20 questions with Elden Wood

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Elden

  1. What’s your job title?
    Engineering Lead – aka font janitor
  2. How long have you been with Extensis?
    Six years.
  3. To how many Extensis products have you been a contributor?
    Suitcase, Portfolio and a few plug-ins
  4. What is your favorite Extensis project?
    The next one!
  5. If you were a font, which font would you be?
    On the printed page… Adobe Garamond.
  6. What are your top five desert island CDs?
    I’d leave the CDs with the 8-tracks and just take my iPod. I’m happiest around the 80s. But in the playlist you’d find Sting, Boingo, The Fixx, Def Leppard, and Josh Groban.
  7. When were you most happy?
    Now
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    I’m sure it’s still coming up but it’s likely to involve family and taking over the world.
  9. What is your biggest regret?
    Not taking the time to savor the present.
  10. What is your biggest passion?
    Thinking. Which usually involves science and math and sometimes manifests itself in code and virtual systems.
  11. What do you like to read?
    Most recent book was Freakonomics. Little of everything with concentrations of tech, science fiction and science.
  12. What is your most treasured possession?
    I don’t have one. There’s less stuff to lug around that way.
  13. What food can you not live without?
    Thai
  14. How are you a weekend warrior?
    After moving into my house I’ve painted every wall and some of the ceilings.
  15. Coffee or tea?
    Tea
  16. Function or fashion?
    Function
  17. Which website do you visit daily?
    My Yahoo!
  18. In another life you were…?
    Sorry I don’t recall…
  19. What’s your ultimate destination?
    A happy family and good friends.
  20. What do you want your dying words to be?
    42

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Paul and his son Nick

  1. What’s your job title?
    Technical Support Manager
  2. How long have you been with Extensis?
    Since April 2003
  3. To how many Extensis products have you been a contributor?
    I have touched, all of the products, either in sales, or technical support. Have provided lots of feedback and input on Portfolio
  4. What is your favorite Extensis project?
    Portfolio Server with SQL Connect
  5. If you were a font, which font would you be?
    Courier, because it always reminds me of my 1940’s Underwood manual typewriter
  6. What are your top five desert island CDs?
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    Van Halen – Fair Warning
    Jack Kerouac – On The Road audio book
    Enigma – The Screen Behind The Mirror
    B.B. King – Indianola Mississippi Seeds
  7. When were you most happy?
    Birth of my children
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    My kids
  9. What is your biggest regret?
    That last donut
  10. What is your biggest passion?
    Work: Making sure the customer is taken care of.
    Personal: High score on Call of Duty
  11. What do you like to read?
    Local history books, technical manuals, car / motorcycle repair manuals
  12. What is your most treasured possession?
    My 1977 Super Pong IV console
  13. What food can you not live without?
    Spreadable cheese and Dare whole wheat crackers
  14. How are you a weekend warrior?
    Working at the in-laws farm (300 acres of berries)
  15. Coffee or tea?
    Coffee (or Chai Tea)
  16. Function or fashion?
    Functional fashion
  17. Which website do you visit daily?
    www.comics.com to read Get Fuzzy
  18. In another life you were…?
    AV technician aka ‘Flip Chart Boy’
  19. What’s your ultimate destination?
    Death Valley
  20. What do you want your dying words to be?
    “It didn’t taste expired�?”

Holiday gurfing

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Ahh, the holidays. They bring out the best and worst in all of us. The best can come in the simple joy of spending time with family and friends, and the worst in the form of a raving stressball trying to find a parking spot at the shopping center. I find that the good tends to outweigh the bad, but when I’m in need of a little holiday levity, I fire up the laptop for a little frivolous surfing. So here are a few of my favorite holiday sites to bring just a little more levity to the season.

This sweet nutcracker comes with a chalice some bling.
www.pimpmynutcracker.com

If you’re also concerned about how much junk food you consume, why not try out one of these alternate advent calendars.
Swankola’s Audio Advent Calendar
Leslie Harpold’s Advent Calendar

Rooney Design Advent Calendar
Banjo Bunny’s Advent Calendar

Let it virtually snow, virtually snow, virtually snow…
Online paper snowflake maker

Everyone loves a good animation:
Singing Santa & reindeer
Ma Ma Ma My Menorah

Oh, and if you feel like being creative, MyFonts has an interesting post about holiday fonts.

Heck, if you have the opportunity, I’d even recommend a little gurfing (web surfing as a group). So, snag one of the projectors from the office and set up a little gurfing theater in your living room!

Please share your favorite holiday websites in the comments.

Addendum: In the interest of full disclosure, my future brother-in-law Nathan coined the term “gurfing.” I have merely purloined it for this post.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Leslie Harpold recently passed away, so her Advent Calendar is no longer being updated.


20 questions with Mike Bacus

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  1. What’s your job title?
    VP of Product Development
  2. How long have you been with Extensis?
    3.5 years
  3. To how many Extensis products have you been a contributor?
    Suitcase, FontReserve, Portfolio, Plug-ins, Toolbox
  4. What is your favorite Extensis project?
    They are all my favorites
  5. If you were a font, which font would you be?
    One that crashes the operating system
  6. What are your top five desert island CDs?
    Chess volumes 1 & 2
    Muddy Waters
    Thick as a Brick: Jethro Tull
    Who’s Next; the Who
    Houses of the Holy; Led Zepplin
    greatest hits; Elvis Costello
  7. When were you most happy?
    When my children were born
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    Finding a soul mate and having 2 wonderful children
  9. What is your biggest regret?
    That I haven’t won the lottery yet
  10. What is your biggest passion?
    Wine making
  11. What do you like to read?
    Science fiction, fiction, technical books
  12. What is your most treasured possession?
    My mind
  13. What food can you not live without?
    Barbecue grilled steak (on coals) medium rare
  14. How are you a weekend warrior?
    60th level alliance prot spec warrior Moonrunner
  15. Coffee or tea?
    Tea
  16. Function or fashion?
    Function
  17. Which website do you visit daily?
    Google
  18. In another life you were…?
    not alive
  19. What’s your ultimate destination?
    Tahiti
  20. What do you want your dying words to be?
    Thank god that’s over with

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Working at Extensis has its perks. One of them is that every Halloween, the office temporarily goes ape. The halls are strewn with decor that totally transforms the office. Each year the office is roughly divided up into teams that compete to decorate each area of the office – and it gets competitive.

This year the QA department went all-out and created a huge haunted house in one of the server rooms. The sales team chose a M.A.S.H. theme, complete with patients on cots, camouflage netting, and each team member dressed as a different character from the movie. The marketing department converted their halls into the World of Oz, with a yellow brick road, spooky forest, twinkling emerald city, and also had costumes within the theme (I was the 6 foot 3 inch tall munchkin – don’t ask). The support and operations teams jumped in with plenty of dark plastic walls, spider webs, and other creepy stuff.

Since it wouldn’t be Halloween without parties, the “adult” party included a costume contest with fabulous prizes, jell-o shots, candy and a good spread of munchies. Employees were also invited to bring in their children for a special kids party and round of cubicle trick-or-treating. It’s always great to see little goblins, ladybugs and princesses wandering our decorated halls.
Davin Ed and Nathalie Meghan Jennifer and Daryl Paul 

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Halloween creativity

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Halloween is a great time to flex the creativite muscle. For me, I’ve always been a fan of the concept costume. Some of the best ones that I’ve seen over the years include:

  • Cause-man – A friend once dressed in a black leotard covered with hundreds of twists of ribbon in every color.
  • I’m you – Another friend dressed in a full length dressing mirror around his neck, and would walk up to people and say, “I’m you.”
  • Broken record – I went to a party a few years ago covered with broken vinyl hanging from speaker wire. A good use of some ancient scratched records, and a good excuse to repeat everything that I said.

If you’re not a person who enjoys a costume party, you can always use your photoshop matte painting skills to turn a photo or your house into a spooky haunted house. I’m not sure if my 1950’s ranch would have quite the same effect, but I’m sure willing to try!

So, what’s your favorite costume? Is it a concept costume? Or perhaps you prefer a sexy costume over somthing scary?


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