Richard Feynman ‘The beauty of a flower’
Thor the kitten just wants to browse the internet.
Connor Johnson started by donating his allowance to the cause. Then he decided to do more.
Guys, this kid started a petition on WhiteHouse.gov to increase NASA funding… because he wants to be an astronaut.
That’s the kind of kid we need. That’s the kind of dream we need.
Tumblr has totally *killed* online petitions and polls before. Remember the astronaut contest that Axe was running, and how we bombed it? And every stupid MTV and E! Online poll ever? Yeah. Let’s do that.
This petition has until December 29 to get the votes it needs, and right now it’s massively in the hole.
Let’s do our thing for a good cause.
the elusive chimichanga beast strikes again
Oh cripes, somebody do an illustration of the terrifying woodland chimichanga…
Versailles in winter
I posted this photo ages ago. Somebody took it, removed the origin link and did not give credit to the original photographer. Whoever you are, you suck. So, here’s who took this photo, she deserves the credit.
Doctor Who AU dark musical comedy in which several companions conspire to kill various versions of the Time Lord who wronged them
And now the six merry murderesses of the Stormcage Containment Facility in their rendition of The Cell Block Tango…
Sevan Biçakçi, for all your tiny city in a magic ring needs. Also: frozen birds, enchanted pomegranates and creatures of the deep.
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) :