Some crazy Victorian engineering enthusiasts have built an actual Babbage Engine on the designs of the Brilliant, if persnickity, Charles Babbage. The machine is elegant, beautiful, digital, efficient and calculates numbers to 32 decimal places without the use of electricity.
The machine itself is one of 2 in existence (the other is housed in a dark, neglected, corner of the Science Museum in London. We were there. Very sad.) and it will only be available for public viewing until May 2009. After that it disappears into a private collection (and the livingroom of one of the Captains of Industry, Nathan Myhrvold of Microsoft fame.)
So we're planning a field trip... And... to honor Babbage and all that might have been, we're making it a Steampunk Event!
Join us at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View for a little Tech History and then off to the Green Lantern for Chinese Food and socializing.
When: Saturday, January 17 at 2:00 pm then Dinner at 5:00 pm (when the Museum closes)
What can I say, but that Steampunk people are the Best people. What other group in the whole world is so kind, generous, entertaining and lively that you can invite 20 near strangers with an age range of 4 or 5 decades to a party and everyone has a great time?
There was tea! (Mmmmm.... blackberries) There were Sweets and Sandwiches! (Walnuts and cucumbers and cream cheese, Oh My!) There were Parlor Games (Charade - 0 - Pictionary Anyone?)
And there were 20 people in my livingroom, which, considering its size, is Quite remarkable.
Thank you everyone for a wonderful, joyful evening welcoming in the new year. I could not have asked for (nor arranged) better company.
Pictures Are Here (except for all the blurry ones of Leigh... will that girl EVER stop moving?)