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Lovelace & Babbage

#27 - Social butterfly

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Did you know Ada has fully embraced social media? She now has 15K+ friends on Facebook and 1K+ chums on the Twitterverse! Just search for "LEGO Lovelace".

Since May 2015 she's had over 1 million impressions (Views) and 46K+ engagements (Likes, Shares, Comments) on Twitter, Facebook, LEGO Ideas and Flickr alone.

Please Like and Follow her for regular posts and photos that aren't published here. She loves her selfies, but still lets Charles and Madame Puff shine online too.

If you fancy a new desktop or wallpaper, feel free to download any project photos from the following Flickr album. To date, these 100+ images have received 60K+ views.

Best wishes, Stewart ^‿^


#26 - Happy 2016

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Thank-you all for the fantastic support this year, fingers crossed we pass the 10K mark in 2016!

Best wishes, Stewart (′ᴗ‵)

P.S. In case you are wondering why Babbage is covering his ears in this photo...

Babbage's distaste for commoners ("the Mob") included writing "Observations of Street Nuisances" in 1864, as well as tallying up 165 "nuisances" over a period of 80 days. He especially hated street music, and in particular the music of organ grinders, against whom he railed in various venues. The following quotation is typical:

"It is difficult to estimate the misery inflicted upon thousands of persons, and the absolute pecuniary penalty imposed upon multitudes of intellectual workers by the loss of their time, destroyed by organ-grinders and other similar nuisances."


#25 - 7000+

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With everyone around the world celebrating Ada Lovelace's bicentenary this month, we've been really blessed with a large amount of new supporters. In fact, since her birthday we received over 1,500 new supporters pushing us over the 7,000 mark! Heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s supported ‘Lovelace & Babbage’, old and new.

For this update there are quite a few people I'd like to thank for publishing such fantastic articles about the project, please take a wee look at each of them (links below).

Happy holidays, Stewart 。^‿^。

News Articles


#24 - The University of Oxford

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Last week I was kindly invited to attend the University of Oxford's official Ada Lovelace celebrations. They held both a graduate workshop and symposium over 3 days to mark what would have been her 200th birthday.

https://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/adalovelace/symposium/

I presented a short paper called "LEGO Lovelace: Building a modern icon" that gave an overview of this project's 7 month journey to date. You can read the abstract on their dedicated event website.

https://adalovelaceworkshop.wordpress.com/abstracts/

I'm happy to report that the project was very well received by academics, subject experts and attendees all round. The whole experience was quite overwhelming to be honest and I'd like to thank all of you for supporting the project and making this special occasion happen for me.

The symposium was broadcast live and there are now 7 different video podcast available to replay here:

http://livestream.com/oxuni/lovelace

You can read more about the bicentennial symposium by following their official hashtag - #LovelaceOxford

Best wishes, Stewart (•‿•)


#23 - Science Museum

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If you live in, or are visiting London, please go see the Science Museum's fantastic exhibition dedicated to Ada Lovelace. It's completely free and open until the end of March next year.

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/Plan_your_visit/exhibitions/ada-lovelace

On display they have Lovelace's portraits, letters, a Jacquard loom model, part of the Analytical Engine and a complete working Difference Engine No.2. I spent a good hour with their interactive touch-screen alone!

Kind regards, Stewart ^‿^


#22 - 6000+

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Making it to 6K for Ada's 200th birthday is more than I could have wished for. Thank-you all. Only 4K left to go now!

Have a great weekend everyone. Love, Stewart (′ᴗ‵)

 


#21 - Who was Ada Lovelace?

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Did you know who Ada Lovelace was before discovering this LEGO Ideas project?

Please reply 'Yes' or 'No' in one of the following...

Thank-you, Stewart (•‿•)


#20 - 5000+

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What an amazing feeling, reaching 50% is just the bee's knees!

Thank-you for all the kind votes, comments, tweets, retweets, likes and shares. Every single one of them is appreciated.

Special thanks to Janina, Lambert, Daniel, Tom and Jessica for publishing such supportive articles.

Best wishes, Stewart ()

News Articles

  • Gadgette
    • "The Ada Lovelace Lego kit needs your vote"
    • Janina Matthewson (@J9andIf)
  • technabob
    • "LEGO Lovelace & Babbage Computer Set: Imaginative Engine"
    • Lambert Varias (@technabob)
  • Gadgetsin
    • "Lovelace & Babbage LEGO Set Boasts a Steampunk Computer Powered by Your Raspberry Pi"
    • Daniel (@gadgetsin)
  • GeekDad
    • "Vote for ‘Lovelace & Babbage’ at LEGO Ideas"
    • Tom Fassbender (@fordsbasement)
  • The Mary Sue
    • "Things We Saw Today: Vote for the Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage LEGO Set!"
    • Jessica Lachenal (@jeslach)


#18 - Snowball's chance in h€ll

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Thank-you all for helping, we've finally found Puff! It turns out she was cat C all along.

Ada has a nice mackerel fillet for her as a wee treat, not that Puff seems very interested in it. Typical cat.

Many thanks, Stewart (⊙‿⊙)

P.S. Don't worry about the other moggies, they've all found new homes (even Snowball II).