The final note today is that September 19th marks the birthday of what I think you can fairly call the scourge of electronic communications in the modern age.
September 19, 1982 is when a guy named Scott Fahlman in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University first typed a colon, a dash, and a right parentheses and said:
“Hey, look at what this looks like sideways.”
The emoticon turns 30 years old today.
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