Today was the WordPress meetup in San Francisco. I was a bit late because I’m not familiar with driving in the city and I had to stop and ask for directions twice. I’ll need to get a map I think. The meetup was quite successful. Anthony of www.themacmind.com actually put it together. I’m hoping to work with him for the next few–but, I don’t know yet. I guess we’ll just have to see.
There was quite a turn out: a variety of backgrounds and interests. Some WordPress guys were there (that was exciting). I guess I should say THE WordPress guys were there. Ryan Boren was fixing a bug for the next WordPress release in a corner while everybody else was chatting away. I talked to Barry for a bit. He was introduced to me as the WordPress server-guy. I also found out he runs servers for other organizations too–at the Laughing Squid for example. The world is a very small place when you get online. Really. I hadn’t heard about the Laughing Squid until–coincidently–the day before. I had googled Dave Best to see where he was in the online world. Dave’s one of our neighbours at Bush-Field and last weekend we stopped by for tea. Both he and Alan were talking about how many hits they get on their websites. Dave wins hands down–and he doesn’t even have a website. Regardless, I ended up reading about recent happenings at Burning Man on the Laughing Squid. So, now I know about the Laughing Squid and I know that Mr. Abrahamson is the server guy–or according to his business card: Chief Tentacled Officer. Small, small world when you get online.
Mr. Mullenweg was impressive and rather affable. I asked for his card. I think he rather reluctantly gave me his second-last one he had in his wallet. I laughed and threatened to sell it on ebay’s sequel in twenty-or-so-odd years. I probably should have gotten him to sign it. And now, as a result of a totally random event (or the fact that I was carrying beer in my shoulder bag over to the neighbours to watch a comet set over the horizon at sunset and my cards I’d collected from this meetup were in the bottom of my shoulder bag and at one point Alan put an open bottle of beer in my bag), my prized card is now covered in beer. I guess I could make up a wild and crazy story about the beer-soaked card and Matt Mullenweg–but, it really is my fault–or Alan’s. Sigh, and now this entry is more about Matt Mullenweg’s beer-soaked business card and not about the meetup at all. I really have to learn to focus.
I didn’t get to meet everybody there, because–believe it or not–I’m quite shy. I did meet a few people and can only hope to meet the rest at a subsequent meetup.
Stay tuned to the WordPress Meetup San Francisco page.