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post Mar 13 2010, 10:08 AM
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Today I met and had a chat with a guy who worked at Bletchley Park during WWII. He was one of the small team who built the first ever computers. Those computers were essential in decyphering the messages of the Nazis and their allies. I think it's safe to say that he literally was one of the people who saved the world. He wasn't out there with a gun, but his contribution saved millions of lives and helped turn the tide in our favour. I'm actually feeling incredibly emotional about having met him, because people like him are real heroes to me, and I feel very honoured to have been able to thank him for everything that he has done.

On a different side of things, I met William Gibson a few years ago. This is the author that I wrote my PhD thesis about and who is creditted with inventing (or certainly popularising) the word 'cyberspace'. His novel Neuromancer influenced the way that people thought about technology to an enormous degree and shaped the way that computers have developed. He's one of the most important authors of the 20th century. He's also very tall, and a nice guy!

A friend of mine met Neil Armstrong (of moon landing fame) yesterday. He's understandably very excited about that.

Who are your heroes? Have you ever met them?


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post Mar 19 2010, 01:20 PM
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Kind words at the right time and place really do mean a lot smile.gif

I always try to make efforts to be kind to bus drivers. They've got one of the most stressful jobs going and I think they rarely get shown the right amount of appreciation. I even write emails to the company to praise them when they've done something particularly good. More people deserve to be thanked in this world, I think!

Anyway, there have got to be more heroes out there. Who do you think of as a hero?


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