On November 16th Facebook acquired another Silicon Valley "startup"; Walletin.

It's co-founders; Cory Ondrejka and Bruce Rogers are both notable figures in the (social) gaming world. Ondrejka was CTO for Linden Labs of Second Life fame and Bruce Rogers was a coder at Atari and CTO of gaming company Cryptic Studios.

Most people are pretty excited to see what these two former CTOs will get up to at Facebook; many are already predicting the two will contribute heavily towards Facebook's evolution of social gaming (Farmville anyone!?). In whatever capacities though; to quote a joint statement from the Walletin website, the pair said "It's going to be fun."

However it wasn't necessarily the news that two of Silicon Valley's social gaming pro's joined the guys at Facebook; but rather, a single quote:

Instead we met our people. Engineers focused on getting shit done…

A great one-liner, a one-liner that harmoniously resonates with my own ethnology. Take a look at some of the most inspirational entrepreneurs of our time; Sir Richard Branson (with his aptly titled autobiography "Screw It, Let's Do It...", Steve Jobs "Real Artists Ship" are just a couple, but they were ALL about getting stuff done!

Jobs’s speeches were punctuated by slogans. Perhaps the most telling epigram of all was a three-word koan that Jobs scrawled on an easel in January 1983, when the project [the release of the first Mac] was months overdue. Real Artists Ship. It was an awesome encapsulation of the ground rules in the age of technological expression. ... One’s creation, quite simply, did not exist as art if it was not out there, available for consumption, doing well.... The final step of an artist—the single validating act—was geting his or her work into boxes, at which point the marketing guys take over. Once you get the computers into people’s homes, you have penetrated their minds. At that point all the clever design decisions you made, all the tists and turns of the interface, the subtle dance of mode and modeless, the menu bars and trash cans and mouse buttons and everything else inside and outside your creation, becomes part of people’s lives, transforms their working habits, permeates their approach to their labor, and ultimately, their lives.

But to do that, to make a difference in the world and a dent in the universe, you had to ship. You had to ship. You had to ship.

Real artists ship.

- Steven Levy "Insanely Great" (Chronicle of the first Mac).

From another rambling I posted last year in October 2009; "The Duct Tape Programmer"

Jamie Zawinski is what I would call a duct-tape programmer. And I say that with a great deal of respect. He is the kind of programmer who is hard at work building the future, and making useful things so that people can do stuff. He is the guy you want on your team building go-carts, because he has two favorite tools: duct tape and WD-40. And he will wield them elegantly even as your go-cart is careening down the hill at a mile a minute. This will happen while other programmers are still at the starting line arguing over whether to use titanium or some kind of space-age composite material that Boeing is using in the 787 Dreamliner.

When you are done, you might have a messy go-cart, but it’ll sure as hell fly.

It's all about getting stuff done. I'm about getting stuff done. I'm about innovating, about pushing personal boundaries. Denying the impossible and achieving something great!