the American Mathematical Society just published a free ebook called Living Proof, a collection of mathematicians recounting their often turbulent paths to where they are now. i've read a few of the stories and i think this is an amazing read, not just for scholars of math, but for anyone who is doing something where they simply don't feel "smart enough" to succeed. success is often made up of struggle and failure; this can be difficult to remember in our current times.
So, a few days ago, I went #dumpsterdiving, and found 10 pairs of ladies and mens underwear, sealed, in box. They weren't the cheap kind, but the more expensive one. I've also found (in no particular order on different nights): bedsheets, linen, pillows, pillowcases, ALL still unsealed in boxes/bags. I really don't get it. We talk about saving a planet, and we throw away things that are perfectly fine?
If you center Black Jews and Jews of Color in your thinking about Judaism/Jewishness, you can begin to piece together how anti-Judaism and antisemitism led to the creation of White Supremacy, but more importantly, you can begin to piece together an overarching theory of Diasporic studies that includes Jewish history AND the African Diaspora, you see the falseness of distinctions between peoples, which is to say the falseness of borders, and the richness of points of contact.
@apLundell also, instead of the Grandfather character...the cast of the Princess Bride that's still around could take turns reading the book to the kid zomg!
@byttyrs my friend did a cool art project about this where she made a tapestry featuring five women who pioneered computer programming
Do you know about the Oseberg tapestry fragments? It's this beautiful peice of viking age weaving which, unfortunately, has been largely destroyed. Much of the artistic contribution of men to Norse culture, in words, metal, and even in wood has survived but the women's work, the weaving has proven much more fragile. Your post mention of Ada Lovelace reminds me of the women of Oseberg.
@byttyrs i remember when my ex first saw my charted knitting patterns and he was like "...im pretty sure that's just engineering"
the loom is a significant precursor of the mechanical computer. woven fabric is a significant precursor of the printout. weaving and knotted-pile carpet, alongside other textiles (and certain mosaic styles), are significant precursors of raster graphics.
Ada Lovelace is often cited as the first computer programmer, writing an algorithm for Charle's Babbage's mechanical computer. it was late in the 20th century before computer programming ceased to be seen as a menial task most suitable for women. the Industrial Revolution's automation of weaving, and its destructive impact on the predominantly-feminine home textiles industry, prefigures the chasing of women out of programming.
like Charles Babbage, remembered for the machine while Ada Lovelace is remembered for the programming, the industrialization of weaving was accomplished by male mechanical engineers, and the logical or formal innovation in weaving-in-the-abstract continues to largely be the work of women.
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