See you in London at @media 2006?

In a few days I’m leaving for London to attend the @media conference. I hope it will be as much fun as last year was, but it’s a bit different for me since this year I am one of the speakers. I’ll only be sitting in on a panel (Strategic CSS Project Management), not holding a full presentation of my own. I’m still a bit nervous about the whole thing, and looking at the names of the other speakers gives me a surreal feeling.

If you’re going to @media and see me standing in a corner trying to make myself invisible, come and say hi. I promise I won’t bite. Well, unless you start talking about alt tags ;-). I am a very approachable kind of person most of the time, but I do tend to be a little shy among people I don’t know. In other words, don’t wait for me to start any conversations.

Please forgive me if I don’t immediately recognise your name. There are so many people blogging about standards based web development these days that it is hard for me to keep track of who everybody is and who wrote what where. There’s only so much room in my brain.

Anyone know of any good espresso bars in the vicinity of the conference venue (The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre)?

So, who’s going to be there?

Posted on June 9, 2006 in Life


  1. Hi Roger

    I will be attending this year and I cannot wait, my only problem with it is the schedule, I want to go to it all :(

    Will make an effort to say hello though :D

    See you there… Oh yeah, good luck with the presntation ;-)

  2. It will be nice to see you there Roger. Hope it will go well at the panel.

  3. I’ll be attending this event, and cannot wait.

    Good luck with the panel…looking forward to that as I know Dave Shea is also participating in that session.

    As for expresso…Starbucks??? LOL, there’s always one of those about.

  4. Yeh, see you there.

  5. Please forgive me if I don’t immediately recognise your name.

    Good thinking, you don’t want to do a Derek Featherstone (hint: search for “Best Polite Pretense of Knowing…”).

    Have a great time and good luck with the presentation (apparently half of Sweden are coming to watch just you :-)).

  6. We’ll be there for your panel - hope to meet you at the event as well.

  7. June 9, 2006 by Jan Tore Ynnesdal

    See you there. Can’t wait to get on the plane… ;-)

  8. See you there! Looking forward to it big time. Nearby coffee shops.

  9. I’ll be there. I’m not sure whether I’ll be at yours or Nate’s presentations yet though - there’s two of us going from my office, and we’ve still got to fight it out over who goes to what.

    I’m generally not one for mixing in big crowds full of scary people either, but I’ll be making the effort at @media - after all, I don’t get to go to these things very often.

    Good luck with the presentation.

  10. Don’t forget your packet of 8 by 10 inch black and white glossies signed in the plate. :)

  11. Enjoy, Roger! Sad to say I won’t be there this year, but I know it will be successful and a lot of fun!

    Cheers, Derek.

  12. Ah, I won’t be attending @Media following a cashflow crisis relating to chronic repairs on my car! But I might still bump into you anyway as I’m due to be at the ‘NotMedia’ meetups in London at the same time.


    (Organised by that Dutch guy - Faruk).

  13. Looking forward to see (and hear) you over there Roger. Good luck!

  14. Sigh This once again reminds me of the fact that I won’t be attending @Media. Real pitty, cos’ the line-up and subjects really do look impressive.

    Best of luck in London! Hope to see some interesting posts when you come back ;)


  15. Wish I could attend, but unfortunately it collides with a short trip to Madrid.
    Best of luck with the panel and coffee hunt!

  16. June 11, 2006 by Sheila Thomson

    Unfortunately I can’t attend the conference but if you’re going to the @media social event on Saturday then I’ll look out for you there.

    Good luck with the panel.

  17. Okay, when when you hear someone shouting “So whazzup with the alt tags, Roger?”, that’d be me :)

  18. June 11, 2006 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Caroline: Starbucks… I don’t know. Never tried one though. Do they make really, really good coffee?

    Robert: Hah, I sure hope Swedes have better reasons for going than watching me make a fool of myself :-p.

    Rich: Thanks, hopefully at least one of those has a barista who knows how to make a superb (espressino|mezzo|cortado|half-and-half|metà-metà|maracchino).

    Derek: It’s a shame you’re not going, but I fully understand.

    Bramus: I have a post or two waiting to be published. Not sure if there will be time to write any new articles between @media and my upcoming vacation though.

    Reine: If I find a place that serves good coffee you’ll find out on my coffee blog ;-).

    Sheila: I will probably attend the @media Social. See you there :-).

    Jan: Hehe. No swearing, please! ;-P

  19. Good luck with the panel, Roger. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts instead of reading them! :)

  20. Hm, good coffee in a country where the majority seems to accept instant coffee as a replacement? ;)

    Anyway, I’ll attend the conference and hope to have our company’s blog set-up until then so that I can write about @media and the alt-tag moshpit.

  21. Robert: Hah, I sure hope Swedes have better reasons for going than watching me make a fool of myself :-p

    Yes, we are also going to make fun of the english loosing to trinidad/tobago on thursday…(at least I think it’s on thursday)

    Oh well, I can relate to the shy part. I’ll hide behind you. :D

  22. I’ll be standing in the opposite corner looking equally awkward - maybe we can wave tentatively at each other :-)

  23. I’ll be there too - also looking awkward ;-)

  24. I was planning to go there and shake off the awkwardness with an unreasonable amount of pints afterwards, but I forgot I’m on holiday from Thursday on. So: If you need a ticket (it is sold out!), you can have mine: get it here

  25. Looking forward to your presentation, Roger. And also to putting faces to all these names and blogs I’ve been reading for so long.

  26. It’s so easy for us anonymous nobodies to forget that you, the stars of the standards community, can be shy as well. But it sure makes it a bit easier to be a shy noob when you know that even the smartest, best lookin’, most contributing standardista can feel a bit akward as well.

  27. If you see/hear 4 guys speaking hard-to-understand-swedish-kalmaritiska, we’d love to say hi and grab a beer :-)

  28. Great first day, looking forward to your presentation tomorrow Roger. Good luck!

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