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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Introducing...The Seed!



OK...since this blog has recently been discovered by a larger readership, no better time than the present to share some huge personal news with new and loyal readers alike.

LB and I are expecting our 1st child! In fact, we're 5 mos. pregnant, due date is March 20 (1st day of Spring), we have no idea what the sex is (we'll find out in the delivery room), and LB is doing great (I'm OK, too...thanks for asking). We refer to it as "The Seed," as it one time was the most gender-neutral term that most closely represented the visual appearance of our baby. Somehow it stuck.

Tip for guys: Buy this book
Tip for girls: You'd be surprised, but Jenny McCarthy is quite funny and helpful in this book

Wish us luck!
(btw, we still haven't told Dixie ...)

Friday, October 29, 2004

Google Zeitgeist and the Election

We just posted some interesting election-related data. We'll likely update this info. daily thru next Tuesday. Enjoy!

Are You Kidding Me????


Like millions of other web users, I have a Yahoo! Mail account. It's certainly not my primary e-mail address, but it's a safe, reliable haven that I've used for years to store back-up copies of my electronic Rolodex and other tidbits of information that I'd like to keep record of. The service has never failed me and the price (free) couldn't be better. Today, I tried to log-in to my account and received this . ARE YOU FLIPPIN' KIDDING ME, YAHOO????? So what if I haven't logged in for four months (I'm not even sure that's the case)?! I've filled out your detailed registration profile. You know a lot of information about me. You have my phone number. You have my IM handle. You have an ALTERNATE e-mail address. My wife even worked for you for more than 7 years! Why no warning of any kind that you were going to shut me down??? This line, in particular, throws even more salt in the wound...

What does this mean?
- Deleted information cannot be recovered


I'd like the record to note that this *royally* sucks. Those 200 or so personal e-mails I was keeping with you are going to be missed. Great user experience, guys.

Yes, Google has a competitive webmail product. Long live Gmail. If you need an invite to our mail service, let me know. Your mail is safe with us.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Larry Ellison Eats Meat

We ate at Village Pub last night. He was at the table next to us having a quiet dinner w/his son...pretty cool. Oh, we had great wine from here (2000 Calif. Cabernet, perfectly aged in a French oak barrel, medium toast).

Friday, October 22, 2004

Phew!

What a long week! We issued a number of announcements this week, including our first quarterly earnings as a public company. The conference call replay is here, in case you're interested (skip past the boring legal intro.). Also played two intense hockey games (won one, lost one). Plus...baseball! Took in *lots* of championship series baseball. Why do they always do this?! We'll be local this weekend, resting and enjoying the bay area. Happy b-day, Leener...hope your party 2nite is a blast!

Inspiring Visitor



We were most fortunate to be visited by this famous world leader last week @ Google. Interestingly enough, his father and daughter tagged along to check out the Googleplex.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Google Saves Another

The BBC reports...

An Australian journalist kidnapped in Iraq was freed after his captors checked the popular internet search engine Google to confirm his identity.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Hockey, 'eh?

I don't know about you, but I'm sure missing NHL hockey. What a disaster this lockout is for large number of loyal fans I look forward to seeing @ the Shark Tank. We're supposed to be in week #2 already of the 2004-05 season. Work it out, guys...I need a little inspiration to tune up my own game.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

The Veep Drops the F-Bomb

"Fuck yourself," said the man who is a heartbeat from the presidency.
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Sunday, October 10, 2004

Home Sweet Home!

Finally back home after traveling across Europe at a blistering pace (we averaged a new country every 1.4 days) with Larry and Sergey. In fact, on Thursday, we visited three countries in the same day (Ireland, Germany, Italy)!! I'll follow-up with some trip highlights later this week. It's good to be home. Dixie missed me...

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

9 Way Cut Chicken?



Spotted in London...I don't even want to know!



London Update



This is my hotel in London...just got a quick workout in @ the hotel gym (quite nice by European standards...full of Cybex equipment, free weights, good water and clean towels). Dinner last night was here (thanks for the suggestion, Omid!). I've got about a half day more in this cool city, then off to Dublin...



Monday, October 04, 2004

Europe Bound...



I'm in Europe this week for a variety of business meetings and events (currently in London). The story of the trip so far has to do with the 1st leg of the flight. We'll just call it the "Great United Chicken Fiasco." I was flying 1st class on a United 757 to BWI. All seats up front were full -- something like 16 people. Shortly after we took off, the steward came around to chat w/passengers about their preferred lunch entree. When it came to my turn, I asked for the chicken dish (the choices were chicken, steak, or pasta). It turned out that nearly every other passenger asked for chicken, as well...and they only had 10 portions (for 16 people). So, I then learned that the United algorithm for solving such issues is to deal out chicken based on how many miles you've accumulated. Can you believe that? As often as I fly, I didn't end up qualifying for the famous United Rubber Chicken. I ended up with some bland pasta dish that was barely satisfactory. I'm very much looking forward to some local curry this evening...