Admiral Grace Murray Hopper receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom!

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Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today. She has been a long-time favorite of mine, seeing as I was a career computer programmer. I was privileged to hear her speak in a small half-empty auditorium at the University of Missouri circa 1977. Her talk was riveting. She claimed to have been the only flag officer at the Pentagon to have both the U.S. flag and a Jolly Roger (pirate) flag at the entrance to her office. (Apparently, her staff was known to scrounge for office supplies after-hours.) She was awarded the inaugural Computer Sciences MAN of the Year award from the Data Processing Management Association! Ha!

I’m elated that she has been so honored, albeit posthumously. You can read about her award HERE and her life HERE. And while you’re at it, you might as well view the story of another woman of technology named Margaret Hamilton, also honored with the Medal of Freedom. You can see her amazing story HERE.

There is a tendency in my nation to disregard, diminish, women in tech. These two women crush that notion. Praise be.

Reblog: Here’s an interesting (quixotic?) idea…

Maybe we’re grasping at straws, or tilting at windmills. But we will not extinguish hope!

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If you are distressing over the U.S. presidential election, do not give up!!!  The electoral college does not meet until December 19 and if enough delegates can be persuaded to vote for Hillary instead of Trump, she can be declared the winner.  Please read the three links below and sign the petition, then Tweet, Facebook and email this to everyone you know.

(The petition is printed below so you can read it directly, but I’m giving a link as well, to get to the actual petition and sign it. If you’re reading the petition from a Mexican IP address, it seems to appear in Spanish. I and my tech guy can’t seem to fix that.)

A petition to the U.S. Electoral College HERE.

And a justification for the possibility HERE.

And a reminder of what Trump said just 4 years ago HERE.

On December 19, the Electors…

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Time is a Snake, Redux

                                Time is a Snake, Redux
I slipped out of your grasp. Your hands were too clammy,

too clasping, too grabby. But you didn’t really want to embrace me,
and I get it. I wonder if you thought me scaly or slippery or slimy.
But I slithered into you, or I will, in another reality, another dream, another time.
See, time is a snake, and it is my snake, at least with you.


I started writing this just after posting Time is a Snake and keep coming back to it, tweaking it. I’m tweaked out, so here ’tis.

By writing about these bizarre characters, I’m finally learning to break free of the notion that writing about “I” and “you” or “she” or “he” doesn’t have to mean I’m writing, even vaguely, about anyone I really know. I shoulda figured that out in high school, second year college English tops. Sheesh. Still learning the basics at age 64.