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We thought we'd do something a little different this week in honor of Ada Lovelace Day. A quote to inspire you!

"I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at, etc., etc."
-Ada Lovelace

You may have seen various call outs to the awesome techie women in fandom and our lives, but just in case you haven't, here's a little background: Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer. Close friends with inventor Charle Babbage, he once described her as "that Enchantress who has thrown her magical spell around the most abstract of Sciences and has grasped it with a force which few masculine intellects could have exerted over it," or an another occasion, as "The Enchantress of Numbers".

More info on FindingAda.com.

NOTE: Don't forget, Week 23 is Amnesty week! So while we hope to see lots of stories/art/vids this week inspired by the quote above, if you an an epic idea that needs a bit more time, or want to revive a half written story for any of the previous 19 prompts, it's coming up soon.


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Oct. 8th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Grace Hopper was another
She was still in the Navy years later when I met her in
Washington DC when I was a systems analyst at the Pentagon.
Like Ada Lovelace, she was a pioneer in computer science, one
of the first programmers, particularly in COBOL.
She retired in 1966 but Navy recalled her to active duty in 1967
supposedly for a short period of time, but. . . .
If anyone is interested:
Oct. 8th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Grace Hopper was awesome!
Oct. 11th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
Wikipedia tells me she coined the term "debugging" which is pretty awesome. I someday hope to be awesome enough in my field to coin a term.
Oct. 11th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
She was amazing and as I told Stella, her 'Amazing Grace' would probably have brought a smile to Admiral Hopper's lips.......
She was a gem, not only in her knowledge of computer science but
as a human being.
A real privilege to have met her.
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