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
Up rather early; day off today: To Wicksteed park, fine sun, lovely
rides for the babes, good fun - particularly that they can ride with each
other and not need us on-board. Home slightly earlier than usual, fine tea,
put children to bed, watched movies, relaxed.
Up early, mail chew, meetings variously as normal for
Thursdays, pleasant chat with Joren.
Mail chew, setup a feature/vlc branch for Minh to get hacking
inside with the autoconfiscation already done. Lunch. Partner call,
minutes. Out to cell group in the evening.
Up; thrilled to see the list of thirteen successful Google
Summer of Code applicants here
and the great projects they're working on. Personally I'm looking
forward to working with Andrzej, Artur and Minh myself. Thanks to
all those involved in submitting proposals, reviewing, ranking, and
running the process particularly Fridrich and Cedric.
Poked at a bootchart2 oddity, wrote LXF column, poked GSOC
students to get them started.
Up early, mail chew. J. & co. off to the NCC bank-holiday
fun-day on the green: free cakes, hot-dogs, bouncy-castles etc. all
provided by the Church to bless people; excellent turn-out. Plugged
away at E-mail, patch review, admin.
Programming in the evening with the babes: moving on from
scratch (great for simple stuff, but rather limited) - and onto
python - really pleased to find the great invent
with python material: thanks Al Sweigart !
Played Violin at NCC, went well. Tony spoke, back for lunch
with Iris - really great to catch up with her, Ron back a bit later;
lazed in the Sun & chatted: vitamin D.
Out to the race-course in the afternoon - E. nearly there
with pedalling & steering concurrently: good.
Up lateish; J. out with H. and M. for netball in the afternoon;
snoozed a bit, Out cycling with N. with E. making great strides; met up
with several neighbours for a conflab in the road: horror planning
application for supermarket behind us rejected; good. Out to the cricket
crease with Russel, Sue, Bailey & Sophie. Bit of tree-climbing as
well. Back for tea.
Watched West is West in the evening - rather a good time
to broadcast it in light of recent events.
Mail chew, poked at code variously; admin. Got rather into
Biggest Hoarders - thank God for computers - where you can stash
your pile of un-read code & E-mail electronically, rather than
piling it in bags around your home.
Attempted a RAM upgrade and getting a disk in a caddy (for
some swap & big vmimages), RAM upgrade failed: old W500 has
some horrible 1-3 3-1 beep-code, even after upgrading
the BIOS and resetting the north-bridge.
Up; mail chew, hand-held some odd Windows build issues - the
old plague of DOS line-endings coming back to bite. Patch review, got
the libreoffice-4-1 branch checked out and building.
Lunch. Team meeting, ESC meeting, Vojtech's staff. Ron &
Iris around an unexpected pleasure - sadly interrupted by a call.
Horrible damage in Oklahoma, encouraged to hear the first
response of this guy
on seeing his house not there anymore. Call with Vojtech, mail chew.
Booked travel to the Hamburg
Hackfest - which should be great: June 15/16th. Chat with Florian.
Lunch. Partner call, filed expenses.
Up early, maiol chew, poked at some calc performance regression
tests Kohei has written, call with him, stats crunching; ESC bug stats
& agenda collation; dinner.
Up early, mail chew; plugged at some
make check failures,
and tested build pieces on Windows and Linux. Built slideware, Lunch. Back to
mail, debugging and patch review for the freeze. Worked late.
Up lateish; NCC - visiting speaker: empty cross + tomb &
occupied throne. Back for lunch, Peter over - caught up with him through
the afternoon. Played with babes in the garden and slugged in the evening
Up earlyish; mail chew, poked at builds, and helped babes
with games; M. struggling with the concept of minesweeper. Breakfast,
out to Noughton Park for a wander around - various tree climbing feats,
and a fine wander. Back for a disgracefully late, large, fried
E. out to Sue's to play with Sophie; checked and re-started
a Windows build.
Pleased to read theregister's take on 3D printed
guns - only for the incredibly wealthy, deranged individual that likes to
kill at ultra-close range. Annoyed by self promotion and the stupid knee-jerk
responses it produces. There is a photo of a far more dangerous, and
often cheaper device here,
with which you can make a reasonably functional gun that 'actually works(TM)'.
One of the supreme amusements of life is that as soon as you do
anything you think is cool & new you find out it's already been done
before: see this neat new 3D printer thing ? turns out you didn't meet the
self-replicating "anyone who has a lathe can build a lathe" mob of
yesteryear (did you miss the industrial revolution perhaps ?). But wait !
surely these un-controllable, self-replicating 3D tools are a radical threat
to the civilised world ? - time to ban the lathe, milling machine,
drill-press ... toothbrush etc. ? Perhaps not.
Dinner. Argh - git submodules just beat me up again when I least
needed it -
translations module acting stupidly, and refusing
to update - combined with trying to remove that submodule (can you even
remove submodules? - and failing).
Mail chew, poked at misc. bugs; Team meeting, ESC meeting,
company meeting; worked late - J. feeling unwell, starting to sicken
Up early; mail chew, merged gallery pieces. Partner call /
hand-holding, fixed up SDK packaging, fixed a few gallery snafus.
Up early, packed babes off to school; into Cambridge to finish
the patching-up experience; what fun - apparently recovering well: good.
Hacked away at mail, and gallery cleanup while being tampered with.
Built ESC bug stats. Cell-group with Dave in the evening.
Up early, mail chew; reviewed fixes for -4-0, built the latest
version of that. Plugged away at build problems with galleries; fixed
the evil translation code there. J's Pregnancy Crisis Centre AGM, worked
late. Nailed a nasty interpoloation problem with the (nice) new
high-quality image scaling.
Up lateish; breakfast, out to NCC, Tony spoke. Back for a large
roast lunch. Afternoon of slugging, played computer games with H. N.
and M. got dunelegacy
going - nostalgia for that - still a really playable game, all these
years later - though you need to have the original data files (sadly).
Caught up with Robert, somehow.
Up, breakfast, read the Economist a bit; J. out for a sponsored
walk, entertained the babes, did a bit of mail chew / gallery
de-lamification. Played Sleeping Queens with the babes, fed them; J.
Emptied one camera and backed it up; emptied Julia's phone
complete with photos of T-shirts kept for sentimental value (eg.
GUADEC 1.0) that really need to get thrown out to make way for
new ones: LibreOffice Conference Paris (1.0) eg. it seems action
must be taken before cabinet making is necessary to fix the
relevant (antique pine) chest of draws.
Idly fixed the gnome-vfs / samba problems in 4.0 while
babes watched Madeline; tweaked more gallery bits. Bed
Up early, to work; mail chew. Interested to read Lionel's
The cost of being
convinced. That significantly under-plays the cost of discipleship - of
meeting the total moral claims of Christ, and surrendering control of your
life to him (though if you're worried about that, do a search on the
number of Christian books about how to try to discern Gods guidance outside
of clear scriptural commands; we have minds for a reason). In my experience -
those moral claims and change of direction, purpose and boss are the primary
stumbling blocks. Your view of the sanity of that of choice ultimately hinges
on your view of the character of God - a loving, Father, companion, friend - or
a petulant, capricious tyrant. Clearly there is no attraction to trusting
the latter so I'm convinced of the profound goodness (or holiness) of
the God I follow, making anything else rather un-attractive.
More mail chew; pleased to see Caolan's update on the UI dialog
migration work here. Approaching 40% completion.
Call, lunch. Noticed while dunging out old mail, that the DrMemory
had fixed the 5 or so bugs I suffered on Windows last time I played with
it: nice. Discovered a load of interesting gmail mail that I'd completely
ignored in the past - annoying: seems I missed a load of meals with passing
friends at conferences etc. a wedding invite, and more. Will start reading it.
Poked at lots of hack-week projects, unwinding ones with unclear
status, trying to look for commits etc. Dinner. Back to the hackery in the
Up early, to work, mail chew; sync. with Noel; pleased by the
great work the QA team are doing identifying duplicate bugs eg.
it's really great to see things cleaned up and associated into clusters
Lunch, team meeting, ESC call. Vojtech's staff, up late.
Up early; music practise with the babes, packed them off
to school. Mail chew, poked at slides, misc. admin. Dug through the
crazy gallery creation / loading code - and with David's help cleaned
up lots of building oddities. Up late.
Up early, music practise with babes, packed them off to school.
Mail chew, chased a Linux / samba bug and cleaned some duplicates up.
Dave over for Bible Study in the evening.
Up lateish; a bank holiday. Checked mail a little, chat with
Thorsten, spot of work; down to meet Bruce & Anne, over for the day,
had a fine banquet spread with them, sunned ourselves in the afternoon;
Back to look over the (very good) top 10+ applications - some good
proposals have come in it seems; encouraging. Sync with kendy; dinner,
some debugging / code-unwinding, bed.
Up early; breakfast with the babes, off to NCC, helped J. run
the kids group; home for a birthday lunch for Lydia, with Dianne &
Peter Curtis-Pryor too, great to catch up with everyone. Slugged,
watched a movie in the afternoon with the kids. Bed, reading Adrian
Plass' Sacred Diary to N. - to much amusement.
Up earlyish; more extractor-fan work, got the transformer fitted,
nice to have a working wet-room again. Read the Economist a little.
Lunch. H. off to Netball with J. skimmed mail, reviewed GSOC applications
lots of encouraging interest it seems. Manual word-counting to look for a
Up early; mail chew, bug poking, unwound a number of issues,
triaged GSOC proposals and candidates. Plugged away at admin. Spent much
of the evening locating, and drilling new holes in a new extractor fan
in order to fix it to the existing orrible plaster-fixings; finally got
Up early, mail chew, crunched a few stats; Windows build completed;
good, reviewed a few nice patches; chased bugs. Team call, ESC meeting,
Vojtech's staff. Fixed a VBA issue.
Up early; mail chew, poked at more bugs, installed a Windows 7
VirtualBox to make some progress on some Windows specific issues.
As always, astounded by the generally horrendous nature of S/W management
on windows, and the impression that trying to do two things at once:
install Visual Studio, while doing almost anything else is not likely to
work well: managed to get cygwin, and various other pieces installed in
the end, but: what a pain.
Wrote an rather overdue status report, partner call; sync with
Kohei; spent a while trying to debug the shower extractor fan -
unfortunately a Greenwood 12V AC induction motor fan plus transformer;
power all the way to the terminals; dis-assembled the fan, internal
relay working nicely, and power to the windings of the fan: massive
resistance over the windings though; dis-assembled the windings - drilled
out some rivets - only to discover a busted fuse hidden, embedded inside
the windings inaccessibly at the bottom of the device: wow, that's bad.
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It's also important to realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
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