Thank you, Daft Punk, for anointing Paul Williams as cool. I grew up with this during Christmas and so many people were like “Aw, well, that was sweet but whatever.” No, you see, I knew! I had taste, people!
The best part of Xeni’s rejoinder are all the tweets included from folks whose mothers, sisters, wives - or they themselves - worked on the types of supposedly “guy only” projects that are foundational to computers and the web as we know them today.
Well worth your time…
Pictured above is one such pioneer, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, who among other things assisted in developing UNIVAC 1, created the first compiler for a computer programming language, helped lead the research committee that produced COBOL and - oh yeah - coined the term “debugging.”
That’s all in addition to her decades of pipe-hitting service in the U.S. Navy which had to involuntarily retire her in 1986 - at 79 years old Hopper was the oldest officer in the Navy - for being TOO GODDAMN LEGIT TO QUIT on her own.
Upon retirement Hopper received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the military’s top non-combat award, and also saw a naval destroyer, the U.S.S. Hopper named in her honor.
Of her substantial legacy to the history of modern computing, Hopper said,
"The most important thing I’ve accomplished, other than building the compiler, is training young people. They come to me, you know, and say, “Do you think we can do this?” I say, “Try it.” And I back ‘em up. They need that. I keep track of them as they get older and I stir ‘em up at intervals so they don’t forget to take chances."
But you know, the New York Times has it just right…
This is the best thing I’ve ever read about women and drinking (or just drinking, period). I think so much things written about drinking (especially aimed at women) are more or less “Don’t do it! Why do you want to do it? Why are you such a terrible person? And I guess if you have to, have like one drink a week otherwise you’re an alcoholic.” There is a lot of shaming involved. It’s nice to see something that says you should enjoy it but just do it smartly.
A friend said “It’s like someone snatched music directly from your dreams.” He’s not wrong.
So many club mixes just sound weirdly dead on arrival. And I don’t get that. Dance music should celebrate being alive. It should make you want to be alive. This remix made me strangely teary. It’s just so full of joy.
I don’t think any of Moroder’s work disregards the darkness, but he’s all about the light. I really like that. It’s a good way to be.
(Also for being 73 and having come through the disco era, dude looks amazing. He looks mid 60s at worst. So I hope we get a few more years out of him.)
And this is what happens. Jokes that are funny to a tiny group of people are the best jokes (although I don’t think I was ever told why this was funny. Except it’s an awesome phrase to put on awesome photos).
Baby cheetah high five everyone! Those are the best kind!