I think that, overall, the workshops went very well indeed. Probably the most frustrating thing was that the hotel lacked net access for the entire time I was there. Oh, they had a network, with drops in the rooms and a first-floor wifi cloud. It’s just that the network was completely broken for the entire five days, save a two-hour window in the middle of one of the days.
But that annoyance aside, everything else was great. The attendees asked a lot of interesting questions and soaked up the firehose of information I was blasting their way. There was some good (and good-natured) give-and-take on the subject of tables versus CSS for layout, with plenty of examples of where each approach might be better or worse than others. And hey, I wore a tie! Both days! Ryan has the picture to prove it!
He also has the British spelling of “favorite” to prove that he’s been away from Colorado for too long.
Anyway, I’d like to send a huge thank you to everyone who attended for making it a great experience. I had fun, and I think you did too. Now for two bits of trivia about the attendees:
The quiet, bearded man who sat house right in the third or fourth row on Saturday was none other than Michaël Guitton, a significant and early contributor to S5, the slide show system I used to present the morning notes. I didn’t find this out until the end of the day, or else I’d have made him stand to take a bow. (Which might be why he waited until the end of the day to introduce himself.)
He was also the only person at lunch to order the salmon, although I came very close to doing so myself.
On Friday, as a number of us headed up the street for social hour, one of the attendees mentioned he’d been in Cleveland and Columbus many years ago. I asked what had brought him there, and he said he’d been touring with a band.
“Oh, really?” said I. “That’s cool. Um, any chance it’s a band I might have heard of?”
“The Jesus and Mary Chain”, he said.
I had to ask him three times if he was having me on. Turns out he wasn’t: I was talking to Dave Evans, who was their guitarist in the late 80s. Seriously. I could not make this up even if I tried. I really had a former member of the Jesus and Mary Chain in my CSS workshop.
That’s so far beyond incredible that I can’t even describe where it ends up.