Saturday, 6 April 2013

The Daily Teaser — 6-4-2013: Sleeping Satellite

Hmmm … 

Look’s like there’s another bout of benefit and tax changes coming in, today.

Can I make a confession … ?

The big one you’d assume would help would be the one that raises the tax thresshold: so that we don’t start paying any tax, under £10, 000.

To be frank, from where I am … ?   It’s not making any difference.

Hmmm … 

Let’s move on, shall we … ?   Before I really rant … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with bagging five out of five, she also gave the late Roger Ebert a mention, as an inspiration, AND that she’s studied BASIC, back in the day*.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 6th April saw the launch of Intelsat 1, the first satellite to be put into what sort of orbit … ?
Q2) More to the point, in which year of the 1960s was this … ?
Q3) Was Intelsat 1 a spy satellite, a communications satellite or a weather satellite … ?
Q4) Science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke, is credited with first coming up with the idea of this sort of satellite: in a 1945 letter to which magazine … ?
Q5) What — in 1971 — was the name of the only British satellite to be launched in a British rocket … ?
Q6) And FINALLY … what’s the name of the US agency that launched Intelsat 1 … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 5th April, 1081, saw Alexios Komnenos crowned as the monarch of which Empire … ?
A1) The Byzantine Empire.
Q2) More to the point, in which city was this … ?
A2) Constantinople.
Q3) What’s that city now called … ?
A3) Istanbul.
Q4) That Empire had begun as the Eastern … what … ?
A4) Roman Empire.
Q5) And finally … what were the gold coins issued in the Empire called … ?
A5) The Solidus: Alexius withdrew them and introduced the Hyperpyron .
I’ll leave you with this quote from Arthur C. Clarke …
“I’m often asked why I didn’t try to patent the idea of communications satellites. My answer is always, ‘A patent is really a license to be sued.’”Arthur C Clarke.
And with this song from Lou Reed … 

Enjoy the day … !

*        I’ve said it before, Debbi, and I’ll say it again: you don’t look old enough to have worked with punch-cards … !   (I’m also going to have to admit, I’ve not actually read anything by Ebert: I’ll have to look in him up in the library … )


trev-v said...

you could have used this music as you theme is satellites.

Debbi said...

You're kind to say so, Paul. Thanks! :)

And I love Lou Reed! Great selection. Although, I like Trevor's, as well. :)

1. geosynchronous
2. 1965
3. communications
4. Wireless World
5. Prospero
6. National Aeronautical Space Agency