In addition to essentially inventing the computer, Alan Turing also broke the German Enigma Code during World War II which paved the way for the D-Day invasion. The man was a hyper-genius. I’ve read descriptions of his work by mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose. He’s been a hero of mine ever since.
The level of thought required to come up with the stuff he came up with is totally beyond my comprehension. I actually did not even know about his orientation until much later. He was prosecuted and ordered to undergo chemical castration. Soon thereafter, he committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple.
The government forced him to take estrogen as a punishment (or “cure”?). He began to develop breasts and other side effects.
He committed suicide by biting into a cyanide laced apple. This is supposedly the inspiration for the name/logo of Apple computers.
and old Apple computers
the apple was a rainbow
Reblogging again because more people need to know about Turing dammit.
Oh, well then.
It is personal policy to always reblog Alan Turing when he is on my dash. He gave us the world and all this world ever gave him was suffering.
Also, I’m not going to correct this post because it’s already been done. Turing was already pretty f**ked up from hormonal therapy by the time he finally killed himself. We must never forget this brave man and everything he went through to serve us up the entire modern world as we know it.
Another graphic reminder on how none of us have an excuse to not chase our dreams.
Oscar Pistorius is going to the Olympics: Oscar Pistorius has been selected to run in both the individual 400 metres and the 4×400-metre relay at the London Olympics and is set to become the first amputee track athlete to compete at any games.
In a surprising last-minute decision Wednesday, South Africa’s Olympic committee and national track federation cleared the double amputee to run in his individual event. The Olympic committee earlier announced that Pistorius had been picked only for the relay.
Olympic committee chief executive Tubby Reddy tells The Associated Press that the track body asked for permission to also allow Pistorius to run the 400, even though he had not met their qualifying criteria.
Polite sarcasm of the highest order.
“Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn’t have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. Without a prison, there can be no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves.When someone was so poor that he couldn’t afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property. We didn’t know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth. We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another.We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don’t know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.” — John (Fire) Lame Deer, Sioux Lakota, 1903-1976.
This is the Awesome Rankin Paynter.
This guy is a hero. He bought out an entire Kmart inventory and then gave it away to charity.
Why? Because he didn’t want ‘power buyers’ to lay their hands on the stock for cheap, and then resell the stocks to make a profit out of it. He decided that he is rich enough to buy the entire store AND give it away. After all, he owns a jewellery exchange business so he’s not exactly hard up for cash.
It took four cash registers and six and a half hours to ring up everything in store. The total cost? $US200,000 ($AU203,460).
He then handed everything over to Clark County Community Services, a non-profit organization that helps needy people of Winchester, Kentucky.
“What I see is people coming in my store, needy people sell their stuff,” Paynter said, who owns a jewelry exchange business in Winchester. “It’s bad nowadays. I just told (the clerk) let’s just give it away to charity.” (Source)
As if that’s not enough, he also forked out a further load of money to rent out a whole building to store all the stocks.
How awesome can one guy be?