On the 1st of October this year, I was waiting for notification of whether or not I was going to be renewed as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. The process is simple. If you make the grade you get a nice congratulatory email and if you don’t, well you don’t get any email.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit apprehensive about it and at around 16h00 I was checking mail on my phone a bit too often. By about 16h30 there was still no sign and I started to see on Twitter that folks had been receiving their MVP mail so I took it that I probably didn’t make the cut this time around. At the time I was down in Egersund with my wife and her parents and we were due to head back to Stavanger around then.
Once I got home around 18h00 I logged back into twitter and noticed some people saying to check their spam filters as the mail seemingly had got caught by GMail’s spam filters this time around. And low and behold, there was a mail from 16h00 saying “Congratulations 2011 Microsoft MVP!”. In the vein of Wrath of Khan “Spam Filtersssssss”. It was a happy moment there. Thanks to my MVP Lead William Jansen for all his work last year and here’s hopefully to another MVP summit in Seattle next year.
And to complete the Khan metaphor, here is the famous scene! Complete with echo in space :P