Sometimes, even those companies that are supposedly open turn out to operate under a cloud of deep, dark secrecy.
Google, it turns out, has become one of those--at least in Germany, and not of its own volition.
I am indebted to loyal reader Ingo Klein, who directed me to the news that Google's office at Dienerstrasse 12 in Munich seems to have enjoyed the attentions of the "German Street View Shroud."
Should you, yourself, have been operating in the clouds lately, you may be unaware of Germany's slight discomfort with Street View.
Almost 3 percent of German property owners decided that they would prefer their buildings to be objects of mystery rather than desire. So they have requested that their buildings be blurred out on the mapping service.
And so it has passed that Google's own Munich office, which happens to be in a building that contains other, perhaps more privacy-conscious tenants, is blurred out on Google's own revolutionary visual recording of the world.
According to CenterNetworks.com, one of the tenants did, indeed, request that the building be blurred.
However, one should consider whether this tenant might have done this for security's sake. Clearly, anyone passing this building could take photographs of it and put it up on Flickr or anywhere else.
So I have sneaking, deep, and rather powerful suspicion that within the building that houses Google's Munich office there lies someone with a refined sense of mischief.
This blurring is surely something of a commentary on contemporary society and its obsession with flaunting itself to all.
I wonder if the amused tenant might come forward to confess to their intentions?