In 1958 Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres by sea and 62,000 kilometres by land during a ten-year journey.
In 1995 Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of Sherpas.
On this day in 1773, the Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by reducing taxes on its tea and granting it the right to sell tea directly to North America. The legislation leads to the Boston Tea Party.
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells (2017)
Read as #4 is the month’s pick for the Sword & Laser podcast.
On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid—a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.
After all the praise this was getting, I was expecting something more. Instead, it’s just a ‘meh’ story. This wasn’t helped by some very un-pronounceable names. Sometimes the situation and story was just not clear. But the worst was using ‘kilo’ as a distance. At lest get the units of the present correct !
The Mitchells vs. the Machines is a 2021 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film. It was directed by Mike Rianda (in his feature directorial debut), co-directed by Jeff Rowe, and written by Rianda and Rowe, with Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Kurt Albrecht serving as producers.
It follows a dysfunctional family that winds up having to save Earth from a robot uprising while on a road trip.
It stars the voices of Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph (The Good Place), Eric Andre, Olivia Colman, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Blake Griffin and Conan O’Brien.