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) :
“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”
Politics and the English Language, George Orwell
*distant middle school voices* INK POISONING
this is far too mesmerizing not to reblog
i keep getting random erections today and idk why
I guess you could say it’s been a hard day.
The light bulb symbolizes our thoughts and how over-thinking can kill us.
Or they just had a giant ass light and the bulb wasn’t screwed in properly.
I agree. He was smashed by a novelty bulb.
Name a british actor who has never been in drag.
GO ON, DO IT.
I DARE YOU.
you forgot these two
Also don’t forget.
the reblog button is so important to me when this post comes along
YOU CAN’T BE HOT AS BOTH GENDERS YOU FUCKING CHEATERS
How do you politely tell someone that you want them naked on top of you
I’m pretty much positive that’s why poetry was even invented in the first place.
for the constellations of your skin to brush against
the earth of mine
i would swim the seas a thousand times
(please let’s fuck now)
That was beautiful
Sherlock’s reaction is the reason my heart completely shatters.
Our christmas tree is better than your christmas tree.