My internship as a usability analyst at Google is half-over today. I'd like to tell you all about it, but I won't for two reasons: in doing so I may disclose too much information about Google's culture and upcoming products, and I don't really feel like writing about it right now anyway. I'll sum it up by saying it's what I expected in some ways and not what I expected in others. Google treats its employees well (free gourmet food, cheap massages, free snacks, gyms) but still has a chaotic (some have called it "start-up," though I wouldn't know) feel. The pace is frantic, but as a usability analyst I get to see a whole variety of products and prototypes. If you want more of an update, come by and chat sometime.
I have two side projects designing webpages this summer. I'm still in search of good graphic design classes in the area (Berkeley's selection is pitiful) - if you know of any, give me a shout. And I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and how to make myself happier.
Even though I'm not going out of town or throwing any parties, I'm looking forward to my four-day birthday weekend.