Sunday, February 20, 2011

“TV Dinners and Tang” The GRB Show 2-19 2011

Hey you kats and kittens, trying something, well it's another fine mess we're in. Thanks for hanging out with us. Long time no see, hope things are well.

We have our first movie poster up for you to have some fun with. Take a cruise through the site and play with some fish or catch up with some of our other shows.

Thanks for all the emails and suggestions. Glad you guys are chat'n it up. Don't forget to try our sitcom challenge. Can you get the 7 opening TV sitcom theme songs?

We're starting to develop something more with Youtube so keep check'n back.

Everything we yaked about is hanging ready for you kiddies.

Nanoo, Nanoo!

Shane and (Mindy) Tori

What was your favorite you didn’t want to miss?
Hanging out watching with TV dinners

TV Dinners/Microwave Dinners – mention name is still being used although obsolete 

The term TV dinner is a generalized trademark originally used for a brand of packaged meal developed in 1953 for C.A. Swanson & Sons. (The name in full was TV Brand Frozen Dinner.) In the United States, the term is now synonymous with any prepackaged dinner purchased frozen in a supermarket and heated at home, although Swanson stopped using the name "TV Dinner" in 1962.The name TV dinner came from the shape of the tray it was served on.[2] The main entree was in a bigger compartment on one side of the tray and the vegetables lined up in smaller compartments on the other side. The arrangement was similar to that of the front panels of a 1950s television set: a screen on the left and speakers and control on the right. There were other theories about the name of the TV dinner. One reason was that early packaging featured the image of a TV set. Another was that many families would eat these in front of a TV set.

Expansion of frozen aisles, frozen pizza – new TV Dinners with local fish, etc.

Fast food and delivery taken over?

Tang is a sweet and tangy, orange-flavored drink, from the United States. Named after the tangerine, the original orange-flavored Tang was formulated by William A. Mitchell for General Foods Corporation in 1957 and first marketed in powdered form in 1959.
It was initially intended as a breakfast drink, but sales were poor until NASA used it on Gemini flights in 1965 (researched at Natick Soldier Systems Center; Tang was heavily advertised as the drink first used on John Glenn's Mercury flight). Since then it was closely associated with the U.S. manned spaceflight program, leading to the misconception that Tang was invented for the space program. Tang was famously used by some early NASA manned space flights. In 1962, when Mercury astronaut John Glenn conducted eating experiments in orbit, Tang was selected for the me and was also used during some Gemini flights. A NASA engineer working on Gemini explained how and why it was used

NASA is ending its space shuttle program this year after 30 years of spaceflight to make way for new exploration plans that call for sending astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and to Mars in the 2030s. Once the shuttle fleet retires, NASA will rely on unmanned spacecraft built by Europe, Russia and Japan to deliver cargo to the space station until American-built commercial spacecraft become available
Tori’s Technology Corner

Japan's space agency is considering putting a talking humanoid robot on the International Space Station to watch the mission while astronauts are asleep, monitor their health and stress levels and communicate to Earth through the micro-blogging site Twitter. Japan's space agency JAXA announced this week that it is looking at a plan to send a humanoid robot to the space station in 2013 that could communicate with the ground through Twitter - primarily feeding photos, rather than original ideas - and provide astronauts with "comfort and companionship."

As many as one in 10 Americans can't get Internet connections that are fast enough for common online activities such as watching video or teleconferencing, and two thirds of schools have broadband connections that are too slow to meet their needs. Those are some of the conclusions from the Commerce Department as it unveiled a detailed, interactive online map showing what types of high-speed Internet connections are available - or missing - in every last corner of the country
Between 5 percent and 10 percent of Americans lack access to broadband access that is fast enough to handle downloads of some Web pages, photos and video or simple video conferencing services
Two-thirds of schools surveyed have Internet connections that are slower than 25 megabits per second - well below the 50- to 100-megabit connections that state education technology directors say are needed to serve roughly 1,000 students
Only 4 percent of libraries have connection speeds that are faster than 25 megabits
Only 36 percent of Americans have access to wireless connections that are fast enough to be considered fourth generation, with download speeds of at least 6 megabits per second, although 95 percent of Americans have access to third-generation wireless service.

Oracle, Netflix, Apple, Facebook and Yahoo, chief executives, the event was meant to discuss new investments in Silicon Valley
The president specifically discussed his proposals to invest in research and development and expand incentives for companies to grow and hire
The group also discussed the importance of new investments in education and the new White House initiative Startup America, a partnership with the private sector aimed at supporting new startups and small businesses.”

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