When An Event Apart NYC Day One draws to a close, please join us for complementary cocktails sponsored by Happy Cog TM Studios http://www.happycog.com/
Bring your lanyard (the little Event Apart name tag that hangs around your neck) and receive two tokens for two free drinks.
Fans salute the famous tequila selection at this Murray Hill local treasure, a dark homage to Malcolm Lowry's book that's a mellow retreat from the nearby frat bars: cool types like it undiscovered, though it gets busy.
From Scandinavia House: Walk one block south on Park Avenue to 36th Street. Right on 36th Street. Cross Madison Avenue. Continue on 36th Street a few more steps. Under the Volcano is on the south side of 36th Street.
As promised, continuing with my experiences from An Event Apart, here is a summary of my code critiques. Eric Meyer, Aaron Gustafson and I performed critiques of the markup, styling, and scripting of various sites submitted for review by the attendees. There were a lot of common errors and opportunities for improvement, and some sites provided unique examples for feedback as well. I even saw some odd things in the code in a few instances that I had never seen before. From those critiques, here is a summary of 8 steps any web developer can take to improve their page code, including substeps for 2 of the 8. These are just my critiques, I'll leave it to Eric and Aaron list theirs separately if they would like.
&s lowercased as I did see an instance of a uppercased
&which is invalid even in the less case-senstive HTML4.
</ul>where nothing is expected.
<body>! You can't do that.
onSubmitshould always be
<body>elements! Seriously, people still do this? I gave that up in 1996 along with the whole "fade-in background via lots of
<body bgcolor>tags" technique. Ahem.
targetin (X)HTML Strict. If you need to use the
targetattribute, either stick with Transitional DOCTYPEs, or add the
targetattributes dynamically using semantic scripting, e.g. based on semantic class names.
<meta>keywords. Don't waste any time or space on these, per the Principles of visibility and human friendliness (especially the fact that search engines don't care).
classnames. In particular lots of examples where the following should be done:
<ul class="nav">, you don't need a bunch of
<li class="navitem">s, just use plain
<li>s and a contextual CSS selector:
id="sitenav". You will save yourself many headaches by avoiding unintentional case-differences between uses of classes and IDs across pages and stylesheets.
hreflang="es"for the Spanish version. The
relvalue signifies an alternate version of the current page, and
hreflangsignifies the language of the page at the
href(in contrast to the
langattribute which signifies the language of the contents of the element.).
<!-- -->to disable content or markup, use comments native to the language of the templates so that the disabled content is removed at the server and does not waste time or space on the network. However SGML comments are all you can do if the pages are served as static files (as this blog is).
+hCard! Last but not least, nearly every site we reviewed could use hCard to markup their contact info. Whether a university, a web design firm, an equipment manufacturer, a travel reservation service, a party service, or a comedian's website. Speaking of which, the developers of Piece of Cake Parties (yes that same site I mentioned in tip #1 that validates as XHTML 1.0) were listening to the critiques during the event, and now sport their very own hCard at the bottom of the home page including a link to add their info to your address book. They're very close too. The page's
class="org" should be
class="org fn", and
class="url fn" should simply be
class="url". With those fixes the "add to address book" link should work and produce proper vCards for desktop clients.
And speaking of a comedian's website, the developer of stevemartin.com was also listening and now Steve Martin's "contact us" page has been properly marked up with hCard and a working add to address book link. Yes, that Steve Martin. I think he might just be the first famous comedian with an hCard. Well done Alison!
And there you have it. Eight chunks of advice I gave in reference to specific sites at the Coding Critique session. Eight critiques abstracted and made generally applicable to any web page. I hope you find at least one tip that you can use to improve your site.
I disagree dolphinling. There is no supporting evidence (nor even reasoning) provided that dynamically adding a target attribute makes the document invalid. And if anything, the fact that the DOM permits you to do so without error provides evidence that it is valid to do so.
We interrupt this blogging catchup session to post a bug report and workaround. Colloquy is a very popular MacOSX irc client. Today my iBook G4 (OSX10.6.4) went into a coma instead of sleep when it was low on power, and plugging it in was not enough to revive it so I had to do a hard reboot. But after rebooting, Colloquy 2.0D16 (the recommended stable build as of this writing) would simply crash (AKA "quit unexpectedly") upon launching.
I searched both Technorati and Google and failed to find any previous report of this crash on launch problem so here you go. Reinstalling Colloquy did not help. After some tinkering I tracked it down to the "Transcript Search Index" in the "Colloquy" folder in the "Application Support" folder in the "Library" folder in my OSX user folder (aka "~" or "home" directory).
The workaround is simple. If your Colloquy unexpectedly quits upon launch (especially if you have had to restart your mac recently without shutting down properly), then try the following:
An Event Apart NYC was the second two day web design conference in as much as a month that very much stood apart from other web related conferences and I was very much honored to be a part of it.
What can I say, Jeffrey and Eric run a tight ship. Having worked with them informally in the past on little redesigns (ALA 2.0) and panels (SXSW) and even full day tracks (WWW2005), I knew I would enjoy working with them again. But what really impressed me was how they ran a whole conference like clockwork. They've clearly done this a few times and have a routine down. I'm sure their wonderful helpers and volunteers were key to everything running smoothly. Here is my summary, with plenty of links to specific photos from my Flickr stream for visuals to complement the words.
Jeffrey and Eric checked out the Scandinavia House, in particular the Victor Borge Hall (seating, projection, sound, network) the Friday before the conference and shared a brief bonding moment when all checked out ok. Fortunately Eric brought me with and I was able to capture the moment. I tested out my iBook with the projector, and took the opportunity to capture a presenter's nightmare (nothing to do with underpants or being naked, but rather having no one show up).
From a speaker's perspective the fun started the night before the conference, with a speaker's dinner at the Live Bait restaurant (previously reviewed). Photos from An Event Apart NYC 2006 speakers dinner. The posse walking down the sidewalk afterwards. We saw a relay-mailbox tagged (in the other sense) to look like the Flickr default user photo.
The first day started off with an introduction by Jeffrey Zeldman and some great presentations focused on design. See the AEA NYC Complete Schedule for full details. Jeffrey walked us through the importance of copy editing, including such details as writing audience appropriate copy.
Jason Santa Maria explored the topic of Solving (Re)Design Problems with the particular example of A List Apart's recent redesign. Picking up where Jason left off, Eric Meyer described how to take a graphical design and write valid semantic (X)HTML+CSS.
Lunch was delicious. This is something that the An Event Apart guys have figured out that nearly no other conference organizer has. If you're charging a four digit ticket price for a conference, crappy conference food is a total slap in the face to your paying customers. Simple economics: the marginal cost between a mediocre conference meal and a very good conference meal is probably on the order of $10 a head if that (maybe a bit more), while the marginal benefit is much happier conference attendees including a feeling that they are being treated with an expected level of quality. See Eric Meyer's excellent blog post on event pricing for more details on this and other aspects of putting on a conference.
After lunch, Khoi Vinh took us through "A Day in the Life of a Design Director", literally. I really liked the color coded month calendar he showed where each color indicated a different kind of activity. I don't remember the index but it was quite fascinating to hear him explain the various activities and how he balanced them. Khoi noted that a key aspect to being productive and still have a life was developing a daily rhythm. Jeffrey's talk on brand narratives was also quite educational. I learned a lot, even if I did disagree with some of the generalizations such as "Engineers need everything on the home page" - that's not been my experience. I (and other engineers) need things to be grouped into logical chunks as much as anyone else does. Perhaps Jeffrey was exaggerating for effect. Or perhaps I've spent too much time around designers and reading Tufte. Or perhaps both.
After a brief break we were treated to an animated exposition on Web 0.2 by none other than the infamous Ze Frank. Clever and hilarious as always. You had to be there. In the last session of the day, Eric, Jason, Jeffery and Khoi provided design critiques of a number of sites that had been submitted by attendees for review.
With the day's sessions complete, the crowd gathered briefly outside before making it over to the HappyCog sponsored happy hour at Under the Volcano . As noted earlier I ducked out just minutes before the end of the happy hour and snuck off to a most excellent workout before catching up with friends who were already out at dinner at Chez Laurence. My favorite photo from dinner is this line-up of gentlemen wearing horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, and plaid. I also had the pleasure of finally meeting Chris Casciano, fellow member of the Web Standards Project, blogger at placenamehere.com and chunkysoup.net, and active contributor to the microformats.org community. Most recently he released a script that adds microformats support to NetNewsWire. Be sure to check out his blog post for step by step instructions with snapshots.
Day two provided an intense journey through code, from CSS, to semantic XHTML + microformats, to DOM and scripting. Eric Meyer walked us through numerous intermediate and advanced CSS techniques that can be used to make your CSS smaller (fewer rules), and your (X)HTML smaller as well (e.g. by reducing the number of classes). After Eric, I provided a freshly updated intro and overview of What are microformats? with numerous practical examples of microformatted markup built from scratch. In particular, this latest presentation ( blogs discussing the presentation) has brand new examples that demonstrate how to author an hCalendar event, and an hCalendar event with a nested hCard location. This was my most jam-packed microformats presentation yet, and somehow I still managed to get through it in about 40-45 minutes and have time for some Q&A. The crowd asked excellent questions which always help make the best presentations because everyone learns more. After Q&A and the traditional switching laptops dance, Eric Meyer presented on the "One True Layout". This has been discussed quite a bit so I won't go into details.
Lunch was once again excellent. The Sponsor Giveaways got everyone to return quickly to the auditorium. Aaron Gustafson's presentation So You Wanna be a DOM Star provided a step-by-step approach to not only developing scripting and DOM expertise in general, but also the relatively modern approaches of unobtrusive scripting, graceful degradation, progressive enhancement, objects, and creating APIs. After such an intense series of coding sessions, Jeffrey told some very nice stories about the origins of his book, Designing With Web Standards, and what went into the second edition.
In the final session of the first An Event Apart New York City, Eric Meyer, Aaron Gustafson and myself performed live code critiques, again on sites submitted from the attendees. I won't repeat the specific critiques we made of each site here. Instead, in my next post I'll provide a list of the most common feedback that I gave in general, which I hope will be useful to web designers and developers in general. Stay tuned.
I think my life has been on fast-forward for the past few weeks, well, if the photos are any evidence. And this is after the maximum event packing that I noted earlier. That photo at the start of this post is one of those surreal photos you can take at dusk where it is still light outside and yet the streetlamps glow brightly. Add a palm tree, a light-dotted bay bridge, and a view from a MUNI stop and the cliché is complete. Wish you were here. More photo "sets":
In addition to using the hReview creator to publish reviews of businesses (like restaurants) and products (like specific dishes at a restaurant), you can also review events (like concerts, conferences, or even fitness classes). Note that when you review an event, you should also markup the event with hCalendar, and ideally markup the location of the event as an hCard. Here are a few more reviews from my trip to New York City.
Having checked out Clay a few days before, I decided to try out the 90 minute Vinyasa II yoga class. Jenny Pommiss led the session. It was superb. This was only my second yoga class ever, but inspite of that I was able to do most of the positions without much difficulty, thanks to years of doing yoga videos by Rodney Yee and Kristin McGee (whom Jenny was subbbing for).
Jenny started the session with some simple conscious breating and then went through several warm up poses and flowing series. The more challenging poses followed, with a bunch of stretching and calming poses as well. Throughout the entire session she gave everyone encouraging instructions, and went around the room and helped people by adjusting their positions etc.
The 90 minutes flew by before I knew it and at the end I was very warm, just a bit tired yet wide awake, and overall had a feeling of calm happiness.
Jenny is an excellent instructor. If you like yoga and are in the New York City area, I strongly recommend you try a class with her. I spoke with her briefly afterwards and asked if she had a mailing list or blog, and the answer is not yet. So for now, just keep checking for mentions of Jenny Pommiss, and we'll see about getting her setup with a blog.
★★★★☆ That evening I attended the pre- An Event Apart speakers dinner along with a bunch of the usual suspects and their families at "Live Bait". I believe I also had a salmon salad there though I can't seem to find it on the menu, perhaps it was a special. I remember it being very tasty and filling too (no problem with the portion size). The environment was fun, casual, and they easily accommodated a decent sized group without difficulty (there were more than 10 of us, including two toddlers running around). The prices were very reasonable, the service friendly and quick, and the food excellent. Would definitely go there again.
The next day was the first day of An Event Apart NYC and the An Event Apart NYC Happy Hour. After a pineapple juice and some conversation with attendees, I ducked out about 7:15pm (just minutes before it was scheduled to end anyway) and cabbed it over to Clay to do another workout. Yes, on this trip I deliberately bucked the usual lapse in exercise that happens to me on most other conference trips. Plus I had the chance to take a class from one of the instructors of the DVDs which have helped me improve my fitness over the years, how was I to pass that up?
I have never taken a pilates class before. My only experiences with pilates consisted of the 5 minute mini-pilates-workout at the end of the MTV Power Yoga DVD, and the MTV Pilates DVDs, both of which I have been doing off and on for the past several months. All of which are taught by Kristin McGee. One of the DVDs had mentioned that she taught in person in New York City, so I figured it would be good to look up her classes, and try one out to get some in-person experience and feedback.
The class was awesome. Kristin warmed us up at what felt like just the right pace and took us through a number of the exercises that I was familiar with from the DVDs. We did several exercises that I had never seen before as well. She had a really good instinct for how far and fast she could push the class both in terms of strength and concentration, as many of the positions and moves required a decent amount of balance and focus in addition to strength. Being someone who's mind likes to stay active at nearly all times, I very much enjoyed the fact that the moves required physical and mental concentration. I certainly felt like I had been worked to my limits, and judging from looking around the room, I certainly wasn't the only one.
That's something you don't get from DVDs. Everyone on a DVD is keeping up with the instructor without difficulty, and when you're first learning, it can be very intimidating. But in the real world environment of a class room with other real world attendees, when you can actually stretch and hold positions longer or better than at least a few other folks around you, you suddenly realize that you're actually not bad. And for my first pilates class ever I felt like I did quite well. Kristin's positively worded instructions and encouraging happy tone of voice helped a lot.
By the end I felt like my whole body was "singing", I could feel all my muscles and yet was not sore. In addition, I had gained a sense of mental calm and clarity that was more than I had felt in quite some time. Afterwards I asked Kristin if she could sign some of her DVDs (which as a good fanboy I had brought with me) and she graciously obliged.
What else can I say? Kristin McGee rocks. I have tremendous admiration and respect for famous (or even micro-famous) people who are approachable, nice, and just plain human in person and Kristin is no exception. She is not only a great instructor, but an incredibly kind and friendly person as well.
If you're in New York City go take one of her classes and get worked. I certainly plan to do so again and hopefully I'll get a chance to participate in one of her yoga classes the next time I visit.
★★★★☆ After that workout I was starving and a quick phone call to Eric later I was on my way to join dinner in progress at Chez Laurence. In brief, despite the fact that I was late to join the party, they promptly took my order, and brought my food quickly before others had finished their desserts. Thanks very much to the Media Temple guys for taking us out by the way. Go check out their web hosting services.
Minor quibble with Chez Laurence, they shut off their espresso machine 15 minutes or more before closing time which itself was on the early side for New York City. It was ok though I didn't really need an espresso that late at night, and especially not after the incredibly energizing work-out that I had just had.
Last week when I was visiting the city that never sleeps, I got somewhere between 2-4 hours a night. Lots of input. This is the kind of environment that I thrive. So much going on no chance of being bored. And yet it wasn't as crowded on the streets as I remember from last time. Lots of new people, events, conversations, food, etc. I'm going to try posting a few reviews at a time to see how that works.
★★★☆☆I had a late brunch on July 8th at "Rare View" which is located in the bottom floor of the Shelburne Murray Hill Hotel. The odd thing was they didn't want to seat anyone until 5pm which was a bit annoying, so I had to wait in the bar and drank a pineapple juice to pass the time. Once I got seated the service was ok. The salmon salad itself was pretty good. The grilled salmon came hot, cooked just right, and quite tasty, although the portions were quite small. So it was good, but not $15.50 (before tax) good.
★★★★☆Regarding that low amount of sleep, after the late lunch on the 8th I walked up a couple of short blocks to the Starbucks at 40th and Lex. Clean interior with familiar decorations. Plenty of seating. Some sort of calm but forgettable music wafting from hidden speakers. The server made my iced venti non-fat light-ice latte quickly and the espresso/milk balance was just like I like it. I also grabbed a slice of lemon loaf to go to snack on late into the night.
★★☆☆☆I was in a bit of a rush for lunch on the 9th so I figured I would grab a veggie burger (a safe bet in California) from Rare View. It was big, no problem with portion size there. However, the mish mash of what they put into the massive veggie burger patty left a lot to be desired. I was so hungry that I was able to eat about half of the veggie burger before it dawned on me that I didn't really like how it tasted. So much so that I couldn't finish it. The burger was served with alower east side "Gus's" picklewhich was just about the nastiest dill pickle I have ever tasted. It had a real bad musky aftertaste. Stay away from "Gus's" pickles.
The food was either ok, or poor, but expensive. The service was slow. They seemed to have a bit of an attitude. I expect much more from a hotel restaurant, especially in New York City. For anyone visiting the Shelburne Murray Hill, I can only recommend that you inform yourself with other nearby eating options, and avoid the Rare Bar & Grill.
One year (plus a few hours) ago today, the idea of BarCamp was born.
Driving back in the early morning hours in Ryan King's car (having stayed up all night blogging and coding at SuperHappyDevHouse2), I related to Ryan (and I think either Chris or Andy or both were in the car as well) how much fun I had at FooCamp in 2004 and the fact that I had not (yet apparently) been invited to attend in 2005 and how I felt about that. Knowing that the focus and content of FooCamp were mostly attendee driven, armed with a plethora of photos from previous FooCamps, and inspired by the scrappy can-do attitude of events like SuperHappyDevHouse and Webzine2005 which were both openly or at least semi-openly organized by volunteers, I asked the rhetorical question: "Why don't we do our own FooCamp?" followed shortly thereafter with something like "We could call it BarCamp and make it open."
Many weeks went by and deadlines passed. Projects were completed, alphas launched, and conferences convened. But as everyone knows,
you cannot kill an idea.
It was the morning of Saturday August 13th and Chris Messina found me on IRC and reminded me about the idea of BarCamp. We decided to convene at Ritual Roasters and talk about it, was it even possible? In a matter of hours the BarCampFounders registered a domain, and started cloning the structure and logistics from the Foocamp wiki. Andy Smith blogged the announcement and added it to Craigslist, upcoming, and evdb. The list of planners, volunteers, and helpers grew quickly and details got sorted out in mere days.
Six days later the first BarCamp took place and the rest is history.
I've been visiting my sister Ayşan here in New York (Brooklyn specifically) for the past few days, and had the occasion to sample a few restaurants, cafes, and one yoga studio. In the interest of exercising the hReview creator, shaking out any remaining bugs (and UI awkwardness), and demonstrating that a structured review is not just another form of blog post, rather, it's a method of embedding one or more reviews in addition to other information into any kind of web page including a blog post, here are some hReviews:
★★★★☆ I had dinner at Franny's with my sister Ayşan the other night. Their friendly service and hip atmosphere made us instantly comfortable. Both their frittata and salad with pine-nut dressing were exceptionally tasty. The wood fired pizzas were good but not great. There is a small bar and window seating to watch the Flatbush foottraffic. I definitely recommend checking it out if you are in the hood. I found some nearby open wifi which worked fairly deep in the restaurant.
★★★★★ The CLAY Café has a great variety of healthy choices - from bitesize snacks, to smoothies made with all organic fruit, to frittata and sandwiches. I had a strawberry and banana smoothie with whey protein and multivitamin additions, and Ayşan tried the Chai smoothie. Both were excellent, very flavorful, and quite filling (I think they were approximately 20-24 oz.). The servers were very nice and helpfully answered all our questions. Adjacent to the cafe is a very cozy fireplace lounge (you have to see it to believe it). Did I mention that Clay also provides open wifi?
One catch: you have to be a member of the Clay Fitness in order to enjoy the café and lounge. Though if you show up and request a tour, and afterwards ask very nicely if you could sample the café, they might let you do so.
★★★☆☆ Jivamukti is a fairly well known Yoga center with locations in Munich, London, Toronot, Detroit, and of course New York on the Upper East Side and in Union Square, which is the location Ayşan and I tried out.
We specifically attended the "Beginner Vinyasa" class which apparently had a new instructor this month.
The class was 90 minutes long and included many positions and stretches that I was quite familiar with. It was my first actual yoga class (having done only DVDs up to that point), and I definitely appreciated the corrections in posture and position that the instructor, Shanna AKA "Lakshmi" provided. The pacing was quite good as well.
There were some aspects I didn't really care much for however. I've never been into the mystical side of yoga, and I could have done without "om" chants at the start and finish. I find that a little moment of silence, some peace and quiet, perhaps light flute music (Kung Fu style), or some nice ambient electronica provides a nice context for relaxed focus.
In addition, the instructor chose to tell us some anecdotes about injuries she incurred due to "bad yoga teachers", as well as a story about how yoga helped purify the body of an old man as evidenced by the purity of his post cremation ashes. My natural reaction to FUD is to treat it as yet another marketing technique (why would a yoga instructure use fear? that's very much against the supposed philosophy). And pseudo-scientific stories have no place in anything fitness related. Shanna clearly had plenty of personal issues or sources of pain to deal with, and it very much negatively impacted the overall tone of the class. In addition, anyone who believes in any kind of pseudo-science has no place being a health or fitness professional.
Overall the Jivamukti studio was fair, the changing areas were small and not very private. The organic cafe was nice and well lit with large windows on two sides with happy helpful workers as well, though we didn't sample any of the eats. They looked good though. I would try another class here however, or even the same class with a different instructor.
★★★★☆ Cafe 55 at the corner of 55th Street and 3rd Avenue has quite a selection of prepared dishes ready to eat. They had everything from simple muffins, common rice cripy streats, fruit loops treats (which I had never seen before), to various cold dishes, hot dishes such as tuna steak, salmon with red peppers, baked chicken, roast beef, and sides like four cheese mac-n-cheese, vegetable mashed potatoes (also had never seen before), rice pilaf, a selection of four soups, you name the ingredients salad, and even sushi. In addition, the drink selection was better than expected for a corner takeout cafe, including several refrigerated juices such as my personal favorite, ruby red grapefruit.
I had the salmon with red peppers, four cheese mac-n-cheese and vegetable mashed potatoes. The salmon was better than expected - cooked through but still flaky to the touch. The mac-n-cheese was exquisite (as mac-n-cheese goes), and the vegetable mashed potatoes was the best green goop I've had in a while.
Afterwards, if you're in the mood for some soft serve, Tasti-D-Lite is just a couple of doors down. You wouldn't believe how many conversations can be stopped and stares invoked with something as simple as a chocolate chip topped vanilla soft serve on a hot and humid summer Manhattan day.
★★★☆☆ Initially I resisted trying this place out, but Ayşan convinced and I'm glad she did. The service was sometimes a little slow, but everything else was definitely far better than expected for Mexican food in Brooklyn. They brought out chips and salsa as any decent Mexican restaurant shoul (we had to request refills though). I had the Salmon Loco burrito which was superb. Even the veggie refried beans and Spanish rice on the side were tasty. Ayşan's veggie fajitas came sizzlin' hot as they should, with a healthy side dish of fixin's. If you're a California expat and aching for something resembling Mexican food, you could do far worse than eat at the Burrito Bar on Flatbush. Don't expect it to be spicy. Me, I'm still aching for migas, which I have yet to find outside of Las Manitas in Austin, TX.
★★★★☆ On Jeffrey's recommendation, Eric and I walked down to Penelope (cafe bakery bar) for a very late lunch. Their veggie burger was quite tasty, and different, being served on an English muffin. I asked for Fontina cheese for additional creativity. Service was very friendly and prompt. I'd like to go back and try some of their other dishes. Eric and I passed on dessert which included a selection of cute namesake "pennie" cupcakes in the hopes of restoring some appetite in time for dinner.
★★★★☆ For me, dinner at Vezzo consisted of a tasty spinach salad (mozzarella substituted for the default goat cheese) and sampling of the cheese garlic bread. Both were very good, everyone else seemed to enjoy the pizza which I'll have to try some time. Funniest thing we saw - on the outside window, under their name was the text "Est. 2006". I suppose everybody has to start somewhere, or sometime. I like the optimism in such a statement. They're planning on being around for a while.
On this Independence day, one particular thought of independence has been overwhelming the quiet moments. No, it is not work related (in spite of the spate of rumors spread by a certain nutcase about two months ago). No, the thoughts are not happy. No I don't see any hope for a change, nor any flaws with the reasoning behind the decision.
Six days later, and the feelings are still empty. As empty as a baby's sudden brief moment of pindrop silence, mouth wide open, eyes scrunched, tears welling up, inhaling. The scream is coming and there is nothing you can do about it.
After burning real hard through the past 2+ weeks, it was nice to spend some time with family yesterday. My parents drove up from LA to my sister Aytek's place, and it was truly wonderful to see them, Steve, and of course little Devran too. In a couple of days I'll be in New York and get to see my younger sister Ayşan for a few days before jumping into the thick of An Event Apart activities and sessions. Though these past few weeks have brought forth some incredible accomplishments, unfortunately, they also brought forth some personal sadness. I didn't really have the chance to talk with my family about it. Perhaps the flight to New York will provide some quiet time for introspection, and Ayşan has always provided excellent perspective as well.
Somehow I got involved in planning, organizing, speaking or helping out with seven events over the course of two weeks. Let's see if I can at least list them with some links.
Whew! The second half of June was quite intense. Many thanks to everyone involved with all those events for making them run as smooth as they did.