Mercury...an enigma nestled comfortably in the Periodic Tables and most always identified as a model of car or a fairly hostile planet. A liquid at room temperature...a liquid that isn't wet and can float a cannon ball for eternity...never fatiguing, never failing. A substance that when violently interrupted will splatter into thousands of tiny blobs, only to reform into its perfect and previous shape. It seeks the path of least resistance but refuses to be separated for any prolonged time. It was intrumental in proving the theory of super conductivity and played the central role in a Nobel Prize. A Science Fiction plot neatly wrapped into a natural Earth element.
Oh, It's also the newspaper of record for the Silicon Valley.
The newspaper belonging to the newsgroup that first "legitimized" Lindependence 2008. Those of you who have announced the death of Dead Tree publications, specifically newspapers...you might want to check again for a pulse. I would hate to see anything buried before its time. With all of the "news" of LIN08 across the expanse of LinuxLand, it remained a second-tier story until someone actually expended some real ink to tell the story.
Since that story ran, Larry Cafiero has found it necessary to invest in a pair of high dollar high-tops, a couple bottles of Nodoze and he's seen less of his home and bed lately. Being The One in Felton that is single-handedly putting this project together, Larry had settled into a fairly routine schedule of meetings, phone calls and visits to local businesses.
That schedule was rudely interrupted by a tablespoon of indigo ink and a half yard of newspaper.
In speaking with Larry last night, I asked him how he was holding up and he gave me the answer I fully expected.
I reminded him that when this ceased to be fun, we should cease to do it all together...stress can be found in any number of necessary places...this should not be one of them.
He just laughed...
Like Mercury, Larry has indeed found himself scattered at times...splashed into a dozen directions at once and seeking a way to pull it all back together again.
And again AND again...he's done just that. He's not an enigma...he's a marvel. He's made this thing happen.
However, Larry Cafiero is not one to take any credit...
In the next few days, we will talk a bit more about some other people who have come to us in the 11th hour and fairly invigorated this project. People who responded to that tablespoon of ink...no thanks to some of the "Linux News" online publications. Oh yes...we are going to talk about them here in a bit too...you can bet a week's paycheck on it. I've got a simple question for them...one that may morph into a few others, but primarily we are going to want to know...What do you do? Just who do you serve by doing what you do? What is news to you?
But for now, we accentuate the positive...the people that have made this thing work.
11th hour or not.
Larry isn't one to take credit for anything...that both frustrates me and endears me to him even more.
He tells the story in a bit of a different way.
A way you should read.
All Righty Then...
Thursday, July 03, 2008
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 5:56 AM