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The Mass Evacuation

At the end of Tantek’s presentation (read it!!!) there was an alarm. All of a sudden, a distinctly british recorded voice told us it was time to evacuate.

Oh dear, this could get mighty interesting…

Upon leaving the building, an escaping army of W3 lovin’ web nuts was spliced in two by a group of sternly focused fire fighters attempting to enter the building. The look of confusion in the eyes of one or two conference goers as they got out of the fire fighters’ way would have been great to capture; unfortunately I was unable to get hold of a camera in time.

While waiting to go back in, Ben and I ran into Cam, who had come to a Brissy WSG meeting a few months back and the three of us had agreed to meet up at WE’05. As we shuffled through the crowd we ran into one of the presenters; Cameron Adams. I’ve been a fan of Cameron’s writing and approach since he started his blog and have hassled him regularly via his comments and contact form. A friendly conversation ensued and Cameron agreed sell me a Widgeditor license to use on the next version of my site in exchange for a few beers.
Sweet, now I’ve just got to make sure I feed him beers at the party tonight and it’ll be legally binding. Or, maybe it won’t…

Jeffrey Veen taught us all something very important — You either Have Hay or you Need Hay. For my money, Jeff’s was the standout presentation so far, followed in close second by Tantek.

That’s all the time I have for this blogging session; more to come post-party.

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The Beginning

It’s Thursday, 7:15am. I’m sitting in the lobby of the conference venue and Russ walks by.
A quick chat ensues and Russ ends it with “I’m expected you to stir a lot of shit…? , to which I respond “Oh f*ck yeah; once I’ve got my pass I’m going back to the hotel to get loaded on coffee!?

With that, Russ had given me my first laugh of the conference. Hopefully, the first of many.

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Wifi Hell

I’m at WE’05. More to the point, I’m sitting in a computer lab near WE’05. This is due to the fact that I have zero chance of getting wifi access during this conference.


  • Any Windows box that’s running a firewall (which should be every windows box) can’t access the network.
  • I don’t have admin privelages on this work notebook and therefore cannot turn off the firewall.

With that out of the way, I will now post my notes from today…

Web Essentials ’05 is about to begin

At 5:40pm local time I set off for my first conference. To say I’m excited would be an understatement; this is surely going to be an inspirational little adventure.

Tonight and tomorrow, Ben and I will be sharing a room at the Vulcan Hotel. Big thanks to his manager for agreeing to pay for a double room, thereby saving me $$$ 😀
I’ll be staying in one of the Y Hotel’s deluxe rooms on Friday night (Hmm, located in the CBD, high speed broadband, free breakfast and transport to the airport for under AU$120? I’m sold!).

The program is jam-packed with web standards goodness. I’m excited about seeing all the presentations, but I’m especially excited about finally meeting Derek and many of the other web gurus I’ve been fortunate enough to communicate with over the last couple of years. Derek’s accessibility articles on were instrumental in helping me attain an understanding of some of the fundementals of web accessibility, as opposed to merely approaching accessibility as a checklist that can be assesed by machines.

I’ve still got loose ends to tie up at work before packing up shop and heading for the airport, so this is over-and-out from sunny Queensland.

Important! Any attendees wishing to use WIFI at the conference will need to download the client found here.

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Worst. iPod. Ever?

The iPod nano is the first of the line to really tempt me. Unfortunately, according to the 400+ people here and the 100+ commenters on this post, Apple have used cheap materials for the screen and casing and both are extremely easily scratched (or cracked in the case of the screen!).

Screw that! 😐

The Emo Song

Emo is teh suck.

Listen and laugh 🙂

Military Dolphins. I want two.

Apparently Navy trained dolphins have been released by hurricane Katrina.

My favourite quote from the article:

‘My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,’ he said. ‘The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?’

Ummm… they die!

What’s this all about then, eh?

I build stuff for the web; primarily using nerdy crap like XHTML, XML and other abbreviations and acronyms that don’t mean anything to normal people. More details on that can be found on my real site.

So why a second blog?
My primary site is business focused. It is often my initial point of contact for potential clients and the people who are kind enough to visit regularly are expecting the content to remain focused on web development and design.

Well, none of that here. This a traditional blog — one highly opinionated person ranting and raving about crap and hoping that someone, oneday, will find part of it of interest.

This is an experiment. Shield your eyes if it gets nasty.