The vacation policy for Autodesk employees in the United States is 2 weeks per year. Unlike other American companies, employees don't earn additional vacation as they work more years with the company. What we get instead is a 6-week sabbatical every 4 years. I am taking mine starting right now. My wife and I have rented an apartment on Bourbon Street in New Orleans for the month of April. I am looking forward to family, friends, crawfish, boudin, and beignets.
In terms of Autodesk Labs, fear not, Shaan Hurley is at the helm. The product teams that supply the technology previews are the same as they ever were. Same as they ever were. I will be back in action on May 12. See you then. I may blog some of my exploits if anything interesting happens.
Work is not alive in the lab.