I’m Packing (14th October 2008)

Everyone was out of the house and I’d finished eating lunch. Was thinking of turning the PC on and tidying up the Collections of Interesting Web Pages.

Then I noticed my empty suitcases sitting on the floor, empty and expectant. So I put on some music, turned it up loud and made a beeline for the airing cupboard.

Having figured out the number of days I’ll be at TPAC 2008 I started sorting out sensible amounts of clothing. After confirming various items, I ferried them to the suitcases where the musc was going.

Unintentionally and quite uncharacteristically, I started humming along and singing the bits I knew. (Quite how it sounded is probably best left unrecorded.) The ritual of packing had triggered an old feeling: excitement.

Back in the day, I’d have music going the whole time I was at the PC. My feet would be tapping and I might even sway a bit as I hummed and mumbled along. This would have been while modding GTA or joking and working with my various fellow modders on GTA Forums.

It also brought back memories of preparing for TPAC 2007. I felt like a fish out of water for most of that event. I’d only attended one conference before that.

This time I’m more sure of what I’m doing. The excitement I felt today is a reassuring affirmation of that.


It’s now 18th October 2008. All of this fit in one suitcase:

4 T-shirts; 2 jumpers; pyjamas; towelling robe; several pairs of socks; several pairs of boxer shorts; power cables; a Playstation 2 controller; 2 plastic bags to keep worn clothes separate; shampoo, shower gel and other toiletries.

The cream jumper is wrapped around the Playstation 2 and a couple of games.


Meetings I plan to spend some or lots of time in during the day:

Cascading Style Sheets Working Group (CSSWG)
Mobile Web Best Practices (MWBP)
Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG)
Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG)
Mobile Web Best Practices (MWBP)
Hypertext Markup Language Working Group (HTMLWG)
Hypertext Markup Language Working Group (HTMLWG)