Thursday 25 August 2005

SVGOpen 2005

I had the great opportunity to go to the annual SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) conference [ SVGOpen], this year held in Enschede, Netherlands.
This is my second time presenting at the SVGOpen. I gave a course on building WebApplications and presented a couple papers on networking interfaces in SVG and a "HTML-Forms" implementation in SVG + sXBL.

Besides giving and attending presentations the conference truly is about meeting people and having a good time. And we surely did have a good time during the 4 days in Enschede. So much that, when I came home on friday, I went to bed at 1:00pm and only woke up the next morning at 10:00am and pretty much just resting for the rest of the weekend.
I guess thats what happens if one parties till 5:00 in the morning and gets up at 10:00 to give a presentation. But hey, we don't live twice!

All togehter I meet a lot of interesting people, had a great time and am looking forward to the next SVGOpen.

Friday 19 August 2005

dear blog ...

I have been neglecting yo .. I am sorry!

For the first time I drove an english car just a couple weekends ago. It was a little trip I took with Kate form London to Burmingham.
So, right after picking up the car from the rental place I drove a bit too close to the left and gone was my passenger side plastic mirrow covering. Other than that and that Kate was not quite sure if she really wanted to have me drive her it went really well.

A week ago Marco, my best friend from germany, came over to see London and hang out with me.

He stayed for a whole week. As I had to work there was not too much time to do much exploring together but we used the time available as much as we could.

Did all the tourist things, the river, big ben, ...

On tuesday we went out for an Editors concert, had lots of beer, danced, ... On wednesday we went for another concert !!! (Chk Chk Chk) which was really good. Again lots of beer and lots of dancing.

Thursday I did not feel too well, probably the lack of sleep so we did not do much. Marco explored the city while I tried to get work done.
At the end of the week we kindof took things a bit more slowly.

Saturday night at 4am marco took his flight back home. I got a bit more sleepa and took a flight sunday afternoon to the netherlands for the SVGOpen 2005 conference.