Dec 11 Reblogged
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 popularized (although the idea of computer "bugs" had been around before). 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) :
What a sensational person she is, thank you for your hard work
Dec 02 Reblogged
Sneak peak of a little Unity3D project I’m working on, planning to have the tunnel continue indefinitely, but I wanted to show the cool background I made. It’s a few rings of stars then applied to a cyclinder
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1. Rare: a lover of learning; an avid seeker of knowledge.
2. an advocate of Philonism. Also spelled Philonist.
Etymology: Greek philo- (love) + -noist (alteration derived from gnosis - knowledge).
A large number of humans may have lost their enthusiasm for books, but man, check out these animals getting their literacy on