Thursday, September 11, 2003

The other blog I recommend is Brad De Long's. Of course, I'm a Cal alumni, so the fact that he's a professor at Cal scores plenty of points with me.
What a great interview with Paul Krugman! Paul is the best political columnist today, bar none.
Commuting to work: It turns out that the Mary->Middlefield->Shoreline->Charleston commute is the shortest by far. 8.95 miles, and I'm mostly at 19mph on the long stretches between lights. Avg moving speed was 17mph, and the total commute time is about 30-40 minutes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Heard Dylan Casey talk at the Western Wheelers club meeting. A fun guy! I got him to autograph a card for Lisa. He wrote on it: "Lisa, will you be my stoker?" The rest of the guys at the club teased me about how Lisa wants a more powerful Captain.... He climbs Old La Honda road in 13 minutes. Lisa & I do it in about 31 minutes. I should time myself one of these days. Maybe I can do it in 25 minutes, but I don't think I can do much better.
Day 3 at Google, first bike commute. It was supposed to be 10 miles, but getting lost and going on exit too far on Stevens Creek Trail put me at 11 miles. Not too bad. Still took 40 minutes or so, though. The nice thing is when we move to the SGI building, that'll shave a couple of miles off my commute.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Day 2 at Google. I ran into Jeff Dean, one of my grad. school cohorts. Turned out that he was on my hiring committee. I told him that I was surprised that he didn't say, "Hey, I know that guy, he dropped out of grad. school!" He said, "That's exactly what I said!"

Wandering around all the buildings, I was impressed by how big the company is. I easily got lost just walking around. I guess this is what happens when you've spent most of your career at startups and other small companies. Google is easily the biggest company I've ever worked at, since my internship at Bellcore 12 years ago.

Monday, September 08, 2003

Performance Bicycle Online has a club sale on Wednesday. 20% off, $75 minimum.
First day at google. Another reason to join google: you get an upgrade to Blogger Pro.
First day at Google. What fun! New jobs are always interesting, even if they're a little confusing.