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The Cargo Cult of Business » Danny Hillis, Get a Job!

Danny Hillis, Get a Job!

Published on 11 May 2007 at 11:03 am | 1 Comment | Trackback
Filed under Uncategorized, The Cargo Cults of Business, Technopolitical, Design, Interface, and Usability, Business and Corporation Related, Pure Geek, Information Technology, Economics and the Economy, Public Relations and Marketing, Humor.

There’s no doubt that Danny Hillis is a bright guy. The fact that his Thinking Machines start-up was not the business success he hoped for is the way it goes, sometimes, and is certainly not a reflection on Danny. The failure of one’s startup can be a tragic emotional shock, like the loss of a loved one. Those of us who have gone through it know this. So, when TM went TU, it’s understandable that Danny would want some time off.

But it’s been eleven years, Danny. That clock you and the Long Now folks are building? Slowly? The schedule on that makes most software development projects seem speedy. There is what could be a nice museum about it, but it misses the mark. Danny, just up the street from your museum location is the Exploratorium. It’s hands-on science. Participation is encouraged. At the Long Now museum, it’s look, don’t touch.

The Long Now foundation has an impressive Board of Directors. I’d guess they’re an interesting bunch to hang out with. But we have a foundation, chaired by rich successful people, which is attempting to get us ordinary working folks to contribute money to support the hobby project of the rich successful people, a project with a completion date comfortably far into the future, to put it mildly.

 You can do more, Danny. Much more.
 

-- Oliver
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One Response to “Danny Hillis, Get a Job!”

  1. Comment from Gregory Despain

    my God, i thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insght at the end there, not leave it with ‘we leave it to you to decide’.

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