WordCamp NYC 2009

WordCampNYC – Nov 14-15I’m at WordCamp NYC today, hopping from session to session of a superbly colorful schedule. I signed up partly to hang out with Jer, who’s presenting twice this afternoon, and partly to learn what WordPress can do for me and for the SIPA academic community.

In that vein, I’m flipping back and forth between the academic and beginning developer tracks. I spent part of this morning at Jeremy Bogg’s session on using WordPress in an academic setting, and I find myself itching to set up a site with Commentpress for a paper I’m co-writing on African media coverage of extractive industries.

Right now I’m sitting in the beginning developer room, listening to Allan Cole attempt to talk about creating child themes without accidentally making his presentation X-rated (so far we’ve covered “choosing a mate” and “child bearing hips”). His talk (and the one before, a general intro to theming by Daisy Olsen) have me reading through The Morningside Post’s template files to see if I can make both the code and the design cleaner.

If that fact that I feel guilty and embarassed about publishing this on Blogger means anything, I think WordCamp’s doing its job. Jackfruity.com, powered by WordPress, coming soon.