WWDC Webloggers' Dinner

I enjoyed the web bloggers’ dinner last night, and really appreciate Buzz Andersen arranging it. It was great to meet Brent, Eric Albert, Joe Heck, Jonas Luster, Wolf Rentzsch, Paul, and others whose names I either didn’t catch, or don’t remember (sorry!). People seemed really enthusiastic about the Keynote announcements, which is good, since most of these people actually make things to be used by us lesser mortals . I caught a glimpse of Bill Humphries, who I keep almost meeting at conferences, of an SF sort.

WWDC 2004 Keynote

I’ve been unable to get a DHCP connection, so haven’t really been ab le to blog the conference, not even the stuff I can talk about. I’ll post my WWDC entries retroactively, once I’m home. I tend to write posts in BBEdit anyway, so I can simply wait to post. I think they things that most caught my eye in the Keynote were announcements about Safari, Dashboard, and Automator, all mentioned in the Tiger preview.

The Steve Jobs keynote is available in QuickTime here. This keynote was a bit different than other keynotes. For one thing, Steve Jobs seemed more relaxed than I’ve seen him in other key notes. This is not meant as anything other than an observation; heaven knows, you’d have to pay me to get on that stage. But all the Apple employees seemed less tense than they were in 2001 and 2002. They were mostly wearing their own clothes rather than logo ware&emdash; maybe that’s one reason people were more at ease.

They were playing music over the sound system, while people filed in; some Johnny Cash, and some Beatles, but as usual I heard at least two songs I’d buy if I knew the name and artist. I keep hoping I’ll see a WWDC playlist on iTunes.

Celtic Literature is Everywhere

So, right after I, somewhat ruefully, point out that I don’t, quite, fit in at WWDC, I find a fellow attendee and blogger Joe Heck’s blog (and his domain) is called Rhonawby, after the twelfth century Arthurian text The Dream of Rhonabwy or in Welsh Breuddwyd Rhonabwy. Rhonawby is an interesting text for its Arthurian connections, as well as for it’s use of satire, and parody, and what appears to be a divination ritual with overtones of shamanism. Joe thoughtfully links to Lady Charlotte Guest’s version of The Dream of Rhonawby. I should tell him about Gantz’ translation; it’s much better&em;Gantz gets the jokes, and Lady Charlotte can be over delicate.

Still, it’s way cool.

WWDC

On the strength of a student scholarship from Apple, I’ll be going to Apple’s World Wide Developer‘s conference. I can’t stay the whole time, the hotels cost too much, especially if, like me, you’re a navigationally impaired grad student and need to be fairly close to Moscone. But I will be blogging, when the NDA allows, like these bloggers Jonas Luster lists, and I’ll go to Buzz Andersen’s Weblogger Dinner. It should be a lot of fun, but I always feel like I’m being crammed with information at WWDC. Many of the presenters are extremely good teachers, which takes more than just a pretty Keynote presentation. I’m going to concentrate on the QuickTime track, and of course, interface stuff.

This is my third time to a WWDC. I think I puzzle a fair number of the developers—my resume is certainly different. And of course there aren’t that many women there, and there are even fewer female students. My chief skill, explaining technology to non-technical people, in person and in writing, and acting as a user advocate and representative, doesn’t seem to make sense to a large number of the people I meet at technical conferences. Last time, at the student reception, an HR person told me that “anyone can do technical writing” (not true!). I said “Yes, but can they do it in Old Irish?” I don’t think he got the joke.