RailsConf, Railsday, Vacation, and Mephisto

—Tuesday, June 13 2006

Have you ever had a moment in your life where you realize: “Wow! I have so much going on.” The next 30 days for me are going to be packed with all types of fun stuff and I can’t wait to get started!

RailsDay 2006

Rails day 2006 is right around the corner (June 17th). Myself, Rick Olson, and Courtenay Gasking will be meeting up in Los Angeles for our 24 hour hackfest. It’s gonna be fun to finally meet Rick and Courtenay in person as we attempt to stake our claim in the RailsDay hall of fame.

RailsConf 2006

RailsConf is coming up on the 22nd of June in Chicago. I’m looking forward to meeting all the rock stars and caboo.se characters. What does one say to Martin Fowler when he’s standing in the same room as you?

Will there be any other 9Rulers attending RailsConf?


After we leave Chicago, my wife and I will be heading to Toronto for 3 days, then on to Niagara for 3 more, and finally we’ll end up in Ottawa for about two weeks. I’ll be meeting up with the rest of the Jaded Pixel crew while in Ottawa. We’re going to be working one week and hopefully partying the other week. ;-)


This is unrelated to the other happenings above, but I wanted to comment on this due to the recent happenings. The Rails Weblog has just swapped their blogging engine from Typo to Mephisto. Of course they would give Rick all the credit wouldn’t they. ;-p

Mephisto is a new Rails based publishing system (yes, another one). We haven’t released an official version of it yet, but we hope to be doing that soon. At the moment I’m implementing a new interface for Mephisto and we have to work out file management as well before we do an official release. Here is a sneak peak at the new interface (pay no mind to the text):


Some of you may or may not know, but I had a hand in Typo as well. It’s actually how I met and started working with Tobias. So why are people swapping from Typo? I don’t mean to take anything away from the talented folks who are doing the upkeep on Typo, but to me, Typo has lost focus of it’s purpose. Typo’s purpose was to publish content, but it has quickly evolved into much more, the interface has suffered as a result of this. There is so much focus on the development that the usability has taken a big blow. I’m not sure if the Typo team has an active designer on staff, but I know that a sole designer simply can’t keep up with the pace of development. Or, at least, this was the case right before I stopped working on it. (Disclaimer: I haven’t checked out any of the recent version of Typo).

With Mephisto it’s primarily just me and Rick working on it, although we have received some great contributions from others. We both have very high standards and we want to see those high standards reflected in what we release to the public. Mephisto is still in it’s infancy, but keep your eyes pealed for more to come.