[FoRK] Engineering rules of thumb and Amazon's HQ2 effort

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Sep 12 12:16:00 PDT 2017

Stand around with more available cash than any other entity long enough and someone will think of something eventually.


On 9/11/17 11:30 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
> "but just eating up some cash is probably justification enough"
> You understand that cash is not fissile, right? It doesn't, like, explode
> if you have too much.
> On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 10:51 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
>> On 9/11/17 9:37 PM, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
>>> See also: The curse of building a shiny new headquarters
>>> http://www.businessinsider.com/poorly-timed-headquarters-2009-11 <
>>> http://www.businessinsider.com/poorly-timed-headquarters-2009-11>
>>> I generally buy the idea that the distraction of creating the perfect new
>>> building/monument tends to steal attention from ruthlessly executing the
>>> business.
>> That is a nicely ambiguous phrase...  For Apple and Amazon (and formerly
>> Google and Facebook), faced with way too much cash, it is a logical
>> option.  It could pay off in various ways, but just eating up some cash is
>> probably justification enough.
>> As long as buildings are built large enough to hold one of these for my
>> office, I'm good.  I'll even pay for it myself.
>> http://www.officepod.co.uk/
>> Or: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2259583/Home-
>> Darth-Vader-office-future-The-designer-workroom-intended-
>> improve-family-life-end-commuting.html
>> Of course what I really want is:
>> https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/b/bf/
>> MeditationChamber-ESB.png/revision/latest?cb=20130219043321
>> But I'll probably have to settle for:
>> https://www.cnet.com/news/helmfon-noise-isolating-helmet-hochu-rayu-work/
>> sdw

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