Theory guysJames's work on interruptibility has nothing on the theory guys. Unlike mid-level managers, programmers, and academics, theorists evade even human predictors (read: me) with their work patterns. This is all based on running into my friend Brendan at Coffee Tree this morning. At one point, I wanted to ask him about something trivial, and he was looking into space. Oh, I thought, when people are looking at nothing, it's usually a good time to interrupt them. But, wait, he has a page full of notes, and he's probably stepping through some crucial logic right now.
Thankfully, he started to reach for something in his pocket. Logic isn't found in pockets, so I figured it was an okay time to talk.
Oh, and only theory guys can get away with phrases like "prove a small sandboxish theorem about it."