In past few months I had lots of changes going on – left the Sun/MySQL job, my term on Wikimedia Board of Trustees ended, I joined Facebook and now I got appointed to Wikimedia Advisory Board. This also probably means that I will have slightly less hands-on work on Wikipedia technology (I’ll be mostly in “relaxed maintenance mode“), though I don’t know yet how much less – time will show :)
P.S. I also quit World of Warcraft. ;-)
So, I’m already packing for my Boston trip, going to wikimania. This time it will be quite different from last meetups, where everyone met was new face (especially the Berlin meeting, where Jimmy, Brion and Tim did meet each other for the first time, oh, me too ;-). I expect to see lots of ‘usual suspects’ there. Now the location of meeting is important.
Main conference will happen in Harvard (uh oh!), and the developer meetings at MIT (uh oh uh oh!). Few years ago, when I was finishing school, I had a dream to study at MIT. I did do SAT stuff, wrote essays, got recommendations, and then… didn’t use all that, because I pitied 50$ (or few hundred $, if I’d apply to more universities there). That probably was part of screwed up independence feeling I have developed in those years, I didn’t ask anyone, I didn’t tell anyone. So, one of my biggest dreams was destroyed not because I failed to reach it. It was blown up simply because I failed to try.
Now I’ll meet MIT people, I’ll walk in MIT campus and I’ll remember how one can fail if he doesn’t try. At least lately it is somewhat different. I try, and sometimes achieve. If anyone reads this, please do try to achieve your dreams. Otherwise you’ll end up writing such blog posts. Dreaming sometimes just isn’t enough.
Fortune magazine has an article about banishing headquarters – MySQL virtual team. In same article Wikipedia is also given as an example. It is really nice to be in sharing and participation culture. And, ha, it’s 6’6″ :-)