So as many of your know already, my lab manager has resigned from Motorola effective tomorrow. It's a big deal as he's been with the company for over 20 years and this has been his only job since college. We all *really* enjoyed working for him for all of this time. Seriously, I can't put into words how much we loved working for him. He pushed us all to be better people and to be the best we could be in so many areas of our lives. And gave us the freedom to work on research we thought was interesting and impactful while encouraging the productization of our research. He's appreciated the human-centered research, the implementation, the academic side of things, and the commercialization, and that's a rare combination. It's been a very wonderful five years at Motorola with him as a manager. He's off to bigger and better things with Karen Holtzblatt of Contextual Design fame and it's an awesome move for him. But he'll be very very very very very very very much missed.
So I found this out yesterday, and was almost all ready to throw in the towel and start calling friends in the valley looking for a job. After a good deal of deliberation today and long talks with many people, I've realized how amazing our lab still is and how impactful the projects I'm on now can really be. So barring any horrible new management of our lab, I do think I'll stick it out for a bit and push these few projects through all the way and see them out.
I spent the afternoon and evening with one of these teams, most of whom work for our design organization. We went bowling at 10Pin and had some wine at Bin 36 in a very wonderful evening with amazing people that I really love working with. So hopefully all goes well, and we can push this project through all the way. It's exciting and could be pretty awesome :)
On a totally unrelated note, I have the Yeal Naim song from the macbook air commercial stuck in my head thanks to 101.9 which is playing it continually. And I'm listening to that since WBEZ (NPR) is doing their pledge drive and I just can't stand listening to that.
Anyway, yay for awesome people at Motorola that will make these next few months great, and good luck to the awesomest of all Motorolans, my soon to be ex-manager Larry.