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If your image of a computer programmer is a young man, there’s a good reason: It’s true. Recently, many big tech companies revealed how few of their female employees worked in programming and technical jobs. Google had some of the highest rates: 17 percent of its technical staff is female.
It wasn’t always this way. Decades ago, it was women who pioneered computer programming — but too often, that’s a part of history that even the smartest people don’t know.
The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech
Photo: Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania

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npr:

If your image of a computer programmer is a young man, there’s a good reason: It’s true. Recently, many big tech companies revealed how few of their female employees worked in programming and technical jobs. Google had some of the highest rates: 17 percent of its technical staff is female.

It wasn’t always this way. Decades ago, it was women who pioneered computer programming — but too often, that’s a part of history that even the smartest people don’t know.

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

Photo: Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania

Important information is important.

discoverynews:

How Does This Invisibility Cloak Work?

SCIENCE!

nprmusic:

sesamestreet:

Disco Snuffy has entered the building.

Happy Hump Day, y’all. 

nprmusic:

sesamestreet:

Disco Snuffy has entered the building.

Happy Hump Day, y’all. 

discoverynews:

Human Hamster Wheel Turns Up Productivity

Would have either way too much fun with this, or trip and have a terrifying accident. Super interesting.

discoverynews:

Human Hamster Wheel Turns Up Productivity

Would have either way too much fun with this, or trip and have a terrifying accident. Super interesting.

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How Agatha made Mendl’s Famous Courtesans au Chocolat in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Beautiful and delicious.

Paul F. Greatest

Paul F. Greatest

(Source: partytomatoes, via stand-up-comic-gifs)

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The people of Pawnee, Indiana getting very silly. Love you, Parks and Recreation.

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You are loved, no matter how dark the light may become. Reach out, whether it be to me, someone else you trust, or even the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. 

You aren’t alone. 

In memory of Robin Williams, or Peter Pan, or Genie, or Mork, or Mr. Keating, or Teddy Roosevelt, or whoever he wanted to be.

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The Postal Service - “Against All Odds”

Power Ballad Wednesday: Week Forty-One (A great cover of a classic Phil Collins-overshare song, originally for, you guessed it, a movie soundtrack.)

INXS - “Never Tear Us Apart”

Power Ballad Wednesday: Week Forty (Wailing sax line, that’s all you need to know.)

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"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Anaïs Nin

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theparisreview:

“So they were childish and childlike. Forgive them. They wrote a dozen of the finest songs of the twentieth century. The Bee Gees were children of the world.”
Bob Stanley on the elephant in the discotheque.

Groove on!
– Alexander

npr:

theparisreview:

“So they were childish and childlike. Forgive them. They wrote a dozen of the finest songs of the twentieth century. The Bee Gees were children of the world.”

Bob Stanley on the elephant in the discotheque.

Groove on!

– Alexander

nbcparksandrec:

GREATEST. DAY. EVER.

nbcparksandrec:

GREATEST. DAY. EVER.

skunkbear:

Here’s an Otocolobus manulnature’s Grumpy Cat — discovering a camera trap outside it’s den. Camera traps are used by biologists to lean about rare animals’ behavior, abundance, and health — just by setting up a solar-powered camera with a motion trigger. No physical trapping necessary.

O. manul (also known as Pallas’s cat) is about the size of a house cat, but you’ll notice has round pupils instead of slits. It lives in western China and the steppes of Central Asia.

You’d think that Pallas’s cat would rule the internet by now - but there aren’t too many photos of them because they are both rare and shy. The IUCN lists them as near-threatened. Just another reason to support species conservation!

You can see the whole video — posted Scarce Worldwidehere.

(via npr)