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 chatted to Guy - good man. Reminded of the
(antithetical) reminiscences of the retiring BBC correspondant to
France recently; must listen-again - but: the importance there of
keeping society together until the next revolution. Amused to hear
of a recalled interview with a striking French Doctor (approximately):
Interviewer: So - it's great that you're willing to sacrifice a day's
pay to strike & make your voice heard in government.
Striker: Oh no, I don't loose any pay, it's my civil right to
strike, the government continue to pay me.
Interviewer: oh - but, of course you have to pay the train fair of
course, that's some sacrifice
Striker: Oh no, the Union pay the train fair.
Interviewer: but of course, you pay that through higher union dues
Striker: Oh no, the government pay my Union membership dues. ...
- Great to see Karl Hong's re-work of my ~1.5Mb (shared) shrink
of i18npool getting done for 2.0.2, good stuff. Lengthy phone-call with
Kai, good stuff.
- Knocked up a noddy & incomplete script for installing
templates. Mouser's birthday today - 1 year old; fine lunch, cake, Bruce
& Anne around - good to see them; a few token presents, such a huggable
chunk of daughter.
- Cell group in the evening - attendance so far: 0 people;
managed to clash with a Churches Together bash.
John 1:35-51 - "Jesus meets an honest skeptic"
- Passage bristling with interesting problems;
Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me." - should you
follow strangers ? and calls Nathanael similarly a verse later.
This plays into our wish that we can be turned around instantly
and walk the walk from day 1. eg. Acts 14 - we must go through
many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.
- Not the making of instant Christians, but those who
are willing to do his will. Follow me. all that's recorded,
but we should not assume that it's an exhaustive summary of all
that was said; clearly - but that was the most important part.
- Jesus did not say listen to me, or agree
with me, or even believe me., but Follow me..
3 times in the text Come and see - not just an intellectual
assent, but the experience of meeting Jesus; the incomparable
person of Christ himself.
- Nathanael guile-less, doesn't hide his doubt - shows a
key problem: Jesus apparently from the wrong place: Nazareth,
but shows up & checks him out. Being under the fig-tree:
metaphore for in prayer with God.
- At the end - aluding to Jacob's ladder, a stepped
pyramid - eg. mesopotamia in Babylon - 1st step 100ft, next 50ft
etc. Jacob had a dream - angels ascending & descending -
comes down & blesses him. The Son of Man is that ladder -
through whom, God can bless.
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)