Watching the sun rise and set through google requests

Ensconced on the couch with my laptop and a couple of blankets, I’m out scanning around for post-thanksgiving reading, and I came across a reference to a research paper by Rob Pike (yeah, THAT Rob Pike) at Google Labs. The paper is on Sawzall, a mechanism for distributed analysis, which is pretty darn intriguing in and of itself. But the thing that I really wanted to share was the movie that is referenced from the paper – distribution of queries to Google through the day of August 13, 2003. Its an animated gif, so give it a chance to load.

Once it’s rolling though, it’s really cool.

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Joe has broad software engineering development and management experience, from startups to large companies. Joe works on projects ranging from mobile to multi-cloud distributed systems, has set up and led engineering teams and processes, as well as managing and running services. Joe also contributes and collaborates with a wide variety of open source projects, and writes online at

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