Career, Family, Quote of the Day

“Historia Calamitatum”

Well, it's NCAA basketball time again.  I know this only because I turned on the TV the other night, and there it was.  I watch very few current programs, so I am always somewhat peeved when the event I've planned my evening around disappears, especially when it is replaced by something so absurd as a… Continue reading “Historia Calamitatum”

History, Technology

The Origins of IBM in the U.S. Patent Office

One-hundred thirty-one years ago, on January 8, 1889, Herman Hollerith, a young man born to German immigrants in New York City, himself a graduate of Columbia University as an “Engineer of Mines, was granted a patent, part of which read as follows: The herein-described method of compiling statistics, which consists in recording separate statistical items… Continue reading The Origins of IBM in the U.S. Patent Office

Career, Family

Occasional Quote of the Day: “Historia Calamitatum”

The title of this post may look like rather esoteric, bluestocking, or even erotic clickbait, but there’s nothing to that theory. It’s not a feminist take on the story of poor Peter Abelard, and no guy ends up minus an essential piece of equipment at the end of it. No. It’s just a rumination on one… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “Historia Calamitatum”