This week, Eric and Bryan consult the Wheel of History yet again for more fun facts about “random” topics. Enjoy!
So what’s big, rocky, round and sits between Mars and Jupiter? If you’re scratching your head right now, don’t worry. Your 7th grade science teacher didn’t teach you about it because it wasn’t deemed worthy, but there is something out there.
On January 1, 1801, the Mathematician, Astronomer, and Catholic priest of the Theatine order, Father Giuseppe Piazzi, made a startling discovery. An object first thought to be a star (one of 7,646 that he cataloged in his career) was observed moving against a field of its fixed cosmic kin. To verify his findings Piazzi spent 3 more days making observations. What had he found? Well according to him it must have been a comet – a large ball of dust and ice, traveling through the solar system like a cosmic drifter. Only that’s what he felt comfortable telling the public. His instincts told a different story, as we can tell from a letter sent to his friend, Barnaba Oriani:
Picture courtesy of The Verge
Hey folks, Kevin Sutorius here! Last time I posted, it was a Top 20 movies of 2012, and this time, I thought I’d do something different. I’m a huge technology nerd (“Techno-phile” I dub myself) and I wanted to share a gadget I’m looking forward to: the Pebble Smartwatch. Wait, what’s so smart about a watch? What does is it do? Before we get started, I want to share some history.
While Eric is on Break, Nerdonomy regular Dave McGuire shares the history of screenwriting with Bryan, as well as talking about the process of storytelling.
Photo Credit: A display of early Screenplay formatting, similar to the modern format, from the shooting draft of King Kong, Screenplayology.com