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Another bad Google ad

Article about Mumbai terrorist attack has ad reading: Terrorism: Pursue a certificate in terrorism 100% online.  Enroll today.

I found the above screenshot via Mashable. See my prior example of bad ad targeting.


More trouble with automated suggestions

More bad automated recommendations

I read the above-pictured article on the Independent website about the Austrian family in which the father imprisoned his daughter in a secret cellar and fathered seven children by her, three of whom were also imprisoned and had never been outside.


Unconventional encouragement for girls in computer science

Ellen at a microphone in front of a Google logo

I gave an unconventional inspirational talk at the first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner. Instead of spoiling any of the surprises, I'll invite you to watch the below video. I recommend starting at 2:15; my part is about 5 minutes.

Randall Munroe's visit to Google (xkcd)

In early 2007, I started reading my now-favorite cartoon, xkcd: a webcomic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language
. It's geeky, playful, and whimsical. Some of the cartoons are only decipherable to computer scientists, but others have broader appeal, such as:

Travel notes

This weekend I went to Chico, California, with several family members for a wedding.

Packing for the trip

Keith: Which shirt do you think I should bring? If I bring the cotton one, it could appear wrinkled. If I bring the cotton-polyester one, I could get stoned.

On the road, as the car navigation system sends us down increasingly rough small roads

Unlike unions

Warning: This will probably only be funny to (some) Jews or their spouses.

I just got back from a conference, where I chatted with someone who works at Microsoft in Redmond. I told him about when I worked at Microsoft and said he should let me know if he wanted any information about nearby Google Kirkland. He said that a lot of his friends work at Google Kirkland, and he was recently at a wedding between a Microsoftie and a Googler. I said: "It must have been a reform rabbi."

More conference stories


My first Google Blog entry

Photo of girls working on electronics

Every year, I lead a "how to build a computer workshop" at the Mills Expanding Your Horizons conference for girls. This year, I had several Google volunteers (in addition to Mills and UCB student), and my write-up is in the official Google Blog.


Heard at a recent conference

[In line for a snack table]

Woman 1: They're serving guacamole and chocolate brownies, which don't go together.

Woman 2: Actually, I find that if you alternate chocolate with [tortilla] chips, you can eat more of both.

Ellen: That's a good idea!

Woman 1: That's what I do when I have PMS. That may be TMI.

[Making introductions]


Bill Gates's money requires special computer

According to Too Much Money to Tax:

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the world's richest man, said today the tax office in the US has to store his financial data on a special computer because his fortune is so vast.

"My tax return in the United States has to be kept on a special computer because their normal computers can't deal with the numbers," he said at a Microsoft conference held in Lisbon.



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