Happiness Engineers in St. Louis

Much like we did in Vienna, my fellow Happiness Engineers and I (plus a few awesome special guests) got together in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this month to get to know one another beyond the boundaries of chat screens and to build things to improve the WordPress.com support experience that just can’t be done over email.

There was quite a bit of work to be done, and you should start seeing the results of this soon. In fact, some of you may be seeing it already. Of course, one can’t work all day long, and the evenings were routinely filled with awesomeness. Of particular note were the two Cardinals games, a trip to the amazing City Museum (which resulted in an impromptu Slasher-esque mystery as members of the group were lost in the caverns one by one), a free-play pinball arcade, and an outstanding meal and Rock Band party at the house of fellow Happiness Engineer, Mr. Ryan Markel.

Of course, I can’t neglect to mention the rather fascinating coincidence which resulted in a Genius Bar staffed entirely with Happiness Engineers at WordCamp St. Louis. It was loads of fun, and a pity that we can’t do it for every WordCamp.

I’m sorry to say that my camera was pretty much on its last leg this trip, but I do have a few semi-decent photos to share. For more photos and fun, check out my stlmeetup2011 tag, and these posts from Lori McLeese and Andrew Spittle.

Happiness Engineers in Vienna

One of the most interesting things about working for Automattic is that we really don’t have a specific home office, so all of my co-workers come from across the globe. Considering that, we like to get together a few times each year to strengthen our bonds and work on projects that just can’t be handled over IRC and email.

Last week, we had a great time in Vienna, working hard to improve support for WordPress.com and IntenseDebate, sampling the local delicacies, and trying really hard not to freeze while walking to dinner at 10pm.

Some of my fellow Happiness Engineers are major shutterbugs, and I was definitely feeling camera envy, but I did manage to take a few decent shots, and check out these from fellow Happiness Engineers Karim and Naoko.

Of course, I couldn’t resist posting this awesome video, courtesy of Karim. It’s the perfect ending for such a great meetup.