At Web 2.0 I ran into Christine Herron. Christine is a ballet dancer and venture capitalist. We got to talking about ballet and an upcoming show at her favorite ballet company, Lines Ballet. She recommended that I attend what she termed "Ballet for Geeks," a combination of ballet and shaolin monks martial arts. The Shaolin ballet is sponsored project by the government of China.
The Drupal community has embraced a number of martial art themes to describe its activities. Job advertisements call for Drupal ninja's and the most popular method for learning Drupal is to attend classes in the Drupal Dojo. A dojo "is considered the formal gathering place for students of a martial arts style to conduct training, examinations and other related encounters."
Over the last five months, the community has been accelerating core development through the use of Drupal code sprints, mostly focused on great development improvements like data architecture, testing, and search. Acquia's been active in all of these sprints working closely to organize the data architecture, and testing, and search sprints. We've been active in the University of Minnesota usability sprint and helping to organize the Drupalcon code sprint.