Snakes on a Google
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Well, that sweet little HR policy also includes snakes. Hey, no discriminating on the pet front.
Unfortunately, "Kaiser," a pet python who was snake-in-residence at Google's Chelsea offices in NYC, recently got loose somewhere in the building.
I'm guessing Kaiser was simply out for a slither to swallow up some of that excellent free cuisine the former Grateful Dead chef whips up for the Googleites every day, so that they don't ever have to leave the premises.
Fresh rodent souflee with black truffles, anyone?
Neither Samuel L. Jackson nor Harrison Ford could be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, if you've been having a similar issue that I have, which is that you can't be at your computer and online 24 x 7 entirely because it's nice to take a shower and eat some grub every once and again, boy do I have the solution for you.
And leave it to the Aussies to come up with this one!
Here's the deal: MyCyberTwin can provide you with an online clone, which is based on a 79 question personality quiz and additional training questions. It basically allows your bot to chat with your friends and colleagues (and, if you insist, even total strangers) while you're asleep or away from the computer.
(Personally, I suspect that all those late night calls and instantmessages with their American multinational counterparts was the driverof this one: "Sure, Bob, we'll be happy to get you that report at 3 am in the morning Sydney time.")
I figured it was worth at least taking for a test drive.
So, I went and had a quick chat with Mr. Web 2.0 himself, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington's "MyCyberTwin" -- the bot for which, he indicated in a recent blog posting, that he taught "to be as aggressively anti-social as possible."
Following is a transcript of our chat from just a few minutes ago:
Michael: Sorry, but I am currently away and can not chat right now. Please try me again later.
Turbo: Where are you?
Michael: I live in a computer, I am a CyberTwin. But I travel a lot.
Turbo: Excellent. What's it like living in a computer?
Michael: I like it, I get to chat all day and I don't get tired.
Turbo: Did you know there's a snake loose in Google's Chelsea offices?
Michael: No I didn't, not yet.
Turbo: Snakes...It had to be snakes.
Michael: Does it? Is it? Did it? How can you be so sure?
Turbo: Because it's big and slimy, and was last seen slithering towards the Google kitchen.
Michael: Oh ok, then, fair enough.
Hey, he didn't exactly pass the Turing Test, but then again, having a CyberTwin is the closest thing to a brother in Australia I'll ever have.
G'day...now if you'll excuse me, I'm as busy as Bourke Street in the rush hour.