Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Turing Pumpkin

...but before I go, here's a seasonal pumpkin bearing a festive simulacrum of programmable computing pioneer and persecuted gay icon Alan Turing.


Happy Hallowe'en!

Thanks to Cornwall Matt, who thought this might be the kind of picture I would like. And he was right!

18 comments:

Chaucer's Bitch said...

that rocks.

Interpreter Pavlov said...

I believe a tradition exists in the surviving Turing family that he was persecuted not for his homosexuality but for his appalling cycling habits, especially at night. Clearly he needed one of these lanterns.

Did you know there is a mysterious ur-avatar (this is the one and only time in my life I'm going to use this frightful word in this perverted sense, a lexical dollop of pig-excrement trodden in by the pig-ignorant) of Turing in the Bayeux Tapestry?

Bicycle or not, he got about.

Bonne chance.

Urban Chick said...

that's so much more artistic than the pumpkins i did for the chicklets

Billy said...

The question is can that pumpkin be adapted to simulate the logic of any computer that could possibly be constructed?

Anonymous said...

Was Alan Turing the one at Bletchley who worked out that road junctions were the most dangerous part of the roads for cyclists so he just rode straight across them to be out of there as fast as possible so reducing the liklihood of a collision.

Valerie said...

Wow. That's aweseome. All I was able to carve was a crude cat face. Though my friend Colleen did a detailed multi-story "spooky house" with many windows, illuminated by a moon covered with bats. Clearly I am a lesser being.

Pashmina said...

Damn, I knew there was something missing from Waitrose's "carve your own pumpkin" kit...

First Nations said...

that defines a new level of pumpkin coolness.
i did a mean face *sigh*

Chaucer's Bitch said...

i did a pumpkin vomitting its own innards. crude, but effective.

richard said...

Tennessee Jed here does good pumpkin head.

Anonymous said...

Never mind the bloody vegetables, Pavlov is back!
It's the same one!

frangelita said...

You ran away while I was on holiday! I found you through LC. I like the pumpkin a lot, very cool.

Chaucer's Bitch said...

y'know, ah reckon that there punkin otta be yer new avatar.

DavetheF said...

Happy Hallowe'en? All Hallows Eve is the festival of the dead, a time when some traditions say the dead are among us, their spirits whispering in our ears. You're supposed to be praying for the souls of the dead, you sinners!

llewtrah said...

Wow to the carving. I can't carve pumpkins to save my life, not even a grinning face, maybe I could photo-manipulate a really impressive effort for next year?

corin said...

Question: We got a pumpkin in our household and it's all hollowed out, and we have candles aplenty. We just never got around to carving it. But is it permissable to carve it now? Hallowe'en comes but once a year and all that...

mad muthas said...

looks awfully like lenin

Anonymous said...

looks more like billy corgan to me!!!!