Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ada Lovelace Day

March 24 is Ada Lovelace Day.

My own Ada (Adelaide), who looks more akin to Einstein here, was named partially for Ada Lovelace -- our criteria was that it should be a name not typically associated with children in our generation, preferably a family name, and a name that felt like it had some substance. The reference to Ada Lovelance satisfies that third criteria, obviously.

I am embarrassed to say, though, that I've never learned to program Ada -- either as a father or as a software engineer. Though I do remember sitting up late at night with her older sister trying to understand what programming bug must be causing her fuss without any discernible reason.