Gerard DuBois
March 2011
The Baby and the Bathwater
Here is my last week contribution to Nancy Gibbs essay for Time magazine. The subject was about the debate over an amendment to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. You can read more about it there:,9171,2056716,00.html
I have to say I'm always amazed by all the violence in the abortion debate in United States; although I can hear every camp arguments and other beliefs, I still don't understand how a great country like this one can fight the freedom of choice.
I came up fast with different ideas, in general we have a day for skecthes and final, but this more graphic approach got the go. The idea is not brilliant as their book,(Gop, but I guess I can still pay tribute to Thomas Fuchs and Felix Sockwell for this concept.
Alan Turing
I have to admit I did not know anything about Alan Turing before I got this phone call from Lillian Israel from ACM, standing for Association for Computing Machinery. “Turing was a quite brilliant mathematician, most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes. It is no exaggeration to say that, without his outstanding contribution, the history of World War Two could well have been very different. He truly was one of those individuals we can point to whose unique contribution helped to turn the tide of war.” After some readings I've learned Turing's homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952 because homosexual acts were illegal in the United Kingdom at that time, and he accepted treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. He died in 1954, several weeks before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. Great Britan has since made an official apology. How sweet!!
Lillian explained me she was looking for a portrait of A.M.Turing. ACM has an award called the A.M. Turing Award which is considered the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science” since there is no Nobel Prize in Computer Science. She wanted a t-shirt with a very unusual and beautiful rendering of Turing that would be a big coup for the kind of serious computing people ACM is looking to recruit as members. I haven't seen the shirt yet, so I don't know if I succeded, but I've tried my best.
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