Somehow I missed this last week at the NodeSummit, perhaps because I was there only the first day and not the second day. Namely, that Ryan Dahl has stepped away from running the Node.js project. But that sounds scarier than it really is, because what he announced is that Isaac Schlueter is now the gatekeeper, a job he had formerly performed. This means Isaac will be making the day-day decisions of which patches go in (or not). Ryan says that "After three years of working on Node, this frees me up to work on research projects" and that "Our energy will now be largely focused over the next few months on improving the third party module system experience including a website for browsing modules, a new addon build system, and binary installations from npm".