I described this book as Charles Babbage's "This is not an autobiography" autobiography and I think that is the most accurate description possible lmao

I hate to say that Charles Babbage is the famous figure from history whom I most resemble, but I think it might be true


What people think a self-comparison to Charles Babbage means: I think I'm a brilliant mathematician and inventor

What I actually mean: I have a similar twist of verbal humor, I care entirely too much about a handful of things, I think very highly of myself and yet engage in frequent humorous self-deprecation, I can be excrutiatingly difficult to get along with, and I tend to view everything I encounter through the lens of my specific personal interests. Also I have questionable fashion sense.

The primary way in which I am utterly *unlike* Charles Babbage is I love music and he very much did not

oh my gosh Babbage had a club where all the members were expected to write a letter to the club Secretary every six months and if a letter from someone had not arrived from any one member within twelve months, it was to be assumed that person had been locked up as insane and the rest of the club would find and rescue them

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