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seriousladies:

Hot tipper Caro points us to Jean Bartik’s obit (and her snazzy skirt suit).
futurejournalismproject:

Jean Bartik (left), one of the United States’ first computer programmers, died in late March.
Via the New York Times:

Ms. Bartik was the last surviving member of the group of women who programmed the Eniac, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, which is credited as the first all-electronic digital computer…
…When the Eniac was shown off at the University of Pennsylvania in February 1946, it generated headlines in newspapers across the country. But the attention was all on the men and the machine. The women were not even introduced at the event…
…The Eniac women were wartime recruits with math skills, whose job was initially described as plugging in wires to “set up the machine.” But converting the math analysis into a process that made sense to the machine, so that a calculation could flow through the electronic circuitry to completion, proved to be a daunting challenge.
“These women, being the first to enter this new territory, were the first to encounter the whole question of programming,” said Paul E. Ceruzzi, a computer historian at the Smithsonian Institution. “And they met the challenge.”

seriousladies:

Hot tipper Caro points us to Jean Bartik’s obit (and her snazzy skirt suit).

futurejournalismproject:

Jean Bartik (left), one of the United States’ first computer programmers, died in late March.

Via the New York Times:

Ms. Bartik was the last surviving member of the group of women who programmed the Eniac, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, which is credited as the first all-electronic digital computer…

…When the Eniac was shown off at the University of Pennsylvania in February 1946, it generated headlines in newspapers across the country. But the attention was all on the men and the machine. The women were not even introduced at the event

…The Eniac women were wartime recruits with math skills, whose job was initially described as plugging in wires to “set up the machine.” But converting the math analysis into a process that made sense to the machine, so that a calculation could flow through the electronic circuitry to completion, proved to be a daunting challenge.

“These women, being the first to enter this new territory, were the first to encounter the whole question of programming,” said Paul E. Ceruzzi, a computer historian at the Smithsonian Institution. “And they met the challenge.

(Source: futurejournalismproject)

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Mar
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I love the part when she’s kicking it in the back seat between two friends and she sings, “My friend is by my right!” Friend on the left? Totally dissed. Life is cold, friend on the left.

Why Rebecca Black is the Demon-Wizard Child Piper Who Will Lead Us to Reason

Rob Sheffield has many things to say about Rebecca Black. This is great if just for the burn on Fleet Foxes.

(via perpetua)

AND THE SABRINA SHOUT OUT OH MY GOD

(via perpetua)

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Mar
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gingersnaps:

Highlights from the truck stop..

gingersnaps:

Highlights from the truck stop..

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jillsies:

Joan Didion and her 1969 Yellow Corvette Stingray

J-DIDDY: Serious Lady swag

seriousladies:

jillsies:

Joan Didion and her 1969 Yellow Corvette Stingray

J-DIDDY: Serious Lady swag

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This is an especially nice palate cleanser after the STYLING DISASTER that was inflicted on our boy in that GQ spread.   My retinas are still searing from that t-shirt!!! 
whydoihaveablog:

I have a crush on Childish Glover, you guys. No, you’re not understanding, I have a crush on him. The kind you develop in elementary school on recess black tops and grassy green fields. 

This is an especially nice palate cleanser after the STYLING DISASTER that was inflicted on our boy in that GQ spread.   My retinas are still searing from that t-shirt!!! 

whydoihaveablog:

I have a crush on Childish Glover, you guys. No, you’re not understanding, I have a crush on him. The kind you develop in elementary school on recess black tops and grassy green fields. 

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Feb
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Nobody ever responded to us goofing on them, which disappointed me a little bit. Although I will say that the cast of the Broadway show works VERY hard to pull off that show and I give them all the credit in the world for having that level of talent. It’s just that the show itself has no reason to exist.
Tom Scharpling re: American Idiot and “Bottled In Cork”. Via Chromewaves.
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WIND CHILL VALUES… 20 TO 25 BELOW ZERO.
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I would like a lifetime supply, please.

What’s the drink? Is there such a thing as chocolate-hazelnut flavored milk?

1. This is awesome, obviously. 
2.  The Today Show Tumblr appears to have little or no relation to the television program.  In fact, it would almost appear to be directly at odds with it (e.g., unabashed mockery of Kim Kardashian vs. po-faced “reporting” on her latest endeavor). 
Do they really think this is going to suddenly draw in new (and younger) viewers or trick people into thinking that Kathie Lee and Hoda are cool?  Seems to be rather transparent and futile but at least they’re keeping a freelancer employed, I suppose.

newsweek:

today:

I would like a lifetime supply, please.

What’s the drink? Is there such a thing as chocolate-hazelnut flavored milk?

1. This is awesome, obviously. 

2.  The Today Show Tumblr appears to have little or no relation to the television program.  In fact, it would almost appear to be directly at odds with it (e.g., unabashed mockery of Kim Kardashian vs. po-faced “reporting” on her latest endeavor). 

Do they really think this is going to suddenly draw in new (and younger) viewers or trick people into thinking that Kathie Lee and Hoda are cool?  Seems to be rather transparent and futile but at least they’re keeping a freelancer employed, I suppose.

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The Night Yo La Tengo Performed A Seinfeld Episode

This is not a fib - I was there too, marking the first (and presumably, last) time I have ever seen Yo La Tengo get booed.

Even though I knew that the novelty factor would wane after 10 mins or so, I was firmly in the “into it” camp - it was uncanny how much Ira nailed the delivery of his character (and to a lesser but still impressive extent, James).  Frankly, I admire them for sticking with it - the band had clearly put a long time into practicing their lines and it would have somehow felt like a defeat to wind it down early.

But.   While YLT has certainly earned enough goodwill to do pretty much whatever they want, I too was baffled and disappointed by the extended intermission that followed.  Given that there was an extremely long and involved break/tuning session after the opening act (the surprisingly great William Tyler), and given that the instruments were left untouched during the first set, it was extremely off-putting to suffer through another long break (and for some reason, more tuning).  Simply put, it just didn’t feel very Yo La Tengo-y, especially given the ticket price.

But yeah, once back onstage, they killed it.  Perhaps in a nod to the previous 50 minutes, they launched into a percussion-heavy rendition of “The Room Got Heavy” and it was all jams from there.  I bought a coffee mug.

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Feb
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FILE UNDER:  PEOPLE I NEVER, EVER THOUGHT WOULD BE IN A PHOTO TOGETHER.

FILE UNDER:  PEOPLE I NEVER, EVER THOUGHT WOULD BE IN A PHOTO TOGETHER.

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