Remain

Today I’m traveling to the fourth WordCamp Europe, organised this year in Vienna. It will probably be the largest WordCamp, i.e. community-organized WordPress conference ever. My thoughts however are very much in Britain, where my relatives and millions of their countrymen and -women will be voting today on whether the UK should leave the EU or remain a member. I find it almost unbelievable that Europe (and the UK) might be in an even bigger mess than before just because of two men’s lust for power. But it’s too late to wonder about Cameron’s and Johnson’s motives – Britain, I hope you stay with us. Don’t let the populists win.

A European WordCamp

Last night I got home at 3:00 from the first ever multi-nation WordCamp, WordCamp Europe 2013 in Leiden, The Netherlands. The weekend was packed with many inspiring talks, but above all it was a unique chance to meet other developers and designers from around Europe and the world. Based on discussions I had during the past two days, advanced use cases of WordPress as an app platform are becoming more and more common. I also had the opportunity to talk to many WordPress “superstars” like Andrew Nacin, Nikolay Bachyisky and The Matt.

Putting together a conference of over 700 people can not be an easy task, but everything went pretty much without a hiccup (there were occasional wifi problems but that’s almost to be expected). A big thanks to the international team of organisers!

Trip to Denmark

This Summer we made a trip to nearby Denmark. We spent a week in a cottage in Jylland by the North Sea, and a few days after that in beautiful sunny Copenhagen.

Buying a bus ticket in the USA

Being used to the fairly sensible ways of Finnish trains and buses, the policies stated on the American Greyhound website seem quite odd:

While the ticket is schedule specific, it may be used for any schedule on the correct date for the origin and destination purchased.

Err, what? So they’re basically saying that the ticket is only for a specific schedule, and then saying it isn’t. Well, at least it’s cheap.