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IBM on young girls programming in 1968

"a 1968 major ad from IBM for their new programming language. Very clear what they thought programmers look like" -- https://twitter.com/pwnallthethings/status/733851975389962241

Here's the text from the ad:

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Susie Meyer meets PL/I

The story of how a single language answers the question, "Can a young girl with no previous programming experience find happiness handling both commercial and scientific applications, without resorting to an assembler language?" Let's face it. The cost of programming just keeps going up. So for some time to come, how well you in your job depends on how programmers like Susie Meyer do theirs.

That's the reason for PL/I, the high-level language for both scientific and commercial applications.

With PL/I, programmers don't have to learn other high-level languages. They can concentrate more on the job, less on the language.

So think about PL/I. Not just in terms of training, but in terms of the total impact it can have on your operation.

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See also and http://thecomputerboys.com/?p=189 "Making Programming Masculine" at http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~nathanen/files/cbi-gender.pdf which mentions 1968.
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"Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World" by Cal Newport sounds like a great book: http://calnewport.com/books/deep-work/
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Going forward, when people tell me they want to be an engineer, TL, or manager, I plan to share these cautionary lists with them so they can be more well prepared.
I wish that someone had given me a roadmap of what to expect earlier in my career.
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Standing ovation for Edward Snowden yesterday at #LibrePlanet

I'm down front on the left. Photo from https://twitter.com/massonpj/status/711196394531454976

I'd post a picture of Richard Stallman but he asked us not to. :)

Great event. More at https://libreplanet.org/2016/ #lp2016

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- https://twitter.com/philipdurbin/status/711212265140326400
- https://twitter.com/philipdurbin/status/710986867437670401
- https://twitter.com/philipdurbin/status/709903163990663168
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You can always link to a page with a picture or RMS on it, like this, 

http://50.80.140.55/photo_album/chron/2016/2016_03_19-libraplanet/
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I just finished The Circle by Dave Eggers. Parts of it are good but a quick search for "overwrought" reveals a review that sums up my general feelings: https://newrepublic.com/article/115062/dave-eggers-circle-reviewed
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I had a very hard time finishing it. Stopped around 2/3 of the way, but a few months later decided I might as well see how it ended.

I shouldn't have bothered.
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Reminds me of Louis CK:

She asks me, 'Daddy, does the Earth go around the sun?' And I go, 'Yeah.' She goes, 'Does it do it all the time?' 'Yeah.' She says, 'Will the Earth always go around the sun forever?' I was like, 'No, at some point the sun is going to explode.' She's 7 years old! Do you understand how horrible that is?

"She started crying immediately, crying bitter tears for the death of all humanity. And here's how I tried to save it. 'Oh, honey, this isn't going to happen until you and everybody you know has been dead for a very long time.' She didn't know any of those things, and now she knows all of those things. She's going to die, everybody she knows is going to die, they're going to be dead for a very long time, and then the sun is going to explode. She learned all that in 12 seconds at the age of 7. But she took it pretty well. I was proud of her.
 
Warning: Nerd Sniping Ahead

This is an absurdly interesting Wikipedia article: a timeline of various events in geology, biology, physics, and culture which we can expect at various points from ten thousand years in the future on forward. Almost each line of this table has a giant story behind it which could be the seed for an hour of discussion or more.

I blame +Craig Sosin for this, and for the fact that I will have to consciously avoid reading this if I want to get work done today.
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Fika sounds fantastic.
 
This four-letter word is the Swedish key to happiness at work

The word “fika” is used as both a noun and a verb, and is derived from the Swedish word for coffee (kaffe), a national obsession for the world’s third-largest coffee drinking nation. Unlike the American-style caffeine jolt, the Swedish coffee break is a moment to literally leave work behind. Taken first around 10am and then at 3pm, it’s not a strategy for multi-tasking, or for fitting in another mini-meeting; it’s a chance to relax in the company of colleagues. The longstanding Swedish social ritual doesn’t necessarily even have to involve coffee—the key is to pause your day.

Via +Elin Dalstål​
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I finally watched "Dune" last night. Many geeks over the years have been surprised I hadn't seen it nor read the book. It was awful. It sounds like plenty of others agree: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_%28film%29#Critical_reception
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The movie afaik is often criticized by dune fans. There is even a documentary called Jodorowsky's Dune, which I have yet to see. Jodorowsky's movies reflect a similar atmosphere present in the book Dune. He would create a much better Dune adaptation, thinking of his movies like El Topo and The Holy Mountain.

I also like the game (Dune 1-2) even better - especially the music on an Ad Lib Gold sound card.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPEDAR7qWRI
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