July 08, 2004

That wasn't a review, that was a fucking mole burrito!

Hands up, everyone reading this who's ever had a vegan tofu molé burrito.


Oh, sorry, that's just me. My immediate boss and I went to Papalote, the brightly-colored Mexican grill at 24th and Valencia, and had a fantastically delicious lunch while chatting about food, camping, hippies, and the Pacific Northwest. Oh, and skiing. And Vancouver, Washington. Half an hour after returning to the office, we were still talking about how good the burritos were.

Also, I'm staying here for another year or two and I'm getting a raise effective today. I've done a fantastic job. The office is quite fortunate to have me.

(Exeunt Dianna, grinning like an idiot.)

Posted by dianna at July 8, 2004 03:05 PM

mmm mole. hmm, less appetizing looking without the little accent. crap my skills!

yey dianna with the skills! i am very happy for you AND your raise.

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Posted by: michele at July 8, 2004 03:14 PM

i think i widdled on myself.

Posted by: michele at July 8, 2004 03:18 PM

You mean you widdléd on yourself. Hâ!

Posted by: Dianna at July 8, 2004 03:25 PM

Yeah Dianna! Congrats!

Posted by: Jolie at July 8, 2004 03:26 PM

i find the word 'widdle' incredibly hilarious. the austrialian probably thought i was having a seizure.

Posted by: michele at July 8, 2004 03:42 PM

Congrats to you on both the most excellent perf. review AND on the burrito!


damn that's a good time.

Posted by: Erik at July 8, 2004 06:03 PM

Erik: no bad burrito trips here, I promise. Next time you come up this way you should check this place out.

RAISE! I'm still so excited about this. I will admit that it wasn't really a performance review so much as the boss eagerly asking me, "So are you staying with us?", but let's not let that detract from my relief or your congratulations.

Posted by: Dianna at July 8, 2004 06:23 PM

Oh. I think, upon careful consideration, that there shouldn't be an accent in mole at all. The emphasis is on the first syllable, unless I've been saying it wrong all this time. But I was concerned that you'd all think I was eating furry rodents, because, you know, it's not like you all know I'm vegan or anything.

Posted by: Dianna at July 8, 2004 06:31 PM

Please continue the orgy of accent marks if ìt plêases yõü.

Posted by: Dianna at July 8, 2004 06:33 PM

I've fixed all the crazyness with the accented e (and all foriegn(sp) characters for that matter). All better now.

Posted by: gene wood at July 8, 2004 07:59 PM

It's still messed up a bit since many of the mole's people have written aren't actually valid html for example &eacute and é are different

Posted by: gene wood at July 8, 2004 08:11 PM

molé encoded with semicolon

molé encoded without semicolon

molé hi-ascii

Posted by: gene wood at July 8, 2004 08:12 PM

Oh, I guess I did forget my semicolons. It didn't seem to be making any difference, though... what exactly did you fix, anyway?

Posted by: Dianna at July 8, 2004 08:23 PM

My code which prevents cross site scripting was to restrictive and was blocking your html entities (accent e). I changed it so it decodes everything, strips html tags, then re encodes it. Here's the code that does it

function clean_inline_html($inpval) {
    // See http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS1#appendix-a
    $allowable_inline_html = \'<a><b><i><strong><ul><em><cite><var><tt><kbd><samp>\';
    $retval = htmlentities(strip_tags(html_entity_decode($inpval, ENT_QUOTES, $allowable_inline_html)));
    return $retval;
Posted by: gene wood at July 8, 2004 08:47 PM

I think that my accented e's were UNICODE...which worked great on the Mac that I posted them on and, amazingly, appear to be working on the PC that I am currently posting on (on which I am currently posting?).

I hate the burden of extensive grammatical know-how combined with really bad habits.

Posted by: Erik at July 8, 2004 08:47 PM

Er, it was blocking my accented Es? They showed up just fine for me. Is that just because I'm a tool and I'm using the web browser for tools?

Posted by: Dianna at July 8, 2004 08:57 PM

Yeah, many of them still look frumpy on my Mozilla-powered browser. Which is to say Netscape 7.

Posted by: Chris at July 9, 2004 12:13 AM

They show up correctly because the web browser is trying (successfully) to second guess the code and assumes that &eacute actually means &eacute; even though it doesn't follow the standard. The end result is that in some contexts the browser can guess correctly to compensate for the mistakes, but other times it fails.

Posted by: gene wood at July 9, 2004 01:09 AM

Dianna- if by 'next time you come up this way' you mean 'Sunday' then that sounds good! I'll be in The Bay Area© for at least twelve hours in between A-type MINI Motoring sessions. So you really recommend this vendor of magically vegan tripless furry hole-dwelling rodent burritos? What about that Thai place that I utterly failed to patronize on my last visit?

Posted by: Erik at July 9, 2004 07:33 AM

Suriya? Suriya's good too. It's less unusual for its type, though-- that is to say, Suriya is a very tasty purveyor of standard Thai restaurant dishes, whereas Papalote is a very tasty purveyor of dishes that aren't standard for a burrito place.

Which side of the Bay ® (look, I remembered the semicolon this time) are you going to be on, anyway? Keep in mind that my range of eatery recommendations changes entirely if you're going to be in Berkeley.

Posted by: Dianna at July 9, 2004 07:45 AM

Well I'm staying with Thomas in Berkeley, but I will also have with me a car that I will do ANYTHING to drive, for no good reason.

Posted by: Erik at July 9, 2004 09:06 AM

will you allow other people to drive it for no good reason?

Posted by: michele at July 9, 2004 09:06 AM

Okay, look. The recommendations go like this.

San Francisco: Suriya, Papalote, El Mansour.
Berkeley: Cha-Ya, Cafe Colucci, Juan's.

There's totally no way you'll be able to eat at all of them, so decide on a side of the bay and I'll help you start working on the corresponding list. Selfless of me, isn't it?

I wanna drive a MINI.

Posted by: Dianna at July 9, 2004 09:48 AM

if you go to el mansour, i can walk over and take the mini for a spin. (please note: that place is pricey and you only get to eat fixed meals. i recommend Aziza. also moroccan, also tasty, and with a wider selection of food which you can mix and match, slightly cheaper i think too, with a beautiful belly dancer, and also in the richmond district of SF.)

Posted by: michele at July 9, 2004 09:59 AM

aziza vs. el mansour showdown!

Posted by: michele at July 9, 2004 10:02 AM

also, aziza's desserts? shit. they are so good.

dammit, i'm hungry now.

Posted by: michele at July 9, 2004 10:04 AM

It's a double standard, but other people will need a good reason. That reason is: I want to drive a MINI Cooper S.

Oh, and they will need to be fairly comfortable with a manual transmission, since I haven't yet mastered the skill of clutch-shift-clutch from the passenger's seat...it may require more contortions than I am comfortable with in the presence of relative strangers.

The alternative would be for me to take people for madcap, Crazy Taxi rides, since that's a good enough reason for me.

Posted by: Erik at July 9, 2004 10:09 AM

manual? crap!

well, there went my dream.

Posted by: michele at July 9, 2004 10:11 AM

holy crap! in the time that it took me to type that response while responding to a hundred-bazillion questions from my co-workers (can't they see I'm blogging? jeez!) I've been left behind! Gimme a few minutes of actual work and I'll try to catch up...

Posted by: Erik at July 9, 2004 10:11 AM

Mine too. Phooey.

I vote that you come to the East Bay and take me for madcap Crazy Taxi rides to make up for shunning my couch. And eat at Cha-Ya. Mmmm.

Posted by: Dianna at July 9, 2004 10:13 AM

i came so close to getting my father to buy an OG mini in london when we lived there. but it was a manual too. and everything was on the wrong side anyway. my dream there was screwed so bad.

Posted by: michele at July 9, 2004 10:19 AM

Mkay mkay mkay.

Dianna, are you going to be around, afterall? The reason that I shunned your couch was I thought that you were going to be out-of-town. Crazy Taxi can still occur, certainly.

michele, while the manual nature of the car will, I'm afraid, cause problems for your test drive, I will have to pass through SF on both Sunday (on the way into Berkeley) and on Monday (on the way out of Berkeley). As long as I don't get horrendously lost (which I will) or stall my car on one of any of the treacherous hills around town (also a possibility) I can give more than one Crazy Taxi ride (unless you want to travel to Berkeley for one great big ride)...or at least rev the engine in a parking lot :-P

The siren call of C code is...erm...calling; restaurants can wait.

Posted by: Erik at July 9, 2004 10:32 AM



I didn't just forget my two-year anniversary. Noooo. Nononono. I'd never do such a thing. Of course I won't be around this weekend; what are you thinking?

Er. Now I'm all confused and have no idea what the hell is going on. Help. Erik, when-abouts are you leaving, i.e., how long do I have to figure out what I am actually doing this weekend before your on-the-road status makes you of dubious reachability?

Posted by: Dianna at July 9, 2004 10:45 AM

I will be en-phone'd the whole time (assuming you have my cell #, which I'm thinking I won't be posting on the web...again...), but I am leaving Saturday morning at 8:00am-ish and reaching The Bay Area™ Sunday afternoon (I think...). Actual times are the will of the gods, at this point. I will also be accessing mad wireless internet action throughout my drive, so whatever's cool.

Posted by: Erik at July 9, 2004 10:52 AM

I think I've got your cell number. That is, I've got a number for you and it's quite probably your cell. I won't worry about not being able to get ahold of you if/when I get my shit together, then.

Posted by: Dianna at July 9, 2004 11:02 AM

engine revving euphemisms are screaming in my brain, but i'm going to pass on the whole taxi ride thing. for one i am busy on sunday and for more importantly two you are a stranger. and strangers terrify me.

Posted by: michele at July 9, 2004 01:38 PM

Erik's not terrifying. Not unless he's smirking, anyway.

Posted by: Dianna at July 9, 2004 01:53 PM

I think that I promised someone once that I wouldn't use car euphemisms, so that's actually not what I meant!

For once.

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Dianna, but I am definitely a stranger (and trusting ANYONE that you've only met through a blog just ain't right...trust me...oh wait...don't...I'm confused...and using entirely too many ellipses...).

Just listen out a window or something on Sunday as my exhaust system will be thunderously apparent at some time in the afternoon.

Posted by: Erik at July 9, 2004 03:16 PM