It’s nearly December! Thank god, amirite guys? My November has been pretty terrible. I’ve been deep in edit swampland on The Last Beginning for most of November, so I only actually finished reading two books. However, one of them was a graphic novel so incredible I wish it was ten times as long.
A unique take on the unrealized invention of the computer in the 1830s by the eccentric polymath Charles Babbage and his accomplice, the daughter of Lord Byron, Ada, Countess of Lovelace. When Ada translated her friend Babbage’s plans for the “Difference Engine,” her lengthy footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory—one hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a few years after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines. But now Sydney Padua gives us an alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine, and then use it to do battle with the American banking system, the publishing industry, their own fears that their project will lose funding, and a villainous street musician who will force the two friends to reevaluate their priorities—”for the sake of both London and science.”
Lovelace and Babbage have completely captured my heart. I can’t remember the last time I loved characters more. They have such a great male/female friendship, and they are both oddball and fun and I just – I love them so much. If I ever get access to a time machine, my new answer to what I would do with it is: GO AND HANG OUT WITH LOVELACE AND BABBAGE.
This is the first face mask I’ve ever tried, drawn in by the lure of beauty bloggers, and it was pretty good. I’m clearly not cut out to be a beauty blogger, because that’s all I’ve got to say about it: it was decent.
Internet Nonsense: Company Is Coming by Chris Fleming
I’ve cried tears of laughter at this video every time I’ve watched it (and that’s a lot). I’m pretty sure most mums are like this. I can appreciate it from the POV of someone who will 100% be a mum like this in the future.