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.
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
@InspectorCaracal sounds like some clever canarying
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