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Super Mario Proposal

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RW’s girlfriend, April, is a massive Mario fan. When he was ready to pop the question, he knew just what to do. RW turned his entire living room into a replication of Super Mario World and invited April over. He got down on one knee (after making sure it wasn’t supposed to be two of them!) and told his lady love that she needed to jump and bop the box with her head, much like Mario did during the game. As she did, a ring box fell from above and into our hero’s hands.

With the game theme playing in the background, he asked her to marry him. April was overwhelmed, especially when she found her family and friends hanging out on the other side of the room. She couldn’t believe that he went to so much trouble just to propose to her. April shouldn’t have been so shocked, though… men have been trying to outdo each other in the proposal department for years!

Guys have been known to propose in very public locations. The funny thing is, I’m starting to understand that many women would actually prefer we guys not do this. As I did some research for this article, I came across several stories of women who wish that their betrothed had kept things more simple and private.

Apparently, women want this experience to be quiet and understated… it’s about the emotions behind the question, guys. They don’t want – or need – something outlandish or flashy in order to agree to be your wife. Go figure, eh? We spend all this time, money and energy trying to come up with what we feel will be the best proposal ever! only to learn later that she wishes we’d have asked her over a quiet dinner at home.

Recently, there was a show on television starring Howie Mandel. The “plot” centered around a proposal in New York City and involved a mob of strangers to help – over a thousand of them. While it was a spectacle – and kind of cool to watch come together – it was just entirely too much.

So how do we strike the perfect balance? I think that it honestly depends on your woman. If she’s the flashy public-spectacle kind of gal, then by all means – try to find something original and amazing to do. But if she’s more into the actual relationship and the feelings you share, I’m pretty sure she’d rather have something much more intimate. Know your lady and what it is she wants, likes and prefers.

At the end of the day, proposals such as the Super Mario one are cool. What’s important, though, is knowing that you are going to spend the rest of your life with the most amazing woman in the world.

Robot Presides Over Japanese Wedding

Every bride wants their ceremony to be the one that guests talk about for years to come. They all hope that their special day will be the best anyone has ever attended. All potential brides turn into crazy women at some point in their attempt to have something truly unique during the festivities. The competition is fierce in this regard. However, one Japanese couple may have taken top honors in the “unique officiant” category.

The I-Fairy is made by a Japanese company Kokoro. The bride, Satoko Inoue, works for Kokoro, and groom Tomoshiro Shibato is a professor of robotics at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology. The I-Fairy is remote controlled by one of the attendants at the 50-guest wedding. It does talk, and has 18 joints in its arms. You can grab one of these for your special day for only $68,000 U.S. dollars.

According to BBC News, I-Fairy, with its flashing eyes and plastic pigtails, instructed the groom to lift the bride’s veil for the customary kiss after the two tied the knot. The couple felt that since they met via robotics, it was only right that a robot perform their wedding ceremony.

Now that, my friends, is cool. If I ever get hitched again, I have got to get one of these little robots. How freaking cool would that be?

Kat Got Engaged!!

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Yes guys, it’s really true. Our very own Kat is off the market for good. Mike – aka Mouse in chat – asked her to marry him last Friday, just before Kat did the weekly giveaway!! She accepted, and they are planning to get married on May 16th of this year. When talk on our Ventrilo server turned to the pending nuptials after the giveaway, I had to be sneaky and record it all for posterity sake!

Even happier news… Mike and Kat are expecting a brand new baby Geek sometime in late September! I know that many of you have been asking on a regular basis how she is doing. Kat reports that all is “mostly well”. She’s awfully tired, so go easy on her in chat you guys! She has a lot of “morning” (read: ALL DAY) sickness, but that’s slowly getting under control. Otherwise, she’s doing wonderfully, and is very happy.

This now makes two marriages that I am sort of responsible for. A couple of years ago, two of our other long-time community members met and ended up getting married. BigRedPimp and TSSTechAngel are still happily hitched, and still a large part of our community of Geeks! Go me! Maybe I should open my own Cupid business or something?! What do you think?

Congratulations, Kat and Mike. All of us here in Pirillo-land wish both of you nothing but years of happiness!

Funny Wedding Photo (Video?)

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Ponzi and I were married back in December of last year – and our first anniversary is right around the corner. CyberneticSasquatch decided to take this photo of our ceremony and blabberize it… and it’s hilarious! Well, at least I thought so. Before posting it, I showed the video to Ponzi and she didn’t freak out or anything – so I assumed it would be fine to share with the rest of the world as well.

I probably don’t say it enou… okay, so I don’t say it enough. Ponzi asked me something today that I wasn’t very quick to answer: “What does ‘wife’ mean to you?” Actually, I don’t know if that was her exact wording of the question – but she was essentially asking me to define what it was I thought a “wife” is supposed to be.

A wife is someone who:

  • Makes you a better person in ways you may not understand at first.
  • Appreciates silent gestures when they remain unspoken.
  • Tolerates your idiosyncrasies 75% of the time.
  • Sends you a Zombie invitation on FaceBook and doesn’t feel personally rejected when you ignore it.
  • Doesn’t force you to watch Oprah with her, but doesn’t make fun of you when you accidentally catch 45 minutes of a show that might have seemed interesting at the time as you were passing through the living room on your way to the kitchen to get something to drink.
  • Understands that your heart is usually in the right place while your mind is typically lost somewhere in left field.

Dunno. The list could probably go on and on. Want to embed this Blabberized Pirillo Wedding video in your blog? Use this code:

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Wedding Ideas

I’m finally starting to get our wedding photos online – with some of my favorite wedding photos below, after a small roundup of wedding ideas and thoughts (as I recorded them). There’s more to come…

Our Wedding Day Winter Wedding Fun Wedding Vows Wedding Shoes Wedding Party Wedding Officiant Wedding Gown Wedding Flowers Wedding Couple Wedding Certificate Wedding Ceremony Wedding Canopie Wedding Bouquet Wedding Best Man Wedding Aisle Wedded Bliss Space Needle Wedding Seattle Wedding Groomsmen Seattle Bridesmaids Ring Bearer Newlyweds Mother of the Groom Mother of the Bride Matron of Honor Handsome Husband Groom Boutonniere Groom Flower Girl Father of the Groom Father of the Bride Family of the Groom Bridesmaid Bride Blushing Bride

Wedding Reception Music from our DJ

First dance was to Ella Fitzgerald’s “My Funny Valentine.” Second dance was to Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World.” The rest was a mix of hits from the 1930’s up until today:

  • Gary LeMel & Paula Cole – Call Me Irresponsible (4:59)
  • Roy Hargrove – Natural Wonders [Instrumental] (5:20)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Do I Love You (3:47)
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Cheek To Cheek (5:49)
  • Sarah Vaughan – You Stepped Out Of A Dream (2:14)
  • Dean Martin – Non Dimenticar (3:01)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Let’s Do It (3:31)
  • Dizzie Gillespie, Sonny Rollins & Sonny Stitt – On The Sunny Side Of The Street (5:38)
  • Billie Holiday – Comes Love (3:57)
  • Frank Sinatra – Pennies From Heaven (2:39)
  • Peggy Lee – Hallelujah, I Love Him So! (2:26)
  • Dean Martin – Powder Your Face With Sunshine (2:30)
  • Nat King Cole – I Get A Kick Out Of You (3:17)
  • Etta James – At Last** (2:38)
  • Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline (3:23)
  • Frank Sinatra – New York New York** (3:24)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra – In The Mood ** (3:34)
  • Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love (2:57)
  • Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There** (2:50)
  • Bill Haley & The Comets – Rock Around The Clock (2:08)
  • Chubby Checker – The Twist** (2:35)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire** (1:49)
  • Manhattans – Shining Star (3:38)
  • Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive** (3:03)
  • Sister Sledge – We Are Family** (2:58)
  • Kool & The Gang – Celebration** (3:32)
  • Rick James – Superfreak** (3:17)
  • Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me** (5:02)
  • Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind (3:36)
  • Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby** (4:20)
  • Young MC – Bust A Move (4:22)
  • B-52’s – Rock Lobster (5:20)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen & Madagascar – I Like To Move It (3:49)
  • Ben E. King – Stand By Me (2:56)
  • Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl** (2:58)
  • Elton John – Crocodile Rock (3:35)
  • Bob Seger – Old Time Rock n Roll** (3:02)
  • Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer (3:49)
  • Kenny Loggins – Footloose** (3:40)
  • Journey – Open Arms** (3:10)
  • Michael Jackson – Billie Jean** (4:34)
  • Usher, Ludacris & Lil Jon – Yeah (4:08)
  • Nelly – Hot In Here (3:48)
  • Justin Timberlake – Sexyback (3:55)
  • Haddaway – What Is Love (6:28)
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back** (3:47)
  • Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (3:53)

Of course, our DJ (Greg Lowder) played Van Halen’s “Happy Trails” to close the evening – quite appropriate (and fun)!

Wedding Plans and Notes

  • Family and friends are starting to stream into town
  • I must keep my ring warm for it to slip onto my finger
  • I’m very hungry, but don’t know if I can eat
  • I have to get my car washed and my nails done today
  • The wedding rehearsal begins at 4:30 tonight
  • Our rehersal dinner is going to be awesome
  • All tuxedos have been picked up and are at the hotel
  • I should probably shower before leaving the house to get Peet’s
  • Consider me completely incommunicado until Sunday
  • When our ceremony begins, a transcript will be auto-posted here

Friends Forever

The Scobles

I’ve known Robert Scoble for years – long before blogging was blogging, and long before he was working at Microsoft. I was lucky enough to be present at his nuptuals a few years back, too. He embodies the true geek spirit, and anybody who says otherwise simply does not know Robert like I’ve known him. Maryam is, without argument, his soul mate – and I’m so happy that they’ve found one another. For this reason, I’m equally as thrilled to have Maryam as Ponzi’s matron of honor.

Asia SF - Motley Crew
Asia SF - It Wasn't My Idea

The two of ’em invited us down to stay with them at their Half Moon Bay home. Before I commit a social faux pas, I just had to say “thank you” in a public fashion. Ponzi and I had a great time. The combination bachelor / bachelorette party couldn’t have been any better. I saw a fantastic Pacific sunset, I got to hang with old friends, I got to meet industry visionaries, I got to attend a fantastic drag show at Asia SF, and I got to drink a $14 mimosa at the Ritz.

Half Moon Bay Sunset (3)
Asia SF - Scoble Gets Abreasted

I don’t have a wedding page (or site) set up yet – I think I’m just looking for the right Web template to use for it. I must document these experiences now while they’re still fresh in my mind. We’re less than a month away from getting married. Ponzi and myself, that is – not Robert and me! Anybody know of any good WordPress wedding-styled templates (or someone who could put one together for us)?

Our Carribean Honeymoon

I’m not sure I can write about Ponzi anymore, because there’s a slight chance she might misinterpret my intentions or any ensuing comments of yours. However, I’m still free to talk about my own life! At least, for now? I’m happy to report that I officially ordered our honeymoon this afternoon. We’re going to be spending New Year’s in the Carribean, on a Regent (Radisson) cruise ship, the Seven Seas Voyager:

  • Fri Dec 29 – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Sat Dec 30 – At Sea
  • Sun Dec 31 – Progreso / Merida, Mexico
  • Mon Jan 1 – At Sea
  • Tue Jan 2 – Roatan, Honduras
  • Wed Jan 3 – Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala
  • Thu Jan 4 – Belize City, Belize
  • Fri Jan 5 – Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Sat Jan 6 – Cozumel, Mexico
  • Sun Jan 7 – At Sea
  • Mon Jan 8 – Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
  • Tue Jan 9 – Fort Lauderdale, FL

I’m sure she’s going to love doing [blank] and [blank], and we most certainly will be doing a lot of [blank]ing during this time. You’ll have to fill in the blanks. I can tell you what I probably won’t be doing (personally), though: scuba diving, laying out in the sun, and/or snorkeling. Just about everything else is possible and/or probable. And yes, I’m fully aware that our honeymoon coincides with CES (for which our show will certainly have a presence).

The Wedding Video will be Online

There’s apparently only one name in town when it comes to Seattle wedding video production: Cory Bogle. Just about “everybody” has recommended him to us, including digital strangers who privately answered my public request for local videographer recommendations the other day. Knowing that we were in the eleventh hour with wedding planning (less than a month away), Ponzi and I were not expecting to hear back from Bogle Productions. A few hours ago, Cory (himself) called. Within minutes, we had secured our video package – which will be recorded in high definition!

More importantly, Cory has given us permission to share our (fully produced) wedding video with everybody online. This level of distribution was very important to both Ponzi and me, as most of our family and friends will not be able to attend the ceremony. While our video will be recorded and archived in 1080i, I’ll have to locate an HD-DVD or Blu-ray burner to put that particular format directly on a disc. We’ll likely encode the video in both high-def WMV (as well as MP4) for anybody to stream / download.