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Friday, January 9, 2015

A Walk on the Lighter Side

At times I've taken some REALLY serious turns.
I'm always delighted to plump for a worthy app, book, project, etc.

To this end- FANFARE!

I also delight in sci-fi, graphic novels, time travel, ancient civilizations, dead languages... er, this could take a while.

So... without further ado:

Light reading! I was sent for a 4 month, 4-round loop with a brain infection caused by chronic sinusitis. You can no longer make grilled cheese on my head, and while I need to repair things that uhh... broke... before I recouped, being stuck sitting still gave me time to find new methods of entertainment.

1)For almost a year, I've enjoyed a webcomic called 2d goggles, or, the thrilling adventures of Lovelace & Babbage.
We have the brilliant Lady Ada Lovelace, who, before her death at an early age, wrote footnotes that make me look brief!- in a treatise by the complex and equally brilliant Charles Babbage. In the alternate universe of 2d Goggles, we have
Tortured and brilliant Lady Lovelace, in her fabulous trousers, with a pipe, a racing form, and a struggle not to give into her poetic genetics of "Mad, bad, and dangerous to know" Lord Byron.
We have the fabulously adorable and naive, music-hating and goofy, brilliant Charles Babbage, who responded to Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Every minute dies a man, every minute one is born," by dabbling in poetry himself:(He was also heard to say "I'd be a poet if I were blind," among other mysterious statements.

In your otherwise beautiful poem "The Vision of Sin" there is a verse which reads – "Every moment dies a man, Every moment one is born." It must be manifest that if this were true, the population of the world would be at a standstill. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of that of death.

I would suggest that in the next edition of your poem you have it read – "Every moment dies a man, Every moment 1 1/16 is born."

The actual figure is so long I cannot get it onto a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry. 

I am, Sir, yours, etc., 

Charles Babbage

Le sigh. Be still my heart!
Together, with an analytical engine, punchycards, cats, Queen Victoria, and a servant called Minion, they solve crime!

Lovelace and Babbage are making their debut in a beautiful book, called,  The Thrilling Adventures of... Lovelace and Babbage! Out April 21, 2015.

2) Richard III was found under a parking lot in 2012, by loyal scientists from the Richardian Society, dedicated to clearing his name.
The Richard III In the 21st Century books ask, "What if Richard III was rescued at the moment of his death in the Battle of Bosworth Field, and brought to 21st Century America? Verily, hijinks ensue!

Book 1: This Time
Book 2: Loyalty Binds Me

Happy New Year! Here's to light, and laughter like champagne bubbles. Na zadrovie!

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