WordCamp New Zealand & Melbourne 2011

I just got home from a month-long trip in Australia and New Zealand that involved visiting family, two amazing WordCamps (New Zealand and Melbourne), the Sydney WordPress meetup, Webstock, and a bit (ok, lots) of fun. A big shout out to the organizers who put on these fantastic events. It’s always amazing to see the communities come together to share and take part.

I have a confession. Don’t tell my boss but I had ulterior motives on this trip. Queenstown, New Zealand is one of the best locations in the world for extreme sports. So, I took a little detour for a bungee jump… or five. Yes, I’m hooked.

This photo is from The Ledge Bungy. I also did The Nevis (134m/440ft). Way too much fun!

John Ford doing a flying squirrel off the ledge bungy in Queenstown, New Zealand

If you’re interested, here are the presentations I gave in Melbourne which were similar in Wellington, New Zealand. Unfortunately, just reading slides aren’t funny and I removed the intros. But then again, my jokes may have been agonizing and this saves you the pain. :-)

A big thanks to Mark Jaquith for letting me base this lightening talk on one of his presentations.

4 Responses

  1. Was great to have you in NZ for WordCamp John and good to meet at Webstock, hopefully your South Island trip worked out ok!

    Glad you got in some solid bungee jumping. Next time you’ll need to try the parachuting over Queenstown .. it’s stunning :)

  2. Thanks John,

    Very much appreciated your contributions at both WordCamps. Come back soon