A brief glimpse of the snowy road in Munich, eating delicious ribs at Rendezvouz in Memphis, and cider at Flying Saucer.
While reading Michael Arrington’s essay Why Desktop Touch Screens Don’t Really Work Well For Humans I came across this video, which I thought was pretty cool.
Hopefully this whets your appetite for whatever comes out of Apple tomorrow. Should be an interesting day for WordPress.com as well: whenever Apple does a major announcement we blow past all our previous traffic records. The current one-day record is 63.5 million pageviews.
I get asked a lot about tips on public speaking because I do it so frequently. Positive response when I give a talk is generally proportional to how relaxed I was when giving the presentation and on good days I’ll get comments like people were able to relate to what I was saying or that watching me calmed them down. I don’t mention this in the video, but besides breathing and remembering the audience is there to see you do well, the best way to relax is to know your material down cold. I’ve lived and breathed WordPress for almost 7 years now, so I can talk about it for hours without thinking twice. I think practicing and knowing your material well comes across most in your body language which probably affects how people perceive your presentation more than what you say.
We recorded this before Scott Berkun’s new book Speaker Confessions was out, which I recommend now.
I’m heading to Munich, Germany for the DLD conference where I’m going to be on a panel. If you’re there say howdy and I’ll show you my Apple Tablet. (Just kidding. )
The WordPress Foundation website is now live, and some interesting things coming for it soon.
It looks like the Stanford Daily, Stanford University’s newspaper since 1892, is now on WordPress.
Polldaddy just became the second Automattic web service to reach a billion pageviews a month. (I’m not counting Gravatar.) They also just updated their WordPress.org plugin to including ratings. Watch for some other major updates coming up soon.