• 26 Jul 2007 at 3:00 PM
  • Microsoft

Poor Wand’ring One

shipwreck.jpg Tech mentor to the stars (of Silicon Valley) Jim Gray is still missing after drifting off in late January to release his mother’s ashes on the Farallon Islands 27-miles off the San Francisco coastline. The latest issue of Wired takes us inside the man, the myth, and not so much the model of a modern major general.
The story of the high-tech hunt and Gray’s emergence as a programming legend is fascinating and all, but what really gets us is how programming gods delve into the mortal realm to pick up chicks. Hot Scandinavian chicks. The key – Lord of the Rings, proving that once a programming geek, always a programming geek, from Wired:

In 1984, [Gray] met Carnes, an articulate Norwegian-American beauty with master’s degrees in history and education. An avid sailor and hiker, she accepted his proposal on their third date — on his boat, of course. She became an engineering manager in the Valley, and they spent their vacations sailing and reading Tolkien aloud to each other in the wilderness. When they bought the house on Telegraph Hill, they christened their nautically themed bedroom Gondor — the realm of the Ship-Kings.
Courtesy Joel Bartlett
“I fell head over heels in love,” Carnes says. “We’d both been married before, but we met our match in each other. He was intense, I was intense, and we were both raised by single parents. Jim was like a mountain man who was also a brilliant scientist.” She liked to call him Mr. Database.

Of course, it helps when “Mr. Database” has untold millions to throw around. What’s elfish for “sugar daddy?”
Inside the High-Tech Hunt for a Missing Silicon Valley Legend [Wired]

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  1. Posted by anon | July 26, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    We don’t care about some nerd lost at sea right now … Tell us instead about the bloodbath we’re seeing here …

  2. Posted by inIT4the$ | July 26, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    stocks off ~ 3% is not exactly a bloodbath (treasuries likey very muuuch)
    I have no idea what corp bonds are doing, but they’re prob off big

  3. Posted by abe | July 26, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Holy shit, got CNBC on? Maria is making no sense, sounding a lot like Becky short bus Quick. SWFs will save the day? Nothing to see here, move along. Buy the dip, Global Liquidity!!!

  4. Posted by jt | July 26, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    if this guy were a true thug of the valley he’d have built a sturdy ship like Tom Perkins’ Maltese Falcon…aint no way you’re gettin lost at sea in that baby
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon_(yacht)

  5. Posted by w3 | July 26, 2007 at 3:59 PM

    hah! one of my pink sheets is up 20% :)

  6. Posted by josh Kerbel | July 27, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    It’s one thing to be a cold hearted finance MOFO, it’s another to infer that a recently widowed woman a gold digger.
    You should consider a career as a bereavement counselor or maybe a boiler room operator……..

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