In the comments section of my previous post on the 25th anniversary of the movie WarGames, KiwiGeek mentions that today, 5/1/2008, is apparently the 44th anniversary of the creation of the BASIC programming language. How about that! I really believe that the playing I did with BASIC as a geeky little tyke was part of what propelled my profound affection for programming in general and, possibly, an element in the growing passion I began to feel for mathematics later in my teenage years.
Is he right about this being the day? I will happily assume it as I have no desire to check it out myself, although WIkipedia does say that the language was, indeed, designed in 1964. Perhaps in honor of the day you might read the Wikipedia entry yourself.
Actually, that’s a pretty lame way to celebrate an anniversary. Let me put it to you geeks, techies, and code monkeys out there: What would be an appropriate way to celebrate the anniversary of BASIC’s creation? (Comments ranging from fairly serious to humorous-but-tasteful are welcome.)
[BTW: I hope to post something more substantial in the future, but some pre-Feast registration and Pre-Teen Camp preparation considerations are dominating my every waking thought at the moment. (These blog thoughts, however, were generated in my sleep, so they don’t count.) If you’ve been waiting for housing info to be posted on the Branson Festival website, tonight might be the night!]