guys… it’s that time of the year
Rear Admiral Grace Hopper would have been 107 today, and is being honored with a great Google Doodle. It’s quite literally impossible for us to imagine, as we sit here reading about her on the internet, but people used to use things like paper and pencils and chalk and slide rules to solve (and often not solve) complicated problems. Grace Hopper quite simply helped usher in the modern age, her impact, I think, is no less than the steam engine or the cotton gin.
Some awesome stuff she did: Grace Hopper developed first compiler, allowing computer calculations to move beyond simple arithmetic and into more complex problems. She also developed first standardized computer language, COBOL, which laid the groundwork for all the languages we use today.
One day she found a dead moth disrupting one of the electronic relays in the Mark 1 computer, and upon removing it (and fixing the computer), the term “debugging" was born. Here’s her daily log from that day, with the offending moth taped to the page:
Beyond that, she was a charming scientific communicator, and she possessed a marvelous ability to make people, and mind you this was in a time when almost no one owned their own computer, truly appreciate both the importance and the complexity of computing technology.
She famously carried around a bundle of nanoseconds in her purse for illustrative purposes. Here she is charming the socks off of David Letterman, and giving him a nanosecond of his very own (don’t miss the picosecond joke, either) :
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I heart fight club.
Fight Club was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my entire life, tbh.
-Oh the weather outside is weather
But the fire is so fire
Sense we’ve got no place to place
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow-
Quote from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Blur - Modern Life is Rubbish - 1993
Guess what, it snowed here in Texas.
I just bought the best book money can buy.
oh my god this is so perfect it’s so hard to explain how disconnected the grammar is between asl and English NO ONE UNDERSTANDS WELL THIS. THIS IS IT
This is as great as the time I learned to sign ‘cockthulu’ at Super Art Fight.
The most fun I ever had in ASL was the class where we came up with every dirty word or phrase we could and the teacher showed up how to sign them.
Everyone should take an sign language class if they have the opportunity.
you all should go to this site and make yourself and post it