Earlier this week I had dinner with Ton Roosendaal in Amsterdam in Jamie Oliver's restaurant 'Fifteen'. As always, it was a lot of fun and we discussed all kinds of Blender topics all night.
We looked back at SIGGRAPH and talked about the upcoming Blender Conference, the possibilities and difficulties of organising a new Orange project, producing books (there are plans for a number of new Blender related books) and redesigning the blender.org website.
We also talked about BlenderNation and on the role that it has acquired in the Blender community in only nine months. I was amazed at the lack of such a resource when I started, but Ton pointed out that Blender is one of the few Open Source communities that have such a news-site.
We discussed the plans I have for BlenderNation's near future. I have two ideas that I want to work on and Ton gave me some solid feedback on them. My goal is to be able to tell you more at the Blender Conference next month.
Finally, we talked for quite a while about starting commercial enterprises based on Blender, such as David Millet's new Blender consulting service. Many Open Source zealots despise such endeavours, but as I expected Ton's point of view matched with mine: there's nothing wrong with setting up commercial activities around GPL products and in the long run it can only benefit Blender.
The evening ended with a few beers at the opening party of a new cultural center in Amsterdam. The party was a bit boring, but the evening was excellent ;-)