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Google Geek's Photos of the Famous 98

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kiracatgirl writes "The NYTimes has a fun story about a relatively unknown Google employee and his hobby — taking photographs of himself with famous visitors to Google's headquarters. Tan Chade-Meng 'is a household name only in his own household,' but his gallery is posted on the walls at Google HQ. It's also available for our viewing pleasure at his Picassa photo album."
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Google Geek's Photos of the Famous

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  • Cool hobby! (Score:5, Funny)

    by LiquidCoooled (634315) on Saturday September 01, 2007 @02:41PM (#20434979) Homepage Journal
    Thats a really cool hobby to have.

    I have however noticed something which might get Linus and Stallman (not difficult really) seething.

    Chade-Meng has a number of different albums, one being "Tech industry Titans" [google.com] and another being "Other Famous people" [google.com].

    Try to guess which folder they are in...

    Is it because Stallman smells?
    • by feyhunde (700477) on Saturday September 01, 2007 @03:05PM (#20435083)
    • by Kwesadilo (942453)

      I have however noticed something which might get Linus and Stallman (not difficult really) seething.
      Chade-Meng has a number of different albums, one being "Tech industry Titans" and another being "Other Famous people".
      Try to guess which folder they are in...

      Makes sense. Linus and Stallman are "Tech Titans," certainly, but they aren't in industry per se.

  • by Joebert (946227) on Saturday September 01, 2007 @02:45PM (#20434993) Homepage
    I wonder if he was able to understand the words that came out of Chris Tuckers' mouth.
    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/viewPhoto?uname=cha demeng&aid=5057433436812075729&iid=505759944588800 0946 [google.com]
  • Fun Times? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Double Entendre (1123719) on Saturday September 01, 2007 @03:04PM (#20435079)

    Mr. Tan, his photo gallery and the company's endorsement of his little side project, said Eric Schmidt, the company's chief executive, are "representative of much of what is right and fun about Google."

    Google is doomed. That sounded too much like David Brent pointing at the monkey and saying, "those are the kinds of laughs we have around here."

  • by b1ufox (987621) on Saturday September 01, 2007 @03:07PM (#20435093) Homepage Journal
    He has exactly same hairstyle and same smile ,not even a single inconsistency in the number of teeth brandished in all snaps, whoa!!... man this guy is amazing. Same pose all snaps ... its remarkable.

    • by mobby_6kl (668092) on Saturday September 01, 2007 @03:19PM (#20435153)
      So, he's basically the Paris Hilton [imageshack.us] of the IT world?
      • by Jugalator (259273)
        If there's a skill Paris has perfected outside the bed, it has to be maintaining that look and angle of her face. I bet there are as few people having seen the other side of her face, as there people having seen the other side of the moon...
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          You know, I honestly doubt Paris has even perfected any skills in bed. Experience does not necessarily lead to talent.
        • by saskboy (600063)
          "it has to be maintaining that look and angle of her face."

          Perhaps she's just 2 dimensional? That's not hard to believe.
      • by mobby_6kl (668092)
        Sorry for replying to myself (why is that a bad thing considering it's impossible to edit a post?), but I just couldn't resist making an animated gif of the dude. [imageshack.us] Only seven frames and one of them seems to be a little off (too bright perhaps), but everyone's free to mess with it.
    • Some of my (female) friends apparently practice their camera smile, and they also tend to look the same in all pictures. If your hobby is to end up on pictures with celebrities, I guess you should practice it and that probably means you'll eventually develop your standard smile.
    • The only pic I've found where Meng isn't smiling is with Howard Dean [google.com]. In fact, I'm pretty sure that neither of them is smiling. Weird.
  • by KeepQuiet (992584)
    I guess sometimes he just snuck behind celebrities for photos. See here [google.com]
  • by archen (447353) on Saturday September 01, 2007 @03:17PM (#20435143)
    You know, I have respect for Richard Stallman. And I find it amusing when people call him a hippie or whatnot. But this guy really wears outfits like that in public? I mean he looks like he fell out of the VW van used to sell crystals on the way to the next Greatful Dead concert.
    • This is a little know secret, but I'll let you in on it.
      RMS normally wears suits and glasses. Under his suit he has these hippie outfits.
      In normal public he wears the suits, but when he's needed in action he'll switch to the hippie outfit in a phone booth.

      By now you should have guessed it. RMS and Bill Gates are the same person.
      • by British (51765)
        RMS normally wears suits and glasses. Under his suit he has these hippie outfits.

        So if I want to find the almighty RMS I should start ripping off of suits of old men with glasses? That could get me in trouble just to get a digg.
    • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

      by fm6 (162816)
      I have no respect for RMS, so I can say that it's perfectly consistent that he dresses like a hippie. He has the same self righteous attitude, the same fondness for weird change-the-world schemes, and the same ignorance of real-world economics. If he weren't so good at getting grants, he'd be living in a school bus in Santa Cruz.
      • the same fondness for weird change-the-world schemes
        Yes... he should know by now that the rest of the world will never use Lisp and instead will be using python...
      • the same fondness for weird change-the-world schemes, and the same ignorance of real-world economics.

        I would like to hear more of your interpretation of real-world economics. Let's talk Keynesian, Reaganism, or Krugmanism. :)

        Whatever it is, I think we are a long way from Eric Raymonds' "Bazaar" theory. In my humble opinion, liberal ideals are sometimes counter to laissez-faire economic liberalism.
    • by Plutonite (999141)

      You know, I have respect for Richard Stallman. And I find it amusing when people call him a hippie or whatnot. But this guy really wears outfits like that in public? I mean he looks like he fell out of the VW van used to sell crystals on the way to the next Greatful Dead concert.

      Dude, you just don't get it - it's part of the culture. How the hell do you go about convincing the world that all software should be free and that the economics driving the MSFT stock is plain BS..while wearing a suit? Neckties don't cut this sort of stuff man, you need to stand out. facial hair, long mane, second-hand arabic/north african robe with bad choice in colors. You've got to shake the crowd, show them you mean business. If RMS wore normal human attire and used deodorant I wouldn't listen to a wo

    • by MrCopilot (871878)
      You know, I have respect for Richard Stallman. And I find it amusing when people call him a hippie or whatnot. But this guy really wears outfits like that in public?

      It is amazing that he looks more hippie than the guy in the next pic, Wavy Gravy.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavy_Gravy [wikipedia.org]

  • I have no idea what this guy does or what his individual talents are (thank you, nytimes), but this seems somewhat reprehensible hobby to pursue ?

    I mean, it's not that I'm not guilty of the I'm with those guys [geekz.co.uk] syndrome, but I've felt guilty for having gone out of my way to get a picture with Tanenbaum [flickr.com] or Linus [flickr.com].

    I've often wondered why I did it and can only put it down as "Celebrity by Association". And made a mental note to be in the same frame as these people by effort & hard work rather than b

    • Can I touch you?

      I once stood in line behind CmdrTaco and Hemos to play BattleTech [wikipedia.org].

      (The pods filled up though, and I had to settle for griefing timothy.)
    • I think it is an excellent hobby. Some people travel everywhere and get themselves in pictures - Buckingham Palace, Eiffel Tower, The Alamo and do on. This guy just waits until the world walks past him and gets a picture. Sounds a lot more environmentally friendly.

      It's his collection so he can order them how he likes, but I would have put people like Linus and RMS in the "Tech Giants" section rather than Carly.

      • Linus and RMS really haven't quite gotten to the level of tech giants yet (although they are well on their way to doing so). I mean, seriously, those guys are nowhere near the level of godliness as the Woz.
    • Isn't Tan just doing on a very small scale what Eric Schmidt, Larry Page et al are doing? I don't imagine that all those disparate people are there because of a genuine interest in Google, or because Google thinks they have important wisdom to pass on (despite the talks by some). They are trophies. And I would expect paid trophies at that. At least Tan isn't paying them for their picture. That makes him cooler than either Google or their celebrities picking up appearance fees. He is the only one who genuine
      • Isn't Tan just doing on a very small scale what Eric Schmidt, Larry Page et al are doing? I don't imagine that all those disparate people are there because of a genuine interest in Google, or because Google thinks they have important wisdom to pass on (despite the talks by some). They are trophies. And I would expect paid trophies at that. At least Tan isn't paying them for their picture. That makes him cooler than either Google or their celebrities picking up appearance fees. He is the only one who genuine
  • by tuxlove (316502) on Saturday September 01, 2007 @03:24PM (#20435171)
    I kinda miss the Tourist Guy. This guy sort of reminds me of a Tourist Guy where everything comes to him instead of the other way around.
  • Hrrrrm. (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by Funkcikle (630170)
    I wonder where this guy went to school.
  • Who would have thought one of the most prolific Buddhist scholars was a cybernetic organism from the future?

    http://picasaweb.google.com/chademeng/OtherFamousP eople/photo#5076559326112465170 [google.com]
  • Chade-Meng has his picture taken with pretty much every influencial mover and shaker in the known free world, but no George W. Bush. He probably had one look at George coming through the door and went "nah".

    I don't blame 'em.
  • He was less than an inch from "Carly 'HP... is that some kind of sauce?' Fiorina [google.com] and didn't beat her to death with an RPN calculator. He is obviously some kind of business weenie or something.
  • ... Who's the most geeky -- the geek, or the geek who follows him [google.com]?

    I'm not sure I even want to know the background of that picture... *shakes head*
    • by LauraW (662560)

      I'm not sure I even want to know the background of that picture... *shakes head*

      I suspect it has something to do with this [geekwithlaptop.com].

  • Does the guy filing this stuff even know who all of the famous people are?
  • He's way fatter than I am!

    Uma Thurman's father Robert Thurman - that was interesting. Rather odd that a top Buddhist was there. I would have preferred Uma myself.

    And what the hell was Gwyneth Paltrow doing there? That would make my day!

  • Looks like skeletor... I mean Maria is getting a bit friendly. The Governator better watch out for this guy: http://picasaweb.google.com/chademeng/PoliticalLe a ders/photo#5070138831866093442 [google.com]

    Then again... http://picasaweb.google.com/chademeng/PoliticalLea ders/photo#5057603753740198978 [google.com]
  • by saskboy (600063) on Saturday September 01, 2007 @07:47PM (#20436567) Homepage Journal
    I've included myself, but the list is fairly accurate [abandonedstuff.com], and not at all biased.

    Why take photos with famous people, when you can just take photos of relative nobodies for free?
  • It's Picasa, not Picassa. This is a very common mistake.
  • He's just gathering material for a resume for his next job :-)
  • Hot chicks of Google!

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