Last Monday, Sara and I made our way to Birmingham for TechMixer University. The conference itself was on the Tuesday but being a 4 hour drive we headed up the night before in order to be there for the 7:30 am kickoff.
The conference itself was great (even if between session seating was sorely lacking) but it didn’t stop us catching some great sessions, meeting some awesome folks and then having an awesome breakout session in the hallway (with Tammy Hart, Daniel, Mykel Alvis, Evan Travers, Jason Chuang, Tom Brander and more) before I got up to give my presentation on WordPress Optimization for Shared Host Environments.
I must admit that I was caught a little off guard when I went to present as there was no podium, and instead my laptop had to be connected to a projector which was halfway down the hall. This may not have been an issue when you’re presenting for 15 or 30 minutes, but when you’ve got screens full of notes for a 60 – 75 minute presentation (on a fairly technical topic) it’s nice to be able to reference them. Thankfully we never leave home without (at least) 2 laptops and the ever wonderful Sara stepped in to handle my slides so I could have my notes close to me. As it turned out I didn’t really need them and my memory actually recalled most of what I needed, but I’ll know better for next time.
On Tuesday night we met up with with many of the same peeps who were part of the breakout session and had a really excellent meal, and many, many laughs at a Mexican restaurant called Cantina. The food was good, the beer was okay, but what made that meal was the company. Mykel and Jason regaled us with stories of misdeeds and misspent younger years and an excellent time was had by all.
It was sad to leave and comeback to Mobile on the Wednesday but we didn’t leave without dropping by the offices of Infomedia where I had the pleasure of hanging out with and chatting WordPress with Jamie Parris, Brian Krogsgard and the rest of the developers (sorry didn’t get everyone’s last name) for a couple of hours before Sara and I headed for a barbecue lunch with Jamie (and a waiter that I can only assume was seriously stoned).
Thanks to everyone in Birmingham, at TMU and Infomedia for a great few days. We look forward to coming back up soon… I hear there’s a WordCamp in January?