GeekSpeak for 2014-02-01

Dark Matter Has a Bucky Ball on the Moon

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Jaime Snyder joins the geeks to chat about the life and work of his grandfather Buckminster Fuller, an inspirational thinker and architect.
And in the first half of the show: international exploration of space, treats for programmers, and governments NOT going into cahoots with corporations.

How Did Ukraine’s Government Text Threats to Kiev’s Protesters?

“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”

Journalists, activists, and anyone else who happened to be in the vicinity received the message. The three largest Ukrainian telecom providers—Kyivstar, MTS, and life:)—each deny involvement with the message, claiming total compliance with existing privacy and confidentiality laws.

Tiny Israel sets its sight on the moon

Israel plans to do what only the world’s biggest countries have so far managed to do- to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon as early as 2016. Till date, only Russia, USA and China have soft landed on the moon, and India hard landed its tri-colour using the moon impact probe in 2008 sent there along with Chandrayaan-1.

Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

“The Kansas state legislature is currently considering a bill that would prohibit municipalities in that state from building out their own municipal broadband networks. Completely coincidentally of course we’re sure, Kansas City is home to the country’s first Google Fiber municipal network.”

The PandaX project will look for dark matter in the heart of a marble mountain

In the heart of a mountain in China’s Sichuan province, underneath 2400 meters of stone, researchers are powering up the most ambitious effort yet to directly detect some of the strangest stuff in the universe: dark matter. Early this year, the PandaX (Particle and Astrophysical Xenon) experiment will start collecting data in hopes of finding evidence of the elusive particles, thought to constitute more than 80 percent of the matter in the universe.

GeekBit: International Space Station Assembly

This annotated animation details the assembly of the International Space Station, from the launch of the first segment in 1998 to today and beyond.

Big-O Cheat Sheet

“Know Thy Complexities!”

True Bugs Wait

A spoof on messages for teen sexual abstinence, the posters contain a QR code which links to a page on why to avoid each function.

Megatons To Megawatts Program Comes To a Close

“As the Cold War ended in the late 1980s and early ’90s, a new fear arose amid the rejoicing and relief: that atomic security might fail in the disintegrating Soviet Union, allowing its huge stockpile of nuclear warheads to fall into unfriendly hands.”

The Estate of Buckminster Fuller

Jaime Snyder is the Co Executor of The Estate of Buckminster Fuller… fostering a legacy of individual initiative.

R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe

Running January 30th to February 23rd 2014 at the San Jose Rep.

Written and Directed by D. W. Jacobs.

Performed by Ron Campbell

Trimtabbing - Workshops and Consulting

Jaime Snyder run’s this workshop and consulting company.


Our Guest, Jaime Snyder, is a producer/director of alternative media, educator and consultant, writer and singer-songwriter. His film projects include: Pablo Casals’: A Cry for Peace; Henry Miller: To Paint is to Love Again; and the award- winning films Modeling the Universe and Reflections: Buckminster Fuller. He is co-Founder of the Buckminster Fuller Institute. As Buckminster Fuller’s grandson, he studied and worked with Fuller until his passing in 1983. Series Editor of a new series of republications of Fuller’s books including Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth and Education Automation.

Jamie is the President of Masters & Masterworks Productions, Inc – film portraits of creative giants. And Co Founder, the Buckminster Fuller Institute