[hcs-d] Google's April Fools prank...

David Kosslyn dkosslyn at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Apr 1 15:15:51 EDT 2009


Whoops. There you go.

On Apr 1, 2009, at 3:13 PM, Greg Brockman wrote:

> Ah.  That makes a lot more sense :)
>
> On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 3:10 PM, Jian Li <jianli at fas.harvard.edu>  
> wrote:
>> You've probably seen it before. This is from a previous year.
>> On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 3:08 PM, Greg Brockman <gregory.brockman at gmail.com 
>> >
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Didn't they already have something very similar as an April Fools  
>>> joke
>>> a couple years ago?
>>>
>>> On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 3:02 PM, David Kosslyn <dkosslyn at fas.harvard.edu 
>>> >
>>> wrote:
>>>> Also check out TiSP: http://www.google.com/tisp/install.html
>>>> On Apr 1, 2009, at 1:52 PM, Lila Fontes wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Did you also see that Google's CADIE has introduced the new gmail
>>>> feature
>>>> "Google Autopilot"?  She'll automatically compose email/gchat  
>>>> replies
>>>> for
>>>> you!
>>>>
>>>> http://mail.google.com/mail/help/autopilot/index.html
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM, Joshua Kroll <jkroll at fas.harvard.edu 
>>>> >
>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> Some other good ones:
>>>>>
>>>>> The Guardian, Britain's venerable newspaper, switches to Twitter  
>>>>> as an
>>>>> exclusive distribution mechanism:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/apr/01/guardian-twitter-media-technology
>>>>>
>>>>> The Washington Post's Security Fix blog describes the fallout  
>>>>> from the
>>>>> Conficker activation last night:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/04/conficker_worm_strikes_militar.html?wprss=securityfix
>>>>>
>>>>> Slashdot launches user achievements, in order to better compete  
>>>>> with
>>>>> MMOGs:
>>>>> http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/31/1610228
>>>>>
>>>>> Josh
>>>>>
>>>>> On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:10 AM, Kevin Lee  
>>>>> <kevlee at fas.harvard.edu>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> Here's an additional Google prank: if you go to google books  
>>>>>> and look
>>>>>> at
>>>>>> a
>>>>>> book, there's a link in the corner that says "Generate book  
>>>>>> report"
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Kevin
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Joshua Kroll wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I for one found that essay hilarious. In particular, parts like
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> "Our species' journey toward tonight's epochal announcement  
>>>>>>> had much
>>>>>>> less to do with that awestruck moment than it did with the  
>>>>>>> moment
>>>>>>> those same ancestors woke up hungry the next morning and started
>>>>>>> studying animal tracks in the savannah mud, thereby  
>>>>>>> inadvertently
>>>>>>> developing concepts like time and causality which, by  
>>>>>>> abstracting
>>>>>>> both
>>>>>>> location and temporal context into a unique reconning tool  
>>>>>>> within
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> brain, sparked the set of responses that, ages later, we now  
>>>>>>> call
>>>>>>> reason."
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> And
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> "Computing pioneers from the game theorist von Neumann to the
>>>>>>> economist Morgenstern engaged in a tumultuous Hegelian  
>>>>>>> rondolet in
>>>>>>> which probability theory mated with utility theory to spawn  
>>>>>>> decision
>>>>>>> theory."
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> It also seems to be well-integrated with a series of small jokes
>>>>>>> around various Google properties.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Josh
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 1:33 AM, Konstantin Pozin
>>>>>>> <pozin at fas.harvard.edu>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> ... is kind of disappointing this year:
>>>>>>>> http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/cadie/index.html
>>>>>>>>
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