Lazy Saturday afternoon

So what am I doing on the first day of my vacation? That’s right, reviewing 2-3 papers for AIRWeb. Grrr. That’s the last thing left though. One more paper to review and then I’m going to try to stop thinking about work or search-related stuff for a while. I’ll try something like a good book. Or Kingdom of Loathing:

Mount Noob

Hope everyone else is having a good Saturday too.

52 Responses to Lazy Saturday afternoon (Leave a comment)

  1. Oh yes, this is going to be a busy month. With Matt gone I’m hard at work on creating hundreds of new search engine spam pages.. Gotta give him something to do when he returns right?

    j/k I don’t do that….. seriously. But I have been working on my various websites all freaking day. I completely re-wrote the text message sending engine for txt2day.com (the one on your google personalized homepage).

    Again.. Matt I’m jealous of your vacation. We programmers in Detroit have no idea what that word means. I think i get 2 weeks upon completion of my 3rd year.. and I think I get 3 weeks after 10. I don’t think anybody’s made it further than that.

  2. Sitting here writing on the porch in Chevy Chase. Doing the Business Lexington pc. on Google Calendar this time. It’s beautiful in Lex today, people walking through Ashland Park with dogs, on bikes, etc. Birds singing. Beagle is laying in the sun. Mayberry-Style. I do not miss the Silicon Valley today. :-)

  3. I realize that your on vacaton, but still check your blog. Bottom line matt your a workalholic. I know its hard to push away. And i’m sure everyboby is happy that you are still posting. how about one last q&a grabbag.
    How long before a site is fully back in the dc after a reinclusion request?
    Enjoy

  4. I am simply coding, for example, so you are in a much better position :-)

  5. Matt- you going to visit he in-laws at all on your vaca ?

  6. How are you gonna manage not to think about SE-related stuff when you get an SE-related question even when you post something unrelated? If you can pull that off, you da man.

  7. Preparing to leave for the Enterprise Search Summit at the HIlton in NYC
    enterprisesearchsummit.com
    Always, so many interesting people and exhibits
    BTW:
    Google, Microsoft, Fast & Vivisimo will be exhibiting and the Streaming Media exhibition will be there at the same time.

    Should arrive in NYC by the end of the day

    The weather is always PERFECT there in late May :D – it would be the perfect time for the SES NYC to be held instead of Febuary :-?

  8. I am now officially racked with guilt. :/ The scheduling was not _designed_ to coincide with your vacation, really.

  9. If you are “working” and blogging on the first day of vacation I don’t want to see the look in your wife’s eyes right now. I know it well.

    Joe Duck’s recommended Northern California/ Southern Oregon travel loop: Day 1-3 Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon. Take in a play or two, drive up to Crater Lake. Then over to Coast via Oregon Caves – spend a night in the Chateau if possible. Then down to Mendocino for another few Bed and Breakfast nights.

    I can almost guarantee you’ll be able to work and blog from home safely after that trip.

  10. kapa

    Stop posting!

    Have a nice relaxing holiday and leave our RSS feeds alone!

    All we cuttlets need a break too
    :)

  11. Enjoy your vacation Matt…

    When you return, request a transfer to the new, upgraded Sydney office of Google…here in Oz we get four weeks annual leave from year one, plus 9 public holidays each year…and if you work for the same company for 10 years you get three months paid vacation…EVERY 10 years…productivity? Weeell…plus you get to have sand between your toes at Christmas…

    Again, enjoy!

  12. No worries, Tim. Now the reviews are done… and you’ll still have yours to do. :)

  13. Viera

    Hi Matt, just wondering if you are really on vacation or running away before Google implodes;)

  14. maxD

    Man I always take my PC on holiday. Even on my honeymoon in Japan. I get bored after 3 days on holiday and always chose hotels ( online of course) that have internet. Day is like this. Go out and do something dung business hours, so that is when you would usually be on the PC. Come back after exhausting day and look at mail etc. Go out for dinner pub whatever and if I am not drunk enough look at more email, forums, blogs etc. Also skype saves me a shed load in roaming calls from my mobile.

  15. Just remember to load up on Frigid Ninja Stars before heading over to the Naughty Sorceress and to equip your Wand of Nagmar. :)

    KOL is a blast.

  16. don’t work too hard on your vacation! Just finished mine, seemed like all i did was work … but at least i worked for me instead of someone else. ;-)

    Man, mondays after vacation are just bad …

  17. Vacation seems a long way from here hope you enjoyed yours!

  18. Ben

    Well, great. Here I am loathing now…

  19. Checked out Kingdom of Loathing, looks like some serious addictions could develop from that … of the twisted and demented variety. ;)

    The copy and content writing on the site is funny as hell …

  20. My brothers have been trying to get me to do KoL for quite a while. One has ascended twice. The other is a boozer and spends most of his time staggering around trying to keep extra turns rolling in. The copy is incredible and very very very funny. I’ve only played a few times, but it is a riot.

    Have a great time on vacation.

  21. Ralf

    Funny, Matts favorite Ale-8-One???

  22. Well, if you need a vacation in Europe Matt, just give me a yell – I’m a great tour guide and beer buddy :D Have a good break.

  23. Yeah, vacation in Europe…have a nice vacation, mr. Matt! Same here in Europe (or @ least in E Europe) about the web-programmers: we don’t really understand the words “holiday” or “vacation” (I guess we have to look it up in the dictionary more :) ).

    But I also hope u’re keeping one eye open to the spammers! :) Especially the European ones. I am too very troubled by so many of them. I try to optimize my website (and sometimes even to super-optimize it), but I don’t really have a chance against some competitors that use all these super-optimization-close-to-spamming techniques… so I just do the job I’m supposed to do: offer the good & quality content about the products we sell …

    Have a nice vacation, Matt, and … do consider Europe (in the future @ least) :)

  24. Rest and recover well from the daily stress. Work is never done :)

  25. Kris Farmer

    Matt,
    Looks like you aren’t the only one going on vacation. How about the move Microsoft just maid to force 1000 software developers to take one week unpaid vacation.

    http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/topnews/wpn-60-20060523MicrosoftTellsWorkerstoTakeUnpaidVacation.html

    Couldn’t Billy personally write that check?

  26. Rahul

    Matt Cutts:
    I want your attention to a problem of a “different” kind my website is facing in Google, because Google team will just ignore it. :(

    I sent email to sesnyc06 but its no longer working, I sent again to bostonpubcon2006 (Subject: Problem of a Different Kind in Google).

    I have also filled up a Reinclusion Request [#58xxxx88].

  27. Matt, Good to see that you are an Orioles fan. Go Baltimore! Go Baltimore Toot Orioles! The Maryland State Bird.

  28. Ben

    What’s with the comment spam? Work is “never done”? Matt’s favorite “Ale-8-One”? Don’t comment spammers know where they’re spamming?

  29. Darn you, Matt! Now look what you’ve done…

    I can’t stop loathing, and I’m out of adventures by 8:30 every morning! Arghh!! Still such a noob, and no idea how people get thousands or millions in meat!!!!!

  30. Ben, comment spam ? I was linking to an article that i think he should read.

    Get a grip on yourself ;)

  31. Ralf

    Ben no bad feelings,
    I hate comment spam too, I also enjoy the art of hidden messages.

  32. Nice saturda for u matt, but last saturday me and my bf break up.;( ,

  33. Nice Pic by the way! – One of yours?

    Chillin’… Need To Do The Same!

  34. Ben

    Any other time wasters similar to KoL I should know about (browser based)?

  35. Ben, you could try the site my name links to. It is a site where you dress people up online. Kinda girly, but there are plenty of celebrities and some politicians too. Plus – you could win a pony. :)

    I’ll also be making a Matt Cutts dress up doll in honor of the Cuttster’s return.

  36. Matt, you didn’t say where you going.

  37. Hope the holidays are good and I know for one I will be waiting to read about them in your blog.

  38. Ben, Kingdom of Loathing was my big time-waster. I haven’t seen anything else like it. Step, try to get a cottage or a house or a pagoda. Spruce up that campground and you’ll be able to adventure more because it won’t take as long to heal.

    Personally, I beat the Naughty Sorceress a while ago but haven’t played it since because I can’t decide whether to ascend, or what I need to do before ascending. Good problems to have, though.

  39. Matt, thanks for the tip. I’ve got a barskin tent now – need to figure out how to get something better. I’m still trying to kill the boss bat (almost had him last time, but didn’t buy enough healing stuff!!).

  40. Hope you have a great break away from the “reviews” because that creates another look at systems that work in new ways. It reminded me of the times I ran up against huge chasms in technology — which is not heard for me… and my mind rewired itself during a break. So I nailed it soon after the return. Happy rewiring!

  41. Heh, I don’t read the blog for a week or so, and come back to a mention of the very game I just started playing ;)

  42. Hehe, got my barkskin tent too! haven’t figured out any higher tents and such yet. Did figure out how to make some sausage pizzas! Killed the boss bat, up to the Goblin king now but he keeps killing me off in a couple of hits. Raiding the goblin treasury so i can get some money and buy some skills up. good money there!, least for me it’s good.

    very addictive game …

  43. Lucky you, I’ll have to wait until August for my vacations.

  44. Yeah…

    Someone already mentionedto relax and chill…. just forget about things and try and realise that you are despensable… have fun nonetheless

    Check out these videos if the computer bothers you

    http://maraff20.buzznet.com/

    Ciao

  45. Very hard saturday. work work work..

  46. You are a hardworking man; Put down the paper and enjoy the vacation.

  47. Good for you! I did not have a chance to take vacation until Christmas.

  48. Still working hard on Saturday ??? Get a cup of coffee and relax…

  49. Kingdom of Loathing is one of the biggest time-wasters I have seen in a long time. Great fun – love the style of humour being used. I’d recommend people to give it a try, it’s free so you don’t really have anything to lose. (Except a lot of free time ;-) )

    Btw- it is also a great way to pass a ‘lunch-break’ ;-)

  50. Vacation… I hope to have a real one at the end of this year… I mean… something that I do not use to work in my personal projects…

    Ruben Zevallos Jr.
    http://www.direito2.com.br

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