We haven’t done a #wcw in a while, so let’s take a moment to recognize Margaret H. Hamilton. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama, yesterday. Hamilton led the team that created the on-board flight software for #NASA’s #Apollo command modules and lunar modules. A mathematician and computer #scientist who started her own software company, Hamilton contributed to concepts of asynchronous software, priority scheduling and priority displays, and human-in-the-loop decision capability, which set the foundation for modern, ultra-reliable software design and engineering.
He blinked at me in confusion. His cornrows were sprinkled with ashes like frost on a field. I suppose it took a moment for him to process why he was being fawned over by a grungy, half deranged boy with acne.
i. be prepared to burn. there is no way this will not spell tragedy, and you know this singsong melody of warning bells: your father’s gentle words, the restless-reckless humming beneath your skin. if you want to love a god, learn to ignore it.
ii. throw yourself off cliffs to teach yourself how to fly. throw yourself off cliffs to teach yourself how to fall.
iii. hollow out your body, divest yourself of these useless mortal organs. fill yourself with longing instead.
iv. know that there are only a handful of gods but a world of mortals. you will not be the first glint of metal to catch the light of the sun, and no matter what you weave into your heart at night, you will not be the last.