Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Listening to: Eagles of Death Metal
Watching: Fargo

Today is Ada Lovelace Day;  an International annual event to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Her day is a great day to celebrate the inspirational women currently working in ‪#‎STEM‬ and increasing their visibility so they can inspire a future generation.


“Who is Ada Lovelace?” you might be asking.   And why does she have a day?

Ada Lovelace was a British mathematician and writer in the 1800s, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

Her notes on the engine include what is recognized as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is considered as the first computer programmer.

According to the official Ada Lovelace Day page the reason today is chosen to be Ada Lovelace Day is rather boring yet entirely pragmatic;

“Why October 13?
People often ask why Ada Lovelace Day is the day that it is. The explanation is rather mundane: the date is arbitrary, chosen in an attempt to make the day maximally convenient for the most number of people. We have tried to avoid major public holidays, school holidays, exam season, and times of the year when people might be hibernating.
So, we use the second Tuesday in October, which is 13 October 2015.
Why not just used Ada’s birthday? Well, Ada was born on December 10 and  in the UK where Ada Lovelace Day  is based, December is swamped by Christmas parties, making venue hire tricky and putting us in competition with traditionally un-missable employee booze-ups. Given her tragically early death at just 36, it would feel inappropriate to celebrate her deathday on 27 November.”

So in the spirit for which Ada Lovelace Day is intended we would also like to highlight a couple of  women who are changing science, technology, engineering and math today.

Great architect:




Check out some of the mesmerizing,  neo-futuristic architecture and design of one of the greatest living architects Zaha Hadid.



Great engineer:   “Maker of things- notably Mars Rovers. Past IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year. Space Geek, Engineering Evangelist”

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Coupe à la Jeanne d’Arc

Listening to: The Kills
Watching: Jon's final episode as host of The Daily Show

So we all know the story about Joan of Arc riding her fearless horse into the heart of battle and later being burned at the stake for being a witch right?   Well, it’s  a pretty good story, but it’s not reaallllly what happened.  It seems like most of our history, this story has been brandished and gilded just a scosche.



Now some of these things challenge the very nature of her sanity, though not necessarily her bravery.  We could get into the gender aspects, the religious aspects, the political or socio-economic aspects of the REAL Joan, aka, Jehanne d’Arc, Jehanne Tarc, Jehanne Romée or possibly Jehanne de Vouthon,  but I won’t.  Here we’re going to focus on her hair.   Yep.   It seems that in 1909 Polish-born Monsieur Antoine, whose real name was Antek Cierplikowski invented the bob haircut and claimed Joan as his inspiration. I found this tidbit all over the internet –



Thankfully, this revolutionary hairstyle ended a centuries long taboo against women who cut their hair, leading the way for the popular 1920’s style that is associated with liberated women and flappers. This once daring cut is still very much in demand today and in France is known as the Coupe à la Jeanne d’Arc.

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