Jarda Tulach on the Slopes
By TinuA on Apr 08, 2013
Every Friday I send out an internal content call for the NetBeans Weekly Newsletter. (You are subscribed to it, right?....)
Typically, what I get are referrals to technical articles, blog entries and event announcements. Standard stuff.
Once in a blue moon, an unusual submission lands in my inbox.
Last week, it was a video link with the following [slightly edited] note:
"Jaroslav Tulach, the last NetBeans founder still with the NetBeans project, won a silver medal in the National Championship of Masters Slalom competition in the A2 Category (men under forty). Video from the second round, which catapulted Jaroslav to his second place finish, is available on YouTube.
When asked if he was satisfied with the result, Jaroslav admitted to having spent too much time with computers in his youth rather than practicing skiing, so he could hardly ask for more.
"Hopefully, the majority of NetBeans IDE users will not mind that I didn't win, and it's okay for them that I founded NetBeans instead."
I've worked on the NetBeans team for six years-plus and I know many of the engineers have very fascinating lives (and personas) outside of the office. But since the note came in on April 1st--Fool's Day, I wanted to be sure.
So I wrote back, "Is that really you?...."
He sent this picture in response.