Thursday, December 30, 2004

Tune In, Sunday! (60 Minutes)

This Sunday evening (7 p.m., CBS), 60 Minutes will feature an in-depth profile on Google. It was a great pleasure to work closely with Lesley Stahl and her wonderful producer, Rome Hartman, to put this piece together. Hope you or your TiVo are able to catch it!

(CBS) Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005

GOOGLE: The company that began as a school project six years ago is now worth about as much as Ford and General Motors combined. Lesley Stahl and 60 MINUTES cameras take viewers inside the campus of this Silicon Valley gem to reveal a laid-back environment that belies the super-competitive drive that has made it so successful.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Good Weird

Just saw "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou." Completely bizarre, yet very entertaining movie. If you're a Bill Murray fan, I highly recommend it.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Foxtrot Mentions Google

This is cute...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The Year in Google Search

Interested in knowing the most popular Google search term of 2004?
(hint: rhymes with "twitney beers")

We just posted our annual Year-End Google Zeitgeist feature. Feel free to browse through a detailed summary of highlights culled from the billions of searches we delivered to Google users around the world this year. Also worth a gander is the interactive timeline (Flash required), a new interface design we decided to try.

Update (12/23): We've seen some press interest in this data. My favorite appeared in the German publication, BILD.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Kung Pao Christmas!

My Mom and Dad arrive today, just in time to join us for our annual x-mas eve tradition. Should be a hoot!

Monday, December 20, 2004

Lost in LA

Yes, this is a highly memorable line from one of my favorite movies.***
That said, it also seems to perfectly sum up my weekend in LA. Holiday bling was in full effect -- from cars, to interesting outfits, to shiny, happy people. We saw and experienced it all. Our great weekend was augmented by temperatures in the mid 80s!

Highlights included:

* A visit to Google Santa Monica (another growing engineering office)
* The newly remodeled Viceroy Hotel (the bar scene in the poolside cabanas is quite entertaining)
* Dinner at Justin's restaurant, Chi (on the ever-to-entertaining Sunset Blvd.). We even saw a near fight break out adjacent to the fire pit on the patio...
* Productive shopping trips to Fred Segal, Robertson Blvd., and the greater Rodeo Dr. area (sadly, no stars spotted)
* Another nice dinner at Bistro 310 in Santa Monica (great live jazz trio, changing mood lights)
* A rare sighting of a McLaren SLR (photo taken by LB while we were appropriate: a "surgical plaza" as backdrop to this image!)

'Twas a fun weekend getaway... but always good to be back home in NorCal.

*** Detailed translation... (this is a riot!)

Holiday Media Fete

Last week, we hosted our annual holiday media party at Google. It's a casual affair attended by both execs at Google and our local (and some visiting) media friends. Tom Foremski (formerly full-time at the FT; now behind this great blog) describes his experience hanging at the Googleplex. I love his analysis about the meaning of the ice penguins (see photo caption), and his subtle call-out to The Seed!

Sunday, December 19, 2004


My favorite cheese these days is a sheep's milk soft cheese made by Sally Jackson. She's based in Washington State (Okanagon Highlands), and rumor has it she borrows milk from her neighbor's farm to make three different cheeses (sheep, goat, cow). She adds a somewhat unusual last step to the production process, and wraps the finished product in chesnut leaves prior to aging. Cowgirl Creamery will either ship you this cheese, or let you taste it/buy it live at San Francisco's Ferry Building.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Got Questions?

Google Image Search apparently has all the answers...

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

NHL Hockey Update

This is depressing...quite likely no chance of seeing any NHL hockey this season.

Hopes of saving the National Hockey League season all but vanished Tuesday when players and team owners rejected proposals to end the labor dispute.

Grim-faced representatives of the players' association (NHLPA) marched out of the league's Toronto offices following 3 1/2 hours of talks, frustrated union boss Bob Goodenow describing the owners's counter-proposal to their offer as "useless and phony."

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Bringing the Library To You

Today's announcement was a fun one to work on...and certainly underscores Google's mission to organize *all* the world's public information and bury it behind a simple home page and a powerful search box. From John's story on A1 of the NYT, to the large number of warm and fuzzy e-mails from our users, we're flattered by the favorable response and support we've heard and read today.

(more on this on the Google Blog...)

Monday, December 13, 2004

"Elite" + "Petite"

Who DON'T you know, Jeremy?

Peterson Verdict On the Way

Announcement to come today at 1:30 p.m. PST...stay tuned!

Update: After 11 1/2 hours of deliberation over three days, the jury recommends the death penalty.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Tights Pants and Your Cell Phone

Gizmodo calls attention to this "serious situation..." (!!)

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Playboy, pt. II

Playboy runs a letter to the editor from Danny Sullivan, where he responds to last summer's interview with Larry and Sergey.

Google Finds "Mikey"

Another happy user publishes a great story about using Google to find his lost dog...(after hanging out for one year in a local animal shelter!). The Lake Tahoe paper covers this reunion, as well.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Breaking the Silence

Just returned from a week away in Hawaii. We were on the big island doing all sorts of OFF-line activities. It was our 1st vacation in more than two years! Trip report to follow later this week...