Google Doodle celebrating the birthday of computer scientist Grace Hopper (1906-1992).
Grace was teaching math at Vassar College when she joined the Naval Reserves in 1943 at age 37. When she finally retired fully in 1986, she was the oldest member of the US armed forces. During her long career, Grace led the team that created the programming language COBOL. COBOL allows computers to communicate using language in addition to numbers. Grace also coined the phrase “debug” for fixing computer glitches after a moth flew into her machine and upset the system. She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Check the Google homepage to see the animated version of the Doodle.
"Early versions of The Dark Crystal were a bit different than the version we see today. Jim Henson and Frank Oz originally sought to create a much darker story that relied more on the audience and less on voice-overs and inner monologues explaining the plot. In this version there’s no narrator, Jen’s inner monologues are gone, and the Skeksis hardly ever say anything in English (Aughra speaks some Skesis too!). This version is much more modern and a little darker with this original audio and the slightly different score. Some of the scenes are moved around too, which adds to the surreal feel of the original film. Some test audiences were more casual moviegoers and responded negatively to this version so the Henson team redubbed the ENTIRE film to help explain the plot to the audience up front and make things more obvious.
Sadly this beautiful version was mostly lost with a few rough-looking (yet still redubbed at times) scenes making it to the DVD and Blu-Ray versions. Demonoid user Aikousha saw this early test version when he was a kid and took it upon himself to track down this little bit of film history. What he found was a very nasty black & white “workprint” copy (used by the Dark Crystal production team) on a VHS tape that was very grainy and was almost unlistenable due to tape compression and SEVERE hiss and noise. But the important thing was that it was a mostly intact version of the beautiful vision of Jim Henson, Brian Froud, and Frank Oz. The Dark Crystal, as originally intended!…” See full description.