December 2005 Archives
December 28, 2005
We were staying at the Anabella Hotel last night. They claim to be a 4-star hotel but it sucked immensely. Our bed was not properly made, there were used towels in our bathroom. The soap was used. The lotion was used. There was no shampoo, and wireless internet cost $9.95 per day. The walls were so thin that we could hear everything going on in the hotel -- not just next door, but throughout the entire complex.
We're at the Best Western Raffles Inn and Suites today and it's so much better, yet so much cheaper. There's free breakfast, free parking for more than one vehicle, free wireless Internet access, better climate control, cleaner rooms, 2 wash basins... I'm so impressed by this 2 star hotel.
December 23, 2005
December 16, 2005
I'm off to Las Vegas for the weekend. I'm not much of a gambler, but I hear there are plenty of opportunities for gluttony and photography. Mmm... photography...
December 10, 2005
I found this story about a Muslim girl who went to school without her hijab one day on Pete's blog. It's a powerful story of courage that made my sinuses well up, left me in awe and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
December 8, 2005
I participated in Google's employee visitation program today. A former classmate of mine currently works at Google and he never leaves the office, so I had to visit him at work in order to catch up with him. Everyone has probably heard about the gourmet lunches and dinners that Google employees get for free as a ploy to get them to work longer hours. Yes, visitors get free food too, as a ploy to get them to visit their imprisoned friends.
My friend even does his laundry at the office. Seriously, everything he would ever need for campus-style living is available inside the Googleplex. They even have rooms with padded walls for those who've gone off the deep end. This way, they can get right back to work as soon as they've regained their sanity.
As happy as everyone seemed, I feel sorry for these people. I can't help but think that they put on their smiling faces the way dogs at a pound look all happy and hyperactive when strangers walk in. They claim that they are being treated well, and I'm pretty sure they've been brainwashed into thinking that way as well. After a tour of his office, my friend asked me if I wanted to work at Google. I told him that I didn't, and he told me that I was wrong. Everyone wants to work at Google.
In the end it's just a matter of lifestyle. Some people are more than willing to trade in their precious youth (and possibly a healthy relationship with their significant other) for $10 of free food each day. I would much rather pay for my own meals and have some time in the evening to interact with people outside of work.
December 7, 2005
Since the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe as a mountain, trees, and a midgit [sic], it would only be appropriate to celebrate the holiday season with a Flying Spaghetti Monster tree.
December 6, 2005
A couple days ago, Christina told me about a cool new site that was like a cross between flickr and google maps. I don't normally do personal web surfing during work hours, so I made a mental note to check it out after work. However, I can't remember what that site was. Doh.
Edit: I remember now. It's Frappr.