WE’05 – Social Highlights

This is not a report on the presentations from WE’05. That will come shortly, once Ben and I have sorted through our collective notes.

Although it may very well appear as such, this is not a name drop post either. I’m of the opinion that it’s only name dropping if you continue to hold these people up on a pedestal. While my respect for these people has grown, I no longer think of them as ‘untouchable’ or ‘A listers’. They’re normal people, they just happen to have achieved things that many of us in the same industry find impressive. We may find their talents intimidating, but these people are our peers.

I’ve always read that these events are about more than the content; but just how much more did not become apparent until now.

If you don’t already know, the pioneers and groundbreakers of our community are (in general) incredibly warm and approachable people. I already knew this through approaching many of my influences via email; but meeting the majority of the presenters really cemented this.

WE’05 Highlights – the ‘less than nerd’ version

  • Carrying on the after-party in Kings Cross with the majority of the international speakers, a couple of the dedicated local speakers, three quarters of the core WE’05 team and a handful of my fellow delegates who were in as much denial as I that this would have to end eventually.
  • Watching a somewhat ‘jovial’ John Allsopp direct ~20 people into cabs and then educate Cameron and I on the finer points of synchronized orbit.
  • Finding out that shortly after I had left the final party location, Derek had treated the remaining party-goers to a rendition of his “Hammer time” dance. (If only he had MC Hammer’s parachute pants!)
  • The Beginning
  • The Evacuation
  • Sneaking stronger drinks into the Day 1 party and the fun and relaxing dinner with Bec, Kara, Pat (URI’s please?) and Ben at Wagamama’s (I still maintain that’s not a word ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
  • Sharing Pizza with Eric as he explains the fundamental difference between an OSX crash and a Windows crash

    โ€ฆand then I realize that this thing (OSX) is ‘blue screening’ me, but I can’t get mad because it just looks so good while doing it. You get this beautiful opaque window with rounded corners, drop shadows; the lot!

    For someone who gives the initial impression of being somewhat reserved, Eric is a helluva lot of fun once he relaxes.

  • The “smartass presenter” award was a complete whitewash โ€“ no one stood a chance against Cameron Adams. Forget Google maps, Cameron’s ‘Meyer vs. Bowman’ boxing game is the best use of JavaScript ever. Oh and then there’s the fact that he replicated the entire OSX desktop including the Dock, Finder and Safari โ€“ just because he could! You’re a freak Cameron. Freak on ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m not sure if anyone won the “smartass delegate” award, but I was definitely in the running. The background screen was a good start, but the golden touch was a 15em, blinking, <marquee> equipped, red “w007 JavaScript” on a green background that was aimed at Cameron from the front row as he prepared to begin his presentation. It didn’t faze him, but it gave Molly a good laugh; so I’m going to chalk that one up as a success.

  • Meeting and partying with some of the Melbourne WSG crew. One of those crazy Melbournites was a gentleman by the name of Lachlan Hardy. What to say about Lachlan? Well, I think Hunter S. Thompson summed it up nicely:

    There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

There were many more memorable moments, most of which I don’t remember ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

In short, WE’05 was an absolute blast. I’ll be back next year, no doubt about it!

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16 comments so far

  1. Ben Buchanan on

    Glad you surfaced, I was beginning to wonder if I should send out the search party ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You forgot Don’t be that guy…

  2. Geoffrey Sneddon on

    Andrew, how can you survive with Comic Sans on your desktop?

    Any chance of the w007 JavaScript being put online?

  3. Andrew K. on

    @Ben: YES!!! Of course, “Don’t be that guy!” — this was Ben and my reference to people who go to concerts and wear the tour merchandise as soon as they’ve bought it. THis concept transferred directly to the WE’05 bags ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @Geoffrey: I accidently deleted it, but I’ll make it again tonight and link to it from the article.

  4. Molly E. Holzschlag on

    I’m still laughing! If you put w007 back online I might just break a rib.

    I’m really glad you mentioned the word “peer” – as you know I went on a little rant with Lachlan the Loud because that’s really how I feel. It doesn’t matter how skilled or talented an “A-list” web personality is, fact of the matter is no one knows it all. But together? Wow, we kick serious ass. And that’s why it’s about community and peer relationships.

  5. Andrew K. on

    Molly: Who am I to refuse a request from the First Lady of Web Standards?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Let there be ‘w007’

    More seriously though Molly, your keynote was a perfect start to the conference and your focus on collaboration and community efforts rubbed off onto all in attendance.

    Thanks to your fantastic attitude and infectious spirit, (no pun intended; hope you’re feeling better! ) I, and I’m sure many others, returned home feeling part of something much larger — for that I will always be grateful ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hopefully you’ll come back to our little island next year!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Geoffrey Sneddon on

    Molly: I sure can’t blame you for laughing. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Andrew: If your calling your island little, what’s mine? Tiny? ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Andrew K. on

    Geoffrey: Hmmm… yep, ‘tiny’ probably sums it up well ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Cameron Adams on

    Pffff … no doctype or character encoding on woo7? You are *so* getting blasted in my next whiny blog post.

  9. Andrew K. on

    So sad Cam, so very sad.

    …shouldn’t you be trolling slashdot or somthin’?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Cameron Adams on


  11. Andrew K. on

    I’ll pay that. Mod parent +3: funny

    Now I’ve gone and laughed my morning coffee all over my brand new keyboard!
    …that’s exactly why I had to replace the last ๐Ÿ˜

  12. Maxine on

    LOL – I adore your Hunter S Thompson quote about Lachlan. Have you been waiting a long long time to use it? Or do you meet people for whom it is appropriate all the time?

    I hope you don’t mind if I steal it one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Andrew K. on

    I used an abbreviated version of that quote to describe Lachlan when we were out in the Cross. He was somewhat dumbfounded by the fact I had managed to quote Hunter S. Thompson in context after so many drinks.

    It seemed only fair to publish it with the correct quote ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Lachlan Hardy on

    Damn right, I was dumbfounded! Given that the rest of the conversation that evening revolved around mocking each other’s respective street slang, you turning on the literary quotes was a bit more highbrow than I was expecting

    It wasn’t until a few days later that clicked that I had been compared (well) to an icon like Oscar Zeta Acosta. I doubt the comparion would bear any deep examination, but it is flattering all the same (and disturbing, simultaneously)

    Now, shut up about me before I carve a Z in your forehead!

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