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2019/10/30 Googleween 2019
π 2019-10-30 01:01 in Google, Halloween
Like recent years, Googleween now includes a full metal detector and prohibition of any costume items that look like weapons, including lightsabers and plastic swords. That's a bit over reacting in my opinion, but oh well. My costume of course thoroughly failed the metal detector, but looked at the guy with "what are we doing here, I work here", and he said "you probably don't have IEDs" and he let me in.



Once in, the decors and attactions were well done. They also did a reasonable job of handling the crowd loads so that you didn't have to stay in line for too long:


curling
curling











They had a haunted house which wasn't very big, but was well done and had good actors:








Then was time for the costume contest:









I didn't compete as my light outfit didn't look like much in the sun, so we went back to see the animations and games:

you could actually make wine
you could actually make wine


great costume
great costume

sun was finally setting, giving my outfit a better chance to shine :)
sun was finally setting, giving my outfit a better chance to shine :)








As I put this page together, I realized that Jennifer and I didn't get a good picture together with my outfit in the dark, small oversight which we will hopefully fix next time.

By 19:00, the event was over and we were nicely escorted off the premisses :)

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2019/10/14 Prague Office
π 2019-10-14 01:01 in Google
While in Prague and nearby the office, I popped into the local office for a quick visit. There were a few sales and marketing people on 2 different floors in a small building. The receptionist was very helpful (thank you). A few pictures:






nice patio view
nice patio view



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2019/10/10 Quick visit of Google Frankfurt
π 2019-10-10 01:01 in Google
The main Google office in Germany is in Munich, but Frankfurt also has an office. Because I had a longish layover in FRA, I figured I'd go in town to visit the old town and the nearby google office in the financial district (pro tip, FRA is terrible right now, getting out of the secure zone had a huge cost when I came back, and worst checkpoint ever).
Turns out the office is actually half a floor in the UBS building with mostly techical sales and cloud, but it is growing quickly. Also, what they didn't have in size, they made up in welcome. Yuriy Babenko was super nice and give me a quick tour, including a description of the great views you can get from their 24th floor. Thank Yuriy.







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