A detailed history of Babbage and Lovelace through the lens of Wolfram’s work today:
Ada seems to have understood with some clarity the traditional view of programming: that we engineer programs to do things we know how to do. But she also notes that in actually putting “the truths and the formulae of analysis” into a form amenable to the engine, “the nature of many subjects in that science are necessarily thrown into new lights, and more profoundly investigated.” In other words—as I often point out—actually programming something inevitably lets one do more exploration of it.
If this piques your interest, I highly recommend the Babbage biography The Cogwheel Brain by Doron Swade.
Our new intern—L’il James—demonstrates good .gif skills in his write-up of the project he worked on at Hack Farm.
It’s like Downton Abbey and Silicon Valley had a baby.
I think this is kind of brilliant.
What Erin has written here makes me want to be a better person.
This is so lovely! The story of Jessica and Russ’s romance, illustrated by fifteen of their friends.
The lovely (and responsive) Great Discontent site has a lovely interview with Dan, who is lovely.
This is a beautifully heartfelt post from Timoni:
Every day, I feel things because of the internet, and that’s amazing. Humans have been using abstracted communication for thousands of years, but it’s never been so instantaneous, never so capable of bringing folks of completely different backgrounds together in conversation. This is a huge step. Good job us.
The final post in ten years of blogging. Derek is dead. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to write this.
I got your work/life balance right here. Merlin means it, man.
I love him.
Of plush toys and tentacle porn.
This is wonderful: sad, beautiful, and wonderful ...it's what I've been trying so hard to clumsily articulate. Read it. And smile. And weep.
I'm not sure I can resist ordering one of these T-shirts featuring crime-fighting duo Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace.
I think this has to be my favourite contribution to Ada Lovelace day. Brilliant!
Sue Schofield plugs Ada Lovelace Day while taking a long hard look at the sniggering sexism endemic to the IT industry.
I've seen plenty of engagement announcements but I believe this may be the first ever proposal via Twitter. She said "yes".
CTHULHU FHTAGN CHEEZBURGER
This nicely understated teaser site isn't going to dispel any of the mystery around the Cloverfield project.