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Christian Oestlien
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Got this wonderful out-of-office note from one of my engineering leads today, and thought it was good enough to share. Yet another reason I love working with the wonderful cast of characters here at +Google! Enjoy:

"Thank you for sending that email; your contribution to the greater whole of what makes Google an amazing place to work is important to me, and I'm very happy that I can finally take this moment to congratulate you on your clarity of insight on the text and the decisiveness with which you hit the send-and-archive button.

Unfortunately, I will be a delayed witness of your splendour. I find myself at Burning Man, dressed in large bug-eyed sunglasses and a top hat, in the middle of the Black Rock Desert. Everyone else around me is quite strange, things are slightly more colourful than they ought to be, everything smells bad, and the music appears to have a strange, tangy aftertaste.

More immediate gratification of the awesomeness of that email can only be achieved by sending it to one of the many delegates I trust to "make a decision" in my absence;

But you know those things already, I know. You emailed me personally because you wanted someone with wit, power, influence, style, charm, and modesty to appreciate your unique genius.

If, however, you must contact me, you'll need the following ingredients:

* 1 (one) blank, featureless wall
* 1 (one) shot of vodka
* 1 (one) pinch of salt.
* 1 (one) toad of the species Bufo alvarins, preferrably unlicked.

In quick succession, lick the toad, snort the salt, and throw the vodka over your shoulder. Stare at the blank, featureless wall for 30 - 45 minutes, and I will appear before your eyes to shower well-deserved appreciation upon you."

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"On the hiring side, we found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart."

Amen, excellent insight from +Laszlo Bock on our hiring process.

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Happy 10th Anniversary AdSense! Thank you to all of our fantastic partners and to all the teams at Google who have worked on AdSense over the past decade. It has been an honor to work on AdSense since the beginning and be part of a solution that has touched so many people and businesses on the web all around the world.

Looking forward to the next ten years!

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The Best advice General Colin Powell ever got:

"There was a brand-new second lieutenant who was very ambitious and wanted to be a general. So one night at the officer's club the young officer spotted this old general sitting at the bar. So he went up and said, "How do I become a general?" And the old general answered, "Son, you've got to work like a dog. You've got to have moral and physical courage. There may be days you're tired, but you must never show fatigue. You'll be afraid, but you can never show fear. You must always be the leader." The young officer was so excited by this advice. "Thank you, sir," he said, "so is this how I become a general?" "No," said the general, "that's how you become a first lieutenant, and then you keep doing it over and over and over." 

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When +Larry Page says "Think Bigger", this is what he means.

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This is leadership. 

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Spotted this on the +Google campus, who wants to speculate on what lies underneath?

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There is only one man alive today who was born in the 19th century. He was born only 30 years after the end of the Shogun and the samurai era.

Reminds me of a great quote from the Hagakure, "A man’s life is only a vapor that vanishes in an instant. One should spend his life doing that which he enjoys. As short as life is, it is foolish to spend it doing only the things one hates."
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