The origin on PHP trading cards

“…and Terry started taking pictures as Terry does with everything.”
—Cal Evans, Editor of Zend Dev Zone, in a Pro::PHP Webcast

Look on my cards, ye Mighty, and despair.

Look on my cards, ye Mighty, and despair
Open Source Conference 2006, Portland, Oregon

Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
DxO (exp, blur, distorion, ca, vignette. noise, lighting)
1/15sec @ f/4, iso 250, 26mm (39mm)

BTW, Marcus Whitney is in the final deck which debuted at ZendCon and my guess is that the template from HP was probably inspired by Apple’s strange attempt.

[the origin after the jump.]

My memory

My memory was a bit different.

Cal came up to me asking if I was Terry Chay and introducing himself as Cal Evans. We need to schedule an interview for Zend DevZone, he pointed out. Wez chimed in about his time. Of course, I still wasn’t done with my two talks so I pointed out that it’d have to be later (it turned out to be never) and he said that was okay because he had a lot of others to interview.

That’s when I said how could he come up to me and completely ignore Andrei, Mr. PHP 6, who was sitting next to me. Cal said he didn’t recognize Andrei, pulled out something and starting flipping through it.

“What are those?” Andrei asked.

“These are something I made so I can identify the people I’m interviewing.” he said. He was clearly a little embarassed.

I got up and went behind him. “Hey cool! I have a trading card!” That’s about when we demanded he cough them all up.

Wez said, “I got to blog this. Terry, can you upload the photos you took?”

2 thoughts on “The origin on PHP trading cards

  1. Hi Terry,

    Your memory is pretty accurate. Although I wasn’t so much ignoring Andrei as I hadn’t recognized him yet.

    When I started gathering pictures for the original trading cards, I kept coming back to your Flickr account. That’s why I made the comment you quoted above. My first impression of you was that you were a very good photographer. (Which I’ve come to realize was a very accurate first impression)

    Of course this was at OSCON ’06 and that was only my second conference I attended for Zend and it was the first one with any members of the PHP community so yes, I was a bit nervous at meeting all of you. 🙂


  2. Of course you hadn’t recognized him. We were just teasing you. 😀

    See, now you’re a personality. You even have a better PHP card than me. 😉

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