More Internet TV Links

I’m going to add these to the TV Tab up top, but just thought I’d put a few notes here about them so folks would know what I’ve found lately.

First off, PBS Public Broadcasting Service. Their site asks you to confirm their guess as to your ‘local station’. I think since it depends on nagging folks for ‘donations’ and needs to know who PBS ought to share with at the station level. For me, I live in an area where my satellite feed has at least 4 “local” PBS affiliates AND I can get PBS directly (IFF I pay extra…) At any rate, it also lets you enter a zip code to search for your ‘local’ station, so you can pick anyone anywhere if you like. I let it default to the San Francisco giant one for now (since I’m not donating anything at the moment it doesn’t really matter, but they do show you that station’s schedule). I may swap it to a Florida station later when I’m on the other coast (or, heck, pick some place in Alaska and give them a few nickles ;-) As I use several browsers on several systems, I’ll likely choose a different “local station” for each one.

In addition to news programs, they seem to have many other shows up. The Nightly News was from one day before… so they were talking about the ‘coming’ Presidential Debate… Unclear on the concept of “news” and confusing it with “history” it would seem… Still, lets you pick up the Overly Constrained Polite Left POV.

When you chose the “video” tab up top, you go to this page:

http://www.pbs.org/video/

Which presently has a scrolling banner of photos of the shows available at the top, with left and right arrows at each edge to rotate it faster… Scrolling down the page gives a Netflix like roster of dozens of shows to watch. It looks like just individual recent episodes, not whole series like Netflix. At the moment I’m watching this short about “Is an Ice Age coming?”

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365862030/

I’m putting this link in partly just to see how long individual shows stay available… so I’ll check the link from time to time. It seems to be doing an OK job of explaining Ice Ages and things like obliquity and sediment cores. At the end, it does put in the obligatory genuflect to Global Warming…

Also up is DW Deutsche Welle. It had occasional pauses in the feed earlier on the tablet, but is now smooth on the ChromeBox, but that might just be my particular network behaviour or time of day. For them, you get to ‘click around’ to find the live feed and hope it is something you want. They also let you do the hunt and peck through recorded things. OK, first off, you click on the “TV” tab up top (that is faded out as you land on a different tab by default). That gives this odd looking URL at the moment. Now my normal behaviour when given odd looking formula URLs is to try shortening them to see if it still works (i.e. is the number tagging me). This one didn’t work, so we’ll see if it changed over time:

http://www.dw.com/en/tv/s-1452

There’s a language selector at the top where you can choose German, English, Spanish, or a squiggle that I think says Arabic in Arabic… This page also has that sideways scrolling banner approach to show selection and auto-changes the displayed picture, so may be ‘chatty’ if left open in a browser. Scrolling down also gives many more shows than just news that you can choose to watch.

In Conclusion

I’ve also found that I really like France24 English news. They cover a lot of real news from Europe not to be found on US news outlets. Things like a police ‘demonstration’ while in uniform in a few cities to protest a group of malcontents who firebombed a police car and burned a couple of officers very badly. Causing a bit of a stir as it is not allowed to ‘protest’ in uniform, yet they did. I’ll be putting up some stories based on news I saw there. (Such as one about Egypt destabilizing again on inflation and food issues…)

DW News is a bit harder to work out. It isn’t just “click and let run” in quite the same way as France24 (where you just hit the ‘news’ tab and play it). I found a ‘story’ headed ‘news’ and clicked it and got this long URL:

http://www.dw.com/en/media-center/all-media-content/s-100826?type=18&programs=262267

Which does seem to give a nice big panel of news stories I can pick through. Yet what I really want is not an ongoing ‘click relationship’ with my tablet. When doing things like canning soup in the kitchen, a ‘click’ requires stopping work, washing and DRYING hands (water drops seem to confuse the capacitive touch surface) fooling around with the tablet, then going back to work… What I really want is the “Value Added” by the Editor and Director. A “turn it on and let it run” news program for an hour to occupy the mind while the hands are dirty in the food prep or dishes… Maybe I’ll find it yet… There is a “Live TV” heading on the left of that page that claims to be live TV:

http://www.dw.com/en/media-center/live-tv/s-100825

Yet when you click that, you get to right-click to make Flash or some such run, and THEN click the ‘watch live TV’ statement in the lower right to make it actually go… it seems to be live “news” though, even though several segments are “happy talk” (like one about some food making machine for the kitchen) or sports-soap-opera about who likes / doesn’t like / is pissed at whom in soccer… Oh, and it seems to be repeating in a loop the same stories I saw a couple of hours ago, so maybe “canned show live on tape”?…

In any case, I’ve now got a very good selection of online news programs to watch, from all around the globe, though the things you need to click are a bit variable per site, and not all browsers and systems work with all sites.

Oh, and Sky News has again decided they don’t like my country. Seems they have flaky geolocation blocking, as my IP and location have not changed and we’ve oscillated a couple of times now. Oh Well! VPN when you must, or just watch France24 instead ;-)

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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18 Responses to More Internet TV Links

  1. philjourdan says:

    I am really getting to like France24. Finally a French thing I can be proud of that does not have to do with food! ;-)

  2. Gail Combs says:

    Phil, Don’t forget the caves in France.

    We (two English Blokes and I) added 33 meters to the world depth record in ~1975 when I was there. We found the new entrance but an American Glory Hound dashed ahead to made sure HE made the connection and claimed the record on subsequent trips to survey the new find. He was not at all liked by either the Americans or the English who were patiently surveying the new cave as they approached the connection.

    The area was absolutely wonderful. I could stand on a mountain ridge and see Spain.

    Also don’t forget the Louvre Museum, the world’s largest museum in Paris, France.

    I am really really worried it will be bombed by the feral barbarians let loose on France and irreplacable history and Art will be lost. The muslems have a long history of burning anything Not muslem.

    The Annihilation of Civilizations

    BILL WARNER WHY ISLAM DESTROYS HISTORY OF OTHER CULTURES

    Here Are the Ancient Sites ISIS Has Damaged and Destroyed

    Shocking destruction in the Syrian city of Palmyra is part of the militant group’s ongoing campaign against archaeology.

    …..Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria continue their war on the region’s cultural heritage, attacking archaeological sites with bulldozers and explosives.

    The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) released a video that shocked the world last month by showing the fiery destruction of the Temple of Baalshamin, one of the best-preserved ruins at the Syrian site of Palmyra. Last weekend, explosions were reported at another Palmyra temple, dedicated to the ancient god Baal; a United Nation agency says satellite images show that larger temple has largely been destroyed….

    These are the savages that Hillary wants to import into our country.
    Syrian ambassador to India says that over 20% of refugees to Europe may have links to the Islamic State

    The Wikileaks emails shows that Hillary KNOWS there is no way to vet the 550% increase of refugees she wants but to please her Islamic/Globaist masters she will bring them in any way. She will also completely opening the US boarders to the Drug Cabals running many of the countries south of us.

  3. LG says:

    Expanding on foreign sources of news, Kiosko.net presents a wide selection of front pages from around the world.

    Some examples below.

    http://en.kiosko.net/fr/
    http://en.kiosko.net/br/
    http://en.kiosko.net/au/
    http://en.kiosko.net/de/
    http://en.kiosko.net/cn/

  4. philjourdan says:

    @Gail – yea, but the French did not really create much that is in the Louvre, or the cave. French24 is, while not unique, refreshingly informative.

  5. pg sharrow says:

    @Gail interesting article on possible Trump TV. Time Warner is in Discussions to merge with AT&T. With the Shift of Fox News, hard left, there is a great demand for the right wing view point. As soon as the leftists took over Radio there was a great demand for talk radio as the rightist view drove the liberals from the air. The Social Progressives think that they are in the majority because they are organised, LOUD and pushy. Real people are none of these, but do outnumber the leftists 2 to 1. The silent majority just need one of their own to speak for them…pg

  6. Dan_Kurt says:

    Aside from the internet, consider FREE broadcast TV if one is in a major metropolitan market. Visit:
    http://www.gomohu.com

    Dan Kurt

  7. clipe says:

    For android

    https://www.mobdro.com/index

    For others

    http://mobdrodownloadapp.com/

    Free 7 day trial (great for BBC channels including iPlayer)

    https://mediahint.com/

  8. gallopingcamel says:

    @Chiefio,
    Thanks for that link to ““Is an Ice Age coming?””

    As you noted it was an excellent discussion of ice cores and Milankovic cycles but it went off the rails when it introduced David Archer’s loony notion that current concentrations of CO2 are capable of postponing the next glaciation indefinitely:
    http://www.odlt.org/dcd/docs/archer.2005.trigger.pdf

    There are examples of ice ages occurring when CO2 concentrations were ten times higher than today:
    http://www.biocab.org/carbon_dioxide_geological_timescale.html

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    Seems that many commercial providers also have Youtube Channels. For those I sampled in the dead of night, last night, they were in the low hundreds to couple of thousands of viewers at one time (for the ‘live’ feeds) so not exactly a threat to their commercial cable access via fees. Others are State Sponsored so don’t really care about such things. In any case, I’ve added a YouTube Channels heading to the TV tab and populated it with a few more:

    BBC Not Live: https://www.youtube.com/user/bbcnews

    DW News:

    Fox (Not live): https://www.youtube.com/user/FoxNewsChannel/

    (there was a live Fox feed, but it evaporated. Perhaps it was clandestine? Who knows…)

    France24:

    Newsmax:

    RT – Russia Today (not live): https://www.youtube.com/user/RussiaToday

    SKY News:

    As I identify more interesting channels, direct or Youtube or both, I’ll add them as appropriate.

    @Gail:

    You’ve had some interesting adventures!

    I once went poking about underground… but I’m not sure the statute of limitations has run out yet so no story at this time ;-)

    @G.C.:

    Your Welcome!

    @LG:

    Thanks! More to explore and add to the TV Tab. ( It makes it real easy to just click a link to ‘change the channel’… which is why I’m building that list. Don’t need to keep moving bookmarks around that way ;-)

    @Dan Kurt:

    I’ll look into it… In California at least, with the move to ‘Digital TV’, whole suburbs took down their giant antennas… and didn’t realize that Digital TV runs on the Same Frequencies… so those antennas were great for Digital… Sigh. The dinky antennas are not as good as those old large ones, just that the digital method lets it work on a weaker signal… I kept my TV antenna, so all I need now is a Digital Tuner and a new downlead (as the old one has weathered out…)

    @PhilJourdan:

    There’s lots of French things not having to do with food of which one can be proud! The American Revolution, for example, funded by France. And, of course, that most important cultural influence on the entire world (outside of Islamic Beaches)… from the wiki:

    The name for the bikini design was coined in 1946 by French engineer Louis Réard, the designer of the bikini. He named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the atomic bomb was taking place. Fashion designer Jacques Heim, also from France, re-released a similar design earlier that same year, the Atome.

    Who, but the French, would have swimwear designed by an Engineer! (All that structural training in how to hold up a ‘structure’ with the minimum of load elements finally paying off for the rest of us!)

    Then, of course, Chemistry as just one example has a history littered with French Names I had to learn in High School. Just one of dozens:

    Gay-Lussac’s law can refer to several discoveries made by French chemist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778–1850) and other scientists in the late 18th and early 19th centuries pertaining to thermal expansion of gases and the relationship between temperature, volume, and pressure.

    Gay-Lussac is most often recognized for his law of volumes that established, that the volume of an enclosed gas is directly proportional to its temperature, which he was the first to formulate (c. 1808). He is also sometimes credited, rightfully according to many modern scholars, with being the first to publish convincing evidence that, in Gay-Lussac’s words, “All gases have the same mean thermal expansivity at constant pressure over the same range of temperature”, or when heated, a wide variety of gases respond in the same predictable way.

    These laws are also known variously as Charles’s law, Dalton’s law, or Amontons’s law.

    There’s a rather large body of Things French we live by and use every single day… (especially a nice Bordeaux paired with a decent Camembert and baguette… and a beach towel… and…)

    Oh, and don’t forget that canning was a French invention. Every Single Can of preserved food on the planet is thanks to the French. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canning

    French Origins

    During the first years of the Napoleonic Wars, the French government offered a hefty cash award of 12,000 francs to any inventor who could devise a cheap and effective method of preserving large amounts of food. The larger armies of the period required increased and regular supplies of quality food. Limited food availability was among the factors limiting military campaigns to the summer and autumn months. In 1809, Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner and brewer, observed that food cooked inside a jar did not spoil unless the seals leaked, and developed a method of sealing food in glass jars. Appert was awarded the prize in 1810 by Count Montelivert, a French minister of the interior. The reason for lack of spoilage was unknown at the time, since it would be another 50 years before Louis Pasteur demonstrated the role of microbes in food spoilage.

    How many millions of lives have been saved by the ability to preserve food via canning… how much faster the expansion of civilization once freed from the annual cycle of grubbing for food… Just look at the shelves of every grocery store and ask how many $Billions or €Billions each year are made from that one French invention… Oh, and do note it was a Frenchman who figured out why it worked, and in the process changed all of food science and medicine and saved millions more lives…

    Louis Pasteur (/ˈluːi pæˈstɜːr/, French: [lwi pastœʁ]; December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895) was a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and preventions of diseases, and his discoveries have saved countless lives ever since. He reduced mortality from puerperal fever, and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His medical discoveries provided direct support for the germ theory of disease and its application in clinical medicine. He is best known to the general public for his invention of the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination, a process now called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of bacteriology, together with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert Koch, and is popularly known as the “father of microbiology”.

    Every person getting a vaccination or with a carton of milk in the fridge or being saved from rabies owes it all to the French.

    For those thinking “But that’s all old, the French have done just what lately?” I’d only point out they are the only country that has been able to make a national sized nuclear power fleet and run it with very low count of problems and economically, and of course they have led Europe into space…

    Ariane is a series of a European civilian expendable launch vehicles for space launch use. The name comes from the French spelling of the mythological character Ariadne.

    France first proposed the Ariane project and it was officially agreed upon at the end of 1973 after discussions between France, Germany and the UK. The project was Western Europe’s second attempt to develop its own launcher following the unsuccessful Europa project. The Ariane project was code-named L3S (the French abbreviation for third-generation substitution launcher). The European Space Agency (ESA) charged the EADS subsidiary Astrium, presently Airbus Defence and Space, with the development of all Ariane launchers and of the testing facilities, while Arianespace, a 32.5% CNES commercial subsidiary created in 1980, handles production, operations and marketing.

    Arianespace launches Ariane rockets from the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guiana.

    From their Space Port in the French “departement” of Guiana… (Yes, despite being in South America, it is legally a part of France…) Everything European that goes to space, does so because of the French.

    That’s all I can think of just ‘off the top’, but there’s a whole lot more… But hey, if The Modern Libertarian Republic, curing disease, building the foundations of science, making the nuclear economy work, going to space regularly and reliably, and totally changing for the better medicine and food preservation while saving countless millions of lives and keeping the world immensely happy with the best wines in the world, best enjoyed on a beach in French swimwear isn’t enough for you… just remember what one language teacher said: “English is just German after the French got through with it”… So you owe the English language to The French as well… (along with much of the British Legal System that America semi-adopted) so pretty much all English literature and much of global law has a French root as well…

    Oh, what the heck, one more…

    There’s a reason I learned French to the point where the next class was French Lit. It is just a very functional AND aesthetically pleasing language. In comparison, other languages I’ve learned or explored are just not not… ‘complete’… Some are very functional and easy to learn, others can be very pretty in use, English lets you do anything relatively short and terse while being either very accurate or vague to the desired degree. But most of them fail on the aesthetics of the language… some on the function…

    Russian has ONE past tense. My God how that makes ordering things in the past difficult. Many languages lack a ‘progressive’ tense. How do you give that sense of motion through time without lumpy circumlocutions? German lost some of the original Indo-European grammar when it collided with another and merged (most likely Phoenician along the coast), as a result, it must overload ‘der de das’ with too many functions and makes phrases into words – it is a finely tuned pidgin… English is a bastard mix of French, German, and just about anything else that wandered by. Simpler (it, too, is a pidgin, but grown up…) and highly functional, but the soul is dead compared to French… Italian is in some ways just Latin in the ablative case (so grammatically a bit broken) likely as a result of so many non-Latin speakers moving to the core of the Roman Empire. Japanese has great handling for apologetics and guilt, but is poor in other grammar and has the most complicated ‘spelling’ and writing system I’ve ever tried to learn. The Hamitic / Semitic languages all lack vowel markings and are a PITA to read – some have occasional scripts with vowel markings, but not universally used (and Arabic has dialects where the same vowel means different things…) It wouldn’t be a big problem were it not for the fact that the vowel variation changes what word it is… The “three consonants” of most words gives the family (like ‘things doing with writing’) but the vowels tell you magazine vs book vs bookstore vs library vs… Spanish is “Latin mixed with Celtic after the Germans and Arabs got through with it”… hard and angry in sound, but with a functional grammar (and 10,000 gender inflections to memorize…). I’ve looked at a couple of dozen more. The conclusion:

    Of all of the European (and most of the Asian) languages, I’d rather speak French.

    The only fault I find in it is that it depends on subtle sounds for understanding and my hearing has degraded to where I can’t understand it from the TV. Too many sibilants that I no longer hear well. Written is fine, but the spoken form is now too muddied for me to properly error correct it. (For English, I do a lot of automatic ECC on sounds and it’s mostly fine, but that’s with a LOT of processing going on to reconstruct the original… I don’t notice it, but I know it happens when it fails…) The only language I’d rank higher would be Latin, but I’ve yet to get good at it. I can see the advantages of it, though. It is possible that Greek might beat even Latin, and my brief look at it made that case, but as there are at least 3 major eras of Greek and they are not cleanly mutually intelligible, I settled on Latin as more standard (though even it has change over time issues…) More on old languages here:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/the-trouble-with-old-languages/

    In many ways, French is a mix of old Gaulish (that some authorities say was nearly mutually intelligible with old Latin) and Latin, then with a grammar simplification to the present (loss of case inflection). A Pan-European base, with an ancient root in old cultures. Polished for thousands of years. Oh, and with the Frankish (Germanic) influence as well. IMHO that shows up in the use of auxiliary verbs… A wonderfully functional and beautiful fusion of three main language roots in Europe. Celtic, Latin, and German. A real “Linqua Franca” … think about it… So one might also say that the French Language itself is one of the great achievements of The French. I would. (then you get to layer on all the things written in French…)

    So please don’t despair, just ‘dig here’ a little bit on the history of The French…

  10. philjourdan says:

    The missing word is “recent”. I am well aware of their contributions in the past. It is just recent contributions that are lacking.

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    Didn’t you notice the point about France as a nuclear and aerospace hub?

  12. philjourdan says:

    That is merely taking what others have done. We do not celebrate Amerigo Vespucci day, even though he was first to recognize this was a new continent. Because he was not the “discoverer” (and we can debate Columbus was at another time).

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    Or if the 1970s are too old, here’s a recent French accomplishment:

    ;-)

  14. philjourdan says:

    Uncle! I concede the point to you! Just leave me alone to soak this one in. :-)

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh my! There’s a wiki for that!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_inventions_and_discoveries

    Chopping to only recent things (where recent is my opinion…)

    Etch A Sketch by André Cassagnes in the late 1950s.
    DivX around 1998 by Jerome Rota at Montpellier.

    Neon lighting by Georges Claude in 1910.
    Francium by Marguerite Perey in 1939

    Darrieus wind turbine by Georges Jean Marie Darrieus in 1931.
    Optical pumping by Alfred Kastler in the early 1950s.
    The multiwire proportional chamber by Georges Charpak in 1968

    Tuberculosis vaccine by Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin in 1921 (BCG).
    Antipsychotics in 1952 by Henri Laborit (chlorpromazine).
    Discovery of the cause of Down syndrome (chromosome 21 trisomy) by Jérôme Lejeune in 1958-1959 (syndrome first described by Jean-Étienne Dominique Esquirol, Édouard Séguin and John Langdon Down)
    First bone marrow transplant by Georges Mathé, a French oncologist, in 1959 on five Yugoslavian nuclear workers whose own marrow had been damaged by irradiation caused by a Criticality accident at the Vinča Nuclear Institute.
    Insulin pump in 1981 by Jacques Mirouze (first implantation) in Montpellier.
    Discovery of human immunodeficiency virus by Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier (1983).
    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) by Alim-Louis Benabid in 1987.
    Mifepristone, the abortion pill, by Étienne-Émile Baulieu in 1988.
    Hand transplantation on September 23, 1998 in Lyon by a team assembled from different countries around the world including Jean-Michel Dubernard who, shortly thereafter, performed the first successful double hand transplant.
    Telesurgery by Jacques Marescaux and his team on 7 September 2001 across the Atlantic Ocean (New-York-Strasbourg, Lindbergh Operation).
    Face transplant on November 27, 2005 by Dr Bernard Devauchelle.

    Inflatable tyres for cars by Édouard Michelin in 1895
    Scooter (1902) and Moped.
    V8 engine by Léon Levavasseur in 1902
    Modern automobile Drum brake in 1902 by Louis Renault.
    Helicopter : in 1907, the two first flying helicopters were experimented independently by Louis Breguet and Paul Cornu.
    Seaplane by Gabriel Voisin in June 1905 (non-autonomous) and by Henri Fabre in 1910 (autonomous : Fabre Hydravion).
    Ramjet by René Lorin in 1913.
    Catalytic converter by Eugene Houdry in 1956.
    Concorde by Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (1969)
    HDI diesel engine in 1998 by PSA Peugeot Citroën.

    Little black dress by Coco Chanel in the 1920s,
    Polo shirt by René Lacoste in 1926.
    Modern Bikini by Louis Réard in 1946.
    classic modern pencil skirt by Christian Dior in the late 1940s.
    A-line by Yves Saint Laurent in 1958 (term first used in 1955 by Christian Dior).
    Modern Raincoat (not to confuse with the older British trench-coat) by Guy Cotten in 1960.

    Food processor by Pierre Verdun between 1963 and 1971

    Computer-aided manufacturing by Pierre Bézier in 1971 as an engineer at Renault.
    Micral, earliest commercial, non-kit personal computer based on a microprocessor, by André Truong Trong Thi and François Gernelle in June 1972.
    Datagrams and CYCLADES in 1972-1973 by Louis Pouzin (which inspired Bob Kahn and Vinton Cerf when they invented the TCP/IP several years later).
    Smart Card by Roland Moreno in 1974 after the automated chip card.
    Minitel in 1980.
    Camera phone by Philippe Kahn in 1997.
    Several Programming languages (non-exhaustive list) :
    Prolog (Logic programming) by a group around Alain Colmerauer in 1972 in Marseille.
    LSE, Langage Symbolique d’Enseignement, a French, pedagogical, programming language designed in the 1970s at Supélec.
    Ada (multi-paradigm) by Jean Ichbiah (who also created LIS and Green) in 1980.
    Caml (OCaml by Xavier Leroy, Damien Doligez) developed at INRIA and formerly at ENS since 1985.
    Eiffel (object-oriented) by Bertrand Meyer in 1986.
    STOS BASIC on the Atari ST in 1988 and AMOS BASIC on the Amiga in 1990 by François Lionet and Constantin Sotiropoulos (dialects of BASIC).
    Several keyboards :
    AZERTY in the last decade of the 19th century.
    FITALY by Jean Ichbiah in 1996.
    BÉPO since 2003.

    Triathlon in the 1920s near Paris (Joinville-le-Pont, Meulan and Poissy).
    The Aqua-lung, first Scuba Set (in open-circuit) by Emile Gagnan and Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1943.
    Parkour in the 1980s by the future Yamakasi, especially David Belle.
    Flyboard in 2012 by Franky Zapata. Another version, the Flyboard Air, an air-propelled hoverboard, achieved a Guinness World Record for farthest flight by hoverboard in April 2016.
    Kitesurf aka flysurf in the 1990s by Manu Bertin and ski moutain derivatives
    Wingsuit in the 1990s by Patrick de Gayardon
    Vendée Globe since 1989 by Philippe Jeantot the first round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed non-stop and without assistance
    Paris–Dakar Rally since 1978 by Thierry Sabine
    Trophée Jules Verne since 1985 by Yves Le Cornec the fastest circumnavigation of the world (under 80 days) by any type of sailing yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew

    These aren’t particularly new, but I find them interesting:

    Ball bearing by Jules Suriray, a Parisian bicycle mechanic, on 3 August 1869.
    Coronagraph by Bernard Lyot in 1930.
    Criminology by Eugène François Vidocq
    Stapler

    I can’t imagine modern life without ball bearing and staplers, nor policing without criminology…

    At any rate, hopefully you can find something in that list to satisfy the dual set of ‘recent’ and an ‘accomplishment’ of some merit…

  16. Gail Combs says:

    I found having a passing acquaintance of French, German and of course English quite useful when doing lit searches in chemistry and while wandering around Europe. French was even useful in Mexico when no one spoke Spanish and we were 3 days mule packing from the nearest road.

    (With 14 guys along why did I end up as translator? I am really rotten at languages having no ‘ear’ at all..)

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gail:

    In my experience, folks learning things, even languages they may pronouce badly, has more to do with curiousity and willingness to risk for adventure than to any innate skill at the thing… I learned to ice skate and rollerblade (very badly) just so I could skate around the block with the kid (who went on to play hockey, roller and ice, and leave me in the dirt…).

    BTW, I must thank you for pushing me to look at Right Side TV for Trump rallies. Fox started to show some of the N.H. one, then cut to talking head announcer… I grabbed the tablet and http://rsbn.tv and quickly picked up where they left off…

    Nice, this cord cutting and “alternative” tv.

    I’ve found it very convenient to move the tablet from room to room as I do things, unlike the TV where I get anchored to a chair or couch… no more listening to TV News from down the hall, while in my office…

    I was downloading an operating system (Berryboot Pi) while watching the Trump rally. RSBN stayed fine while the OS download slowed from 3.0 MBit/ sec to 2.0 (as I would prefer). This means I have a bit of a tradeoff of I.T. work speed vs TV, but well inside acceptable limits.

    Slowly but surely the Tablet is becoming my main entertainment and news station. The Chomebox sometimes in the office when not using the Pi (that needs the same monitor). And RSBN now getting more eyeball time than any news but Fox. (Though catching up… as today showed.)

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