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
- Up at 4.00am, the miracles of release meeting
calls. Discussed several things, and got some stuff done
and decided - good. Pain in neck worse - sigh. More sleep.
- Up later; breakfast & off to Thrifty car rental.
Set off for the Hunter valley.
- A chunk of driving - we went via a scenic
detour, but the main road had a certain rugged beauty (to an
Engineer) - a huge amount of the road had been carved through
the solid rock to an amazing depth. The road being ~3 lanes
each way, had a ~ 2 meter wide rock wall of varying height -
3m up to 6-8m in the middle to separate the traffic that had
simply not been removed. Amazingly where a road would branch
off - they would quite happily do this in the middle of an
extremely deep cutting ~ 20m or so, leaving a vast triangular
island of rock in the middle of the road - often with trees
growing on top. In some places the bridges across the road
- intead of having a central resevation pillar - simply
rested on the unremoved rock in the middle.
More than that - it was clear that some of the strata in
the rock were particularly weak - perhaps sand or shingle,
and these strata were noticable since they had been concreted
over to ensure the (extremely steep ~ 75degrees) sides didn't
subside - similarly great inch wide score marks down the rock
seemed to indicate some giant clawing machine used to slice
through - fun.
- We took a detour to Cessnock, via. a large dam
which was rather interesting, it had a capacity of 30% of
Sydney harbour, with the capability to expand that to 100%
in future - which says a lot about the Australian approach
to infastructure provision. Looking out over it we saw a
huge ~ 5ft long lizard - initialy, seeing only the tail
whipping up the tree I thought it was a snake - but, then
it stopped and stood still. Beautiful yellow stripes, a
forked tounge and an inquisitive look.
- On to an amateur observatory further along the
road - determined that it was a somewhat small place, and
midday not a good time for star-gazing and moved on. The
chap had an interesting statistic about the ratio of
beaurocrats to general populous; must find out what it is
in the UK.
- By now pretty hungry, studied the Hunter valley
guide to restaurants - unimpressed by most of them although
Mc Donalds was billed as FIXME - headed for 'Amandas on
the edge' at the end of an unmetled road. Sat and eat in
almost total peace ( most people were out voting for John
Howard it seems ), with bubbling water nearby, looking
out over a vineyard. Had an extremely sumptious 3 course
meal - fantastic creme broule, some of their own wine,
complimentary (sweet & fruity) port - 35 UKP for both of
- Headed on to another place at the end of the
track, tasted some wine, wandered around their pretty show
garden, and to a larger place to try and get some port.
Got a nice tawny, but couldn't find the sweet fruity thing,
- Back... via. lake Maquarie ( everything is
called Mcquarie in Australia, banks, lakes, bridges, hotels,
hospitals, animals, children, fish, rocks, - etc. ).
- Got home, eat, 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 (email@example.com)