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) :
A Pink feather is for porno…
I can’t say I’m sorry…
See Paul reads the audiobook version of this trippy sci-fi work called Vurt by Jeff Noon. In it Paul reads all these dirty, dirty things, but things in between the dirty bits are mood killers. So i’ve taken them all and tried to make a story.
Given Paul was so young when reading this, and his character in the book is a rather tough individual, I imagine Golic recalling some times he’s had, but i know that’s not for everybody ;D
“I played a five-year-old girl.”
— Paul McGann, when he, Petey, and Colin were asked at Chicago TARDIS what the biggest appearance change was that they’d ever had to do for a role. (I’m still amazed that Petey didn’t respond with “turning into Colin Baker.”)
Withnail and I
Queen of the Damned
Lesbian Vampire Killers
Luther (series 2)
Lie With Me
Hidden Paintings of the North West
You can find some of these in the masterpost but I hope I have helped you out and/or really frustrated you with this post. ^_^
And now some flattering pictures of Paul McGann
my-hearts-require-tea is the (Lieutenant, and more recently, Captain) Hearts that we all know and love, who makes cute plushies and other crafty things, and who turns into goo at the mention of Redcoat!McGann.
Accept no substitutes.
I enjoyed meeting quite a few of you lovely Tumblr peeps in Chicago. As a reminder to everyone:
lastly, if you’re reading this, you’re welcome to visit Vancouver and see the locations used in the TV movie with me as your personal tour guide.
ok that’s all thank you for reading
Paul loves him and his very soft hands.
♦ How much Mark North’s life sucks after DCI Luther enters it.