One thing I'm having a hard time getting used to about working at Google is dealing with what seems to be a torrent of negativity from people I know that only continues to grow in intensity. Don't get me wrong; I certainly understand where it comes from, I think much of it is warranted, and I agree with some of it. But I do think some of it is way over the top, as though those I know have become conditioned to think "Google is and will always be evil" and therefore see it in everything they come across about it, and thus feed the positive feedback loop that produces ever more extreme opinions. I don't feel empowered in any way to respond to these; even ignoring the fact it's not my job (and thus not my business), I feel that anything I say that even disagrees mildly with the opinions will get dismissed as the words of a paid shill since I draw an income from Google and thus must have as my only interest the continued brainwashing of the public as Google sells everyone out. So I feel like all I can do is watch the continued whipping up of froth.
At least nobody seems to have taken me to task seriously because I describe my own job as "spamming more ads on the interwebs". Maybe it's just because they're too polite to do so to my face.
I recently knocked a bunch of pretty big home tasks off of my list. The void they leave behind is paralyzing. I find myself continually thinking that there has got to be something else that I'm forgetting to do and then failing to remember it. Never mind that there are some more big things to do that I could be doing that keep getting swept aside because of the phantom tasks I keep thinking I'm forgetting. Bleh.