I’m feeling a very strange mixture of excitement and apprehension this week.
As the days count down to dConstruct 2007 on Friday, I’m feeling like a little kid at Christmas time. I’ve been looking forward to this all year. Now, as my friends from distant shores begin to wend their way towards Brighton, I’m fit to burst with anticipation.
At the same time, I’ve been frantically preparing for the microformats workshop I’m doing with Tantek two days before the conference. We’re planning to have a very hands-on practical day, light on slides but heavy on exercises. It makes a nice change from the DOM Scripting and Ajax workshops I normally do. They have a minimum level of complexity that doesn’t lend itself to hands-on exercises. The nice thing about a deliberately simple technology like microformats is that someone could potentially begin the day knowing nothing about microformats and end the day markup up hCards and hCalendars to beat the band.
I think the workshop will be good but the demons of doubt always descend at this point. I’m going to try to harness their insidious whispers to keep working on my material instead of letting them paralyze me into inaction.
Still, I’ll be glad when the workshop is done. Then I can really let my hair down and enjoy the conference… as well as all the other events going on in Brighton this week:
- The dConstruct pre-party is on Thursday night in Heist on West Street. The booze will be provided courtesy of Media Temple.
- BarCamp Brighton kicks off in Glenn’s office when dConstruct ends and lasts for the whole weekend.
- Oh, and the Brighton Food and Drink Festival is running all month.
In the midst of all this merriment, conference attendees can also indulge in the dConstruct Photo Scavenger Hunt which starts on the 5th and ends on the 9th. To participate, take suitable pictures around Brighton and tag them with pier to pier, mod Britannia, a Norman door, a feral Celt, Brighton rock(s), Clearleft geotagged, crimes against the user, the campest bar in Brighton and I can haz Jeremy Keith.
I don’t know what that last one’s all about.
If you’re coming to dConstruct, I’ll see you soon and together we can let the good times roll. As soon as I’ve done this workshop.