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October 24, 2004

a bit of an update

It's been almost two weeks since my last post so I'd better give an account of myself.

As you might guess, it has been very busy.

I spent a few days in New Zealand with Doug Bowman. You can read Doug's account and see a few photos at stopdesign.

Can I just say in passing I love New Zealand. I've only been there a couple of times, but literally have never had a bad moment there. It is the most spectacular place you have ever seen (and I've been a lot of places) - the Lord of the Rings films don't even do it justice. New Zealanders I find are simply wonderful hosts. Warm, open, helpful, even to Aussies (from time to time we have our differences, usually over Rugby). I'd consider living there but for one thing, I love warm weather, and NZ's climate just isn't quite for me.
Do yourself a favour, get to New Zealand at least once in your life.

Ok, other than that, last week we started the Style Master 4 beta programme. Style Master 4 has some significant improvements and new features that I can't talk about right now, but the app should be out in the next couple of months. I
ll hopefully have more details as we get closer to the date.

LifeSaving, about which I have spoken quite a bit on this blog over the last year or so has kicked off again, and while I am trying to limit the amount of time I volunteer this season (given everything else in my life) I managed to spend the whole of yesterday with lifesaving duties.

A couple of days back, I spoke at the OASIS OpenStandards conference, organised by the delightful Nga and all at Allette. I spoke with Nigel McFarlane, who does really cool things with Mozilla (check out his Book, Rapid Application Development with Mozilla) and Charles McCathie Neville from the W3C, about Semantics and the web, and other such stuff. Hope to have my paper online shortly.

And last but definitely not least, I'll sneak in the fact that Sara and I are getting married. We are running off the Cook Islands in a few weeks and thought it was a lovely place to "tie the knot".

Not to mention plans afoot for Web Essentials events we have on the go, including something big we hope to announce in the coming weeks.

So, that might explain the lack of my usual rantings of late,

A presto,


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Congratulations from a stranger on your upcoming marriage. :-)

Posted by: Leena | Oct 24, 2004 2:29:39 PM

Congrats from another stranger. Hey - the Chatham Islands are right near the Cook Island, and from what I hear they are quite nice. Being my namesake, I have always wanted to go there.

Posted by: Will Chatham | Oct 26, 2004 3:47:52 AM

And more congratulations, now from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
My best wishes of luck!
Be very very happy Sara, you, and the future kids :-)

Posted by: Mauricio Samy Silva | Oct 26, 2004 9:42:25 AM

Snowboarding in NZ one week, running away to the Cook Islands with your fiancee the next... You've got to relaxe John, you're working yourself to the bone! ;)
Seriously though, congratulations on the fantastic news -- I also can't wait to hear what's next for Web Essentials.

Posted by: Andrew Krespanis | Oct 26, 2004 10:08:16 AM

Since you commented in my blog, I figured I'd return the favor :)

I think you'll be very happy that you chose to get married in the Cook Islands rather than in a big, formal service. My wife and I got married in St. Thomas, and ten years later we're so glad we chose that route. If nothing else, it gives us a good excuse to keep taking beach vacations :)

Posted by: Nick Bradbury | Oct 26, 2004 10:39:52 AM

Thanks all for the best wishes and kind words, much appreciated.

Nick, it just goes to show great minds do think alike :-)


Posted by: John Allsopp | Oct 26, 2004 11:32:23 AM

..and ours do, too :)

Posted by: Nick Bradbury | Oct 26, 2004 11:43:47 AM

a big heary congrats on the upcoming nuptials john! indeed NZ is where my wife and I honeymooned, and it's pencilled in for a return visit.

Posted by: Stuart | Oct 28, 2004 6:30:24 AM

Stick in there for that first year. That's the hardest. Good luck.

Posted by: Joe | Oct 29, 2004 5:36:38 AM

navbar wizard froze in step three. sorry

Posted by: leslie thornhill | Nov 2, 2004 3:30:38 AM

It's going to be my 2 year anniversary November 3rd and I am glad we made it past the first year. Just stick in there and you'll be just fine!

Posted by: Evelyn | Nov 3, 2004 5:23:31 AM

So how did it turn out?

Posted by: mark | Jan 26, 2005 3:41:07 PM