Category Archive: History

Jun 15 2017

The GIF Format Turns 30 Today

In a little bit of news that has the geekier side of the internet smiling, the .gif file format turns 30 today, June 15th, 2017. Yep, the same file format that beings you all those horribly annoying 1 second long looping animations on every buzzfeed top 10 list, the file format that no one wants …

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Jun 06 2017

Aerial Bombs: Method of Loading Bombs – 1941 US Army Air Corps Training Film

Considering today is June 6th, the 73rd Anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Nazi Occupied Europe, I think it would be a fine day to share a few World War 2 related informational videos; in this case, a film showing the process of how bombs are loaded onto a B-17 bomber. I never thought there …

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May 29 2017

The Bird Watchers – 1966 USAF Film On Rocket Photography

Getting back to the grind, we might as well start with this video, uploaded today , which is a digital conversion of a 1966 film about the process of filming and photographing rocket launches at Vandernberg Air Force Base. Launches from VAFB were more common than launches from the Eastern Test Range and Cape Canaveral …

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May 18 2017

48 Years Ago: The Launch of Apollo 10

On May 18th, 1969, John Young, Tom Stafford, and Gene Cernan began an 8 day mission that would act as a “dress rehearsal” for the planned manned landing on the Moon of Apollo 11. This flight was the 2nd of 4 that would be launched in 1969, and would serve to test the Lunar Module …

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May 18 2017

Recording, ’50s Style

While browsing YouTube, I stumbled across another interesting little film worth sharing: In this case, a documentary on a music recording studio  “Sugar Ray’s Vintage Recording Studio” which is designed to perfectly re-create the essence of recording in the 1950’s, using vintage equipment and ethos from that bygone decade. This film talks about the troubles …

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May 14 2017

Space Shuttle Columbia: Second Flight – 1981 NASA Film on STS-2

On November 12th, 1981, the Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on the second flight of the Space Shuttle Program, a flight which also marks the first re-use of a crewed spacecraft – one of the key goals of the Shuttle Program. STS-2 marked the first use of the Remote Manipulator Arm (the “Canadarm”) , and …

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May 12 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Computer Music (1983)

I would imagine when most people think of “computer music” these days they still think of the beeps, boops, and blips of the Atari and early computer systems of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Even by 1983, however, music from computers had come quite a long way, and we were just on the verge …

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May 11 2017

The Strange Story Of Sonic The Hedgehog 3 And Michael Jackson

A decade ago, while browsing the then relatively new website called YouTube, I found a video that discussed something I never thought I would see: A theory that Michael Jackson was involved in the music for the 1994 video game “Sonic The Hedgehog 3.” “What? How? Why? Huh? How did I not learn about this?” …

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May 10 2017

Apollo Digest: Testing Apollo – 1966 NASA Film

Here we have a quick, 5 minute film clip from 1966, produced by NASA to provide a status update on the Apollo Program. In 1966, as you may recall, we were finishing up the Gemini Program, and the Saturn V rocket was nearing testing completion for it’s first flight, in late 1967, as a test …

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