Typopigeon @ Facebook

And so Eugene the typopigeon arrived at Facebook HQ after a mysterious delay in the mailroom. I knew he landed before I saw him, as a colleague stopped me in the hall to inquire: “WHAT is EUGENE?!”

My post about him generated 71 likes and 18 comments. Not bad, typopigeon. I think my own anniversary did not fare nearly as well.

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Having just arrived in millennial country, he reflexively took a selfie with my phone.

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“Take me to your leader,” said Eugene. “I have some feedback for Zuckerberg about the Messenger app.”

“There’s not time for that,” I explained. “We have to see the Analog Lab.” And so I made haste across the campus with pigeon in hand, shrugging of the doubletakes of passersby who wondered how I coaxed a live pigeon to sit calmly in my hand, wearing a tiny knitted scarf.

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Inside the lab, a screen-print was in progress.

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Eugene paused to peck out a letter to his mom.

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Outside again, Eugene alighted upon a table outside The Sweet Stop while I went in to get him some soy bread crumb froyo and a side of flax.

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Next stop: arcade. The pinball machines were no match for Eugene, but this game was a different story.

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Afterwards we checked out Instagram’s offices within Facebook. “I’d really like to be a fly on the wall over there,” he told me.

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Facebook’s campus has many art exhibits, but Eugene felt most at home with this one, featuring the eggs of various bird species.

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As Eugene’s tour came to a close, he insisted on posing by the following wall-high slogan, which he felt was a great mantra for writers, if a possibly problematic frame of mind for software design. I just shrugged. You don’t argue with pigeons, as everyone knows.

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Next week, Eugene takes wing to his next destination via USPS, wrapped in god knows what. He wanted me to let you know that he can’t wait to see you.

7 Comments

  1. Hey! There’s a handsome fella. Great to see him still flying about!

  2. Nicely done. Eugene’s becoming quite the poser!

  3. Fantastic photos! And your job looks like so much Fun.

  4. Go Eugene go! That’s quite a tour.

  5. Awesome! As far as I am concerned, you and Eugene won the Interweb for the day 🙂

  6. I hope you fed him well – that bird has a hole in his belly that’s impossible to fill! 😀

  7. If that bird had a thumb, it would [like] this visit!

    And indeed, how to explain Eugene? It’s an “you had to be there” kind of thing I guess.