When I was in middle school, my friends and I started a rock band. We picked a name; we had a logo. If we’d had money the next obvious step would have been to print band t-shirts. This all happened, of course, before we ever learned to play any relevant instruments (saxophone and bassoon don’t count).

For well over a year, I’ve been wearing a Scotland on Rails shirt. Scotland on Rails has a name, a logo, and t-shirts.

Now they’ve got a conference.

Organized in part by my good friend and big thinker, Alan C. Francis, Scotland on Rails is sure to be a great time. If you’re in or around the UK, I highly recommend putting it on your calendar (or at the very least considering a mouse pad or pair of boxers).