RIP Jane

LOS ANGELES By JOHN ROGERS (AP) – Jane Russell, the brunette who was discovered by Howard Hughes and went on to become one of the biggest stars of the 1940s and ’50s, has died at age 89.

Russell’s daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield says the actress died Monday at her home in Santa Maria of a respiratory-related illness.

Hughes, the eccentric billionaire, cast Russell in his sexy, and controversial, 1941 Western “The Outlaw,” turning her into an overnight star.

She would go on to appear opposite such leading men as Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope, as well as fellow actress Marilyn Monroe.

Although her film career slowed in the 1960s, Russell remained active throughout her life.

Until her health began to decline a few weeks ago, Waterfield said she remained active singing and working for various causes.

Hot Stuff Jane Russell

Moar Kittehs Plz

Ha, my mom just sent me this:

Notice leash. Headed for door, went out a ways, then ran back in so fast the leash dropped out of my hand. Then she tore around the whole house a couple of times then landed in a dining room chair without hanging herself somewhere on the leash. So we took the harness and leash off. We’ll practice more another day.

This cat, btw, is named Baby Huey.  She’s huge.  Mom just calls her Baby.

Happy Birthday Steve

[BTW, I hate this new skin, needs major tweakage but I ran out of time]

From Quotes of the Day today

Steven Paul Jobs was born at San Francisco on this day in 1955. In high school he had the nerve to call Bill Hewlett to ask for some electronics parts for a school project. (He got the parts and a summer job.) He dropped out of college and was working at Atari when he started Apple, incorporating on April Fools Day 1976. He created the Apple, then the Macintosh. Losing a boardroom battle, he bought a tiny animation company and created the first all-digital motion picture, Toy Story. He created the technically stunning NeXT computer, then merged that company into Apple. He created the first successful portable digital music player, the iPod, then followed it with the hottest cell phone. Throughout, he would have an idea, evangelize it fervently, and brook no interference with those who didn’t share his belief.

In most cases, strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin. A strength in one situation is a weakness in another, yet often the person can’t switch gears. It’s a very subtle thing to talk about strengths and weaknesses because almost always they’re the same thing.

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me…. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.

Nobody has tried to swallow us since I’ve been here. I think they are afraid how we would taste.
All from Steve Jobs

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I like how quality centered Steve Jobs/Apple is.  Even their packaging is so nice it always astonishes me.  Beautiful papers, cushions, forms … 

Wednesday Geek Woman

Wednesday Geek Woman: Beatrice Shilling, aircraft engineer and motorcycle racer

[This is a guest post. Anonymous, even! I’m reprinting these off the Geek Feminism blog … because I need some role models. Respect!]

Born in 1909 in England, Beatrice Shilling saved up for and bought her first motorcycle at age fourteen, at which age she was already able to take apart and reassemble its engine. A year later, she decided on a career as an engineer, and on completing her schooling she became an apprentice electrical engineer. In 1929 she began a degree in Electrical Engineering at Manchester University, followed by an MSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Soon after graduating, she took up motorcycle racing at Brooklands, on a Norton that she had modified herself. She soon became the second woman to complete a lap at over 100mph, and later became the fastest female racer ever at Brooklands, with a lap speed of 106mph.

Taking up a job at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, at first as a technical writer before moving into an experimental engineering role and then becoming a Senior Technical Officer. She was known not to suffer fools gladly, regardless of their relative position to her in the hierarchy; she did not usually need to offer a spoken reproof, as her penetrating stare was sufficient. She became a leading expert on carburetors, solving a serious problem with the Spitfire fighters’ engine cutting out in downwards maneuvers (and the fix she came up with for the spitfire carbs was colloquially termed “Miss Shilling’s Orifice” 🙂 ); she also worked on other aspects of aircraft engineering.

Of course, she also applied common-sense engineering approaches to her home life: “There are plenty of pockets of resistance in this house occupied by spiders so I decided a flame thrower was the only thing for under the sink.”

After the war, she continued to work in aircraft engineering, including on early ramjets. She was never promoted as far as she would have liked; although she made efforts in such directions, she admitted that she lacked diplomacy and interest in pleasing superiors; and her casual appearance, in old corduroys with a top pocket full of pens, cannot have gone down well in the stuffy, formal structures of the Civil Service. She disregarded unnecessary formalities, and disliked bureaucracy to the extent that she said that Britain won the war because of the shortage of paper! Although her manner could be terse, and some people found her intimidating, she cared about her team, disappearing briefly to fetch fish and chips for them if she kept them working late at night.

In her retirement, her biography “Negative Gravity” records that

Her idea of relaxation was to drive a fast car at full throttle, and if the car was not fast enough, her workbench was there in the back room to machine new parts to make them faster.

As they became too old to be safe in motor racing, Beatrice and her husband George Naylor moved on to rifle shooting, at which they both excelled. She died in 1990, of cancer of the spine.

Wikipedia: Beatrice Shilling