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 early, J. couldn't sleep, very frustrating.
More people on the OO.o list thinking that XML (and XSLT) is
some sort of panacea, "Just convert SVG -> RandomOtherFormat
with XSLT !!?!?!??" - good to see stark realism in the
- More circumspect poking at OO.o, tried to
correlate the new XD2 OO.o CVS branch with where we actually
branched. Discovered the extend of the tag moving folley goes
extremely deep, they are almost hopelessly different it seems.
- Made gnopernicus build cleanly on Gnome 2.2 and
committed my fixes, patch to the list. Uploaded my ootouch,
and updated linkoo helpers to
ooo.ximian.com for speedier developing.
- More OO.o progress, horribly Verison decided to
waste much of my day by cleverly unplugging the network
connection to Ximian's internal network.
- Started poking at a11y performance issues -
grief, what a rat's nest of round-tripping interface design.
- Bus into Cambridge for dinner at Browns with Julia,
picked her up from Mill Lane, and took her there. Met Auntie
Louise and Uncle Anthony for a pleasant meal.
- Went to the Fitzwilliam Musem's Christmas Concert.
Rather excellent, a most beautiful space and the Cambridge
Voices and Prime Brass doing an interesting set of
arrangements for choir and brass.
- Ian de Massini conducting, and premiering
several pieces and arrangements. A most amusing rendition
of Gardner's Tomorrow shall be my dan-cing day
with the syncopation stressed by basoon, featuring an
impressive tamborine solo.
- Very touching rendition of John Tavener's
The Lamb (by William Blake) - a typically excellent
mix of plainsong and harmony.
- Interesting introduction to Carl Rutti,
seemingly a rather good (living) Swiss composer, his
Alma Redemptoris Mater rather overshadowed by the
comprehensibility of I wonder as I wander.
- Ian's LOGOS based on
John 1:1-14 - good text, a clever and thoughtful setting.
- Mince pies and wine whilst comparing the
merits of Monet's poplars (saved from being cut down while
he was painting them apparently), juxtaposed with a
Renoir and Picasso. ( Picasso does so challenge my
pre-conceptions about quality ).
- Finished off with the highly polished choir
singing a (de)rangemenent of Ding, dong, merrily on
high in 5/4, highlighting common amateur choral
mistakes - most amusing.
- Tim and Julie took us home, bed lateish.
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)