Where there’s light…

One of my most beloved programming mentors, who is very shy and might just kill me if I put his name here, once told me a parable about a drunk man looking for his lost key under a streetlight.  The punch line, of course, is that the drunk lost his key in a dark alley, however, he’s looking for it under this particular street light because this is where he can see.

The moral of the story is that we all naturally tend to look where we can see.  Therefore, if you want to find your key, you need to be fearless in dark alleys and you must carry a very strong light saber in your back pocket.  And it certainly helps to travel in packs (or prides).

Next week is a big one for all of us:  Gitte and Morten are in North America, Minnowbrook kicks off another season, and winter is easing into Canada…  This morning I’ve been rewriting history a little, correcting typos and removing the names of potential collaborators announced too soon.  And so, this project moves along.

The ironic thing is that these days, when I feel more lost than ever in this endeavor,  Barry, my Executive Producer, assures me everything is really starting to come together.  Thank goodness, someone has vision.

And what never ceases to amaze me is the growing number of views for The Origins of APL – 1974.  The current count is 4,134!  And the excerpts from Ken Iverson’s memorial in Toronto is at 575 views!

That’s more than enough to keep me going.

For those of you invited to Minnowbrook this week, a toast:  May the force be with you.


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