Patch I got today
holy crap I want ten
Dear darklings, remember, it's all in good fun.
The sun flashes jack-o’-lantern grin in this uncanny NASA photo
A haunting face reminiscent of a carved jack-o’-lantern emerges from the active regions of the sun’s corona in this image captured on Oct. 8 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
According to NASA, “the active regions appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy — markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.”
Today is Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating women in STEM
Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer. Close friends with inventor Charles Babbage, she was intrigued by his Analytical Engine and in 1842 translated a description of it by Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea. Babbage asked her to expand the article, “as she understood [it] so well”, and this was when she wrote several early ‘computer programs’ a 100 years before the first computers were built.
Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of celebration helping people learn about the achievements of women in STEM, inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike.
Ada herself was an inspiration to many including Michael Faraday.
On the 10 June 1840, Ada Lovelace sent a copy of her portrait to Michael Faraday with a note saying
'Dear Mr. Faraday,
Mr Babbage tells me that you have expressed a wish to possess one of the engravings of me, by which I feel exceedingly flattered, & hope you will accept one that we still happen to have by us.
I am sorry that there is no proof left, to which I might have put my signature.
Believe me, yours very truly
Augusta Ada Lovelace
St James’ Square
Faraday liked to collect images of people he met or were acquainted with so this etching was gratefully received into his collection.
This was the start of a friendship and admiration which lasted till until Ada’s death in 1852 at the age of 36.
It really tickles me that the goth community has like adopted Ada Lovelace, possibly because of an attachment to her father.