Alas, poor Arceibo! I knew it, listeners! (11/21/20 Part 1)

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The Arecibo Observatory is the subject of our first hour! Farewell, Arecibo… First Light was 1963 and its been working away up until recently. Nature has not been kind! We talk about its work and accomplishments! https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/damaged-arecibo-telescope-will-be-dismantled/ https://www.ucf.edu/news/arecibo-observatory-telescope-to-be-decommissioned-after-second-cable-break/ https://seti.org/

Desk Ergonomics 101 (11/21/20 Part 2)

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Got a desk? Is it a good one? Sam went to OfficeMax to check out some of their goodies to help with proper ergonomics for your desk and what’s on it. Ergonomics 101 Ergonomics? What’s that? Its helping you not hurt and get achy after being at the computer all day! https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/office-ergonomics/art-20046169 https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/standing-workstation/art-20088544 https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-set-up-an-ergonomic-workstation

Hospitals and scumbag hackers. There, we said it. (10/31/20 Part 2)

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Scumbag jerky hackers and ransom-ware. We hates them. Hostageware on the rise And yet, they don’t go away! So, what happened this time? https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/10/us-government-warns-of-imminent-ransomware-attacks-against-hospitals/ https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hospitals-being-hit-in-coordinated-targeted-ransomware-attack-from-russian-speaking-criminals/ar-BB1auEpi?ocid=uxbndlbing https://www.zdnet.com/article/first-death-reported-following-a-ransomware-attack-on-a-german-hospital/ Also, if you saw the lights in the Maui sky the other night but don’t know what they were? https://mauinow.com/2020/10/25/cluster-of-mysterious-lights-observed-across-maui/  

James Randi Memorial Episode (10/24/20 Part 1)

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James Randi has passed away. Who is he? Well, you can read up on that. But what was he about? A healthy skepticism and curiosity about things! Sagan’s Detection Kit, and a fond farewell to Randi So, to honor his memory we talking about the Carl Sagan Balogney Detection Kit. For further amusement in critical thinking, check out Your Logical Fallacy Is and Your Cognitive Bias Is. We should also mention our contest! Our friends at Officemax have given us a Lenovo C32q monitor, and it can be yours for the price of an email! Listen in to the show to find out more!

Voting is different this year. Let’s help with that! (10/24/20 Part 2)

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Voting this year is different in years past for Hawai’i. Its mail-in! Vote Hawaii! What else is going on? We talk about that, and of course, we have links! https://elections.hawaii.gov/ https://elections.hawaii.gov/hawaii-votes-by-mail/ https://www.vote411.org/hawaii https://portal.ehawaii.gov/government/voting-and-elections/ https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1248&year=2019 Plus, Alert Internet Surfer Danno found this demographic information from 2016. What does it cover? Ethnic groups on Maui via percentage then percentage as registered to vote! https://www.winningjustice.org/districts/hi-maui-4719

Roll them dice, and I get the dog. Monopoly time! (10/10/20 Part 1)

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Its Monopoly time! Google, Amazon, and Apple have been said to have abused their monopolies in their various spheres of influence. Tech Monopolies! Now who says it? The House! So, lets talk about that… https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/house-amazon-facebook-apple-google-have-monopoly-power-should-be-split/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/microsoft-thumbs-its-nose-at-apple-with-new-app-fairness-policy/ https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/10/08/app-store-fairness-caf-interoperability-principles/ https://9to5mac.com/2019/03/06/microsoft-store-revenue-share/

Scram, Scammers! We ain’t talking! (10/10/20 Part 2)

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Scammer season is year around. The tricks they use can vary on time of year, though. SCAMS targeting our Seniors! Pocket featured an article from Kiplinger, and Alert Internet Surfer Hiro thought it was worth sharing with us. We agree! https://getpocket.com/explore/item/6-scams-that-prey-on-the-elderly https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/ https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts/

Its a SPACE show with Dr. Armstrong! (8/22/20 Part 1)

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A Talk with Doc Armstrong – Part 1 Its one of our favorite times of the year when Dr. Armstrong joins us to talk SPACE! And in particular? Starlink! 30,000 satellites providing internet around the world sounds great, but how does that affect astronomy? https://www.starlink.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink https://heavens-above.com https://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/satellites/spacex-confident-about-its-starlink-constellation-for-satellite-internet-others-not-so-much  

Star Stuff with Dr. Armstrong! (8/22/20 Part 2)

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A Talk with Doc Armstrong – Part 2 Meteors zoom by us all the time! But many? And how close do they get? https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/solar-system/a33644295/asteroid-earth-closest-recorded-flyby/ https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/asteroids-comets-and-meteors/meteors-and-meteorites/overview/?page=0&per_page=40&order=id+asc&search=&condition_1=meteor_shower%3Abody_type https://astronomy.com/news/2018/07/tracking-asteroids https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan-STARRS https://fallingstar.com/home.php Side note: If you want a piece of space-rock, you might want to check out Big Kahuna Meteorites on eBay! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelyabinsk_meteor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/asteroids-comets-and-meteors/comets/oumuamua/in-depth/