Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

It’s Ada Lovelace Day, a good day to celebrate women in technology careers! If you don’t know who Ada Lovelace is, check out this wonderful Science Chicks blog post. She was the first computer programmer. Not the first woman programmer, the first programmer, and she did it without having a computer to program anything on.…
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Hire A Woman? Terrible Idea!

Australia’s National Archives have put up a relic of sexism from the nation’s Department of Trade describing why exactly it would be such a terrible idea to have a woman serve as an assistant trade commissioner. For one thing, she would, of course, age. And that’s terrible. “… such an appointee would not stay young…
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A Wicked Bad Poisonous Brew

It’s probably for the best that I’m not married. If I were, my hypothetical husband might be a little worried about all the poison-related articles that I’ve been accruing. Then I probably wouldn’t be allowed to make the coffee anymore. On the other hand, then I wouldn’t have to make the coffee anymore. If I…
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Things I Learned From The Family Reunion

I learned all kinds of crazy things about my family from my family reunion. Somebody made a disc of pictures from my great-grandmother, and that was pretty instructive too. 1. My ancestors on my mother’s side came from Norway, where they probably farmed rocks. Or maybe they herded rocks. Every single picture taken in Norway…
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Poison, History, Health

I’ve collected a fair few items about history, and I never seem to really have a good place for them anymore, now that Reprint is done. Everybody’s heard of Florence Nightingale, but there was another very famous nurse operating at the time, during the same war (the Crimean War)–Mary Seacole. At one point Nightingale accused…
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