Minh’s Notes

Human-readable chicken scratch

Minh Nguyễn
October 4th, 2004


GLAT you asked

School rivalry

ABC World News Tonight recently featured Google’s e campaign. The particular ad they focused on was a long banner-version of the ad, hanging in the Harvard Square subway near MIT.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are Stanford alumni. There must be some kind of message there. ABC News actually interviewed a mathematician from MIT about the mysterious URL. Apparently he had found the answer to the problem in a half-hour. But I did it in less than a minute, using – guess what? – Google!

It must say something about keeping a secret these days, but numerous bloggers have posted the answer to that problem (and to the subsequent one) online. And Google, of course, listed them.

Of course, if I ever apply to Google, it probably won’t be through that ad campaign anyhow.

Feeling lucky?

Google just released their own standardized entrance test to the public: the GLAT is a green-ink, four-page-long test that helps you get into Google.

It’s good stuff. You’ll love some of the questions. Best part is, the test isn’t timed! Finally, a stress-free test. Now, if only my teachers followed suit…


  1. Elliott C. Back, Cornell Student

    GLAT Question 1