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Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 03:04 AM
This is what Google looks like today:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/136/390042314_cd75d474f1_o.gif

Um... the G is nice... but why is there no L? I guess someone fucked up.

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 03:09 AM
hahahha


yahoo has a man and a woman under an umbrella. It's raining aortic pumps.

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 03:11 AM
I guess the chocolate sauce is meant to be the G and the stalk of the strawberry is meant to be the L, but it still looks like it says GOOGE to me.

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 03:13 AM
i think they just forgot it. they would have put a rose or something as the L.

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 03:21 AM
Strange. The Yahoo thing is cool, though. So tell me, Hannahrain, how are you celebrating this momentous day? Do you have a special someone in your life?

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 04:10 AM
i will be celebrating this momentous day by not going to class. more of a coincidence actually, but i'll take it. no special someone at the moment, though.

what about you? what makes valentine's day different for you from, say, march 11th? or october 3rd?

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 04:22 AM
Well, Hannahrain, the main difference between today and, say, March 11th or October 3rd is that, today, if I want to go out to eat, I will probably struggle to find anywhere that is not fully booked by odious couples, and will most likely end up somewhere a bit grotty and paying 50% over the odds because there's a depressed looking rose in a hideous vase sitting on the table.

Nevertheless, I am going to a restaurant tonight. Clearly a sucker for punishment.

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 04:31 AM
Also, I just solved the 'Googe' mystery:

-----Original Message-----
From: Walters, Stefan
Sent: 14 February 2007 11:413
To: Laura Ainsworth [mailto:lainsworth@google.com]
Subject: Google banner on Valentine's day

Dear Laura,

Hello there. I understand you are the Corporate Communications Co-ordinator for Google. Well, I have a question and I was hoping you could answer it for me. I am a frequent Google user, and I just clicked on to the site and noticed that your banner today (Valentine's day) is an image of a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Well, to me, it looks like it says Googe, not Google. I was a bit confused, so I showed it to some of my friends and colleagues, and they agreed with me. So I was wondering, was the stalk on the strawberry meant to be an L, or did somebody just forget it altogether? It's not very clear. I would really appreciate your feedback.

Best regards,

Stefan




-----Original Message-----
From: Laura Ainsworth [mailto:lainsworth@google.com]
Sent: 14 February 2007 12:11
To: Walters, Stefan
Subject: Re: Google banner on Valentine's day

You are right, the green stalk is indeed the 'L'.

This is a new and edgy design and i think it looks fab - i hope you agree

L


So there you go.

sonofhal
02-14-2007, 04:34 AM
Valentines day is wonderful for couples who only like to be romantic once a year.

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 04:37 AM
i don't know about "edgy". "unclear" maybe.

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 06:05 AM
-----Original Message-----
From: Walters, Stefan
Sent: 14 February 2007 11:413
To: Laura Ainsworth [mailto:lainsworth@google.com]
Subject: Google banner on Valentine's day

Dear Laura,

Hello there. I understand you are the Corporate Communications Co-ordinator for Google. Well, I have a question and I was hoping you could answer it for me. I am a frequent Google user, and I just clicked on to the site and noticed that your banner today (Valentine's day) is an image of a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Well, to me, it looks like it says Googe, not Google. I was a bit confused, so I showed it to some of my friends and colleagues, and they agreed with me. So I was wondering, was the stalk on the strawberry meant to be an L, or did somebody just forget it altogether? It's not very clear. I would really appreciate your feedback.

Best regards,

Stefan




-----Original Message-----
From: Laura Ainsworth [mailto:lainsworth@google.com]
Sent: 14 February 2007 12:11
To: Walters, Stefan
Subject: Re: Google banner on Valentine's day

You are right, the green stalk is indeed the 'L'.

This is a new and edgy design and i think it looks fab - i hope you agree

L



this looks like something out of the Lazlo Letters.

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 07:13 AM
Well I was tempted to write this instead:

Dear Google,

Your banner on valentines day wasn't all that clear. Was the stalk meant to be an L on the Strawberry? Fucking hell, you idiots, you're shit at this whole search-engine-with-a-personality thing. Fuck you. Fuck your search engine. Fuck your billions of dollars. Fuck the whole thing. This is the last thing I will do with this computer, I'm smashing it into a million pieces, all because of your fucking strawberry. It's not a very clear strawberry, Google, you fucking idiots.

Love,
Stef

But it seemed a little harsh.

bug on your lip
02-14-2007, 07:20 AM
Stef your life is full of cool stuff you don't follow thru with

vinylmartyr
02-14-2007, 07:26 AM
yeah

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 07:27 AM
Dear Google,

Your banner on valentines day wasn't all that clear. Was the stalk meant to be an L on the Strawberry? Fucking hell, you idiots, you're shit at this whole search-engine-with-a-personality thing. Fuck you. Fuck your search engine. Fuck your billions of dollars. Fuck the whole thing. This is the last thing I will do with this computer, I'm smashing it into a million pieces, all because of your fucking strawberry. It's not a very clear strawberry, Google, you fucking idiots.



copied/pasted/sent.

if anything comes back i promise to post it.

bug on your lip
02-14-2007, 07:33 AM
:pulse Hannahrain

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 07:38 AM
Poor Laura Ainsworth.

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 07:39 AM
i knew a girl who went to school with a girl who used to babysit for laura ainsworth's old roommate's sister's squash partner who said laura's a bitch, anyway.

Yablonowitz
02-14-2007, 07:40 AM
Today, we all write a letter to Google. Make it your own, give it YOUR personality. He/She who gets the best response receives a Sweetheart candy with the message of your choice.

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 07:41 AM
i'm not sure how well mine would be recieved, after the copy-paste i just did.

Yablonowitz
02-14-2007, 07:49 AM
From: Martin, Greg_(MT)
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:47 AM
To: 'lainsworth@google.com'
Subject: Googe?

Dear Laura,

I am somewhat shocked to see that your company has changed its name to Googe. To me, that signifies something grotesque, slimey, and slow-moving not generally traits I had come to associate with Google. Was anyone notified of the name change? Dont you have shareholders now who will be disappointed that they had no say in this? Did you think of the long-term implications of this move? Google has become a verb for many people. Are we to expect hearing people say, Im going to googe him tonight when I get home?

My only hope at this point is that it is a graphical mistake and you will insert an l into the image. I would almost certainly prefer to Yahoo! someone than googe them. Please reconsider.

Thanks,
Greg

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 07:51 AM
I’m going to googe him tonight when I get home

it's too easy...

that's what she said.

vinylmartyr
02-14-2007, 07:55 AM
lainsworth@google.com
WTF Googe?

Dear Laura,

What's up with this "Googe" bull shitty?

Thanks,
Jeff

dinosaurateme
02-14-2007, 07:59 AM
From: Martin, Greg_(MT)
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:47 AM
To: 'lainsworth@google.com'
Subject: Googe?

Dear Laura,

I am somewhat shocked to see that your company has changed its name to Googe. To me, that signifies something grotesque, slimey, and slow-moving not generally traits I had come to associate with Google. Was anyone notified of the name change? Dont you have shareholders now who will be disappointed that they had no say in this? Did you think of the long-term implications of this move? Google has become a verb for many people. Are we to expect hearing people say, Im going to googe him tonight when I get home?

My only hope at this point is that it is a graphical mistake and you will insert an l into the image. I would almost certainly prefer to Yahoo! someone than googe them. Please reconsider.

Thanks,
Greg


HAHA, i like that one.

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 08:01 AM
I feel I should warn you all that Laura Ainsworth is in fact an employee of google.co.uk , based here in London, and will probably be leaving the office within the next hour or so to go and spend the evening dipping strawberries into chocolate with her significant other, or perhaps by herself, who knows. So you may want to check google.com and find out who Laura Ainsworth's US counterpart is before you continue this Googlebombing.

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 08:02 AM
dang

re-mailing.

Yablonowitz
02-14-2007, 08:07 AM
I feel I should warn you all that Laura Ainsworth is in fact an employee of google.co.uk , based here in London, and will probably be leaving the office within the next hour or so to go and spend the evening dipping strawberries into chocolate with her significant other, or perhaps by herself, who knows. So you may want to check google.com and find out who Laura Ainsworth's US counterpart is before you continue this Googlebombing.

Where did you find her address? Is she british? I didn't think you brits said stupid things like "fab." I thought that was retardAmerican English.

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 08:09 AM
Yes, she is British. I found her address on the right of this page (http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/press/index.html), which is accessible by clicking "About Us" on the main google.co.uk site.

sonofhal
02-14-2007, 08:13 AM
I feel I should warn you all that Laura Ainsworth is in fact an employee of google.co.uk , based here in London, and will probably be leaving the office within the next hour or so to go and spend the evening dipping strawberries into chocolate with her significant other, or perhaps by herself, who knows. So you may want to check google.com and find out who Laura Ainsworth's US counterpart is before you continue this Googlebombing.

My eyes must be getting tired - the first time i read this message i saw "dipping strawberries into chocolate with her significant other, or perhaps into herself, who knows."

Long day at work, or dirty mind - you decide.

bug on your lip
02-14-2007, 08:17 AM
so you guys are e-mailing some teabag that isn't even at work anymore !?!?

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 08:17 AM
It's only 4:17pm right now, so I am sure she is still at work, but probably not for too much longer.

Yablonowitz
02-14-2007, 08:21 AM
It's only 4:17pm right now, so I am sure she is still at work, but probably not for too much longer.

She's probably wondering why a yank like me is writing her. The "US" Google contact page (http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/index.html) does not have an individual's name. My email might be glanced at, but I'm sure it won't be responded to.

Also, stef is more likely to get a response from someone simply because he's stef and for some reason, people are drawn to him. $10 says stef is the only one who actually gets a response.

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 08:23 AM
apparently they don't trust americans with a real email address. we get an in-browser contact box. Laura Ainsworth would have gotten an apology after her response, but these guys who sent me a "thank you for commenting, we may not write back" form letter will not be.

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 08:26 AM
See, in-browser contact boxes is what you get when you allow your population to have guns. I'm sure Laura Ainsworth wouldn't allow her email address to go public either if she knew that anyone who disagreed with her might have an AK47 by the side of their computer.

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 08:27 AM
don't look at me. i'm pro-gun control and anti getting shot.

Stefinitely Maybe
02-14-2007, 08:31 AM
HOLY SHITTY, I SOMEHOW MADE THE NEWS! (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/14/happy_vaentines_day/)

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 08:33 AM
HOLY SHITTY, I SOMEHOW MADE THE NEWS! (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/14/happy_vaentines_day/)

100 points!

i love that if you look at the url, it is missing the "l".

looks like laura ainsworth is full of it.

Yablonowitz
02-14-2007, 08:34 AM
Stef - you are like the Earth's 8th unsolved mystery.

bug on your lip
02-14-2007, 08:39 AM
HOLY SHIT

NICE ONE STEF !!

psychic friend
02-14-2007, 08:42 AM
best thread ever

J~$$$
02-14-2007, 08:44 AM
High fives.

fober
02-14-2007, 10:01 AM
Go Googe yourself.

dinosaurateme
02-14-2007, 10:12 AM
googe reminds me of like, splooge.

J~$$$
02-14-2007, 10:15 AM
sploogle would make a great porn search engine name.

fortydollarsworthofmeat
02-14-2007, 11:50 AM
For the record, a quick search on Googe for "Googe" offered the predictable: "Did you mean: Google?. Well, yes, actuay.

haha

menikmati
02-14-2007, 12:29 PM
don't hate on google

mob roulette
02-14-2007, 12:39 PM
i'm late to the party. way to go stef. there's no way you can get that close over here. even banging receptionists typically only gets you a business card with no real personal contact information. over here all we have are internet "rumors". things like "fake" coachella lineups and "celebrity" death hoaxes. stuff like that. NME usually bites pretty hard though. but good job dude.

thinnerair
02-14-2007, 12:51 PM
Great. Stef is officially like a D-list celebrity.

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 12:53 PM
just think...

ten years from now you could be an answer on jeopardy. or in trivial pursuit.

PotVsKtl
02-14-2007, 01:24 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/da/Leeroy_Jenkins_Jeopardy_clue.jpg

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 01:27 PM
what is... the googe debacle of '07.

york707
02-14-2007, 01:29 PM
what is... the googe debacle of '07.

That's what she said.

judila
02-14-2007, 01:55 PM
This thread was thoroughly entertaining. Damn, I wish I had such time on my hands to play these reindeer games...

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 01:57 PM
http://image.orientaltrading.com/otcimg/4_3086.jpg

invisiblerobots
02-14-2007, 01:59 PM
Interesting article about Googe. (http://thepugetnews.com/2007/02/14/googles-obscure-literary-reference-for-valentines-day-the-googe/)

Hannahrain
02-14-2007, 02:01 PM
whoa

TomAz
02-14-2007, 03:29 PM
some stoner at google made it 'googe' in honor of MBV
then sold it to his boss: "no, boss, the stem is the L. it's subtle. don't you get it?"
now the boss is explaining to the world, "no, the stem is the L. it's subtle, I'm sure you saw it immediately".
meanwhile the stoner is laughing his ass off

Hannahrain
02-15-2007, 04:47 AM
speaking of weird internet things, as of 4:45 this morning, yahoo's top search of the day is "tapeworm".

vinylmartyr
02-15-2007, 04:49 AM
things like "fake" coachella lineups and "celebrity" death hoaxes. stuff like that. NME usually bites pretty hard though. but good job dude.

very curious

Hannahrain
02-15-2007, 06:31 AM
i think we can safely assume this is intended to be laura ainsworth the singer, but i thought i ought to post it anyway.

http://www.lauraainsworth.com/lacharac_colorweb.jpg