Web Essentials ’05 or BUST!

When my friend CJ got back from Web Essentials 04 she just RAVED about it. So now CJ has convinced me to save up and attend Web Essentials ’05 in Sydney! 29-30 of September… It should be really good; the workshops look like tons of fun, international speakers like Dave Shea, Tantek, and my aquaintence Doug Bowman, and it’s only across the ditch! (for non-NZers, the ditch being the Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Australia)

It’s gonna cost me some serious coinage… admission is AU$700, and hopefully work will pay for some of that, but I still gotta get airfares, departure tax, accomodation, spending money. All up I’m probably gonna have to get about NZD$1500 from somewhere, which probably means saving it.

I’ve never attempted to save this much money before, so it should be a good lesson for me. It’s also my first time overseas — I don’t even have a passport! I kinda want a laptop to take too… cybercafes suck.

Who knows, maybe I’ll get some sponsorship. Maybe some of my fellow attendee out there want to help me out? So I’ve put a Paypal button on the main page. But if you want to donate another way, let me know!

I intend to stay at the Sydney Railway Square YHA Wake Up!, which is only 5 minutes away from the WE05 venue. It’s cheaper if you bunk in a same-sex-room with 4 or 8 other buddies, but I don’t have any same-sex buddies who will be attending yet… If you’re going to WE05 on the cheap, contact me and we’ll hook up ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, if someone wants to billet me, that’d be even better ๐Ÿ™‚

Update: As with any good donation drive, you need to give something in return. So if you donate more than NZD$5 (read: more than USD$4.00) then I’ll post you a CD-R with loads of legal Creative Commons MP3s on it, just to say thanks! I might even throw some mashups on there too ๐Ÿ™‚ Be sure to include your mailing address so I can send you your CD ๐Ÿ˜€

Update: Thanks to my good pal Andrew Morrison and my good friend CJ, combined they’ve donated NZD$150 ๐Ÿ˜€

Update: Cheers GuruBob for another NZD$25! Someone get that man a pie!

Update: HUGE THANKS to my new employer, 3months.com for pledging NZD$800!

Update: A big TY to Jenny Crumiller for the donation of USD$40! (~NZD$58.36)

Update: A big w00ta to Scott Buffington who donated USD$20 (~NZD$29.20)! Big Ups!

Update: Two updates today: USD$20 (~NZD$29.20) from Smikwily and USD$5 (~NZD$7.25) from David Pickett: Cheers you guys!

Update: Michael DiStefano donated a sweet USD$4 (~NZD$5.80) — Cheers Michael!

8 thoughts on “Web Essentials ’05 or BUST!

  1. You don’t know me, but…. I recommend Wake Up in Sydney. It’s flasher and newer than the YHA, about the same rate, they have a net cafe on site and a bar downstairs.


    Nice site, BTW ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hey, thanks for that Pixeldust! They are in the same area, and their prices are competitive with the YHA!

  3. No problem! I would donate, but I’m afraid the accomodation suggestion is the best that I can do right now ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck getting to Sydney – saving sucks, I’m trying to get $4000 by the end of the year to get to NYC, I feel your pain.

  4. mufasa

    Tom and I will join you. Now you have 3 people ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I went last year and it was well worth it. I don’t think that much ($1500 worth) has changed since then so I can’t justify going again this year. The Agincourt is not a bad pub to hang out in, just on the corner near UTS. Also check out the restaurants in Chinatown.

  6. Hey, if you’re looking for a more semantic way to display such a money-o-meter, you could try the iBook-o-Meter. Anyhow, good luck on getting teh dough!

  7. Hmm … from memory the YHA has a pool on the 9th floor ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. It pays to know

    It’s always helpful to have friends that actually know what they’re doing. In this case I’m talking about the php skills of Glutnix (aka Brett Taylor) from webfroot. He’s made the rather cool stats plugin you can now see under…

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