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Blog in Photos

A Blog Year in Photos 2009

A Blog Year in Photos 2010


Socialnomics based on Qualman


Catherine’s Array Language Contest

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Taryn Simon explores truth and memory

Taryn Simon’s rejection letter from Disney reads:

Especially during these violent times, I personally believe that the magic spell cast on guests who visit our theme parks is particularly important to protect and helps to provide them with an important fantasy they can escape to.


Happy Eight

Thanks Roger!


And then again, there’s Helvetica

What I love about Helvetica is how well Gary Hustwit brings out the personalities of the designers.  The disagreements between the post-modernists and the modernists remind me of the two great Array language debates: Index origin and the APL characterset.


We could never reach the stars…

…without ZERO, my hero.

I know, I know… inside jokes suck.  So, here’s the scoop.

Most people my age, who also grew up in the United States of America, and even some Canadians know exactly what I’m up to.

Right, Ken?  🙂

In fact, I’ve finished Hero Zero, and am now singing along to Three is a Magic Number…

Three is a magic number
Yes it is, it’s a magic number
Somewhere in the ancient, mystic trinity
You get three as a magic number
The past and the present and the future
Faith and hope and charity
The heart and the brain and the body
Give you three as a magic number

Three is a Magic Number , Lyrics by Bob Dorough from School House Rock!

If you’re observant, you’ll notice I received more than three treasures this week from Amazon.  And of course, I’m thinking, THIS is the BEST job in the WORLD!

Before I get to the real point of my note to you today, I’ll name drop… just a little.   When I wrote to Dennis Shasha, about what I’m about to tell you, he replied:

The key question is how to broaden the interest.
In my Natural Computing book, I frame this approach as a manifesto.
Maybe some polemical approach could make it work.
Otherwise, there is the problem that it looks like some older guys
making inside jokes.

Manifesto?  Hmmm…. I better order that book! And that was BEFORE my trip to NYC where Janet Lustgarten told me a story about  Dennis’ powerful influence on Q, APL’s very successful descendant…   I REALLY better get that book!

Now for the best, coolest, extra special news.  My official core team is growing.  Ian Pearson has joined the project as editor and Barry Pearson will lead us forward as the Executive Producer.  I’ll say more about Ian later, because thanks to him, I scored Barry!

What I LOVE about Barry, is that in the 1970’s his film, Paperback Hero, was the first of three films that established the Canadian film and television industry – proved to us that we can make our own films.  He’s a pioneer, too!!!!

(The other seminal Canadian films from this era are Nobody Waved Goodbye and Goin’ Down the Road).

And then of course, there’s the fact that Barry’s latest film, Iron Road, was released in theatres and television in 2009,  starring Peter O’Toole and Sam Neil.

This is what Barry says about me!  🙂 And if you recall My father’s favourite Ken Iverson saying  from Dad and my Box you’ll realize Barry’s note contains a profoundly good sign.

So here we go!!!   If three is a magic number,  I’m totally ready to rock!


The outer limits of vintage technology

I love this tag line so much it gets it’s own post.  And maybe one of you in the UK made your way to Bletchley Park with the 1999 others attracted to the first vintage computer festival ever held in the UK.

Rupert Goodwins of  ZDNet UK took photos and wrote about it. Gallery: The outer limits of vintage technology

Another relic of the days of big iron, this small modern circuit board is emulating an IBM System/360.

One of the kings of mainframe design, the S/360 was in production from 1964 to 1978 and was highly successful in business, science, engineering, government and research. It introduced a whole range of concepts familiar to this day, including the 8-bit byte. While it once filled rooms and cost fortunes, it can now be built by enthusiasts as a configuration file that configures a sliver of silicon smaller than a penny.

– Rupert Goodwins


Photons! The Speed of Light!

IBM Video released in March 2010 – but it’s still really cool!


Unusual occurrence, being the change

Those of you who are following me on Twitter know full well what I was up to today.  Or at least this afternoon.  I was being-the-change for a conference called My Charity Connects which is all about teaching non-profits how to use cyberspace – social networking and cloud computing, stuff like that.

But before that something even better happened.  I can’t tell you right now what… But something very exciting.  Actually – someone – very exciting!

The plot thickens! hee hee heee hee heeeeee


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