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, dealt with babes while J. slept. Off to NCC, managed
to avoid creche somehow - and so hear Tony's sermon on the woman at the
well; good stuff.
Home for lunch, supervised three babes watching Ice-Age2, while
J. cycled off with a practising H. to Effie's for cakes. Set too in the
work-shop, having abandoned hope of a biscuit
cutter - used nails instead - with much glue. Assisted by first E. and
then N. helpfully passing nails, and avoiding ricochets from their removed
ends. Worked away at it until late and got much of a workbench constructed.
Inordinately long lie-in until 11:15 - grief. The washing machine
has packed in. Ignored the wife's advice that it wasn't turning at all,
and set too cleaning out the shocking gunge that likes to build up in the
pump / sump. After re-assembling, discovered that - in fact, the motor was
not turning; removed the brushes - really pleased with the Hotpoint machine,
they seem to care about the hapless service engineer - by smoothing, and
folding the pressed steel so there are not sharp edges to practise
self-laceration on everywhere. Easy to access, nicely enclosed brushes
too - neat. Spares shop shut by the time all this was done: bother
Fooled around with H. above her bedroom, affixing hardboard against
the roof angle, to hold the insulation in place, reduce air-flow, and (with
luck) further warm her room. Much interest from small people in crawling
around inside. Appalled by the generally feminine and dainty hammering
actions of all and sundry. Adjourned after dinner for some hammering
practise outside with the eldest three - eventually got the idea that you
really want to hit the thing impressed upon them - with some good results.
Put everyone to bed, and out to the Newmarket
Pregnancy Crisis Center fund-raising Quiz - had a great time, Laura
& Creighton and Claire, too - fine puddings, good company, and
interesting questions. Helped pack up, and back to bed late.
Up at six, for mens prayer breafast at Church; to work early.
Mail prodding, dug at a strange gnome settings daemon issue around
multi-monitor bits for Federico. Signed the iPad DRM petition -
great to seem them raising the profile of that there.
Switched from ureadahead back to my hacked up sreadahead - it
seems (despite being rather dumber) to be faster; why I have no idea,
prolly some mis-interaction with my kernel.
Amused by Avatar
(The making of the bootleg), some great advertising.
Prodded hal - still taking too long to start in my book; it
seems to enjoy parsing the 600k, 18k line
file, for me it does it 23 times on startup - seems we need a 23 entry
persistent cache for another 2x speed win.
Limbo'd in H's roof-space, trying to get bits of insulation,
hardboard, and chip-board, and myself through an extremely small door,
into a very small hole. It all brings back the reason why you pay builders
in the first place to do [sic] the job for you.
To work, read mail, and analysis. I didn't pick up the fact
that Sun's public-cloud plans (which always seemed a little crazy)
with Oracle in charge. I guess that is why OO.o is orphaned
out of Dave Douglas' "Cloud Computing and Developer Platforms"
group - fair enough; OO.o has never been a developer platform (not
one that either external (or apparently internal) developers wanted
to build on), and it's 'Cloud' credentials always seemed flaky to me.
Far better to focus on the value to customers there it seems to me.
It seems with Zonker's departure; that there is an exciting
up as a community manager for OpenSUSE.
Watched some of the strategy videos at Oracle
wrt. Java and OO.o. Apparently no auto-cue for Michael Bemmer; odd.
Lots of emphasis on JavaFX in the Java spiel - which last I checked is
still deeply mired in non-openness. OO.o - nothing new, beyond a very fuzzy
screenshot of a 'web office' suite in the browser (sigh). It is amazing
to me - that the most important predictor of success and adoption
for these technologies is not presented: are we going to see genuine
open-ness ? will Sun be fixed where it has screwed up ? I suppose only
time will tell.
Up early, to work, read mail for a bit before remembering
I have to work all night, and taking the morning off instead. Off
to Ridgeons to try to find a biscuit jointing router cutter - a
suitable slot on the shelf - but nothing in it; bother. Bought
some angled iron (sold as 'fence posts') to practise the welding
with; overcame the 2 and 3 inch screw famine of late; etc.
Home. Discovered the carpenters had only inserted
insulation in visible places, carefully leaving several (now
inaccessible) places un-insulated - pondered what to do before
covering it all with hardboard.
Lunch, back to work - Jared's staff, chat with Zonker.
Called into the Sun / Oracle call - enjoyed the boppy
music, and video sales pitches. Lots of interest in there.
The OO.o slide (in Edward's) talk had this content - with
apologies for the lack of prettiness:
OpenStandards Based Office Productivty Suite
Managed as an independent Global Business Unit
- Retaining Sun development and support teams
Continue to develop, promote and support OpenOffice
- Including the OpenOffice.org community edition
Deliver Oracle Cloud Office
- Web based productivity suite - integrates desktop, web
and mobile user interaction
Focus on enterprise customers
- eg. Integrations with BI and Content Management
Enhance the customer support experience
- Leverage the Oracle Customer Services infrastucture
And now the analysis: what does it mean ? and of course, this
is only somewhat educated guess-work.
On the positive side - OpenOffice is at least reporting into
- who it seems has real-life experience of managing some sane and helpful
engagements with open-source projects. Encouragingly, he also appears
to have a strong technical background - all to the best.
"Oracle Cloud Office" - oh dear. First unpacking
the name - this doesn't sound like an open-source project. Since it seems
unlikely that this independent BU will grow staff-wise - this probably
confirms or extends the re-deployment of Sun developers away from OO.o
onto this pipe-dream [sic]. The technology is what bites here:
- If this is the same JavaFX idea as
before, then the licensing and community issues
still need solving.
near impossible - beside the same problem of re-writing (as
for JavaFX), but into a lamer language. I'm not convinced
that HTML5 provides enough to do this adequately either.
This project is presumably the rational for the reduced
commit rate from Sun developers, as documented before.
Why 'Cloud' ? what a name: loaded with meaninglessness and
ambiguity. Clearly adding rich co-editing / collaboration
features to OO.o makes lots of sense; squeezing it for a
phone form-factor like-wise (though the phone factors seem
to be bulging their muscles these days to help) - but some
whole-sale re-writing binge ? or is the 'Cloud' meaningless ?
BI and CMS integration sounds great, and of course complimentary
for Oracle, but is potentially prone to removing developers fighting
the tide of bugs, and interoperability problems.
Managed as an independent BU - sounds interesting;
presumably that makes P&L: margin and profitability extremely
transparent - I'm not optimistic that that will be good long term
for that group. It may also spawn new attempts to shake-down partners
and OO.o developers for cash with negative results.
Finally, on the positive side - I was asked to be optimistic
about Oracle's stewardship. It is really too early to say how this will
all pan out; my guesses are my own - and - most likely highly inaccurate.
- Other random thoughts on the Oracle presentation.
- OpenSolaris - the Open seems to have disappeared, I couldn't
find it in the list of OSS projects. Solaris (to me) always made
more sense as a proprietary operating system, perhaps it will go
that way - certainly the repeated emphasis seemed to be on Solaris
for high end Unix, with Linux for the rest. I suspect this
would tend to mean (in practise) sad things for the great desktop
hackers at Sun - except that SunRay was featured severally.
- Nauseation - questions to Larry should not begin 'you are
my hero', or 'why don't you run for president'.
- "Lifetime support" - that's quite a commitment - to promise to
support all your software, forever. Clearly, the cost has to
get ratched up fairly aggressively if you don't use a reasonably
recent service pack, or patch set; interesting marketing though.
Prodded mail, worked through bugs, wrote a small C# test
app to emit XTest keystrokes - interestingly, we ship a Mono's C#
compiler where there is no gcc (or headers etc.) installed on our
systems, making using C# to drive trivial C interface tests the
Had a poke at an OO.o memory corruption issue; fun.
Clarity. JP's staff meeting, one-to-one's with JP and Jared.
Plugged away at boot time polish.
Up early, walked babes to school, chewed mail, call
with Alex. Zoe over for lunch, and to try and get some rest
from Patrick. Solomon popped around to get some equipment.
Spent ages chasing a vicious mutter crasher - a race
condition, with no apparent rhyme or reason, hard to reproduce
too. After adding a spin instead of exit (on a volatile
meta_bug, and getting a different
problem instead, and trapping SIGSEGV, SIGBUS, SIGFPU handlers
likewise, with nothing, then adding an atexit handler likewise,
it started to pique my interest, got it after interposing my
abort method - and discovered I had just
screwed up my
meta_bug version, bother. Fixed the
issue - it seems that combining
meta_error_push/pop is fundamentally unsafe:
don't do it. Eventually found it was a known issue fixed in 2.2.
Plugged away at various other bits; very sad to see
leave the company - what a loss.
Up early, dealt with babes while J. slept. NCC - Thea spoke.
Back for a quick lunch, set too outside at desk making, with some
success. Bert over for a cup of tea, burned lots of off-cuts
helpfully on the fire.
More desk making, via a rather walloped thumb; in the absence
of a biscuit jointing router cutter, considering other ways of jointing
all the 26x6 inch boards into a single board; perhaps milling the
grooves in a jig; hmm.
Gordon sermon in the evening on Isaiah 7 God
with us - very good.
Longish lie in, awoke to find Hannah Webb painting the family
downstairs; good stuff. J. out to counsel a lady, listened to a
selection of different music with the babes.
Lunch, and out swimming in Bury St Edmonds - admiring the
babies pool complete with Pirate Ship and lots of water features to
play in. Rescued N. from drowning: seemingly getting your legs stuck
in the water ring, while trying to stand up is a recipie for pushing
your head under the water. E. had a wonderful time jumping in from
the side, and clapping herself. Much fun.
Back with lots of tired babies. Much playing of computer
games, and experimenting with Moblin on the wife and littlies.
Put the (carefully pre-exhausted) children to bed extremely early.
Laura arrived, and set off to see "Avatar 3D" - which
seemed a reasonably interesting film: despite the obvious down-side of
putting money in the pornographer Murdoch's pocket: if only he would
divest himself of the obscene. In terms of 3D technology, rather
irritated by focus issues: perhaps too close to the screen, but
frequently wanted to look at things that were out of focus: such as
the depth below when looking down from a high tree branch, or a
floating thingit closer to one. Is that intrinsic to the 3D
projection ? an economy on rendering ? or is it simply my eyes;
occasionally annoying whatever.
Chat with Fong. Bought some new USB keys - hopefully newer
ones have faster bulk write speeds for images, though by buying the
very cheapest, almost certainly not, at £1/Gb flash seems remarkably
Lunch with Mike Geach, prodded FATE. Discovered Markus had
made kiwi like my USB SSD as installation media - beautiful: much
faster installs, thanks to SanDisk.
Gave up trying to get through to a tax adviser: I guess it
is not the best time of year for it, filed anyway.
Plugged away at cumulative CPU time rendering in my
Somewhat unconvinced by the result - still, at least it tries to give
the kernel's view of how many ns were spent on each piece, and a
graph. I suppose deviations from a straight bottom-left-to-top-right
line are a sign of a mis-use of CPU; and there are still some bugs.
Still, a pretty picture as of today:
Finally got to actually optimising the code instead of
writing analytics - leaving a few malingering bugs in the rendering
code, as always. OO.o team meeting, and Beta customer call.
Out to cell group at the Parkers' fun; back late.
More of the day spent poking at bootcharty bits. It turns out
to be surprisingly unpleasant to debug and improve initrd stuff,
eventually got it all straightened out, released and packaged. Latest
code at github. I'd
love someone to try integrating it into Fedora / any other distros,
sample package here
Went to a technical call to sate my curiosity around SPICE;
played with the white-board instead; shame.
Chat with Aaron, played with his sexy new osc plugins for
maintaining links left and right. Dinner, J. out to baby-sit Laura's
Struggled with self-assessment, it seems that there is a
set of nasties around losses on stocks, taxed as income, but sold
(at a loss) as a bog-standard asset. How to offset one years loss
against anothers gain ?
Pleased to see my OpenSolaris bug
(#64) fixed, after a couple of years. Perhaps I should have another
Up early; packed babes off to school, skimmed mail. Prodded fate
features a little. Surely the EU are rather overdue for officially
approving the Oracle / Sun merger - hopefully Russia
and China will get there in the end too.
Spent much of the day re-booting, testing boot-chart things, while
massaging SUSE / moblin artwork building, to clean that up and drop the
Walked the babes to school; poked mail, wrote status
report, filled out Clarity. Stumbled across some annoying race
with our bugzilla product entry: switch 'Classification' too
fast, and there is some wonderful race filling 'Product' - the
solution to sub-standard programmers: make them program
Prodded away at loose ends. Lunch, call with Guy &
JP. Filed a couple of evo. crashers. Read a brilliant LWN article
by Josh Berkus How to
destroy your community - simply fantastic:
... he also picked up some valuable experience during
his stint at "The Laboratory for the Destruction of Communities,"
otherwise known as Sun Microsystems.
Up early, dealt with the babes; read Harry Patch's
auto-biography - "The Last Fighting Tommy"; some insanely
poignant pieces - such as the Tommy's name for Ypres for which they
were dying: Wipers.
Off to NCC, ran creche, made crowns with stickers on and
chatted with Cheryl and Lisa. Home, quiet lunch. DVD in the
afternoon, while I turned some chunks of timber in the side-way
into a substantial work-bench - the frame of it at least.
Sermon in the evening from Park-Street, really
good to hear one after a gap.
Lie in. Off to the shops to get a replacement camera - bought
a nice (pink) Samsung machine, home. Prepped the house at speed for
the influx of relatives, set fire to the fire, helped clean up etc.
The co-incident birthday influx got underway, most of J's side
of the family arrived: Bruce & Anne, Sue, Clive & Adam, Georgina,
Adrian, Stephanie & Isabelle, Tim & Julie, and Louise. Carved up
the lovely meal J. had made, and served everyone. Enjoyed the company,
birthday cakes for all & sundry, admired Tim's new car.
Good to see Georgina's new company Marketing Matters with
pretty web-site to match.
DVD for the babes in the afternoon; set too at more tax
paper-work, if only one could bill one's time preparing this stuff to
the Government - the process might become rapidly simpler: but wait,
presumably that is why paid accountants are even more tax-efficient
than you might think. Bed late.
Up later, breakfast, chat with Tomas about moblin &
various window manager hints; good stuff.
Prodded at my boot-chart; it seems that there may be up
to three lots of the 500ms second wait in my boot-chart, previously
hidden by the lame-ness of the old-style bootchart rendering. Fixed
a couple of bootchart2 bugs.
Wrote up meeting notes on the train, poked at various bits
of code. Read some nice Cg code doing IDCTs in pixel shaders - nice,
I wonder if (perhaps with suitable annotation of methods & data
structures to identify promising targes) we could persuade the Mono
JIT to generate code to run on the GPU.
Amused to read the FT this morning; China's foreign ministry's
spokes-woman Jiang Yu said: "China's internet is open." - a
whole new meaning of 'open'ness - or is it ? open-ness with a hard
edge ? ...
Interesting and accessible talk Not
your Father's Von Neumann Machine - from the JavaOne conference.
NB. the slides update below the video. Sadly, he doesn't mention
callgrind's sexy cache simulation, though he should. Also, the horrendous
irony of pointing out that "Memory is the new disk" at a Java
conference; Java is a case-in-point of hobbling by excessive pointer chasing
(cf. .Net's value-class 'struct' concept). Some interesting thoughts though,
one of my pet peeves is eg. that most 'sax2' parsers do their parsing
incrementally, rather than parsing a big chunk ( nicely warming the branch
predictor for the parsing code-paths, the hash tables for interning
etc.) and queueing the result to emit; they often parse a single element,
then emit that: not a good idea. Volunteers to fix the OO.o 'FastParser'
to do this more intelligently (and/or preferably use a different
thread to parse, vs. emit the callbacks) appreciated.
Slogged away at Tax / accounting fun in the evening. Out to
visit Solomon & Peace.
Up at 6am, off to commute to London - wow, I'm glad
I don't have to do this daily; met Nick at the station. Read
cached news, and bemoaned the state of Evo's "off-line IMAP"
which could be better expressed as: "no-attachments off-line".
Will file another bug on re-connection.
Boggled at Man
Shot Dead in ASDA car-park - NB. shootings are relatively rare
and news-worthy in the UK: clearly the solution to reduce them
further is to arm everyone, including kids to the teeth with a
pistol and H-bomb (remember - it is not H-bombs that kill people,
it is people that kill people) - but I digress. What is notable is
the apparent police indifference:
"A man has been shot in broad daylight in a very public place
... those responsible have obviously no regard for public
safety.". Shocking indeed to disregard public safety
during assasinations. The Health and Safety executive should be
immediately informed. "Fortunately no other person has been injured
and we believe that the victim was the intended target." - how
positive and fortunate ! as long as they shot the right guy, who
was a baddy anyway - all is well; smells odd to me.
Arrived, met up with all the usual suspects - great team.
Good to see Dirk again, and meet Dave Stewart. Tried to
debug my udev oddness from yesterday - found the slow / waiting
culprit - in sysfs. It's pleasing to hear that Kay has properly
fixed my udev / blockdev device issue.
Kindly invited to join the Intel guys group dinner - much
fine food, company & fun. Up late chatting to Paul, bed.
Up early, dug out and opened a huge slew of tedious
looking correspondance, concealing at least a few more bits for
tax purposes that have remained un-opened for many moons.
Mail pokeage, gave feedback on misc. bugs. Filed travel
re-imbursement forms for LF (finally). Booked an hotel for
visiting the Intel / London lot tomorrow.
Interleaved meetings, baby sitting, story reading, and
Prodded mail; corporate call, prodded an OOXML issue under
Wine. An afternoon of fun filled, back-to-back conference calls
until rather late.
Slogged away at tax in the evening, sorted, stapled, and
typed in phone bills and bank statements at great length; stumbled
upon a memory corruptor in calc spreadsheet saving.
Up early, Naomi's fifth birthday - much un-wrapping of small
gifts, practise, breakfast, took H. and N. to school. Interested to
read of Danish
children bitterly complaining that they don't have OO.o installed at
home; surely that is an easy thing to fix. Students that put more
time into layout than content, are perhaps like presenters that spend
more hours configuring their transitions, than rehearsing their points.
Pleased to read the Ars-technica
report on Moblin from CES, and glad that our hard work polishing
the Samsung N127 impressed.
Call with Radek around some funky OO.o hacking pieces. Mary
Rogers around for lunch, most encouraging, as always.
Wrote status reports, prodded Clarity - nice to have nearly
the full set of up-to-date projets to account things against now.
Prodded quickly at gslice.c to see how easy it is to add the
ability to copy with malloc / memalign failure: looks trivial, and
requires ~nothing new on any fast-paths.
Realised I had a two hour call over Naomi's birthday dinner;
only a few minutes in advance, bother. Played with FunkyPenguin's new
Studio / Moblin image - looking good, just collecting silly missing
packages here and there: X video drivers, NetworkManager etc.
Up late, unwinding my tax situation; why is it that I always
loose at least one bank statement ? Tried to buy a keyboard for Robert,
went to 'ebuyer' - a set of uber-lamers it seems. Not only is it
necessary to create an "account" instead of having a one-off transaction,
(the demand for which would normally stop me shoping with a vendor) -
but also, they have that old chestnut of re-checking the "[X] PLEASE
SPAM ME" box, having complained about some (bogus?) validation error on
account creation. After all that, of course it refused to deliver to
my brother's address: nice one.
Mini lie-in; how is it - that the more you sleep, the
more tired you get. Off to NCC, Tony speaking, Ron & Iris
were there, visiting from France. Had them around for lunch.
Lovely to catch up again. Amazed by the (apparent) fairly
savage restrictions on free-speech that appear to exist in France,
with (apparently) two year jail sentances for (un-licensed-by-the-Mayor)
street evangelism, or even busking. Of course, if the Mayor is
a communist, that is a difficult one to fix: censorship is
apparently just normal. Naturally, hard to believe in such an
abominable illiberality without concrete statutes to point to -
but concerning that this is the impression of reasonable,
Baptist Christians on the street of a small rural French
town, and that it siginificantly influences their practise.
Naomi's birthday party, lots of babes arrived and had
a fine time playing various jumping-about, hunting, posting
and dancing games. A fine party tea. Bid 'bye to all and sundry,
packed babes off to bed and relaxed a little.
Lie in, packed the car with snow removal equipment,
emergency clothing & food - and set off to see Joy & Chris
Evans at Oak Hill College.
Arrived, lovely to see them, tea, playing in the snow -
with rather a useful small slope in front of them for sliding down
on various unlikely pieces of plastic. Back inside for tea.
Out for a tour of the college, via an industriously
produced igloo and admired the industry of the place. It makes one
yearn for the quiet academic life of learning, contemplation, (but
Back with Chris for toasted tea-cakes and crumpets; then
set off home with the babes being read 'The Hobit' before
falling to sleeping in the back.
Frantic party preparation for tomorrow.
Plugged away at boot times, and trying to unwind something
of a proliferation of different packages and wins, and get them all
back up-stream / into Factory / SP1. Installed lots of missing devel
package pieces onto my SP1 system.
Interested by RMS' latest post defending copyright assignment
which he calls 'selling exceptions'. His ethical case seems to rest
on a supposed conceptual equivalence between X11 licensing and
proprietary licensing. Of course, while I have to agree in the
abstract - and perhaps some proprietary licenses are reasonable:
published, transparent, under F-RAND terms etc. I have yet to see
one of these in the wild. Surely the realities of proprietary
licensing are massively removed from this. The existence of
confidential licenses, with dictated terms, and the commensurate
strangulation of the very open-ness that makes Free software (as
a social experience) work can never be a good thing.
Set too, packaging libnih (sigh, I really mean to get around to
doing the few glib changes necessary to make that redundant, at least
for some subset of method calls).
Frustrated by Guy / Aaron's selection of cool music, all
cropped to the first few seconds - just enough to get a taste and
Packaged ureadahead, discovered nih's
option after more searching, which makes sense, except for the
yet-another logging framework.
Caught an evo crasher; I've often wondered how to get
debugging symbols into gdb when it has already crashed; apparently
the answer is to install the debuginfo package and do
nosharedlibrary followed by
sharedlibrary [opt regexp]
Pottered around cleaning up the side-way in the evening;
seemingly a lot of condensation on the inside of the polycarbonate
roof: nasty - not helped by the snow on the other side no doubt.
To work. Read boot-charts and suggested things; read mail,
prodded mailing lists. Played with an early version of SLED11 SP1
- looking rather good already.
Back to work ! started chewing mail; there are great benefits
to much of the world being on FTO at the same time in terms of a reduced
backlog (except of spam); nice.
Played an electric heater onto my server to warm it; after 10
minutes it decided to turn on again: horay - almost certainly thermally
Downloaded, and built various latest-and-greatest images, tried to
burn them variously over my wifi connection - which is rather slow it
seems, bother. Located missing, required kernel patch, bad.
Off to NCC, ran creche. Home for lunch.
Dropped J. M. and E. at a party for babes; took H. & N.
to Laura & Creighton's to play; chatted to Claire & Simon -
and lugged bits of furniture around: a new wardrobe for H. etc.
Dropped that at home with Creighton's help.
Back for more of a chat; picked up J. packed the babes off
to bed. Cancelled video evening - everyone trying to rest-up for
Monday back at work. Chatted to Sam for much of the evening, fun.
E. back in bed, with repeated stress on the light coming on
first before getting up, put her back into bed etc. Tried to
persuade M. recently to abandon hope of being allowed to sleep in
her dressing gown, and that (despite appearances) Daddy doesn't in
fact sleep in his dressing gown - just puts it on each time he has
to appear to maintain order at night.
Up early, dealt with the babes while J. slept. Off to
the market to stock up on fruit & veg. Back home via an
ill-advised trip to the playground (in the snow), E. bleating
about her freezing hands (which she insists on removing from
the snug peram's sleeping-bag.
Back; set to disassembling the packed-in Jig-saw.
Discovered that 'Erbauer' is in fact a pseudo-germanic name
for Screw-Fix's ultra-cheap tool range - built for hobbiests
and obsolesence. Unfortunately, the machine is defunct. Extremely
pleased by the ease of disassembly with electric screwdriver
(wonder christmas present from the Hawkins): marvelous.
Eventually got the switch apart, and discovered it was some
charring and bending on the contacts - re-assembled admiring
the simple mechanism smeared in black grease. Overall a lovely
device let down by a shoddy switch - shame.
Quick lunch; Nick & Joni popped over to collect the
long lost fleece. Packed innumerable (but never quite enough)
tools into the car, and set off to Solomon & Peace's house.
Removed their rotting pine block-board work-surface around the
sink. Spent ages cutting and working the teak, returning home
for more tools periodically. Bruce had done a wonderful job of
making angle-iron brackets for everything, making the task
rather easy. Re-sealed everything with mould-resistant silicon
sealer; with luck it might survive.
Back, read stories to babes, bed very early to write
Up late, put up towel rail, and got some bits together
and onto the roof of the extension. Replaced existing, duff
extractor fan outlet, with a suitably self-sealing version. It
defeats me why they let you insulate your house with 6+ inches
of insulation - then drive a 6inch hole in the wall, with no
real obsctructions to the outside.
Despaired of the builders coming to clean the roof, so
set too myself. Removed an inordinate ammount of guano-fuelled
moss-growth, deposited from the roof above during re-roofing -
littered with nails, bricks, and other goodies.
Lunch, Lydia arrived for it - good to catch up with
her. Knocked up a bespoke pot-measuring device (come duck) for
her on a whim, simple with a little pine tounge & groove
boarding, a router, planer and some space to work.
Back to the roof cleaning for some hours - trying to
scrape moss out of each crack it has subsequently infested.
Continued until it was dark, noticed moss freezing to the
roof post removal - concerning - as I finished.
Plugged at the filing, and finances in the evening
with J. bed late.
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)