Seattle 2005

I was invited to the MSN Butterfly Tour scheduled to take place in Seattle and was really looking forward to this trip especially considering that this is a bumper harvest year for MSN, my first trip to the Microsoft and the west coast. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons I had to back out from the trip. I’m not sure if I’m going to get a chance next year but figured that if it’s still offered next year I am definitely not missing out on the trip. I’m also going to stop beta testing a number of products such as Quicken and focus more heavily on consumer applications from Microsoft. It’s the only genre of applications I can truly devote my time and energy toward.

It’s weird how random sound tracks can sometimes coincide with the mood you’re in. This whole evening has been one of contemplation and MSN Radio has been playing a number of such songs. How many more years before my media player senses my mood and plays music accordingly? For example some of the tracks from my playlist this evening include, Paul Colma’s, The One Thing:

Here I am
In a river of questions
Can I pour my heart out to a listening ear?
I see this life
It�s valley�s and mountains
And I think of all the roads that brought me here
Oh that brought me here

I�ve questioned my reasons
The life I�m living
I�ve questioned my ability
To judge wrong from right
I�ve questioned all the things that I�ve ever called certain
My race, my religion, my country, my mind

But the one thing I don�t question is You
You really love me like you say you do
Yea the one thing I don�t question is You
You really love me like you say you do
Hold me Hold me
So Hold me

Well I�ve questioned my significance
Meaning and relevance
Does the work I�m doing really matter at all?
Well I�ve questioned my friendships
Alliance, dependence
Who will still be here when I fall?

Opera’s Free Lunch

After much persuasion from a colleague, also known as very nice, knowledgeable, friendly die-hard Opera user, I have finally decided to give the Norwegian browser a chance. A free meal with no strings attached? When Opera decided to offer free registration codes for the browser, I decided to pass on the opportunity primarily because I was beta testing IE 7.0 and wanted to devote my browsing experience to that browser. However, to give the product a fair shot and also prepare for multiple questions from possible future users I’m going to try and enjoy the free lunch. Besides, rumor has it that the product has massive productivity features built into the product.

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Taste of Portugal Philadelphia

Happy Birthday Vernon. Though five days late, we (Mel, Lil and I) figured we still had to celebrate his birthday – Portuguese style. In general, I’m not very picky when it comes to food – and my increasing gut and reducing bank account can vouch for that. Furthermore, this month I already tried Ukranian food when visiting New York for the Stomp performance. So a chance to savor another ethnic cuisine was definitely a no-brainer. After Chourico Assado’s (Flaming Portuguese Sausages), Paelha Valenciana all washed down with Sumol Orange Soda, I can definitely say that Taste of Portugal was the best Potuguese restaurant I’ve ever been too – I should probably also clarify that this was the first Portuguese restaurant I’ve ever been too as well. Jantar Feliz.