Ada Lovelace Day is coming up!


Hello Folks! Popping my head above the parapet to remind you that it’s Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday! It’s a big festival of blogging, tweeting, think-piecing, and taking about inspirational women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and you can see all the events here. I personally will be in person at Ada Lovelace Day Live on Tuesday at Conway Hall in London signing books.

I am on TELEVISION!! and online– in the UK only alas– you have 7 days left to gaze upon my visage in the excellent BBC documentary Calculating Ada.

Some upcoming events in London: I’ll be giving talks and signing books at the Science Museum Late on October 28th, should be an epic night (with drinks!). I’m also talking at CodeMesh about the very very alternative programming technology of the Analytical Engine.

As the inciting incident of this malarkey it’s always a big day around this blog, in preparation of which I have animated this fine gif for your use and enjoyment, here you go in a variety of sizes:





And finally, on a personal note– having spent the last year hacking my way through impenetrable jungles battling leopards, snakes, and bears at a vengeance of a pace, I’m trying something new this year: I’m taking up the Academic mantle and am now Senior Lecturer in Animation at Bucks University. As I am meant to spend half my time lecturing and half of it THINKING GREAT THOUGHTS (not generally a priority in Visual Effects) this should allow me time to return to drawing comics AT LONG LAST.



  1. Jonas on November 1, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    I’m a computer engineer student and have heard about your work via your book. I when found it on a bookstore and was so thrilled that someone actually cares about them, mainly because they were really important to my field, but were never mentioned by my professors, I only remember hearing about Neumann and Turing. It would be awesome to see a movie with them, it would be really encouraging for women to consider STEM.

  2. Kassandra on October 26, 2015 at 10:56 am

    There is an Exhibition about Ada and other women in Computer history at the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Paderborn Germany.

  3. Jim S. on October 17, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Just in time (OK, just a little late) for AL Day, I would just like to say

    Lovelace & Babbage + Lego = <3

    Go to to see what I mean!

  4. Scott on October 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    ” I’m taking up the Academic mantle and am now Senior Lecturer in Animation at Bucks University.”
    Yay! Congratulations, Sydney!

    ” this should allow me time to return to drawing comics AT LONG LAST.”
    WHOO HOO!!! WOW, WOW,WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *pant,pant*

  5. Aylett on October 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I did not know anything about Ada Lovelace until I was reading some posts about Ada Lovelace day and one had a link to your comics – which are delightful. It is rare to see something that is entertaining, imaginative AND educational – and when I see something like that it makes me hopeful about humans.

  6. Vesna on October 13, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Happy Ada Lovelace Day! I hope you sell many, many copies of your wonderful book. Someday I hope to get the opportunity to ask you to sign my copy.

  7. Jonathan Williams on October 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Congratulations on your appointment at Buck Uni.

    Ada Lovelace Day was the theme for this morning’s Life Scientific with Jim Al-Khalili and his interview with Engineer Danielle George. She did the RI Christmas Lectures last year that featured a robot orchestra!

  8. Morris Keesan on October 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Being outside the UK, I can’t watch BBC television online, but I was hugely chuffed to hear your voice a while back on Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity.

    • Telzey Amberdon on October 13, 2015 at 5:27 am

      Oh, for heaven’s sake! It took me roughly 3.5 seconds to find this documentary on YouTube, where the BBC put it for all to see. I’m watching it now, here in my palatial Connecticut two-room apartment. I do not know if they will take it down on YouTube when they take it down on the BBC’s site, but I bet they leave it up.

      Really, when some corporation or other tries to keep me from watching something for arbitrary reasons, I just take to Google and find it within a few minutes. Or I wait a day and Google again to allow more computer-literate people, likewise annoyed at arbitrary reasons, to put it up somewhere for the rest of us to watch.

      • Dan S on October 14, 2015 at 10:31 pm

        Great posting name Telzey. I have never run across anyone even familiar with the source books/ author.
        And ditto on how easy it is finding alternative links using Google.

    • Paul Morriss on October 13, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      I too heard you on Radio 4 and I’m looking forward to watching the TV programme at some point, provided my Tivo hasn’t deleted it. I’m glad to hear it’s also on YouTube though. Welcome to Wycombe too! (I live there)

      Thanks for the picture. I’m just writing my annual Ada blog post.

  9. John on October 10, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Congratulations on many fronts, then! And the picture is snazzy, too.

    Enjoy the Thinking of Great Thoughts…