Go forward in time to Feb 2000.
Woke up late. Had breakfast/lunch with Michael at Taki's, some good beef tips with rice.
Read mail all day. This sucks.
Some pro-sized seafood dinner action at Legal's. We were so full we rolled back to the office.
Woke up late in our new apartment. It is nice to have a home again.
Watched the Super Bowl with Ettore, Joe, Nat, Taylor, and friends. Good game.
Got two good maps of Boston. The city looks interesting and will have to be investigated.
Finally moved my suitcases to the new apartment. I'll move my books tomorrow.
Went shopping yesterday and today for stuff for our new apartment. I finally got my bed and desk delivered, so I am moving there tonight. It is amazing how much crap you have to buy to set up an apartment.
Nearly burned a paper cup while microwaving some water for making tea. I need a real mug for the office.
On Thursday Michael and I went quickly to New York to talk to the lawyer. NY is a wonderful city. We'll have to do a more thorough visit when we have more time. Got a bunch of scores in an awesome sheet music shop.
Read an interesting article on targets and graphical user interfaces. It is very Mac-biased, but it has some interesting points.
Jacob had a nice idea for the Midnight Commander and I implemented it; now it lets you arrange the desktop icons via its CORBA interface.
Woke up before noon. I rule.
More work on the calendar client.
My boxes of books finally arrived! This makes me very happy.
The stupid furniture people will deliver my bed until Saturday. This sucks.
The fire alarm in the office went off. We had to go out. Nothing happened. What a waste of time.
Raph did an amazing interview with Donald E. Knuth for Advogato. This is cool stuff straight from The Man himself.
Tlacuache, the GNOME personal calendar server, builds and runs. Now I am writing the client side of things.
Went to pick up the keys for our new apartment. Woooo! Will go buy beds/food/dishes/etc tomorrow.
Dinner with Harold, Miguel, Michael, Chris, and Ettore in a very good Middle-Eastern restaurant. Miguel wouldn't stop pestering Chris about his eating habits, although Chris did try some of my lentil soup.
Nearly froze our asses off on the way from the restaurant to the movie theater.
Today's movie: Cradle will Rock. Kicked absolute ass.
Released gdk-pixbuf 0.5.0. Lots of new features on an overdue release.
Tonight's movie: Angela's Ashes. Sad, long, but good. Robert Carlyle is great.
Had to revert my changes to make libversit use the GNOME VFS. That functionality should not go there. So basically yesterday afternoon's work was a waste of time. Sigh.
This weekend I want to see what there is to do in the city so that we don't stay in the office all day long.
Yesterday was a day lost to sleeping.
Michael Zucchi arrived today, massively jetlagged, so he went home early to sleep. The Helix Code team just keeps growing with cool and smart people.
Lots of calendar-related discussion with Russell and Eskil.
Jacob got a pair of really light, really big, really nice headphones. I am jealous.
More calendar model/view splitting action. I took Nat's design for the personal calendar server and now everything is clear.
The calendar server will be called tlacuache. A tlacuache is an opossum, and in mesoamerican mythology it was responsible for stealing fire from the gods and giving it to man; he put the hot coals from the gods' furnace in his belly pocket (the dude is a marsupial) and stuck his long tail in the fire.
It also is a great name because English speakers seem to have trouble pronouncing it.
Jacob and I signed the papers for our apartment. It is a beautiful 3-bedroom place with new wooden floors, new kitchen, new paint, new everything. Michael Zucchi gets here on Thursday, and we are planning on moving on Saturday.
On the way to the office, in the train, I noticed that the river was frozen. Now you have to wonder about the amount of cold required to freeze a river. Then I stepped out of the train, felt the wind, and stopped wondering where the all that cold came from.
So yesterday it was a nice, tropical 3 degrees Celsius. Today it is too cold to think.
Another uphill battle against Sopwith Brand(tm) commits to CVS. I am tired of this.
Yesterday Jacob and I went to see two apartments. Tomorrow we'll see another two, and one of them may fit Michael Zucchi as well.
Yesterday we ordered too much sushi for dinner at the office. It was good.
Dinner at Legal Seafood with Bertrand, Ettore, Miguel, Jacob, and Harold. Mmmm. Just what one needs for the obscenely cold weather.
Woke up far too late and as a result had breakfast at 14:30.
Went with Jacob to talk to the realtor. Realtors are the most fucking obnoxious guys on the face of the Earth. We have an appointment tomorrow so that he can show us the apartments he was talking about.
After that, got very lost on the way to the office; we ended up in some neighborhood called Port Cambridge or so. Got a ride back to the office from a friendly family.
The gdk-pixbuf autoconf stuff got soptimized under my feet and as a result was broken.
Arrived in Boston! It is covered in a cold, soft, white substance that crumbles in your hand. The natives call it snow.
Spent the afternoon moving boxes and installing my machine.
Marvelled at Chris's fantastic minicard canvas item.
Began studying the new GNOME-VFS to write the initial calendar storage backend. This thing is amazing.
Copied the gnome-pim/gncal sources to evolution/calendar. I'll rip it to pieces there and make the model/view split in terms of the personal calendar server.
Posted my status report to gnome-hackers. It goes as follows:
Went rock climbing to Los Dinamos with Luis, Paco, and Ricardo. It is very cool and really tiring. I need stronger legs.
Upon returning, I was sort of inspired and practiced up to bar 24 of Chopin's Polonaise Op. 40 Num. 1. It gets noisy and hard, with big chords all over the place. I love it.
Decided that the first thing I'll do upon arriving in Boston is to buy a used piano or a good keyboard.
Lunch at my grandmother's. She cooks the best food. Yum. She didn't seem very happy about me going to Boston, though.
Practiced the first 8 bars of Chopin's Polonaise Op. 40 Num. 1, again. I always seem to get stuck in the same spots.
Woke up late.
More calendar server hacking at Miguel's house.
Today's movie: Judas Kiss. Very funny and very, very good. Later some people wanted to go dancing and meet Mauricio at the club, but I decided I was too tired and went home instead.
Last night, rosca de reyes with Luis, Paco, and Ricardo. Made plans to go climbing on Sunday.
I am going to Boston next Thursday. Wheee!
Hacking on the personal calendar server. Going slowly because I am learning Bonobo as I go. This thing is cool.
Extremely long breakfast with Miguel and Joakim. Discussed Evolution and Fidel plans. Some stupid smoker on the next table was puffing and puffing and driving me insane.
Lots of time wasted reading mail.
Went CD and book shopping. Self-indulgence is so sweet.
More mail-moving adventures. Elliot's old gmailman program may not have been a bad idea after all.
Called my uncle in Laredo last night, and he did receive my boxes full of books. I need to call him again to see how to send them and pick them up here.
Ditched fetchmail in favor of an evil, hackish, homegrown ssh script. But it works.
Discovered that my laptop lost one of its little rubber feet.
Lunch with Miguel, Chacón, and Toño at El Charco de las Ranas. That place has gotten expensive and the tacos smaller.
Discussed Evolution, calendaring, WebDAV and the iCalendar stuff with Miguel. I am re-reading the RFCs to see how to structure our GNOME calendar service.
More Chopin, this time up to the eighth bar. No wonder his polonaises make so much noise; everything is a very well-rounded chord.
I don't know if it is psychological or not, but my left hand is hurting less since I came back to Mexico and started playing the piano.
My brother gave me a beautiful book.
Reviewed a few patches for GMC. Read more of the mcal sources to see how to make a CORBA interface for our calendar server.
Happy new millenium! Long live long strings of zeros!
Cross over to the previous millenium into Dec 1999.Federico Mena-Quintero <email@example.com> Fri 2001/Jun/15 18:10:35 CDT