about the 200ok weblog
The 200ok Weblog is published using Blogger, since I am more interested in writing the blog than maintaining the blog tool. That in turn means the site is almost valid and could be quicker. Blogger unfortunately hard-codes some invalid markup and unnecessary resources.
200 OK is the HTTP status for "The request has succeeded." (RFC 2616 10.2.1). Need I say more? :)
So, what's the deal with the stamp you see on the site, various avatars, stickers, etc? It's from a stone stamp/chop with "200ok" translated as closely as possible in Chinese. The top two characters are a direct translation of two hundred; the bottom two... well, it varies regionally, but generally it forms something like "you can" in the sense of "you have permission". That seemed like a reasonably close interpretation of OK.
The translation and stamp were created by a lovely gentleman in Sydney who makes these stamps for a living. You can find him at the Paddington Markets on most Saturdays.
about ben buchanan
I entered the web industry the same way as most people I know: by teaching myself to code in an era when almost no formal web training existed. I majored in Journalism and Philosophy at university and learned to make websites while goofing off from study. I worked as a copywriter for a while, but went full time as a web developer when I realised people were willing to pay me to stuff around with computers.
I currently work as the Interface Architect for ansarada (Sydney, Australia). Previously I have worked for Bigcommerce, Atlassian, News Digital Media and Griffith University. If you need them, there are more details on LinkedIn.
I was somewhere in front of the crowd at...
- Web Directions Code 2016 (Sydney & Melbourne), August 2016.
- A11y Camp (Sydney), July 2015
- Web Directions Respond, March 2015
- SydCSS - CSS Skills Garden, December 2014.
- What Do You Know (Sydney) - Half of the Next Thing, April 2014.
- Sydjs - lightning talks, March and October 2013.
- Atlassian Summit (San Francisco), June 2012.
- Web Standards Group (Sydney), September 2011.
- Sydjs - Refactor Wars, May 2011.
- Ed Directions workshop during Web Directions South 2009.
- Edge of the Web 2008
- Local Government Web Network Conference 2008, Sydney, 21-22 August (presented the second day keynote).
- Open Publish 2008, Sydney, 30-31 July
- Web Standards Group (Sydney) on Thursday, 21st February 2008.
- Open Standards 2007
- Web Directions South 2006
- OZeWAI 2005 (presented via VOIP, a curious experience!)
- Organised the WANAU Brisbane Web Accessibility Forum (August 29, 2005)
- Web Standards Group (Brisbane), 14 June 2005.
Member of the judging panel...
- Australian Web Awards 2013.
- Australian Web Awards 2012.
- Australian Web Awards 2010.
- Australian Web Awards 2009.
- WA Web Awards 2008.
- Contributed an article to Web Directions 'Scroll', Edition 4 (Code 2016).
- Contibuted articles to the Opera Web Standards Curriculum, which has since been adapted as the W3C Web Standards Curriculum, which in turn has been incorporated in Web Platform Docs... in fact I really can't keep track of where that content ended up, nor how many languages it's been translated into.
- Had an article published in the inaugural Local Government Web Network magazine.
you may remember me from such events as...
You can usually find me anywhere that web geeks have gathered in Sydney. I ordered the beer and pizza for Sydjs for a couple of years (probably my best-received work to date) and have helped run other events like SydCSS and SWAG. Ajay Ranipetra and I ran a few things under the banner 'Geeks On The Grass' before it was naturally subsumed into other meetups.
I was somewhere in the crowd at Web Directions Respond 2016 (syd), Web Directions (South) 2006-2015, Web Directions Code 2015, UX Australia 2014, Web Essentials 2005, and my first ever conference OZeWAI 2004.