Today’s Google Doodle is in celebration of one of computer programming’s pioneers: Grace Hopper.
Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navyrear admiral. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. She conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages. She is credited with popularizing the term “debugging” for fixing computer glitches (inspired by an actual mothremoved from the computer). Owing to the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as “Amazing Grace”. The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) is named for her, as was the Cray XE6 ”Hopper” supercomputer at NERSC.
And do you see the moth fluttering out of the computer in the animation above?
While she was working on a Mark II Computer at a US Navy research lab in Dahlgren, Virginia in 1947, her associates discovered a moth stuck in a relay and thereby impeding operation, whereupon she remarked that they were “debugging” the system. Though the term bug had been in use for many years in engineering to refer to small glitches and inexplicable problems, Admiral Hopper did bring the term into popularity. The remains of the moth can be found in the group’s log book at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
Click here to see Grace Hopper on Letterman!
It’s a little cheesy, and the acting is kind of terrible with a lot of mumbled lines… but this Harry Potter Universe fan film is all kinds of awesome, delightful, and amazing. The OMEn Chronicles takes place 15 years after the fall of Voldemort (and in the US, it seems!), with a mysterious magical artifact that all kinds of wizards seem to want to get their hands on.
(PS, OC stands for Original Character. Nary a Granger or Longbottom in sight.)
I’m hardly surprised by the idea that Downton Abbey fans and crafters have a large overlap. But I was surprised and filled with no small amount of glee to discover that there is a line of Downton Abbey inspired fabric by Andover Fabrics.
Click here to see and buy them all! Season 4 of Downton Abbey will premiere in the states on PBS January 5th, 2014. You should be able to finish a quilt by then.
Soak in the glory that is Miss Betty Bates, a comic book district attorney from this 1940′s comic book. She ain’t got time for any of your vintage bullshit. (Click for bigger!)
Can we take a minute here to be in awe of how awesome and progressive she is in this 70 year old comic book?
She doesn’t even waste time with a costume or a mask, she just goes out and gets shit done. Betty is my new spirit animal.
We live in interesting times…