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How to tell if it’s a fire drill

Filed in: accessibility, personal, Thu, Jun 21 2007 23:01 PT

Today at work, the fire alarm went off, and I was reminded of what the HR person told me during orientation on Monday: if you get outside and there’s no ice cream, then it’s not a drill.

We got ice cream.

As some of you may have heard, this week I started in my new position as Adobe’s accessibility engineer. I’ve known many of my new coworkers at Adobe for years now, and it’s great to be able to finally get me a copy of CS3 – I mean, to have such talented people around me. I’m working out of the Seattle office, next door to where I got married, and across the street from the Blue Flavor guys. All systems are go.

And hey, while I’m at it, here’s a brief history of my 2007 so far. Since the first of the year, I had been working in’s enterprise group on the front end for their newest merchant. That site went live last Tuesday. (Rumor control: no, they didn’t hire me to do accessibility work. No, I didn’t have anything to do with the NFB agreement. In fact, I never even talked with anyone who works on Amazon’s core site, that I know of. Hopefully this ends that little telephone game.)

Also, as of today, I am a second-year Arabic student. I’ve been studying at the Seattle Language Academy (which, conveniently, is a 5-minute walk from Adobe) since last June. The number one question I’ve had to answer since then has been, why Arabic? (Although “Can you get Photoshop for me?” is giving it a run for its money.) The answer is that I’m an infojunkie, and most of the important info is, unsurprisingly, coming from the Arab world. It’s a language that’s beautiful and complex, and I will (ٍإن شاء الله) stick with it until I have a good enough basis to move on from Modern Standard Arabic, or فصحى (fusHa), to colloquial, or عامية (ameyya).

So, that’s the news. No more fire drills for a while.

6 responses to “How to tell if it’s a fire drill”

  1. an_old_friend says:

    Funny, since Brian Fling keeps talking shit about you.

  2. Matt says:

    Hmm. Good for him.

    I’m still a fan of Keith’s, above all because he’s one of the realest people I’ve ever worked with. Nick is a great IA and a great guy. Cyndi’s fantastic. So are Kevin and Tom. I owe Crofty a fantasy-football ass-whooping, and I haven’t met Garrett, but if any of them wants to join me for a beer sometime, I’m buying.

  3. an_old_friend says:

    Werd. Keep it real brother!

  4. majordan says:

    Congrats on your new position, Matt. Adobe’s lucky to have you.

  5. Niff says:

    When you say CS3 it makes me all gooey-noodly inside… *sigh*

    The day you mention Dreamweaver I’m falling to my knees and proposing.

  6. Jay Fienberg says:

    Just catching up with you on your blog, and so: congrats on the new Adobe gig! Sounds good 🙂

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