Monthly Archives: August 2004

Happy Post-Birthday to…

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… Juan Puente!
To the best Inkslinger in town – Happy Thirty-coughcoughcough-Something!
(Actually, Juan is exactly 4 months and 1 day younger than me…)
Last Wednesday, Sadie, Adaline, and Alex put together a very fun surprise party for Juan at Alex’s with excellent tamales and lots of good folk.

Road Trip and MT Party!

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Most summers contain a good vacation or two, if not a real vacation then at least a weekend or two away from it all. Other than my week laying down with my eye mask on due to my head injury, my only real opportunity to escape was a two day whirlwind road trip to San Francisco last Thursday and Friday.
A crazy 600 mile plus road trip in two calendar days can sometimes be worth more than a whole week at some planned resort type holiday. And it was.
And it was Anil’s Daily Links’ fault, mostly likely not, as I can’t find the link in his archive. Or at least the idea got lodged into my concussed little head due to the possible link on Anil’s site. On Sunday Aug. 8, 2004, Sandra and Tink came over for a wee bit of MT tutorial and dinner. I asked both if they wanted to ditch work and house projects to go to SF to see the new Movable Type. No questions asked, no pause, Yes! We booked a hotel on Travelocity that night.
I fell overboard in the excitement department and extended the road trip invite to anyone who would listen or read an email. Thus, on Thurs. Aug. 12, 2004, five of us piled into my mom’s sandy (from surfing), hairy (excessive attack of Labrador Retriever) Ford Escape and off we left OC->LB->LA to SF.
After dropping Greg off at his apartment, we checked into our hotel, had 30 mins. to decompress, use the hotel’s complimentary wifi before hopping into a taxi to attend the MT 3.1 Sneak Preview Party at the Varnish Gallery five blocks east of the hotel.

The MT 3.1 Sneak Preview party was not only a great opportunity for a peer starved SoCal blogger to interact with the SF blogging crowd, but also a time to leisurely speak with bloggers and others that I have met briefly at SXSWi or have read their blogs but not met at all. Once I got over my initial shyness and started introducing myself, the party seemed too short.
Small notes from the party:
1) The Chianti packed a surprising punch. One glass and I was woozy, much to my embarrassment while attempting to hold a cogent conversation with various folk.
2) The Varnish Gallery is a lovely space for art, wine, and cute men.
3) Alaina Browne had excellent restaurant recommendations for Sandra, Tink and I.
4) Tink won the raffle prize. Go Tink Go. And Happy Birthday to you!
5) Best of all was the door gifts of 32 meg “thumb drives” with MT 3.1b loaded on them.

I suppose it is a good time to be a Protestant…

Or maybe I ought to entitle this entry: “Bullshit!”
Or “Rant.”
I have heard of this *small* snafu on various Celiac’s Disease websites, but Cnn.com has been kind enough call the Catholic Church out on the carpet with this article.
People, people, people. Jesus himself had whole discussions/themes/etc. on the Spirit of the Law is Better than the Letter of the Law…
As a person who can’t consume wheat due to intolerance and terrible bowel effects, I would willing supply the priest with a nice Japanese made rice cracker rather than have diaherrea for two days. Thank you very much.
Rice Cracker: looks like a communion wafer, smells like a communion wafer, tastes like a communion wafer, it is a communion wafer.
Dear Catholic Church, while I admire you in many ways, my 400 plus years of protesting ancestry is shining through quite clear right now. PLEASE people, Grace and the Scripture before Tradition and Rigid Law. Let the kid have a rice wafer. Let her participate in her community before the Lord. Thank you.
Faith, Hope, and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.

Funny Bits from a Mid-Thursday

The best comic in the LA Times today.
Drunk Bear
The business vs. design types, I believe a translation dictionary is needed. My own personal horror stories along these lines involve the client who prints out the website and then wants me to make sure that the words in the paragraphs on the print out line up just how it was in the Word doc. All conversations of scalibility, browser resolution, and view the web site in its native environment (via a monitor) get lost the next time he prints out the site… I have whole patches of gray hair where there was none two years ago.

Where has she been?

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It has been over a week since I have posted, all apologies.
Last Thursday and Friday, I took a road trip with Sandra & Tink (plus Tom & Greg on the ride up) to San Francisco to go to the Movable Type / Sixapart 3.1 Sneak Preview party at the Varnish Gallery. The road trip was fun, the party a blast, and San Francisco very good. I have quite a few pictures to post here from the adventure.
Where have I been since? Lost in a world of work. Alex is out of town for a week and I am the replacement Alex… I have also been working on deadline to deliver the final draft of Phase 1 of a complete site redesign for a client.
I hope tomorrow that I will have time to post the pics from the road trip and update the SoCal calendar. Yikes!
The three highlights of the week are AT&T redeeming themselves on Monday, confirmation of The Hentchmen at the Alex’ as well as the possibility of the Gore Gore Girls in Oct., and due to Ezra’s kindness, I am now beta testing MT3.1b2.
MT3.1b – So far so good, this is my first post and I have yet to go have a good looksee. Due to an excess of yucky comment spam, I breathlessly await the full roll-out of MT-Blacklist 2.0. I have effectively turned off comments, thanks for the emails pointing this out, hopefully it will be resolved by the end of the month.
p.s. If you are a fan of the Paybacks or the Gore Gore Girls, go look at Miss Kitty’s pics from the Underground Garage Fest.

Backyard Blogging

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I do like to blog, read blogs, and compute in my backyard even though it is a bit difficult to see the laptop screen if the sun is at the wrong angle. Most afternoons the big elm nicely shades the whole yard making for decent laptop screen viewing.
Even better than my backyard, Mike of Cruftbox has decided to round up some of the diffuse LA bloggers and have a backyard blog event in Pasadena on Sat. Aug. 21st.
One of the reasons that I am taking the road trip to San Francisco tomorrow is that I feel neglected down here in SoCal. SF and NYC frequently have fun blogging events and my OC meetup gets cancelled every month for a lack of interest.
On Sat. 8/21, I will drive to Pasadena with my laptop, some sangria, a bit of food, and I will socialize with other bloggers. Yeah for Mike thinking this up!
(Meg – want to go?)