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Printing Double-Sided from Adobe Reader Apr. 23rd, 2011 @ 08:54 am
I needed to print a document from Adobe Reader on my Mac. The last time I had tried this, I ended up printing single sided, even though my normal defaults are for double sided. This time, I was determined to get double sided printing. After selecting Print, Adobe Reader brings up a dialog that isn’t the standard Apple print dialog.

Fail #1: Apple provides a standard “Print” widget that even Microsoft Word uses. Why do something different?

Tried the "Advanced" button, no success. Stare at the dialog and realized that nothing on this dialog screams “click me for double sided”, so I select “Printing Tips”. This takes me to a webpage. Luckily I have an internet connection, but why not bundle this information with Adobe Reader? On the webpage, I find instructions for “Print double-sided”. I read the instructions and discover I need to hit the “Printer…” button. I hit "Printer..." and get the following dialog:

Fail #2: What is this dialog trying to tell me? It sounds like I’m going to be going to a dialog that isn't going to do anything, but I plunge on ahead because this is what the instructions tell me to do.

I hit “Yes” and get the standard Apple print dialog. YAY! Familiar territory. I select double sided and hit a button labeled “Print”. This causes the Apple printer dialog to go away and I’m back at the unfamiliar Adobe print dialog and nothing has printed.

Fail #3: Hitting a button labeled “Print” doesn’t print anything

Hoping that I waved the correct dead chicken, I hit the “Print” button on the Adobe dialog. Go to the printer and discover that it printed double sided. Cheer having succeeded. Curse Adobe’s Usability department.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

We're expecting Dec. 1st, 2010 @ 07:38 am
reveilles and I are expecting our first child in early June 2011! Pictures from the first ultrasound can be found on my facebook page. (If we aren't friends on facebook, feel free to send me a request.)

Heard a great sermon last night Sep. 19th, 2009 @ 05:40 pm

The Reverend Larry Johnson gave a talk at my church last night. In a nutshell, in Genesis chapters 6-7, Noah tells his family to enter the ark and they listened to him. When a similar thing happened to Lot in Genesis 19:14, Lot spoke to his sons-in-law and told them “Quick, get out of this place because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. Larry asked two main questions:

  1. What was it about Noah that caused his family to take him seriously and what was it about Lot that caused his family to not take him seriously?
  2. Is there anything about you that would cause people to not take you seriously on spiritual matters?
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Deep Fried Butter Sep. 3rd, 2009 @ 10:09 pm
From Slashfood, Deep Fried Butter to Hit Texas State Fair. Even more shocking, it comes in four flavors: original, garlic, cherry and grape.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Dinner at O Ya Aug. 9th, 2009 @ 09:11 pm

Last night, reveilles, our friend J, and I went to O Ya in Boston for dinner. It was, without a doubt, the best meal I've had in my life. We had 19 different plates over 3 hours. We let the chef pick most of the items. We only requested the Venison Tataki, something Otoro, and something with Wagyu Beef. I was so engrossed in the food that I didn't notice David Spade was in the restaurant until we were leaving. Here's what we had:

  1. Kumamoto Oyster, watermelon pearls, cucumber mignonette
  2. Hamachi, spicy banana pepper mousse
  3. Salmon Tataki, torched tomato, smoked salt, onion aioli
  4. Warm Eel, thai basil, kabayaki, fresh Kyoto sansho
  5. Homemade La Ratte Potato Chip, perigord black truffle
  6. Wild Santa Barbara Spot Prawn, garlic butter, white soy, preserved yuzu
  7. Kyoto Style Enoki Mushrooms, garlic, soy
  8. Fried Kumamoto Oyster, yuzu kosho aioli, squid ink bubbles
  9. Wild Bluefin Maguro Tuna, soy braised garlic, micro greens
  10. Scottish Salmon, spicy sesame ponzu, yuzu kosho, scallion oil
  11. Hamachi, viet mignonette, thai basil, shallot
  12. Wild Bluefin Otoro, wasabi oil, lots of green onion
  13. Shiso Tempura With Grilled Lobster, charred tomato, ponzu aioli
  14. Venison Tataki, porcini crema, ponzu oil
  15. Grilled Sashimi of Chanterelle & Shiitake Mushrooms, rosemary garlic oil, sesame froth, homemade soy
  16. Kushiyaki of Strip Loin (Wagyu Beef), roasted onion, yuzu kosho, maple soy sauce
  17. Seared Petit Strip Loin (Wagyu Beef), potato confit, sea salt, white truffle oil
  18. Warm Braised Shiitake Mushroom, anise hysop, truffle honey sauce
  19. Raw Chocolate Gelato, moussey caramel, sesame, sea salt (for J and me), Wild Berry Crunch, sake sabayon, soy milk mascarpone crème (for reveilles)

The high points for me were:

  • The first oyster dish: Normally, I don't like oyster since I find it too salty. But the watermelon pearls provided a wonderful sweetness that balanced the salt.
  • The Venison Tataki: I love venison and this was, by far, the least gamey piece I've had. The taste of the meat really showed through.
  • The Wagyu Beef: I've heard people describe good steak as melting in your mouth. This was the first time I ever experienced it. I could taste the fat in the cut, but it wasn't gristly at all. Just pure, tender goodness.

The restaurant also had a sommelière to recommend sakes. We had:

  • Yuki no Bosha with courses 1-4 (a light, fruity sake)
  • Kasumi Tsuru Kimoto Extra Dry with courses 5-8 (more dry, with a smoky aroma)
  • Shichi Hon Yari with courses 8-13 (tasted like I normally expect sakes to taste)
  • Meibo "Midnight Moon" with courses 14-17 (had a nice sharpness to it)
  • Hanahato Kijoshu, 8 years with course 18 (the aging reminded me of scotch)

I would highly recommend O Ya for special occasions, since the restaurant is very expensive. I liked having the chefs pick the meal. They worked with our likes and dislikes, and brought things out in a wonderful order, starting from the lighter dishes and working towards the more savory ones. It was a great evening and one I hope to repeat at some point in the future.

Current Mood: contentcontent

More cooking Jul. 9th, 2009 @ 06:22 pm
Strawberry Sorbet:


Today's Baking: Brownies Jun. 28th, 2009 @ 09:35 pm

43 down, 7 to go Jun. 17th, 2009 @ 07:22 am
With my recent vacation in South Carolina, I've now been to 43 states:

create your own personalized map of the USA
Current Mood: contentcontent

Our trip to Honduras May. 31st, 2009 @ 09:11 pm

From May 2 to May 9 reveilles and I went to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to volunteer at El Hogar. It was a life-changing experience, witnessing third-world poverty and feeling overwhelmed by the depth of the Hondurans’ struggles. Even in the midst of that, there is also joy, love, and hope. First, we want to thank you so much for your support. Because of all of you, we met and far surpassed our financial goal! The two of us were able to raise $2,800. After The MathWorks company match, our team was able to raise over $17,000 for El Hogar!

The work El Hogar does is invaluable. In Honduras, public school only runs to sixth grade and you can only attend public school if your family can afford a uniform and books. As a result, if your family is poor, you won’t be able to attend school, and it will be almost impossible to get out of poverty as an adult.

The MathWorks 2009 El Hogar Team

El Hogar helps kids escape from this cycle of poverty. Doña Claudia, the school’s director, told us a story about one of the students, Melvin. Melvin had lived with his mother and baby sister before he came to El Hogar. One day when Melvin was only 4 years old, his mother left him to watch his sister while she went out to run an errand. Unfortunately, his sister died while Melvin was watching her, perhaps from malnutrition. Melvin was traumatized by this and blamed himself for her death. When he came to El Hogar, Doña Claudia and the other teachers noticed that Melvin looked ill, even with regular food and medical attention. It turns out that he was having trouble sleeping because he was having nightmares about his sister’s death. Although Doña Claudia assured him that his sister's death wasn't his fault, Melvin still felt the weight of it. Doña Claudia tried to get his mother to reassure him, but his mother was unwilling to do that. Doña Claudia feels that it is her responsibility to show Melvin the love and acceptance he needs.

Melvin is still working through this, but he's not alone. He's loved and listened to, and he has a hopeful future. When he finishes elementary school, he can choose to be trained as a farmer, carpenter, electrician, or welder. El Hogar has been in existence for 30 years and their graduates have a good reputation among the companies of Honduras, so the students are likely to find employment. Because of El Hogar, Melvin and the other students have a chance to break out of poverty and have a better life than their parents.

A student building furniture at the technical school

While at El Hogar, we helped out with maintenance work. We sorted lumber so that the school could sell the better pieces to raise some money. We also moved sand around the campus to improve the drainage behind the dormitory. Since our team was made up of people whose main physical activity is typing and moving a mouse, working outdoors in humid 80°F weather was a real challenge. Some of the students chose to help us out with this work and their sense of joy infused it with fun.

Wilmer helping Stuart and reveilles break up clods of dirt

It wasn’t all work, though! In the evenings, we had the opportunity to play soccer and other games with the students. They really appreciate having work teams come to spend time with them. They know that their schooling is a gift from thousands of strangers who love them and care about their present and their future.

El Hogar is a boarding school, so the students are there all week long. Students with safe homes can leave on weekends and for the summer. Since not all of the students have safe homes to go to, the school is open year-round. On Friday, we gave the students who had to stay at the school for the weekend a special treat: we bought ice cream for them. When we walked into the auditorium and the children saw the ice cream, they quickly got very excited! We raced to scoop fast enough and the kids were all very patient. A couple of the older ones even helped us to serve the others.

Playing Uno with some boys and learning Spanish words for colors

Serving ice cream with Jennifer

On our last day in Honduras, we visited the home of one of the students, Marvin. His family’s house was a single 9’ x 9’ room, and it was used by Marvin, his mother, and his two sisters. The roof and most of the walls were sheets of metal, although parts of the walls were cardboard. We learned that his home was one of the nicer ones because it had electricity and there was access to running water about every other day. His mother and a neighbor eke out a meager living baking hundreds of tortillas a day. El Hogar helps them out by buying their tortillas for school meals.

Visiting Marvin's home

So many of the students come from difficult situations, but it is amazing how much love they are willing to show strangers! On our last day, there was a small ceremony where the students said goodbye to us. Each team member got a handmade card and lots of hugs.

For more pictures, videos, and stories, visit our team's blog. Again, thank you for your support in helping our team raise money for El Hogar! If you didn’t get the chance before, it’s not too late to donate at their webpage. Your gift can go a long way towards giving a child a better future. We really enjoyed our time at El Hogar and we hope to go back in a year or two to see how the students have grown!


reveilles and Jennifer saying adios
View of Tegucigalpa from El Picacho National Park
A lizard overlooking Tegucigalpa from El Picacho National Park
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful

Today's Baking May. 24th, 2009 @ 09:05 pm
Lemon layer cake with orange frosting and lime sherbet:

Current Mood: tiredtired
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