Miles and Milestones

Have you ever had one of those incredible days where the world seems to have a crush on you? Today was a very big day for me. And I mean very big. All in one day, and in chronological order:

  1. I swam a mile.
  2. I booked my flight to Hungary for DrupalCon, where I am a confirmed speaker. This is the furthest I have ever traveled, and the first time I have visited a country that doesn't speak either language that I know.
  3. I found my book, Front End Drupal, on Amazon. I've (mostly) kept this a secret, but seeing as Amazon knows about it, I thought I should tell you too.
  4. I was accepted as an Ubuntu Member by the Americas regional board. This was by an overwhelmingly fast, and positive unanimous vote (start reading around 2:16). The biggest change is that occassional blog posts will now also be syndicated on Planet Ubuntu (thanks for the plug, James, I'll see you there!). Thanks also to everyone who supported my application.

And now, in the great tradition that James has started by launching onto Planet Ubuntu with a poem, I give you one from Emily Dickinson. I picked it as a reminder that we really are changing the world with our contributions to FOSS. We are making a difference. Here's to world domination of Free and Open Source Software and to the ethics of being collaborative and open.

We never know how high we are
Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

We never know how high we are
Till we are asked to rise
And then if we are true to plan
Our statures touch the skies

The Heroism we recite
Would be a normal thing
Did not ourselves the Cubits warp
For fear to be a King

Whoa! This was a big day!

Whoa! This was a big day! Congrats! :D Can't wait to read your book. ;)

That's excellent,

That's excellent, congratulations.

absolutely (although not

absolutely (although not surprising) amazing Em!
I know you are destined for great you have this grand challenging spirit that just goes for what it wants..part of the many many things I admire about you..and one of the many many reasons I am proud to call you my friend.

keep it going strong..we all love this blog!

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