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  1. The Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Brief History Of The TOTALLY KICK-ASS Grace Hopper

    Want to know where the term "computer bug" came from?

    Okay friends I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE PREPARED for the badness of a certain GRACE MURRAY HOPPER. Oh, wait, sorry, REAR ADMIRAL Grace Murray Hopper. YEAH. It's about to get REAL.

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  2. It’s Ada Lovelace Day, So Here’s A Brief History Of Her EXTREME RADNESS

    How can one human be SO RAD?!

    Hey ladies, next time some troll gets in your internet-face and tries to be like LOL GIRLS JUST LIKE COMPUTERS FOR ATTENTION or WOMEN DON’T KNOW HOW TO CODE UGH or anything equally ridiculous, I want you to get a picture of Ada Lovelace, tape it to a digital brick, and throw it in their general direction. Because GUESS WHAT GATEKEEPER BROS want to know who wrote the first-ever computer program? It was A LADY NAMED ADA. OOPS.

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  3. Amazon Has a Racism Disclaimer on Tom and Jerry Cartoons, Cue the Censorship Complaints

    How dare they accurately describe a show!

    A quick lesson in censorship: A disclaimer is not censorship. There's nothing wrong with admitting openly that outdated and possibly offensive stereotypes and imagery exist in older cartoons or any kind of entertainment. Amazon has done just that with Tom and Jerry on their instant streaming video service, and people are reacting about as well as you'd expect.

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  4. The Mary Sue Interview: Medieval Full-Contact Steel Fighter Sandra Lagnese

    BRING THE BOHURTS!

    As I wandered through the hotel maze of Dragon Con a few weekends ago in Atlanta, Georgia, I found myself in the basement of the Hyatt looking at a sign that said "The Armory." While there I met Sandra Lagnese, who participates in full-contact medieval steel fighting—aka bohurts—and was one of the first women to join the Armored Combat League USA Knights team. Yeah, I was impressed too.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: The Best Magneto Cosplay Ever

    Perfection.

    The spoon. THE SPOOOOOOOOOON.

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  6. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Gritty” Memoir Will Be Out This Fall, Sounds Historically Accurate And Deeply Upsetting

    While we're being real, those Boxcar Children...are they okay?

    The Little House On The Prairie books have inspired a beloved television series, a musical, and my own unshakable belief that I'd be much happier living in a log cabin with Ma, Pa, Mary, and Laura. But book lovers may have to reassess some of their associations with the series: after decades of delays, Laura Ingalls Wilder's memoir will be finally be published on November 15th, and it sounds horrifying.

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  7. Watch the First Two Trailers for Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

    Kleenex at the ready.

    Benedict Cumberbatch's previous "Look, ma! I'm playing a tech history icon!" movie, WikiLeaks docudrama The Fifth Estate, crashed and burned both critically and commercially, so here's hoping his Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game does better. There's certainly no shortage of talent on display in the trailers (US above, UK behind the cut).

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  8. George Takei’s TED Talk on American Democracy

    This is important.

    George Takei's TED Talk at TEDxTokyo is all about his struggle to reconcile his experience of being raised in an American internment camp for citizens of Japanese descent, with what he was later taught about the ideals of American democracy.

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  9. A Brief History of Fandom, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Fan

    (The) Doctor (and a) Strange Love

    In the beginning, I was not a fan. I liked stuff - Firefly, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings - but the tween who freaked over Bon Jovi and baseball grew up and moved out. I knew about fans; I married a classic Trekkie, who memorizes music cues and can name an episode by its first five seconds, and who first went to Comic-Con in 1972. But I thought, as so many do, that fandom was the domain of man-children with a less than firm grasp on reality. Then I met the Doctor.

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  10. Emilia Clarke and Nicholas Hoult to Go Down Together In Bonnie & Clyde Biopic

    Winter Is Coming

    That’s… that’s quite the title you have there. I couldn’t avoid making a sex pun if I wanted to. Which, obviously, I don’t, because have you met me?

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