The search giant is known for its playful, unconventional workspaces—perhaps intended to offset its fairly Vader-esque public image, and certainly, to sweeten the deal for young, in-demand engineers who may be juggling other offers. In Pittsburgh, Googlers enjoy an industrial theme and slides. In Zurich, it’s birch trees and meeting cocoons. Meanwhile, in London, Google has two established offices—one is industrial chic, the other, a space-age white box. Now, a third office—a “Super HQ”—has opened on the eighth floor of Central Saint Giles, the Renzo Piano-designed tower in Covent Garden.
“Hey guys, branding has requested that we now refer to the padded room as a ‘meeting cocoon.’” —Imagined handling of Google office stigmas
The New Yorker this week is publishing a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Thank You for the Light,” that it rejected three-quarters of a century ago.
“‘Thank You for the Light,’ which Fitzgerald’s grandchildren discovered while going through his papers, is just a vignette — only a page long — almost fable-like, and written in a pared-down style that, at the end especially, seems more Hemingway than Fitzgerald,” says the NYT.
Wow, definitely want to read this!
This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.
As Kathy Plaisance drapes blue fondant over a freshly baked chocolate cake, she explains that no child should have a cake-less birthday. Plaisance oversees Community Cakes, a group of 50 volunteer bakers who deliver homemade birthday cakes to people who might otherwise not have one — in veterans’ homes, hospice centers and foster homes across southwest Idaho.
Plaisance tears up remembering the time she delivered a Superman cake to a boy in foster care.
“He was ecstatic. He had never had a cake like that before,” she says. “Those are the ones that get you, and make you want to keep doing it.”
Emilie Ritter Saunders is a reporter for StateImpact Idaho/Boise State Public Radio.
Fish of Great Barrier Reef get skin cancer similar to human melanoma
Scientists suspect that more fish may have developed cancer, but that it had moved beyond the skin and made the fish actually ill.
August’s 30 Days of GOOD Challenge: Back to School #30DaysofGOOD
Just because you’re not in a classroom anymore doesn’t mean your education is over. Thanks to the Internet and the multitude of free local resources available to us in our communities, it’s easier than ever to be a lifelong learner.
Bro in front of K. H. art with 3 guys having sex on a dick #MoMA #NYC2012 (Taken with Instagram)
Young Channing Tatum
he was way skinny then
The wedding of two frogs in Nagpur, India, arranged by farmers hoping for rain. A looming drought there is manageable, but long-term changes to the monsoon might be catastrophic.
She wears a cheerio on her left hand.