192: Working for Google
|Working for Google|
Title text: I hear once you've worked there for 256 days they teach you the secret of levitation.
Many look up to Google as the ultimate workplace in the IT industry. Therefore, they have lots of applicants but can afford to be very selective, and only the best and brightest succeed.
Cueball's friend starts out by dismissing Google as a "corporate idea factory", but from the rest of his speech, we can infer that these are not his true feelings. He is exhibiting the attitude known as "sour grapes", where you criticize something that is out of your reach, or which has been denied you.
In the last panel, it is revealed the friend has been trying very hard to get a job at Google, even resorting to bribing the interview panel by baking them a cake "in the shape of the internet". Since the internet does not have a defined shape, it is difficult to visualize exactly what he baked. This misguided action is a sign of how much he wanted a position. Another possibility is that the comment is a reference to this video (), in which the black box shown is supposedly the internet. If this is the case, then the cake would have been shaped like the box in the video.
The title text says that if you work for Google for 256 (28) days you get to learn how to levitate. This displays some of the mystique with which Google is commonly viewed. However, Astro Teller, the director of Google X labs, a Google division that researches "moonshot" projects, has mentioned in an interview  that they contemplated starting a levitation project.
- Cueball: Have you read about Google HQ? It sounds like an incredible place to work.
- Friend: Man, I ain't going to be chained down in no corporate idea factory! They think just 'cause they've got a nice building and laid back culture, I'm gonna want to come in all day long and work on fascinating problems with the smartest people in the world.
- [Cueball stares at his friend.]
- Cueball: So, what, they turned you down?
- Friend: I don't understand it! I even baked them a cake shaped like the internet!