Glynsky and Smiles are celebrating the birthday of some "Mr. Wuss", mentioned before here, in Vienna.
Which leads to the questions, is there a Mrs. Wuss? Any little Wussies? Or do Smiles and Glynsky refer to all Austrians as Wussies?
Anyway, there is plenty of reason for you to celebrate too.
The culturally and musically interested can celebrate the 70th birthday of the late Janis Joplin. To quote Wikipedia:
Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
I shall leave it to Glynsky, or Pete, to say something about this lady.
The other birthday, worth celebrating today, is more for the technically interested, I guess.
And those, who think about "intellectual property".
Today, 200 years ago, Sir Henry Bessemer was born.
He is best known for the Bessemer process, at its time an innovative way to produce higher quality steel at lower prices.
And Sir Bessemer is still relevant for other reasons too. He was, what some today would call a pirate, a copycat, a copyright infringer (quote, emphasis by me):
The invention from which Henry Bessemer made his first fortune was a series of six steam-powered machines for making bronze powder. As he relates in his autobiography, he examined the bronze powder made in Nuremberg which was the only place where it was made at the time. He then copied and improved the product and made it capable of being made on a simple production line. It was an early example of reverse engineering where a product is analyzed, and then reconstituted.
I would call him a hacker. Or a disrupting innovator. Because (quote, emphasis by me):
It was a widely used alternative to a patent, and such trade secrets are still used today. The Nuremberg powder, which was made by hand, retailed in London for £5 12s per pound and he eventually reduced the price to half a crown, or about 1/40th.
In todays world, the IP owner of Nuremberg bronze would likely have him prosecuted, jailed and ruined. But in his days Mr. Bessemer was knighted for his contributions to science.
Let's celebrate Sir Bessemer and all innovators, hackers, disrupters,