The intricacies of this APL story, a story of epic proportions, with richness, contradictions, irony, paradox and most importantly brilliant characters provides everything a storyteller could hope for. This is the perfect story. Except…well, a slightly less ephemeral subject would be easier to visualize, but never mind.
The dashing Pierre Kovalev and Oleg Finkelshteyn (left) take after their mentor, Arthur Whitney and are men of few words, big brains and deep hearts. They are working on performance optimization, a field where those trained in Array Programming Language thinking have an advantage, a mental edge. Seriously, Professor, take note.
The up and coming Peter Bell, Carlos Butler and Tisean Jeffers (right) from Loughborough University are all bright stars ready for action with poise and affability which indicates there are great things in their future reminiscent of APL’s Brat Pack. Peter, by the way, gets extra points for recognizing me from YouTube, which means, folks, he is out there exploring and paying attention. Go easy and think about what this says about him, rather than me.
Fintan Quill (left) radiates a calm competence with just a hint of characteristically Irish charm. He’s a bit like Simon, although Simon isn’t Irish. Fintan has a long history with Array Programming and recently joined the Kx team in New York. Lucky Kx!
And if I really WERE a Princess, and to be candid, I’m certainly not. And in actuality, I get along better with Queens than Princesses, but if I were a Princess, I would give David Katz (below) my scarf, any day.
He has the ultimate, you just never know with APL, story. Having written his Master’s thesis on APL a relatively long time ago, and then finding not much APL action in Michigan back in the day, he went on to more mainstream Software Engineering. And then, several years later his resume was plucked out of the pile because of that APL thesis. AND that’s why I had the pleasure of meeting him in Ireland. Incidentally, he half volunteered and was half drafted to help me with the next phase of this project, which is getting it financed.
Where are all the women? Well, it turns out that Janet, Victoria, Alla and Holly are all running around faster than the speed of light keeping everyone in business. So far, I haven’t caught them sitting still long enough to grab a picture. But they’re there. You can bet on it. And guess what I’m learning? If they weren’t, these guys wouldn’t be here either.
In conclusion, the support, encouragement and congeniality from all the people I met in Ireland, pictured and not pictured, have left me burning a little brighter. The realization of a documentary about APL is far from a sure thing, but these folks just nudged it one step further along.
(PS I’m still showing everyone who will tolerate listening to me, J on my iPhone. I mean everyone. )