Last week, I discovered a lot of things.
Each afternoon, I discovered my daughter Gemma-Rose lying on her bed, ear buds connected to some good music, a book in her hand. She’s in a Wilkie Collins phase at the moment. I talked about this in my last podcast, Wasting Time Watching Too Many Movies? She’s worked her way through The Woman in White and The Law and the Lady. Now she’s reading The Moonstone.
2. I found out that Lord Byron had a daughter called Ada. She was a scientist and mathematician and is often referred to as ‘the first computer programmer’. You can read more about Ada in this article: Who Was Ada Lovelace?
Or if you prefer the comic version, you can read The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua.
Over 6 months on the New York Times Bestseller list! Winner of the British Society for the History of Mathematics Neumann Prize, the British Book Design Award, and finalist for Goodreads Best Graphic Novel!Meet two of Victorian London’s greatest geniuses… Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron: mathematician, gambler, and proto-programmer, whose writings contained the first ever appearance of general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. And Charles Babbage, eccentric inventor of the Difference Engine, an enormous clockwork calculating machine that would have been the first computer, if he had ever finished it.
But what if things had been different? The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a delightful alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and use it to create runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wider realms of mathematics and, of course, fight crime. Complete with historical curiosities, extensive footnotes and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered computer, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is wonderfully whimsical, utterly unusual, and, above all, entirely irresistible.
Or if you don’t want to buy the book, you can read some of the stories online.
Or you could watch the documentary, Calculating Ada: the Countess of Computers. I haven’t yet discovered whether it’s good or not, but it sounds interesting.
3. My next discovery was a very special one. Casey from the blog A Bit Unorthodox stopped by to tell me she was passing on a Liebster award to me. Congratulations on your award, Casey, and thank you for nominating my blog!
If you haven’t visited Casey’s blog, please do. Her words overflow with her wonderful lively personality. I’m sure you’ll feel like you’re visiting a good friend when you read her posts.
5. The next discovery isn’t mine. It belongs to a man wearing gum boots who was carrying a camera. Last Friday morning, my girls and I filmed another music video for Imogen. We chose a local river as our location and arrived before sunrise. We were setting up our cameras near the water when a man suddenly appeared out of the semi-darkness. I think he was rather surprised to discover us there at that time of morning. We exchanged greetings, chatted a bit about cameras and the beautiful sunrise, and then he moved a short distance away to take his photos. I think he must have been even more surprised when he discovered we were filming a music video. I wonder what he thought when Imogen started singing ‘Hallelujah’!
I discovered something while Imogen was singing: joy. There can’t be many things better than watching the sun rise over a gently flowing river while listening to a daughter singing ‘Hallelujah’.
If you’re interested, Imogen’s Hallelujah video will be posted on her Youtube channel on Wednesday. (Imogen would feel very encouraged if you decide to subscribe!)
6. Talking of Youtube channels, I discovered my friend Luminara has posted a new unschooling video: Unschooling in the Winter Months. I really enjoyed seeing where Luminara lives as she chatted about the challenges of unschooling in the colder weather. The area where she walks her dog is very beautiful.
7. I discovered a new blog and associated podcast centred around writing: Goins Writer and The Portfolio Life, and I couldn’t resist signing up for the email list. I was tempted by the promise of a free ebook: how I built an audience of 100,000 readers in 18 months. Do you think there are 100,000 people out there interested in the subject of unschooling?
8. I’ve also been listening to a Shakespeare podcast: Shakespeare Unlimited.
9. While listening to an episode of Shakespeare Unlimited, I discovered a series of books called William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher. Shakespeare and Star Wars? Do you think that combination sounds fascinating?
10. My final discovery was that my most popular blog post of the week was Wasting Time Watching Too Many Movies? which wasn’t a surprise. It was the only post I wrote last week!
How about you? Did you discover anything interesting last week?