Community, Contributions, Cochon
I am not gonna bury the lede here. You should go eat at Two Chicks Cafe for breakfast and Cochon for dinner. If you read my last post then you know that’s all that matters. Yelp reviews are still to be written (both 5 stars).
With food out of the way we have time for just a quick update of the day.
First, let’s talk community. Drupal brags about the Drupal Community™ a lot. If you were at todays pre-note then you will know it’s justified. From a short Bollywood lesson to listening to the Spicy Girls — a spice girls parody made up of hot sauces and a crustacean — there was a wide range of the Drupal Community™ represented on stage. Having an inclusive, welcoming community is not an empty or unfulfilled promise Drupal makes. There is a consistent effort to keep this a reality. I like to make fun of the Drupal Community™, but it really does exist, and it is really great.
Second — contributions. Anytime Drupal (the mass of people who create/maintain it) talks to Drupal (the mass of people who selfishly use it) they ask us to contribute. Today during the pre-note we were reminded to contribute anyway we could. You don’t have to code to contribute. From wearing a lobster costume to writing drupaly lyrics to the tune of pop songs, there are tons of ways to contribute.
Third — Dries. If you read my post about preparing for DrupalCon and slept through any part of Dries’ talk today, I am sorry. He really stepped up his inspiring creator of Drupal speaking skills. There was a lot said during the Driesnote and I encourage anyone who missed it to go watch it. I particularly liked him going over survey results about what areas Drupal should focus on. His ideas for a process of creating initiatives were great, and his vision for the future of Drupal were well illustrated. His slides also looked really good (graphic design-wise, they were pretty terrible last year). I can’t do his talk justice here. So I won’t even try, I hope to put together a blog post expanding on my favourite parts when I get back home.
Lastly, the talks! All the talks I attended today were great, but “Amazing UX with Drupal and Ember” was exceptionally good. Edward Faulkner was a great speaker and presented something I wasn’t expecting to see. He also provided a lot of great examples and showed the potential of Drupal in a way I hadn’t seen before. I am not even a fan of ember and I was still pretty pumped seeing his presentation. I highly recommend everyone check it out.
That’s it, because it’s late and I am going to sleep. Though, not before I do some serious yelping to figure out what’s for breakfast tomorrow. If you are here at DrupalCon and see a guy, late twenties, inexplicably wearing a red beanie in 80 degree NOLA weather, say “hey…” and pretend I should know who you are, and make it weird for both of us. Or, better yet, let us know what you liked most about DrupalCon Tuesday @NJImedia or if tweet at me @PoettersBetter.
Also, in case anyone is not familiar with the latest Belgian hairstyles, that is Dries’ head on the cover photo for this post. We sat behind him for the prenote, which was pretty cool.