The Suitcase Lady


August 6, 2019, 9:32 pm

My husband is crazy about another woman. She has bright pink hair and is a total nerd. He loves to consult her about all things techie.

Fortunately for me, Ladyada and he only get together in computerland where she has zillions of other fans. This is not a sexual thing. My guy just likes building electronic inventions and Ladyada gives him exactly what he needs: cool little circuit boards.

Since my husband is always hanging out with this lady, I decided to find out more about her and googled “Lady Ada”. I immediately got loads of information, but it was definitely not about a pink-haired woman who is alive and well at this moment.

The original Lady Ada was Lady Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Bryon. She was a brilliant mathematician and generally credited with being the world’s first programmer, working with Charles Babbage on his mechanical computer.

Further searching quickly brought me to Limor Fried who calls herself Ladyada in homage to the original. She is an MIT trained electrical engineer and the owner of the electronics company Adafruit industries. Her stated goal was to “create the best place online for learning about electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels”.

The other morning my husband was checking into Ada-land and I happened to glance at his computer screen. To my great surprise, Ms. Ada had a number of items I could truly enjoy. Bear in mind that there is not a techie bone or brain circuit in my body.

Here is one of her Saturday Morning Cartoons……in additional to being brilliant, she is also a cat lady.

Kitten to Cat to Kitten Video

Ladyada, By TechCrunch

1 Comment for this entry

  • Dawn

    Sure am glad to have techie friends! I would be totally lost in Adaland. It is , however,
    Wonderfully awesome! I’m amazed at the things hat can be built.
    Great info. Mr Tooley keep wandering thru Adaland we need more folks like you!