December 26

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Charles Babbage 1791

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The ‘Irascible Genius’

Diplomacy was not Babbage’s forte and his social and professional personas were at war. Proud and principled, he was capable of incontinent savagery in his public attacks on the scientific establishment, often beyond ordinary sensibility. He offended many whose support he needed behaving sometimes as though being right entitled him to be rude. The title of the first biography on his life was called ‘Irascible Genius: A Life of Charles Babbage, Inventor’. The twin characteristics of irascibility and genius remain the defining signatures of his historical portrait.


In a prophetic passage written towards the end of his life Babbage affirmed his conviction in the value of his work.

If unwarned by my example, any man shall undertake and shall succeed in really constructing an engine … upon different principles or by simpler mechanical means, I have no fear of leaving my reputation in his charge, for he alone will be fully able to appreciate the nature of my efforts and the value of their results.

Definition of irascible 

marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger

Charles Babbage (1791-1871), computer pioneer, designed the first automatic computing engines. He invented computers but failed to build them. The first complete Babbage Engine was completed in London in 2002, 153 years after it was designed.

*Don’t be irascible today. You may offend people, whose support you need. Being right doesn’t entitle you to be rude. It may lead to you inventing the next great thing but never building it.


Jared Leto 1971

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Although Leto is a cycling enthusiast and incorporates other forms of cardio into his training regime, he still utilized 3 days a week of weightlifting mixed with his cardio, outdoor activities and yoga.

*Try any day of this Jared Leto Joker Workout. Or you can pick cycling, weightlifting, or yoga. Watch Suicide Squad for motivation or listen to Leto’s band – Thirty Seconds to Mars.


John Walsh 1945

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“You either let it kill you, you let it break your heart and destroy
you forever, or you try to make sure that Adam didn’t die in
vain,” Walsh remembers Wright telling him.

“That conversation with Dr. Wright was my come-to-Jesus
moment. I went home, and I stopped feeling sorry for myself.”
From that moment on, John Walsh, now 64, set out to make
sure his son did not die in vain.

What can you do?

  • Hand out materials.Download and print our child safety publications for free and share them at a community meeting or event.
  • Share photos of missing children.Join our Poster Partner Program and stay informed of children who go missing in your community. Then distribute those photos with your community by printing and displaying them in community or sharing them online.
  • Provide Child ID resources. Use our downloadable Child ID form to help families create their own Child ID kits.
  • Make an Internet safety presentation.Our NetSmartz Workshop offers free, multimedia Internet safety presentations tailored to specific audiences, including parents and communities, tweens, teens and younger children.

*In honor of John Walsh’s birthday, think of making a commitment to supporting The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in your community.


Martin Cooper 1928 – basically the inventors of the computer and the cell phone share a birthday today.

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“He contributed to every significant advancement in Wireless communications from the first car phones to the radio pager. He conceived and demonstrated the first portable cellular phone in 1973.”

True Importance of “Innovation”

Cooper stressed that innovation should not be akin to magically pulling a novel technology out of a hat, but should focus on solving real-world problems.

“Everything we do is an improvement,” Cooper said. “The challenge is not to create technology for the sake of technology. Technology should only improve people’s lives. If you try to create a technology that is too advanced, people are not going to use it.

“Good technology could be intuitive, better technology might be transparent, but the best technology is invisible. It solves your problem, it makes you more comfortable, it makes you more productive and you don’t even know it’s there. That’s where we’re going, but we’re a long way from there.”

*As this year is coming to an end, you may be thinking about getting a head start on a business idea for next year. Focus on solving real world problems. Something that can improve people’s lives.


Kit Harington 1986 – watch Game of Thrones

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If you think watching the epic craziness of Game of Thrones has changed your life (or at least a bunch of your Sunday nights), then you’ve got nothing on Kit Harington.

After the show scooped the best drama series Emmy, Harington was asked backstage what being part of GoT as Jon Snow had done for him, and he had a pretty good answer.

“I met my wife in this show,” he said, referring to Rose Leslie, who played Jon’s tragic lover Ygritte, and whom he married earlier this year. And that’s not all. Are Harington and Leslie are planning to have little GoT babies?

“It gave me, hopefully, my future family,” he added, “and my life from here on in.” Okay, well, that’s fairly huge.

*Watch Kit Harington as Jon Snow in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Your future may depend on it.


Mao Zedong 1893 – Mao Pork

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Official guidelines have been issued to restaurants across China instructing them how to cook Mao Tse-tung’s favourite meal, an unctuous dish of pork.

*Follow the official guidelines for making Mao Zedong’s favorite pork dish and enjoy while watching Game of Thrones.

Have a Fireball Jon Snow Cone for dessert.

SNUB – Lars Ulrich

Review –

  • Don’t be irascible
  • Joker workout
  • Support The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in your community
  • Focus on solving real world problems
  • Watch Game of Thrones
  • Make Mao Pork