After the intro, I spend a moment doing my favorite subject “did you know?” I love to pull this on people all the time.
The first story I read this afternoon is the conclusion to Michael Blumlein’s “Know How Can Do” and I know you will apriciate the ending of this story as much as I did.
Earth-Sky is winding down, but they managed to have several articles this week. Excellent article on Galaxies caught in the act of accreting star material. The Dawn spacecraft continues to turn in good stuff as it continues to orbit the huge asteroid Vesta and finally the sun continues to build activity as evidenced by it’s continued sunspots and flares.
Of course you know I have to do Star Trek Trivia! And the stuff I find out is astounding! I am coming to believe that I must have been watching another show! lol
Before the last story, I spend some time bringing everyone up to speed on the Beam Me Up Blog at wrfr.beameup.blogspot.com. This week, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took pictures of Curiosity when it landed but mostly what it took pics of was the heat shield, the skycrane and other items. Well the Nasa team is using the Hirise camera to take pictures of the parachute with surprising results! Next I have the list of this years Hugo Science Fiction Awards. Some good stuff there!
I finish with the most recent of the Trathh stories – Trathh – Intervention. This story is part of the Trathh series that David has been running on WRFR in Rockland Maine (WRFR.ORG) Next Month I will finish the series, but I honestly hope David will continue on with his great SF/F stories.
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This week on Beam Me Up episode 359, I am kind of all over the place. After the intro for this week’s program I read Kallamis’ weekly rundown of the events in science and science fiction that Kallamis has found interesting, from flights to the ISS to strange metorites and Independance Day sequals. It turns out that Independence Day is one of Xnewsman’s favorites for a couple of scenes in the movie.
From here I read our first of two stories.
The first is a melacoly tale from K. A. Dearsley called Salvage.
Next I serve up some Star Trek trivia With such diverse questions as Tribble origin’s to the original first episode.
I have some Earth_Sky news with some new Milky Way news and a mysterious ring system forming in a distant section of our Milky Way galaxy.
And while we are on the subject Courtney sent in an article describing a most unusual black hole / star pairing where the gravity around the black hole is whipping the star around in an orbit of over 1 million miles per hour!
To finish off the hour, I read part 5 of Know How – Can Do by Michael Blumlein.
and th th th th that’s all folks!
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I open the program this week with a birthday announcement. Yes this week we celebrate the bithday of one if not the greatest starship captains that have ever existed Yes, the 22nd of March is the birth date for James T. Kirk. Captain of Galaxy class NCC-1401 Enterprise. Played larger than life by William Shatner. Kallamus writes : Shatner was born this day, in 1931, Montreal Quebec Canada.
Next, I found this short on Youtube for a company called SleepThinker that suggests that if you are bothered by dumb people than you are in a shrinking minority, it would be ever so easy to just join the majority and get dumb with their product minus-IQ. The sales pitch is beyond hilarious.
Kallimus once again gives us his weekly run-down of news. Kallimus covers everything from Apollo to a possible He-Man reboot.
Earth Sky articles are next – sun or light pillars, weather changes on Saturn’s Titan after Saturn experienced equinox and exo-planets may have larger Goldilocks zones that astronomers/scientists first thought.
I take a break here and do some star trek trivia. This week – Mr. Spock
Then it’s back to the Beam Me Up blog before finishing the hour with pt 4 of our story.
Space X does a successful test flight of the Grasshopper reusable launch and landing vehicle. Then an article sent to me by Xnewsman that discusses the ramifications of Earth being in the path of a Coronal Mass Ejection. I do a review of the animated feature The Book Of Kells which is a fantasy retelling of the creation of the Irish treasure – an illustrated book of the Bible called The Book of Kells.
Finally I play part 4 of Michael Blumlein’s Know How Can Do.
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First off, Yes this show is a bit short. On the original
program, I had exported all three parts to Mr. Blumlein’s
story instead of just the third part, so this version has
pretty much all the content I wanted….but shorter.
Anyway, I noted that there is this push by the do-it-yourself
folk towards very sophisticated instruments that can be built
from material around the house like construction paper and
cheap cameras. I noted an article that Ron had put on the
blog about paper adapters that could be taped over the camera
of a smart phone and thought that was pretty damn inventive! A
spectrogram out of paper and a smart phone!
Next I read contributor Kallamis’ Weekly Roundup which runs
the gamut from mini black holes to life in the universe. Yep
he sure aims high. I did thrown in an article KNLA ran on
their web site about findings from the mars rover Curiosity
which reported results very much the same, however the still
operational Opportunity’s data showed different results.
Earth-Sky is next on the agenda. On a dad note, Earth-Sky will
be closing down this summer after a spectacular run. They
will be difficult to replace. This week’s articles ALMA
telescope array is now fully functional. Next, research has
shown that there are tens of billion planets in orbit around
red dwarf stars in our own galaxy.
From there, I started this week’s story, part three of Michael
Blumlein’s Know How Can Do.
Sorry the program run short this week, I will be in better
shape next week.
Thanks for listening – enjoy
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As per usual, I get my episode numbers mangled again. I keep calling this show 355 but it IS in fact 356. Sorry about that!
In show 356 of BMU I open with a song that describes what a “real” spiderman might be like…and yeah it is that funny.
Next I play episode 18 of the Dark Inspectre series by Jason Kahn.
Phil joins me for a discussion of one man’s effort to get a radio controlled flier to the edge of space. I have heard of many different kinds of items being flown, but I have to say this radio glider is a first I think. More can be found on YouTube on David Windestal at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jKcGoayMlI.
I read Kallamus’ weekly rundown of events from Martian rover temporary shutdown to first ever evidence of an extra solar planet in the early stages of formation.
I next play several articles from Earth Sky.
Star Trek Trivia is next with questions like, do you know how many screens there are on the bridge of the Enterprise? or how many years can the Enterprise go without being restocked?
I then review “Writers on the Wrong Side of the Track” a very
“Dangerous Visions” type of stories.
How about two rat brains linked electronically?! It’s happened.
Finally part 2 of Michael Blumlein’s “Know How Can Do”
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Julie with Bush Baby
And here we are on Beam Me Up podcast, episode 355!
I really think this week proves just as informative as it will entertaining, even though I didn’t aim to either side with any purpose of doing so.
Anyway after griping about the lack of common sense understanding of basic Newtonian physics, I play the first story for the day.
I start with Julie Wornan’s melancholy post apocalyptic tale “Epilog”.
From there I break out the Star Trek Trivia book for some fun and arcane fact about the original Star Trek. Like, what deck is Medical on? Or the three operational divisions that crew are assigned to? How about the maximum number of people that can beam on and off the ship through the main teleporter? Stuff like that! Who knew!
Kallamis once again does a weekly round up of smaller news items that I may have missed. This week, news on the Space X resupply launch to the ISS. Info on a super-massive black hole that will twist your head sideways! Mars caught Kall’s imagination as usual. A start up non profit I.M.F. Wants to send a couple to visit Mars. Of course the devil is in the details… and the next asteroid close encounter will not be Earth, nope, not this time!
I have thought of giving Doug Turnbull’s video reviews a try on the podcast by stripping off the audio. To get the ball rolling I start with his introduction to Robert A. Heinlein’s Juvenile series of early books which I swear I think I read each and every one. Heinlein’s books and stories fast became one of my very favorite authors. Doug intends to review each of these early Heinlein masterpieces. This will be kind of an introduction others to follow on, every other week or so.
This February 20 was the 51st anniversary of John Glenn’s historic and almost fatal mission.
After some confusion about this story, I guess I though it was being read or I had already done the story when neither was the case…duh, so I am going to play part 1 of Know How Can Do by Michael Blumlein as the program ender.
Enjoy everyone. Thanks for listening!
for B.M.U. Episode 355
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