A popular pastime in Silicon Valley to show off its collective creativity: companies encouraging employees to name conference rooms, computer gear, even bathrooms.
Nowhere is that more prevalent than at Internet giant Google Inc. Its office here pays homage to television shows and movies set in San Francisco, including "Charmed," "Suddenly Susan" and "X-Men." In Washington, Google holds meetings in rooms named after presidential haunts, including "The Situation Room," "The Oval" and "Camp David." Employees also slip away to "The Secret, Undisclosed Location" and the even more mysterious "Smoke-Filled Room."
YouTube Inc., the popular video-sharing site that Google bought in 2006, followed the tradition. Company founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen chose video games, amusing those who now receive videoconference calls from Resident Evil.