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My Mad Surgeon!!!

November 9, 2013 2 comments

Hah! After having survived a recent minor surgical procedure, I just had to LMAO when I saw this ghastly pic of my surgeon(!!!!!) in a recent Fast Company article:

Mad Surgeon

Spiritual Google

May 8, 2012 1 comment

Wow! I can’t believe I stumbled upon this. What’s “this“, you ask? It’s a video of a talk given by Eckhart Tolle at Google. Yes, Google.

I know that religion is a deeply personal issue, but if you’ve never seen Eckhart Tolle in action, please indulge BD00 by at least watching a few minutes of the video with an open mind. Lemme know if it tickles something inside of you. If you get a “meh” feeling, then that’s OK too. Do you think he’s the real deal or just another Swaggart/Bakker clone?

Dynamic Loop Of Demise

March 25, 2012 1 comment

Uh Oh! Is Google going down the turd hole? First, in “Why I Left Google“, newly minted Microsoft employee James Whittaker says:

 ..my last three months working for Google was a whirlwind of desperation, trying in vain to get my passion back. The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. In such an environment you don’t have to be part of some executive’s inner circle to succeed. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.

Then, in “Google’s Mounting Trash Pile“, Paul Whyte writes:

Google’s engineering culture has been an incredible asset. But the record shows that without some discipline, that asset can subtly but inevitably work against Google in its mission as a titan of Internet search and software.

On the one hand, Mr. Whittaker bailed because he felt the dense fog of bureaucracy and a narrowing focus descending upon the company. On the other hand, the (not unreasonable) pressure to jettison bogus research projects with no revenue stream in sight seems to be draining the passion and engagement  out of the workforce. Can a vicious, self-reinforcing loop be in the making? Increase In Pressure For Profits -> Decrease In Reseach Funding -> Decrease In Employee Passion -> Decrease In Number And Quality Of Products -> Increase In Pressure For Profits.

I don’t think this dynamic loop of demise is one of Peter Senge‘s “Fifth Discipline” archetypes, but maybe it should be.

Effective But Destructive

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

In “I’m Feeling Lucky”: Google Employee No. 59 Tells All , Douglas Edwards tells one story about mercurial Google co-founder Larry Page:

How Larry reorganized the engineering department, for example. He didn’t like the fact that project managers were getting between him and engineers, so he called a meeting and told them very publicly that he didn’t need them–.

I’ll assert that in lots of companies, the reverse is true. In those that are DYSCOs and CLORGs, head cheeses don’t care to understand what goes on down in the boiler rooms and they desperately need project managers to tell them what’s going on. The funny part is that the project managers most likely don’t know either. D’oh!

There’s a second part to this post and the message is at the tail end of the full version of Mr. Edwards’s quote:

How Larry reorganized the engineering department, for example. He didn’t like the fact that project managers were getting between him and engineers, so he called a meeting and told them very publicly that he didn’t need them–and those people felt humiliated. I think Larry took a lesson from that, and I think he became more adept over time at managing. A young startup entrepreneur might share some of the characteristics of Larry. “If there’s a problem, reboot, fix it, move on.” That can be effective but can also be destructive. It can tear down relationships.

Botted?

August 1, 2011 2 comments

I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now. Until a few days ago, the maximum number of hits that this blog had absorbed in one day was 149. On 07/29/11, my blogs stats chart zoomed to 291 hits:

After zeroing in on the July 29 date, I discovered that 231 of the hits came from Google:

From looking at the content of the referral links, I’ve concluded that a google bot had crawled the site and extracted/stored a bunch of the dorky images that I post daily. Do you think that’s what happened?

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Cpp, Java, Go, Scala Performance

I recently stumbled upon this interesting paper on programming language performance from Google researcher Robert Hundt : Loop Recognition in C++/Java/Go/Scala. You can read the details if you’d like, but here are the abstract, the conclusions, and a couple of the many performance tables in the report.

Abstract

Conclusions

Runtime Memory Footprint And Performance Tables

Of course, whenever you read anything that’s potentially controversial, consider the sources and their agendas. I am a C++ programmer.

Don’t Be Evil

If you don’t know that Google’s informal corporate motto is “Don’t Be Evil“, then either you were born yesterday or you shouldn’t be reading this ridiculously inane blog – or both.

While reading Stephen Levy‘s well written, informative, and entertaining book, “In The Plex“, Mr. Levy tells the story of how the controversial and tough-to-live-up-to Google war cry came into existence. Here, he describes the first triggering event:

Mr. Levy goes on to say:

Note that 15 employees were assembled from across a broad swath of the company. Do you notice something amiss? Uh, how about the fact that the two founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page weren’t involved?

As the group debated the motto, here’s what one group member said:

Note that everyone had a chance to weigh in, and thus, “Don’t Be Evil” was internalized by the whole org. It wasn’t handed down from on high by a politburo or junta or God-like individual that “obviously knows what’s best for all the children in the borg“.

Did, or do, you have the chance to provide feedback on your corpo values or philosophy? Are they authentic like Google’s and Zappos.com’s, or are they a copy-and-paste job from a 1970’s vintage management book? If they’re a copy-and-paste job, have you suggested revisiting them? If so, how was your suggestion received?

No Golf?

May 30, 2011 3 comments

While reading about the rise of the Google juggernaut in Steven Levy‘s “In The Plex“, I stumbled upon this jaw dropping passage:

WTF? No sponsored golf? Bummer.

Note: The main purpose of this post wasn’t really to joke about the lack of golf outings sanctioned at Google. It was to make sure that you, dear readers, saw the “coddling” sentence. In CLORGs and DYSCOs that have lost their way, and Google may eventually morph into one of these monstrosities; salesman, marketers and managers coddle themselves and their incest-born kin more than the bottom line wealth and value creators; be they artists, ad-creators, plumbers, electricians, doctors, nurses, system engineers, software engineers, test engineers, and/or hardware engineers. But hey, don’t listen to me. I have an ego-maniacal agenda – just like the roles I condemn.

Montessori School

May 18, 2011 3 comments

While reading Steven Levy‘s riveting “In The Plex“, I discovered the Maria Montessori teaching method:

“It’s really ingrained in their personalities,” she said. “To ask their own questions, do their own things. To disrespect authority. Do something because it makes sense, not because some authority figure told you. In Montessori school you go paint because you have something to express or you just want to do it that afternoon, not because the teacher said so. This is really baked into how Larry (Page) and Sergey (Brin) approach problems. They’re always asking ‘Why should it be like that?’ It’s the way their brains were programmed early on.”

“Discipline must come through liberty…. We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined. We call an individual disciplined when he is master of himself.”

To the non-managers out there: Have you been “rendered artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic“…….. without being aware of it?

A Valiant Try

Google recently re-appointed Larry Page as it’s CEO after a 10 year hiatus. From the following blurb in “The Product Shakeup At Google Begins”, it seems like Google is valiantly trying to return to its roots:

(Larry) Page famously has a low opinion of managers, especially product managers who try to tell engineers what to do. “People don’t want to be managed,” he is quoted in Steven Levy’s new book, In the Plex. Page is a big believer in self-management. At one point early on in the company’s history, he and Brin tried to get rid of all managers.

Even though it is certainly impractical to get rid of all managers once an org grows to a certain size, ya gotta love the irony of anti-management CEOs like Page, Nayar, and Semler, no? With guys like that watching over an org, you can be confident that they’ll be vigilant in keeping the manager-to-worker ratio low and that they’ll make sure managers do more than just plan, watch, control, command, and evaluate others. Of course, this philosophy doesn’t guarantee success, but it sure does make working for a company more enjoyable for the majority of people who work there – not just the management minority.

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