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    The noise that escaped Fblthp's lips could best be described as a whimper. It was the most lost he had ever been.  · Lithl
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    The lowest form of poetry!  · Lithl
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  • T My Little Exalt

    When ponies get trapped in another world, lives change. When ponies gain new powers, worlds shake.  · Lithl
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  • E Celestia Wins the Election

    Celestia is elected President of the Griffon Republic... wait, what?!  · Lithl
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About Lithl

I am a computer scientist, interested in game development for over a decade, and I've made several connections within the industry. I've worked at Ninjaneering, Rice University, Pi Studios, and Sungura Games. I've also published my own apps on the Android Market, and developed a few small games while studying at Rice.

I'm a fan of many games, RPGs in particular. My friends sometimes tease me as I analyze a game from the perspective of a designer, rather than a player, but I enjoy it and I feel it helps me in my chosen field.

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Dec
31st
2016

Hidden Figures · 2:08am

I just got back from watching Hidden Figures, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. In case you haven't seen the trailer...

The movie follows Katherine Johnson and her coworkers Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three African-American women who were instrumental in the US space program. I highly recommend the movie to anyone interested in space, history, computing, or mathematics, and for everyone else there's plenty of comedy in between the drama.

When I saw the trailer for the first time, my mind instantly shot back to high school. My junior year, we had a series of "humanities" projects assigned jointly by the English and History teachers. Each student or small group of students picked a single subject, and created several presentations about the subject throughout history over the course of the school year.

My chosen subject was "computers", and my teachers were uncertain about approving my selection, since the first project's time period was several centuries before the computers as we know them today would be invented. I convinced them to allow my choice by showing them When Computers Were Human by David Alan Grier.

While Grier's book delves much further back into the history of the job title "computer" than Hidden Figures does (as far back as calculations for the 1758 approach of Halley's Comet), the trailer reminded me of those high school presentations, because the book did talk about the rooms full of women double-checking the work of the computing machines at NASA, exactly what this movie is about.

The movie exaggerates the talent of human computers somewhat, specifically because it's following the life of some exceptions. The three main characters of Hidden Figures are overqualified for the computer position, but they're stuck there because of their race and gender. Most human computers would be given a sheet of relatively simple arithmetic which was the result of some more complicated equation decomposed by a more educated mathematician. The sheets would be collected and the results recombined by a mathematician to find the answer to the complicated equation. And for most of the people paid to be a computer, that was about the extent of their mathematics capabilities.

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#30 · 23w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2263559

yes that's understandable but keep in mind that most people when they see your stories the last time us updated with that long ago they just completely ignore it you should at least update it once even if still very small one so I would say it was updated recently

Ps sorry for the broken English I'm tired and using nothing but voice recognition which can be glitchy

#29 · 23w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2263554

MLE is essentially on Hiatus, but it's not abandoned or cancelled. I'll get back to it eventually, I just don't have a timeline at the moment.

#28 · 23w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2263519

I was just hoping that you would at least update 'My Little Exalt' it is a very good story but if you can't it's fine I guess sorry I bothered you

#27 · 23w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2263458

I'm currently serving as an editor for Stargate: Shangri-La. I also have a partially-written story that I'm working on with cover art by totallynotabrony -- patrons can read the prologue now, actually -- and I'm reading The Long Cosmos before I continue writing The Long Trot.

#26 · 23w, 5d ago · · ·

Um are you going to continue writing?

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