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Archive for October, 2014

Happy Halloween

Wishes for a Happy Halloween!
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Halloween is named for “All Hallow’s Eve,” the night before
All Souls Day which was often November 1.

Costumes came about as a way to ‘hide’ from spirits
thought to roam freely at this time of the year.
October 31 is also Samhaine, New Year’s Eve for Celts
and the original holiday on this date, celebrating
the final harvest season and the beginning of time to come
spent working indoors through the wintry months.

Whatever traditions you follow, blessings to you!

image credit: www.hongkiat.com

we bring…

“O our mother the Earth, O our father the Sky,
Your children are we, and with tired backs
We bring you the gifts that you love.
Then weave for us a garment of brightness…
May the fringes be the falling rain,
May the border be the standing rainbow.”
a Tewa Pueblo prayer



“He has achieved success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much.”

Bessie Anderson Stanley


Advising Month Reminder

Remember, October is Advising Month
Have you scheduled your advising appointment yet?

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We are here to help you develop your academic plan

Ada Lovelace Day

Here’s wishing you a very Happy Ada Lovelace Day!
Ada Lovelace, 1838
image credits: http://dthornebooks.com/tag/ada-lovelace/  &  http://findingada.com/

Who was Ada Lovelace?
Here is some annotated background on this Pioneering Female Mathematician:

Born Ada Gordon in 1815 to Annabella Milbanke and the poet George Gordon (Lord Byron), from childhood she had a fascination with machines.  Ada spent hours designing fanciful boats and steam flying machines, and poring over diagrams of the new inventions of the Industrial Revolution that filled the scientific magazines of the time.Ada_Byron_smithsonianmag
image credit: Smithsonian.com

In 1833 Lovelace’s mentor, scientist and polymath Mary Sommerville, introduced her to Charles Babbage, a Professor of Mathematics who was well known for his visionary and perpetually unfinished plans for gigantic clockwork calculating machines.  Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace both had somewhat unconventional personalities and became close and lifelong friends.  Babbage described her as “that Enchantress who has thrown her magical spell around the most abstract of Sciences and has grasped it with a force which few masculine intellects could have exerted over it,” or an another occasion, as “The Enchantress of Numbers.”  Lovelace was deeply intrigued by Babbage’s plans for a tremendously complicated device he called the Analytical Engine, which was to combine the array of adding gears of his earlier Difference Engine with an elaborate punchcard operating system.  It was never built, but the design had all the essential elements of a modern computer.

In 1842 Lovelace translated a short article describing the Analytical Engine by the Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea.  Babbage asked her to expand the article, “as she understood the machine so well.”  The final article is over three times the length of the original and contains several early ‘computer programs,’ as well as strikingly prescient observations on the potential uses of the machine, including the manipulation of symbols and creation of music.  Although Babbage and his assistants had sketched out programs for his engine before, Lovelace’s are the most elaborate and complete, and the first to be published, so she is often referred to as “the first computer programmer.”  Lovelace herself never claimed authorship of the original ideas behind the engine.  Babbage “spoke highly of her mathematical powers, and of her peculiar capability — higher he said than of any one he knew, to prepare the descriptions connected with his calculating machine.”

Ada Lovelace died of uterine cancer at 36, a few years after the publication of “Sketch of the Analytical Engine, with Notes from the Translator.”  Her notes on The Analytical Engine became one of the critical documents to inspire Alan Turing’s early work on modern computers in the 1940s.

Sources: http://findingada.com/and the Smithsonian

Those inspired by Ada Lovelace continue celebrating the contributions of women in math and science.  For examples and more information, check out http://findingada.com/.

a time…

“To everything there is a season,
and a time for every purpose under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

photo credit: anditsbecky @ deviantart.com

Empty Bowls

This is right next to our main Statesville campus,
make your reservations and come on out!

Photo: Hope you'll come...and bring a friend!
(just an FYI...Boss's Day is the next day. What a nice surprise for your boss....and maybe even earn a few brownie points, too!)
Everyone takes home a handcrafted bowl...as a reminder that some have an empty bowl every day...and that hunger exists right here in our community. Give us a call! We'll hold your spot.

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