|The Candy Machine
||[Jul. 7th, 2004|11:16 am]
Someone has decided that the second floor of Cyert Hall needs a candy machine. It's currently located between the bathrooms in the hallway, and easily takes up about 2/3 of the width of the hallway, leaving the bare minimum of legal space between it and the far wall.
I didn't realize this when I heard one of the other developers talking to two of the front office people in the hallway -- the front office people were being very loud about "appropriate behavior" and so on -- it sounded like the developer was being treated like a kinder-gardner who had just spoken out of turn in class or something. The argument eventually got the attention of 4-5 people on my end of the hallway, and we went to go see what the fuss was, discovering the above mentioned candy machine. Eventually both of the parties in the argument came to the machine, and when a number of us mentioned that, perhaps, it might not be a good idea to have a large blockage in the middle of the hallway, the front office person said "huh, you guys would never survive in industry!"
Frankly, I think that perhaps the opposite is true.
I came pretty close to sending one of the front office people a message detailing exactly how well I survived in industry. That's just about the only part of the whole thing that really bothered me.
Helped build a startup company, helped forge alliances with other companies (including Corel for example), built a real product that shipped (architected on my own and then led the project team to implement), did most of the helpdesk support and bugfixes (kept over 200 customers happy including LinuxMall, PenguinPress, and a ton of pr0n sites, and some channeled over $20k per day through our software), helped write the business plan, dealt with venture capital, was involved with negotiating our eventual acquisition, earned like $5 million that day (lost almost 90% of that later, but still), after leaving consulted at $250/hour for a few months, and so on.
I really almost sent the message. I allowed calmer co-workers to talk me out of it.
I've been in industry and did the "get rich" thing. Done now. I'll take academia, by choice, not because of problems "surviving in industry". Nobody here is going to lose $20k/day as long as a bug that only I can find remains unfound. I'll stick with an environment in which my boss and his boss occasionally have Friday-afternoon jam sessions on guitar and digeridoo, thank you very much. But I can do industry.
I also was mostly amused about the whole thing until the "Survive in industry" thing came up. That's what upset me the most.
Plus the fact that I've been treated like a 2 year old by the front office staff on many occasions since I started here (as a student), and its really annoying.
Wait, this was all because the candy machine is blocking a hallway???
Call Bob Anderegg. You already know him, right? It's a safety hazard. Bonus points if you can get KVD to claim it blocks her wheels.
They've put it in the kitchen now, where it really belonged to begin with.
The hallway was unblocked enough for KVD, but watching a coworker smack into it was more than a little amusing.