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Making progress on chicken coop 2.0.  Or, as it's come to be known, the Oo-de-lally Egghouse.
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Bawk bawk bawk baaaaawk. It's Chicken Man!
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A weekend of almosts at the Dunrovin Station homestead. On Friday we bought a tractor with a front-end loader (holy cow! we bought a tractor). But as we were checking it out, the seller found a bad gasket that he needed to replace, so removing this weekend's hip-deep snow drifts will be done by snowblower. Yesterday I finished repairing our generator that we've owned since we lived in hurricane country, but we don't yet have a cutover switch here, so the house remained unpowered for eight hours this morning. #brrr
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Maintaining the traditions of #AChristmasStory
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it's to dot the i's...
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SNL's take on the #StarWars  #TheForceAwakens teaser trailer
In a galaxy far, far away, Han Solo (Taran Killam), Princess Leia (Bobby Moynihan) and Luke Skywalker (James Franco) face a new foe: old age.
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Whoops.  While never this embarrassing, I've gotten to the point that when reading my own paper I see what I think is there rather than what is there.  Why the reviewers didn't catch it...?
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That is hilarious! That is why many authors read out loud, to catch those little things. 
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We had just enough rain yesterday afternoon to create a rainbow.
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Lookee what was waiting for me when I got home last night.  An ARC of New Frontiers, a collection of Ben Bov'a short fiction that'll be released on 22 July.  I won it in a +Tor.com giveaway (thanks!).  I expect to have it read in the next week, and I'll let you know what I think of it.

One thing I've already noticed is that on the back cover it's described as "Thirteen startling visions of yesterday, today, and tomorrow from the six-time winner of the Hugo Award;" the table of contents has fourteen entries (not including the introduction).  But this is an uncorrected proof copy.
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#onthisday  in 1815, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the mathematician and, arguably the world’s first computer programmer Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace or Ada Lovelace was born in London.

Forget this world and all its troubles and if possible its multitudinous Charlatans—every thing in short but the Enchantress of Numbers“ (Charles Babbage on Ada Lovelace)

Ada’s mother was indeed a bit of a mathematician and encouraged her daughter to study mathematics to counter her father’s wild blood. Unhealthy as a child, bedridden more often than not, young Ada decided that she wanted to fly and thus decided to construct wings, studied birds, wings and materials and even considered the use of a steam engine to propel her construction. Charles Babbage didn’t call her “Lady Fairy” for nothing later and in the meanwhile, she tried to elope with her tutor. The analytical approach was obviously not a proper remedy against an inherited Byronic streak. However, Ada made the best of it and became arguably the world’s first code monkey when she developed a method for calculating a sequence of Bernoulli numbers, the world’s first computer program for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, a mechanical general-purpose computer, that, alas, was never finished.  The Byronic streak did not vanish, though, she is rumoured to have had a number of affairs and a slight gambling problem. Ada worked on a fool-proof betting system while she was already on her death bed. She died at 36 (of cancer, not debauchery, mind you), at the same age as her father whom she had never met. Ada insisted to be buried by his side in the family vault, St. Mary Magdalene, Hucknall, Nottingham.

Rumour has it that Ada was a bit of a poet herself. Allegedly, a few poems attributed to her were actually written by the "Poetical Faery Engine", a fantastic machine invented by her, producing rather surrealist poetry in resonance with Bernoulli numbers, assigned by the contraption to the individual odes. Otherwise known as “Augusta’s Hoax”, the lines of the Faery Engine were copied down in her "Mathematical Scrapbook", discovered in 1999 at the bottom of a chest in a house in the English countryside by the poet Andrew Nightingale:

ONE THEORY OF THE MODE OF ACTION
BERNOULLI NUMBER 72
 
Even the sprites & faeries at one's elbow,
in one shape now & the next dissimilar, fear
Him who is so darkly known in the world;
who has me commit the same crimes; done thro'
the night of my life behind the green curtain.
In maroons and puces I court another sense;
I am under the dominion of electricity where faeries
cannot mitigate the transmission of genius
& sprites hold out most strange & dreadful hidden realities.
                                                                                         Mesmer: decode.

Whether the story is true and the “Mathematical Scrapbook” is genuine or not, a copy is on exhibition at the #wunderkammer  to be wondered and marvelled at. A few excerpts can be found here:

http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/andrewnightingalepoems.html

Depicted below is the first panel of the graphic artist Sydney Padua’s #steampunk   webcomic “2D Goggles or The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage“ featuring Ada as heroine in an alternate reality where she and Babbage fight crime with the help of a completed analytical engine – a 320 page book covering the wonderous tale is expected in April 2015.

Until then, more about Padua’s “Lovelace and Babbage“ can be found on:

http://sydneypadua.com/2009/03/24/ada-lovelace-day/

and 

http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/

and more about Ada on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace

#sciencehistory   #computerhistory   #adalovelace   #adalovelaceday   #history   #literature   #todaysmemory    
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Met this fellow yesterday.  Definitely a pit viper of some sort; my best guess is a recently-hatched prairie rattlesnake.  He didn't line up straight for me, of course, but I'd guess he's about 10 inches long with a head about 3/16" wide.
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For those of you who yearn for the return of the +United States Air Force's simple #AimHigh slogan, it's back!  And what a great video, too!
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I thought this was ONLY a functioning prototypes. If they do actually build a car vs. license tech i'd imagine it would look much different.
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