Martini Hour 007, In Which Colleen Reveals the dekeLounge's Secret Location (to special guest Russell Brown)

Although the secret location of the dekeLounge has been a long-held secret dating back centuries, I finally had to reveal the closely guarded coordinates in order to bring to you, my lounge guests in absentia, a special treat. Yes, this week we used gimlets and the lure of mysteries revealed to entice Adobe's Senior Creative Director Russell Preston Brown to join me and Deke in the lounge. If you've ever seen or heard Russell before, you know that adding him to the martini mix was a daring move on my part. But I think you'll find the conversation lively and that Russell fits right in with the anything-can-happen vibe of Martini Hour.

Here's what went down (besides gimlets) when Russell visited the lounge: Read more » 

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Contest Deadline Fast Approaches

I know you all are feeling mellow and groovy after that Droplet Song. I don't blame you one bit . . . listening to the poncho-sporting pied piper of Photoshop for a mere five minutes and change is equivalent to a three-hour massage followed by a soak in a hot tub with a three-olive martini.

But don't let this lead you to miss out on fabulous prizes. The contest deadline for the Martini Hour mashup is tomorrow at cocktail hour (which I argued is early evening but Deke is declaring to be midnight because he's apparently taking this "nice Deke" thing seriously for at least for another day or two). To entice you last-minute lazy larrys, let me tell you a little something about the fabulous Grand Prize:

  • A One-on-One book of your choice (!)
  • A free full-month subscription to (!)
  • My fabulous mardi-gras style necklace from a martini-themed event at PMA
  • A dekePod t-shirt (collector's item!)
  • Love and admiration
  • And possibly some other stuff depending on whether you live in a place I can ship foodstuffs to

So seriously people, as Deke would say, "DO IT." Read more » 

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Martini Hour 006, In Which Deke Refuses to Be a Corporate Shill

Despite my having a great week at SXSW, you know nothing is as relaxingly interactive as our weekly visit to the dekeLounge for Martini Hour. This week Deke has chosen the True Blue version of our logo in acknowledgment of the fact our rotation is finally back to his favorite cocktail, the classic Bombay Sapphire martini with the jumbo olives (a must) with a fluffy pimento inside. Yum.

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Austin, Clearly a Martini Friendly Town

For those of you who have been following my incessant logistical twittering from the past few days, it comes as no surprise that I'm in Austin enjoying the "Spring Break for Geeks" known as SXSW Interactive. It's my frist trip here, and I've found both Austin and SXSW to be martini-friendly as you can see:

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Quick Scheduling Update

I might have implied somewhere that dekePod was returning this week. In fact, this particular episode (#12 for anyone who's counting) decided to leave again and return next week.

My apologies for that small bit of deception. But at least we have a firm release date: Thursday, March 19. Plus, you get another frame. Of me in a poncho. Like you'd want such a thing, but nonetheless, here it is.

Good news: This is the first dekePod to feature a chorus. Like in those ancient Greek tragedies where a boy really likes his mom. Only these people are altogether wholesome and they look like they work at Land's End. Wanna see? Read more » 

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