Weird Dream

My daughter has decided that most mornings she wants to go to the Y to work out. I’m OK with this in theory, but when the practice comes to her waking me up at 4:45 or 5:00am (did you know there’s a 5:00 IN THE MORNING?!) then I tend to frown on it. Regardless, being the dutiful parent that I am, I switch off with my wife, and take her to the gym a couple mornings a week. This has resulted in me being awakened from a full deep sleep a couple times, and today I was in the middle of a dream.

First, a quick back note: at work I moved to a different team a few months ago. I have a new manager, and new co-workers, and we’re still in the ‘feeling out’ phase (as my co-worker would say: “Your team is on probation.”).

So, the dream: I am living in a huge house with all the members of my team. My manager is raising giant rabbits in a set of cages outside, and another member of the team who manages a few other people is raising small hunting dogs, that look like corgis. I go out to find this person has released all of the rabbits and is trying to get his dogs to hunt and kill them. The rabbits are super fast, and his dogs aren’t fast enough to catch the rabbits, and he’s trying to compensate by picking up the dogs and throwing them at the rabbits.

I catch him doing this and I confront him, telling him: “If your dogs kill the rabbits, I’ll kill your dogs.”

There’s vengeful dream-Tom for you. Watch out.

CVS is SVN’s embarassing older brother.

Conversation at work today:

Me : “So if I check out the repository then try to import it, will I have to recurse through and remove all the .svn directories?”
Co-Worker: “Nahh, i think svn import is smart enough to ignore.”
Me: “LOL.” “CVS Wasn’t.”
Me: “CVS is like the older brother who will always work at burger king. he one you’re embarssed by when you meet him at the mall, and you’re with all your friends, because he’s wearing that ripped loverboy shirt that he got in 1982 but still wears, even though it shows his bellybutton.”
Co-Worker: “…. I see you appear to have been scarred early in life”
Me: “Nah, I just like colourful analogies.”

Theory Of Infinite Work

It’s complex. I’ll simplify:

There’s always ‘more’ work to do (W).

If I finish the tasks I’m currently on, there are more tasks that will be assigned to me.
Therefore, the amount of work I have on my plate approaches infinity:
(W -> ∞).

Since infinity can’t be measured, any amount of reduction still results in an infinite amount of work:
∞ – N ≅ ∞

so regardless of the value of N, every day I have the same amount of work to accomplish:
∞ – (N(W)) ≅ ∞

so theoretically, I have the same amount of work to do today, regardless of whether or not I came in last week


Here’s an interesting thing:

I joined Netscreen in 2000. they were pre-ipo, per-share price was $5.00.
They were acquired by Juniper, at 1.404 shares per, reducing the ‘per-share’ price to $3.57/share.
When I left, they were at $25.67, an increase of 719%.
A year after I left, the stock was at 16.95, a decrease of 35%.

I joined Packeteer, per-share price of 11.77. I left after a year, when the price was 11.81. Not much change. A year later, however: 9.67, a decrease of 18%.

I then joined Apple, Stock price then: $57.20.

Current Price: 106.93.

I think that it’s pretty clear that I have some kind of amazing company karma. Any company who needs to have my company Karma work for them, feel free to let me know. I figure I’ve increased Apple’s market share by several hundred million dollars, so make sure you factor that into your offer.