Two interviews with Google

As I have already said, I had two interviews with Google. Both of the interviews were conducted over the phone (they called me both times). The first interview was with the recruiter and was mostly about my resume and possibilities of me moving to Dublin, Ireland. There was a small technical test too. The second interview was fully technical and lasted for about 45 minutes.

Since many of you asked for details and since I didn’t sign or promise any confidentiality to Google over these and since I don’t think there was anything that shouldn’t be released to the public, I am posting more details about both of the interviews below.

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Mobloging photography with Flickr

I have decided to use Flickr for yet another purpose of mine – mobloging photography. Basically, I have configured my Flickr account to work with email. From now, whenever I don’t have my camera with me, I’ll use my phone to make a picture and will immediately send it to Flickr. It will automatically tag all such pictures with ‘cameraphone’ (also ‘mobile’, ‘moblog’, and ‘p800’ but that can change).

If you have the mobile phone with camera and email, you can do the same. Login to Flickr and configure upload by email. And than you can tag you pictures with ‘cameraphone’ too. Automatically. And than we can all be a part of one huge international group that tags their pictures with ‘cameraphone’.

That’s fun. Here are my pictures so far (I’ve uploaded some old ones that were in the phone) :

http://flickr.com/photos/mamchenkov/tags/cameraphone/

And here are the global pictures of all Flickr users that used ‘cameraphone’ as a tag :

http://flickr.com/photos/tags/cameraphone/

The house elf loves me

… or I can’t explain it anyhow else.

The house elf is an invisible semi-imagined creature that lives in our house and does all sorts of strange things. Many of these things are small and don’t matter too much for me to spend time talking about them. But there is one particular action that the house elf repeats from year to year and by which it tells me that it loves me.

I am talking about pocket filling.

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Daily del.icio.us bookmarks

Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user tvset on 2005-10-30

I’ll sell it any day now. NOT!


My blog is worth $18,065.28.
How much is your blog worth?

The blogosphere is going crazy with this new toy from Technorati. My blog is slightly over $18K. And although I doubt anyone would want to buy it, I won’t sell it anyway. It carries my name after all. So, how much is your blog worth?

Still, I think it would be nice if there was a tool that could be seriously used by those who buy blogs – I don’t know who they are, don’t ask me. If there was such a tool it would be so easy to measure blogs, build blogs for sale, find buyers, and sell them, that it would be a good business opportunity for those of us, who … well … dares to try.

Until than we should simply blog blog and blog hope. We should hope that someone with the will and money will one day find our piles of posts and offer us something in return, so that we could finally go and spend some quality time with our families. No. I don’t think that would inspire that. If bloggers will be paid for what they do, they would probably do more of it. Or so I think.

P.S.: Last two paragraphs were put here for one reasona and one reason only – to make this post look good. You see, because I use DIVs instead of TABLEs, once in a while I get this weird formatting glitches that require me to put more text or be abandoned by all my audience, starting with me. You can stop reading now. Like you even did. I bet you are already cleaning the history and cache of your browser to help you forget this URL faster.

Clock sync

If you come too early everywhere today, that’s because everyone changed to the winter time, except you. Yes, that’s right, you have to set your watches one hour back.

This clock sync has been the most organized, routine, and expected for me ever. Never ever did I manage to remember about it until it was over, until today. And not only that, this clock change came right in time – after my yesterday’s late night rocking I had to go to the office for the morning shift today. That’s at 7:00 am. So I got an extra hour of sleep.

It’s funny how I am usually the guy on duty when the clocks are moved back and forth. The only thing that helped me to stay sane was that I was getting both time changes – summer AND winter. That was balancing things out. This time though I got to sleep and enjoy that extra hour. And I was prepared.

Rocked a bit

Today I went to “Stork” again with some friends of mine. There was yet another hard rock party. It wasn’t as good as the last time, but it was pretty good anyway. There were enough of both old songs – those that I hear on every rock party, and news songs – old songs, but that I really hear. One of the new songs that really brought up a few good memories was “Another brick in the wall” from Pink Floyd. Among the old ones was an excellently performed “Smoke on the water” from Deep Purple. And yes, it was good even considering the fact that I am among those lucky ones who can compare it to the original.

Although I enjoyed the concert, the atmosphere wasn’t moving enough for me to jump around like a crazy horse and shout like a wounded elephant. Not to worry though. Kakomalis Amateur Song Festival (aka KSP) is coming soon. So far it is expected on November 12th, which is only a couple of weeks away. There I will tear my throat to pieces and abuse my muscles to the point of no return. Again. Yeah. Rock on!

More skills

Maxim is still learning one or two things every day. He progressed to the point when he can repeat pretty much anything we do or say. When he picks up a new move or a new word he repeats it over and over again until he forgets it.

Now he can easily manipulate items with both hands. Sometimes he would play the speed game. He would take an item, like a book or a small toy, with one hand than quickly pass it to his other hand, than back, and than back again, and so and so forth for about five minutes. That one is really fun to watch.

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Northfork

Northfork (2003)With all my recent negative experience with random movies, you would probably think that I stopped picking them. Nope. Not yet. “Northfork” is another random movie I just watched.

Directed by: Michael Polish
Genres: Drama, Fantasy
Cast: James Woods, Nick Nolte, Douglas Sebern, Claire Forlani, Duel Farnes, Mark Polish, Daryl Hannah, Graham Beckel, Josh Barker, Peter Coyote, Jon Gries, Rick Overton, Robin Sachs, Ben Foster, Anthony Edwards
IMDB raintg: 6.3
My rating: 8.0 ********

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