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Here’s Your First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Alan Turing

We brought you news earlier this week of computer genius Alan Turing finally being pardoned for his 1952 conviction for homosexuality. Now here’s the first image of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, playing Turing. Coincidence? We think not. Never underestimate Hollywood, folks. The film will also star Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, and Charles Dance.

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Computer Pioneer Alan Turing, Convicted for Homosexuality, Finally Receives Royal Pardon

We have some bittersweet news for you this Christmas Eve day: Alan Turing—computer genius, codebreaker, World War II hero—has finally had his 1952 conviction for homosexuality overturned by the British government. “Sweet” because it’s been a long time coming. “Bitter” because it in no way erases his initial conviction and its heartbreaking results.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Depress Audience Members In Alan Turing Biopic?

Fellow history nerds, rejoice. A biopic of World War II codebreaker extraordinaire/tragic life story subject Alan Turing has been in the works for a year or two. A script for the movie, called The Imitation Game, was put on the Black List (a list of scripts that industry folks are talking about but that haven’t been picked up yet) back in 2011, and last December the film got a director in the form of Morten Tyldum. And now Deadline is reporting that it’s close to having a star, too: Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Scientists Petition to Grant War Hero, Math Genius Alan Turing, Convicted of Homosexuality, An Official Pardon

Stephen Hawking and other notable scientists have asked the British government to grant an official posthumous pardon to Alan Turing, the mathematician and code-breaker whose contributions to the Allied victory in World War II were followed up by a conviction for homosexuality. Turing was given the choice between imprisonment and a hormonal treatment better known as “chemical castration,” and after a year of enduring the latter he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

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Things We Saw Today: Alan Turing Memorial Decorated for Pride

This weekend doesn’t just mark Pride. It’s also the birthday of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who cracked the Enigma code, handing the Allies one of their greatest achievements of World War II, and upon whose logical leaps the basic foundations of modern computer science were laid. Turing also died at the age of 41, from what is commonly thought to be suicide, after being convicted of “indecency” (i.e., being gay) and sentenced to chemical castration. While his memorial certainly brings melancholy thoughts to mind, the way it was decorated this weekend takes us right back to hopeful ones. Happy Pride, everyone! (Boing Boing)

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Things We Saw Today: Thor On a Cat

What it says on the tin. By Natascha at Lamilu. (via The Uniblog)

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Things We Saw Today: A Commenting Malfunction

Hey! We don’t really have a funny picture up here today because we need to adress some serious business. Our commenting system, Disqus, seems to have banned a whole bunch of people that we didn’t ask it to. Including one of our own writers! We want to let everyone know that these bans were not intentional, and we’re working to iron out the problems. At the moment we don’t exactly know what’s wrong, but it appears we are not the only site affected. On the other hand, other sites in our home network like Geekosystem are not having these problems. So it’s left us looking something like the picture above. We’re sure that it’s also left some of you like the picture above and we apologize for the inconvenience. We don’t hate you!

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