It's an interesting experience having very high Googlejuice. So far, there haven't been any big, mind-blowing consequences, but a bunch of smaller, pleasant ones.
One such experience just happened recently. In June, I wrote a diary entry about passwords, and mentioned somewhat offhand the Mandylion password token. Well, a few days ago I got an email from the Mandylion people, saying that they've been getting quite a bit of traffic from that (which in turn must be from Google). As a result, they offered me a free unit, and I accepted. It just came in the mail yesterday.
If I were a journalist, taking it would have been a breach of ethics. Fortunately, I'm not one. There was a big thread about this in the blogging world a couple of months ago. These certainly are interesting questions.
I get a good vibe from the OSAF people (Liam calls them the "open source air force :). Yes, Chandler is an address book, but for me the more interesting part is the planned infrastructure: a distributed version-control repository, with both server and low-admin peer-to-peer flavors. If this stuff works well, it could be useful for lots of other things.
In addition, I think their choice of wx is right on. There are many UI choices for Python, all of which have difficult tradeoffs. wx is the closest thing to a good, usable, cross-platform library, so it makes sense to fix it up to be really good.
Part of the motivation for my visit was to discuss whether Fitz should be the canvas for Chandler. It looks like the answer is probably no; Chandler is not all that graphically intensive, and there are real concerns with stuff like making sure the fonts are sychronized between the main UI toolkit and the canvas. So a better solution (at least for the short term) is to improve one of the canvases available for wx.
Dinner was quite lively. Eleven people in all showed up at Chef Chu's: David McCusker, Aaron Swartz, Bram Cohen, Andrew Lowenstern, Liam Quin, Liam's friends Jay and Tony, Andy Hertzfeld, Andy's wife Joyce McClure, and Philip Lindsay (from NZ). I don't think we solved many of the world's problems, but a good time was had by all.
Ever wonder what 2.5 year olds dream?
"I saw a ghost, a scary one." Was this a dream? "Yes. It was made out of wood, and it was flying. It was stupid!" How did you know? "I lighted a candle, and it went away. I didn't hit it." Good for you. "And it didn't come back!"