Smileys, circa 1881.
The BBC has a nice bit up looking at the various appearances Alan Turing has made in fictional texts.
“If Alan Turing had not existed, would we have had to invent him? The question seems to answer itself: Alan Turing very much did exist, and yet we have persisted in inventing him still.Of all the roles Turing played during his all-too-brief life, there is one he played only after his all-too-early death – that of fictional character.
Since Turing’s suicide in 1954, his legend has been the inspiration for plays, novels, and films, in addition to a half-dozen biographies. Andrew Hodges’ late 1970s and early 1980s research into Turing’s life, and the top secret work he did at Bletchley Park, burst open a groundswell of interest in a man whose story seems almost too tragic, and too poignant, to be true…An innocent and a consummate outsider, Turing saw neither the sexual strictures of his time nor its mathematical ones as being particularly sound. His disregard of one made him a hero, the other a criminal.”
Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
Hat tip to 5 Things I Learned Today
Book Riot has assembled a collection of Bad Writing Tips, which may be my new favourite Twitter hashtag.
From Brain Pickings:
“As a lover of all things Alice in Wonderland and of visual metaphors based on subway maps, I was instantly taken with this transit map of Wonderland, juxtaposing the extreme organizational structure of a subway system with the extreme surreal chaos of the Lewis Carroll classic.”
From It’s Okay to Be Smart:
“This is a summary of the Curiosity rover’s descent plan from the top of the Martian atmosphere, from 13,000 mph to full stop with zero room for error. There’s 76 explosives, a supersonic parachute, and a completely insane skycrane involved, too.