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Talking ‘bout microformats

Last night’s Web Standards Group meetup in London went well. I cut it a bit close and arrived just a few minutes before show time. I wasn’t trying to imitate Tantek, it was just that the train from Brighton was experiencing problems (surprise, surprise).

Norm gave the uppercase Semantic Web a good drubbing, I bored everyone with the minutiae of markup, and Drew blew my mind with a visionary look at using microformats as an API for your website.

After that, we convened to the pub where many excellent conversations were to be had. I had a great chat with some of the Multimap gang, and I got to meet Alex Robinson, yes that Alex Robinson. As usual, I had to run away to catch a train back to Brighton. Also as usual, it took me hours to get home.

I’ve made a PDF of my slides but, as is always the case, they don’t make too much sense without the context of the presentation. Hopefully, there will be a podcast of the evening’s talk released. Head over to Stuart’s WSG page where you can subscribe to the feed.

London calling

It’s seems like I’m going up and down to London like a yo-yo this week.

On Monday, I gave a day of Ajax training at Framfab LBI. They’re a smart bunch. Normally, I have to sell developers on the concepts of progressive enhancement and unobtrusive JavaScript but these guys were already walking the walk. I felt kind of bad: for at least the first half of the day, I must have been preaching to the converted. Nonetheless, they were all very gracious and said they got a lot out of the day anyway. Too kind.

Yesterday evening was the Opera event which, despite the technical hitches, ended up being an enjoyable night out. Once the sales pitches and PowerPoint were out of the way, everyone was able to relax and enjoy the free booze, the mysterious canapés, and of course, the company.

After my talk and my hasty blog post, I spent the remainder of the evening explaining to people that no, I don’t have any connection to Opera, and wishing I had introduced myself before I started spouting my little after-dinner speech.

I had the chance to hang out with some of the gang from Last.fm, which was a lot of fun. It turns out that Hannah is a fellow believer in fighting the good fight for liquid layouts.

Today is the one day I won’t be getting on a train to the big smoke. Band practice takes precedence. Tomorrow, though, I’ll be returning to the bosom of mother London.

The second ever Web Standards Group meetup in London is taking place at the New Cavendish Street campus of Westminster University. The theme of the evening is microformats. Norm!, Drew and I will be covering the past, present and future of the single coolest thing happening on the Web right now. Why not join us for an evening of entertainment and education? The event is free. You can find more details on the Upcoming page. Try to get there for around half past six. Afterwards, we’ll decamp to the Bricklayer’s Arms for drinks ‘till late.

Be there or be square.

Melbourne calling

My time in Melbourne is almost at an end. Thanks to everyone who sent tips on places to go and things to see here. Most of my activities, as evidenced by my Flickr pics, have revolved around food. I must get around to writing it all up on Principia Gastronomica.

I took some time out from my culinary explorations to give a talk at the local Web Standards Group meetup. It was fun. I recycled my talk from d.Construct, The Joy of API. People seemed to enjoy it and there were a lot of great questions asked afterwards.

The audio from the talk at d.Construct is now available through the podcast. I’ve had the audio transcribed — using Casting Words — and I’ve posted the results here.