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For me it is Cuck Peddle, father of the 6502 and HDTV. Chuck has received a raw deal in as far as the history of Electronics goes, but he was immensely important to bringing personnel computers the average people around the world.
If your'e not too pround of being an adult to read children's books, and you can get hold of Stig Ericson: Hjältejakten ("Chasing the Hero", or something like that) in a language you master, it is most certainly worth your time. And if you have kids of the right age, 9+, ready to read books that are not just entertainment and fun, but serious stuff, it will be worth their time as well. (You can use "I want to know what my kids are reading" as an excuse for reading the book yourself )
The story takes place in the Wild West shortly after the Civil War. The main character, 15 years old, runs away from home to follow his journalist father to the frontier, to bring back stories about the great heroes of the West. They do find, and make friends with, one of those considered among the greatest of them, but the young boy soon learns the true realities behind that proud "hero" image. Briefly stated: He ends up rather disillusioned.
After reading "Hjältejakten" you won't be as eager for heroes anymore...
If they were a professional thief, would they be a lexapro?
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
"Facebook is where you tell lies to your friends. Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers." - chriselst
"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle
"In light of the negative six degree temperature this morning, I thought I would remind you... If you get cold, stand in a corner because they are always 90°. Right?"
He is still working in a portable building set up in the parking lot of the TV station where he works, with a porta-potty outside - the bosses say it may be a couple of months before they can get the building usable after the earthquake.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, navigate a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects! - Lazarus Long