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last posted May 4, 2016, 9:29 a.m.
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Apparently I'm a famous fanfic author. By which I mean, Stargate Physics 101 is probably the most widely read thing I've ever written.


I'm kinda tempted to write "Whiteboard Interview with a Vampire" based on this tweet.

(it was going to be "Job interview with a vampire" but obviously that's been used before)


How is vampire Ada Lovelace not already a thing?

  • She is the daughter of Byron, who literally has vampire fanfiction written about him
  • She dies at the same age as Byron
  • While cloistered away from the world
  • Shortly before her death she confesses something to her husband which causes him to leave him

Vampire Arthur Cayley, or even vampire Ada Lovelace, are both too young, with only a couple of centuries of experience. Unfortunately, vampire Gottfried Leibniz would be too old.

I've heard that Newton used to publish work which he'd done with the calculus, but presented it geometrically, so it would make sense to his peers.

Now I'm imagining our vampire at a whiteboard, making geometric constructions with compass and straight-edge, then translating the solution back into algol-y brace-and-semicolon pseudocode for the benefit of the befuddled interviewee...


Either vampire Jacques Vaucanson or vampire Pierre Jaquet-Droz, however, would be the perfect age, and both of them already demonstrated

  • an unhealthy fascination with animating the the non-quick

  • the ability to drum up public and private funding to support complex projects

Jaquet-Droz's choice of writing, art, and music were not haphazard; these were the ways in which aristocrats of the XVIII distinguished themselves from the public.