There has been lots going on in my world for the past several years. The small company I was originally work at was bought out by a much larger one, who had a great deal of bureaucracy and a IP agreement saying they owned my brain. I tried to quit, but was convinced by my boss (whom I had known for a number of years) to hang around (looking back, even though things have turned out well in the end, I would have walked away). It was at that point, that I had stopped contributing to open source, for fear that the company may come back and say they had copyright on it.
Later, I joined a very small company, but it’s been pretty time consuming–and it still is. Around the same time, in fact just a few days before starting at my new work place, my son decided he was entering the world… 9 weeks ahead of schedule. Since then, I feel like it’s been a madhouse. My time for open source has been sparse, spotty, and when combined with my work schedule, rather unreliable. For instance, I had really hoped to help with Subversion’s new WC implementation, but couldn’t take the time off I needed to because I was a single point of failure for a class I had to teach every month. That’s been rectified now, along with a number of other issues. As the company has grown, I have less odd and end responsibilities that I need to do, and my “free” time is opening back up a little.