I was reading the latest PCPlus issue yesterday evening in bed — well, all right, the latest one (April) that's reached the Wild West in Colorado, which means them what's in England are probably up to June's issue or something — when I came across a paragraph that mentioned me on the PCPlus Feedback page (or if you like, the letters page). A certain Peter Atherton (obviously a man of great taste and discernment) was complimenting the Editors on an article on displaying Mandelbrot sets in Excel when he added this paragraph at the end of his letter:
With Julian M Bucknall's Theory Workshop and this superb series from Mike Bedford you're close to compensating for the sad loss of Wilf Hey [Ed: my predecessor for the column]. What more can I say?
Now, you might think that this is just a "drive-by" mention and I was lucky he spelt my name right. But what you don't realize is that I've been writing for PCPlus for two years now and I've been scanning the letters page for any mention at all, not necessarily a "Bucknall should take over the Computer Science mantle from Knuth" type missive (aw, shucks, really?) , but also a "Bucknall is such an idiot that Customs and Excise should cancel his passport so he can't get back into the country and reduce the nation's average IQ" letter. Anything. But so far, as I say, sod all.
So this moment is epochal. I owe Peter a beer. I will now bask.
Wham! - Freedom