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Google Geek's Photos of the Famous

kdawson posted about 7 years ago | from the bugs-bunny-smile dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 98

kiracatgirl writes "The NYTimes has a fun story about a relatively unknown Google employee and his hobby — taking photographs of himself with famous visitors to Google's headquarters. Tan Chade-Meng 'is a household name only in his own household,' but his gallery is posted on the walls at Google HQ. It's also available for our viewing pleasure at his Picassa photo album."

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Cool hobby! (5, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | about 7 years ago | (#20434979)

Thats a really cool hobby to have.

I have however noticed something which might get Linus and Stallman (not difficult really) seething.

Chade-Meng has a number of different albums, one being "Tech industry Titans" [google.com] and another being "Other Famous people" [google.com] .

Try to guess which folder they are in...

Is it because Stallman smells?

Re:Cool hobby! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435011)

Technically speaking, they may be tech giants, even tech field giants, but they're not really tech *industry* giants, so I would agree with the given classification.

Re:Cool hobby! (1)

garcia (6573) | about 7 years ago | (#20435273)

Technically speaking, they may be tech giants, even tech field giants, but they're not really tech *industry* giants, so I would agree with the given classification.

Agreed, Stallman and Linus wouldn't fit in with the likes of the CEO/Founders of Google, the head of Intel, or the co-founder of Apple. They do fit in with the most influential people in the US/World, Happiest Man Alive, and the winner of 74 consecutive episodes of Jeopardy.

Personally? I'd rather be on that list too but if I was ever there, I'd expect to be lumped among the "Most Worthless 4 digit UIDs in Slashdot history." That would be cool ;)

Re:Cool hobby! (1)

hansamurai (907719) | about 7 years ago | (#20435607)

It's interesting how many random "celebrities" end up there. Like you pointed out, Ken Jennings. What the heck was he doing there? The world's greatest female marathon runner? I'd like to hear the stories behind these visits too, they'd probably be just as interesting as the pictures themselves.

Re:Cool hobby! (4, Funny)

lastchance_000 (847415) | about 7 years ago | (#20435671)

Is this what he spends his 20% time on?

Re:Cool hobby! (1)

stirbu (757975) | about 7 years ago | (#20439611)

20% of time ought to be enough to find Matt [wherethehellismatt.com]

Re:Cool hobby! (1)

Pathwalker (103) | about 7 years ago | (#20435683)

Ken Jennings. What the heck was he doing there?

He was talking about his book - you can see a video of his talk here [google.com] .
You can see more talks by various authors here [google.com] .
You might also want to check out the engineering talks [google.com] that have been made public.

Re:Cool hobby! (1)

rtb61 (674572) | more than 6 years ago | (#20443663)

Google are a marketing company, there is nothing random about loading up the place with celebrities, or 'random' feel good google stories, ah, modern viral marketing buzz at it's most salubriousness.

Re:Cool hobby! (1)

chrisd (1457) | about 7 years ago | (#20436183)

We could have our own section!

Re:Cool hobby! (1)

cymen (8178) | about 7 years ago | (#20437435)

I can join you. I'm totally worthless :).

Re:Cool hobby! (1)

Saint Stephen (19450) | about 7 years ago | (#20439005)

I have a four-digit UID:

http://slashdot.org/~DireWolf [slashdot.org]

but I can't remember the password! That's why I created this guy.

Re:Cool hobby! (1)

mycall (802802) | about 7 years ago | (#20438289)

oh come on, you sell yourself short. You could always get a new UID that has more digits (like me).

Fake but accurate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435307)

Did he Photoshop that picture or him and Dan Rather.
Fake but accurate is usually good enough for Dan.


        All this has gotten the media into high anxiety over the one thing it presumes to value most: the public's trust. "The defining problem of contemporary television," the BBC's Mr. Paxman told the TV professionals last week, "is trust: Can you believe what you see on television, does television treat people fairly, is it healthy for society?"

        Fascinating and worthwhile questions to be sure, insofar as most opinion polls of how much the American public "trusts" the press, TV news or even Congress have put their approval ratings in Lindsay Lohanland.

        But for the media ponderers there's a more troubling issue than the restoration of trust. It's the possibility that too many people now simply don't much care about the major media anymore.

Re:Fake but accurate (1)

tv_dinners (938936) | about 7 years ago | (#20439215)

Did he Photoshop that picture or him and Dan Rather. Fake but accurate is usually good enough for Dan.
Ya, and take a look at the pic of him with Bill Clinton. Definite chop, look at the light reflecting off of Clinton's right-side hair and face.

I call Shens...

Re:Cool hobby! (1)

Kwesadilo (942453) | more than 6 years ago | (#20448573)

I have however noticed something which might get Linus and Stallman (not difficult really) seething.
Chade-Meng has a number of different albums, one being "Tech industry Titans" and another being "Other Famous people".
Try to guess which folder they are in...

Makes sense. Linus and Stallman are "Tech Titans," certainly, but they aren't in industry per se.

Can we use him to play six degrees of ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20434989)

Since I've met Tan, that means I'm one-Tan-degree of separation from all these famous people. Woot! Kevin Bacon, eat yer heart out... I don't need you any more.
(by the way, I once met former Canadian Prime-Minister Pierre Trudeau, so I don't need Tan for him)

Non-News (0, Troll)

DollyTheSheep (576243) | about 7 years ago | (#20435037)

I'm sure Eric Schmidt sometimes farts in his office at Google. Will this be news soon, too?

Re:Non-News (1)

mordors9 (665662) | about 7 years ago | (#20435049)

That was sort of my reaction to this breaking news. How many old restaurants in a big city have you gone to that didn't have the same types of photos on the walls with every celebrity that had ever walked into the place.

Re:Non-News (1)

legoman666 (1098377) | about 7 years ago | (#20436763)

I'd rather (and so would most of the readers here I imagine) read about some random tech at Google than read about the latest killing, rape, robbery, threat of global warming or whatever the hell is passes as news these days.

Re:Non-News (1)

kiracatgirl (791797) | about 7 years ago | (#20438009)

It's not intended to be "breaking news" so much as "something that most geeks would be interested in reading". Most geeks aren't interested about a restaurant with photos of famous people on the walls. Photos of a random engineer at Google and said random people are far more relevant, and therefore more interesting.

The long and short of it is: I found it entertaining, and thought that most geeks/nerds/like-minded people would also, and therefore posted it to the one site where I knew they'd be. Judging from not only the comments but the fact that it got accepted at all, I'd have to say my judgement was corrent. :P Your loss if you don't like the article.

Re:Non-News (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435159)

Oh noes! Someone posted a story that is not about Apple! Must attack!

Re:Non-News (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435167)

And now you've posted a comment on this non-story. Thank God for all your hard work, Mr Internet Commenter! Without you and the millions of other pseudo-geeks living their thankless lives on the Internet, how would we know what mattered or not? How could I, as a consumer of literally dozens of half-articles and bloggy factoids every day, know wheat from chaff without you to glean it for me? Can you imagine? A raw torrent of information inundating my poor, abused brain with nary an ad fartinem snarkfest to let me know what's really, really, really important! The mind reels!

God speed, Mr Hero! And God Bless America!

Picassa and javascript (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435075)

I presume I can't view the individual photos in the sets because I have javascript disabled.

You are using a browser that is not fully supported. Some features may not work too well, but you are welcome to have a look around.
Some features? Like 'features' covered in the first half of a 'teach yourself html in 24 hours' type book? I appear to be able to view images on sites like flickr; rocket science it ain't. Anyway, I'd like to take this opportunity to reply to the friendly note.

You are running a website that fails the most basic accessibility tests. You are welcome to rid yourself of this overvalued web 2.0 property and find a team of developers that would pass a basic HTML test.

Re:Picassa and javascript (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435457)

I don't know that I'd necessarily mod this AC a troll. Disabling Javascript and the web is much akin to skipping commercials on your TiVo.

It is however a fact of commercial internet life now, whether we like it or not. Whereas I'm inclined to agree with the AC, my only alternative is lynx.

Re:Picassa and javascript (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20436333)

Stop making excuses for stupid behavior; I gave this comment the -1 score (although perhaps "Off Topic" would've been a better choice). It is not akin to skipping commercials, it's akin to somehow converting your color television to black and white and then bitching that you can't tell the difference between red and green items.

You want to view the web like it's 1995 all over again? No one is stopping you, and thank $diety technology gives us those options. But keep your piehole shut about it -- stop pretending anyone gives a shit that your own preferences put you at a disadvantage. That sort of ridiculous, immature whining is annoyingly common on Slashdot and it is the only thing I moderate for.

Re:Picassa and javascript (1, Funny)

nate nice (672391) | about 7 years ago | (#20436903)

Turn on Javascript and quit being such a dork. It's 2007, Javascript is here to stay. Learn it. Use it. Love it.

As it turns out, you can actually create entire sites of Javascript and dynamically style them. Turn on Javascript or shut up. In fact, turn it on AND shut up.

Fun Times? (5, Funny)

Double Entendre (1123719) | about 7 years ago | (#20435079)

Mr. Tan, his photo gallery and the company's endorsement of his little side project, said Eric Schmidt, the company's chief executive, are "representative of much of what is right and fun about Google."

Google is doomed. That sounded too much like David Brent pointing at the monkey and saying, "those are the kinds of laughs we have around here."

me too! (-1, Redundant)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | about 7 years ago | (#20435091)

I take a screenshot of every story about famous people here too! I've got a whole collection lol. But hey, I can't do that at my real work cuz that's a hospital so that'd be illegal to take pics of everyone famous who came in there lol.

Re:me too! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435257)

Mod -1 AOLish

Did you notice? (5, Funny)

b1ufox (987621) | about 7 years ago | (#20435093)

He has exactly same hairstyle and same smile ,not even a single inconsistency in the number of teeth brandished in all snaps, whoa!!... man this guy is amazing. Same pose all snaps ... its remarkable.

Re:Did you notice? (5, Funny)

mobby_6kl (668092) | about 7 years ago | (#20435153)

So, he's basically the Paris Hilton [imageshack.us] of the IT world?

Re:Did you notice? (1)

Jugalator (259273) | about 7 years ago | (#20435485)

If there's a skill Paris has perfected outside the bed, it has to be maintaining that look and angle of her face. I bet there are as few people having seen the other side of her face, as there people having seen the other side of the moon...

Re:Did you notice? (2, Insightful)

The One and Only (691315) | about 7 years ago | (#20436853)

You know, I honestly doubt Paris has even perfected any skills in bed. Experience does not necessarily lead to talent.

Re:Did you notice? (1)

saskboy (600063) | about 7 years ago | (#20437405)

"it has to be maintaining that look and angle of her face."

Perhaps she's just 2 dimensional? That's not hard to believe.

Re:Did you notice? (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | about 7 years ago | (#20435605)

Sorry for replying to myself (why is that a bad thing considering it's impossible to edit a post?), but I just couldn't resist making an animated gif of the dude. [imageshack.us] Only seven frames and one of them seems to be a little off (too bright perhaps), but everyone's free to mess with it.

Re:Did you notice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20436969)

Well, I'm not sleeping tonight.

Re:Did you notice? (1)

Loke the Dog (1054294) | about 7 years ago | (#20435297)

Some of my (female) friends apparently practice their camera smile, and they also tend to look the same in all pictures. If your hobby is to end up on pictures with celebrities, I guess you should practice it and that probably means you'll eventually develop your standard smile.

His only anomaly : Howard Dean (1)

DaftShadow (548731) | about 7 years ago | (#20436151)

The only pic I've found where Meng isn't smiling is with Howard Dean [google.com] . In fact, I'm pretty sure that neither of them is smiling. Weird.

Re:His only anomaly : Howard Dean (1)

The One and Only (691315) | more than 6 years ago | (#20447935)

It looks like they were taken by surprise.

Heh (1)

KeepQuiet (992584) | about 7 years ago | (#20435105)

I guess sometimes he just snuck behind celebrities for photos. See here [google.com]

False... False... False... (1)

mynickwastaken (690966) | about 7 years ago | (#20435133)

Those aren't GEEK photos... I cannot find Ron Jeremy there.

And then there's stallman (5, Funny)

archen (447353) | about 7 years ago | (#20435143)

You know, I have respect for Richard Stallman. And I find it amusing when people call him a hippie or whatnot. But this guy really wears outfits like that in public? I mean he looks like he fell out of the VW van used to sell crystals on the way to the next Greatful Dead concert.

Re:And then there's stallman (1)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | about 7 years ago | (#20435295)

This is a little know secret, but I'll let you in on it.
RMS normally wears suits and glasses. Under his suit he has these hippie outfits.
In normal public he wears the suits, but when he's needed in action he'll switch to the hippie outfit in a phone booth.

By now you should have guessed it. RMS and Bill Gates are the same person.

Re:And then there's stallman (1)

British (51765) | about 7 years ago | (#20435619)

RMS normally wears suits and glasses. Under his suit he has these hippie outfits.

So if I want to find the almighty RMS I should start ripping off of suits of old men with glasses? That could get me in trouble just to get a digg.

Re:And then there's stallman (0, Flamebait)

fm6 (162816) | about 7 years ago | (#20435699)

I have no respect for RMS, so I can say that it's perfectly consistent that he dresses like a hippie. He has the same self righteous attitude, the same fondness for weird change-the-world schemes, and the same ignorance of real-world economics. If he weren't so good at getting grants, he'd be living in a school bus in Santa Cruz.

Re:And then there's stallman (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20436077)

...Or he would be Homeless in La Jolla.

Re:And then there's stallman (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20436441)

Only if he spent all his time leeching power/internet for his laptop in a public library while he recompiles his kernel, instead of looking for a steady source of income.

Re:And then there's stallman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20444041)

Only if he was actually homeless and not just some troll.

Re:And then there's stallman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20458345)

Have you seen that asshole's journal? No fucking way anyone devotes that kind of time to trolling.

Re:And then there's stallman (1)

SpringRevolt (1046) | about 7 years ago | (#20437533)

the same fondness for weird change-the-world schemes
Yes... he should know by now that the rest of the world will never use Lisp and instead will be using python...

Re:And then there's stallman (1)

invalid_user (253723) | about 7 years ago | (#20438721)

the same fondness for weird change-the-world schemes, and the same ignorance of real-world economics.

I would like to hear more of your interpretation of real-world economics. Let's talk Keynesian, Reaganism, or Krugmanism. :)

Whatever it is, I think we are a long way from Eric Raymonds' "Bazaar" theory. In my humble opinion, liberal ideals are sometimes counter to laissez-faire economic liberalism.

Re:And then there's stallman (1)

Plutonite (999141) | about 7 years ago | (#20438557)

You know, I have respect for Richard Stallman. And I find it amusing when people call him a hippie or whatnot. But this guy really wears outfits like that in public? I mean he looks like he fell out of the VW van used to sell crystals on the way to the next Greatful Dead concert.
Dude, you just don't get it - it's part of the culture. How the hell do you go about convincing the world that all software should be free and that the economics driving the MSFT stock is plain BS..while wearing a suit? Neckties don't cut this sort of stuff man, you need to stand out. facial hair, long mane, second-hand arabic/north african robe with bad choice in colors. You've got to shake the crowd, show them you mean business. If RMS wore normal human attire and used deodorant I wouldn't listen to a word he said - we all know that crap anyway. It's all about the spirit. Us and them. The cavemen and the borg. We live underground and draw solid computing standards up on cave walls and spread the source code and flowers to the world, while they ruin human civilization with sad, DRM'd, broken software. We die in shabby robes, they die drowned in lies. We prevail, information prevails.

But what I don't understand is why he refuses shampoo, pretty harmless I would've thunk. Oh well.

Re:And then there's stallman (1)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 6 years ago | (#20444633)

You know, I have respect for Richard Stallman. And I find it amusing when people call him a hippie or whatnot. But this guy really wears outfits like that in public?

It is amazing that he looks more hippie than the guy in the next pic, Wavy Gravy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavy_Gravy [wikipedia.org]

I'm with those guys ... (1)

Gopal.V (532678) | about 7 years ago | (#20435155)

I have no idea what this guy does or what his individual talents are (thank you, nytimes), but this seems somewhat reprehensible hobby to pursue ?

I mean, it's not that I'm not guilty of the I'm with those guys [geekz.co.uk] syndrome, but I've felt guilty for having gone out of my way to get a picture with Tanenbaum [flickr.com] or Linus [flickr.com] .

I've often wondered why I did it and can only put it down as "Celebrity by Association". And made a mental note to be in the same frame as these people by effort & hard work rather than by mere geographical coincidence.

In the presence of greatness (1)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | about 7 years ago | (#20435381)

Can I touch you?

I once stood in line behind CmdrTaco and Hemos to play BattleTech [wikipedia.org] .

(The pods filled up though, and I had to settle for griefing timothy.)

Not reprehensible (1)

Gonoff (88518) | about 7 years ago | (#20435595)

I think it is an excellent hobby. Some people travel everywhere and get themselves in pictures - Buckingham Palace, Eiffel Tower, The Alamo and do on. This guy just waits until the world walks past him and gets a picture. Sounds a lot more environmentally friendly.

It's his collection so he can order them how he likes, but I would have put people like Linus and RMS in the "Tech Giants" section rather than Carly.

Re:Not reprehensible (0)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | about 7 years ago | (#20435765)

Linus and RMS really haven't quite gotten to the level of tech giants yet (although they are well on their way to doing so). I mean, seriously, those guys are nowhere near the level of godliness as the Woz.

Re:I'm with those guys ... (1)

Cut'n Paste (876423) | about 7 years ago | (#20437597)

Isn't Tan just doing on a very small scale what Eric Schmidt, Larry Page et al are doing? I don't imagine that all those disparate people are there because of a genuine interest in Google, or because Google thinks they have important wisdom to pass on (despite the talks by some). They are trophies. And I would expect paid trophies at that. At least Tan isn't paying them for their picture. That makes him cooler than either Google or their celebrities picking up appearance fees. He is the only one who genuinely wants to be there.

People visit for all kinds of reasons (1)

Wee (17189) | more than 6 years ago | (#20443585)

Isn't Tan just doing on a very small scale what Eric Schmidt, Larry Page et al are doing? I don't imagine that all those disparate people are there because of a genuine interest in Google, or because Google thinks they have important wisdom to pass on (despite the talks by some). They are trophies. And I would expect paid trophies at that. At least Tan isn't paying them for their picture. That makes him cooler than either Google or their celebrities picking up appearance fees. He is the only one who genuinely wants to be there.

Wow, that's cynicism.

And you're completely wrong. We get folks over all the time who aren't paid trophies. We get people over who just want to have lunch, see what the place is about, etc. There really are people who come over because a genuine interest in Google. It's a cool place, and has a lot of "different" things about it. People want to see it. (What's really funny is the new college grads with their parents. You can always spot them. I'd say we have several hundred pairs of parents a week walking around. I've never worked at a place that had so many visitors, and I'm guessing there's more to it than a free lunch.)

The other day I was walking through a building and saw Robin Williams. He was just standing there with an employee looking at the GeoDisplay [flickr.com] . Why? Wanted to see the place (he was dressed differently than in Chade-Meng's picture, so I guess it was another visit). Another common one is people over at Shoreline Amphitheatre coming over to have a look. I've seen all sorts of celebrities wandering around because of that.

I think the people who give talks (Clinton, Friedman, McCain) get whatever their normal appearance fee is, but I don't know for sure. It would only make sense that we'd pay them like with any other speaking engagement, since we do think they have wisdom to pass on. And it's kind of weird that you'd bag on Google for paying someone their fee for coming to talk to us. You feel that universities and talk shows and whatever should also get the same treatment? It's a pretty standard thing, you know...

-B

Successor to the Tourist Guy? (3, Funny)

tuxlove (316502) | about 7 years ago | (#20435171)

I kinda miss the Tourist Guy. This guy sort of reminds me of a Tourist Guy where everything comes to him instead of the other way around.

Hrrrrm. (0, Offtopic)

Funkcikle (630170) | about 7 years ago | (#20435189)

I wonder where this guy went to school.

Re:Hrrrrm. (1)

MojoStan (776183) | about 7 years ago | (#20436391)

I wonder where this guy went to school.
University of Cocky Slashdot Bafoons?

Hmmm... no George W. Bush (0)

rinkjustice (24156) | about 7 years ago | (#20435275)

Chade-Meng has his picture taken with pretty much every influencial mover and shaker in the known free world, but no George W. Bush. He probably had one look at George coming through the door and went "nah".

I don't blame 'em.

Re:Hmmm... no George W. Bush (1)

Jugalator (259273) | about 7 years ago | (#20435553)

And I think we should be happy for that; the whole place might implode, akin to how antimatter annihilates matter. :-p

Re:Hmmm... no George W. Bush (1)

loftyhauser (1149267) | about 7 years ago | (#20435763)

Could it be, just possibly, that the sitting president is too busy to visit Google?

Re:Hmmm... no George W. Bush (1)

tftp (111690) | about 7 years ago | (#20435827)

Too busy doing what?

Re:Hmmm... no George W. Bush (1)

smurfsurf (892933) | about 7 years ago | (#20437689)

Clearing brush, of cause.

Re:Hmmm... no George W. Bush (1)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | about 7 years ago | (#20435923)

The president who has taken more vacation time than any other is too busy? Actually it's probably because they didn't want him to open a speech by saying something like "It's a pleasure to be here with all of you at The Google."

Re:Hmmm... no George W. Bush (0, Troll)

Willuknight (872781) | about 7 years ago | (#20436927)

George wouldn't vist google. He probably thinks they're a bunch of dirty communist democrat hippies.

Re:Hmmm... no George W. Bush (1)

Swampash (1131503) | about 7 years ago | (#20437347)

What, you think Bush has even HEARD of Google?

He's no geek (1)

Realistic_Dragon (655151) | about 7 years ago | (#20435319)

He was less than an inch from "Carly 'HP... is that some kind of sauce?' Fiorina [google.com] and didn't beat her to death with an RPN calculator. He is obviously some kind of business weenie or something.

Re:He's no geek (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20436283)

Yeah, I noticed the exact same thing. Unfortunately, it looks like he worships famous people simply for being famous - there is such a disparate mix of people in there, many of whom are in complete opposition to others he has photographed with in terms of ideology and achievements.

It looks like he just doesn't care what the people have done, he just thinks "wow, famous people, I want a picture with them".

It's kind of sad.

Re:He's no geek (1)

deek (22697) | more than 6 years ago | (#20439761)

It looks like he just doesn't care what the people have done, he just thinks "wow, famous people, I want a picture with them".


Or, he could just be doing it for fun, and not in a way to inflate his ego or status. How sad it is, or how funny it is, depends on his reasons for doing, and you can't gather that just from his picasso page. Personally, I think it's pretty funny.

There's nothing wrong with celebrities, just as long as you don't feed them.

Who's the most geeky... (1)

Jugalator (259273) | about 7 years ago | (#20435495)

... Who's the most geeky -- the geek, or the geek who follows him [google.com] ?

I'm not sure I even want to know the background of that picture... *shakes head*

Re:Who's the most geeky... (1)

LauraW (662560) | about 7 years ago | (#20438509)

I'm not sure I even want to know the background of that picture... *shakes head*

I suspect it has something to do with this [geekwithlaptop.com] .

Queen Noor looks stoned out... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435537)

... or am I just mistaken [google.com] ??

Fascinating. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435571)

Of course we don't know the story behind each picture, but these pictures are fascinating. For example, the body language of some of the famous folks -- some are relaxed and all to happy to be there having fun, while others are clearly very uncomfortable about the whole thing. Most of the time when we see famous folks it is in carefully doctored ways -- lots of makeup, good lighting, etc. Seeing them in this way makes their humanity that much more realistic. And yes, the clothing choices are a kind of insight into who these people really are as well. The details as well -- who has pens in their pockets, who doesn't. What kind of watch are they wearing, are there any stains from lunch on their shirts. Funny, pointless things, but each tells us a bit more about each of these people as human beings rather than just as the celebrities we think them to be.

Why were Linus and Carly not in tech? (1)

rjschwarz (945384) | about 7 years ago | (#20435669)

Does the guy filing this stuff even know who all of the famous people are?

Re:Why were Linus and Carly not in tech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435905)

Ken Thompson, that is in the "award winner" category deserves more than Linus to go in the Tech one.

Re:Why were Linus and Carly not in tech? (1)

LauraW (662560) | about 7 years ago | (#20438497)

Ken Thompson, that is in the "award winner" category deserves more than Linus to go in the Tech one.

Except Ken has won a Turing Award, which apparently trumps just being a techie.

FWIW, my favorite part of Meng's Presidential Gallery (the real one in B43 at Google, not the Picasa page) is the photo of his daughter labeled "Future President of the United States".

I wanted Patrick Volkdering (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20435819)

There aren't enough photos of Patrick Volkerding out there. I was hoping maybe this guy might add one to the list.

I have just one question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20436047)

What the fuck is Chris Tucker doing at Google HQ?

Re:I have just one question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20436381)

Fucking your mom.

Christ, Wozniak has gotten FAT! (1)

Master of Transhuman (597628) | about 7 years ago | (#20436289)

He's way fatter than I am!

Uma Thurman's father Robert Thurman - that was interesting. Rather odd that a top Buddhist was there. I would have preferred Uma myself.

And what the hell was Gwyneth Paltrow doing there? That would make my day!

Amore (1)

evilviper (135110) | about 7 years ago | (#20436431)

Looks like skeletor... I mean Maria is getting a bit friendly. The Governator better watch out for this guy: http://picasaweb.google.com/chademeng/PoliticalLea ders/photo#5070138831866093442 [google.com]

Then again... http://picasaweb.google.com/chademeng/PoliticalLea ders/photo#5057603753740198978 [google.com]

I assembled a collection of famous geek photos (2, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | about 7 years ago | (#20436567)

I've included myself, but the list is fairly accurate [abandonedstuff.com] , and not at all biased.

Why take photos with famous people, when you can just take photos of relative nobodies for free?

Picasa, not Picassa - common mistake (1)

ElliotLee (713376) | about 7 years ago | (#20436987)

It's Picasa, not Picassa. This is a very common mistake.

Re:Picasa, not Picassa - common mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20442673)

Yeah - but picassa sounds so much better.

And more fun too...

It's plain what he is up to. (2, Funny)

Circlotron (764156) | about 7 years ago | (#20437441)

He's just gathering material for a resume for his next job :-)

Yay SF! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437747)

Our mayor [google.com] is cuter than your mayor !

Re:Yay SF! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437959)

Our mayor is cuter than your mayor !


Your next mayor [voteforchicken.com] laughs at cute [laughingsquid.com] .

Sneaky (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437757)

Viral ad campaign for Picasa, pure and simple. Nothing more.

Carly Fiorina (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20438223)

Yikes, that's the first time I've seen a picture of Carly Fiorina. Is it wrong that I think she's kinda hot?

Okay, I take that back. I know it's wrong. But does it make me a bad person?

New Sub-Album Idea... (1)

Dunkirk (238653) | more than 6 years ago | (#20439741)

Hot chicks of Google!

Yup, a real geek! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20441391)

The guy is a real, genuine geek. Normally, asian males turn me on, but not this one.
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