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
Guy left in the night - shame; up earlyish, breakfast with
Aaron and Federico - set to work on Moblin again. Filed five obs
bugs in the first minutes, fun.
Fixed a few issues; given the sudden lack of fear
of people writing code - I should point out that (having read quite
a lot of really poor quality code) - we should be quite scared of
at least some people writing code; though, amazingly things like
garbage collection can help hide the incipient scariness of some; go
Also got around to reading Lefty's concerns
wrt. RMS. I rather disagree. Personally, I have few problems with people
mocking Christianity particularly when we can be pretty silly and deserve
it at times, (sometimes for being overly censorious).
I also tend to think that offending me is the least of your problems The
fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (where fear overlaps with awe, or
respect) - it's just silly to mess with the creator. Having heard Richards talk
enough times to not want to bother again (it is extremely similar each time), last
time I heard it, his balance didn't
seem that unreasonable. I have one of those unfair suspicions that the deliberate
inclusion of sexual language in his stock talk, is to make it easier to advance
his declared hobby of 'affection' afterwards - which to my mind risks treating women
as objects; personally I would strenuously recommend finding a life-long equal partner
to delight in, grow with and so on (marriage rocks), and I have no idea why people sell
themselves so short. As such, in my speaking career - I would occasionally
show pictures of my wife (for OO.o Writer), and Damien's for Ekiga, and point out
the obvious aphrodisiac quality of hacking on Gnome - hopefully without
over-offending the polyamorous fringe.
If RMS wants to stand up and broadcast some of his more silly views, that
is fine by me - it is not as if people are unaware of his many foibles. Either
way, I'm prepared to listen carefully to what he has to say, even where I completely
disagree - because of his insight and passion in nucleating the Free software
movement. And I strongly prefer to hear (and give) a talk which captures the
essence and richness of the speaker as a person: warts, obscure political views,
and all. Who would want to attend a conference where software talks cannot be
flavoured with a little personal detail ? As such, I really appreciated Aaron's
non-technical lightning talks at GUADEC, and am sad I missed RMS' talk myself.
Stayed up for my late night flight.
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)