@media was more than great: it was necessary. Patrick Griffiths, thank you for making all this possible. See you next year.
An important function of conferences is to meet other people, to just chat about stuff and be surprised at what turns up. In that respect @media was a total success, both for me personally and for the European web development community as a whole. North America has SxSW, Australia has Web Essentials, now Europe has @media.
@media allowed us to get to know each other personally, and I enjoyed every moment of it. As often happens, the conversations during the beer hours were as interesting as the presentations, and a lot of people said a lot of sensible things they probably wouldn't have written at home behind their computers, outside the general atmosphere of excitement and talk (and beer).
I had a lot of interesting
beers , some of which I'll mention as my @media coverage progesses. Unfortunately I'm very good at remembering faces, but rather bad at remembering names, and though I recognized some of your names I couldn't right away connect them to a website. Finally, the amounts of beer we swallowed has made my brain even more hazy. I simply cannot place some people I talked to. I'll probably recognize you next year, but please remind me of your names. Also, I talked too little with some people I did know. We'll find another opportunity (and more beer).
Speaking of beer, on Friday night I made the tactical error of trying to keep up with Molly Holzschlag, and although we got each other excited about the prospect of dinner we didn't actually take any action.
Both Douglas Bowman and Jeremy Keith made me present myself to the audience; and in doing so Douglas grouped me with Faruk Ateş, Veerle Pieters and Roger Johansson; and not for my design qualities, I assume. It was a heady experience, and once more it made the whole web development business I'm in more personal.
(Roger later told me we've been colleagues of a kind back in 2000-2001, when he worked for the Swedish branch of Framfab and I for the newly acquired Dutch branch. He wasn't at the legendary Malmö party in 2000, though, so I could not possibly have met him before. Roger, do you remember the code the bloody wankers who were supposed to be Framfab's sysadmins used for web development in the centralized time registration system?)
I met only three people who didn't know who I am. One was immediately corrected by a colleague, the second one apologized profusely, and when the third one came around not knowing who ppk is had acquired an exciting novelty value.
Expect the next part later this week.
PS: @media 2005 photos are being gathered. Please add yours.
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