Monday, June 25, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
When I began reading The Code Book by Simon Singh last year, I expected to be amazed at the brilliance of codes and cyphers and their history. I was not expecting to be heartbroken by the story of Alan Turing - a scientist I had not heard of despite the fact that his work at Bletchley Park was crucial to the British war effort and he developed an early prototype for the modern computer. He changed the course of history. Yet he was cruelly persecuted by the British government for his sexual orientation. Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a public apology for the government's cruelty towards Turing in 2009, but it was too late for Turing, who died of cyanide poisoning (seemingly, but not definitely, a suicide) at the age of 41. Today is Turing's 100th birthday.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I decided to do some more scanning this weekend. The theme, appropriately, is birthdays, but there are some other things in here too.
1. My great-grandmother Ruth on her 90th birthday with her two children, Janet (my grandmother) and Robert.
2 and 3. My parents at their wedding, or as I like to call it, the wedding of Skeletor and Mrs. Skeletor.
4. My grandmother Janet and I.
5. My mother and I, Christmas 1989.
6. My first birthday. I am dubious.
7. Summer 1990, with the Gertie ball.
8. My grandparents and I.
9. My second birthday.
10. My third birthday.
11. Me in my father's coat.
12. I think I was nine in this picture. Believe it or not, that is NOT STRIPEY. That is Stripey's predecessor, M'Schwat (1992-2010).
13. My twelfth birthday.
Friday, June 15, 2012
After a rough week, I like to look at pictures of pretty things. I don't buy them, I just look at them. Then I knit. I must remember to post a picture of my new Mad Men-inspired Toast Wrap. It's nearly done.