Todd Boekelheide [Though it has little to do with him, but the good film at the end of the post. I would rather have called this post “Salad of Thoughts”]

Berkeley, Thursday, June 4, 2020, 10:48 PM

I do not know about the origin of last names, but some got very difficult ones. Of course is not their foul, and changing the last name, just by changing would be a shame. Anyways, this post is not about last names, but I hope I typed correctly, in the title and hereafter, Sir Boekelheide’s last name, which is the last search I did in long term Eric Schmidt’s directed/coached/managed company: Google.

I said type, because while I think Larry Tesler’s invention of copy and paste, for computers around the 1980s, I believe, needs to be careful use. I hate copy and paste in many cases when typing, but I respect for what I have seen of the actions and live records of Larry Tesler (+). I like copy and paste for moving data around excel to conduct calculations. Also to transfer the equations from one cell to another. It is very useful when type an impossible even medium size world wide web (www) address, and also to check if a e-mail address to be send out was either correctly typed, if one ever do that, or just to copy and paste an e-email address and then send the message we really typed. So the copy and paste is useful, because it is operation. I think that it is was the purpose on which was created, but I do not further. I learned about the creator of copy and paste, Larry Tesler, on a news in the New York Times, when he passed away earlier this year. They endorsed him as entrepreneur from scratch. With that I mean, someone who did not mind move away, perhaps by selling or just moving away, I forgot the details, from one big project on which he invested part of his life, or big company, for starting another completely new project. His name came out when I was reading something last week, perhaps he belonged to the generation of Stanford graduates around the 80s , who started some companies in the Silicon Valley. Not moving away our rivalry Berkeley-Stanford, in many fields, I just mentioned above a Berkeley alumni who coached Google to grow from practically scratch. Eric Schmidt, who lived in I-House, for four years, perhaps in the times, I will be honest here with one thing I did not like from I-House, continuing, perhaps in the times where one was able to what one wants with his time, which is still true, but not receiving too many new events from the Program office. That was something, that might need one to stay connected through Facebook, or other source of post in order to be informed about events. I, as perhaps, usually, opted out to be continuously checking things or posted, but I did once in a while. There is much more gain, on just having one focus, and receive news or update directly from the human live community, in such a large community as it was I-House during the two years an a half that I lived there. Anyways, Eric Schmidt, and Jerry Brown lived in I-House, that if not other might have been at least one common link when they had a public interview that you can check it out by using Google to find it for you. Back to Tesler, he directed a land conservation initiative in Oregon. Before all of that, I think he had a good managing position in Macintosh.

When, I asked myself, how I came to those stories, perhaps, was with the time I spend to use or not Matlab, as my calculating tool. And the answer is of course Yes. i love the Matrix calculator, plus Cleve Moler, Matlab inventor is a very convincing person, but more important than that they had developed a very important product. They? Who they then? Why plural? Was i not talking in singular? Well, Moler was hired to the company Mathworks, at the five year of its operation, which was founded on using his Matrix calculator, Matlab, with his permission. But the connection are not still clear. Well, George Forsythe (+) a mathematician, same as Cleve Moler, was Dr. Moler’s advisor at Stanford, and founder of the department of Computing Science there. So what, what is the connection? In 1979. Dr. Cleve Moler, who was a Professor at the University of New Mexico at that time, took a sabbatical year, and went to Stanford to teach. He taught the class CS237, at the now Computer Science Department, that George Forsythe, I bet other funded. A prominent person in that department is Dr. Knuth, who I have followed his works since 2014, when I started to try few things in LaTeX, which he created. I think that made him popular, but he is more well know for his books art of computer science, which is his life time work. Back to Cleve Moler. Many CS237 students, took the linear algebra course, where he taught this Matrix calculations. As a practical man as he seems to be, he actually wanted to call the class Matrix or Matrices or Matrix Analysis or Matrix Operations or Matrix Algebra rather than linear algebra. So how is it all related to Tesler, or even more important how is all of this related to the title of this blog post!!!!? Wait, just connecting the dots or making a possible path to someone else to connect them.

But Tesler seems that was an engineer rather than a computer scientist. I do not know, or recall that from his CV, which I will not go and search again now. I neither now if he took Cleve’s class, but I want to release somewhere all what I have read. [Patiance. hopefully]

Whether Tesler took or not Cleve class is irrelevant for Matlab story, that was part of the copy and paste story. Back to the Matlab story, Mathworks was founded by Jack Little. So what, what it has to do with the copy and paste? Little not even took Cleve class. There was a group of people who were around, alumni, already applying their inputs in the so called industry, or in the applied field, or even in applied science outside of the main center of though, the alma matter, the universities. Some engineering students took Cleve class, they were connected to Jack Little, or the other way around, Jack Little was connected with them. they found the potential of the Matrix Calculator in the industry and then it become a tool for rocket science itself, and other applied and practical field as well, but that name of rocket science seems to be a encouraging or very special combination of two words for many, or it just sounds cool.

Ok. That for Mathworks. A similar analogy of either graduate technicians or computer scientist who stick around the Silicon Valley might apply to Tesler.

Further another good application of the copy and paste is for getting the full citation in a Harvard style or whatever citation formation you use, either APA, or any from Google Scholar or Scopus and paste it to your Word document, if you are working in that platform, and then correct it manually. Creating your own database of references, avoid the editing each time of the copy and paste reference, but it takes a bit more time with exchangeable typing formats, with Word has done a good job. Should I mention Gates here, well that can be other story, from which I know little, but not so little actually. The only motivation to learn about these thing is to know the origins of the tools I use. Same apply to others.

Then, back to the origins, and and so back to the title, Boekelheide is a complicated last name, for recalling any time this accomplished music composer and music and sound film editor. Because, i loved so much the film Symphony of the Soil, which I watched as a requirement of the Environmental Science for Sustainable development, for which I am a GSI, I typed here Boekelheide last name. At some point I can recall it without searching for it. I copied and pasted it and the beginning of this paragraph, so if I did any mistake before, I am carrying an error.

Is he relevant to the film? Where the Symphony of the Soil is not about music, but I liked the documentary, so I might have liked the music as well. I do not know that, and it is hard to find out which music was played unless I want to play the watch the film again just for that. Maybe that can happen in the Fall, so I have here the music director last name just for further reference.

Since I referred to the Symphony of the Soil, let me give you a warm introduction to it.

Where the food that we every days grows? What does soil fertility means? What are the origins of soils, how does it works and how is it shaped, formed, transported? Do you want to learn more about soils explained by experts in a Symphony with great music directors, and everything combined by a genius and cute director Deborah Garcia, Lily Films presents the Symphony of the Soil. Started by Iganacio Chapela, Professor at UC Berkeley, who spent thirteen year in the Ecuadorian Andes, at Guaranda, researching about soils, and microbiology. A well aware person about the importance of interactions between humans, nature, organisms, microorganisms and more. David R. Montgomery, a well know geomorphologist, and fluvial geomorphologist. Got his PhD degree at UC Berkeley. Currently a Professor at University of Washington. Author of The Rocks Don’t Lie, A geologist investigates Noah’s Flood”, “Dirt: The erosion of Civilization” “King of Fish: The Thousand-year Run of Salmon”, “The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health”, and guitarist, singer and lyric writer for the bands “Big Dirt” and “Good Bones”. Among many other experts, stories, beautiful music, and important concepts. Please, check it out, if you will:


Sorry the only practical reference I linked was the film. Others I have learned through many other sources, I narrated them in a way of story telling here. Citing the sources are key for publication, but forgive for this personal blog post this time. The book titles are well cited, which was another sources that I have a hand. About Ignacio Chapela story and a background, I learned that from a lecture and personal conversation (Fall 2019). Regarding the history of Matlab. I learned that by reading sources online, watching two Cleve Talks: one at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in 2017 made public by ANL, and another at published lecture at Technische Universität München (TUM) on October 5, 2015, made available by TUM. Search online for this talks, otherwise it will embed here a link with a video, which I do not want to do it, because it I often do not link just to dump videos here, but I have done. I used Tesler, copy and paste function, by the way to “type” TUM university in German here. Otherwise, I might have been able to retype the name by looking at it, but definitely not two dots over the vowels, which are called umlaut.

Other references for the Matlab history are in Dr. Cleve blog, articles, and in the Mathworks website: here an example

Now actual references, which I did not cross-referenced in the text:

Moler, C., 2004. The origins of Matlab. Cleve’s Corner (in the Mathworks Newsletter).

I should have typed the reference of an actual article by Dr. Moler which I read some time ago, but I cannot find now. That is the big difference between writting a blog post in few minutes to share what is in your hear, or writing an actual article, report, and long term project, where the goals are defined at the beginning.

Same thing with references about many topics I mentioned here comes from a large variety of articles, which I will not to look at each other back now to find the references. That might disproof what I say two posts ago, of citing every single source. It depends on what you write. For example, opinion columns do not necessarily cite the sources because they are expressing what is in their heads, based on concurrent events, a book, a film, not my favorite discipline, a teaching experience, a need of thought/reflection, a call for action, or for attention, a complain, or any other cause. Those might need to keep citing all the reading sources.

Anyways one reference about Tesler that is easy to find, and I not even sure if it is the one I read in the print version long time ago:

Correction: I think Tesler created cut and paste, rather than copy and paste, which could have been a byproduct.

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