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History {Is Made At Night} – The Poison Apple That Killed The Father of Computer Science

There is no doubt that the world would not be the same place if it hadn’t been for Alan Turing [b. 23 June 1912 – d. 7 June 1954]. In fact, you wouldn’t be reading this delectable morsel if it weren’t for the incredible genius of this British mathematician in developing the modern day computer.

A prophet of mathematics, with a natural inclination to numbers and science, Turing entered King’s College in 1931 and graduated Honors in Mathematics pioneering the working model for the Turing Machine, which operated on “Algorithims” that would make computing any mathematical problem conceivable. Obtaining a PhD from Princeton in June 1938, Turing  furthered his concepts introducing oracles that could plan and solve complex problems that the Turing Machine was unable to compute.

It wasn’t until war time that Turing’s incredible genius would truly be implored, joining the German code-breaking team at Bletchley Park in September 1938. Using his profound wizardry in the realm of numbers, Turing was able to develop a statistical approach using computing machines to decode the impossible German Enigma-codes. This would ultimately provide the Allies with a major advantage in winning the war.

Turing was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services during wartime.

Turing also applied his mathematical brilliance in the fields of biology, imploring mathematical thought to the idea of pattern formation in nature. He also used mathematics to develop the foundations for the science behind morphogenesis – how biological forms come to be.

So in short, a {Hero}.

However, although interesting, it’s not his mathematic, scientific, or civil achievements that really caught our attention. It is, in fact, his mysterious and bizarre death.

It all began quite innocently – the way these things always begin. After being victim to a petty burglary of his home in January of 1952, police investigations opened the flood gates, revealing Turing’s homosexuality, which in fact was illegal in the UK at this point. Wanting to evade going to prison, Turing was able to go on probation after agreeing to a chemical castration that would require him to take injects of stilboestrol, a synthetic estrogen hormone.

Perhaps the injects caused moments of weakness or uncertainty, as various mood disorders and physical ailments have now been attributed to stilboestrol. And while he is recorded as throwing “such a jolly [tea] party” for a neighbour and her son four days before he died, he was found in the most macabre of circumstances: laying in bed with a half-eaten apple at his side.

If this sounds like fairy tale, don’t be mistaken, the past is a twisted and dark place, but there’s no denying the comparison to Turing’s death and the story of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves – Turing’s recorded favourite fairy tale. Novelist David Leavitt quotes that the mathematical genius took “an especially keen pleasure in the scene where the Wicked Queen immerses her apple in the poisonous brew.”

Many have speculated that Turing may have soaked the apple in poison as an homage to his favorite tale of dark pleasure and deceit, others (his mother particularly) have asserted that Turing was in fact just careless when it came to storing his lab chemicals. Whatever the truth may be, the circumstances surrounding Turing’s untimely demise are as fascinating as his science. His death was ruled a suicide, but recent discoveries seem to point in other directions.

Perhaps it was just a way to say good-bye to a cruel world, unwilling to accept the man, no matter how great his genius. He was but the innocent, and it was a truly unjust society that would poison the likes of such an incredible mind.

Luckily, Turing’s legacy lives on every we look. From this computer screen, to our televisions, and phones, the airplanes in the sky, the subway beneath my feet – all these things and more would not be possible without Turing’s ingenuity and courage to innovate.

Can we say ‘Hello 21st Century’!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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{PHOTO BLAST} Friends In All The Right Places . . .

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Where would we be without our friends?

Here at The Eye of Faith we are wise enough to know the importance of the people we keep close in our lives.

It’s a method that has been tried, tested, and true . . .

To only keep the ones that exhibit that simple true blue.

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So, here’s a {PHOTO BLAST} for your viewing pleasure

(We realize it’s been a while since our last)!

We hope you enjoy!

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“Friendship . . . is not something you learn in school.

But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

– Muhammed Ali

Until next time,

{theEye}

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ELLA FITZGERALD: You Smile, I Smile . . .

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Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.

-Ella Fitzgerald

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It’s the eternal diva’s birthday today, and we couldn’t get away from showcasing her classic elegance, perseverance, and vivacious sense of self.

We think that she has a soul that should never be forgotten. Luckily, we will always have her music to lift us up off the ground. Words really can’t describe her talents in that area. Just listen to her cover of “For Once In My Life” in Berlin, 1968, above to see why!

Hopefully these photos help invoke the spirit of Ella Fitzgerald to make you smile throughout the day.

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It’s not where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.

-Ella Fitzgerald


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{April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996}

Until next time,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {January 31, 2013} + {STYLE WISE} Lorraine Warren!

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Happy Birthday to one most dedicated and vigilant- the psychic supreme, Lorraine Warren!

The founder of the New England Center for Paranormal Research with her husband Ed, and original psychic investigator of the Amityville Horror House back in the 70s.

Here’s a picture of her with the infamous haunted rag doll, named Annabelle. Annabelle has been seen floating, talking, and has even escaped from the glass display case they keep her in at their Paranormal Museum. The doll was acquired in 1970, after a series of paranormal activity surrounding the doll terrorized a young girl and her family.

To learn more about Annabelle, and more supernatural stories from the Warrens, visit their official site!

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Happy Birthday, you paranormal prima donna!

Lorraine Warren is 86 today!

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Sincerely,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. CELEBRATES! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATE MOSS!


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Fashion Feline. Vintage Vixen. Mystic Muse.

We celebrate all the independent states of Kate, who turned 39 today!

Amazing to see her beauty has not faded a bit since she first appeared on this iconic cover of THE FACE Magazine in 1990!

In fact, it is her unique beauty that stood apart then, and still stands apart to this very day, which is why she is already a legend at not even 40.

We expect this real life Wonder Woman will continue breaking ground for the next 39 years to come.

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“You lie, in faith; for you are call’d plain Kate,
And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;
Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,
Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.”

– William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

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So once again, Happy Birthday, Kate!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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MUSIC MINUTE {Birthday Edition}: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BOWIE!

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It’s hard to believe that the Starman is 66 years old today (That’s one 6 away from being the Antichrist – powerful stuff . . .)! Not too many seniors look as god damn good as this odd fellow – it’s hard to believe he’s a day over 30, still.

If looks could kill, there would be a lot of people dead from Bowie’s one-of-a-kind style sensibilities he rocked throughout the 60s and 70s; embracing androgyny and flashing it up to the max. And yet, his way has become a sort of classic in our day and age, and you can still look back and aspire to his flamboyant elegance . . .

Bowie has released a brand new single today, as well, entitled “Where Are We Now?” (good question), but in true Eye of Faith style I think we need to take it back a little and celebrate Bowie in all his Glamour Glory!

Please enjoy . . .

“I don’t know where I am going from here, but I can promise it won’t be boring.”

-David Bowie.

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {July 26, 2012}

{Mick Jagger photographed in the early 1970s.}
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For the Man who has Everything and more, we salute one of our Style Idols and sing Happy Birthday to You Mick Jagger!

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Happy Birthday Howard Carter! (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939)

Howard Carter was born in London, England, the son of Samuel Carter, a skilled artist, who trained him to follow in his footsteps, and Martha Joyce (Sands) Carter.  Born eager and inquisitive, at 17, the young talented artist was sent out by the Egypt Exploration Fund to assist Percy Newberry in the excavation and recording of Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hasan.  Even at that young age he was innovative in improving the methods of copying tomb decoration.

On 4 November 1922, Carter’s excavation group found the steps leading to Tutankhamun‘s tomb ,  by far the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.

Carter made the “tiny breach in the top left hand corner” of the doorway, and was able to peer in by the light of a candle and see that many of the gold and ebony treasures were still in place. He made the breach into the tomb with a chisel his grandmother had given him for his seventeenth birthday. He did not yet know at that point whether it was “a tomb or merely a cache”, but he did see a promising sealed doorway between two sentinel statues. When Carnarvon asked “can you see anything?”, Carter replied with the famous words: “Yes, wonderful things.”

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“21” Artist, Adele, Turns 24 {and Time and Time Again, Shows Us the Power of Vintage Will Never Die}


This is a song for that beautiful Brit that everyone seems to be OBSESSED with. From the SNL parody depicting an entire office full of a workers crying to her epic ballad “Someone like You”, to the pages of iTunes – Brit Pop will never be the same thanks to this talented young lady.

Turning 24 today, Adele already has an impressive 8 Grammy Awards, not to mention the honor of gracing the cover and pages of Vogue magazine. A graduate from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology, some of her peers included Leona Lewis and Jessie J, who have received their own successes abroad. Nothing, however, can compare to the staggering heights this young artist has been able to stride in just a few years!

Going from a relative unknown, Adele was catapulted to buzzing fame with her performance of “Chasing Pavements” on Saturday Night Live on September 3, 2008. From that moment on, the world could not get enough! Seems likely too, that her penchant for vintage and classic pieces has only elevated her status in the public eye. Unlike other young musicians and celebs, Adele always seems to find comfort in being utterly glamorous for her appearances; often sporting vintage furs, beaded dresses, and finely crafted vintage inspired hair-does!

They always say: “Dress for Success”, and it appears Adele is one who definitely takes this term into consideration. She is always dressed to impress, and not in scene stealing style fiasco, but rather simple paired down elegance. What makes her looks modern, is that she herself is modern. Adele also knows you can almost never go wrong in black. She sticks to her style guns, and doesn’t apologize. It’s too late to apologize, anyway, because some might already consider her an icon.

The time will come when Adele will be performing live at Carnegie Hall for the first time. With a voice like that, she’s the closest thing our generation has to a Maria Callas, or Joni Mitchell – artists that can hit you to the core using only their voice. This is an immense power, nobody can deny that. I guess we can just sit back and wait for “25”, or “26”, or “28”.

One thing is for sure, Adele really helps go to show that timeless style really never can die! So, Happy Birthday Adele! Hope you’re having a good one!

Sincerely,

{The EYE}

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