We've all been there. You sit down to write a "simple" patch. Maybe it upgrades a module to Drupal 6. Maybe it adds a small feature, or fixes a bug that's been annoying you for awhile.
This afternoon, our rabbit, Oscar, passed away. He's been with us since 1999, a couple months after Marci and I moved into our first apartment in Halifax. Oscar was funny, gentle, smart, and full of personality... we miss him terribly. :(
Marci and I spent some time tonight looking through old photos and reflecting on some of the memories we have of him.
- His "happy dance" where he would run around, flip himself up, and twist around in the air, landing in the opposite direction from which he started.
- When he first met Pickle, who was just a kitten at the time, and made a record 9-foot leap from one end of the hall to the bathroom. Pickle simply meandered off in the other direction nonchalantly, of course.
- When he chewed through the hose connecting the toilet bowl to the plumbing and proceeded to flood the entire bathroom.
- When my brother Keith was holding him, remarking about how cute he was, and Oscar peed in his lap. ;)
- When Bebop was just a kitten, she crawled into his kennel with him and we caught them laying next to each other spooning.
- The way he would "peek" his head up over things to see what was going on on the other side.
- When he wanted attention, he would pick his food dish up in his mouth and fling it around wildly.
- He was once a TV celebrity in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
The Drupalcon Szeged schedule just went up last week. It's jam-packed with interesting sessions ranging from low-level geeky goodness, to design and usability sessions, to Drupal business best practices. And the BoF schedule is filling up with tons of interesting stuff, too.
A list of the sessions I'm leading/partaking in follows the break. But first! I need your help!
I just saw this float past the stream in #drupal...
A couple weeks ago, Amber Gillies had asked if she could interview me about Google Summer of Code and my experiences in the Drupal project as part of the piece, Open source technology is hungry for new college grads. Yeah... just *try* to get me to shut up about how awesome GSoC and Drupal are. :D She did a very good job of turning my firehose of an e-mail into coherent sentences. ;)
Edit: Holy crap, this has been Slashdotted, too.
I have lots I'd like to say about this, but am a bit overwhelmed just at the moment. Suffice it to say, my sincerest thank you to everyone who nominated me for this award, and to O'Reilly, Google, and the Drupal community in general for being so unbelievably awesome.
Here's the presentation that Marianne Masculino and I did about how to contribute to both WordPress and Drupal:
It was really cool to see the overlap between how WordPress does stuff and how Drupal does stuff, and all the ways the communities are similar and how they're different in how they work. Also, Marianne was really awesome and nice. :)
Thanks to everyone who turned out to see it... It was great to meet you! :)
Also, I found a "live blogging" version of the session at http://www.sparkplugging.com/marketing/blogher-2008-open-source/.
So the past couple months have been completely nuts trying to get Drupal Jumpstart out the door (one month left! eek!), I haven't had the chance to write about this.
Tomorrow, I'm headed to San Francisco, California for BlogHer '08, and will be co-presenting with Marianne Masculino from WordPress on Saturday about how to participate in an open source community; I of course will be talking about the Drupal community. :)
Then Monday, I'm headed out to Portland, Oregon for OSCON 2008 and will be hanging at the OSCON Welcome for the Drupal Community and hopefully the Drupal Media/Files Code Sprint. I also get to meet our book's editor, Julie Steele from O'Reilly, which I'm really excited about. :D
Anyone else going to be at either of those events?
I'm officially headed to Drupalcon Szeged in August (thanks, Lullabot!), and so naturally submitted a few session proposals this weekend. :) Incidentally, if you haven't yet registered for Szeged, you really ought to do so soon -- the price goes up after June 30, and their website has a super smooth registration process.
So I'm proposing.... Awesome Testing Party, a working session where coders from newbie to ninja gather in a room together and help each other to write tests for Drupal core.... and win prizes! :)
So this is about two months overdue, but...
Say hello to the newest member of our family. :)
So far the reactions from the other kids are:
Pickle: "Whatever. When are you going to feed me?"
Bebop: "You leave me alone, I'll leave you alone."
Oscar: "What are YOU looking at?"
Her hobbies include rolling around in the grass, swinging her tug-of-war toy wildly (which we've since dubbed her 'dog-chuk'), racing around excitedly in the park after she successfully does her business, and carrying rawhide bones around in her mouth gingerly, as though they were prized treasures.
We're not exactly sure what type of dog she is, since she was abandoned at the vet clinic Marci works at, but a flat-coated retriever looks pretty darn close.
She just got back from having a triple pelvic osteotomy (try saying that three times fast) to treat hip dysplasia. She has to take it easy for 8 weeks and then we'll go racing around the park again. :) (Yes, that's right. Webchick goes outside every now and again these days. ;))