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 6.30am, as reccommended, phoned the Lync
ferry; not open until 7.00. Set the alarm for 7, moved the
wakeup call. Woke at 8.00 - missed the ferry - as if by
magic, neither worked. So we don't get to see the south
Island - hey ho.
- Back to sleep; up late, off to a lovely cafe for
a large breakfast. Wandered through town - discovered a set of
rather wonderful double classical CD's for $10 each ~ 2.80 UKP,
bought a shed load of rather excellent music; very pleased.
- On to Te Papa a national museum of considerable
interest - the Maori 'Kiwis' live in Iwis ( or something ).
There was considerable amnesia and confusion on the subject of
the extermination (and consumption) of the Maoriri by the
Maori probably a pre-requisite of keeping the moral high
ground. Overall very interesting though; some pleasant
carvings, a meeting house one had to remove ones shoes to
go into. Lots of green stone carvings looking rather like
the 'forest spirits' in Princes Monawhatnot, ( but green ).
Idols in the west tend to be cars, houses etc., rather
than pretty carvings; but it's good to see some immutable
human traits in action.
- Apparently the scary face on the front of the
'war canoe' was to warn people that they came in peace and
not to fight [the raiding party] - somewhat incredible
revisionism one might speculate.
- Out to a rather nice place for dinner; 30 UKP
for two, 3 courses + wine + port. The local nobs were
somewhat puterbed by J's baggy grey jumper much to my
- Back, 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)