Let me start this new programming musings epoch with a personal (and, fear not, short) note: since last Friday, i no longer work at Google. The reasons are basically the same as other people’s and can be summarised with one of my favourite quotations:
Always have a vision. Why spend your life making other people’s dreams?
-Orson Welles (1915-1985)
As it happens, Google’s vision is not my vision and i don’t share their dreams. I guess cults make me feel uneasy too. Starting on August, i’ll share a nice office in Barcelona with hacker extraordinaire Andy Wingo in an exciting new adventure. Stakes are high, plans are to change the world (only plans likely to fail are worth trying; travels to Ithaca, you know the drill).
I’ll miss the city and some of the people (too old for caring about perks), but the decision was not that hard. I just hope that, many years from now, i’ll open a new blog post citing Robert Frost:
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.