February 9, 2011
Hey Bunker Mates in Eagan, Your Boss Can "Hand Simulate" Code: TRI CEO Tom Glocer on the Endless Loop
|The Libra Connection:
Tom Glocer, DOB 10/8/1959
Joe Hodnicki, DOB 10/11/1952
|According to folks who supposedly know this stuff: "Libra is the only inanimate sign of the zodiac, all the others representing either humans or animals. Many modern astrologers regard it as the most desirable of zodiacal types because it represents the zenith of the year, the high point of the seasons, when the harvest of all the hard work of the spring is reaped. There is a mellowness and sense of relaxation in the air as mankind enjoys the last of the summer sun and the fruits of his toil. Librans too are among the most civilized of the twelve zodiacal characters and are often good looking. They have elegance, charm and good taste, are naturally kind, very gentle, and lovers of beauty, harmony (both in music and social living) and the pleasures that these bring. They have good critical faculty and are able to stand back and look impartially at matters which call for an impartial judgment to be made on them. But they do not tolerate argument from anyone who challenges their opinions, for once they have reached a conclusion, its truth seems to them self-evident; and among their faults is an impatience of criticism and a greed for approval. But their characters are on the whole balanced, diplomatic and even tempered. Librans are sensitive to the needs of others and have the gift, sometimes to an almost psychic extent, of understanding the emotional needs of their companions and meeting them with their own innate optimism - they are the kind of people of whom it is said, "They always make you feel better for having been with them." They are very social human beings. They loathe cruelty, viciousness and vulgarity and detest conflict between people, so they do their best to cooperate and compromise with everyone around them, and their ideal for their own circle and for society as a whole is unity. Their cast of mind is artistic rather than intellectual, though they are usually too moderate and well balanced to be avant garde in any artistic endeavor. They have good perception and observation and their critical ability, with which they are able to view their own efforts as well as those of others, gives their work integrity." (Citation omitted because I think this is a load of crap.)|
While my absolutely most - favorite - media - empire - CEO - whom - I have - never - met - in - person has some very interesting comments on Davos 2011, I was distracted by something else he wrote in his recent blog post:
we were taught to "hand simulate" code when I was learning to program. Back in what now seems like the days of ENIAC, we learned to simulate the computer and attempt to interpret or compile each instruction by hand to determine if our program worked as intended or would hang in some endless loop.
Tom and I have so little in common besides both being born under the sign of Libra (see sidebar right) -- he a mover and shaker on the global legal professional services vendor stage and me just a little county law librarian in the extreme southwestern corner of the Buckeye State -- I almost pee-ed in my pants at the dinner table like Ruprecht did in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels when I read that Tom learned how to program like I also did way back in the Dark Ages of the very late 1970s in library school.
I'm not quite sure what the hell "hand simulate" coding is. Was Tom coding in assembly language? Was there one large table marked off with registers for moving bytes around like on a monopoly board? Did writing spaghetti string code inspire Tom to appreciate the revenue generation that an endless loop can create? Hell, if I know. But Bunker mates in Eagan, note well just in case Tom wants you to simulate your coding by hand.
Note to Tom's second or third assistant. External links on his Wikipedia page for his bio and "Thomson Reuters Leadership: Tom Glocer" pages yield
404 Error: Page Not Found: We are sorry, but the page you are trying to reach does not exist on thomsonreuters.com.
Someone in TRI Corporate might want to hand code some new links before Tom does because he most definitely does exist. Well, at least I think he does.
In the meantime, if Tom and I ever do meet, I promise to keep the cork on the fork. Time to clue up the video clip. [JH]