php|tek 2008: day -1
May 20th, 2008 by Ivo
About 24 hours ago I woke up to drive to Brussels for a long flight to Chicago. The fact that this was 24 hours ago is beginning to show: I'm randomly falling asleep even in noisy underground trains.
But it's been a fun day. The flight was ok (watched national treasure 2 and ocean's eleven, both of which I've already seen but it kills time; and in between I read a book I'm reviewing). Getting from the airport to the php|tek hotel was only a short ride, and my room is huge: Separate living room and bedroom, 2 tv's even. (And perhaps a US thing: an empty fridge instead of a minibar).
Since I won't have much time to see downtown Chicago later this week, I went there this afternoon. Saw some nice things, had a nice diner, and went back to the hotel.
Right now I'm sitting in the lobby with a bunch of the people that are also hanging around in the #phptek IRC channel. With everybody having different IRC nicks and different twitter usernames, it's a bit difficult to know who's who though. Some people can easily be recognized from their avatar, but others look completely different.
There isn't much PHP news worth mentioning yet, but it's still only day -1. (Except maybe for the Zend news from today; I think Andi can expect some questions about that during his opening keynote on wednesday.)
In any case, I'm looking forward to the actual conference. Tomorrow is tutorial day. Still haven't decided if I'm going to sit in on the ajax, web services, social networks or phpunit sessions, or maybe just hang out.