Friday, October 31, 2008


As open world approaches, I'm reminded it's the last time I saw Carl. He will be very much missed this year. Here's a few random quotes going through my IM logs over the years.

yeah doesn't everybody know i'm overqualified for html???

damn you are lazy and i say that with all respect

me: hi
carlback: hello
me: howdy
carlback: cool thanks
me: you are on my dang list now 4 times: carl carlback carlbacktest carlback@gmail
carlback: i have some people to add but for some reason not working in yahoo so going to have them use google talk
carlback: sheeeeeeet, thats cause i have alot to say ;)
me: yeah but no one wants to listen
carlback: luckly i like the sound of my own voice

carlbacktest: last 15% is freakn nightmare

kris rice: I found your freeze issue. I'll have a build in ~5 minute with it fixed
carlbacktest: nice
carlbacktest: what was it
kris rice: It was trying to highlight errors and since you code is perfect there weren't any ;)
carlbacktest: doh

carlbacktest: I mean giant robots!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In Memoriam - Carl

Together with Dom Lindars, I had the great pleasure to help hire Carl into Oracle 6 years ago and have worked with him ever since. How we found him he wrote about last year which for Oracle was very non-typical. Carl turned to be anything but typical, I would have never guessed what a great friend we had found that day. He is on my instant messenger list with no less than 5 different accounts. We worked together in the same office for a little over a year. We could always count on Carl for a story ranging from collecting salamanders as a student job to using his geo/mapping background helping design with the Presido of San Francisco wild life preserve to growing up in southern California in an orange grove. Whenever my son would come to the office he would always make time to talk with him.

Then he and I both joined this "marvel" team. We talked the move over for a long time if it made sense for us to do. He was a little unsure about this plsql based app versus the svg coding he was doing for the sales group. I think anyone reading this knows how well it turned out.

He always made time to chat with my son on everything from games to giant robots to godzilla movies. Shortly after joining this team marvel we had an offsite in DC, again he made time to talk "shop" with my son. After he moved to vegas my son called him a traitor for switching from Playstation to XBOX for a choice of gaming console. However, he didn't switch before my son beat him playing over the internet ! At one team outing my family accompanied me and again Carl sat beside my son and made sure to talk with him throughout the boring dinner.

His Bio on twitter sums it up best "Super Cool Guy".

Carl will be missed by all in my home. He was a great person.

My family's condolences to his daughter, his fiance and the rest of his family.