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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Google Day 1: Overwhelming is an understatement

Just the decision on what drink to take is enough to overwhelm you.

Food is an entire beast of itself and I only went to one cafeteria. Food this way and that. So many decisions, so little room in my stomach.

And don't even get me started on the mini-kitchens on each floor. Un-frickin'-believeable! Fresh fruit in a cup (pineapple, cantelope, honeydew, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)! AMAZING!!!!

Then there are the fridges with Naked Juice (fresh fruit juices). I was coming in thinking that I'd be drinking a lot of Vitamin Water, but no, I'm gonna be drinking myself silly with this Naked Jusice stuff.

Oh, and if you didn't already know, anything you can get your hands on that's edible is absolutely, no strings attached, FREE. Seriously, don't hesitate. No, I mean it. Don't hesitate. Take it. Consume it. Put on that Frosh 15.

And in terms of actual work related things, shit loads of stuff. The project I will likely be working on is pretty cool, but very ambitious. I could tell you what it is, but I'd have to kill you. Seriously. I'll just leave it as that I'm going to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

I'm also now privy to way too much confidential information that I think I need to know. In a one minute conversation with the press, I could get myself sued on over a dozen different counts and personally hunted down and killed by Eric, Larry, and Sergey.

Browsing around, I no longer need to scour digg or slashdot for rumours about Google. I have now gotten plenty of information that I've wanted.

Now that I'm all excited (and giddy like the little girl that I am) about all this information that I have, I have to worry about keeping my mouth shut. They are super anal about confidentiality and security, as they should be. So, don't ask because I don't know (or at least will pretend not to know).

I have intentionally been very vague because I have to. I can talk all about the Indian food I had for lunch and the burrito and shrimp I had for dinner, and I'd have to say that Google's food does live up to its notoriety, but I pretty much can't talk about anything else.

Oh, by 6 pm, I finally had a computer on my desk and was able to log in successfully (which is actually better than most as while many had computers, they weren't able to actually use them for several number of reasons). I also have two brand new massive 20" wide screen LCD monitors. WAY more desktop space than I know what to do with. I stayed until 9:30 pm just carousing around. I only left b/c my contacts were getting really dry.

Tomorrow I'm going in for breakfast (8:00 am - 9:30 am), lunch (11:00 am - 2:30 pm), and dinner (6:30 pm - 8:00 pm). I tell you, these are the most important events on my calendar.

10 Comments:

Princess Sarah said...

listen, my group has offered you a 2nd monitor many times.

All of this could have been yours:
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Chris said...

That sounds amazing!!! Make sure to take lots of pictures to make us even more jealous (especially on the hush-hush stuff :) )
Enjoy it, I suspect you'll be back there before too long as a permanent employee if you so desire!

Rob said...

AWESOME!! That's totally like being on a cruise. Do they look at you funny if you don't eat? I had a waiter one time who was like "What? You don't four desserts?? Are you CRAZY???"

Melissa Strader said...

Your post made me so hungry that I had to grab a snack. See you in the cafeteria in a few weeks! :)

Mike LeBeau said...

Hey Vincent, as a fellow intern starting in July, from time to time there are things I read that really get me excited about starting. Your post definitely did the trick. :) Look forward to meeting you when I get there! Can't wait!

Matt Casey said...

Holy crap, now I really can't wait to be there. This is making finals even more obnoxious...

Rob said...

I think I left a word or two out of my comment. Dammit! Now I sound a moron.

Princess Sarah said...

I am going to take this post as an invitation to submit feature requests to google via this blog. (A)

Request #1. Please implement the emoticons that people actually USE in to gtalk. Some examples: 8o| , (A) , :S , :|

How is there monkey face, but NONE of the standard emoticons listed above?

esquif said...

stop eating! :)

Vince said...

Hahaha, yes, the best comparison is to being on a cruise. Good food all the time, everywhere, and free. I haven't paced myself properly though, I haven't really even had dessert yet, I'm always too full :s

What? Stop eating?!??!?! That's preposterous! As long as I have enough motor function to put food in my mouth and move it along my digestive system, I will consume food!

Sorry Princess, we don't acknowledge Microsoft's proprietary emoticons here.

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