“If Wright is flight, and Edison is light, then Hopper is code.” - President Barack Obama

“On what would have been her 110th birthday, we’re celebrating Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 - January 1, 1992).

“Known as ‘Amazing Grace’ and 'the first lady of software,’ Hopper was at the forefront of computers and programming development from the 1940s through the 1980s. Her work helped make coding languages more practical and accessible, and she created the first compiler, which translates source code from one language into another.

She taught mathematics as an associate professor at Vassar College before joining the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant (junior grade) during World War II, where she became one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and began her lifelong leadership role in the field of computer science.” Hopper was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Obama on November 22, 2016.”

Photo credit:

Capt. Grace Hopper, then head of the Navy Programming Language Section of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, discusses a phase of her work with a staff member in August 1976. (U.S. Navy photo by PH2 David C. MacLean/Released)

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from top to bottom: Jason, Reyna, Will, Hazel, Leo, Percy, Nico, Annabeth, Piper and Frank

anonymous asked:

Hey it's my birthday today so I was wondering if you have any headcanons on how everyone celebrates their birthday

Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day!

  • They all try and spend it together. That is a must.
  • For Percy’s birthday, they all go to Montauk for the day if it’s nice out. If it isn’t then they all just hangout in his mom and stepdad’s apartment. There’s always a blue birthday cake.
  • For Annabeth’s birthday, they spend the day wondering around New York City. Usually it’s a nice time since they all get to see different things every time.
  • Jason’s birthday is pretty laid back. Everyone is either at Camp Half Blood or Camp Jupiter (depending on where he is). Thalia also tries to make an appearance every year. 
  • Piper spends her actual birthday with her dad. But the day after, she hangs out with her friends at Camp Half Blood. It’s very low key just the way she likes it.
  • Leo tries to make the craziest invention of the year for his birthday. One year he had a Nerf themed celebration and his gun shot foam bullets that can dodge around objects to hit their target. People sometimes look forward to his because it’s the most fun.
  • Frank tries not to make a big deal for his birthday. Usually they just go out to eat somewhere in New Rome and maybe watch a movie too. 
  • Hazel’s birthday is always a surprise. Once in a while they will throw her a surprise party. Other times they just hang out. One year they went to Louisiana to see where she grew up.
  • Nico’s birthday always involved having a McDonald’s dinner. Other than that, he tried not to bring any attention to himself on his birthday. 
  • Reyna’s birthday was the only day she can relax from being praetor, kind of. Frank would offer to handle all of the work while she would visit her sister for the day. They don’t really celebrate Reyna’s birthday besides with cake. 
  • Will loves his birthday and doesn’t let anyone forget it is his birthday. He tries not to push to do anything except spend time with his friends and get presents.
Just before the Miracle, when I was in the ICU and it looked like I was going to die and Mom was telling me it was okay to let go, and I was trying to let go but my lungs kept searching for air, Mom sobbed something into Dad’s chest that I wish I hadn’t heard, and that I hope she never finds out that I did hear. She said, ‘I won’t be a mom anymore.’ It gutted me pretty badly.
—  Hazel Grace Lancaster. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (pg. 116-117)