Let's talk about something a little more fun this month.
This month's cover celebrates the International Day of Awesomeness. I bet you probably didn't know there was such a "holiday." I know, I didn't either until I stumbled across it. Heck, it even has its own website. It is celebrated every March 10.
So, how did such a "holiday" come into being?
As you might imagine, it started as a sort of lark. But the short story goes something like this. On August 6, 2007, a web developer named Kevin Lawver had an intern named Freddie Maneiro, who suggested that the office should celebrate Lawver's awesomeness. Lawver replied that there should be an International Day of Awesomeness. He posted the idea to Twitter and the rest is history.
So why March 10? Well, because that is Chuck Norris's birthday. It isn't to celebrate Chuck Norris the man, but the awesomeness of the myth of Chuck Norris. Two of my favorites are the ICNDb (Internet Chuck Norris Database), and Chuck Norris Jokes, here. There's even a Wikipedia entry about the whole topic.
And truthfully, the day gives us the opportunity to celebrate every person, place, thing, or idea in the world that is awesome. As the official tagline, created by Lawver's daughter, May, points out, "No one's perfect, but everyone can be awesome." The original tagline was "Because everyone needs an excuse to be awesome."
Of course, there's one thing all of us around here can agree on, and that's how awesome PCLinuxOS is. Regardless of which desktop flavor you use, the same core stability forms the foundation upon which our favorite desktops flourish.
Let me add to that initial awesomeness with my own list. Create your own list, if you like. I'm sure there will be as many different takes on what forms awesomeness in your life.
To start with, March 10 is also my wife Laura's birthday. She is one of the most awesome things to ever happen to me!
Next, are my kids. Ryan was born on the same day (albeit six years later) as the idea for the International Day of Awesomeness. That, in itself, is just awesome! Lexi was the cherry on top of the sundae, three years and six days later.
We can all probably also agree on the awesomeness of Texstar. Here's a man who has created this wonderful Linux distro that the rest of us enjoy. That's a whole category of awesomeness that (for us, anyways) is right up there with Chuck Norris.
The PCLinuxOS Forum and family are pretty awesome. Just the fact that RTFM isn't uttered in the forum is a great act of awesomeness. Couple that with the awesomeness of how nice and welcoming the forum is, and you come up with the most awesome Linux forum in existence.
All of the packagers who help maintain PCLinuxOS are many shades of awesomeness. They help make us awesome, by helping to keep PCLinuxOS its awesome, top performing self.
I appreciate the awesomeness of two people I rely on so much every month. Meemaw is an awesome assistant editor, and YouCanToo - Mr Cranky Pants takes care of creating the awesome HTML and eBook versions of the magazine. You guys are awesome, month in and month out. In addition, YouCanToo - Mr Cranky Pants also hosts a LOT of services for PCLinuxOS, including the magazine website, the forum, the main repo, PCLOS-Talk, PCLOS-Cloud, the PCLinuxOS Knowledge Base, PCLinuxOS Mail, PCLinuxOS Graphics, and much, much more. THAT is pretty awesome, just all by itself.
Obvious or not, I appreciate the awesomeness of all the friends and family (yes, I consider many of you part of my extended family) from the PCLinuxOS community, past and present. By banding together and helping one another, we add to the awesomeness of PCLinuxOS.
I definitely appreciate the awesomeness of good health, and the abilities to contribute to the PCLinuxOS community over the years.
So, until next month, I bid you peace, happiness, serenity, prosperity ... and much awesomeness!