter, quarks, colliders, voltage leaks, liquid nitrogen in 1960’s-like outfits. Not so coincidentally, the initials of the group’s name are the same as “Large Hadron Collider.” Digging into the story a bit, you can learn that Tim Berners Lee worked at CERN near Silvano de Cennaro (lower right in images), and Silvano’s girlfriend at the time (later they married) was one of the 4 women in the singing group, “Les Horribles Cernettes” that he managed and for whom he wrote songs. Tim asked Silvano for a photo of CERN’s comedy singing group so that they could be promoted on the little web at CERN, and Silvano asked the 4 ladies to pose for a CD cover and for Tim’s purpose. De Cennaro used a Canon EOS 650 and Photoshop 1.0 on his Mac to remove the background. Haha.

Shawn Knight (7/11/2012) reported via TechSpot.com that Tim Berners-Lee had become friends with Michele and Silvano de Cennaro “through an amateur operatic society.” So when Tim and his research team working on the web at CERN needed to test a new version of the web that supported photo files, Tim turned to his friend Silvano for a photo. Shawn further reported, “Michele told Motherboard that Berners-Lee was into cross-dressing, perhaps a clue as to why he wanted an image of attractive ladies in dresses.”

YouTube videos:
•Goodnight Sweet CERN, sung at the CERN Hardonic Festival 1998 (length 01:49). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXtSnOGtDhQ
•Les Horribles Cernettes live at the LHC Inauguration (length 57:32). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQKpB81kB3k
•Tim Berners-Lee at CERN: Invention of the World Wide Web (03:02:43). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4hO_-TuTlo

Web sources:
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Horribles_Cernettes
•http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/07/18/les-horribles-cernettes/
•http://www.techspot.com/news/49342-the-first-picture-ever-uploaded-to-the-web-and-the-story-behind-it.html
•http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-first-ever-email--the-first-tweet--and-12-other-famous-internet-firsts-181209886.html
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo-wop

Book sources:
• Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee. http://amzn.to/1Mcfh9v

Image credits:
•The first photographic image to be published on the world wide web, July 18, 1992. From left to right: Angela Higney, Michele de Gennaro, Colette Marx-Neilsen, and Lynn Veronneau. Please see the background discussing the copyright issues with this image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Les_Horribles_Cernettes_in_1992.jpg
•Tim Berners-Lee, circa 1992. 
•Silvano de Cennaro, circa 1992.

#history #history-tech #web #firstwebphoto___It is a amazing to learn this history.  Just think there are 1.8 billion photos each day.

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2015-07-17 13:56:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today in History: First Atomic Bomb Detonated
On July 16, 1945 — 70 years ago today — the U.S. Army conducted the first detonation of a nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The code name used for this project was Trinity, and the blast was called “The Trinity explosion.” The blast had the energy equivalent of about 20 kilotons of TNT. The bomb’s shock wave was felt over 100 miles (160 km) away, and the mushroom cloud reached 7.5 miles (12.1 km) in height. On hand to witness the explosion were such scientific and research luminaries as Vannevar Bush, James Chadwick, James Conant, Thomas Farrell, Enrico Fermi, Leslie Groves, Robert Oppenheimer, and Richard Tolman.

The development of the atomic bomb by the U.S. originated from the genuine fear that Nazi Germany might be building an atomic bomb. The driving force for getting the U.S. government to act on building anatomic bo... more »

Today in History: First Atomic Bomb Detonated
On July 16, 1945 — 70 years ago today — the U.S. Army conducted the first detonation of a nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The code name used for this project was Trinity, and the blast was called “The Trinity explosion.” The blast had the energy equivalent of about 20 kilotons of TNT. The bomb’s shock wave was felt over 100 miles (160 km) away, and the mushroom cloud reached 7.5 miles (12.1 km) in height. On hand to witness the explosion were such scientific and research luminaries as Vannevar Bush, James Chadwick, James Conant, Thomas Farrell, Enrico Fermi, Leslie Groves, Robert Oppenheimer, and Richard Tolman.

The development of the atomic bomb by the U.S. originated from the genuine fear that Nazi Germany might be building an atomic bomb. The driving force for getting the U.S. government to act on building an atomic bomb came from physicist Leó Szilárd, who originally conceived the idea of a nuclear chain reaction in 1933 and patented the idea (with Enrico Fermi) for a neutron-induced nuclear chain reaction. He was worried that Nazi Germany might build this bomb first, and so he wrote President Franklin D. Roosevelt a letter in 1939 explaining the feasibility and urgency for the U.S. to develop such a bomb, and he also succeeded in winning the support of Albert Einstein for this letter. Interestingly, when Szilárd first met Einstein to explain about the possibility of man-made atomic bombs, Einstein replied: “I had not thought of that.” After Einstein signed the letter and President Roosevelt received it, Roosevelt summed up the letter: “..what you are after is to see that the Nazis don’t blow us up.” Roosevelt immediately ordered the start of what became known as “The Manhattan Project” — a research and development effort involving both the United Kingdom and Canada and growing to employ 130,000 people at a cost of $26 billion (in today’s dollars). 

Einstein, according to Linus Pauling, regretted signing the letter because Nazi Germany never developed the atomic bomb and because the bomb was used against civilian populations. In fact, because the U.S. Army considered Einstein to be a security risk as a consequence of his pacifist leanings, Einstein was denied clearance to work on the Manhattan Project.

Nazi Germany had surrendered in May, 1945, two full months before this test took place. However, Japan had not surrendered. U.S. President Harry S. Truman, in order to effectuate a swift end to the war, ordered that an atomic bomb be dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Japanese Emperor Hirohito surrendered on August 15 — one month after this first test of the atomic bomb and one week after the bomb had been used on civilian populations.

Sources:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_(nuclear_test)
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamogordo,_New_Mexico
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%C3%B3_Szil%C3%A1rd
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein%E2%80%93Szil%C3%A1rd_letter
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Project
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrender_of_Japan
•http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/dp45at.html
•http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/bomb/large/index.php?action=documentary

Image credits (top to bottom, left to right):
• Google Earth Map of the United States and part of Mexico showing the location of the first explosion of the Atomic Bomb near Alamogordo, New Mexico in what is now the White Sands Missile Range.
•The first explosion of a nuclear bomb about 0.016 second after it was denotated; the height of the explosion’s hemisphere is about 200 meters (656 feet) high at this point. By Berlyn Brixner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ATrinity_Test_Fireball_16ms.jpg
•The only known color photograph of the detonation of the first atomic bomb. Photograph by Jack Aeby of the Special Engineering Detachment, Manhattan Project, Los Alamos: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ATrinityColorLargeRestored.jpg
• The Trinity Site Obelisk National Historic Landmark. By Samat Jain [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0) or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ATrinity_Site_Obelisk_National_Historic_Landmark.jpg

 #atomicbomb #FirstAtomicBomb #ManhattanProject #atomicbomb #nuclearbomb #nuclearage #nuclearwar #TrinityBlast #Alamogordo___

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2015-07-17 13:47:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It is amazing what we can accomplish together.  Learning each other's language to be able to work together. This was an historic moment.

Today in History: First international “kiss in space” — first joint international space docking, 1975.
Age of International Space Cooperation Opened
On July 17, 1975 — 40 years ago today — a U.S. Apollo and a Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked in space to become the first joint international space mission. The two spacecraft were docked for about 44 hours. Because the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft used different cabin pressurization compositions, U.S. and Russian engineering teams collaborated to create an airlock and transfer corridor module that was inserted between the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft. This docking mission was designed by political and space program leaders to signify the easing of tensions between the two major adversarial national political powers, and it opened the way for further cooperation in space (the U.S. Shuttle-Russian Mir space station program) and the development of today’s International Space Station. 

Further information:
The Soyuz spacecraft was launched first, just over 7 hours before the launch of the Apollo spacecraft, with a crew of two cosmonauts: Alexey A. Leonov and Valery N. Kubasov. The Apollo spacecraft with 5 astronauts aboard — Commander Thomas P. Stafford, Docking pilot Donald K. Slayton, and Command Module pilot Vance D. Brand — maneuvered to rendezvous and dock with the Soyuz craft just a little over 2 days (52 hours) after the Soyuz spacecraft had launched. Both crews conducted a number of experiments while docked over a 2-day period. After separation, Apollo remained in space for 3 additional days, and Soyuz returned to Earth first after a little less than 2 more days in space.

YouTube videos:
•Apollo Soyuz Mission 1975 NASA Film (length 29:08). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOha7dj84o8

Web Sources:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo%E2%80%93Soyuz_Test_Project
•https://www.californiasciencecenter.org/Exhibits/AirAndSpace/HumansInSpace/Apollo-Soyuz/Apollo-Soyuz.php
•http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo-soyuz/astp_mission.html#.U8gSpY1dX48
•http://history.nasa.gov/apollo/apsoyhist.html
•http://archive.wired.com/geekdad/2013/03/lego-cuusoo-apollo-soyuz-mission/
•http://www.astronautix.com/flights/soy9astp.htm

Book Sources:
• The Partnership, a History of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project by Edward Clinton Ezell and Linda Neuman Ezell. http://amzn.to/1SqEQn1
• Handshake in Space: The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project by Sheri Tan. http://amzn.to/1OiYocs
• Beyond the Stars–NASA’s 50 Years of Manned Space Flight - Part 10: Apollo-Soyuz Test Project by Henry M. Holden. http://amzn.to/1Hylslc

Image credits (top to bottom, left to right):
•Proposed lego 1000-piece depiction of the silver-gray Apollo command module (displaying U.S. flag), the gray-colored docking “airlock and transfer corridor module,” and the Soyuz green-colored, solar-powered spacecraft. http://archive.wired.com/geekdad/2013/03/lego-cuusoo-apollo-soyuz-mission/
•Recreation of the historic docking in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC. http://airandspace.si.edu/explore-and-learn/multimedia/detail.cfm?id=1101
•Launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on July 15, 1975 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soviet Union.
•Launch of the Apollo spacecraft on July 15, 1975 from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39B. http://www.century-of-flight.net/Aviation%20history/space/Apollo-Soyuz%20Test%20Project.htm
•U.S. Astronaut Deke Slayton in a head embrace with Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov in the Soyuz spacecraft. By NASA (NASA Human Space Flight Gallery) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAstronaut_Donald_K._Slayton_and_cosmonaut_Aleksey_A._Leonov_in_the_Soyuz_Orbital_Module.jpg___It is amazing what we can accomplish together.  Learning each other's language to be able to work together. This was an historic moment.

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2015-07-16 06:16:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Today in History: Aldus Pagemaker 1.0 was released, 1985
On July 15, 1985 — 30 years ago today — one of the first desktop publishing programs was released by Aldus for the original Apple Macintosh. (Much later, in December 1986, Pagemaker was made available for the IBM PC.) Pagemaker was awarded an “SPA [Software Publishers Association] Excellence in Software Award for Best New Use of a Computer” in 1986. The software was primarily written by Paul Brainerd (see images, lower right).

YouTube Videos:
•Computer Chronicles: PageMaker for the Mac (length 01:37). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNwe12xmono
•Computer Chronicles – PageMaker on the PC (length 06:21). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVXxH6qVpSs

Web Sources:
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_PageMaker
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Brainerd•http://www.pet... more »

Today in History: Aldus Pagemaker 1.0 was released, 1985
On July 15, 1985 — 30 years ago today — one of the first desktop publishing programs was released by Aldus for the original Apple Macintosh. (Much later, in December 1986, Pagemaker was made available for the IBM PC.) Pagemaker was awarded an “SPA [Software Publishers Association] Excellence in Software Award for Best New Use of a Computer” in 1986. The software was primarily written by Paul Brainerd (see images, lower right).

YouTube Videos:
•Computer Chronicles: PageMaker for the Mac (length 01:37). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNwe12xmono
•Computer Chronicles – PageMaker on the PC (length 06:21). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVXxH6qVpSs

Web Sources:
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_PageMaker
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Brainerd
•http://www.peterlewis.com/2013/08/05/apple-and-the-desktop-manufacturing-revolution/

Book Sources:
• When Computing Got Personal: A History of the Desktop Computer. http://amzn.to/1I2N99d

Image credits (top to bottom, left to right):
•Apple Macintosh and Laserwriter
•Aldus Pagemaker Apple Macintosh disk
•Paul Brainerd

#history #history-tech #aldus #pagemaker #apple #macintosh___

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2015-07-14 17:06:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Today in History: First Airship Completed Atlantic Roundtrip Flight
—with Wopsie the Kitty on Board!
On July 13, 1919 — 96 years ago today — the British hydrogen airship “R34” completed the _first airship round-trip crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from East Fortune, the United Kingdom, to Mineola, Long Island, and back to Norfolk, England — a 183 hour (and 15 minute, 6,000 mile journey. The first half of the journey, East-West across the Atlantic, was the first by air. Interestingly, at the landing site in Mineola, Long Island, because no one on board the airship had experience in handling large rigid airships, an R34 crew member, John Edward Maddock Pritchard, parachuted to assist the landing party. Upon landing from his jump, Pritchard became the first individual to travel from Europe to the United States by air. (Pritchard died two years later in an R38 airshipexplosion.)... more »

Today in History: First Airship Completed Atlantic Roundtrip Flight
—with Wopsie the Kitty on Board!
On July 13, 1919 — 96 years ago today — the British hydrogen airship “R34” completed the _first airship round-trip crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from East Fortune, the United Kingdom, to Mineola, Long Island, and back to Norfolk, England — a 183 hour (and 15 minute, 6,000 mile journey. The first half of the journey, East-West across the Atlantic, was the first by air. Interestingly, at the landing site in Mineola, Long Island, because no one on board the airship had experience in handling large rigid airships, an R34 crew member, John Edward Maddock Pritchard, parachuted to assist the landing party. Upon landing from his jump, Pritchard became the first individual to travel from Europe to the United States by air. (Pritchard died two years later in an R38 airship explosion.)

Not widely reported is that this round-trip was also a first Atlantic crossing of a kitten by air. Wopsie, the kitten, and his caretaker had climbed aboard as stowaways.


YouTube Videos:
•General Airships (Engineering Channel; length 22:58). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OihqWUue9Q
•The Airships – Lift Off (1890-1922) (length 51:56). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDWmh0iX7bU

Web Sources:
•http://www.airships.net/blog/anniversary-roundtrip-flight-atlantic
•http://www.airshipsonline.com/airships/r34/index.html
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R34_(airship)
•http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1919/1919%20-%200948.html
•http://www.tommerritt.com/2014/07/13/today-in-tech-history-july-13-2014/
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._E._M._Pritchard
•http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8129358.stm

Books:
• Dirigible Dreams: The Age of the Airship by C. Michael Hiam. http://amzn.to/1UVu7VF

Memorabilia:
•Photographic Print of R34 Airship at Moorings. http://amzn.to/1LclK3D
•Framed Artwork of British R34 airship emerging from hangar. http://amzn.to/1GhVr5p


Image credits (top to bottom; left to right)
•Google Earth Map plot of the trip from Norfolk, United Kingdom to Mineola, Long Island, New York, USA and back to Norfolk, England.
•Wopsie the Cat with his handler aboard the R34 hydrogen airship.
•The R34 landing in Mineola, Long Island, New York, USA.
•The R34 Flying (bottom left).
•The Rear Engine Car.
•The Wing Engine Car.
•The R34 Control Car and Front Engine Car.

#history #history -tech #airships #dirigibles #hydrogenblimps___

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2015-07-14 17:06:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Today in History: First images taken of planet in “deep” space by humans, 1965
On July 14, 1965 — 50 years ago today — Mariner 4, after traveling for more than 7-½ months from Earth, flew by Mars and began taking the first photos of Mars (and the first photos of any planet in deep space), which were tape recorded on board the spacecraft and then transmitted back to Earth (taking 4 days for the transmissions). Mariner 4’s camera took 22 pictures covering about 1% of Mars’s surface. The photos showed a cratered surface that much more resembled the Moon’s surface than the Earth’s surface. Subsequent visits to Mars have provided evidence that these pictures were not typical of the planet’s surface.

After Mariner 4 swung by Mars, it continued on to the far side of the Sun before returning to Earth’s vicinity, where it finally ceased operating on December 20, 1967 afterbeing hit with 83 mi... more »

Today in History: First images taken of planet in “deep” space by humans, 1965
On July 14, 1965 — 50 years ago today — Mariner 4, after traveling for more than 7-½ months from Earth, flew by Mars and began taking the first photos of Mars (and the first photos of any planet in deep space), which were tape recorded on board the spacecraft and then transmitted back to Earth (taking 4 days for the transmissions). Mariner 4’s camera took 22 pictures covering about 1% of Mars’s surface. The photos showed a cratered surface that much more resembled the Moon’s surface than the Earth’s surface. Subsequent visits to Mars have provided evidence that these pictures were not typical of the planet’s surface.

After Mariner 4 swung by Mars, it continued on to the far side of the Sun before returning to Earth’s vicinity, where it finally ceased operating on December 20, 1967 after being hit with 83 micrometeoroids 10 days earlier.

YouTube Videos:
•5 Ways Mariner 4 Changed Mars Exploration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yyzw45ouPQ

Web Sources:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariner_4
•http://www.space.com/18787-mariner-4.html
•http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1964-077A
•http://www.marsnews.com/missions/mariner/
•http://space.about.com/od/spaceexplorationhistory/p/mariner4.htm
•http://science.nasa.gov/missions/mariner-missions/

Books:
• Report from Mars: Mariner IV 1964–1965. http://amzn.to/1M37VFo

Image credits (left to right; top to bottom):
•Launch of Mariner 4, November 28, 1964. By NASA (http://home.earthlink.net/~nbrass1/mariner/miv.htm) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mariner_4_launch_2.jpg
•First Digital Image Returned to Earth from Mariner 4.
•Mariner 4 being prepared for weight test before mission. By NASA/JPL [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mariner_4_Launch_Preparations.jpeg
•Mariner 4 depicted in space. By NASA [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mariner_3_and_4.jpg
•Mariner 4’s image tape recorder. By JPL/Caltech) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mariner_4_Tape_Recorder.jpg
•Mariner 4’s clearest image.

#history #history-tech #Mars #planetaryprobes #Mariner #Mariner4___

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Today in History: IBM announced vision of replacing moving parts with electronics in its products, 1949
On July 12, 1949 — 66 years ago today — Thomas J. Watson Jr., at an IBM sales meeting, predicted that within 10 years, most of the current “moving parts in machines” would be replaced by “electronics” components. The execution of this vision caused IBM to dominate the computer industry by the 1960s and for decades later. 

IBM was started by Thomas J. Watson Sr., Thomas Jr.’s father, in the early 1900’s. Both father and son were famous for their sales abilities and development of a disciplined company culture (epitomized by the dark suit and stiff white collar worn by all employees, especially the sales force). While Sr. grew the company from nothing to hundreds of millions in revenues, Jr. continued the same rapid growth — not only by focusing on sales but also bydramatically incre... more »

Today in History: IBM announced vision of replacing moving parts with electronics in its products, 1949
On July 12, 1949 — 66 years ago today — Thomas J. Watson Jr., at an IBM sales meeting, predicted that within 10 years, most of the current “moving parts in machines” would be replaced by “electronics” components. The execution of this vision caused IBM to dominate the computer industry by the 1960s and for decades later. 

IBM was started by Thomas J. Watson Sr., Thomas Jr.’s father, in the early 1900’s. Both father and son were famous for their sales abilities and development of a disciplined company culture (epitomized by the dark suit and stiff white collar worn by all employees, especially the sales force). While Sr. grew the company from nothing to hundreds of millions in revenues, Jr. continued the same rapid growth — not only by focusing on sales but also by dramatically increasing spending on research and development. Observers have noted that in 1949, IBM was about 2 years behind its main competitor, UNIVAC, in the operating performance of the computers it produced; however, with a focus on the vision stated this day 66 years ago, IBM had arguably become up to a decade ahead of its competitors in computer performance by the 1980s.

YouTube videos:
•Thomas Watson, Jr. (Bio Channel-part 1; length 09:01). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls9QvEvZgWc
•Thomas Watson, Jr. (Bio Channel-part 2; length 09:06 @08:50 Tom Jr.’s eureka moment about electronics). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcCKnoYBpu4
•Thomas Watson, Jr. (Bio Channel-part 3; length 08:54). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bps1DEunn_k
•Thomas Watson, Jr. (Bio Channel-part 4; length 09:02). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ied8Hw-Xqk
•Thomas Watson, Jr. (Bio Channel-part 5; length 08:07). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELLS_w-QioI
•Thomas Watson Jr. – IBM Success Story (Evan Carmichael; length 12:09). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPgT8Hl9LXA

Web sources:
•http://www.computerhistory.org/tdih/July/12/
•http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/documents/pdf/1885-1969.pdf
•https://books.google.com/books?id=hv3zAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA70&lpg=PA70&dq=%22july+12,+1949%22+ibm&source=bl&ots=eJ7QZHtyFQ&sig=hbIYeUSMnnYzJHWRAer-eh8mLac&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cBqiVfSUKMWyogTZqZKQDQ&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22july%2012%2C%201949%22%20ibm&f=false
•http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/chairmen/chairmen_4.html

Book sources:
• Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond by Thomas J. Watson Jr. (with Peter Petre). http://amzn.to/1JYq1ZG
• Building IBM: Shaping an Industry and Its Technology by Emerson W. Pugh. http://amzn.to/1SgOJnb

Image credits:
•Thomas Watson, Sr. and Thomas Watson, Jr. Frame from bio channel YouTube video (above under YouTube videos).
•Thomas Watson, Jr. Frame from bio channel YouTube video (above under YouTube videos).
•IBM SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) continental air-defense network system built and used during 1950s and used from 1963 to 1983. This photo is of the first SAGE system using vacuum tubes — the largest, heaviest, and most expensive computer system ever built. http://www.computermuseum.li/Testpage/IBM-SAGE-Full-View.jpg. This is the type of system that IBM announced it was replacing.
•IBM logo. http://33hsrj1iv2m43o25k925e51f.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ibm_logo.gif___

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(I can’t get no) Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones
50 years ago this week, the Stones’s tune Satisfaction hit the top of the U.S. BillBoard Hot 100 charts, beginning a 14 week run there and topping out about this time in July, 1965. This was the first #1 hit for the Rolling Stones in the U.S. and some music critics consider it to be one of the all-time greatest rock songs ever records.

LYRICS:
I can't get no satisfaction
I can't get no satisfaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can't get no, I can't get no
When I'm drivin' in my car
And that man comes on the radio
And he's tellin' me more and more
About some useless information
Supposed to fire my imagination
I can't get no, oh no no no
Hey hey hey, that's what I say
I can't get no satisfaction
Ican... more »

(I can’t get no) Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones
50 years ago this week, the Stones’s tune Satisfaction hit the top of the U.S. BillBoard Hot 100 charts, beginning a 14 week run there and topping out about this time in July, 1965. This was the first #1 hit for the Rolling Stones in the U.S. and some music critics consider it to be one of the all-time greatest rock songs ever records.

LYRICS:
I can't get no satisfaction
I can't get no satisfaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can't get no, I can't get no
When I'm drivin' in my car
And that man comes on the radio
And he's tellin' me more and more
About some useless information
Supposed to fire my imagination
I can't get no, oh no no no
Hey hey hey, that's what I say
I can't get no satisfaction
I can't get no satisfaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can't get no, I can't get no
When I'm watchin' my TV
And that man comes on to tell me
How white my shirts can be
But he can't be a man 'cause he doesn't smoke
The same cigarettes as me
I can't get no, oh no no no
Hey hey hey, that's what I say
I can't get no satisfaction
I can't get no girl reaction
Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can't get no, I can't get no
When I'm ridin' round the world
And I'm doin' this and I'm signing that
And I'm tryin' to make some girl
Who tells me baby better come back later next week
Cause you see I'm on losing streak
I can't get no, oh no no no
Hey hey hey, that's what I say
I can't get no, I can't get no
I can't get no satisfaction
No satisfaction, no satisfaction, no satisfaction

Mic Jagger said of Satisfaction: “It was the song that really made the Rolling Stones, changed us from just another band into a huge, monster band... It has a very catchy title. It has a very catchy guitar riff. It has a great guitar sound, which was original at that time. And it captures the spirit of the time, which is very important in those kinds of songs... Which was alienation.”

• The Rolling Stones — Satisfaction [Official Live Video]:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMAKFjdvWss

• The Rolling Stones singing Satisfaction at Madison Square Garden, 1969: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfCu_sbD508

• The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction [Reelin’ in the Years Archives]

• The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction Glastonbury 2013

Image credits:
•Mic Jagger at Hyde Park in 1969
•The Rolling Stones on Tour at Glastonbury, 2013


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Another one of my favorite tunes from The Rolling Stones:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM_p1Az05Jo___

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This is my new kitty Minky.

Minky — Sexy, Groggy Cat
Minky wanted her bed moved to my side desk so she could sleep by me while i was working this morning. She keeps me motivated.___This is my new kitty Minky.

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2015-07-09 17:33:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Today in Music History: “Lean on Me” started first #1 chart run, 1972
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wpof8s5ZTg
On July 8, 1972 — 43 years ago today — Bill Withers’s tune, "Lean on Me," started its run at the top of the Billboard pop and R&B chart to become one of the “most beloved pop songs of the modern era.” The song is ranked #205 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

Bill Withers was 12-years-old when his dad died. He joined the Navy at age 18 and served for 9 years. While in the Navy, he became interested in singing and writing songs; so after his discharge from the Navy, he moved to Los Angeles (in 1967) to pursue a musical career. But knowing how competitive the industry was, Bill found work as an assembler and kept his non-musical job until just before the time he won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song,"Ain't No ... more »

Today in Music History: “Lean on Me” started first #1 chart run, 1972
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wpof8s5ZTg
On July 8, 1972 — 43 years ago today — Bill Withers’s tune, "Lean on Me," started its run at the top of the Billboard pop and R&B chart to become one of the “most beloved pop songs of the modern era.” The song is ranked #205 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

Bill Withers was 12-years-old when his dad died. He joined the Navy at age 18 and served for 9 years. While in the Navy, he became interested in singing and writing songs; so after his discharge from the Navy, he moved to Los Angeles (in 1967) to pursue a musical career. But knowing how competitive the industry was, Bill found work as an assembler and kept his non-musical job until just before the time he won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, "Ain't No Sunshine," on March 14, 1972. 

Bill kept pursuing his creative passion while working hard at an industrial-age job. Could it be that being in touch with the working man’s experience made his music reach so many people emotionally — as well as his experience of having to help his family by finding a way to earn a living after his father died when Bill was only 12 years old?

YouTube Videos:
•Lean On Me (Live) From a 1973 Concert (Bill Withers): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wpof8s5ZTg

YouTube Videos, Covered by Other Artists:
•GLEE - Full Performance of “Lean on Me” (length 04:11): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnjfFNJkiwY
•Club Nouveau – “Lean on Me” (length 05:49): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhwiYThNZDM
•Sheryle Cow, Keith Urban, Kid Rock – “Lean on Me” (length 03:48): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoikD9L5YJo 
•Michael Bolton – “Lean on Me” (length 04:03): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMbEOofifXY
•Steve Tyler – “Lean on Me” (length 04:33): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTep9lD1qSE
•The Temptations – “Lean on Me” (length 04:20): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HqL5eqmGFY
•Joe Cocker – “Lean on Me” (length 04:20): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgmQ9RfqQJk&list=PL4lG6_99B69k90FlAXe7AY_YuWa1TxLW_
•Playing for Change, Song around the World – “Lean on Me” (length 04:33): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiouJsnYytI
•The Supremes on the Flip Wilson Show, October 5, 1972 – “Lean on Me” (length 03:27): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk_KwDk29NI

Web Sources:
•http://www.billwithers.com/biography/
•http://www.maximumfun.org/bullseye/bullseye-jesse-thorn-bill-withers
•http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lean-on-me-begins-its-first-stay-at-1
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Withers
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lean_on_Me_(song)

Image Credits:
•Young Bill Withers: http://www.maximumfun.org/bullseye/bullseye-jesse-thorn-bill-withers
•2014 Bill Withers: http://www.misterthewriter.com/qa-with-bill-withers-on-hall-of-fame-induction-potato-chip-money-dangelo/
•Album cover of Bill Withers’s top songs. http://www.allmusic.com/album/lean-on-me-mw0000217683

#music #musicilove #BillWithers   #Withers   #Leanonme___

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Whitney Houston: “I Will Always Love You”
Have you ever found another individual about whom you are certain that your love will last forever? You probably love this song as much as i do, then. Haha.

As you probably know, Whitney Houston is (according to Guinness World Records) “the most awarded female act of all time” — having sold about 200 million records worldwide.

The song, “I Will Always Love You,” was recorded by Whitney Houston in 1992 for the soundtrack to The Bodyguard.* Sadly, Whitney died in 2012, but she left us with a treasure trove of beautifully sung tunes; and this song is my favorite today, because i am thinking about individuals i will always love. Whitney is one of them!

For more information, please see:
• https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_Houston• https://en.... more »

Whitney Houston: “I Will Always Love You”
Have you ever found another individual about whom you are certain that your love will last forever? You probably love this song as much as i do, then. Haha.

As you probably know, Whitney Houston is (according to Guinness World Records) “the most awarded female act of all time” — having sold about 200 million records worldwide.

The song, “I Will Always Love You,” was recorded by Whitney Houston in 1992 for the soundtrack to The Bodyguard.* Sadly, Whitney died in 2012, but she left us with a treasure trove of beautifully sung tunes; and this song is my favorite today, because i am thinking about individuals i will always love. Whitney is one of them!

For more information, please see:
• https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_Houston
• https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Will_Always_Love_You#Whitney_Houston_version

*Kevin Costner co-starred with Whitney in The Bodyguard. Here is Kevin’s speech at Whitney’s funeral. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wjh0N1EzPI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NUQJvfDXrM___

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July 6 in Music History: Gene Chandler, “The Duke of Earl,” was Born, 1937
Today, Gene Chandler (born Eugene Dixon) is 77 years old. Happy Birthday, Duke of Earl! “The Duke of Earl,” perhaps Chandler’s most popular song, was written by Gene Chandler (along with Bernice Williams and Earl Edwards) over time as they practiced together. The tune was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002, and it has been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”

July 6 in Music History: Gene Chandler, “The Duke of Earl,” was Born, 1937
Today, Gene Chandler (born Eugene Dixon) is 77 years old. Happy Birthday, Duke of Earl! “The Duke of Earl,” perhaps Chandler’s most popular song, was written by Gene Chandler (along with Bernice Williams and Earl Edwards) over time as they practiced together. The tune was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002, and it has been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”___

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Today in History: First solar-powered, manned plane crossed the English Channel, 1981.
On July 7, 1981 — 34 years ago today — “The Solar Challenger,” designed and built by Dr. Paul MacCready (who has since passed away, but who has been listed by Time Magazine as one of “the greatest minds of the 20th Century), set the record for the world’s highest, farthest, and longest solar-powered manned flight — as it completed its 5 hour-23 minute, 163-mile flight from the Pontoise-Cormeilles-en-Vexin Airport, 25 miles northwest of Paris, France, to Manston Royal Air Force Base in Manston, United Kingdom, cruising at an altitude of 11,000 feet.

The 210-pound Solar Challenger was powered — without battery power — by 16,000 photovoltaic cells on its 47-foot wingspan where the solar energy was converted to electricity to drive the plane’s 2.7 horsepower motor. Theinventor of this re... more »

Today in History: First solar-powered, manned plane crossed the English Channel, 1981.
On July 7, 1981 — 34 years ago today — “The Solar Challenger,” designed and built by Dr. Paul MacCready (who has since passed away, but who has been listed by Time Magazine as one of “the greatest minds of the 20th Century), set the record for the world’s highest, farthest, and longest solar-powered manned flight — as it completed its 5 hour-23 minute, 163-mile flight from the Pontoise-Cormeilles-en-Vexin Airport, 25 miles northwest of Paris, France, to Manston Royal Air Force Base in Manston, United Kingdom, cruising at an altitude of 11,000 feet.

The 210-pound Solar Challenger was powered — without battery power — by 16,000 photovoltaic cells on its 47-foot wingspan where the solar energy was converted to electricity to drive the plane’s 2.7 horsepower motor. The inventor of this record-breaking plane, according to The New York Times, “believed that daydreaming was his most productive activity.” The New York Times continued, Practical results matter little to him, although many of his breakthroughs found practical expression. He liked to point to Charles Lindbergh, whose Spirit of St. Louis hangs near his own flying machine in the Smithsonian. He said, “Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight did not advance aircraft design, but catalyzed thinking about aviation.”

Other inventions by Dr. MacCready and his team include:
• “The Gossamer Penguin” that made the first solar-powered climbing flight in 1980.
• “The Sunraycer” that won a 1,867-mile race across Australia against 22 similar solar-powered cars in 1987.
• “The EV1,” the electric-car prototype developed with General Motors in 1990.
• Tiny robotic planes, aka “drones,” used for military surveillance.
• Power sources to keep atmosphere-monitoring devices aloft for long periods of time.
• An 18-foot, realistic, flying dinosaur for an Imax movie!

Interestingly, especially for those who also have certain biological limitations, Dr. MacCready had dyslexia and also had trouble concentrating during his school years and thereafter. However, Dr. MacCready’s parents allowed him to follow his passions in subjects that naturally interested him, and one of those interests at an early age was butterflies and trying to understand how they flew and if he could emulate their biological structure by building a butterfly with his own hands using mechanical parts. Dr. MacCready’s interest in flight expanded to include hawks and vultures. One day, he realized that if he could increase the wingspan of a flying device without increasing its weight, a human being cycling on a bicycle device could pedal fast enough to generate the necessary lift to fly and even soar! Dr. MacCready stated, at a later stage in his career, “There is a value to some way-out impractical projects … where you don’t have to worry about production. You can focus on extremes; when you do that, you’re able to go way beyond prescribed limits to new frontiers.”

YouTube videos:
•Amateur production of “Solar Challenger” model airplane (just for setting mood; length 02:36). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxdRts78jFE
•Dr. Paul MacCready testing the Sunraycer in the GM Wind Tunnel (length 00:13). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLySMa3KRRE

Web sources:
•http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/thisday/jul7/solar-powered-aircraft-soars-over-english-channel/?ar_a=1
•http://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/08/us/sun-powered-airplane-crosses-channel.html
•http://www.nytimes.com/1981/06/09/science/physicist-s-solar-airplane-set-to-challenge-the-english-channel.html
•http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/31/us/31maccready.html?_r=0
•https://www.avinc.com/uas/adc/solar_challenger/
•https://www.avinc.com/about/
•http://library.propdesigner.co.uk/solar_challenger.pdf
•http://www.donaldmonroe.com/solar_challenger.html

Book sources:
• 100 Years of Flight: A Chronicle of Aerospace History, 1903-2003 by Frank H. Winter and F. Robert Van Der Linden. http://amzn.to/1LULXoT

Image credits (left to right; top to bottom):
•MacCready’s “Solar Challenger” in 1981 (view from above as it flies across water). http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/low-power-seven-aircraft-that-flew-on-solar-cells-and-409872/
•MacCready’s “Solar Challenger” as it takes off from France to head across the English Channel.
•MacCready’s “Solar Challenger” in flight (view from the ground).
•Dr. Paul MacCready. http://www.heinzawards.net/recipients/paul-maccready
•Google Earth Map showing flight path of “Solar Challenger” on July 7, 1981.___

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Taking a little break with one of my favorite and simple smoothies. 

Taking a little break with one of my favorite and simple smoothies. ___

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2015-07-08 16:31:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Today's Dinner: Shrimp, Artichoke, and White Bean Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Quick, easy, and so very tasty. 
Prep Time: 20 minutes 
Serves 2-3 

Ingredients:
1 pound shrimp, large, peeled, deveined 
1 cup orange juice 
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
4 medium garlic cloves, minced 
¼ cup finely chopped parsley 
½ tsp ground paprika 
1 large orange: 
1 peeled and segmented, the other juiced and strained to remove seeds 

1 tbsp red wine vinegar 
⅛ tsp sea salt ⅛ tsp ground black pepper 
¼ tsp dried Italian herbs 
4 cups organic, mixed salad greens 
1 cup artichoke hearts, quartered, rinsed, and drained (jarred are better than canned) 
1 cup cannellini beans, cooked, rinsed, drained 
1 medium cucumber, sliced into bite-sized cubes 
10 plum tomatoes, slicedin halves or thirds
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Today's Dinner: Shrimp, Artichoke, and White Bean Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Quick, easy, and so very tasty. 
Prep Time: 20 minutes 
Serves 2-3 

Ingredients:
1 pound shrimp, large, peeled, deveined 
1 cup orange juice 
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
4 medium garlic cloves, minced 
¼ cup finely chopped parsley 
½ tsp ground paprika 
1 large orange: 
1 peeled and segmented, the other juiced and strained to remove seeds 

1 tbsp red wine vinegar 
⅛ tsp sea salt ⅛ tsp ground black pepper 
¼ tsp dried Italian herbs 
4 cups organic, mixed salad greens 
1 cup artichoke hearts, quartered, rinsed, and drained (jarred are better than canned) 
1 cup cannellini beans, cooked, rinsed, drained 
1 medium cucumber, sliced into bite-sized cubes 
10 plum tomatoes, sliced in halves or thirds

Directions:
1. Set oven to broil. 
2. Marinate shrimp in orange juice for 10 minutes. 
3. In a roasting pan, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil with the red wine vinegar, garlic, parsley, paprika, and orange segments (leaving a few segments aside for garnish). 
4. Discard the orange juice. 
5. Add drained shrimp to the olive oil/ orange mixture and stir to coat. 
6. Broil shrimp and orange slices for 4 to 5 minutes until shrimp are pink and cooked. 
7. Mix 2 tablespoons oil with the vinegar, orange juice, salt, pepper, and herbs in a salad bowl. 
8. Toss salad greens, artichoke hearts, beans, cucumber, and tomatoes with dressing. 
9. Divide salad onto plates. 
10. Top with warm shrimp and garnish with orange sections. 

Calories: 741
Total Fat: 26.6 grams
Protein: 58 grams
Fiber: 11.4 grams
Saturated Fat: 3.8 grams
Carbs: 68.6 grams
Sodium: 792 mg___

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Today's Dinner: Cod with Walnut Crust!
Cod fish with a nut crust. Credit for the base recipe goes to Dr. +Steven Masley, author of The 30-Day Heart Tune-up, physician, nutritionist, trained chef.

Directions:
Prep Time: 20– 25 minutes
Baking Time: 20– 25 minutes 
Serves 4 

• 1 ½ pounds cod or other white fish (in 4 fillets) 
• 1 cup orange juice 
• 1 large egg (omega-3, free-range, organic) 
• 1 cup coarsely ground hazelnuts 
• ½ tsp sea salt 
• 1 tsp thyme, dried (or a mixture of Italian or fines herbes) 
• ⅛ tsp ground black pepper 
• Nut oil (almond or walnut) 
• 4 medium garlic cloves, minced 
• 4 lemon wedges 

(1) Preheat oven to 425 ° F.
(2) Rinse fish fillets, soak in orange juice for 10 minutes, then pat dry.
(3) Beat the egg in abowl. 
(4) Heat a sauté pan to medi... more »

Today's Dinner: Cod with Walnut Crust!
Cod fish with a nut crust. Credit for the base recipe goes to Dr. +Steven Masley, author of The 30-Day Heart Tune-up, physician, nutritionist, trained chef.

Directions:
Prep Time: 20– 25 minutes
Baking Time: 20– 25 minutes 
Serves 4 

• 1 ½ pounds cod or other white fish (in 4 fillets) 
• 1 cup orange juice 
• 1 large egg (omega-3, free-range, organic) 
• 1 cup coarsely ground hazelnuts 
• ½ tsp sea salt 
• 1 tsp thyme, dried (or a mixture of Italian or fines herbes) 
• ⅛ tsp ground black pepper 
• Nut oil (almond or walnut) 
• 4 medium garlic cloves, minced 
• 4 lemon wedges 

(1) Preheat oven to 425 ° F.
(2) Rinse fish fillets, soak in orange juice for 10 minutes, then pat dry.
(3) Beat the egg in a bowl. 
(4) Heat a sauté pan to medium, sauté the ground walnuts with salt, thyme, pepper, and garlic for 2 minutes, enough to toast the walnuts slightly, but not brown them. 
(5) Transfer ¼ of nut mixture to a plate at a time.
(6) Dip the fish first in the egg, then in the walnut mixture. When dipping fish coated with egg in the nut flour, some of the flour will become wet and will clump. 
(7) When finished coating fish, discard all the excess nut mixture that came in contact with raw fish. 
(8) Coat a baking dish with nut oil and place fish on it. 
(9) Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until tender and flaky.
(10) Garnish with a wedge of lemon. 

Nutrient Content per Serving: 
Calories: 286
Total Fat: 14 grams
Protein: 35.5 grams
Fiber: 3.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.1 grams
Cargs: 6 grams
Sodium: 476 mg
Fat%: 44%

Source:
Masley, Steven (2014-02-04). The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up: A Breakthrough Medical Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (p. 343). Center Street. Kindle Edition. 
Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO7GGMS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00CO7GGMS&linkCode=as2&tag=thefitnessdoctor&linkId=MRH7IRZUGLNDIU7X___

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Today's Dinner: Stuffed Avocados
Directions and recipe coming soon. Just wanted to get the photo up so I can delete it from my camera.

Today's Dinner: Stuffed Avocados
Directions and recipe coming soon. Just wanted to get the photo up so I can delete it from my camera.___

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2015-07-08 16:30:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Chicken Picata
I marinate the chicken breast overnight and use McCormack’s Zesty Herb Marinade. 

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
• 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 pound total)
• 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
• 1/3 cup flour
• Salt and pepper
• 4 Tbsp olive oil
• 4 Tbsp Earth Balance
• 1/2 cup chicken stock or dry white wine
• 3 Tbsp lemon juice
• 1/4 cup brined capers
• 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

METHOD
(1) Cut the chicken breast halves horizontally, butterflying them open. If the breast pieces you are working with are large, you may want to cut them each into two pieces. If the pieces are still thick after butterflying, put them between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound them with a meat hammer to 1/4-inchthickness.

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Chicken Picata
I marinate the chicken breast overnight and use McCormack’s Zesty Herb Marinade. 

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
• 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 pound total)
• 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
• 1/3 cup flour
• Salt and pepper
• 4 Tbsp olive oil
• 4 Tbsp Earth Balance
• 1/2 cup chicken stock or dry white wine
• 3 Tbsp lemon juice
• 1/4 cup brined capers
• 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

METHOD
(1) Cut the chicken breast halves horizontally, butterflying them open. If the breast pieces you are working with are large, you may want to cut them each into two pieces. If the pieces are still thick after butterflying, put them between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound them with a meat hammer to 1/4-inch thickness.

(2) Mix together the flour, salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan. Rinse the chicken pieces in water. Dredge them thoroughly in the flour mixture, until well coated.

(3) Heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the earth balance in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add half of the chicken pieces, do not crowd the pan. Brown well on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and reserve to a plate. Cook the other breasts in the same manner, remove from pan. Cover with aluminum foil and keep warm in the oven while you prepare the sauce.

(4) Add the chicken stock (or white wine), lemon juice, and capers to the pan. Use a spatula to scrape up the browned bits. Reduce the sauce by half. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of earth balance.

(5) Plate the chicken and serve with the sauce poured over the chicken. Sprinkle with parsley.___

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Must-Go Dinner: Ziti with Tomato Sauce, Rice & Stuffed Avocado
Everything was from previous meals, except ziti (remaining in box) was cooked fresh.

Must-Go Dinner: Ziti with Tomato Sauce, Rice & Stuffed Avocado
Everything was from previous meals, except ziti (remaining in box) was cooked fresh.___

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2015-07-08 16:30:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Chicken Marsala

Ingredients:
• 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 ½ lbs)
all purpose flour
• 10 oz mushrooms (Crimini or Porcini) trimmed and thinly sliced
• ¼  teaspoon sea salt
• ⅛  teaspoon black pepper
• ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
• ⅛ cup plus 2 tablespoons dry Marsala wine
• ½ cup chicken stock

Preparation:

(1) Put some flour in a shallow platter and season with a fair amount of salt and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly.  

(2) Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.  

(3) When the oil is nice and hot, dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess.  

(4) Slip the cutlets into the pan and saute for 5 minutes on each side until golden, turning once. Do step (4) in batches if the piecesdon’t fit comfortably in th... more »

Chicken Marsala

Ingredients:
• 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 ½ lbs)
all purpose flour
• 10 oz mushrooms (Crimini or Porcini) trimmed and thinly sliced
• ¼  teaspoon sea salt
• ⅛  teaspoon black pepper
• ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
• ⅛ cup plus 2 tablespoons dry Marsala wine
• ½ cup chicken stock

Preparation:

(1) Put some flour in a shallow platter and season with a fair amount of salt and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly.  

(2) Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.  

(3) When the oil is nice and hot, dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess.  

(4) Slip the cutlets into the pan and saute for 5 minutes on each side until golden, turning once. Do step (4) in batches if the pieces don’t fit comfortably in the pan.  

(5) Remove the chicken to a large platter in single layer to keep warm.  

(6) Lower the heat to medium and add the mushrooms and saute until they are nicely browned and their moisture has evaporated, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.  

(7) Pour the Marsala wine into the pan and boil down for a few seconds to cook out the alcohol.  

(8) Add the chicken stock and simmer for a minute to reduce the sauce slightly.  

(9) Stir in the Earth Balance and return the chicken to the pan.

(10)  Simmer gently for 1 minute to heat the chicken through.

(11)  Season to taste and garnish with chopped parsley before serving.  ___

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2015-07-05 12:48:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Today in History: Apple Released the first iPhone, 2007
On June 29, 2007 — 8 years ago today — Apple released the first iPhone, one of the most influential consumer-electronics products ever made. When Steve Jobs introduced the phone on January 9, 2007, he said, “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone” and explained that the iPhone was a combination of 3 devices:
(1) “widescreen iPod with touch controls”
(2) “revolutionary mobile phone”
(3) “breakthrough Internet communicator”

Back in 2007, to get the necessary perspective, George Bush (the Younger) was president, Pixar released the movie “Ratatouille,” the top music chart tune was Rihanna’s “Umber-ella”, and Apple stock was selling for about $17 a share! Since that time, the Apple iPhone has become Apple’s main source of revenue — selling well over 700 million units to date.
Steve Jobs framed the ipho... more »

Today in History: Apple Released the first iPhone, 2007
On June 29, 2007 — 8 years ago today — Apple released the first iPhone, one of the most influential consumer-electronics products ever made. When Steve Jobs introduced the phone on January 9, 2007, he said, “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone” and explained that the iPhone was a combination of 3 devices:
(1) “widescreen iPod with touch controls”
(2) “revolutionary mobile phone”
(3) “breakthrough Internet communicator”

Back in 2007, to get the necessary perspective, George Bush (the Younger) was president, Pixar released the movie “Ratatouille,” the top music chart tune was Rihanna’s “Umber-ella”, and Apple stock was selling for about $17 a share! Since that time, the Apple iPhone has become Apple’s main source of revenue — selling well over 700 million units to date.

Steve Jobs framed the iphone in this context, describing 3 revolutionary Apple products and their concomitant revolutionary user interfaces [UIs]: 
(1) In 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh — a product that changed the entire computer industry. Revolutionary UI = Mouse.
(2) In 2001, Apple introduced the first iPod — it changed the entire music industry. Revolutionary UI = Click Wheel.
(3) In 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone — a product that will change the world by reinventing the phone. Revolutionary UI = Multi-touch Screen.

Steve went on to explain where the iPhone would fit into the cell phone market on an x-y graph, where the y axis went from “not so smart” to “smart” and the x-axis went from “hard to use” to “easy to use.” [Please see image below.]

Moreover, Steve explained how the iPhone would not have factory-set hard buttons, like many of the top existing cellphones of the time, but would only have a big screen and that the human finger would be used instead of hard-wired buttons that could not be changed once shipped. The iphone, Steve said, “Works like magic,” with “no stylus,” is “far more accurate than any other touch display ever shipped.” In addition, the iPhone ignored “unintended touches” and incorporated “multi-finger gestures.” Finally, Steve laughed, “And, boy, have we patented it.”

YouTube videos:
•Steve Jobs’s iPhone Launch 2007 Reimagined (easyexplainvideo; length 01:53). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBVs7xag_LI
•Steve Jobs iPhone 2007 Presentation (January 9, 2007). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN4U5FqrOdQ
•Steve Jobs TV Interview about iPhone (2007). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZJPP_I04vA

Web Sources:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_(1st_generation)
•http://www.cultofmac.com/103229/how-iphone-changed-the-world/
•http://www.cultofmac.com/327605/iphone-first-went-on-sale-8-years-ago-today/?utm_medium=twitter.com&utm_source=applenws.com
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Apple_Inc.
•https://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/10/28Apple-Reports-Fourth-Quarter-Results.html
•http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1873486_1873491_1873469,00.html

Book Sources:
• Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. http://amzn.to/1BRyZES
• Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal. http://amzn.to/1R04wvp
• The Rise of Apple: Invention, and Reinvention, in Silicon Valley by real-time feature writers of the New York Times. http://amzn.to/1KpG7vs
• Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein. http://amzn.to/1SYPraZ

Image Credits:
•Steve Jobs holding the original iPhone. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/the-original-iphone-keynote-is-still-amazing-to-watch/279518/
•Steve Jobs with a slide at the iPhone introduction in which he positions the new product with reference to existing smartphones on the market. From a frame in the January 9, 2007 “Steve Jobs iPhone 2007 Presentation.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN4U5FqrOdQ___

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Today in History: Colossal Explosion in the Sky over Siberia, 1908

On June 30, 1908 — 107 years ago today — at about 7:15 in the morning, people in Verevara along the Tanguska River in the middle of Siberia, Russia, were awoken by the sight and sound of a huge fireball in the sky heading for Earth — the biggest explosion in recorded human history. A loud explosion took place about 40 miles away in the Taiga Forest; the explosion knocked people over and smashed windows many miles away. One speculated conclusion was that the explosion was an airburst of an asteroid from a 100 feet to a couple of miles in diameter. Whatever it was left 830 square miles of scorched earth and blown-down trees. The affected area was over 10 times the size of Washington, DC. 

And the shock waves from the explosion traveled twice around the world and registered on seismometers everywhere on Earth. Noimpact crat... more »

Today in History: Colossal Explosion in the Sky over Siberia, 1908

On June 30, 1908 — 107 years ago today — at about 7:15 in the morning, people in Verevara along the Tanguska River in the middle of Siberia, Russia, were awoken by the sight and sound of a huge fireball in the sky heading for Earth — the biggest explosion in recorded human history. A loud explosion took place about 40 miles away in the Taiga Forest; the explosion knocked people over and smashed windows many miles away. One speculated conclusion was that the explosion was an airburst of an asteroid from a 100 feet to a couple of miles in diameter. Whatever it was left 830 square miles of scorched earth and blown-down trees. The affected area was over 10 times the size of Washington, DC. 

And the shock waves from the explosion traveled twice around the world and registered on seismometers everywhere on Earth. No impact crater was ever found.

Scientists calculate that a stony meteoroid of only 30 feet in diameter can produce an explosion similar to the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan in World War II. Scientists estimate that the Tanguska Event probable asteroid entered the Earth’s atmosphere traveling at 33,500 mph, weighing about 220 million pounds, generating heat of about 44,500°F in the air around it, producing a fireball and releasing energy equivalent to 185 Hiroshima atomic bombs!



From Scientific American: June 30, 1908, 7:14 a.m., central Siberia—Semen Semenov, a local farmer, saw “the sky split in two. Fire appeared high and wide over the forest.... From ... where the fire was, came strong heat.... Then the sky shut closed, and a strong thump sounded, and I was thrown a few yards.... After that such noise came, as if ... cannons were firing, the earth shook ...”



The asteroid, if it was an asteroid, picked a remote place upon which to do its destruction, which still shows over a century later. (See photos in linked articles.) 

At least one scientist suggested the event was caused by a comet, not an asteroid. After the explosion, observers across Europe has reported “skyglows,” which can be explained by the dust and ice that would have dispersed from a comet’s tail across the upper atmosphere. Moreover, a comet may not have made a crater impact.

Some observers think that this fireball was actually caused by a high energy beam that Nikola Tesla created to light up the North Pole, but his experiment went awry. [Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIBqSuLum9Qhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIBqSuLum9Q.]

YouTube videos:
•Asteroid air-burst over Siberia — The Tunguska Event (by Stargazer Nation; length 06:03). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov8h_ddLfDI
•1908 Mystery in Tunguska, Russia. (by 3dtimespace; length 01:15:20). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tudVC8NSDHw
•Big Bang in Tunguska — Documentary of the Mysterious 1908 Event (length 49:20). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXfvhJoNi90
•Nikola Tesla Experiment — Tunguska 1908???? (by Matrix World Disclosure; 20:16). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIBqSuLum9Qhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIBqSuLum9Q
•NASAFLIX — Tunguska: The Russian Roswell (by NASAFLIX Lost History; length 50:57). 
•Nikola Tesla | The Missing Secrets (by ScientistX; length 46:25). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b5ciAZmyd0

Web sources:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

•http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-tunguska-mystery-100-years-later

•http://www.world-mysteries.com/sci_tunguska.htm

•http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/30jun_tunguska/
•
http://www.universetoday.com/36398/what-is-the-difference-between-asteroids-and-meteorites/

•http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2010/11/02/how-afraid-of-asteroids-should/
•http://www.topo.biz/2013/02/tunguska-event-large-meteoroid-or-comet-fragment-at-an-altitude-of-5%E2%80%9310-kilometres/
•http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090624152941.htm

Book sources:
• The Tunguska Event: The Mystery of the Biggest Explosion in Recorded History by Charles River Editors. http://amzn.to/1KoLucC
• The Tunguska Mystery by Vladimir Rubtsov. http://amzn.to/1g90YGs
• Tunguska by Paul England. http://amzn.to/1LBnS5B
• The Tunguska Fireball: Solving One of the Great Mysteries of the 20th Century by Surendra Verma. http://amzn.to/1KoLfhR

Image credits:
•Google Earth map of the location of the Tunguska Event. Created by Google Maps.
•Artist’s depiction of the Tunguska Event. http://www.ismar.cnr.it/events-and-news/news/il-mistero-di-tunguska-a-superquark-rai-uno-ore-21-20-del-26-agosto-2010___

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Today in History: First major band releases song for free online download, 1994
On June 27, 1994 — 21 years ago today — the music industry began transitioning away from hard media sold in record stores to online distribution. Aerosmith via Geffen Records became the first major band to release a new song exclusively online, “Head First,” which could be digitally downloaded for free if you were a member of the CompuServe online service. Are you old enough to remember using CompuServe (the first major commercial online service in the U.S.)?

The “Head First” tune was an unused cut from Aerosmith’s earlier “Get a Grip” sessions. In 8 days, 10,000 CompuServe subscribers downloaded the tune. Don’t laugh, but in these early Internet days, the tune took 60-90 minutes to download; and it was only 3 minutes, 14 seconds long! In 1994, the Internet was only a primitive versionof what exists for ... more »

Today in History: First major band releases song for free online download, 1994
On June 27, 1994 — 21 years ago today — the music industry began transitioning away from hard media sold in record stores to online distribution. Aerosmith via Geffen Records became the first major band to release a new song exclusively online, “Head First,” which could be digitally downloaded for free if you were a member of the CompuServe online service. Are you old enough to remember using CompuServe (the first major commercial online service in the U.S.)?

The “Head First” tune was an unused cut from Aerosmith’s earlier “Get a Grip” sessions. In 8 days, 10,000 CompuServe subscribers downloaded the tune. Don’t laugh, but in these early Internet days, the tune took 60-90 minutes to download; and it was only 3 minutes, 14 seconds long! In 1994, the Internet was only a primitive version of what exists for most of Internet users today, at least in the most technologically advanced countries. The Web — the amazing interactive software that rides atop the hardware of the Internet — has just begun and consumed only 1% of all Internet traffic.

Tom Hamilton, Aerosmith’s bassist, had been in Internet chat rooms where he talked with fans and occasionally provided first-hand testimony regarding myths and misconceptions that had grown around the Aerosmith band/brand. When Geffen approached Aerosmith with the idea of offering to distribute a new tune via the Internet, Hamilton quickly embraced the idea and did the other musicians in Aerosmith. Aerosmith was generally an “edgy” band — experimenting and moving toward the future of music.

YouTube:
•Aerosmith-Head First (with lyrics; length 04:40). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Am1E0T2ygo
•Aerosmith-Head First (length 04:42). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auuiMvtAgck
•Aerosmith Head First in Wide Angle (length 04:49). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjZlJg0kYKc
•Steve Tyler Talks of Kurt Cobain’s Death & His Own Drug Addiction on Turning Point, April 1994 (length 05:13). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnhKEKiMSRA
•Steven Tyler Interview (length 17:09). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mXg_x9o7wE

Web Sources:
•http://noisey.vice.com/blog/go-aerosmith-how-head-first-became-the-first-song-available-for-digital-download-20-years-ago-today
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerosmith
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Tyler
•http://music.wikia.com/wiki/Aerosmith
•http://www.thefreelibrary.com/GEFFEN+RECORDS,+COMPUSERVE+AND+AEROSMITH+MAKE+HISTORY+WITH+FIRST+SONG...-a015447912
•http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1994-06-27/lifestyle/9406260159_1_compuserve-sound-card-geffen

Book Sources:
• Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith by Aerosmith (and Stephen Davis). http://amzn.to/1GCJh8M
• Steven Tyler: Does the Noise in my Head Bother You? A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir by Steven Tyler. http://amzn.to/1GCJh8M
• Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry. http://amzn.to/1GCJh8M

Image Credits (left to right, top to bottom):
•Menu of CompuServe Internet Services, the provider that allowed for free downloads of the first music song, Aerosmith’s “Head First” in 1994.
•Aerosmith in the 1980s.
•Steve Tyler (right), lead singer for Aerosmith in the 1980s.
•Aerosmith in recent years. https://circlekj.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/aero-1403847970_2_credit_ross_halfin.jpg___

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2015-06-29 05:52:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today in History, June 28: Vannevar Bush Died (1974); Elon Musk Was Born (1971)
On June 28 — 2 major visionaries came and went: Vannevar Bush died on June 28, 1974, and Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. [Still working on the text of this post.]

YouTube videos:
•Vannevar Bush in One Minute (Computing History Stony Brook University; length 01:17). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUwe8ks7iao
•Linking Minds Part One (length 06:17). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHGF_BQi1PM

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•Elon Musk: How I Became the Real “Iron Man” (Bloomberg Business; length 44:59). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh45igK4Esw
•Conversation with Elon Musk on SpaceX, Tesla, and his personal life (Computer History Museum; length 01:16:51). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaVRPgQ8DGw
•Elon Musk (Khan Academy; length 48:41).https://www.you... more »

Today in History, June 28: Vannevar Bush Died (1974); Elon Musk Was Born (1971)
On June 28 — 2 major visionaries came and went: Vannevar Bush died on June 28, 1974, and Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. [Still working on the text of this post.]

YouTube videos:
•Vannevar Bush in One Minute (Computing History Stony Brook University; length 01:17). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUwe8ks7iao
•Linking Minds Part One (length 06:17). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHGF_BQi1PM

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•Elon Musk: How I Became the Real “Iron Man” (Bloomberg Business; length 44:59). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh45igK4Esw
•Conversation with Elon Musk on SpaceX, Tesla, and his personal life (Computer History Museum; length 01:16:51). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaVRPgQ8DGw
•Elon Musk (Khan Academy; length 48:41). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLbhpb-MExg
•Elon Musk & Sir Richard Branson Hangout on Air (Google for Entrepreneurs; length 57:38). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy9y_YSpYxA


Web sources:
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vannevar_Bush

•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk

Book sources:
• Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century by G. Pascal Zachary. http://amzn.to/1HplIGb
• From Memex to Hypertext by James M. Nyce and Paul Kahn. http://amzn.to/1HpY50b

• Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future_ by Ashlee Vance. http://amzn.to/1HpYEak
• _ Elon Musk: Renaissance Man_ by Ryan McIntire. http://amzn.to/1RJstSC
• Elon Musk: Biography of a Self-Made Visionary, Entrepreneur, and Billionaire by B. Storm. http://amzn.to/1NqZTEp


Image credits:
Top right: Vannevar Bush at desk.
Bottom left: Elon Musk.___

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2015-06-26 15:53:39 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Today in History: Two Luminaries Were Born — Turing, 1912; Cerf, 1943
On June 23, 1912 — 103 years ago today — Alan Turning was born in London, England. Alan Turing was a mathematical genius and extraordinary polymath who is credited with helping to save countless lives by deciphering the encrypted German military communications code during World War II. After the war, Turing worked in Britain's National Physical Laboratory where he developed designs for the world's first "Automatic Computing Engine" — ACE (aka "the Turing machine"). He is frequently called "the father of computer science." Tragically, in his late 30s, his honesty with police led him to be convicted for being gay; he was sentenced to hormonal treatment that resulted in chemical castration. Turing died at the age of 41 (perhaps by suicide), while he was exploring"m... more »

Today in History: Two Luminaries Were Born — Turing, 1912; Cerf, 1943
On June 23, 1912 — 103 years ago today — Alan Turning was born in London, England. Alan Turing was a mathematical genius and extraordinary polymath who is credited with helping to save countless lives by deciphering the encrypted German military communications code during World War II. After the war, Turing worked in Britain's National Physical Laboratory where he developed designs for the world's first "Automatic Computing Engine" — ACE (aka "the Turing machine"). He is frequently called "the father of computer science." Tragically, in his late 30s, his honesty with police led him to be convicted for being gay; he was sentenced to hormonal treatment that resulted in chemical castration. Turing died at the age of 41 (perhaps by suicide), while he was exploring "morphogenesis," a fundamental aspect of developmental biology.

On June 23, 1943 — 72 years ago today —Vinton Gray Cerf was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Cerf is often referred to as one of "the fathers of the internet." Cerf is currently Google Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist, and he's responsible for “identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for the company [Google].”

YouTube videos:
•Alan Turing — Celebrating the Life of a Genius (length 08:13). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtRLmL70TH0
•Breaking the Code: Biography of Alan Turing (Derek Jacobi, BBC, 1996; length 01:30:47). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S23yie-779k
•Big interview with Vint Cerf, “the father of the Internet” (length 09:42). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmTh2PSXA8M
•The History and Future of the Internet: Vinton G. Cerf (length 01:13:15). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmKfR-zN1EM
•Leo Laporte interviewing Vint Cerf in a Google+ Hangout (length 44:05). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17GtmwyvmWE

The Colbert Report videos:
•Vint Cerf (part 1; length 05:30). http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/08a2dg/vint-cerf-pt--1
•Vint Cerf (part 2; length 03:31). http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/x9hnxr/vint-cerf-pt--2

Web sources:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing
•http://www.biography.com/people/alan-turing-9512017#awesm=~oHnewRFSRKvP2t
•http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18561092
•http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/alan-turing-saved-my-life/258891/
•http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/alan_turing
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_Computing_Engine
•http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/22/remembering-alan-turing-at-100/
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Cerf
•http://research.google.com/pubs/author32412.html

Book sources:
• The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer by David Leavitt. http://amzn.to/1GoF1JN
• Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition by Sara Turing. http://amzn.to/1BzQMR5
• Alan Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age by B. Jack Copeland. http://amzn.to/1BzQQjx
• Vint Cerf: TCP/IP Co-Designer: The Internet is for Everyone by Vint Cerf. http://amzn.to/1SItqNt
• Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet by Matthew Lyon and Katie Hafner. http://amzn.to/1Ll5nC4

Image credits (left to right):
•Alan Turing. http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/images_blogs/wiredscience/2011/02/01turing.jpg
•Vint Cerf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Cerf#mediaviewer/File:Vint_Cerf_-_2010.jpg___

2015-06-26 15:53:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Wow!!.  The supreme court decides Gay Marriage allowed in all 50 states.    Best Birthday Present Ever.  

Wow!!.  The supreme court decides Gay Marriage allowed in all 50 states.    Best Birthday Present Ever.  ___

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2015-06-24 23:09:30 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Today in History: Two Luminaries Were Born — Turing, 1912; Cerf, 1943
On June 23, 1912 — 103 years ago today — Alan Turning was born in London, England. Alan Turing was a mathematical genius and extraordinary polymath who is credited with helping to save countless lives by deciphering the encrypted German military communications code during World War II. After the war, Turing worked in Britain's National Physical Laboratory where he developed designs for the world's first "Automatic Computing Engine" — ACE (aka "the Turing machine"). He is frequently called "the father of computer science." Tragically, in his late 30s, his honesty with police led him to be convicted for being gay; he was sentenced to hormonal treatment that resulted in chemical castration. Turing died at the age of 41 (perhaps by suicide), while he was exploring"m... more »

Today in History: Two Luminaries Were Born — Turing, 1912; Cerf, 1943
On June 23, 1912 — 103 years ago today — Alan Turning was born in London, England. Alan Turing was a mathematical genius and extraordinary polymath who is credited with helping to save countless lives by deciphering the encrypted German military communications code during World War II. After the war, Turing worked in Britain's National Physical Laboratory where he developed designs for the world's first "Automatic Computing Engine" — ACE (aka "the Turing machine"). He is frequently called "the father of computer science." Tragically, in his late 30s, his honesty with police led him to be convicted for being gay; he was sentenced to hormonal treatment that resulted in chemical castration. Turing died at the age of 41 (perhaps by suicide), while he was exploring "morphogenesis," a fundamental aspect of developmental biology.

On June 23, 1943 — 72 years ago today —Vinton Gray Cerf was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Cerf is often referred to as one of "the fathers of the internet." Cerf is currently Google Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist, and he's responsible for “identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for the company [Google].”

YouTube videos:
•Alan Turing — Celebrating the Life of a Genius (length 08:13). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtRLmL70TH0
•Breaking the Code: Biography of Alan Turing (Derek Jacobi, BBC, 1996; length 01:30:47). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S23yie-779k
•Big interview with Vint Cerf, “the father of the Internet” (length 09:42). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmTh2PSXA8M
•The History and Future of the Internet: Vinton G. Cerf (length 01:13:15). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmKfR-zN1EM
•Leo Laporte interviewing Vint Cerf in a Google+ Hangout (length 44:05). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17GtmwyvmWE

The Colbert Report videos:
•Vint Cerf (part 1; length 05:30). http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/08a2dg/vint-cerf-pt--1
•Vint Cerf (part 2; length 03:31). http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/x9hnxr/vint-cerf-pt--2

Web sources:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing
•http://www.biography.com/people/alan-turing-9512017#awesm=~oHnewRFSRKvP2t
•http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18561092
•http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/alan-turing-saved-my-life/258891/
•http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/alan_turing
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_Computing_Engine
•http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/22/remembering-alan-turing-at-100/
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Cerf
•http://research.google.com/pubs/author32412.html

Book sources:
• The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer by David Leavitt. http://amzn.to/1GoF1JN
• Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition by Sara Turing. http://amzn.to/1BzQMR5
• Alan Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age by B. Jack Copeland. http://amzn.to/1BzQQjx
• Vint Cerf: TCP/IP Co-Designer: The Internet is for Everyone by Vint Cerf. http://amzn.to/1SItqNt
• Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet by Matthew Lyon and Katie Hafner. http://amzn.to/1Ll5nC4

Image credits (left to right):
•Alan Turing. http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/images_blogs/wiredscience/2011/02/01turing.jpg
•Vint Cerf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Cerf#mediaviewer/File:Vint_Cerf_-_2010.jpg___

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2015-06-23 14:06:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Today in History: Galileo Sentenced for Heretical Heliocentric Beliefs, 1633
On June 22, 1633 — 381 years ago today — after a long trial before the Roman Catholic inquisitor Vincenzo Maculani, the sentence of Galileo (often considered to be “the father of modern science”) was delivered. Galileo’s sentence was for his formulating independent, scientific views of how the universe was structured (heliocentrically, rather than Earth-centered as the Catholic Church taught) and for publishing those views. Galileo had built the first telescope to explore “the heavens” and viewed Jupiter’s moons, and so he was the first human to observe that smaller bodies orbited larger bodies in space.

(1) Galileo was found guilty of heresy — for holding to his belief that the Sun lies in the center of the universe and that the Earth moves around the sun. He was ordered to “abjure, curseand detest” this be... more »

Today in History: Galileo Sentenced for Heretical Heliocentric Beliefs, 1633
On June 22, 1633 — 381 years ago today — after a long trial before the Roman Catholic inquisitor Vincenzo Maculani, the sentence of Galileo (often considered to be “the father of modern science”) was delivered. Galileo’s sentence was for his formulating independent, scientific views of how the universe was structured (heliocentrically, rather than Earth-centered as the Catholic Church taught) and for publishing those views. Galileo had built the first telescope to explore “the heavens” and viewed Jupiter’s moons, and so he was the first human to observe that smaller bodies orbited larger bodies in space.

(1) Galileo was found guilty of heresy — for holding to his belief that the Sun lies in the center of the universe and that the Earth moves around the sun. He was ordered to “abjure, curse and detest” this belief. 

(2) Galileo was sentenced to prison, but the following day this sentence was commuted to house arrest for the remainder of his life.

(3) His writings were banned — past, present, and future.

Although the inquisitor Maculani had a reputation for being cold and uncaring, he did determine that Galileo was too old and too ill to undergo torture to force recantation of his heliocentric writings and beliefs. Oddly enough, Galileo was a practicing Catholic who believed that the Bible was God’s word, but he just thought the Bible was not a good astronomy textbook. Galileo’s daughter became a Catholicnun, and he communicated with his daughter as his developed his book on the heliocentric universe.

In 1992 — 359 years after Galileo was sentenced — Pope John Paul II, writing in L’Osservatore Romano, stated: “Thanks to his intuition as a brilliant physicist and by relying on different arguments, Galileo, who practically invented the experimental method, understood why only the sun could function as the centre of the world, as it was then known, that is to say, as a planetary system. The error of the theologians of the time, when they maintained the centrality of the Earth, was to think that our understanding of the physical world's structure was, in some way, imposed by the literal sense of Sacred Scripture....”

YouTube videos:
•Galileo — Mini Biography (Bio Channel; 02:51). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J0-ZbbrD6U
•Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens (PBS Documentary; length 01:48:55). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnEH9rbrIkk
•How Did Galileo Galilei Change the World Today (documentary Science Space History; length 54:52). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQmalmF1bvc
•Great Books: Galileo’s Dialogue (length 51:48). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlYrW8r8eVQ

Web sources:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenzo_Maculani
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Urban_VIII
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_affair
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliocentrism
•http://www.nytimes.com/1992/11/01/world/vatican-science-panel-told-by-pope-galileo-was-right.html

Book sources:
• The Essential Galileo by Galileo Galilei (Maurice A. Finocchiaro, translator). http://amzn.to/1SDxHSd
• Thus Spoke Galileo: The great scientist’s ideas and their relevance to the present day by Andrea Frova, Mariapiera Marenzana, James H. McManus. http://amzn.to/1IusF3e

Image credits (top to bottom, left to right):
•Trial of Galileo during the Roman Catholic Inquisition. Portrait created in the 19th century by Joseph Nicolas Robert-Fleury. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AGalileo_before_the_Holy_Office.jpg
•Maculani in priestly vestmans reading the charges against Galileo Galilei (standing), by Cristian Banti (1857). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenzo_Maculani#mediaviewer/File:Galileo_facing_the_Roman_Inquisition.jpg
•Galileo Galilei portrait (paint on silver paper) by Passignani. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Galileo_by_Passignano.jpg
•Galileo Galilei. http://mrnussbaum.com/pioneers/galileo/___

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2015-06-21 21:40:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Today in History: First LP Music Album (12-inch, 33-1/3) was Announced
On June 21, 1948 — 67 years ago today — Columbia Records announced the first “microgroove,” 12-inch,33-⅓ rpm, long play record (a.k.a. “the album”) and released a catalog of music available for the new medium. One week later the first album from this catalog was released — Nathan Milstein performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. More popular albums followed; and, by the end of 1948, Columbia had sold 1.25 million long-playing records — creating a new industry standard medium that would be popular for the next 4 decades (and still be in use today and maybe making a comeback after almost being replaced by other formats).

YouTube videos:
•Nathan Milstein plays Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor (length 25:20).https://www.youtube.c... more »

Today in History: First LP Music Album (12-inch, 33-1/3) was Announced
On June 21, 1948 — 67 years ago today — Columbia Records announced the first “microgroove,” 12-inch,33-⅓ rpm, long play record (a.k.a. “the album”) and released a catalog of music available for the new medium. One week later the first album from this catalog was released — Nathan Milstein performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. More popular albums followed; and, by the end of 1948, Columbia had sold 1.25 million long-playing records — creating a new industry standard medium that would be popular for the next 4 decades (and still be in use today and maybe making a comeback after almost being replaced by other formats).

YouTube videos:
•Nathan Milstein plays Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor (length 25:20). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2tqvrIMDYs
•Making Vinyl Records: The Sound and the Story, 1956 (OldTimieMusic; length 23:49). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKbAksbvUqQ
•Why does vinyl sound better than MP3? (Gigwise; length 10:54). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKDt3JmELAM
•When Albums Ruled the World (length 01:28:56). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em4kpy1YuNQ

Web Sources:
•http://www.wired.com/2010/06/0621first-lp-released/
•http://thejazzmonger.com/2012/06/20/columbia-introduces-first-lp-record/
•http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/11/birth_of_the_long_playing_record_plus_rare_photos_from_the_heyday_of_columbia.html
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LP_album
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_Records
•http://lprecord.umwblogs.org/history/invention/
•http://www.33audio.com/enter/ML4001.html
•http://culturecatch.com/music/columbia-LP-birthday
•http://www.columbiarecords.com/timeline/#!date=1882-11-09_08:17:04!
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendelssohn_Violin_Concerto_(Nathan_Milstein_album)
•Vinylmania: When life runs at 33 revolutions per minute (a documentary)

Book sources:
_ 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story_ by Sean Wilentz. http://amzn.to/1eADg5L
_ The Label: The Story of Columbia Reocrds_ by Gary Marmorstein. http://amzn.to/1IsoXXP

Image credits (left to right, top to bottom):
•The original album sleeve for the first LP album from Columbia Records. Columbia Records: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mendelssohn_Nathan_Milstein_LP_1947.jpg#filelinks
•The original vinyl record of Nathan Milstein on violin with the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York playing “Mendelssohn: Concerto in E Minor.” Columbia Records: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mendelssohn_Nathan_Milstein_LP_1947.jpg#filelinks
•Nathan Milstein playing violin. Frame from YouTube video listed as first source under YouTube videos above.
•A “record player” for 33-⅓ rpm albums.
•A collection of albums in shelves.

#history #history-tech #music #albums #ColumbiaRecords___

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2015-06-20 16:28:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today in History: U.S. Secretary of State Approves Nazi Rocket Scientists’ Transfer to U.S., 1945
On June 20, 1945 — 70 years ago today — rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun and his team of over 100 Nazi scientists, who had surrendered to U.S. forces in the closing days of World War II, were approved for transfer to the United States. The Army embraced these German rocket scientists and allowed them to continue their work on rocket technology. On April 14, 1955, von Braun became a U.S. citizen; and a few years later when NASA was put together from various military programs as a response to the Soviet Sputnik launches, von Braun became responsible for developing the rockets used in the Apollo moon landing program. It is believed by some observers that von Braun was instrumental in convincing President Kennedy to set America’s Moon Goal. Wernher von Braun had the goal to land a man on theMoon be... more »

Today in History: U.S. Secretary of State Approves Nazi Rocket Scientists’ Transfer to U.S., 1945
On June 20, 1945 — 70 years ago today — rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun and his team of over 100 Nazi scientists, who had surrendered to U.S. forces in the closing days of World War II, were approved for transfer to the United States. The Army embraced these German rocket scientists and allowed them to continue their work on rocket technology. On April 14, 1955, von Braun became a U.S. citizen; and a few years later when NASA was put together from various military programs as a response to the Soviet Sputnik launches, von Braun became responsible for developing the rockets used in the Apollo moon landing program. It is believed by some observers that von Braun was instrumental in convincing President Kennedy to set America’s Moon Goal. Wernher von Braun had the goal to land a man on the Moon before President Kennedy.

YouTube Videos:
•Wernher von Braun: From Nazis to NASA (SciShow Space; good quick summary; length 04:49). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyhe6MrOtiM
•Wernher von Braun: His Story Told. “Missile to Moon” (PBS documentary; length 56:16). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ch0OgkkJKI
•Nova to the Moon (Documentary Daily; length 01:55:19). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sllgVYbIysI*****
•Saturn V Rocket (Joshua Bonini, great educational video about development of the Saturn V moon rocket); length 44:23). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mucb4Ttt1oY*****

*****For those people who doubt that the U.S. actually sent astronauts to the Moon, please watch these videos to understand all the problems that were overcome in order to make the staggering achievement.

Web Sources:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun
•http://history.state.gov/departmenthistory/people/stettinius-edward-reilly
•http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/features/hunt-for-nazi-scientists/wernher-von-braun/101/
•http://www.v2rocket.com/start/chapters/flight2.html
•http://www.space.com/20122-wernher-von-braun.html
•history.msfc.nasa.gov/vonbraun/bio.html

Image Credits:
(A) Wernher von Braun on cover of Time Magazine, February 17, 1958. http://content.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19580217,00.html
(B) Wernher von Braun chatting with President John Kennedy about Moon goal on May 19, 1963. http://history.redstone.army.mil/bios/kennedy_vonbraun_19may63_02.jpg
(C) Wernher von Braun explaining the Saturn moon rocket system to President John Kennedy. NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center.
(D) Wernher von Braun (far right) with the original Mercury astronauts with whom he worked closely. From left to right: Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Deke Slayton, and Wernher von Braun.
(E) Wernher von Braun sitting next to President Kennedy in presidential limousine as President Kennedy toured Marshall Space Flight Center at the Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama. Von Braun was Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center at the time. NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center.
(F) Wernher von Braun with all the missiles he and his team designed for NASA. http://www.space.com/20122-wernher-von-braun.html
(G) Werner von Braun standing with the Saturn V rocket on launch pad in the background. https://vintagespace.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/6900841.jpg___

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2015-06-20 05:58:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Today in History: Sci-fi movie, E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial, was Released, 1982
On June 11, 1982 — 33 years ago today — E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, a science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, was released by Universal Pictures, and quickly became a blockbuster. The film surpassed the previous record-holder film, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, to become the highest-grossing film of all time (a record it held for the next 11 years). If you have not seen the film, a Rotten Tomatoes survey ranked it as “the greatest science fiction film ever made” and critics have acclaimed it as “a timeless story of friendship.” Maybe you should see it. 

YouTube videos:
•E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dvuf_R6KtM
•E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial movie clip:“Getting Drunk” ... more »

Today in History: Sci-fi movie, E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial, was Released, 1982
On June 11, 1982 — 33 years ago today — E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, a science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, was released by Universal Pictures, and quickly became a blockbuster. The film surpassed the previous record-holder film, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, to become the highest-grossing film of all time (a record it held for the next 11 years). If you have not seen the film, a Rotten Tomatoes survey ranked it as “the greatest science fiction film ever made” and critics have acclaimed it as “a timeless story of friendship.” Maybe you should see it. 

YouTube videos:
•E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dvuf_R6KtM
•E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial movie clip: “Getting Drunk” (length 02:39).
•E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial movie clip: “E.T., Phone Home” (length 02:45). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_YZuYESaoo
•E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial movie clip: “Ride in the Sky” (length 02:39). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR1-UFrcZ0k
•E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial movie clip: “He’s Alive! He’s Alive!” (length 03:29). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-9990dlfvo
*E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial movie clip: “I’ll be right here” (length: 03:29). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75M1XXEZciU

Web sources:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T._the_Extra-Terrestrial
•http://io9.com/5950664/weird-facts-that-you-didnt-know-about-et-the-extra-terrestrial
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa_Mathison
•http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/et-actor-henry-thomas-on-how-860593

Book sources:
• E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial from Concept to Classic: The Illustrated Story of the Film and the Filmmakers, 30th Anniversary Edition by Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison. http://amzn.to/1F9w1q1
• Steven Spielberg: A Biography (Second Edition) by Joseph McBride. http://amzn.to/1Tch1Cw
• Who is Steven Spielberg by Stephanie Spinner. http://amzn.to/1Tchgh3

Movie availability:
• E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982 http://amzn.to/1dyfQg9

Image credits (left to right, top to bottom):
•Movie poster for E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial by John Alvin, 1982 Universal Studios. Source: filmsite,org. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:E_t_the_extra_terrestrial_ver3.jpg#file
•Frames from the movie, _E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial

#history #history -tech #ET #Spielberg #Sci -Fi #friendship___

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2015-06-20 05:57:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today in History: The first Boeing 777 flew, 1994
On June 12, 1994 — 21 years ago today — the wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner, the Boeing 777, first flew. The 777 model was the first jetliner in history to be 100% digitally designed using 3D computer graphics. This highly advanced technological process enabled the 777 to be the first airplane design to reach 1,000 airliners in service faster than any other airliner manufactured in history. The basic model includes 3 million parts (coming from 500 global suppliers), many of which are made with new materials designed specifically to be lightweight. The twin engines are from GE Aviation, the GE90 engine — exclusively built for the 777. Both Boeing and GE Aviation worked closely together in designing the 777’s engines. Bill Millhaem, general manager of the GE90/9X Program at GE Aviation, stated, “Prior to its introduction, twin-engineairplanes... more »

Today in History: The first Boeing 777 flew, 1994
On June 12, 1994 — 21 years ago today — the wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner, the Boeing 777, first flew. The 777 model was the first jetliner in history to be 100% digitally designed using 3D computer graphics. This highly advanced technological process enabled the 777 to be the first airplane design to reach 1,000 airliners in service faster than any other airliner manufactured in history. The basic model includes 3 million parts (coming from 500 global suppliers), many of which are made with new materials designed specifically to be lightweight. The twin engines are from GE Aviation, the GE90 engine — exclusively built for the 777. Both Boeing and GE Aviation worked closely together in designing the 777’s engines. Bill Millhaem, general manager of the GE90/9X Program at GE Aviation, stated, “Prior to its introduction, twin-engine airplanes were not viewed as a viable option for long-haul travel. Yet the proven performance and reliability of the GE90-powered Boeing 777 aircraft altered this mindset and made the engine-aircraft combination among the most successful long-range, wide-body offering in service today.”

The 777 airliner from Boeing is built in the largest building on Earth (Disneyland could fit inside), at 11 stories high (at that level, clouds have been known to form inside the building). Each major plane that Boeing builds has its own section of the building — 747, 767, 777, 787.

The 777 line includes 6 airplanes — 5 passenger models and a freighter model, each designed to enhance efficiency for the number of miles traveled and weight carried.

YouTube videos:
•Boeing 777 First Flight June 12, 1994 (length 06:40) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8erXQGgr7VE
•Boeing’s 777 Flex Track: Robots on Track (length 02:16). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToRVNS_kuXo
•Boeing 777 Team: Flown by the world’s elite airlines (04:10). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXdwGe0_ti4
•Boeing 777 team: Precision Craftsmanship (length 07:20). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToRVNS_kuXo
•1,000 777s & Proud: It’s all in a tail number. (length 02:06). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaH3hPN-Jvc
•Great Planes: Boeing 747 and 777 National Geographic documentary (length 45:56; 777 at )https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47Olsz3njRA

Web sources:
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_777
•http://www.boeing.com/history/products/777.page

Book sources:
• Boeing 777: Jetliner for a New Century by Philip Birtles. http://amzn.to/1HzrGTq
• Boeing 777: The Technological Marvel by Guy Norris. http://amzn.to/1MvGQsa

Image credits (top to bottom, left to right):
•Boeing 777 in flight. Source: Boeing
•Boeing 777 in flight. Source: Boeing
•Boeing 777 in flight. Source: Boeing
•Cockpit of Boeing 777. By Bill Abbott [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABoeing_777-200ER_cockpit.jpg
•Cockpit of Boeing 777. http://becuo.com/boeing-777-cockpit-layout 

#history   #history -tech #Boeing  #777___

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2015-06-20 05:57:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Today in History: For first time in history, asteroidal sample returned to Earth, 2010
On June 13, 2010 — 5 years ago today — for the first time in history, a spacecraft, the Japanese-made “Hayabusa,” which had rendezvoused with an asteroid and had scooped samples of the asteroid’s soil, returned to Earth with these samples. Hayabusa was launched on May 3, 2003 and rendezvoused with Earth-asteroid, named “25143 Itokawa,” in mid-September, 2005. This target asteroid was named after Hideo Itokawa, who was a pioneer of Japanese aerospace research and has been called “the father of Japanese space development.” The spacecraft, “Hayabusa,” literally translates to “Peregrine Falcon,” a high-speed diving, bird of prey (also known as a “duck hawk” in North America).

The Hayabusa space mission to target asteroid 25143 Itokawa achieved a number of significantmilestones:
(1) the firs... more »

Today in History: For first time in history, asteroidal sample returned to Earth, 2010
On June 13, 2010 — 5 years ago today — for the first time in history, a spacecraft, the Japanese-made “Hayabusa,” which had rendezvoused with an asteroid and had scooped samples of the asteroid’s soil, returned to Earth with these samples. Hayabusa was launched on May 3, 2003 and rendezvoused with Earth-asteroid, named “25143 Itokawa,” in mid-September, 2005. This target asteroid was named after Hideo Itokawa, who was a pioneer of Japanese aerospace research and has been called “the father of Japanese space development.” The spacecraft, “Hayabusa,” literally translates to “Peregrine Falcon,” a high-speed diving, bird of prey (also known as a “duck hawk” in North America).

The Hayabusa space mission to target asteroid 25143 Itokawa achieved a number of significant milestones:
(1) the first spacecraft to achieve successful implementation of microwave discharge ion engines;
(2) the first spacecraft to operate successfully with ion engines for more than 1,000 hours;
(3) the first spacecraft with ion engines to be given a gravity assist;
(4) the first non-NASA spacecraft using autonomous navigation to rendezvous with an asteroid;
(5) the first non-NASA spacecraft to touchdown on an asteroid and take a sample collection;
(6) the first non-NASA spacecraft to gain experience with deep space communication and its effects;
(7) the first non-NASA spacecraft to observe close movement on objects with low gravity;
(8) the first spacecraft to return from an asteroid to Earth;
(9) the first spacecraft to return a sample collection from an asteroid to Earth.

YouTube videos:
•Rotation of Asteroid Itokawa (length 00:11). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cnIGdrrM6I
•Japan launches Hayabusa 2: spacecraft will blast hole in asteroid and collect samples (length 01:23). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7s9LRkLrTk

Web sources:
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayabusa
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/25143_Itokawa
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideo_Itokawa
•http://global.jaxa.jp/article/special/hayabusa_sp3/p3_e.html
•http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/ds1/tech/ionpropfaq.html
•http://www.spacefellowship.com/news/art15535/hard-luck-hayabusa-in-more-trouble.html
•https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minor_planets_and_comets_visited_by_spacecraft

Book sources:
• Asteroids: Relics of Ancient Time by Michael K. Shepard. http://amzn.to/1f8CJI2
• Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us by Donald K. Yeomans. http://amzn.to/1ScWwED

Image credits (top to bottom, left to right):
•Asteroid 25143 Itokawa taken by Hayabusa Asteroid Probe. 
•Hideo Itokawa, the father of Japanese space development, appears with “baby rocket” he developed. http://global.jaxa.jp/article/interview/2013/vol77/index_e.html
•Artist’s depiction of Hayabusa spacecraft hovering just above asteroid 25143 Itokawa’s surface. http://deepspaceindustries.com/deep-space-industries-congratulates-jaxa-on-the-successful-launch-of-hayabusa-2/
•Hayabusa Asteroid Probe return capsule after landing in Australia. http://www.space.com/20-hayabusa-returns-earth.html

#history #history -tech #asteroid #Hayabusa #25143Itokawa #Itokawa___

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Today in History: UNIVAC — World’s first general purpose, commercially produced, electronic digital computer — was dedicated, 1951
On June 14, 1951 — 64 years ago today — the United States Census Bureau dedicated the world’s first “general purpose” commercially-produced electronic digital computer, the UNIVAC I, which stood for UNIV ersal A utomatic C omputer. 

The computer model, of which 46 were made, became famous for correctly predicting the presidential election outcome in 1952. In fact, the computer correctly predicted an Eisenhower landslide victory with only a tiny percentage of the votes actually counted; but because traditional pollsters almost universally predicted victory for Adlai Stevenson, CBS withheld the computer’s prediction until later in the evening. At 8:30 PM, the computer was predicting the electoral college vote —Eisenhower 438, Stev... more »

Today in History: UNIVAC — World’s first general purpose, commercially produced, electronic digital computer — was dedicated, 1951
On June 14, 1951 — 64 years ago today — the United States Census Bureau dedicated the world’s first “general purpose” commercially-produced electronic digital computer, the UNIVAC I, which stood for UNIV ersal A utomatic C omputer. 

The computer model, of which 46 were made, became famous for correctly predicting the presidential election outcome in 1952. In fact, the computer correctly predicted an Eisenhower landslide victory with only a tiny percentage of the votes actually counted; but because traditional pollsters almost universally predicted victory for Adlai Stevenson, CBS withheld the computer’s prediction until later in the evening. At 8:30 PM, the computer was predicting the electoral college vote — Eisenhower 438, Stevenson 93. The actual count ended up as Eisenhower 442, Stevenson 89. CBS, using the computer data, was the first network to call the election. By the next presidential election in 1956, the other two major networks were also using computers on election night.

The UNIVAC was designed by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, and it was manufactured by the Remington Rand company. The computer weighed 29,000 pounds and could process about 1,905 operations per second using a 2.25 Mhz clock. The machine was 25 feet in width by 50 feet in length, used 5,600 vacuum tubes, 18,000 crystal diodes, and 300 relays; it had an internal storage capacity of 12,000 characters. Each of the original UNIVACs came with 10 magnetic tape drives — all compatible. 

YouTube videos:
•Remington-Rand Presents the UNIVAC (length 17:31). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2fURxbdIZs
•UNIVAC — Then and Now (length 13:17). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4wQJfdhOlU
•History of the Computer — Documentary (length 48:07). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPDy2y4AjSo

Vimeo Video:
http://vimeo.com/52980654

Web sources:
•http://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/?year=1951
•http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/univac-computer-dedicated
•http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-u-s-census-bureau-first-dedicated-univac-61-years-ago-today
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNIVAC
•http://www.computermuseum.li/Testpage/UNIVAC-FAQ.htm
•http://bitscolumn.blogspot.com/2013/10/computer-projected-1952-presidential.html
•http://edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4423752/UNIVAC-predicts-election-results--November-4--1952
•http://www.historyfactory.com/2012/11/06/presidential-elections-and-a-brief-history-of-emerging-technologies/
•http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9904/30/1952.idg/
•http://www.ideastream.org/news/npr/163951263
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Presper_Eckert
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mauchly
•http://www.thocp.net/hardware/univac.htm

Book sources:
• A Few Good Men from Univac by David E. Lundstrom [History of Computing]. http://amzn.to/1SenThn
• Computing: A Concise History by Paul E. Ceruzzi [The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series]. http://amzn.to/1BeJQZl
* UNIVAC: Webster’s Timeline History, 1941-2002 by Icon Group International. http://amzn.to/1cTVIEu

Image credits (top to bottom, left to right):
•Remington Rand’s Harold E. Sweeney (left) and J. Presper Eckert (middle right) demonstrate UNIVAC for CBS’s Walter Cronkite (right). http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4423752/UNIVAC-predicts-election-results--November-4--1952
•Creators of the UNIVAC — J. Presper Eckert (left) and John Mauchly (right). http://www.thocp.net/hardware/univac.htm
•UNIVAC at the U.S. Census Bureau with 10 magnetic tape drives. http://www.thocp.net/hardware/univac.htm

Additional Events in Technology History on June 14:
•The European Space Research Organization (later the European Space Agency, ESA) was established in Paris, France.
•NASA launched Mariner 5 to explore Venus.

#history #history -tech #UNIVAC #RemingtonRand___

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