Saturday, September 25, 2004

Gore Visits Google...

The person "formerly known as the next president of the United States" (his words!) visited Google yesterday for an informal chat w/employees. He was in town helping to promote his daughter's new book and working on some other business to be announced later this year. You'd never know this from the broadcast coverage leading up to the 2000 election debacle, but Gore is really quite a jokester! He told a hilarious story about visiting a Shoney's with Tipper (now that he's an "ordinary citizen" and has to take his shoes off before getting on an airplace) and the resulting disaster in the media. This site chronicles the entire story, including each and every quip he shared with us (darn! I thought we were getting new material).

Jimmy Carter visited us recently, too...wearing his "Carter Center" hat. Inspiring what he crams into his schedule on a daily basis.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Missing You, Matt

Nelson tells me my blog is personal. Sometimes it has to here we go. A little over a week ago, I lost another good friend to cancer. Matt Wiederkehr was 34 years old and a founding member of Google's 2nd office (in NYC). I've known Matt for four years and have long admired him as a colleague, friend, father, and devoted husband. Matt's battle with colon cancer was thankfully somewhat brief, but when he learned about it his situation was quite advanced. I feel lucky that I was able to see him in August when I was last in NY. He had lost quite a bit of weight and had even grown a beard...but he was the same warm, affectionate, sincere guy that I've always known. We miss you, Matt...

Monday, September 20, 2004

ASCII on Steroids?

Toogle is a cool variant to Google Image Search.

And here's another cool Google-related app.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Riding Giants

This is cool. Is it real??

Friday, September 10, 2004

Hoosier Football on the Cheap ($1)

Wow, this program has really hit rock bottom...

The biggest problem at Indiana has been football attendance, which has been near the bottom of the Big Ten in annual averages. On Saturday, 36,041 watched the Hoosiers thrash Central Michigan 41-10 - a number that was inflated when about 9,000 tickets were either given away or sold to businesses at $1 each. Still, it was the Hoosiers' largest crowd for a home-opener since Cam Cameron's debut in 1997 against Ball State.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Happy 6th Birthday, Google!

Happy Birthday to my favorite search engine! Today's date technically represents the day the company was incorporated and the start of payroll. Shortly after the 7th, the URL began pointing traffic to our borrowed Stanford servers ( Then, later in the year, we eventually began to run Google on our own machines, hosted at a local datacenter.