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) :
#How did I miss this?
NO BUT SOME OF THEM EVEN HAVE RED HATS
Is this an accurate portrayal of Superwholock or am I barking up the wrong tree?
Um…this couldn’t be more perfect.
I’d say Luna is Homestuck and Ginny is Torchwood and Neville is Merlin, never the popular one but super badass nonetheless
Is Game of Thrones like, Draco, then? Sexy though it shouldn’t be, a little creepy, but alright in the end?
Dobby is Primeval because we’ll literally take anything we can get at this point we’ll take a sock we’ll take a godamn sock the master has given Primeval a sock .
Does that make Star Trek Dumbledore? Old and wise and informing all who come after?
Voldemort can be the Loki/Tom fandom
OMG Harry Potter is like the main fandom. Like, everyone knows it and it’s a part of, even if they don’t say it out loud. Like, alll fandom community gets the refferences and everything!
pirates of the caribbean
tia dalma / calypso
a fairytale were a young girl is kidnapped and forced to marry a demon king and instead of being like no! never! shes like fine as long as i get to help you destroy and hes like lol cool but soon shes doing a bit too much and her husband king is like okay enough power and shes like bye see you in the dungeon and hes like what and hes dragged away cause now everyone is more loyal to her and she reigns over the underworld and the surface world with a cold iron fist
Men Experiencing Labor Pains
With their wives supporting them.
HAHAHHAHAHA TOO GOOD
I bet a kick in the balls would feel real good right about then.
“Men can handle anything”
“Women exaggerate everything”
And then they realized just how wrong they were
That was beautiful
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