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Sep 27, 2014, 07:51 PM
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The parallel universe


http://marc.merlins.org/perso/blog/

Interesting nuggets from a long past coworker who went to Google 12 years ago & never looked back. After the winning the 2 largest IPO's of their time, he now works 20 hours/week, buys supercars, flies a Cessna for fun, has enough wealth to own a house. For all the bad parts of big corporations & the stories of Google eternally hanging its employees 1 foot out the door, a long term stint in that place creates possibilities you can't believe.

To be sure, his job seems dry. It's the same task people did 20 years ago: installing Linux distributions on servers. He made a go at physical computing in 2011, like everyone else, but it never became a replacement for the old job. For all the talk about robotics, Andy Rubin, & Sebastian Thrun, Google is still foremost a web application company & you will never encounter a robotics expert in your daily routine.

There's some novelty in photos taken by the generation which took the 1st digital camera photos. Because they're still a technological wonder to the guy taking them, they seem more significant.

It's another look at a parallel world where just installing Linux, going to Linux conferences, & taking digital photos are still big deals. If you can stay enthusiastic about 1 thing for 20 years, the rewards are huge, but it may be our generation is becoming the new generation of grandpas stuck in its own point in time, always seeing newness in what youngins see as obsolete.
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