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What's up with those 3 letter airport codes, like "FAT"?
With this cool site I just heard about, you can discover the (sometimes weird, sometimes banal) reason behind each code.

Oh, and FAT = "Fresno Airport Terminal," in case you were wondering.  Yeah, I was hoping for something more interesting, too. :)

Making sure you're searching with the right airports
Nowadays, of course, most flight search engines let you do searches by city names, but that has its own challenges.  How do you know you're selecting the airport -- or airports -- with the best flight options?

With Google Flights (, start by typing in a city name, and then optionally click the little + icon next it (see image).  You'll then instantly learn about nearby airports and how far they are from the city center... and can add one or more to your search.

I'm a Program Manager working on Google Flights and am always curious to hear your thoughts and questions about the service. :-)

Happy traveling!

[ Hat tip:  My colleague Demian: ]
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XNA is indeed Northwest Arkansas Regional! I learned that one well traveling to UofA for track in college, and it is memorably weird (and tiny) :] I'm glad to know I also have a namesake airport, but I can't imagine ever visiting that one...
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This really excites me!  Of course, as a Googler, I cannot wait to be a part of this sort of thing.  But more importantly, I'm intrigued for what this may mean for office space in the future.

How will it better incorporate nature?
How will people arrive at it via bike, walking, public transit, car?
What will be the mix of company, commerce, play, and private spaces?

Europe and Asia are, IMHO, already way ahead of the U.S. on much of this... but I believe there's room for learning and growth worldwide.

I cannot wait to see how the workplace and cities are potentially re-imagined, with this effort below just the first step.
Today we're submitting a proposal to redevelop part of our campus in North Bayshore. With our proposed plan, our campus could be more adaptable to a changing company, bring new life to the environment, save energy, and create a sense of community with bike paths and space for local businesses. Ultimately, we hope to create a space for people, nature and ideas to thrive. Learn more:
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Aw :\.  I hope you have the pleasure of meeting other welcoming Googlers, and they have the pleasure of meeting you! :)
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Google Flight Search launches in India

I've had the pleasure of visiting India a couple of times [1] and hope to explore more of the country in the coming years.  I'm hardly unbiased [2], but I'm delighted that it'll now be easier to find and book great flights in India [3]

Google Flight Search is now launched in many countries around the world; if you haven't tried it yet, please consider using it for your next trip [4].  If you have used it, feel free to offer feedback or throw questions at me in this thread :-).

[1] Here's an album with a selection of photos I took in India:  If you're curious to see more, visit and scroll to see additional India albums.

[2] I'm a Program Manager at Google, working on Google Flight Search :)


[4] Visit  In supported countries, you can even search Google directly for stuff like "Flights to London" or "sfo-jfk feb 10-20" and get a super-quick box filled with recommended flights and prices.
If you love to travel and shop around for great deals, Flight Search can offer inspiration and help you find the best flights available. Now, you can search directly for flights within Google or access to...
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Congrats on the launch! 
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Anyone have recommendations on a sleep tracker?

The Basis Peak has lots of sensors, but is apparently very unreliable (and I was super-disappointed with the way the company failed to make the data usable when I had their earlier B1 watch)

I've been trying the Resmed S+ device, which sounded promising, but has turned out to be disappointingly buggy.

A while back, I tried a Fitbit Ultra, but that was relying just on a movement sensor, which doesn't seem all that comprehensive for sleep tracking.

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Cool, make sure you recharge on time, my up24 broke this way
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"Frozen" soundtrack: Free today (at least in the U.S.)

For your kids or, er, someone else :D.

The album is free to download in non-DRM'd MP3 format from Google Play.  You'll need to have a credit card in your Google Wallet (or Play store credit), but you won't be charged anything for the download.

Hat tip: +Slickdeals (quite a useful site!)
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Er, blackberries can play music?!  I had no idea...
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New York:  Live there or planning to visit?

You need to see Minh's awesome compilation of NY #subway info!

#transit   #nyc  +Minh T. Nguyen 
I've decided to turn the entire content of my book The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the New York Subway into a free website. Yup, the entire content including all pictures and directions from the airport! Feel free to share:

#freebies   #newyorkcity   #subway   #nycsubway  
Let's face it --the most convenient, cost-effective way to travel in New York City is by subway. For many first-time visitors, tourists, and even locals, however, the complexity of the system can be very intimidating and confusing. Time and time again, I see tourists step on the wrong train, ...
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It does!
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I've been dogfooding this for a while, and it's really a pleasure seeing beautiful art in Chrome; highly-recommended extension!
Starting today, discover a new way of browsing with the new Google Art Project extension that treats you to a beautiful work of art each time you open a new browser tab in +Google Chrome. See masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and other iconic artists from museums around the world throughout your day:
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+Adam Lasnik exactly! The flashed art residual image arouse happy feelings.
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Just saw the movie "EX_MACHINA" and it passes the sci-fi Adam test.

- Refreshing lack of explosions and car chases
- Engaging dialogue
- Gorgeous and patient cinematography
- Intriguing characters
- Interesting plot

Oh, and by "patient cinematography," I mean pretty much the opposite of most American films, which infuriatingly fill near every moment with dialogue, frenetic motion, etc.  In Ex Machina, there are quiet pauses, terrifying emptinesses, uncomfortable silences reminiscent of the movie 2001... with the grandiosity of nature substituting for the immensity of outer space, and the stark coldness of a research facility standing in for the claustrophobic atmosphere of a spaceship.

There are also boobs and other assorted naked bits.  But -- contrary to what some insist -- I feel they were not gratuitous; if anything their presence in this film made me uncomfortable.

In fact, I felt uncomfortable, or at least unsettled, at many points throughout the film.  I'd indeed question the humanity of anyone who didn't occasionally squirm in discomfort... and that's a comment or even compliment on the powerful tension rather than a criticism.


In short, this is a dark, thoughtful, and disturbing film.  Not a horrifying or gory one, but one that may haunt you nonetheless.

With all of that said, it's not a perfect movie.  I found the bass'y music to be annoying at times, and I would, perhaps, have liked moments of tension-relief to be a bit more frequent.  Also, the initial Winner! scene -- albeit the one part of the film blisteringly paced -- could have been dispensed altogether, propelling us headfirst into the helicopter scene.

But on the whole, this is a movie well worth seeing... and ideally in the theatre.


One word of advice, by the way:  Don't watch the trailer.  As with most trailers, in my opinion, this one spoils at least some minor but delicious surprises.


Have any of you seen the film?  Without throwing any spoilers into the mix, what did you think of it?

#exmachina   #scifi   #movies  
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I saw this movie a while back. Thought it wasn't bad. 
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"...lots of other groups will just hang around in silence posting on Instagram..."
The anecdata in the article below really worries and saddens me.  On one hand, I know online 'journalism' enough to realize that cherry-picking shocking examples converts to clicks.

On the other hand, I see this all the time.  When on trains in Europe in the 90s, it was pretty common for me and others to strike up friendly conversations, to look at the gorgeous scenery passing by.  Now, though, everyone is glued to their phones, earphones in, deaf and blind to the world around them.  

Where's the serendipitous engagement?  What happened to our ability to be present, to give attention to and appreciate the people and environment around us?

I realize that I'm becoming like the old guy who yells at the cloud (  And a bit hypocritically at that; obviously, I'm taking some moments from a gorgeous Sunday afternoon to type to you rather than meet with friends or appreciate the greenery in my garden.  And there's no doubt that I greatly value the internet, my smartphone, and the ability to keep in touch online with friends from all over the world.

Still, though, everything in moderation.  I just worry that that over time we'll completely devalue and lose the ability to be physically present, to be disconnected from the cloud and connected face to face with each other.
<b></b><b></b><b></b>THINK you know the kind of people who spend most of their free time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other apps?
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+John Mueller where is your commute train? Where does it run in between?
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I'm pretty excited about Jet - Why?

1) It's ecommerce based on the Costco model: Offer good value at low prices, and treat your employees with respect; profit by charging members an annual fee.

2) The CEO is encouraging people to be mindful of resources; order more things at a time to save shipping, packaging, energy costs.

3) And lastly, the Jet CEO has emphasized the importance of a respectful, transparent corporate culture, and -- appreciating such an environment myself at my workplace -- I'm delighted to support other companies that prioritize their employees' well-being.

Disclaimer: It's possible (but IMHO extremely unlikely) that I'll get a free 5 year membership if enough people follow my link and sign up on Jet to be notified of their launch.

P.S. -- Here's how I originally learned about Jet:
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Ah, good to know.  I still really wish companies (ahem, including one we're well acquainted with) would error on the side of sending fewer non-transactional emails.  But I'm glad at least Jet honored your unsubscribe request.
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Dear Santa:  This would make for an eggcelent gift.
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On humility, balance, learning, and YouTube

Let me share a personal story of stupidity and a New York Times story about balance, humility, and uncertainty.

Some years back, here's a conversation I had with my Mom.

On a Friday:
Mom:  Adam, wow, I heard you guys [Google] are going to buy YouTube... for a billion dollars or something like that!
Me:  Geez, Mom, come on.  Do you believe everything you read?  YouTube has stupid cat videos and amateur crap and you think we'd pay a billion for that?

On Monday:
WSJ:  Google buys YouTube for $1.65 billion.
Me:  Holy [bleep]
Me:  Mom, I'm so sorry... I had no idea...


And yet, I still thought it was the stupidest purchase ever.  Back then, yeah, Google had a lot of money, but still, 1.65b wasn't chump change.  And YouTube just seemed like, well, a huge pile of meh+trouble.


Luckily, +Susan Wojcicki and at least a few other Googlers are quite a bit smarter than I am ;-).  And also, I now find YouTube to be pretty damn awesome and inspiring... empowering so many people to share amazing talents, thoughtful insights, and passionate beliefs (along with, yes, dumb yet admittedly funny cat videos :D).

You know what else is inspiring?  Execs at my company (like Susan) who not only support a smart and humane work-life balance, but also policies that provide this for others more broadly.  See, for instance, Susan's forward-looking take on maternity leave:

Because of inspiration from her and other leaders at Google, I've improved my own work/life balance... turning off work email notifications on my phone, minimizing the amount of work I do in the evenings and weekends, and so on.


But back to YouTube :).  If you're interested in reading some behind-the-scenes thoughts on the service and its future, check out this interesting NY Times interview with Susan:
The site is a huge cultural force, but an unfulfilled economic one. Susan Wojcicki’s mission is to change that.
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I work on Google Flights.  However... my posts on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and in Google forums (except those posted with an official "G" icon next to them) are my own personal blatherings -- mine mine mine! -- and don't necessarily reflect those of my employer, my mom, my invisible friend Harvey, etc.


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