Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived a happy little Druplicon named Sven.
Sven loved living with all the other Druplicons. They were warm and friendly, and made wonderful strudel.
And then one day a giant came, and in his melodic voice he declared, "Fee-fi-fo-fruple... I think you'd look good on my new product, Drupal."
And just like that, the magical Druplicon Prince was taken... did I mention he was a prince? That's kind of important...
Anyways, the Druplicon Prince was taken, and carried off to a far away land where nobody pronounced their R's and people wore far too many graphic tee's. It was unbearable.
For years he suffered in silence as people walked by without addressing the poor Druplicon as "Your Majesty," or even tipping their hats. If it was possible, the Druplicon become increasingly blue with each passing day.
But then one morning, a mysterious stranger from Wordpress appeared and whisked the sullen Prince away, leaving a very believable, and not at all rushed, replica behind. He (...or she...) has brought the Druplicon to safety, never to return... unless the following demands are met.
1) The Druplicon would like a hat. Not just any hat. He wants a really cool one like Kate Middleton. That girl knows how to accessorize!
2) The Druplicon wants children. Lots of little tiny adorable baby Lego Druplicons. He requires a fertile Lego female with natural blonde Lego hair. He can tell if it's fake.
3) The Druplicon wants to be dusted not once, not twice, but thrice per week. He has allergies.
4) The Druplicon would like to be on a pedestal. It is very intimidating being that low when you stand guard outside the office of someone so mighty and tall.
5) The Druplicon insists upon having every third Thursday off (or the fourth Thursday in a month with five Thursdays). He's heard great things about the Museum of Science and something called the "Freedom Trail."
6) He wants a pair of Lego glasses like Dries'.
7) He wants an unmarked Lego chopper and two Lego tickets to Blue Man Group. He feels a genuine yet inexplicable connection to those guys.
8) He would like to be seasonally decorated with holiday-appropriate Lego attire.
9) He wants ears. He finds Dries' accent soothing but can't hear it quite as well without ears.
10) He wants a Konami Codes command to turn all graphics on a site into random images of Druplicons and Druplicon derivative images.
11) Lastly, he wants a shot of whatever is in that hidden bottle of Cobra-infused something-or-other on Tom's desk.
More demands will follow if these demands are not met.
(That's not my real name. Seriously - how cruel would that be?)
As of 9:30 AM EDT, my demands have not been met, so I am adding another.
- The Druplicon would like to see a Broadway Musical with O'Keefe. He seems to be into that sort of thing. Anything but "Wicked." That word has lost all meaning to him since coming to Boston.
I am now posting all of my demands on Twitter @LegoDruplicon. Follow me for the latest developments.
Last week it was Red Nose Day, a UK-wide fundraising event organized by Comic Relief every two years. A combination of television programs, local community events, social media and Drupal websites were used to raise £75 million ($113 million) in one day. On Red Nose Day everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and do something funny for money. The money is used to make a difference to the lives of countless people across Africa and the UK who are facing terrible injustice or living in desperate poverty.
Rednoseday.com and Comicrelief.com are built in Drupal and the Acquia team have been supporting their talented web team with Drupal expertise and use of the Acquia Cloud to ensure a stable and massively scalable platform.
During the live show there were massive peaks in website traffic and every hour there were special heartfelt appeals within the program which results in a frenzy of donations. To deal with the sudden, massive spikes (they call them 'slams'), we had to employ 24 load balancers, 28 web heads and 2 database servers. We had an additional 12 load balancers and 2 web nodes ready for failover. This happens so quickly that it would not give you enough time to spin up additional servers once the traffic starts to ramp up. Along with the hardware, Acquia had 11 people helping with the infrastructure the night of the event.
As you can imagine, there is nothing like a live, six-hour televised national charity event where millions of dollars are at risk, to put fear into the hearts of any web team. To be able to do help inspiring charities such as Comic Relief gives the entire Acquia team an exceptional sense of accomplishment. I am very proud of their dedication and commitment to this project.
In fact, we've been doing our bit with some Harlem Shake videos from both our Reading (UK) and Burlington (US) offices to raise donations. It's not too late to help this tremendously worthwhile and life changing cause: https://www.rednoseday.com/donate.
The Kofi Annan Foundation is using Drupal. Kofi Annan was the Secretary-General of the United Nations. In 2001 Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Since leaving the United Nations, the Kofi Annan Foundation supports Kofi Annan in his current work to press for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in the world.
The Symbian Foundation is a non-profit organization that stewards the Symbian platform, an operating system for mobile phones and smartphones. The Symbian Foundation was founded by Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Vodafone, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics and AT&T. Today, their website runs Drupal.
Mercycorps.org just brought in more than $4 million USD for Haiti relief. They used the boost module to handle the tremendous flood of traffic that they received the last couple of weeks. Over $500K USD of the money was raised through Personal fundraising pages, which are nodes that donors create and then send to their friends. They had over 2,000 people sign up for Mercy Corps (Drupal) accounts and create Personal fundraising pages. The fundraising pages are still going strong and raising thousands of dollars for Haiti relief every day.
The site was built by their in-house web team with support from the Portland Drupal community.
Stories like this make me want to work on Drupal. It is absolutely rewarding to see that Drupal can help enable organizations like Mercy Corps. In addition to indirect help through Drupal, my wife and I have also made a monetary contribution for the victims in Haiti.
Internet Systems Consortium, also known as ISC, is using Drupal on their website at http://isc.org. ISC was founded by three internet pioneers Rick Adams, Carl Malamud and Paul Vixie to support BIND and other software that helps power the internet. ISC also operates one of the 13 root name servers. Pretty cool and a testament to Drupal!
In 1996, Linux kernel development is what first attracted me to Open Source, and what led me to contribute to the Linux WLAN project in 1999. Ever since, I've worked on or with Open Source projects pretty much full-time.
Last month at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, I met Mike Woster, Director of Business Development at the Linux Foundation, the non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Turns out they are avid users of Drupal.
In 2008, they switched the Linux Developer Network to Drupal, earlier this year they launched a video site on Drupal, and most recently, LinuxFoundation.org itself switched to Drupal! And rumor has it there might be more to come ...
Human Rights Watch is a well-known international organization that advocates freedoms in connection with fundamental human rights, such as freedom of religion and freedom of press. Issues raised by Human Rights Watch include social and gender discrimination, military use of children, political corruption, torture, abuses in criminal justice systems, and more.
They built a stunning Drupal site available in multiple languages. The idealist in me is touched by the strong design and photography, as well as the fact that Drupal helps improve the world a bit. Awesome!
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