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Christy Canida, sharing taxidermy (and more) – 24 hours of Lady Ada Lovelace day #ald10

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Each hour we are featuring a woman we admire who is currently doing amazing work right in the tech/maker/art/science space. Woman of the hour, Christy Canida. Pictured above with DIY elf ears.

Christy Canida earned her SB in Biology from MIT, and worked in transgenic mouse labs, an aquarium, and the biotech industry before joining Instructables. She loves cutting things up, experimenting with food, and dancing in costumes.

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Christy makes amazing things we love to read (and make) and also runs Instructables with the great team there. She’s the originator of the LED rat throwie. You can see all 115+ of Christy’s how-tos and Instructables here.


About today:

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging (videologging, podcasting, comic drawing etc.!) to draw attention to the achievements of women in technology and science. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognized. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines, whatever they do. It doesn’t matter how new or old your blog is, what gender you are, what language you blog in, or what you normally blog about – everyone is invited.

Who was Ada? Ada Lovelace Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.


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3 Comments

  1. Really? LED Rat Throwie? It looks so creepy this is going to give me nightmares!

  2. This just makes me realize how perverted I am to wear a leather jacket.
    I respect Christy and her work but this particular piece is not necessarily something I’d show off too eagerly.

  3. Almost forgot: I’m a neuroscience grad student and sadly, I know my way around lab animals, too.

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