A few things happened yesterday that converged in a way to make me step back and remember again how far hitRECord has come over the years. I've been a witness to a decent amount of the history, so it can be overwhelming to drift between the present-day grandeur to memories from 6 years back: the "v3" days, when we had version 3 of the web site and were merely poised for big changes to come. The things that happened yesterday included:
- I received my Emmy note of recognition in the mail - it has not been easy for me to wrap my head around the idea that I was a part of something that won an Emmy. I was able to convince myself that it was something somebody else earned, but that became more difficult yesterday. This note is special to me because it tells me how much HR HQ still holds to the "All Together Now" sentiment. I shall really treasure this note, so thanks for that.
- I saw the open letter from andyramone to new hitRECorders by way of Netflix - I did not know there was in influx of new users from Netflix, but I don't suppose I'm surprised. Making reference to the Netflix crew, the Inception crew, and the Sundance crew just reminded me again of the v3 crew #FamilyBand. I think I'm better off not knowing how many users we have now, I'm overwhelmed a little too easily. But seeing the comments from the Netflix crew reminds me what it's like to first become aware of hitRECord, to finally find the thing you'd been trying to find elsewhere so unsuccessfully, and to realize that this is probably going to be more than just another web site you visit from time to time. To my experience, you never really get over that feeling.
- I saw that Joe is now a RegularDad - ah to be born into a world of big red buttons and agains by heart. Congrats, boss.
- I saw Metaphorest's RECord "For Buttercup" - more v3 RECollections and celebrations. When we lost Dan in 2010 I became a little bit afraid about what might happen to hitRECord. Dan was hitRECord's heart, and I didn't know how we could survive without our heart. And of course we know now that we didn't lose our heart, that Dan's heart lives on here, and that we survived and will continue to survive because hitRECorders rise to the occasion and put on the mantle of the heart. _buttercup was a leader in taking on that role as one of the hearts of hitRECord, and seeing her celebrated with the Impossible Dream collaboration does my heart good. Not for one moment do I doubt that she will accomplish her impossible dream, I only wish I could be there to see it when it happens.
The kind of collaboration that happens here all of the time now was something we all had to learn. In one of Joe's first Regularity videos he talked about how the Sundance poster collaboration came about. When they first had the idea to create some posters for our first production for Sundance 2010, Marke initially thought he would have to take on that work by himself. The more it was discussed they finally realized "You know who would be really good at this? Everybody!" We know now that this is how it's done here, but it was a revelation at the time - a real landmark moment for hitRECord. The Emmy notes of recognition remind me of that, and the note of introduction to the Netflix crew reminds me of that.
So yeah, yesterday was kinda special, and this is still a special place. It's the only place I can go to say, "we would like to remind you at this time to please turn on all RECording devices", and people think that I've said something worthwhile, even exciting. When I say it at my local coffee shop I just get the polite this-coot-has-lost-his-marbles smile from the barista. When I say it at the used bookstore I get aggressively shushed. When I say it in the movie theater they just flat-out disagree. Not so here. Here I say it, and you never seem to tire of it, and I get paid to boot. What a world, what a world.
Created: Aug 20, 2015