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Monday, October 31, 2005

The Importance of Sushi

Last week Dan and I were having dinner with Gaetano at a local sushi restaurant that we frequent. Gaetano is only five but he loves sushi and has been enjoying it for two years now.

Dan and I were talking about how we feel sorry for some people who have significant others that don't like sushi as much as they do. Often one person loves sushi and the other one doesn't want to go out for chicken teriyaki more than once a week (if that much). Its so sad...

So we told Gaetano that it is really important that he finds a girlfriend that likes sushi as much as he does so they can go out for sushi together. We were just including him in conversation, not really expecting him to take it to heart.

A couple nights later he comes into our office and tells us, "I hope Taylor Mae likes sushi." Instantly I knew what he meant and asked him if he wanted her to be his girlfriend. He nodded and grinned.

The next morning (which was this past Friday) he talked to us some more about Taylor Mae liking sushi and it was important. Uh boy... He then tells me that he's going to ask her if she likes sushi and if she hasn't tried it she has to.

Dan walked him to class and I stayed in the car. When they got there, Gaetano went up to Taylor Mae and asked if she liked sushi. She told him that she tried it and it was "blech" as she made her most disgusted face while sticking out her tongue.

Gaetano wouldn't take that for an answer. So he told her that she'd only tried salmon eggs (since that's one thing he doesn't like, that must be what she tried) and that she had to try a different piece. She just had to like it.

Well today we saw her dad and told him this little story. As it turned out, she loves sushi just about as much as Gaetano! Did she somehow know why Gaetano was asking and decided to fib about it? Who knows...

Now we just have to wait and see if Gaetano finds out she really does like sushi and what he'll do then. Perhaps he'll offer her his jacket. He just might do that since last night Dan told him that you're supposed to let your girlfriend wear your jacket because I was wearing Dan's. I bet that sunk in too!

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Dan's Birthday @ the Melting Pot

Happy Birthday to my Dan, I love you! (This post is 2 days late, but as the saying goes...)

Anyhow, if you haven't been to a Melting Pot yet and there's one near you, you're missing out. I've never been to a fondue restaurant before, in fact I didn't know such a thing existed... Dan and I went on Wednesday night for his birthday and it was fantastic.

If you download their menu (we went to the Irvine, CA location) there's a Big Night Out four course meal. That's what we had except we substituted the Snickers fondue for White Chocolate with Amaretto. Yummm...

The setting is cozy, intimate even. I don't know if all locations are like the one we went to, but you could see only one table from ours and only half of it at that. It felt very private, like we were the only ones there. (Well, except for some woman in the next room who seemed to cackle at everything that was even remotely funny. It was so hard to ignore her! I so could not be friends with someone who laughed like her...)

We're definitely going again as soon as we can manage it. It's pricey, but definitely worth it. Oh, and their martinis are fabulous. Try the Apple Carmel martini if you go.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Dreamweaver 8 Killer Tips?

I'll get right to the point. There will not be a Dreamweaver 8 Killer Tips so buy MX 2004 if you haven't already. For the full story, visit DWKillerTips.com and have a laugh or three.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Dan on SYS-CON.TV (and others too)

There's a bunch more interviews up on SYS-CON.TV from MAX, including one with Dan Short who is the Lead Developer of Cartweaver, a coder extraordinaire, and more. (Yes, I am quite biased!)

Find out why Dan's asking for "more love" and from whom. View Dan's interview or check them all out, whatever you'd like...

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

I'm on TV!

First print ads, now I'm on TV! Ok, so it isn't regular TV, it's SYS-CON.TV but its still TV...

On Tuesday (October 18, 2005) at about 5:45pm I was interviewed by SYS-CON.TV's Jeremy Geelan, live and unscripted. The interview was recorded at MAX 2005 right there in SYS-CON's booth. The interview appears to be completely unedited*, lasting a bit over 5 minutes.

*The interview is a bit of a blur, I was so tired at the time. To the best of my memory, everything recorded is being played.

I think the camera added a good 10lbs., I say "um" and "uh" a whole lot, and my grammar could have been better if I'd thought a bit more before answering, but otherwise it was pretty good for me. (I'm probably my worst critic...) Once you watch the interview, feel free to leave a comment here on my blog to let me know what you thought.

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Dreamweaver Tip: Reordering Open Documents

Today I gave my Dreamweaver Killer Tips session twice at MAX. During the second session someone asked about changing the order of files once they're open. I joked about how Adobe has that technology and since a merger is pending there's hope for that feature in the future, the audience all chuckled and that was pretty much that...or so I thought.

After the session, Jen Taylor (Dreamweaver Product Manager) and Alain Dumesny (Dreamweaver Engineer) came up and informed me that the feature is there; Alain added the ability to drag document tabs to reorder them as a last minute new feature. Way to go Alain! I'm glad it is in there (even if it isn't obvious since there's no gripper indicator or other visual queue... hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

I would not have minded one bit if Jen or Alain chimed in to say the feature was added in there at all. I love learning new tips as much as my audience. If I didn't, I wouldn't be doing what I do...

Most importanly I'm hoping that the 300 people in the room forgive me for my mistake! I am blogging this for you in hopes that I've made it up to you.

I'm truly sorry I missed that feature, but hopefully your feedback to Macromedia will help show them that there needs to be some little enhancments to make the feature more obvious. (Click-n-hold an open document's tab while dragging it where you want. Release your mouse when the filename tab is where you want it.)

Thank you Jen, Alain, and all of the Dreamweaver product team for all the "lesser known" features in Dreamweaver and even a few of the "bugs" which I consider to be "undocumented features" (like docking the Code inspector to the right or left of the document window).

The team has done a great job listening to the community. For that I thank Macromedia for hearing us and I also thank everyone who fills out the wish form to report both features and flaws. Keep up the good work!

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Shock (and) Therapy

Like most kids his age, Gaetano just loves to touch things when we're out shopping. A few nights ago I felt like a recording stuck on a loop playing the words, "Gaetano, please don't touch. Don't touch please. Gaetano, didn't I say don't touch?".

As we walked through the store I noticed that I had encountered some static electricity and decided to use it to my advantage. The next time he touched something, I reached over and touched his arm.

His eyes widened and he just looked at me like, "how did you do that?! " Then in my best matter-of-fact/trying-not-to-laugh tone I told him, "Did you feel that? Didn't I tell you 'don't touch'? I shocked you. Mama has super powers." He wasn't sure if I was teasing or serious, so I guess he decided to play it safe and not touch anything the rest of the shopping excursion.

I thought for sure he would know I was teasing... Hope he doesn't have this to get over in therapy some day!

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Gaetano's reaction to the MAX ads

I can't believe I forgot to blog this, so rather than update the original post...

I showed Gaetano the MXDJ and told him to look at all the pages. He flipped through them and commented about various things that he saw. When he came to the "MAX is Angela Buraglia" ad, he said to me. "That looks like you mama... That is you!" It was too cute :-)

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