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Miscellany [May. 22nd, 2008|09:41 pm]
In which Wade muses before seeing a movie, google style. And rambles about car games, lolcats, time, and doodles.

A few weeks ago us Googlers get an email from one of the VP's (the same one who sent out the email yesterday), casually mentioning that Google had bought 11,000 movie tickets for the opening night of Indiana Jones, 7000 at a movie theatre near the Googleplex, and 4000 in downtown San Francisco. 2 tickets per Googler, click a link, print the confirmation page, go downstairs and pick up your ticket.

So I did. Of course, I left things a little late, so it wasn't surprisingly that most of the movie times were not available. However, my charmed life continued to work just fine, since a 10:10pm showing in San Francisco was available, which worked quite well for me.

I drove my car home tonight, since I'll need it on the weekend to meet some fellow Burning Man peeps (we are going to do laundry and have drinks at the same time, at BrainWash). Why we would be doing laundry is a story for another time. Anyways, back to my ponderings about driving my car home. I cannot begin to comprehend how some Googlers voluntarily drive in bay area traffic - it is mind-numbingly icky. I love my google shuttles - they roxx0rz! I spent the drive making up rules for a game involving two teams of two cars. One car of each team tries to create traffic congestion and traffic gaps that will hinder the opponent team but facilitate their team member. The team whose second car crosses the finish line first wins (but is disqualified if they are ticketed, engage in reckless driving, etc.). I did mention that the drive was mind-numbingly icky, yes?

So anyways, here I sit, in a very cozy foyer on the 4th floor of the San Francisco Center, awaiting my 10:10pm showing of Indiana Jones, and writing an admittedly rather boring LJ entry about my free movie and a game idea that noone else on earth will find remotely interesting. Oh well. I've been starting to feel more writey lately though, so maybe I'll do better sometime soon.

P.S. I'm continually amused at how many ways there are to be "out of the loop" in today's society. The latest example of my out-of-the-loopedness was reinforced when I casually mentioned in a meeting on Monday morning that I'd spent 2 hours looking at lolcats. I'd never heard of the phrase lolcats before, and loved the pics. Of course, my workmates couldn't believe I'd never heard of it before, so I'm obviously not one of the cool ones. But GD are lolcats ever funny! OH! Any there are good chances that I'll be getting my cats back!!! That's a story for another time too, but I am seriously pumped!

P.P.S. Yes, I know that postscripts are supposed to be short. Bite me.

P.P.P.S. Did you notice the google doodle on the home page today? If it is before midnight your time, you should still be able to see it. From a Gr. 6 girl who won a $10,000 college scholarship for it.


[User Picture]From: aneyah
2008-05-23 05:28 am (UTC)
ok, the doodle is teh awesome...
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[User Picture]From: lifeneverboring
2008-05-23 05:28 am (UTC)


I checked the Google homepage a few times today, and not a doodle in sight! Something must be seriously wrong with my eyesight...
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[User Picture]From: metawade
2008-05-23 08:10 am (UTC)

Re: Doodle

Hiya Maria!

www.google.com is regional. In Canada, www.google.com is the same as www.google.ca, so you didn't get the america-specific doodle. If you go to http://www.google.us you may be able to see it though.

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[User Picture]From: diachrony
2008-05-23 05:47 am (UTC)

::crosses fingers & waits for future story::
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[User Picture]From: m_danson
2008-05-23 05:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, it's a good life.

If you only just heard of lolcats then you probably haven't heard of the lolcats bible. Google it. *wink*

There are also lolcat communities on lj.
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[User Picture]From: cindy_reddeer
2008-05-24 01:08 am (UTC)
I made this one of my kitty

I missed the doodle =( I hope you enjoyed Indy, I hear it's supposed to be good.

You must write more, you have much to share I think. :D
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[User Picture]From: dancing_nerd
2008-05-31 09:59 pm (UTC)
Joyce (a recently graduated student from our lab) pointed me to I can haz cheezburger back in uhmm February, and I almost busted a gut from laughing :)

Don't you worry, I was under a rock too, apparently.

Have you been to Engrish.com?
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