If you were planning on attending the php|works conference in the fall and getting to hear Sara Golemon talk on extensions, you might just have to wait. According to her latest post, things haven't gone well with her passport situation.
So awhile ago I announced that I'd be speaking at php|works including a 3-hour workshop on extension writing. Knowing that the conference was outside of the US I made sure to apply for my passport well in advance (four months to be precise).
Well, long story short, the lovely folks at the state department must have confused 'Sara' with 'Syria' because I've been fighting them over the issuance of my passport ever since.