By Cory Doctorow at 6:19 am Thu, Jul 9, 2009
Tech Lab: Sydney Padua
Reminds me of the old Radio Shack Comic book “The Story of Electronics” that they used to give out (back in the ’70s, IIRC)…
(Sorry, I couldn’t find a link to share)
Bah! Everybody knows that Charles Babbage is really famous for inventing the classier of the two computer game stores at the mall.
And if you liked that you should check out the continuing story on the artists own site at
Definitely one of my favourite websites.
Doron Swade’s “The Difference Engine” (UK title “The Cogwheel Brain) is an excellent read, about the Babbage’s plans and the modern attempt to build a portion of the Analytical Engine.
Though, for humor I’d suggest Arthur C. Clarke’s steampunky story “The Steam-powered Word Processor”.
But the Ada Lovelace meets Babbage piece is so much better! Love it!
Cool, but what I’d really like to see illustrated is the meeting between Babbage and C.L. Dodgson. Dodgson wanted a Difference Engine; Babbage politely informed him that none were available, and otherwise, just as one would expect, they got on famously.
Hang on, so Sydney is from the UK, and the BBC is in the UK. So why does the second panel there say “unrealized” and not “unrealised”?
I know it’s a small, petty point, but c’mon!
Great little series, it is definitely worth following the progress of this thing.
Charles Babbage, he hated musicians.
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