The Ephox team and I attended this year’s WordCamp US in Philadelphia. Matt Mullenweg delivered his annual State of the Word presentation and gave us his vision for the Future of WordPress. Along the way Helen Hou-Sandí introduced some of the new features in WordPress 4.7 Vaughan. You can watch his full presentation on WordCamp TV and read our full transcript below.
Matt shares a little poetry
— WordCamp US (@WordCampUS) December 3, 2016
I thought back to our original motto, which is Code is Poetry. I feel like it’s time to get back in touch with our poetic side.
This is also a year for me of being more vulnerable, so I’m going to do something I’ve never ever done, which is read poetry publicly. Don’t worry, it’s not mine! It’s tangentially related to what we’re talking about and what we’ve done, but inspired by Philadelphia, inspired by a Love sign on the stage, I would like to read you a poem from Elizabeth Alexander, which is called, Praise Song for the Day. Please forgive me.
Each day we go about our business,
walking past each other, catching each other’s
eyes or not, about to speak or speaking.
All about us is noise. All about us is
noise and bramble, thorn and din, each
one of our ancestors on our tongues.
Someone is stitching up a hem, darning
a hole in a uniform, patching a tire,
repairing the things in need of repair.
Someone is trying to make music somewhere,
with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum,
with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.
A woman and her son wait for the bus.
A farmer considers the changing sky.
A teacher says, Take out your pencils. Begin.
We encounter each other in words, words
spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed,
words to consider, reconsider.
We cross dirt roads and highways that mark
the will of someone and then others, who said
I need to see what’s on the other side.
I know there’s something better down the road.
We need to find a place where we are safe.
We walk into that which we cannot yet see.
Say it plain: that many have died for this day.
Sing the names of the dead who brought us here,
who laid the train tracks, raised the hedges,
picked the cotton and the lettuce, built
brick by brick the glittering edifices
they would then keep clean and work inside of.
Praise song for struggle, praise song for the day.
Praise song for every hand-lettered sign,
the figuring-it-out at kitchen tables.
Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
others by first do no harm or take no more
than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?
Love beyond marital, filial, national,
love that casts a widening pool of light,
love with no need to pre-empt grievance.
In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air,
anything can be made, any sentence begun.
On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp,
praise song for walking forward in that light.
Thank you very much.
Again, that was Elizabeth Alexander, I apologize for messing it up. Listen to her version, it’s way better. With that, we’ve got the Q&A. How this normally works is if you have any questions we’ve got mics that you can walk up to. You want to say your name where you’re from, especially if you’re from someplace cool like Philadelphia, and we’ll talk about – for a few minutes – anything you want to know about this new direction for WordPress, or something else. Thank you for kicking this off.
More State of the Word
Keep reading our State of the Word 2016 series:
- Part 1: WordCamps, Meetups and the WordPress Foundation
- Part 2: The Extended Family of WordPress: BuddyPress, HackerOne & GlotPress
- Part 3: WordPress.org Updates
- Part 5: Design, Inclusion & Growth of WordPress
- Part 6: HTTPS and PHP7 in WordPress
- Part 7: WordPress & Calypso
- Part 8: A Look Back on WordPress Core Releases
- Part 9: The Plan for WordPress in 2017
- Part 10: Code is Poetry
- Part 11: Questions and Answers
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