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 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. 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. 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. Trip to WP Media headquarters in Lyon, just because I can, and I feel like seeing part of the crew. More pics on Flickr. 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. 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. 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: Attending WordCamp Berlin, enjoying lots of chats with awesome folks.
When you go to Paris, go in style … starting my trip to Community Summit and WordCamp Europe. View from WCEU stage. Fuck me. 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. Love these people who worked so hard to make WCEU happen again. 💛 Tinkering with Service Workers (on very, very basic levels) leads me to publishing this fun project: wpisnotwp.com Balcony sessions of talk prep for WordCamp Harare. Title and focus of the talk turned out slightly different in the end… “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. From rain to shine: WP Media company retreat on Ibiza. Slow internet, but great fun meeting new crew members for the first time! Sunset on our last evening on Ibiza: one out of so many heart-warming moments in 2017. 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. 😍 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, 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! 🙏 Back home in winter Germany. Wrapping up the year with mixed feelings and some major learnings. Crafty Casp, episode 2: our office room gets a make-over. 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.) …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 (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!