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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!


Zero – A little Hero of the 21st Century

Our ability to imagine make us inventors and creators and unique… We are not here to question the possible but to challenge the impossible.

– Natasha Tsako


Nothing Comes of Nothing

To quote Jon McGrew, (quoting Donald McIntyre, I believe):

We have the Arabs to thank for Zero, and Ken Iverson to thank for nothing.

Kenneth E. Iverson Memorial Video by Catherine – MySpace Video

I’m flipping through Charles Seife’s  Zero and thinking about the meeting I had yesterday with my new film lawyer. Perhaps it is only co-incidence that I’m holding both topics in my head at this moment. After all, Ms Laura spotted the book on my shelf yesterday and loving all things Mathematical exclaimed enthusiastically, “My dad is reading that book!”

zero_0001Zero clashed with one of the central tenets of Western philosophy, a dictum whose roots were in the number-philosophy of Pythagoras and whose importance came from the paradoxes of Zeno.  The whole Greek universe rested upon this pillar: there is no void…

Before they could accept zero, philosophers in the West would have to destroy their universe.

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And did I mention I met my new lawyer yesterday?

Today?  Economics homework & I’m meeting up with EBI!


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