Google, Easy As Pi

I just got this email from my friend Wendie:

go find the EXACT number of new shares of stock that google will be

selling in its secondary offering announced today.

tell me what it reminds you of.


So, I did.

Google Inc. Files Registration Statement with the SEC for a Proposed Public Offering

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – August 18, 2005 – Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed public offering by the company of 14,159,265 shares of Class A common stock.

Get it?

It’s as easy as Pi (also known as &#028), which is 3. 14159265

Sometimes, ya’ just gotta love Google.

Blogger’s addendum: I almost forgot. The number of shares shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, Google is named after a number. A “googol” is 1 followed by 100 zeros.

What Are They Smoking in Mountain View?

As I was getting ready to shut the computer down, I noticed the little graph on my Google page rank seemed longer. Size may be unimportant in real life, but ranking that the size of the graph represents is immense when it comes to how a site is indexed and reported by Google on the web.

I am now a 7 on Google’s 1-10 scale&#185. 7 is huge – more than the vast majority of commercial sites. More than the site connected to my place of work! That’s ridiculous. I’m just a guy writing about his life… with varying degrees of success.

Not worthy. Not worthy.

&#185 – No sooner did I post this than my importance returned to a 6. Google couldn’t have seen anything that quickly. A few minutes later, I was a 7 again.

Research has now become necessary. How do they come up with the rank, and how fluid is it? Does it have anything to do with the quality of the stuff they’re smoking?