One day to dConstruct

Just one more sleep until dConstruct—squee!

Not that I anticipate getting much sleep. My sleepnessness will partly be like that of a child on the night before Christmas. But my sleepnessness will also inevitably be that of an adult neurotically worrying about trifling details.

In reality, everything is all set. Thanks to the stellar Clearleft events team, I don’t need to lose any sleep. But my stupid brain can’t help but run a conveyer belt of potential problems through my mind: what about dongles? Power? Timings? What if there’s an impromptu rail strike? A deluge? Other emergencies you can’t even imagine?

I try to ignore those pestering pointless questions and instead think about the fantastic talks we’re going to get. I’m genuinely excited about each and every speaker. I’m pretty sure that once the day begins, I’ll forget all my worries and bliss out to the mind-expanding presentations.

The day before a conference feels kind of like the build-up to a battle. All the strategic decisions have been made, everything is in place, and now there’s nothing to do but wait.

I’ve communicated (or maybe over-communicated) all the relevant details to the speakers. And one week ago I sent one final email to the attendees with details of the schedule and some suggestions for lunch.

I also included this request:

Could you do me a favour? Would you mind getting a hold of a Covid test sometime in the next week and taking a test a day or two before dConstruct? (And if you test positive, please don’t come to the event.)

If you can’t get hold of a test (I know it can be tricky), then could you please bring a mask to wear when inside the venue?

I think asking everyone to take a test is a reasonable request, and nobody has objected to it. I worry that it’s yet another form of hygiene theatre (like providing anti-bacterial handwash for an airborne virus). After all, the antigen tests are most effective when you’ve already got symptoms. Taking a test when you don’t have symptoms might well give a negative result, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have Covid. Still, it’s a little intervention that might catch an infection that otherwise would’ve spread further.

I’m assuming that everyone coming to dConstruct is vaccinated. Maybe that’s naive on my part, but I figure if you’re intelligent enough to get a dConstruct ticket, you’re intelligent enough to protect yourself and others. So we won’t be requesting proof of vaccination. I hope my naivety aligns with reality.

See, this is all one more thing for my brain to gnaw on when I should be thinking about what a fantastic day of talks I’ve got ahead of me. Roll on tomorrow!

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Previously on this day

1 year ago I wrote Coaching on the Clearleft podcast

It’s a bit salesy but it’s also a really good discussion.

2 years ago I wrote T E N Ǝ T

A spoiler-filled look at the new Christopher Nolan film.

7 years ago I wrote Ice cold in Copenhagen

A trip to Denmark for the Coldfront conference.

8 years ago I wrote dConstruct 2014

Important. Serious. Rewarding. Inspiring.

9 years ago I wrote dConstruct 2013

We came, we saw, we communicated with machines.

9 years ago I wrote Testing webmentions

Ping! Ping! Ping!

11 years ago I wrote Makers in Brighton

All the fun of the Maker Faire.

11 years ago I wrote dConstruction of the Fables

dConstruct 2011 was great …in my opinion.

16 years ago I wrote Simon and Paul

APIs are good for business.

18 years ago I wrote Storm chasing

If, like me, you have recently acquired hurricane fever, there’s a handy little freeware OS X application you might like. MegaTrack shows the current and projected paths of tropical storms using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminst

19 years ago I wrote Things To Do In Brighton When You're Dead

Make some coffee.

20 years ago I wrote The Farmer's Market

There’s a farmer’s market once a month in the centre of Brighton.