Zaitcev: I've had the same "here's a drop" experience when working with large companies. A single large patch of mixed quality without rationale is more or less what we expect to get from Intel, IBM, etc, on the Classpath project. (Actually IBM has been a bit better and actually split it into multiple logical changes, though still without justifications.) More education is required here. Someone could go to these companies and give talks on the standard development processes.
Lately, class loaders are getting a lot of attention. mjw basically rewrote URLClassLoader. I've been doing some work in this area as well; every time I look here I find bugs and oddities that also spill over into the interpreter. You'd think all these bugs would have been ironed out years ago, but I suppose most people precompile their code and avoid the interpreter.
Analyze That. Not as funny as the first one. I was a bit bored.
Lately I've been interested in converting the city to Linux. I think the first step will be to find a friendly way to approach the city IT manager and probe his perspective, the city's requirements, etc. I've been putting off actually doing anything until after the holidays though.