As people who read dw_news (or who were with me) know, I spent last week in Austin for YAPC::NA and lots of crazy DW hacking. Overall the trip was great - the weather was kind of hellish, and the day I spent seeing the contents of my stomach way more than I wanted was not fun in the slightest, but Austin is a lovely, quirky city, and the other DW staff and volunteers are amazing, quirky people. There were some great talks at the conference, though I would have to dig through my notes for specifics because it was sort of a whirlwind of STUFF HAPPENING. But it was a good week, and I think at least some of that was being around people and a project that appreciates me for my intellect and skills. My last few jobs have appreciated me, but that's because I can competantly follow instructions, and suffice to say, that is not using my skills to their fullest.