Today in Tech History: April 21, 2008 Video
Today in Tech History: April 21, 2008 Video Transcript
Hi I'm Molly Wood. It's a pril 21, 2008 and here is what happened today in technology history. On this date in 1870, Edwin S. Porter was born, an early film pioneer who worked with Thomas Edison's Company. For those of you who have studied film history, you're most likely to remember him from his 1903 hit "The Great Train Robbery." In 1894 Norway formally adopts the Krag-J?rgensen rifle as the main arm of its armed forces, a weapon that would remain in service for almost 50 years for Norway, Denmark and the US army. It was designed by - you guessed it, Ole Krag and Erik Jorgensen. On this date in 1960 Brasilia was inaugurated as the Capital of Brasil. Brasilia is an incredibly unique city designed by Lucio Costa. When seen from above, the city resembles an airplane and the roads were designed with cloverleafs or traffic circles rather than intersections or traffic lights, so cars have no reason to stop. No traffic lights! Awesome! Uhm, except if you are a pedestrian, then it's not so awesome. And finally on this date in 1980, Rosie Ruiz, the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon, was disqualified when officials discovered she had jumped into the race about a mile from the finish. Yeah, that's not going to happen again. Now most big marathons use a small transponder (The ChampionChip) that gets tied to each runners shoe that keeps track of their moves and pace throughout the race, so if you try to hop on a bus, you are going to get caught. Now you know, I'll see you next week.
Leaked from today's episode of The 404: James Cameron goes for a swim, Windows Phone Challenge cheats, sleeping in class, and walking face first into the Apple Store.
The second promo for Panic Cell for the track "Save Me", became the most voted for promo in the history of the rock satellite channel Scuzz, remaining in the top ten for eighteen weeks and at number one for six weeks. This was another three day shoot starting with the band performance. We wanted to shoot them in a confined metallic space like a shipping container with very low light. Unfortunately the logistics of filming in a freight container were too great so we came up with the idea of using the back of a truck. The truck we had in mind was too expensive to hire so we used the AFM lighting truck. We dressed the interior and hung 40 light bulbs only three of which were actually live, then cheated the band around into different positions to give the feeling of an enclosed space. The interiors were shot in the bathroom and living room of my flat and were lit by Tim, the master of understatement, with one kino tube and a bit of reflective milar. The exteriors were shot in a drainage pit at the bottom of a field in east sussex. The week before the shoot I'd dug a hole and sunk a plastic barrel into the side of the pit, the idea being we would stand our actor in it then fit a kind of sleeve around his waste and dress the earth around him. Unfortunately the barrel filled with freezing water. Add to that, he was topless and it was January. We shot quickly.
Caroline McCarthy joins us today to chat about the New York Marathon, Camp Interactive, Apple OS X: Lion, the end of sexting, and The Social Network!
Caroline McCarthy and Uncle Henry join The 404 today to chat about last weekend's New York Marathon. Congrats to Caroline for finishing her first 26.2-mile race!
The social network gives iPhone users a way to use certain Home features, Google sidesteps ads in Glass, and CNET looks at how tech was used to communicate after Boston Marathon explosions.
Today we'll book our tickets to the next night at Club Applebee's, brainstorm the sneaky new ways students are using technology to cheat more than ever, discuss a Kickstarter campaign to throw a convention for gay gamers, and discuss a future on the horizon where the absence of a Facebook profile makes you "suspicious."
Paramount is dropping sounds out of your movies, Canadian customs guards might be rifling through your laptop for ripped CDs, and aliens are real. See, now, it sounds like today's show is all made-up stories, but the first two things are true, and the last one is ... well, I don't know, I guess it might be true. There's a guy in Denver who says he's got a video. YouTube it!
We've heard stories about 3D printers being used for both good and evil, but we're not sure how to categorize a company in Japan offering pregnant women a 3D-printed model of their unborn fetuses. Gross. Other stories on today's podcast include a crowdsourced funding site for porn, Amazon accidentally shipping assault rifles, and a sealed first-gen iPhone hitting eBay for $10,000.
Outtakes from episode 149 where we discuss cheating on Twitter with Facebook.
Chernobyl, space crashes, and plane crashes. It's a terrible day in tech history.