It is with pain in my heart that I had to leave the 'after-party' of the Blender Conference in CafÃ© Cuba tonight. Talking to Bassam about his time in Buenos Aires with the Plumiferos team and our shared admiration for what they are accomplishing, discussing the Blender.org redesigns with Matt, learning about Colin Litster's history and aspirations with Blender, having some good laughs with Andy and Lee, finally meeting Rui and looking back on our time in Boston with Wybren - all of it came to an end because of one simple reason: tomorrow is just another day at the office, and I had to return home...
Seeing all these people again was very natural: I've known many of them for years now and coming to the Blender Conference each year only strengthens these ties. Saying goodbye wasn't so easy though - it will most likely be another year before I see many of them again. Hopefully we will be able to meet again at Siggraph this summer!
This is without doubt the most talented and passionate group of people that I know and I feel lucky to be able to play my part in it. Looking back at the weekend and thinking about what it did to me, there's an important lesson for me here: if you have passion in your heart and you allow it to take you where it wants to go, then it good things will come of it and it will take you through the rough times in your life.
Thank you, Ton, Angela, Marco, Anja, Anne and Filipp for making this weekend possible! I think you all did a superb job and I applaud you for the amazing commitment that you have all made. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Adios, friends, I will see you again next year.
PS: I *did* record several more interviews today (pretty good ones!) but I decided I should spend my time with my fellow BlenderHeads in CafÃ© Cuba instead of alone, editing video. The interviews and comments about the presentation that I gave today will appear here as soon as possible, hopefully by tomorrow.