Because mathematicians, physicists, and engineers use i through n for integers in their mathematical formulas, and Fortran was their FORmula TRANslator into computerese. (Additional fun fact: They begin their matrix row and column counts with 1, which is why Fortran array indices start at 1.)
That's similar. What I'd really like to see is a string API that doesn't let you separate the letter and the combining accent at all, whether it has a precomposed normalization or not (unless you dig all the way down to asking which codepoints a grapheme is composed from).
I'm sure you're not alone. My beau gets motion sickness at the sight of some GUIs, and I get seizures from same. Hence, I will not be taking a look at Google's new homepage, and I'm going to warn him about this change.
Nevertheless, I've gotten so bored by the sight of movie CGI. There's just too much texture or not enough light or something. Please, someone, make a physical model, shine some lights on it, and do some stop motion.