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Morgraine Eddington



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So I thought this was going to turn out really splendiferously well but to be honest in the end I was a bit disappointed. Pride goes before a fall!

The bit which is a real shame is the binary panel. In the pic you can clearly see ‘Alan Turing’ from the front, but in real life the name can’t be read from the front at all, which is good, but also it’s not very clear from the side. It’s readable, but not as much as I hoped. The camera seems to bring it out better somehow.

The other thing is really an overall design problem - too many straight lines, which look a bit wobbly when it’s mounted - particularly the lines of text at the top. I didn’t realise this as I was working on it because I assumed it’d all block out perfectly straight, but in retrospect I was a bit naive.

Also, although I knew what size it would end up, it’s only now that it’s finished I really grok how big it is! Can’t see it fitting on the wall I intended it to go on! I’m not too happy about the proportions of it either - it’s very long and thin.

I’m sure I will feel the love for this piece once I’ve got some emotional distance from it - I’ve been working away on it for hours every day for months, testing bits, frogging things that didn’t work.

I’m really glad I made it though - Turing is one of my heroes and I really wanted to make a tribute to him. And I love the way his face turned out. Overall I’m probably pleased enough - I just wanted it to be fantastic!

The binary says in ASCII

Hyperboloids of wondrous Light

Rolling for aye through Space and Time

which are the first two lines of his epitaph. I could only do two lines otherwise this infernal thing would have been even bigger!

The rest is

Harbour there Waves which somehow Might

Play out God’s holy pantomime.

* which is silly really, as ASCII was ‘invented’ after Turing’s death but as he’s the father of Computer Science and ASCII is our most prevalent code I thought… poetic license