It is a bit of a slow start to the week for us SitePointers. We had our mid-winter Christmas party on Saturday night and it’s fair to say that we made the most of the celebrations. The party was held at the Melbourne Aquarium, which is an incredible venue, and it is always great to have an excuse to dress up. It reminded me how fortunate I am to work for such a great company.

On that subject, I spent a few days in the office last week and have come up with some new ideas to help you get to know us better. If you’re interested in finding out more about the people that work at SitePoint and why it is that we do the things we do, then make sure you’re following us on Facebook, because that’s where it’s all going to happen.

If you’re a fan of our live courses, you won’t want to miss HTML5 Live with John Allsopp, which starts later today. You can find out more information about that course here if you haven’t already signed up. If you like our courses, I’m running a competition on Facebook at the moment and you still have 12 hours to take part. You might just pick up a free ticket to CSS3 Live.

SitePoint Forums

One very cool thing that is happening in our forum community at the moment is the new series of tutorials that have just kicked off in our photography forum. Based on Photography For The Web, forum mentor Shaun(OfTheDead) follows through the book giving you insights and tips. If that sounds like something that you’re interested in, check out the first one Photography Principles – 01 Introduction.

Hot Topics This Week

In the CSS forum this week they’re talking about the intriguingly named :nth-child descendants.

Web Security is buzzing with talk of securing forms without CAPTCHA.

If you’re an MVC expert then you’re needed in the .NET forum this week.

Confused about exactly what CSS3 is? You can read all about it in the CSS forum.

That’s it from me. I apologise for the less than riveting post this week. I’m nursing a cold in tandem with a serious hangover. ;)

Feature image by Chris Roberts from Digital Precision

Formerly a developer in the corporate world, HAWK (known as Sarah by her mother) said goodbye to the code and succumbed to the lure of social media. Community Manager for the SitePoint network for several years now. If you're a member of our community you'll be familiar with ^hawk.

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  • webkenny

    You had a mid-winter Christmas party in the last week of July? Where is Sitepoint located? In Siberia? :)

  • pas_non


  • HAWK

    No – I definitely meant winter. :)
    We’re in Australia.

  • Matthew Magain

    Xmas in July is a pretty common thing in Australia. We don’t actually celebrate Christmas, of course, but I suspect it was started by some northern-hemisphere ex-pats who were sick of having an Aussie Christmas every year that involved shorts, BBQs and surfing (I can’t imagine why) and wanted an annual event that let them recreate the homeland Xmas spirit, with log fires, roast lamb and such.

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