Daily Post : 10th December

Quote of the day :

Wealth can be wonderful, but you know, success can test one’s mettle as surely as the strongest adversary.
~ Akiro the Wizard

Pic of the day :

Titan the robot crying

Tube of the day :

As it was Mako’s birthday today I found a selection of clips of him playing Akiro the Wizard with Arnie in Conan the Barbarian and Destroyer


On this day…

Born today :

  • Mathematician, Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815)
    Better known as Ada Lovelace, she was the world’s first programmer!
  • Actor, Mako Iwamatsu
    Mako on Wikipedia
  • Actor, Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Actor, Kenneth Branagh
  • Poet, Emily Dickinson
  • Fantasy author and poet, George MacDonald (1824)
  • Librarian Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey (Created Dewey Decimal System)
  • King, James I of Scotland (1394)

Also on this day in history

Whitaker’s Almanac reference book was published for the first time, in the year 1868

Also in print, this was the day, in 1907, that Rudyard Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. It was also the first time it had been bestowed on an English writer.

Staying with Nobel prizes, and it’s start in 1901, the first Nobel Peace Prizes were awarded to Jean Henri Dunant, together with Frederic Passy from a special fund created by inventor Alfred Nobel to award those who "have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind."

At the same time, the first Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays.

Two years later, 1903, the Nobel prize for physics went to Pierre and Marie Curie

This one surprised me, that’s a heck of a long flight even now! In 1919 two Australian brothers, Captain Ross Smith and Lieutenant Keith Smith, became the first aviators to fly from Britain to Australia.

Metric system established in France back in 1799.

Trending at this moment:

#LeWeb 2013 on Twitter on what the next ten years holds for the Internet in general

@leweb on Twitter
LeWeb, where revolutionaries gather to plot the future Le Web
It’s atab late for the Paris one as there’s only to days left, but if you want to book ahead, it’s in London next year.

As I’m running behind tonight, here’s a token link from Microsoft:

LeWeb’13 and ‘The Next 10 Years’: The digitization of nearly everything

The other trend, later this evening, is #FiveWordTechHorrors. It was apt enough to shuffle about into an office conversation, so I did.

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