Frances E. Allen, who began work at IBM in 1957, has received the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2006 Turing award and is the first woman to receive this honor in the forty years that it has been offered. Her work has focused on compilers and machine architecture. For some historical perspective on pioneering women, check out Ada and Grace: Practical Visionaries.
If you want to laugh hard and also check your own magazine-browsing habits, go read Ryan’s “Dear Magazine Consumer…” on his blog. There are 7 sins — avoid them!
Barack Obama’s speech on 10 Feb. in Springfield IL declaring his bid for the Democratic party’s nomination as presidential candidate is a gorgeous piece of writing. Please read.