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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 23 2010, 04:23 AM
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On the topic of telling teacher's that they're awesome - Last year I wrote a two-page letter to my English teacher, Mrs. Riha, telling her in detail why I thought she was so exceptionally awesome. I haven't talked to her since, but I like to think she appreciated it regardless. I'm planning on writing another to my current English teacher at the end of this year.

My boyfriend and I had a discussion awhile back about how people who just do little, nice things are some of the best people around. Like the person waiting behind you in line who pitches in a quarter so you can buy your items, or the person who goes out of their way to make you smile when they can tell you've had a bad day.
Little things like that are always appreciated, but the idea of strangers doing these things is so much more inspiring to me. Whenever I see a complete stranger help another stranger out, it just give me the most amazing feeling.
er, basically, what I'm saying is that the people who just do nice, random things are my heroes. Horray to them for putting a little effort into making the world a better place. smile.gif


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