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Back in SF, again

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

So I’m back from my European adventure– a week in Amsterdam, a week in Edinburgh and 5 days in London.

After getting off the plane last night, I had only 2 goals– get a burrito as soon as possible (thanks Papalote for opening up right by my home!) and stay awake long enough to reset my sleep schedule to this timezone. The as-huge-as-my-head burrito almost defeated the second goal, but I managed stay up until at least the sun went down, then slept for 12 hours. Yeah, I was tired.

Anyway, I’ve already written about XTech and my week in Amsterdam.

Bu Edinburgh. Edinburgh was tremendous! I met lots of interesting people, ended up filling in for Molly on a tutorial, met a potential future co-worker and ate fresh fish ‘n chips. Need I say more?

The microformats tutorial went really well, despite some opposition I think Brian and I changed some minds and did some education. The slides are available.

WW2006 (the conference I was attending in Edinburgh) was thoroughly inspiring. My area of expertise (or, at least, the area I’ve been spending the most time on in the last year) is the Web– its architecture, interactions and tools. For some reason, I decided at WWW2006 that I was more interested in the Data Mining track, so I went to those sessions almost exclusively. I was in totally over my head, but I loved it.

I’m not accustomed to being out of my league. At least, I’m not used to feeling that way– I’m probably out of my league all the time, I just don’t notice.

Anyway, after that thoroughly stimilating week, I hopped down to London for a few days of holidayvacation. It was my first time in London, so I mostly did some sightseeing and was almost totally disconnected from the interweb.

I guess it counts as vacation because I came back relaxed. It was weird coming home to SF after so long. Since moving to SF a year and half ago, I’ve been away for more than a week. Coming home to SF after being gone almost 3 weeks was a strange feeling. I’m not sure if it feels like home yet.

Ok, back to uploading pictures to Flickr. I’m still uploading photos from Amsterdam. I’ve got about 150 more photos to upload.

WWW2006, so far

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

I’m at WWW 2006 this week, in Edinburgh. Its a lovely city, despite the rain and chill (I won’t complain about San Francisco’s wetness anymore).

Yesterday, I spent the day in a workshop on Collaborative Web Tagging, then went over to a local event, Refresh Edinburgh, to give a presentation on microformats with Brian.

Today, I’m sitting in a workshop on the weblogging ecosystem. There’s a lot of interesting material, it will take me awhile to digest all of it.

The rest of the week looks very interesting, more to come later.

XTech

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

A bit of XTech wrapup, loosely organized….

Peeps

Got to see some friends/acquaintences:

Got to meet some people:

Went to some talks:

  1. Paul Graham: How American Are Startups?, see Jeremy’s reaction
  2. Matt Biddulph: BBC on Rails, mo’ data, mo’ beta
  3. Mark Nottingham: HTTP Caching for Web 2.0, eh
  4. Steve Pemberton: The Power of Declarative Thinking, some have been annoyed by my recent obsession with declarative functional languages. This only made it worse.
  5. Suw Charman: Ignorance is not a defence (digital rights stuff), good overview of how the digital age has affected our rights
  6. Paul Hammond: Open (data) can of worms, business and philosophic ideas around open data
  7. Tom Coates: Native to a Web of Data, great talk, though Tom needs more than 45 minutes for it
  8. Thomas Vander Wal: Developing for the Personal Infocloud, good stuff
  9. Ben Lund: Social Bookmarking for Scientists, about Connotea
  10. Simon Willison: Django: Web development on journalism deadlines, Django looks very useful, maybe I should actually try it someday
  11. David Beckett: Semantics Through the Tag, an overview of semantics and tagging– need to write more about this.
  12. Jeff Barr: Amazon Web Services, *snore*
  13. Jeff Barr: Mechanical Turk, *snore*
  14. Brendan Eich: Javascript 2, awesomely lambda geeky

Gave some talks:

  1. Microformats from the Ground Up
  2. The Intelligent Design of Microformats

Drank some beers:

  • Heineken
  • Palm – tasty Belgian beer
  • de Koninck
  • … and others I don’t remember clearly

There’s a bunch of other ideas and thoughts I’ll blog soon.

BarCampsterDam II

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

I’m sitting at BarCamp Amsterdam II (or, as I prefer to call it– BarCampsterdam) just chillin’. Its been a good week here in Amsterdam, but more on that later.

European Tour

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

I’m sitting at CTTP right now, preparing for my last exam of the semester, which I have to take earlier than the rest of the class. Though everyone else is taking the exam next week, I have to take it tomorrow. Why? I’m takin’ a little trip.

Sunday, I leave for Amsterdam, where I’ll be attending XTech. Brian and I are giving a tutorial on microformats, and I’m also giving a talk on designing microformats.

After XTech, I’m going to be handing around at BarCamp Amsterdam II.

After BarCamp, I’m flying up to Edinburgh for WWW 2006, where I’m not presenting, but just going as a representative of Technorati and microformats.

After www2006 is done, I’m headed down to London for a few days for some R&R (or something close to that). If you’re gonna be around any of these times/places, let me know, I’d love to meet up.