Subject: Re: advice sought
From: "Brian J. Fox" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 08:57:39 -0700

   Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 00:29:09 -0700 (PDT)
   From: Tom Lord <>

	   b) if your profession involves a substantial cash flow, it's
	      good practice (for oh so many reasons) to spread it around
	      as much as possible, short of screwing yourself or your
	      professional duties.  If nothing else, this is a
	      semi-democratic way to fix markets that aren't quite
	      functioning in the way one might like.

Tom, your profession does involve susbstantial cash flow.  Good,
high-visibility programmers demand anywhere from $200/hr to $350/hr
consulting fees, from $1k to $5k a day lecture fees, and upto a couple
of hundred thousand a year as an employee (where you get less money
because they have to use the rest of the money to pay your health
insurance, etc.)

Instead of lecturing us, maybe you should try to get a job on the
lecture circuit -- you'd probably only need 1 or at the most 2 gigs a
month, and you could deliver your non-stop opinions to a captive
audience.  The rest of the time, you could deservedly sit on your
entitled ass and write more important, highly necessary bits of
software that the world should be paying for, but is too stupid to do

BTW, once you have the substantial cash flow, please don't forget to
start the Tom Lord Foundation which gives half of it away to guys just
like you, but who didn't decide to get a job when they could just get
money from the Tom Lord Foundation.

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