09:39:05 < lefauxfrog> 1. Do what you love.
09:39:07 < lefauxfrog> 2. ...
09:39:09 < lefauxfrog> 3. Non-profit!
Annoying, perhaps, but very true. The way to enjoy life is not truly to do what will make you the most money - money really can't buy happiness. Do what you love, then go from there. I'd certainly rather starve happy than hate my life and be well fed.
Neil is definitely following this to the fullest. As most of you know, Neil was the main developer for Deanspace, a project he loved working on. Neil has now left school to work on a project very closely related to Deanspace for a public works venture capital firm. He's doing what he loves, and that's the key. He decided that being at school wasn't what he wanted, so he left. Simple as that.
Doing what you love is the way to enjoy life. I'm still searching around, looking for that project that I can latch onto and just completely enjoy. I was hoping it would be LiveJournal for a long time, but after all my attempts at getting a "foot in" in terms of respect and actually changing things, I've realized that the project maintainer just doesn't fit into the scheme of how I want to do things.
I've been hacking on Dashboard recently, which has treated me fairly well, but the project is a bit slow moving to get too much done. When things are happening, they happen quickly, but they only happen once every couple of weeks. I've made some nice hacks into things that I use for it, which is nifty - but in the end, it doesn't add up to a whole lot.
I'm really interested in the Semantic Web. My FOAF additions to LiveJournal have taught me that the information world on the net is really where I'd like to be. But at the same time, I loved working on Plogs - taking the features that people liked and using them.
Hopefully I can find that project that I really love and hop into it one of these days. It's a bit sad that the few I have fallen into have rejected me - or I've rejected them. However, I'm not all that old yet, so hopefully I can find something interesting I can latch onto.
I really do want to work with Semantic Web - making all information on the web accessible to everyone. I actually plan on making my journal support a lot more RDF information, using S2. I hope to write support for RSS 1.0, as well as supporting feeds for entries, so that people can watch them for comments. All that is really where my interests lie, and I can't imagine anything I'd like doing more than making my journal the single most semantic web compliant journal on the site I host it on. Wouldn't that be a nifty claim? Now, to hope that no one else has done it before me...