I’d rather make my tummy happy instead of fighting my body shape for the pleasure of other people’s line of vision.
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) :
This man is gonna get divorced because of VIne.
LMFAO SCREAM THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER
DASHONBURTON have you seen this?!
this is a commercial
it has a bigger moral than 99% of movies
holy shit i’m actually crying
Kindness and generosity. Those are the things I want my life to be about. Imagine the change in the world if everybody decided to be the the tiniest bit gentler to each other. The world would change.
This is the greatest Craigslist ad that ever was.
Lies we tell our kids. Found this from the postsecret blog.
LASA Robotics Makes Tricked Out Wheelchair For Boy With Cerebral Palsy
California resident Daniel Cope suffers from cerebral palsy, but that never stopped him from dreaming of hiking with his family. With the help of some friends from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) Robotics team in Austin, Texas, Cope’s dream became a reality.
Team members participating in LASA’s Non-Competition Engineering Projects initiative took on the challenge of building him a wheelchair that could roam over different types of terrain. Local businesses donated materials and services to help with costs and quality, and FedEx played a special role by transporting the chair free of charge! [x]
Meet Bill Clinton.
There’s not many things more heart-warming than watching Jim Carrey make kids laugh while volunteering in Haiti.
real life big fat anime tears omg this makes me so incredibly happy wowowoowow
that’s so heartwarming…
[x] Gates McFadden on the role of women in Star Trek (1993)
i read this is the reason she was off TNG for a season
Nas Helps Raise Over $30,000 For A Homeless Single Father With 8 KidsFor many, Nas is just a rapper but to the Young family, he is a hero.
This week, Nas came across the story of Stanley Young, a single father of 8 children who had lost his home to a fire, on the news and he decided to start a campaign to help the family find a new home.
In a message submitted to the fundraising site Crowdtilt, Nas wrote:
Stanley Young is an unemployed construction worker and single father. Two weeks ago, a fire destroyed his home. His family is stuck in a hotel, but time is running out. I could barely watch his tragic story on the news…– they will be kicked out by August 13th if we don’t do something to help now.I am also a single father, and we don’t get enough credit in this country. I’m committed to helping Stanley and his eight (yes 8!) kids. Moreover, I believe and hope that we should all, as a community, come together to help our fellow American men and women when they need us in desperate situations like this. See if you can’t find a few dollars to help the Youngs get back on their feet with me. We need to raise enough to extend their stay, and maybe even afford a down payment on a new house or something.
This is real. It is me. I’m putting in $5,000 myself. Never done something like this, but I have faith that our American community can pull together a miracle for this strong family who needs our help right now. If we can get to the $20,000 goal, I’ll put in another $5,000 too.
Thanks and God bless.
As of this morning, Nas has helped raise almost $35,000, and is looking to raise at least $50,000 by August 13, which is the date that Stanley and his family will be required to vacate the hotel they are living in.
Meanwhile, Stanley was taken aback by all the support. He told ABC 7:
So many people just came out of nowhere and put out money and we were blown away. It’s been surprising how much they did within a couple of hours. That is so amazing to me. It’s overwhelming. He don’t have to do what he had to do. People, strangers I don’t even know, never met before in my life, are helping and that’s amazing.
And Nas added:
Thank you to ABC for putting this on our radar so we know about this. We just knew we had to do something. I’m grateful to Stanley. He’s the true American dream. A man who would do whatever it takes to take care of his kids. I’m the same way and I just think he’s great.
Nas is in direct contact with Stanley and his family, and they are hoping that the $50,000 will help the Youngs find a permanent place to live versus a temporary solution.
If you are wondering about the kids’ mom, she passed away last year, which makes the story even more heartbreaking.
You can donate to Nas’ campaign at http://helpstanleyyoung.com/.
Meet Stanley Young and his kids below:
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