Grace Hopper

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper would have been 107 today, and is being honored with a great Google Doodle. It’s quite literally impossible for us to imagine, as we sit here reading about her on the internet, but people used to use things like paper and pencils and chalk and slide rules to solve (and often not solve) complicated problems. Grace Hopper quite simply helped usher in the modern age, her impact, I think, is no less than the steam engine or the cotton gin.

Some awesome stuff she did: Grace Hopper developed first compiler, allowing computer calculations to move beyond simple arithmetic and into more complex problems. She also developed first standardized computer language, COBOL, which laid the groundwork for all the languages we use today.

One day she found a dead moth disrupting one of the electronic relays in the Mark 1 computer, and upon removing it (and fixing the computer), the term “debugging" was born. Here’s her daily log from that day, with the offending moth taped to the page:

Beyond that, she was a charming scientific communicator, and she possessed a marvelous ability to make people, and mind you this was in a time when almost no one owned their own computer, truly appreciate both the importance and the complexity of computing technology.

She famously carried around a bundle of nanoseconds in her purse for illustrative purposes. Here she is charming the socks off of David Letterman, and giving him a nanosecond of his very own (don’t miss the picosecond joke, either) :

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This is just nonsense regarding Final’s Week but…

Dear Snow Lords, 

Please put snow upon the land of Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Finals don’t need to happen until later, right?

Attempted to make blue cheese mac and cheese… I don’t know how it will taste, but it sure smells burnt… I’ll eat it anyways.

Sugar coma the morning after.


HOW-TO: Storing and Packaging Cookies Tutorial {you must click the link for full details}

Storing and Packaging Cookies

Proper storage can ensure your cookies stay fresher longer. And our packaging ideas take advantage of household items to make gift-giving easier.

  • Rule: Storing Cookies - Layer cookies between waxed or parchment paper. This keeps them from sticking together or losing crispness. Metal tins keep cookies firmer than plastic bins. Let cookies cool before storing. 
  • Rule: Don’t Combine Soft and Crisp Cookies - When storing cookies, do not combine crisp and soft cookies in the same container, as this will cause the crisp ones to soften a bit. You can restore the crisp texture of cookies that have softened by heating them in a 300-degree oven for about 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool completely before serving.
  • Rule: Line Containers Always line cardboard containers with parchment or waxed paper. And you should make sure that cookies have cooled completely before you package them; the steam given off by warm cookies will make them soggy.
  • Rule: Packaging Cookies Many of the materials for making cookie gift packages are probably already in your home — ribbon, paper bags, a cardboard oatmeal container. Keep in mind how much room your cookies will take up in whatever container you select — and how much filler you will need to cushion them, depending on how you plan to deliver the gift.
  • Packaging Idea, Mix and Match Cookie Tins -A mixed tin is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Line the bottom and sides of a square or rectangular airtight tin with corrugated paper. Fold short lengths in half for dividers. Envelop your cookies in tissue paper, buffer them with corrugated paper tubes, or protect them using accordion-folds of paper. You can also tie a stack of cookies with baker’s twine.
  • Packaging Idea, Kitchen MoldsKitchen molds make attractive gift containers, and they serve the recipient well long after the cookies are eaten. Here, pudding molds lined with parchment make excellent vessels for soft cookies.
  • Packaging Idea, Bread Pans - Long lidded bread pans, swathed in bright taffeta or velvet ribbon, are the perfect container for delicate cookies such as biscotti.
  • Packaging Idea, Cellophane Wrapped Cookies - Labors of love as pretty as home-baked cookies needn’t be hidden by paper or cardboard. Here, neat rows of chocolate-espresso wafers and orange-ginger rounds are rolled in cellophane, and the ends are finished with ribbons.
  • Packaging Idea, Card Stock Packaging - Enclose a delicious cookie treat in this inventive packaging for a perfect homemade gift.

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