Thank you, 2017


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January 1st of whatever year is a good day to go through one’s camera folder from the previous year and marvel at life and its blessings. So here’s my 2017 in pictures.

Kicking off 2017 with what probably has become the most popular post on this blog to date: F*** PageSpeed
Bouquet of red roses on our aniversary lunch table
My wife Tina and I have been together for 15 years. In 2018, we’re going to be married for 15 years. ❤️

No picture, but it did happen: automated AMA on occasion of my 42nd birthday.

Rock’n Roll band on small club stage: drums, Hammond, bass, guitar and vocals
Trip to Hamburg for a reunion with friends I haven’t seen in almost 20 years. They rock like they always have, and literally.
Mini vacation with Tina, including trip to North Sea.
Lots and lots of colourful WordCamp stickers on a MacBook Pro lid
My old MacBook Pro dies. Those stickers go back to WordCamp Switzerland 2014 and before. Not sure what to do with it, but obviously I kept it.
Lyon skyline at Rhone river
Trip to WP Media headquarters in Lyon, just because I can, and I feel like seeing part of the crew. More pics on Flickr.
The amazing Jenny Beaumont in front of one of her talk slides that says “WordPress, c’est de la merde!”
Attending WordCamp Bordeaux, reuniting with teammates from WP Media, and with some dear friends from the French WordPress Community. Also, this is not Jenny Beaumont saying WordPress is poop. It’s a quote.
Slide saying “Individuals create their own subjective social reality”
Talk prep for what will later be the first edition of my talk “Big little shame—a tale of empowered user experience through localisation”, to be held at WordCamp Torino.
Hand-made cardboard boxes in all sizes
Crafty Casp built a half a dozen of custom sized cardboard boxes for some of Tina’s paintings to be shipped to an art show.

Trip to WordCamp Torino in tweets:

Selfie with WordCamp attendees in background
Attending WordCamp Berlin, enjoying lots of chats with awesome folks.


Selfie in beige canvas suite and white cap, very parisianesque-ish.
When you go to Paris, go in style … starting my trip to Community Summit and WordCamp Europe.
Just a massive, massive room.
View from WCEU stage. Fuck me.
Slum-like shelters in the north of Paris on a railraod track
Walking past refugee shelters every morning on my way to WCEU leads to an experience I later blog about: WordCamp Refugee. Public responses turn out humbling (hadn’t expected any), private ones rather alarming.
Crowd of WCEU volunteers on stage
Love these people who worked so hard to make WCEU happen again. 💛
Lighthouse report in Chrome’s Audits panel shows mostly scores of 100 for
Tinkering with Service Workers (on very, very basic levels) leads me to publishing this fun project:
Open Moleskine note book and fountain pen
Balcony sessions of talk prep for WordCamp Harare. Title and focus of the talk turned out slightly different in the end…
Windy day, grey skies, red beach chairs with their backsides turned against the sea
“Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope …”—Tina and I take a (much needed) vacation at the Baltic Sea. Rain on 6 out of 7 days, but we enjoy.
View from Finca down to Ibiza beach, blue skies, sun, reed roof of a pavillon sticking into the picture from the right
From rain to shine: WP Media company retreat on Ibiza. Slow internet, but great fun meeting new crew members for the first time!
Sunset at the beach, silouhettes of people against orange-yellow-darkblue sky
Sunset on our last evening on Ibiza: one out of so many heart-warming moments in 2017.
Yurt with solar panel
Visiting my brother’s family near Girona/Spain. Dude is awesome! They live in a yurt and produce their own energy. They’ve also produced a human just recently, which makes me proud uncle Casp. 😍
Graffiti saying “Keep being you, the right people will feel it”
On our weekend strolls, Tina and I keep walking by an old highway junction on the ex-border between East and West Germany—a place highly frequented by graffiti artists. This piece resonates.
Hellenic Academy: blue and white arcades
Hellenic Academy, venue of WordCamp Harare. This journey changed me in so many ways that I can’t even begin to describe. Pics from my time in Harare, and from the WordCamp on Flickr. I blogged about my experience in German (so far). Love you, Harare community! Thanks to each and everyone of you, for everything! 🙏
Fog on Lake Griebnitzsee (where I live), ship appearing out of fog
Back home in winter Germany. Wrapping up the year with mixed feelings and some major learnings.
Lots and lots of wooden boards waiting to be sanded and turned into book shelves
Crafty Casp, episode 2: our office room gets a make-over.
Tina in front of Par Babelsberg, Potsdam, Germany.
After 15 years, I still can’t say I feel truly at home in this area, but I sure do wherever this woman is. (And yup, that’s famous Spy Bridge down there.)
Our red cat Chips, hiding under a blanket
…and this little fella. Hope he’s going to stick with us a couple of years longer.

No picture, but this did happen while 2017 still existed:
The amazing Yoav Farhi and a number of other developers have taken on the very topic I have hammered the doors about at three WordCamps within nine months: Gender-fair WordPress

Yours truly on WCEU stage
(Photo: Florian Ziegler, CC BY-SA 4.0)

So here’s to merry meetings.
To friendship and understanding.
To kindness and joy.
To work and rest.
To health. To peace.
To all of you, and to all of us.
Looking forward to see you all again in 2018!

2 reactions on “Thank you, 2017

  1. Eli says:

    Thank you so much for your work & insights!
    A real mentsh you are 🙂

    1. Thanks, Eli. 🙂

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