March 6th, 2003


A dream, Pokemon North Koreans

I'm going to experiment with using LJ as a dream diary. I've read that the more you journal your dreams, the easier they become to remember, we shall see.

I read a USENET post yesterday where someone related a story about an American martial artist going to China for a symposium on his art. His hosts told him that they were not used to having Americans attend, but they would house him with the other non-Chinese attendees so he would feel more comfortable.

So he ended up in a dorm full of North Koreans. Ouch

Anyway, I dreamed that situation, except that everyone was this weird amalgam of Pokemon and DragonballZ looking animated types. Which is very weird, because I've never watched a whole episode of either Pokemon or DragonballZ, and didn't like what I did see.

I didn't make the link between the scenario of the dream and the USENET article I read until only a few hours ago.

Working for a company that has Attention Defect Disorder

So, at work, I'd been starting to really get into this really cool new project. It's got lots of positive visibility with the executive types, it has the possibility of making a pile of money for the company, it really will help change the world for the better. I'm the main developer. I've got two semi-management types running interference for me, another developer gearing up to do all the UI stuff so I don't have to deal with it, and lots of cool new tech (SIP, RTP, voice codecs, etc) to learn as use, and some LGPLed software libraries to improve.

So yesterday my boss pulls me into his office, to tell me that a different group wants to, instead of actually (horrors) hiring a specialist, instead pull me in to do security audits on their box, and since I can't do that and this too at the same time, then this project, the one that will actually do something useful, productive, high profile, and profitable, may get put "on hold".

DAMN it!

This is the world of the Paul Allen companies, where the corporate culture is best described as having Attention Defect Disorder. They seem unable to pick something, ANYTHING, and see it though. Forget there being no "follow through", things routinely get derailed in the time between "starting up" and "getting going". This is the reason why, for all his billions invested in the tech sector, the Accidental Zillionaire has been unable to incubate even a single breakout company, idea, technology, or software.
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