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From: Rob Pike <robpike@gmail.com>
To: Andrew Hume <andrew@humeweb.com>
Cc: TUHS main list <tuhs@minnie.tuhs.org>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Coastal cultures, collaboration, creativity and Sun vs DEC.
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 11:15:15 +1100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAKzdPgzV8fsEjPCFzRk7r2BS5BD8yF4QJ779NjfH7YyMun7tTA@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <E44F8B08-1D22-4DF2-84E0-E0AD5DE216F1@humeweb.com>

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Yes, but most, if not all of things were after I arrived, among the first
of a brace of fresh hot blood imported to grow 127. Things definitely felt
looser by the mid-80s.

Look, I'm not complaining. I absolutely loved working in the CS research
group. But culturally, at least upon my arrival, I felt like a fish out of
water.

-rob


On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 9:42 AM Andrew Hume <andrew@humeweb.com> wrote:

> i would add the general atmosphere of the Unix room, especially the very
> heavy mobile hung from
> the ceiling for a while (until someone noticed the cable supporting it was
> visibly stretching).
>
> also the bowling alley (the corridor that rob, ken, denis, doug and my
> offices were on) — the pins
> were under the printer table at the end. i also recall the time the
> bowling ball got away from the
> Unix room rolling down the main corridor towards a group of visitors led
> by peter weinberger.
> luckily, dave presotto grabbed the ball before anyone got hurt (but it was
> close).
>
> i would also mention labscam; its not often we see a prank involving rob
> pike, Penn and a Noble Prize winner.
>
> On Jan 11, 2022, at 2:17 PM, John P. Linderman <jpl.jpl@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> On Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 3:45 PM Rob Pike <robpike@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Similar. Everyone at Bell Labs was so *proper*.  (Except Ken, of course.
>> Ken is *sui generis*, and a Californian).
>>
>
> Perhaps (probably maybe) I misunderstand. There was nothing "proper" about
> the Peter face on the water tower, or lock-picking a boot to move it to a
> patrol car, of Scott Knaur wandering the halls in a Darth Vader costume, or
> Jellicat wearing a Cats costume, or a thousand other examples. There was a
> lot of playfulness in the Labs (at least in the early days), and I think it
> was wonderful.
>
>
>

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  reply	other threads:[~2022-01-12  0:15 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 21+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-11 18:36 Dan Cross
2022-01-11 18:45 ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-11 18:50 ` John Floren
2022-01-11 19:34 ` John Cowan
2022-01-11 20:17   ` Rob Pike
2022-01-11 20:25     ` George Michaelson
2022-01-11 20:44       ` Rob Pike
2022-01-11 20:57         ` Jon Steinhart
2022-01-11 22:17         ` John P. Linderman
2022-01-11 22:41           ` Andrew Hume
2022-01-12  0:15             ` Rob Pike [this message]
2022-01-11 22:14       ` Theodore Ts'o
2022-01-13 15:44     ` Dan Cross
2022-01-12 23:15   ` Greg 'groggy' Lehey
2022-01-13  1:34     ` Adam Thornton
2022-01-13 15:37   ` Dan Cross
2022-01-13 16:32   ` Bakul Shah
2022-01-13 16:48     ` Richard Salz
2022-01-13 17:20       ` Bakul Shah
2022-01-13 19:56         ` John Cowan
2022-01-12  3:38 Douglas McIlroy

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