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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!


NYC, I’m wandering home. Oh, Toronto!

I have to confess, I’m not too excited about going home.  Even though it’s between 33 and 34 degrees Celsius here in NYC.  And it’s only June.

Yesterday I walked around the Financial District with my big camera collecting “B-roll” for my demo.  I started the day at the World Trade Center to tape rush hour at 9am.  I felt a little too self conscious so close to Ground Zero, so I’m not thrilled with what I got.  But later my  foray onto Wall Street went pretty well, so… Good.

Now I’m off to catch my flight home to my somewhat rattled city – I mean, Yikes!  Toronto made the news in NYC twice since I’ve been away.  What!?!  An earthquake at 5.5 and riots.  RIOTS! ?


NYC Rocks, of course

I’m still in New York and of course…  it rocks. Right at this minute, I’m in Bryant Park!

Who wouldn’t get great material and fresh ideas in this crazy-busy city? Between interviews, I’m exploring around almost everywhere: Manhattan, Queens & Brooklyn.   On the lucky days, I get personal tours from array language folks.

Yesterday’s tour with Devon McCormick, of the J-language Jedi, included searching for cool used computer science and math books. Of course, we were on the look-out for Iverson and company.

I have lots to report when I get home.  !!!

Thanks for reading.


Courting chaos, again I go

I’m off again! And I’m taking everything!

I must be getting used to all this travel business, because my pre-trip anxiety is milder this time around.  It hit me on Friday, but then passed and last night… no huge panic.  My mum says that the fleeting feeling of what-the-hell-am-I-doing-are-you-completely-insane-or-what? is called an anxiety attack.  And she would know, she’s a doctor.

Whew.  So, I’m settling into this documentary film business and walking out the door in about two hours.  I’ll be arriving in Newark a bit passed noon.  YAY!  I’m looking forward to seeing Gitte, Brooke, Morten, Simon, Janet & Michael (who you don’t know yet) this week.

How that for brandless name dropping? Pretty useless, huh? All in good time.

If packing for this trip is a metaphor for the state of my documentary, I’m for sure still in the before stage.

I hear, that’s how it goes with documentary film making…  And to quote my new mentor,

You’re now on a voyage of discovery, and that voyage is to some extent, unmappable and unpredictable, but I will say I’m convinced you’re headed in the right direction, and you know what some of the fundamental challenges are.  That’s enough for now.

– I’ll share who this guy is soon, promise!

Don’t forget! Meet me tomorrow night! Manhattan Meet-up


Love on Wall Street

A Love Letter to you

I know, I know… Social change and technology one day, Wall Street the next.

Really,  it all comes together as one big love story.  Just you watch.

APL array language family as love story! Oh! My!

But seriously folks, I’ve done it again.  Things are shifting  so quickly as new folks join the team, I’m suffering from whiplash.  Of course, at the same time I scrambling frantically to get get my butt from Toronto to NYC next week.  All I have to say is: Meet Me in Manhattan!

Tuesday June 22, 2010
Starts: 04:30PM
Ends:  09:00PM

Heartland Brewery Empire State Building Location
5th Ave & E 34th St
New York, NY 10016

LinkedIn Event notice

And I sacrifice the mark on my next exam, scheduled the day I come home – that’s gonna hurt.

Oh, if you’re curious to learn what today’s photo is all about – Click on it.  🙂


New York Count Down

Well thank goodness I’ll be missing the G20 Summit in Toronto.

James-B, from Toronto’s Jazz FM radio station, one of our local a celebs who get his morning coffee at the cafe, asked how school was going because he saw me studying the other Saturday and the book I was reading looked haaarrddd!

Well, I’m an artist, so I need a plan B, Accounting.

James then informed me that the average, AVERAGE salary of an artist in Toronto 22K per year, which means some people make LESS.

Well, yes, I know.

This sure puts the billion dollar price tag on Toronto’s G20 Summit security into perspective, DOESN’T IT,  he went on to say.   Which brings me back to my point: I don’t have to worry about being kicked out of my own city because I’ll be in NEW YORK! YAY! 14 days to go! I love this job!

Jazz FM 91 is my father’s favouirte radio station, by the way.

Oh crap! I forgot to fill out a media request for the Stock Exchange.

Damn. I need letterhead.

Double damn. Who uses letterhead anymore?


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