This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
SUSE 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
Chewed mail backlog much of the morning, generated ESC bug
stats, wrote weekly status report. Lunch. Tried to book the GUADEC
flight, prodded gitdm with Dave.
Unfortunately, the lame BCD travel planner shows only much
more expensive flights that take five hours and require one change,
an expensive call to a manual agent finally guarentees the same
direct flight kayak would find you, but costing more, and with a
booking fee on top: cost saving in action.
Registered for GUADEC, a smooth flow - modulo the general
sense of revulsion at the Attendee Policy; no doubt discussed to
death elsewhere - but pretty aggravating to me at least. Fair enough
getting aggressive against stalking, groping and such horrors; but
encouraging censorship of "offensive" verbal comments related to sexual
orientation, religion etc. looks like a persecutors charter in the making.
What is offensive ? and to whom ? the fear being that -very- quickly such
good aspirations slide from "applied common sense" into a militant denial
of a basic right to reasonably critique others' world-views. Put another
way I'm really happy for people to tell me how wrong-headed I am on
any number of engaging topics, and to discuss them in an animated
and friendly fashion. I loathe a framework that will discourage
people from coming and saying: "your Christian faith seems
incomprehensibly stupid to me" (for example), or "the crazy
English always fall down the stairs", or whatever.
Since ultimately enforcing whatever policy ends up in just the same
organisers making a decision, I'd prefer -much- less specificity
in a casuistic set of rules. Those would proscribe those genuinely
awful things that are within the range of plausibility
and are not acceptable, without accidentally forbidding normal,
robust, wide-ranging discourse over say fourty or fifty shades
Plugged away at tooling.
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In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my
own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of SUSE, Novell, The
Document Foundation, Spaghetti Hurlers (International), or anyone else.
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)