With 5 kids in tow I had the chance to finally try out the Pizza place across the street -
Garlex Pizza and Ribs
4301 Valley Ave Ste A
Pleasanton, CA 94566-5544
Going in I was surprised by the interior. It looked like an old place from the outside so I expected a more of an old, homey feel. The interior was pretty plain, stark and small. Looking over the counter I could see that the dining area was only a small fraction of the total floorspace, giving the impression that the business was a front for some kind of illegal activity. It looked clean though, except for the flies.
The three pre-teen boys sat together at a table, and when I tried to sit at an adjacent table I was politely asked to sit somewhere else (so I couldn’t hear what they were talking about). My daughter and the younger brother of one of the other boys sat next to the TV, which was playing a made-for-TV movie on Action 36. It starred Meridith Baxter-Birney as the mother of a kidnapped girl. I sat down next to them, and this time wasn’t asked to move.
The pizza was OK and they gave us two larges for the price of a large and a small, ensuring me a lunch of reheated pizza for the next week.
One of my son’s friends, who I’ll call destructo-boy, started banging his soda can violently on the table for no apparent reason, causing the manager to come out and tell him to knock it off. Other than that (and the flies) our experience at Garlex was a positve one!
Check this freakin’ site out – www.Oculart.com. I’m having a nightmare in the daytime!
Synchronicity. Or if you aren’t a Police fan, but have seen the cult classic Repo Man - Plate 0′ Shrimp. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe some aging hep-cat named the latest Google update after the geriatric rock super-star, Mick Jagger. Or maybe it is just a coincidence that the Stones’ 40th Anniversary and release of a new album coincides with a major Google Update.
Whatever. The point is that I finally lost my undisputed number one position for the keyphrase “Fremont Web Design.” I don’t dare check my other page one phrases like “Hayward Web Design” or “Union City Web Design” as they have tended to go up and down the SERPS anyway. I do get a bit of business from those listings though, and it looks like the movement may mean I’ll have to get back to work on some SEO. Dang.
I hate Bill Gates because he is ultimately responsible for the WMV video file type. I was messing around with some old videos I captured from VHS a few years ago. They were all in AVI format, so too big to put on the Web. I was looking for a way to compress them, preferably to MPEG format and found Windows Movie Maker on my computer. It came with Windows XP, so I assumed it was lame and had never tried it.
Well it looked good to start with. It was similar to Adobe Premiere, which I’ve used before, but a lot easier to work with. Everything looked good until time to save to a video file, and the only option was WMV. Only readable by Windows Media Player as far as I know. Mr. Monopoly, Bill Gates, forcing me to force my visitors to use his Media Player.
So the videos were edited and up, and it was time to test them on my other computers. Except for my Mac, which doesn’t have the Windows Media Player installed. All that was left was to bring the videos up on my kids’ computer, which I did only to find fluorescent green freakishness. A quick search for another WMV file confirmed that my video card cannot properly render that file type. Another search for troubleshooting on the subject told me that the problem was due to updated graphics card drivers, and you’re supposed to roll back your drivers to the previous version to solve the problem. Cool, I’ll just put some text under the video links that say “To properly view this video, please roll back your graphics card driver to the previous version.”
Thanks again Bill Gates.