This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
Novell which is an amazing company, and also
Dell who in days of yore provided me with a
free laptop for Gnome development / conferences.
Also if you have the time to read this sort of stuff you could enlighten
yourself by going to Unraveling Wittgenstein's net or if
you are feeling objectionable perhaps here.
Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
- Slept ok - great. Up early, shopped for
sandwiches, got some coffee and drove off to Achill Island.
- Drove to the far south west point, and climbed
a small hill to a deserted hut at the top [ loads of deserted
property in Ireland ]. Looked out over the atlantic, amazing
scenery, view & company. Amazing gradation of blues in the bay
behind us as the gently sloping sand gave way to the deep. In
front of us the steep cliffs and the deep ocean. Contemplated
swimming to the US.
- The gaggle (coachload) of screaming tourists
arrived - we left post haste. Descended via another route and
sat for a while by a small river in a hollow enjoying the
wild flowers, peace and surroundings.
- Walked on beach - very sandy, limpets to move
slightly, mussles on the rocks etc. etc.
- Off to the honey pot cafe, had a picnic and then
a coffee. Then to the 'Deserted Village' the relic of a sadly
failed attempt to convert Achill Island by some protestant
missionary hundreds of years ago - lots of remains.
- Sat around in the car and started to read
Jarred Diamond's "Guns Germs and Steel" - that Miguel lent
me. A set of fascinating insights into the inequalities in
the modern world ( East vs. Wbest, Mauri vs. Moriori,
Western settlers vs. Native [Americans, Australians etc.] )
in an extremely successful attempt to crush the 'obvious'
explanation that in some way the Westener is some way
superior to the conquered. Very, very interesting.
- Very amused by the name 'Overkill' given to the
rapid extintion by humans of 'incurably tame' species - who
had never evolved a fear of humans, such as in the American
and Austrailian continents, resulting in the death of all the
'megafauna' - robbing people there of domesticatable power
source / manure / dependable food / bone.
- Back into Westport - had a pint in a hotel with
an interesting ancient map, read more book. Tried to eat at
the 'lemon peel', but got diverted elsewhere. Had a lovely
meal instead elsewhere, more guinness, study and bed.
- More people in the room banging about - 1
ancient couple sleeping next to each other in a tiny bed,
In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my
own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Novell, The
Lithuanian Gov't or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's also important to
realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences,
Michael Meeks (firstname.lastname@example.org)