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Zeldman's Magnolia, blossoms blooming

July 2, 2006 @ 7:25am

Last Sunday after Victor's baptism, we had a bunch of family and friends over to our house. Jeffrey hadn't been over since we moved in and it was great to catch up with him.

We talked about The CSS Weblog's podcast and how the interview with Jeffrey and Eric came at a really awkward time that morning. It looked like the event was going to be a disaster -- the wireless network was not working, the kosher meals had some kind of pork product in them, all of the seat covers had been washed in itchy powder and the gift bags were full of snakes. I obviously don't remember the exact details, but it wasn't going well for them.

We talked about the other An Event Apart cities and the upcoming NYC one. Jeffrey didn't remember me coming up with the name "An Event Apart," but he did remember me registering the domain and having to transfer it to him when they eventually did the event without me. That's close enough for me.

I told him I was torn about going to the NYC one for a couple of reasons. First, because I didn't want to see all the people who were speaking, maybe every other one of them. Second, because it's two days away from the office. Third, because An Event Apart was going to be Jeffrey, Eric and me and I was never able to help them get it rolling and I would be sitting there fighting the urge to jump up on stage and take my rightful place in the spotlight. Mainly it's those first two reasons. Mainly.

Eventually someone brought up the Netscape beta site that was running and the upcoming full launch. "What do you have to do with Netscape?" he asked. I think I growled.

So we walked into my office and he sat down at my laptop and took it for a spin. He liked it. I was wondering why I had never discussed it with him and then remembered that his Happy Cog team had done the Magnolia redesign a couple of months ago. Magnolia is another of those darned social bookmarking Web 2.0 sites, just like Netscape, Delicious and Digg. I didn't know how involved he was with it currently, but it seems like it was just a regular design job and not a lifelong commitment, so it was okay to share Netscape secrets with him like how it's a front for Engadget stories and how we're blocking Gawker's sites. I'm kidding, and you know it.

The whole discussion reminded me that some day I'd like to hire the Happy Cog team for some of that tasty web design work.

I just need to find the right project for it.

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