Watching you watching me

I’m going to Waterloo next week because Matt Gorbet is organising a Ted conference, and lucky for me, they’re letting me in…  which is what started it all….

No. Not really.  I am going to Waterloo, that part is true.

What actually started everything is the fact that I have, as usual, an oppressive amount of accounting homework to get through, so I spend most of the morning sitting and standing and sitting and wandering away from my desk, playing phone tag with Sonia, emailing my teacher trying to wiggle out of my exam date and bothering innocent working folks on Skype.

My attempts to get an audience with Lee Dickey in Waterloo failed, so I hunted down Jeffrey Shallit.  Who, as it turns out, is on sabbatical in Boston, of all places.  BOSTON!  I was just there.

The double or perhaps triple irony, of course, surrounding my near misses with this Philly boy, is that in 1983 Steve Weisler, a linguistics professor at Hampshire College, who might have understood the  strange occurrence of an 18 year old young woman programming in APL, tried in vain to get me to study automata theory.  Maybe if I  had listened…  I might… well, who knows…  get an Erdos number!

But I didn’t.  No Erdos for me!

Jeffrey had asked me for a copy of his talk at Ken’s memorial a few years ago, so I agreed to dig it out of my archives today… and after extracting a fee equal to his weight in gold…  I present you will the unabridged version of his talk….

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