Googleplex at a Glance

I’m having a great time at the Google Summer of Code 2009 mentor summit. The people are cool. The un-conference talks are fantastic: community building, mentoring, project hosting, etc. But this post isn’t about all that, this is about the Googleplex itself. Notables:

  • “microkitchens”: snacks, coffee, drinks, and a vending machine with prices based on nutritional value (corn nuts: 15 cents, candy bar 4 dollars)
  • volleyball, pool, massage chair, books, games
  • Toto washlet toilets
  • “refer a friend” promos every 20 feet
  • coding case studies in the toilet stalls