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Misc [Dec. 23rd, 2007|01:31 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I've been in Moscow for the past week for this Google Code Day [video], giving a talk on social graph / interop stuff ("Открытие Социального Графа"). It was a public talk, so I should be able to post the slides, but I'll wait and confirm before I do.

Went to SUP's holiday party too. [some pics] But I guess those pics don't really highlight the ridiculousness of the venue. All the nightclubs here are pretty extravagantly ridiculous. But there was no George Clooney or Gwenth Paltrow in a cage. (love that article: you don't often see the phrase, "We OWN you, bitches!" in a printed newspaper with your breakfast, hotel restaurant windows looking out to St. Basil's in the Kremlin...)

I just got a call from the hotel receptionist saying that my driver was here. My driver? What? Oh, my flight was originally today, so probably my return taxi to the airport, but I'm returning now instead on Tuesday (yes, flying all day xmas). But even so, a driver at 13:30 would be way too late to get to the airport. I ask the receptionist to point him out or describe him. She's flustered, trying to explain that he's black. (Black people are incredibly rare here.) Went out, found him, and after a confusing conversation, turns out that not only was he going to the wrong airport (Domodedovo, not Sheremetyevo), but he was supposed to be driving Boy George, not me. Wtf? I can only imagine the confusion at the receptionist's desk that she called me down to "my driver" instead of Boy George.

Anyway, Moscow is great, as always. I love this city. One warning, though: when a relatively large Russian guy with the nickname "Wolf" wants to drink whiskey with you, politely decline.

Speaking of wolves, apparently a wolf boy is loose in Moscow. Wtf.

Newly discovered funny blog from article above: Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears.

Unrelated misc links:
  • 2007 OpenID wrapup
  • Who mattered in 2007 -- apparently I matter, and I'm an introvert. Several of my friends matter too. Love the insular valley. Reminds me of the directed graph I saw recently with two nodes labeled "Blog" with two edges pointing at each other. Yay! :)

[User Picture]From: zveriozha
2007-12-23 01:46 pm (UTC)
"All the nightclubs here are pretty extravagantly ridiculous."

Oh.. What's the main difference from the US clubs?
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From: ukeeu
2007-12-23 02:11 pm (UTC)
Screw Boy George.
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[User Picture]From: lol_crazy_g1rl
2007-12-23 02:27 pm (UTC)
It is a pity, that I did not manage to visit Google Code 2007 :(
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[User Picture]From: wouldnt
2007-12-23 05:07 pm (UTC)
Welcome to Moscow, Brad!
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2007-12-23 05:22 pm (UTC)
dude you wrote "meme cache" bwahahahahahaha
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From: ex_moedusa903
2007-12-23 06:01 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kukutz
2007-12-24 06:42 am (UTC)
Hi bro.
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From: msirub
2007-12-23 06:18 pm (UTC)
One warning, though: when a relatively large Russian guy with the nickname "Wolf" wants to drink whiskey with you, politely decline.

that's kind of a given, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2007-12-23 06:36 pm (UTC)
meme cache! ha! Excellent.
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[User Picture]From: jope
2007-12-23 08:45 pm (UTC)
It's like Parrot: A joke (though presumably unintentional in this case) destined to become a reality. Someday. RSN.

Edited at 2007-12-23 08:45 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: czircon
2007-12-23 06:52 pm (UTC)

When I saw the phrase "We OWN you, bitches!" I assumed it was going to be an article about SUP's acquisition of LJ.
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[User Picture]From: da_zu
2007-12-23 07:24 pm (UTC)
I love it when people say that they love Moscow=)

I was not in Moscow for more then 3 month, and now I am descovering it one more time. And I love it even more now.
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[User Picture]From: schernyshev
2007-12-23 09:23 pm (UTC)
Brad, do you know if there will be any talk/presentation videos from Google Code Day posted on-line?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-12-24 10:02 am (UTC)
I think yes, but I don't know when. Ask moedusa, perhaps.
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From: ex_moedusa903
2007-12-24 04:02 pm (UTC)
sure, they'll be available here http://ru.youtube.com/googleru a bit later.
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[User Picture]From: schernyshev
2007-12-25 06:50 am (UTC)
Hmm. I wanted to add GCD to TechPresentations.org but can't find a page/site for it.

Any idea where to find it? How's it different from Google Developer Day?
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[User Picture]From: ellenlouise
2007-12-23 11:35 pm (UTC)
I hate that that guy wrote that Leah Culver succeeds "despite" her beauty. Maybe it's meant to be a joke for people in the know. But was there a single other comment in there about appearances? Other than the pretty girl? That shit is stupid.
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From: jamesd
2007-12-24 12:54 pm (UTC)
You missed the significant social commentary aspect: In a world of bimbo Britneys and tatooed tarts, Leah succeeds despite her beauty suggests that in today's world where beautiful women are often exploited for their physical attributes, here's one who is not being sidetracked into a physical appearance ghetto but is attempting to use her brain instead.
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[User Picture]From: ellenlouise
2007-12-24 08:56 pm (UTC)
"She has not allowed her attractiveness to hinder her intelligence" -- is only partly what I mean. http://programming.reddit.com/info/63rof/comments/c02qpq6

It's partly just the freedom people of both genders feel to comment on the appearance of women. Would any one say "wow, you manage to be smart despite being a handsome man" or "a slender man," or, even more unbelievably to a person of either gender, "you manage to be smart despite being obese/bald/cross-eyed/short/hairy"? Of course not. And what's more, would anyone even think it appropriate in a work environment, to say to a colleague they don't know well, "gosh you're fat/bald/cross-eyed/short/hairy"? No. Yet it's seen as quite acceptable, apparently, to comment on a woman's appearance even in a professional context.

There's nothing wrong with being called a cute girl in a bar. There is a lot wrong with being called a cute girl at work, and it's hard enough to be taken seriously as a young woman without actual commentary about it.
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[User Picture]From: bostonsteamer
2007-12-26 07:59 pm (UTC)

I agree with all of this, but...

I think you missed the point of jamesd's comment. If you clicked through to the links about Leah, you'd see that he's trying to prove that she's only attractive. Not smart and attractive...
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[User Picture]From: pyrop
2007-12-24 05:36 am (UTC)

friends don't let friends mix metaphors

He seems to have this finger on the nervous system of our open standards efforts.

What the heck does that even mean? Does daveman692 have open standards' brain exposed, and is seeing what response he gets when he pokes different areas?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-12-24 10:02 am (UTC)

Re: friends don't let friends mix metaphors

For reals. Who knows.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-12-24 09:29 am (UTC)

Merry Christmas

Have a great flight home.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-12-26 10:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Hi Brad

Nice, thanks!
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