Oh my god I was comparing the censored and uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray again and in the uncensored version Lord Henry has 27 pictures of Dorian in his possession but they censored it to be 17. 27 whoa way too gay bring that down to a reasonable heterosexual number like 17 no homo!
27 or 17, the funniest part about this is thinking about what an undertaking it was to get a photo taken of oneself in the late 19th century. These aren’t smartphone selfies, you know? By then, it was still faster than it had been with earlier techniques (which could take up to five minutes for an exposure), but it still wasn’t a cheap and fast hobby. And Dorian’s photos are probably proper studio portraits too.
And Lord Henry accumulates this wealth of images over the course of what, a month?
And now, let us take a moment and ponder the possibilities of a modern AU Lord Henry and his Instagram feed. Or his Facebook page. He’s totally the friend whose feed you quietly start to block because omg Harry you’re getting EMBARRASSING.
19th Century Clients from Hell
Charles Babbage received funds from the English Treasury between 1823 to 1842 to build his engine. Today, we would know that engine to be more akin to a mechanical computer.
Babbage recorded his interactions with two members of parliament. It went as follows:
On two occasions I have been asked,—
“Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?”
I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.