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Ada Lovelace, Upcoming Birthday, and My Plague Doctor

on March 24, 2010 - 11:04am

Door snakes are those tubes of material, filled with oats or other dry grains, that people use to block drafts at the base of doors. Generally speaking, they are ugly. Or cheesy. Or both. But I have a draft that will not be tamed by other insulating means, so it was time to take action.

I decided I would make my own out of a t-shirt I'd picked up with a design of a plague doctor on the front. The t-shirt didn't fit me well, so I was glad to find a purpose for it. The cover is in two pieces, connected with snaps, so that I can slide it off and on to wash it.

I've protected my house from cold winds and the black death all winter.

Now onto other business.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is my birthday. Here I was, thinking today was just a day for me to reflect on my age and the uncertainty that's stubbornly hovered over most aspects of my life (health, steady work, how they get the caramel into a Caramilk bar) for a number of months.

But no. Thanks to Peanutgnome, I realize today is Ada Lovelace Day. In a nutshell, Ada Lovelace was a writer and tech-head (like me) who lived in the 1800's. She is credited as being the first computer programmer because of her notes on an engine recognized "as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine". She suggested machines could do much more than crunch numbers.

When Peanutgnome wished me a Happy Ada Lovelace Day, and mentioned me in his list of tech ladies, I had to look up this holiday (I was familiar with the woman but not the celebration). Here's what I found:

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Whatever she does, whether she is a sysadmin or a tech entrepreneur, a programmer or a designer, developing software or hardware, a tech journalist or a tech consultant, we want to celebrate her achievements.

I think it's a pretty cool idea, and I appreciate the nod from Peanutgnome.

Speaking of being a tech-head, I've been waiting for the newest version of Drupal to be released so I can revamp the website. The release date has been confirmed for the end of April. That's when I can FINALLY start working on it.

So maybe I am, in a small way, like Ada Lovelace. Maybe my work online and with people makes a difference. Maybe it's fitting her holiday is a day before my birthday, and it gives me optimistic thoughts to ponder as I turn a year older.

But before I get too whimsical, I'll note Ada Lovelace died at the age of 36 of uterine cancer (and bloodletting).

Tomorrow I turn 35.

I wonder how much mojo my plague doctor has...

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