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An Animated Salute Celebrating Jules Verne’s 183rd Birthday Feb 08 2011

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 Jules Verne was a French author who pioneered the science-fiction genre.  He is best known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

 Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised.  He is the second most translated individual author in the world.  Some of his books have also been made into live-action and animated films and television shows. 

 While Verne is considered in many countries such as France as an author of quality books for young people, with a good command of his subjects, including technology and politics, his reputation in English-speaking countries suffered for a long time from poor translation.  British translators also had trouble with the metric system that Verne used, sometimes dropping significant figures, at other times keeping the nominal value and only changing the unit to an Imperial measure.  Thus Verne’s calculations, which in general were remarkably exact, were converted into mathematical gibberish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flintstones 50th Anniversary Sep 30, 2010

Flintstones 50th Anniversary Sep 30, 2010

 

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The Flintstones was originally aimed at an adult audience and the first two seasons were co-sponsored by Winston cigarettes.  But by the third season it was being written for children and was sponsored by Welch’s, who produced grape juice and jellies.  The show’s famous theme tune, “Meet The Flintstones”, was not used until the third series.  The musical theme for the first two seasons was called “Rise and Shine”.  Fred and Wilma Flintstone were the first couple to be shown in bed together on prime-time television when the show first aired on ABC between 1960 and 1966.

The show is set in the Stone Age town of Bedrock.  In this fantasy version of the past, dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, woolly mammoths, and other long-extinct animals co-exist with barefoot cavemen.  Like their 20th-century peers, these cavemen listen to records, live in split-level homes, the furniture in the Flintstones’ house changed in almost every episode and eating out at restaurants, yet their technology is made entirely from pre-industrial materials and largely powered through the use of various animals.  For example, the cars are made out of stone, wood, and animal skins, and powered by the passengers’ feet.

Several popular celebrities took residence in the showbiz quarter of Bedrock – Hollyrock.Cary Granite, Alvin Brickrock and Stony Curtis were the biggest stars.  Mick Jadestone and the Rolling Boulders were Fred and Barney’s favorite band.

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Thomas Edison

Feb 11, 2011 Thomas Edison’s Birthday – (Global)

 

Buckyballs

Buckyballs were discovered in 1985, the product of an experiment on carbon molecules in space.  However, it was not until 1991 that buckyball science came into its own.  It is the roundest and most symmetrical large molecule known to man.

The 1996 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three chemists for their discovery of fullerenes, a family of highly symmetrical carbon-cage molecules whose prototypical member is C60, known as buckminsterfullerene, or “buckyball” for short, one of the strongest atomic structures known to man.

C60 is the third major form of pure carbon; graphite and diamond are the other two.  C60 is a spherical molecule with the geometry of a truncated icosahedron, a polygon with 60 vertices and 32 faces, 12 of which are pentagons and 20 of which are hexagons.  The geometry is the same as the pattern of seams on a soccer ball, or of the geodesic domes developed by architect Buckminster Fuller.  Hence, the name buckminsterfullerene, or buckyball.

Buckministerfullerine continues to astonish with one amazing property after another, named after the American architect R. Buckminister Fuller who designed a geodesic dome (a sphere made of triangles).  with the same fundamental symmetry.



 John Lennon Doodle Animation Tribute Celebrating 70th birthday Oct 09 2010

If John Lennon hadn’t been gunned down in New York in 1980, he would have celebrated his 70th birthday Oct 09, 2010.  Fans around the world marked the date with explosion of sentiment.

Nearly 30 years after Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside The Dakota, the apartment building where he lived, admirers of all ages gathered right across the street today in a part of Central Park called “Strawberry Fields,” honoring his memory by singing his songs.

Lennon’s life and work are still drawing plenty of fresh interest and new fans.   So many of his songs are part of sing-a-longs in nursery schools and lullabies and the music that you grow up with when you live on this planet.

It’s proof that even decades after his death, John Lennon still matters.

Google honored the musician on its home page with an  “Imagine.”

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An Animated Salute to Rube Goldberg July 4 2010

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Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. born in San Francisco on July 4, 1883.

A founding member of the National Cartoonist Society, a political cartoonist and a Pulitzer Prize winner, Rube was a beloved national figure as well as an often-quoted radio and television personality during his sixty year professional career.

 Best known for his “inventions”, Rube’s early years as an engineer informed his most acclaimed work.  A Rube Goldberg contraption – an elaborate set of arms, wheels, gears, handles, cups and rods, put in motion by balls, canary cages, pails, boots, bathtubs, paddles and live animals – takes a simple task and makes it extraordinarily complicated.
Rube did not build the machines he drew, but his cartoons have become an inspiration to aspiring engineers and scientists across the world.  At a time when the U.S. is looking to inspire young minds, Rube Goldberg’s legacy represents the best in American innovation, humor and unconventional thinking; an inspiring model for us all.

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