It's Ada Lovelace Day and I totally flaked
It's Ada Lovelace Day-- I was thinking I had another week. Don't ask. It's embarrassing to try to explain why you think you have another week before deadlines (and since I've done that twice already today, I am so not going to do it on my blog--especially since I have to get up at 4:15 am tomorrow to catch a flight)
Augusta Ada Byron, was an English writer 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 processed by a machine; as such she is often regarded as the world's first computer programmer.
I've used her as a role model for years. Well not the dying young thing but that she was a friend of Mary Sommervile and had a computer language named after her and had an amazing life (we will leave the x rated parts for later)
Anyway thanks Ada and thanks to all of the folks who are following her path. Maybe next year we could have an Anita Borg day too. Anita, now that was a woman who combined amazing techie things, a total push to get more women in computing, a totally creative mind (hey we still don't have her cell phone bra) and a personal life that made me smile. Thanks Anita I miss you.