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People started uploading the pictures they took at the Barcelona PHP Conference to Flickr. I completely forgot to take any, but looking at the awesome pictures, I don’t mind much, there’s plenty and very well done. It’s funny to see there’s a lot of slides from Jens’ presentation (which you can see in full detail here). I’m glad to see people found it useful, he worked hard to make it interesting.

Anyway, you can find them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/phpbcnint08/

If you happen to have been at the conference and have pics to share, remember to add the tag ‘phpbcnint08‘ to them so they get added to this listing, would be a pity to miss them.

Enjoy! And spot me if you can 😛

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Some colleagues from work had the brilliant idea of making a group trip to visit Japan next year. Being the geeky girl I am, and being so crazy about all things Japanese, I can’t but cheer at this iniciative and join them.

We met on Sunday to talk about the initial route proposal. The original plan is to travel around September next year, going across the country (north to south) in 15-20 days. We would start at Sapporo (Hokkaido) and end our adventures in Nagasaki or Okinawa, depending on the length of our stay. We have scheduled visits to the most important cities (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, etc) as well as some smaller towns. Also temples, museums, and natural parks. Sounds so exciting! I hope we have time to see everything!

The trip won’t be cheap, around 3.000€ per person (I bet it will be more), so that’s a big challenge for me. I’m actually not sure I can make it, because financially speaking I’m in a tight spot  (crisis ftl). But hope is the last thing one has to give up, and I’m determined to at least try to save enough money to make the trip, while not harming my daily economy.

So, we have one year to save up money, to gather useful information for the trip (where to stay, what to do) and to learn some Japanese (ohayo!). Websites like Kirai‘s are going to be so useful. Countdown starts now!

By the way, we have an official mascot of our trip as of yesterday. Meet Cosplay Doraemon!

Last Saturday I assisted to the PHP Conference 2008, in Barcelona (well, in Cornellà). I think it was a nice event in general, very interesting and possibly better than last year’s.

Despite being the “Barcelona PHP Conference”, it was all held in English, which wasn’t bad at all. One of the speakers was a coworker of mine, Jens Bierkandt. He talked about how to pimp (lol) high volume websites. We are quite experienced on this at work, having so many visits and pageviews and all that, so the presentation itself wasn’t enlightening for me, but I think it was very well exposed. For anyone interested in the magic formula, you can find the slides of his presentation here.

Besides the presentations, these conferences are useful to know people with the same interests as you. I still think we aren’t enough girls in the PHP scene, but I wonder if it’s just because other girls are smarter than to get involved with PHP, hehe. Had a chance to talk to Scott MacVicar, from Jelsoft, creators of vBulletin (the joy of putting a face to the email address you have complained to is infinite!), Derick Rethans from eZ and Zöe Slattery (yay a girl!) amongst others.

I wasn’t entirely happy about the distribution of the talks, because I missed some I really wanted to see, and assisted to a couple that weren’t specially useful to me. But in any case, I had a great day. And I got this awesome PHP elephant plushie as souvenir. Thanks Scott for the gift! 🙂

I just came back from a presentation of coding contest entries. The contest is organized by my company and pointed at us developers, as a way to get fresh ideas for our website and some R&D done about them. All the participants had such great ideas, it’s amazing what you can build around software. Big clap for everybody.

I had to present my own project, and whew, I was so nervous. However, I think it went well… I worked hard on my PowerPoint presentation and practiced what I wanted to say while writing it. I will always be a shy kitten, so probably didn’t talk loud enough and I stuttered here and there, but it’s done now, and I did my best. It’s a shame the application isn’t ready yet for the public, since I got some requests to see it. This weekend is going to be stressy, the live testing of all the applications starts Monday.

I kinda wish I had teamed with a designer (although Jaumet helped so much :D). Most of the apps looked fancy and flashy, compared to mine. But I tried to focus on the idea and what can be done with it, I hope it makes up for it, somehow. Also, learning a new programming language and a new framework (go go Django!) took most of the time dedicated to the project, and I think it’s better that way.

Oh well, will see who won this contest in a week from now. It will be hard for the judges, in my opinion all the apps were impressive. The price is a juicy MacBook Air or MacBook Pro! I’m not a fan of Apple, but I guess even I can’t say no to a free Mac 🙂

This has to be the best kitten pic I’ve ever seen…

I can has Sun?

I can has Sun?

And this one comes pretty close as well!

Meow?

Meow?

Found them through CuteOverload, but the original pictures are @ SomethingAwful

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I like reading blogs, although I don’t really enjoy the “show off stuff to others” direction that many have taken, feels kind of dull to see the same method everywhere. But I must admit there are some useful and entertaining blogs out there. And when I come across something interesting, I find myself thinking, “I wish I had a blog to share this awesome thing”. Sigh.

Writing a blog, uff… I have had this account for so long I can’t even remember. But I kind of refused to join the masses of blogs used to forward other’s posts (with little own original content), just like I refuse to forward Powerpoint spam mails whenever I receive one. But with time I’ve come to the conclusion that blogs aren’t evil and the world is too cool to remain silent about it. Hence the post title.

I don’t really expect anyone to read this blog, since it won’t have anything special. Just my thoughts about totally random stuff that I like. But if you land here for whatever the reason, welcome! I’m Arien, this is my blog and I hope you have a nice time around here 🙂


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