— Do you remember where you were and what you were doing in 1995? Television was dominated by ER, Seinfeld, and Friends. Die Hard with a Vengeance and the original Toy Story were the top movies, and TLC and Coolio had the most popular songs. But perhaps one of the biggest events that year was the release of a product that ushered computing into the world we know today: Windows 95.
From the licensing of the Rolling Stones’ Start Me Up to lighting up the Empire State Building, the operating system was marketed in an unprecedented way and sold millions of copies in its first few weeks. Odds are it’s one of the first, if not the first, operating system most of us used. The weekend of Aug. 24, the Living Computers Museum + Labs is celebrating the release of the software with Windows 95 Weekend. All kinds of Windows 95 memorabilia with be on display for the event.
— We all know that most stars eventually explode, but what happens to the surrounding stars? That’s the topic of this month’s Astronomy on Tap. In Star Today, Gone Tomorrow, two University of Washington scientists will talk about what leads up to a supernova and how it affects its neighbors on Aug. 28 at Peddler Brewing.
Here are more highlights from the GeekWire Calendar:
- Keiretsu Forum Northwest Presents Angel Capital Expo: An expo connecting entrepreneurs with angel investors at Microsoft Building 33 in Redmond; 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22.
- Executive Speaker Series: Machine Learning and AI: A panel about how AI is being implemented in all facets of life at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Microsoft Event Center in Seattle; 12 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22.
- Founders Live Seattle: An event where five startups pitch their companies to the audience in 99 seconds at Thinkspace in Seattle; 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22
- Partner Power Hour: Cambria – Cloud Migration Strategy for the Enterprise: A presentation about how Cambria uses cloud technology to improve its business at Code Fellows in Seattle; 12:15 to 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23.
- Return of the Dragon: A Digital Scavenger Hunt: An all-ages event where attendees search for virtual dragons at the Redmond Downtown Park in Redmond; 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24.
- The Empire Strikes Back in the Park: A performance of The Empire Strikes Back at Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park in Seattle; 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25.
- Showing of the film Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future: A screening of the film about Chesley Bonestell, an artist who had a large impact on the space program at the Museum of Flight in Seattle; 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug 25.
- Climate Science on Tap: Ask a Scientist: An event where attendees can ask questions about climate change and get answers from leading scientists in the field at the Lagunitas Taproom in Seattle; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug 26.
- Learn How to Fund Your Startup Without a VC or Angel: A presentation about alternate methods of funding at Create 33 in Seattle; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 27.