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Leaving Gracenote

2002-06-21 23:53:30+00 by Dan Lyke 20 comments

In half an hour or so, I'll let the door latch behind me at Gracenote, but this time I've handed in my keys. It's been a year of a lot of code written, a little learning, and experience with tens of gigabytes of distributed XML databases and systems meant to answer "web services" queries at the rate of millions per day, but eventually a number of factors pushed me to move on, and this seemed like as good a time as any.

On Monday I'll be starting at Alvanon, in "the fashion industry" (Cue Barbizon ad VO: "Would you like to be a model? Or just look like one?...").

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2002-06-23 05:32:28+00 by: ebradway

It's just a matter of time until your job is taken over by a couple 9 year olds in Indonesia being paid a grain of rice and a dead fly a pay (the two 9 year olds have to share the fly).

#Comment made: 2002-06-23 07:07:22+00 by: Pete

There are tech jobs for which that is not and never will be a concern.

You all have been leading drug-free, debt-free and dog-fucking-free adulthoods, right?

#Comment made: 2002-06-23 19:35:29+00 by: Dan Lyke

Pete: Uuuuhm. Yeah. Well, I'm debt-free and generally fairly careful about where I plop my willy, at least.

Eric: Is this the latest Benneton ad campaign? I was thinking about it today, and wondering if in India they tell Yoga instructors to watch out, because their jobs could get taken by Americans...

#Comment made: 2002-06-24 13:53:15+00 by: topspin

I'm just having trouble picturing Dan in fashion model situations.

Well..... maybe if he gets into the right pose. And I guess he does seem to hang out with the beautiful people sometimes. <giggle>

Seriously, I assume they've got some nifty graphics work or 3D stuff for you to do? They're NOT letting you have sharp objects or make fashion decisions.... are they?

#Comment made: 2002-06-24 17:18:52+00 by: TC [edit history]

They are virtual models and Dan is right at home with pixels. I think he put "pixel fluffer" as job title at one of the sigraphs, so no worries there.

#Comment made: 2002-06-24 17:43:14+00 by: Dan Lyke

Naww, "Pixel Fluffer" was Tom Duff's title. I was never so creative.

Ooooh. Fashion decisions...

#Comment made: 2002-06-25 13:02:12+00 by: ebradway

Ah, but will Dan have to start dressing stylish when he goes to work?

#Comment made: 2002-06-25 15:57:45+00 by: Dan Lyke

It's all black turtlenecks, baby...

No, wait, that was how I dressed in high school. Never mind.

#Comment made: 2002-06-25 23:36:36+00 by: topspin

Dan, when she and I dated, Denise told me of taking a macrobiotic cooking class from your Mom and she informed me you were "clean cut, wearing an oxford button down, and polite to the point of shyness." What happened?

And as a general question to the world, would eating a macrobiotic diet stop you from using C-x ( in emacs?

#Comment made: 2002-06-25 23:52:34+00 by: Dan Lyke

You remember my Republican dress days, right? Heck, tie and suspenders. Made Michael J. Fox's Family Ties[Wiki] character look like a hippy. Eventually I figured out I didn't like the way people treated me when I dressed like that.

Charlene's got me going a little snazzier sometimes nowadays, she's got me buying custom clothes from Rene, but it's all deliberately non-traditional.

You mean someone other than Michio Kushi "defining macro"? That'd be against the canon, I think. But oooh, in the process of getting exact status messages I just discovered what C-x E does in Lynx...

#Comment made: 2002-06-26 02:04:34+00 by: Diane Reese

OMG. I don't know any of the people in those photographs above, but OMG, I'm in lust. Should I discretely admit which photo set the joint a-jumpin'? (long careful exhale...)

#Comment made: 2002-06-26 02:07:04+00 by: Diane Reese [edit history]

(I hate when it does that, duplicating itself in some mad dash for immortality...)

#Comment made: 2002-06-26 14:19:37+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, Topspin can't go out to eat without having women follow him puppy dog style out of the restaurant.

#Comment made: 2002-06-27 00:48:01+00 by: topspin [edit history]

Aw, c'mon. "I'm just this guy....."™ Some guys use penguin power on women, but neither Dan nor I can hold a candle to the sheer virile force of this guy. ziffle is the man.

#Comment made: 2002-06-27 01:33:16+00 by: Dan Lyke

Fear the penguin! Although I'm trying to remember if that was the woman I was introduced to by dint of possibly knowing her boyfriend, or the one whose boss had a crush on her and kept pulling her away from potential customers.

(I don't even remember what company the latter worked for now, and I remember at the time thinking I had an application for their Alpha boxes... Line about "being interested in her hardware" deleted 'cause I wouldn't want to give anyone the wrong idea. Even if she was fun to talk to.)

#Comment made: 2002-06-27 16:00:59+00 by: TC

You can't tell from that picture if she has a good rack and storage is important when you are talking about hardware. Though she does seem to have that smacked over the head with a herring daze peguin influcences are known for.

#Comment made: 2002-06-28 00:11:04+00 by: Shawn

Wow. Obviously I will not attain true guruness until I allow my hair to grow out. (Two words guys: "Bar-ber" ;-)

#Comment made: 2002-06-28 02:20:53+00 by: topspin

Dan, I know you.... and the woman is holding a bowl of munchies. You could be:

  • stalling to get another little bag
  • quizzing her about which kernel their Alpha's are using
  • explaining that the munchies definitely contain inferior vanilla flavoring
  • evangelizing about Debian.
  • Notice that flirting/"working it" is not on the list. You are a consummate geek..... not a consummating geek.

    #Comment made: 2002-06-28 02:33:04+00 by: Pete

    That backlink kills me. How far down do you have to dig to get this page as a return?

    #Comment made: 2002-06-28 15:16:34+00 by: Dan Lyke

    Shawn: I'm familiar with bars. What's a "ber"?

    Topspin: At that gathering it was probably Debian evangelism, although she looks pretty FreeBSDish (I think it's the woman whose boyfriend I might have known), and I've learned that the FreeBSD folks are generally geekier than I am.

    Pete, I thought about filtering out the Google and AltaVista in-links, but the entertainment value is too high. What I've found with my own stuff is that Google's page ranking mechanism is starting to work against them. If I use any word on Flutterby, I'm going to come up in the search results fairly quickly. If I've linked to a site I've found on Google... Which is why when I'm using Google[Wiki] for technical data I always click a few pages down, 'cause the top pages are all blogs that got indexed for random reasons.