Monday, March 5, 2018

We Need Teleportation Discs

If you read many of Larry Niven's short stories you know that many are built around a technology called teleportation discs; you step on it and go anywhere on Earth.  3/4/18 CNBC:
While most people jump in their cars or walk to public transportation to get to work, Darren Pleasance starts up his plane.
Pleasance's family decided to make Bend, Oregon, their permanent home in 2010 even though it meant flying back and forth to the Bay Area for him. When he was tapped by Google to lead its global customer acquisitions team a couple of years later, he explained he would be out of the country most of the time.
"I had done 15 years on the road consulting, so I could say, 'Look I'm not going to be an absentee manager,'" Pleasance said. "'I'll be in Mountain View or anywhere else in the world.' And they could believe me."
Allowing him to remain a 10-hour drive — or a 70-minute commercial flight — away from Mountain View, California, wouldn't be that big of a deal, he contended. Plus, the licensed pilot promised he would check in often, whether it was virtually or flying himself in. Google agreed – and the situation has worked ever since.
Bend is a lovely little town in the middle of nowhere; I commuted to there every other week for a year because there were no jobs in Boise.  I shudder to think what the California crazies will do to it.


  1. "I shudder to think what the California crazies will do to it."

    Clayton, you are being disingenuous.

    "Will do"? Keep is more like have done.

    And it was only about two weeks ago, when I spoke of the suppurating infection of California refugees destroying other states, and what they have already done to Idaho from Twin Falls to Caldwell. Remember, you said it was all good because they were "conservative".

  2. I suspect those relocating to Bend are to the right of the company, or they would stay in far left Cali. Most California refugees I know here are far right of the natives.