Sorry if the title gives it away. I've been holding quiet about this for almost a month, but now it's official. Ye Zheng (more famous as dreamhead), who is one of the core developers of XRuby, have joined ThoughtWorks, and will begin work in China in May. He will be much involved in all things Ruby, and will also work on XRuby and JRuby, so we will probably be working close together. I have the highest respect for Ye Zheng and look forward to working with him. He single handedly rewrote most of the runtime in XRuby for the last release, which is not a small feat.
If you read Chinese, you can read more about it at his blog at http://dreamhead.blogbus.com/logs/5155305.html