Not long ago, I got an e-mail that left me in shock:
Dear Nuno Cruces,
We are delighted to tell you that your project (attached) has been
selected to receive a grant in Google's Summer of Code program.
The Summer of Code team
I've learnt a lot about the IRS and tax regulations since. Hopefully I'll learn a lot more - and not just about tax!
But all that - the tax and all the paperwork, I mean - hasn't taken the fun of it. Honestly, I couldn't care less about the money. Sure, it can buy me a brand new Intel Powerbook, but that's not why I'm doing it.
I'm doing it because it's cool.
I'm doing it because it was something I had just thought up before Google's program was announced, and I decided to give it a try.
I'm doing it because this way it's even more of a challenge, and that's the best way to get me working.
I didn't actually expect to be accepted.
I didn't really think I had worded the proposal appropriately, I thought it was too vague.
I didn't think anybody would interested enough in my project.
It seems I was wrong.
You know that feeling you get when you have this crazy ideia, and you're able to share your enthusiasm with someone?
I know now - it's great.
So, this is what this blog is about: me coding all summer, waiving my vacations, and being mightily enthusiastic about it!