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June, 2009 | Chasing Men Who Stare at Arrays

Monthly Archive for June, 2009

It's all about Lunch

I got to have lunch with my father (Richard Lathwell) and Roger Hui on Monday.   We had Japanese food.

Don’t be jealous.  I’ll most probably have lunch with you too!

Ah yes, the Alberta connection –  Albertans unite… ? The Albertan Diaspora?  That sounds weird, doesn’t it.  I have to say, though, there are a strange proportion of people born in Alberta associated with APL.  Including me.

Shephen Taylor writes that Arthur Whitney has a good joke about this – that I would do well to get right.  Ah, Arthur…  another Albertan shining star.

Documentaries are well served by contrasts and comparisons…  J & K – APL’s protege languages with such divergent paths…  I’m mulling on this and peppering Roger with questions…

I learned that Roger and Arthur Whitney actually took a class together at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.  Cool.

Tomorrow I’m meeting up with Eric Iverson, and we’ve planned it so that I get a visit with Jean too.  Lucky me!

And I’m playing phone tag with a lawyer.  Another step towards actually talking to one.  Onward!

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Double Blogging

I forgot to mention, I’m double blogging!

See my love letter to the community,  “Stuck On You” http://vectoreditor.blogspot.com/

To be honest, I had a hard time making the mental switch coming home.  In fact, I read my two gift copies of Vector cover-to-cover on the plane…  Instead of studying for my economics exam scheduled for the following day.   I think I got lucky, though.  We’ll see tomorrow night.  I’ll be happy with a pass.  I think I passed.  Whew.

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Calling Everyone I know…

Soon it will be time to start putting some real stakes in the ground.   When does the film move from an I-can-do-it-all by myself production, to a professionally staffed, all or nothing, I’m going to tell this story the best way possible, even if it kills me, extravaganza.

Of course I’m being dramatic to illustrate a point.

I’m putting in calls to every person I know in the film and television business – and asking, what do you think?  What is the down-side of finding an Executive Producer?  Should I Produce myself & bring in a Director?  With the New Media folks, of course the advice is to steer clear of TV – it’s a dying industry after all.

What point does everyone agree on?  Get a good lawyer.  Now.  Don’t sign anything until you have one.  It’s expensive – but do it anyway.

There seems to be unanimity.

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Breaking News

The NFB of Canada (National Film Board) is now Following me on Twitter!  Maybe they’ll notice when I knock, Knock @ their door!

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And One by One they Come…

This project is turning me into a strange sort of multi-generational jet-setting pied piper of cyberspace.  Between BAPLA2009 and twitter, amazing stories are arriving every day.

At BAPLA2009, for example, I had a great late night conversation with Gilgamesh Athoraya, who is all of 27 and using Dyalog APL @ Optima Systems to collect biometric health data on smart  phones.  What’s it like to be in the 3rd generation of this quirky, highly intelligent community?  We compared notes – there are some strikingly similar experiences between generation 2 and 3!

By picking through Tracy Harm’s tweets this weekend, I “met” Daniel Jackson, the gandson-son-in-law of a woman in her 90’s name Julie Goss, who is still alive and well in Texas.    Apparently, this woman was Ken Iverson’s secretary in the 1960’s.  My father doesn’t remember her, but maybe someone who entered the game before 1966 does?

The stories and questions and interests are coming.  I’ll be moving more posts from LinkedIn to this blog soon.

Stay Tuned!

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On the Road Again…

I think the last time I was in the UK, it was before the milleneum and the trip was for Reuters.  It’s hard to believe it has been so long.

I’m leaving tonight, arriving at Gatwick Saturday morning.  I’ll then catch the train to Weston-super-Mare and spend some time with Yolanda Berry, Paul Berry’s daughter.  The last time I saw her was in Boston sometime around 1984.  I had a great visit with her sister and mother in Berkeley.  I’m finding these personal reunions very emotional.  We were all thrown together as children and moved around a fair bit which created deep bonds between the families and then *poof* we were all dispursed to both sides of this huge continent.  It’s amazing to find these familial bonds still deep and strong.

After this quick visit, I’m off to Reading to talk about my film at the British APL Associations BAPLA2009 conference.  I’m happy that I’m on the speakers list and don’t have to sneak around, hiding behind plants with my camera.  I’ll have to find other ways to be sneaky! 🙂

I’ll talk a little about myself and the film but I really hope the audience will have questions and comments.  Everyone has their own opinion about what this film is actually about or should be about and it is fascinating to hear these ideas.  I’m quite happy to be challenged on this project, it reminds me of being a kid and being asked to defend myself by the older folks in this community.  Relentlessly.  Without mercy.  All in the name of self improvement.

Here I go… I’ll try to take some photos on this trip!

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