Pet Halloween Costumes

Two years ago, Halloween was tons of fun. My wife and I were finally in a Seattle neighborhood filled with friendly families. There were plenty of kids ringing our doorbell that night, but I quickly discovered the “trick or treat” custom in the Pacific Northwest is different than the one I grew up with.

When I was a kid in Iowa, you had to tell a joke to the host before you could get candy from them. Not so in other places, apparently. What are your local Halloween traditions?

The last time Ponzi and I dressed up for Halloween, Wicket and Pixie were forced to play along:


Earlier this week, Ponzi purchaseed Halloween costumes for the four of us. She’ll be Cleopatra, I’ll be Marc Antony. As for the two dogs, well…

Princess Pixie and Wicket Vader (02)

They stood perfectly still for this photo, and if you don’t believe me – just watch this video. Minutes after this was filmed, Pixie wet herself and Wicket bit my left hand:

Favorite Christmas TV Show Classic Cartoon Gift

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I love Christmas. I love the lights, the sounds, the smells… and the good feelings that are abundant. I decided to bring Christmas a little early this year, by having a giveaway!

Not long ago, I reviewed the Saitek Backlit LED Eclipse II USB Keyboard. Since I can’t use it myself, I decided to give it away to one of you! This will be done next Friday evening, October 26th, 2007. You must be present in the chat room at the time of the random ‘scrolling’, so that you can give me the link to your comment. Here’s the way you can win:

Leave a comment to this video, either on YouTube or my blog. In that comment, you have to guess which of the following was my favorite Christmas movie to watch when I was growing up. If you are chosen, and have left a comment with the correct answer… you win the keyboard!

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol
  • Cricket on the Hearth
  • Frosty Returns
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • A Year Without Santa Claus
  • Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
  • Nester the Long Eared Christmas Donkey
  • Frosty’s Winder Wonderland
  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July

That’s all there is to it! Good luck to everyone.

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Christmas Music Parody – Blue Vista

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Every year, I enjoy making a tech-themed parody out of a Christmas song. This year is no exception. Welcome to “Blue Vista”.

We were talking about Christmas and Vista both in the chat room today. Someone laughed and mentioned “Blue Vista Christmas” and inspiration struck. I took a few minutes, jotted down some lyrics, and a parody was born. I recorded my efforts a capella, and uploaded them… along with the music only version of Blue Christmas. Some of our chat members then took both of them and mixed them together. The result is the song you hear in the video.

My invitation to all of you is to download the .mp3 yourself. Play with it… make it a video, add pictures, whatever! Just be sure to give credit where credit is due. If there is a really excellent video made, I’ll likely add it to my own YouTube account. Be sure and send me a link to what you’ve done with the .mp3. I’d love to see it! Without further ado… the lyrics:

I’ve had a blue desktop with Vista.
I’ve been so blue. XP, I’ve missed ya.
Dialogs popping up thanks to UAC.
Just ain’t the same, dear. At least it’s not ME.

And with those blue wallpapers with white text
I can… wait a minute… that’s not a wallpaper.

And I had a blue, blue blue blue screen.

Oh, Windows Vista… why ya gotta do this to me?
Cancel or allow? Of course I want you to allow.
If I didn’t want you to allow, I wouldn’t have done it in the first
Step on my blue suede shoes if you wanna, I don’t care.
Just get better, please. Please?!

You’ll be doin’ all right, with your Leopard in sight,
But I’ll have a blue, blue Vista.

Again, that link to download is HERE.

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Lee LeFever

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Lee LeFever being interviewed by Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex, 2007, along with Chris Heuer and Randy Stewart.

Lee is the founder of Common Craft. Lee and Sachi are two passionate people and Common Craft is their company. Their product is explanation. Sachi LeFever is the project manager, video editor, and “chief party pooper”. She gets things done. Lee LeFever is the community consultant, communicator and idea guy. You can see the sum of his online world at Common Craft has been a consulting company since 2003. Lee has been working with online communities since 1999.

In their own words:

We use a simple format and real-world stories to make sense of complex ideas.
We’re interpreters. We present your products and services in plain English using short, unique and understandable videos in a format we call Paperworks. Our 100% original videos appear on The Common Craft Show and companies hire us to make videos for their web sites.

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Ken Deering

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Ken Deering being interviewed by Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex 2007.

Founded in 2000, Ramp is a 100-person Bellevue, WA based consultancy that designs and develops custom applications that work the way people expect – every time. They work on custom software development projects of all sizes and complexity. Their expertise includes the design and development of high-volume consumer applications, internal business applications, ad management, content management and business intelligence.

Our people are the most important resource at Ramp. We attract and retain the best talent available – exceptional individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Their combined abilities allow us to provide you with the unique blend of usability, development, and business expertise you need to reach your goals.
Our people are innovative thinkers committed to meaningful work that makes a difference. They are accomplished in delivering compelling, useful solutions through new technology.
When you engage Ramp, you hire more than an individual. You gain the collective wisdom of our entire company, working as one to see your most complex project through to a successful outcome.

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