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
Lie-in, J. out for a walk with H. and N. Played games with
the littlies, Becky, & Ilona - Tom & Rob out to sort out their
banking finally. Lunch - Uncles left, set off to Sandra's for some
Lots of swimming - much of it against the stream of a side-
mounted impeller - a lovely private pool. Babes reluctant to leave,
tea & cakes with Sandra & Arnold - back home for a warmed
pizza tea. Put babes to bed, read LOTR to Namoi - getting through
the Two Towers slowly.
Poked at E-mail in the evening to try to unwind visa bits,
Up early; Mum & Dad's 40th wedding anniversary: a good
innings. Out to chuch at a Cineman in Harrogate the "Life Destiny
Church" - a reasonable sermon despite an almost total lack of
expository authority and hard work. Back for a light soup lunch.
Out to setup at the Harrogate Quaker meeting for the big
wedding anniversary beano. Lots of family and friends arrived,
great to see cousins David & Richard with Sharon & Matthew
a decade on from our wedding. Gave a brief talk on my parents'
Helped clean up, pack up, and back to M&D's for a
buffet / dinner / pizza party for the immediate family and close
friends - fun.
Up earlyish; breakfast with Joy & Chris, enjoyed admiring
Chris' garden-study (with unusual foundation / subsidence issues in
a rather water-logged garden) - some fine books on display there.
Bid 'bye, set off for M&D's in Knaesborough; arrived for
lunch - with Tom & Becky here too. Rob & Ilona arrived in the
evening for dinner. Some present opening, put the babes to bed.
Up early, lots of packing, roof-box securing etc. bid 'bye to John
and Louise. Drove to Oldham. Met up with Joy, Chris & family (curate
Enjoyed fine food, and catching up with them much of the afternoon and late
into the evening - the joys of extended family.
Up earlyish, packed (with Sue & Clive), drove everyone
home, got Ilona's present in the town & back to meet up with
Louise & John staying at our place. Enjoyed the afternoon with
them - walked out on to the heath and made a swing for the
babes to enjoy - albeit in the rather cold weather.
Up late playing scrabble, and getting to know John better,
Up late, out to Sizewell beach - extensive gravel spit
creation with the babes - foiled by the tide going out. Back for
a fine lunch, kids played happily in the afternoon. Read about
diamond mining in the evening - rather a curious affair.
Lots of child-noises in the night - proximity to tooth
grinding, sleep-talking babes is over-rated; up for an excited
review of stocking contents with four daughters and two nephews.
Breakfast together, one present before Church.
Off for a short service with Adam. Back for a huge and
lovely turkey dinner. Much present opening goodness - got a fine
metalworking vice for the workshop, and many other good things.
Slugging, in the afternoon watched the Snowman & Dog with the
babes. Bed early.
Up early; packed the car, drove to Aldeburgh, arrived
for lunch. Unpacked, caught up with Bruce & Anne, Sue, Clive,
Adam & James.
Out to a crib service with all the kids, Sue & Clive.
H. led a procession around St Peter & St Paul - enthusiastic
singing, a good time. Home, peeling action with Sue & Clive of
vegetables. Tea, put babes to bed - stocking stuffing. Bed ourselves
Woken early by a sick E. couldn't get back to sleep. Up,
house cleaning, Jo, Mike & Robin over for a big roast lunch
lots of fun getting to know them.
Bit of a relax, out to the Carol
service in the evening, practised for a couple of hours beforehand.
Lots of people crammed in, played - helped M. with her Cello music -
playing with H. N. and Andrew for a Calypso Carol. Suitable
shared-supper blow-out afterwards: good to catch up with Ed, Sam,
Gael and more.
Home to try to get to grips with the un-written
Christmas card crisis.
Up late, substantial brunch with the family. E. feverish.
Played games with babes, pottered around tidying the house up,
wrapping presents and so on: fun.
Out to Peace & Solomon's for an afternoon meal - good
to catch up with them. Home, booked a series of personal family
visiting flights in Australia: if you're in Sydney, Melbourne or
Hobart between 22nd and 28th January and not going to LCA; it
might be good to meet up.
Up early; chat with Felix, mail chew, breakfast, form filling, posted
Chinese visa bits. Plugged away at a domain-mapper slowness affecting both
rtf and docx import (the joys of code sharing I suppose) got somewhere after
lots of idiocy, it is remarkably easy to forget how STL containers work after
a week away from them.
Glad to see my work on bootchart2 is not entirely obsolete and is being used for
profiling at least (warning Big Lebowski / gun image on link) - such graphs
make my fingers itchy. Worked in the evening, then a Dr Who.
Beginning of a two week Christmas vacation, relaxation in a box.
Mail chew, status report, polished and pushed a TDF blog about our
Hack-fest thanking our supporters etc. Also encouraging to get a blog out
about shipping on the Raspberry Pi app-store.
J. picked up M. from school - sick (again). Lunch. Team call,
ESC call. Dinner with the babes; put them to bed, J. out for a party. Spent
the evening doing some fun profiling / speedup of word-count and i18npool's
Up early; mail chew, sync. with Vojtech. Poked LCA travel
some more. Lunch, into town for passport photos. Back, forgot how
soul-destroying dealing with Government beaurocracy is - a few
dozen pages of paperwork helps remind one.
Bits of admin, wrote some blurb. Reading through older-mail,
rather pleased with Caolan's description of the difference between a
and an EMU. Poked at some gstreamer testing in 4.0, filed expenses.
Thrilled to see LibreOffice as the Linux Journal
Choice of 2012 - with 73% of the vote, with Google Docs as #2 with 12%,
what a sensible lot of readers they apparently have; thanks.
Up early, chewed mail, fixed a nasty a11y crasher around manages
descendants widgets (which were always a bad idea in my view). Built ESC
bug stats and agenda. More bug hunting.
Pleased to note that Tino's rather nice random function improvement
and bug fix as extensively
on our public lists came up with a beautiful
re-using the excellent boost library - one of many great recent improvements
to calc from Tino: thanks !
Watched Kill Bill in the evening - when I remember which crazy told
me it was a good film I'll take a hideous revenge on them (or perhaps not).
Apparently a movie absent any redeeming features at all - unless you're a
enjoys cleaving people. The exclusive choice of obsolete weaponry for honour's
sake seems almost as crazy as the British Army officers spending more on
horses (presumably for their prestige) than on tanks prior to world-war two.
Chewed mail, chat with David, triaged and chased bugs,
conference-call much of the afternoon. Nailed a nasty shapes regression -
everyone holds weak references on everyone else it seems in svx. Worked
until late, filed J's tax return and started poking at mine.
Encouraging to see not one but two great proposed locations
for the LibreOffice
Conference 2013 - we'll no doubt get to vote on them: as always
hard to choose.
Up lateish, off to church; sermon on hope from Tony. Back
for a lamb lunch, slept for a while. Managed (somehow) to get an
ethernet cable (in some sort of state) from my attic, cleated under
the eaves around to the workshop - defeating the horrible topology
of the house; finally reliable networking next to the reprap. Lots
of help from little girls.
Up lateish; pottered about with the babes, out to NCC with
H. N. & M. to practise for the carol-concert next weekend. Home,
J. out with the littlies, watched Ice Age for a bit with H. and M.
and did some hacking on Android.
Mail, H. ill and at home still. Poked new year travel.
Chased some build bugs, out for an apparently interminable
consultant's appointment in Cambridge - traffic is terrible
at 3pm it seems. Back for dinner, worked late.
Up early; chewed mail - interested by Keith's Software Wars
fund-raiser / trailer thing: nice to see Greg, Bradley, Karen,
Jono, Linus & more interviewed. Voted for the next pair of
openSUSE board members. Profiling, call with Jan.
Lunch, team call, ESC meeting. Chewed away at misc. bugs
in the evening between writing Christmas cards - I'd send more if
the price of stamps was not so exorbitant this year.
Up early; mail chew, fixed the selection rendering performance
issue, call with PM, lunch. Brief call with Jan, more mail some hackery.
Dinner, walked M. to her school play, and back to work until late.
Fixed another autocorrection issue.
Chewed away at this and that, built ESC bug stats; poked
away at profiling a nasty page rendering / selection slowness issue
with multi-thousand-page documents; interesting. Some data crunching.
To work early; bug review, misc. bug fixing - fixed a horrible
autocorrect slowdown from std::set - not good to insert already sorted
items into it it seems. Wrote Linux Format column.
NCC, helped the kids get their musical effort together. Home
for lunch with Mary Rogers, spent a fine afternoon with her by the
fire; fun. Tea with the babes, stories, watched Dr Who in bed, sleep.
Up late; porridge breakfast, Charlotte & co. stitching
small animals from felt. Lunch, out for a walk down to the railway,
enjoyed playing in an abandoned pill-box. Onto a nearby farm shop /
cafe for a hot-chocolate. Dropped Charlotte home. Back for tea.
Up early; chewed mail - poked at a most-annoying RTF performance
bug with Miklos' help. Got a 4x speedup in load-time, with a bit of real
hacking at last - fun.
Out to the school fair to baby-sit the children while J. sold
innumerable goodies on her stall. Four small visits to Father Christmas,
queueing for face-painting (only to be washed off again shortly after),
buying of sweets and more. Charlotte over for a sleep-over, worked late.
Up early; to work, poked at most annoying bugs variously.
Rather encouraged to see that Petr has got 4.0 Beta1 building and it
looks good (official test packages to follow). We normally get around
1500 commits each month - but in only two weeks between Alpha1 and
Beta1 (the feature-freeze) we got 1350.
Team meeting, ESC call, Vojtech's staff. Fish & chip
supper, and out to N.'s christmas play: some great
Christmas music from Tearfund.
Back for a bit more bug chasing - some interesting RTF issue.
Chewed mail; started to catch-up with the long backlog; fun.
Started looking at the bug backlog, looking at patches etc. Cell group
in the evening.
Breakfast, practise with the girls, sleep. Back to work - built
ESC bug stats & prototype agenda; dealt with babes music lessons in
the afternoon to give J. some time off. Out to turn down heating at Falmouth
Street. Bed early.
Up early; worked solidly until 7am Tuesday to catch the 4.0
feature-freeze - encouraged to see others doing the same: eg. Markus
landed the beginning of his gnumeric importer (as an experimental mode feature) rather
early in the morning too.
H. horribly sick in the night, up every hour or so. Lie-in until
mid-day, roast lunch, applied slugging with the babes; bed early.
Lie-in, breakfast, out to Falmouth Street with a protesting H.
to bleed radiators and get the heating into some sort of shape. Back,
more work - racing the 4.0 feature freeze deadline. Watched Lord of
the Rings with H. and N. in the evening.
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