I’m a loose cannon, at least for a few months, and am looking for (the right kind of) trouble.
So I’m here, posting on my blog again, to see if I can get some suggestions on what to do with my life. 🙂
Here are a few of my crazy Cliff ideas I’m sorta chasing around:
- Python Go Fast: Do Unto Python as Thou hast Done Unto Java. I hack the guts of Python; add a high power JIT, a full-fledged low-pause GC, true multi-threading support, i.e. make Python as fast and as parallel as Java (about the same speed as C). This blog is really a request for an open discussion on this topic. Is the Python community interested? How does this get funded? (uber Kickstarter?) I’ll only go here with the full support of the core Python committers, and general “feel goods” from the general python community – and I’m hoping to start a discussion. At this point I’m a premier language implementer, and making Python Go Fast is well within my abilities and past experiences. Take about 2 years & $2M for this effort to be self-sustaining (build all the core new tech and hand it off to other contributors).
- H2O2: I left a lot of unfinished technical work at H2O – and H2O has plenty of technical growing room. I could continue to contribute to the Open Source side of H2O, with some Big Company footing the dev bill. Big Company gets kudos for supporting Open Source, H2O gets the next generation of cool new features.
- Plan B, Big Company funds some new core closed-source innovations to H2O and monetizes that. H2O still gets some Open Source improvements but not all core tech work is open.
- Teach: I bow out of the Great Rat Race for a year and go teach Virtual Machines at Stanford or Berkley. Fun, and makes for a nice sabbatical. (as a bonus, I’ll probably have 3 kids in college next year, and the whole Stanford Pays Faculty Kids’ College thing sounds really good). Might could do this while hacking Python guts at the same time.
- Jetsons: I know how to Do the Flying Car Thing Right. Million people, million flying cars in the air, all at once, and nobody can crash anything. Feels like you’re flying but the Autopilot-o-Doom holds it all together. Got figured out how to handle bad weather, ground infrastructure lossage (e.g. the Big Quake wipes out ground support in 10sec, how do you land 1million cars all at once?), integration into existing transportation fabric, your driveway as a runway, playing nice with the big jets, etc. Bold statement, needs bold proof. Lots more stuff here, been thinking on this one for a decade. Needs 3 or 4 years to put together the eye-popping this-might-actually-work prototype. Thus needs bigger funding; probably in the $10M range to get serious.
- Something Random: by which I mean pretty much anything else that’ll pay the bills and is fun to do. I got some pretty darned broad skillz and interests…
Gonna be a long-needed Summer-o-Crazy-Fun for me. Heck, maybe I’ll post my 2nd tweet (shudder). 🙂