Failing with Style

“This isn’t flying, this is falling with style!”  Eight-year-old me cheered as Buzz Lightyear embraced the very line Woody had first flung as an insult towards him. It was a joyous, fist-punching-in-the-air moment in Toy Story, as the two companions soared away from imminent danger. Magic!  At that moment, the idea of falling with style […]

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A Lesson in Code and Craft from Ada

The year was 1815.  Annabella Milbanke, a deeply religious and mathematically gifted young lady from an aristocratic family, had just given birth. The child’s father was Lord Byron, the great Romantic poet and a notorious playboy.  A scandal was inevitable.  Just three days later, Byron would set sail away from England with his mistress, never […]

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