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  • Blog Post: Emacs Commands – Extension #10

    Use your Emacs commands once again! If you have opened the Tools – Options – Keyboard page, looking for the “Emacs” keybindings, but only found disappointment instead. This extension is for you! To Install http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/09dc58c4-6f47-413a-9176-742be7463f92 To Use...
  • Blog Post: 5 years later – remembering Hurricane Katrina

    I wanted to pause for a brief second to remember the 53 people in my hometown who lost their lives 5 years ago yesterday, when Hurricane Katrina took my hometown off the map. If a town doesn’t have any buildings, is it still a town? Waveland answered that question by surviving. For those of you who have...
  • Blog Post: It’s official: A koala is not a koala “bear”

    According to the incredibly awesome Catherine Eibner , I’m going to TechEd Australia!! And I found this out on the same day that I donated the last of my advance on my book royalties, bringing the Save Waveland Scholarship Fund to $29,008.34 cents. Thank you everyone for voting to get me down to...
  • Blog Post: Dear Seattle, Please Support New Orleans by Eating at Marcela's Cookery

    As a New Orleans native, it is my god given birthright to expose any so-called “New Orleans” restaurant that exists outside the state of Louisiana to be a complete fraud. Today, for the first time ever, I am using my birthright to declare Marcela’s Creole Cookery worthy of calling itself home. For my...
  • Blog Post: Photos from the “Day after Mardi Gras” Geek Dinner in Mississippi

    The day after Mardi Gras, I drove up to Hattiesburg, Mississippi for a Geek Dinner. We had a good turnout of 13 people, including several from out-of-state. 2 people drove several hours from Mobile, Alabama, and 1 guy even drove 6 hours from Tennessee!! I so get bragging rights for that. And since this...
  • Blog Post: Finally had lunch with my book editors, who are blogging and tweeting now

    Last week, I finally got to meet my book editors. As I stated in the acknowledgements of my book, I never understood why book authors always profusely thank their editors. I used to think “aren’t they just doing their jobs?” until I had to go through the process. People often ask me why did I go two...
  • Blog Post: I’ve been deep fried on Deep Fried Bytes – Podcast on book and CodePlex Agile development

    http://deepfriedbytes.com/podcast/episode-15-visual-studio-tips-and-running-an-agile-team-with-sara-ford/ Wow, was i tired at the beginning or what? I was in the middle of my southern speaking tour, driving all around the south at all hours of the day and night. I called Keith at 3pm telling him my ETA...
  • Blog Post: First .NET User Group created back home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    It feels weird not to append a # at the end of a blog title.  Oh Tip of the Day, what have you done to me? Anyways… I’m really excited to see a .NET User Group get created back home.  Shout outs to Keith Elder and Aubrey Cote for getting this party started. http://hubcitynug.org/ Speaking of...
  • Blog Post: The Twelve Yats of Christmas (12 days of Christmas - New Orleans Style)

    I’m in New Orleans right now (Miss Gulf Coast to be exact), and I just heard The 12 Yats of Christmas on the radio today.  Hysterical.  Anyone from New Orleans will crack up listening to this. The music video is up on youtube of course, but check out Benny Grunch’s website (mute your speakers...
  • Blog Post: My Channel 9 Interview: "Katrina Survivor: This box is all that is left of this person’s or her families belongings. Careful"

    Yesterday, my Channel 9 interview went live that we did about a month ago on Blogging and Katrina (2 years in review), and of course, women in technology.  You’ll note that I’m still talking about the power toys stuff, because my transition to the CodePlex just happened the other day.  http...
  • Blog Post: Hurricane Katrina 2 years later + NBC Nightly News Interview with my Mom

    2 years later… Let’s take a second to raise our morning coffee cups in honor of the people of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast on this day.  And for those in Seattle, try to point towards the space needle (i just always wanted to say that). NBC Nightly News Coverage Link to last night...
  • Blog Post: Katrina 2 years later - My parents to be on NBC Nightly News Tuesday, Aug 28

    Update : There was a trackback here to Brian Williams’s blog , but unfortunately, due to the 100s of comment spam attacks each night, it got lost.  So 2 years ago this day, I called my mom to tell her I made it to the Visual Studio homepage for my Visual Studio tips and tricks, just to share my...
  • Blog Post: 10 year high school reunion at Mardi Gras 2007 - Laissez les bons temps rouler encore a Nouvelle Orleans!

    Only 3 months behind on my blogging… What a crazy, crazy week.  Wish i could share more, but not really.  You’ll just have to trust me on this one =) high school reunion photos pass christian parade, aka Kinski’s photos Mardi Gras Day photos – all work safe  =) High School Reunion OLA...
  • Blog Post: Bay-Waveland Bridge Opens!!!

    Yesterday, the Bay-Waveland Bridge opened, reuniting the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  I can’t even begin to describe the significance of this.  I would say, "imagine if the 520 or I-90 bridge went out one day," but it doesn’t really translate well.  It’s closer to "remember...
  • Blog Post: Seattle Seahawks's lost yesterday may have saved the city of New Orleans

    Could you imagine if the Saints had played Chicago for a chance at the superbowl in the Superdome?  New Orleans may have (barely) survived Katrina, but it wouldn’t have survived that football game. Had the Seahawks won, i would have changed my flight back to seattle for next monday, just so i could...
  • Blog Post: Turkey Day Katrina Style

    Yeah, way behind on blogging…. Not much to report in terms of progress in Waveland’s recovery since this summer .  Running out of propane in one’s FEMA trailer was not fun, bringing the temp inside the winterized trailer to 41 degrees.  The temps back home right now swing wildly from 80 degrees...
  • Blog Post: Katrina 1 year later - Celebrate Life event schedule in Waveland today

    Posted with permission from author.  Over the next few days, i’ll look for photos online to link to. To all those who have helped: We know that we will never be able to remember or to thank all those who came to our aid after Katrina. Some gave gifts of food, water, ice, clothing, gift cards, tools...
  • Blog Post: Our Community Session Rocked!!

    Well, that’s what Dave Winer (the father of blogging as we know it) told me just now. Well, he said something along the lines of it was really, really good. The live blogging transcript should be available right now, and the podcast will be available in a few weeks. The site is under heavy stress, so...
  • Blog Post: How I made Lewis Black Depressed

    Tonight at Borders at Redmond Town Center, we attended a book signing by Lewis Black.  He did about 15 minutes stand-up going off on Seattle, Coffee, and the name “Redmond Town Center”.  Of course, Borders had to put him in the children’s section for his talk.  For the next 45 minutes...
  • Blog Post: Waveland, Blogs, and BlogHer Q&A

    As my constant readers know, i’m speaking at BlogHer in two weeks in San Jose.  In preparation, I asked some of my blogging peers for questions they would like answered during my trip to Waveland.  Here are the answers. Who else is on the panel?  I’m going to be joining Grace and Dina...
  • Blog Post: Katrina Ground Zero - 10 months later - Progress is in the eye of the beholder

    Finally, I’m making myself sit down and write about my trip to Waveland, returning to Katrina ground zero 10 months later.  I’ve found that after both trips, it’s really hard to sit down and write about everything that has happened.  I’m experiencing the “accidental relief worker’s fatigue...
  • Blog Post: Heading Back to Katrina Ground Zero 1 year later / BlogHer Presentation Outline

    I’m headed back on this Friday for my 10 year high school reunion to be held hopefully somewhere.  The school’s website hasn’t been updated with the latest details, so a bunch of us are just going to meet up at the Crab Fest after the Race to Rebuild .  I’m still not sure whether to sign up...
  • Blog Post: Waveland makes Wired Magazine

    Now this was unexpected bedtime reading – talk about doing a triple-take. According to the June 06 article Fixer-Uppers , Waveland is getting a laundry mat. I asked a few folks at home, but no one has heard anything yet. So, I’ve contacted Wired for more info – I’m holding them accountable for Waveland...
  • Blog Post: Return to Waveland - by NBC 6 South Florida

    I know I’m not a writer.  I knew it even before an English major rewrote a blog entry for me.  So, I’m pleased to link to an entry about returning to Waveland from a NBC 6 South Florida Managing Editor.  Thanks Barb for the plug! http://www.nbc6.net/weather/9296236/detail.html Make sure...
  • Blog Post: Hurricane Katrina's Inundation of New Orleans Interactive Guide

    Awesome guide to understanding what happened to New Orleans’s levee system Aug 29 – Sept 1. http://www.nola.com/katrina/graphics/flashflood.swf Just note that if you click on the Credits section (after you walk through the guide) on the Lagniappe section, there’s a bright flash (trying to mimic thunder...
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