Tomorrow is August 19. Time for another Whyday!
Really, though, August 19 isn’t that special. It made a perfect occasion for the first celebration of what _why brought to us, and a great time for us all to say how much we missed him.
On the next day, though, I wrote “every day is Whyday.” And that’s been closer to the truth than I ever would have expected. I’m hesitant to mention specifics that have happened since then, because I’ll inevitably forget more than I remember. But here’s a sampling:
- Dr Nic has been as funny as ever, and wore a fairy costume on stage at a major conference.
- Jam sessions and other musical events are a normal, expected part of big Ruby conferences.
- Steve Klabnik has revived Shoes and Hackety Hack.
- Rubinius has become a fertile laboratory for experimenting with language ideas, including Poison, a revival of _why’s Potion language by Brian Ford.
- Last, but certainly not least, Aaron Patterson has continued to inject humor and silliness—mixed with great, solid work—into our community.
I don’t think Whyday started or inspired any of those things, but perhaps it helped to emphasize their importance. (Feel free to chime in with a comment about things I left off this list.)
My original idea for Whyday was for it to be a one-time thing, not an annual event. The point isn’t that we want _why to come back (although we certainly miss him). It’s less about him than it is about recognizing that we still need what he gave to us. It’s pretty clear, though, from my mailbox and Twitter feeds, that a lot of people want it to be an annual event. And that’s fantastic!
So please, go wild tomorrow. Tweet your activities using #whyday as a hashtag.
And then do the same thing next week, or whenever you can make time for being playful. That’s what Why did, and that’s what we should do.