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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Up, off to NCC to play the violin - short family service.
Frank, Frankie & April (x2) back for lunch - got to know them
Helped Naomi with the drill-press - making an 'ultimate
loom bands loom' from panel-pins, a drill-press and some chip-board.
Mike, Jo & Robin over for a bit in the afternoon, good to
exchange some electronics for some sheet-music there; great to catch
up. Black Arrow with the babes, tea, put people to bed, read stories.
Packed & set too trying to do a reasonable job of repair
of the parents machine after the nasty remote scam from imax support.
Failed to find much if anything beyond remote admin turned on; hmm.
Slept in late. Breakfast, read the economist, slugged,
hand-washed the result of a failed dishwasher, ordered
replacement parts for broken bits around the house.
Mail chew, travel planning etc.
Day off ! breakfast with the family & my parents,
Miriam's Birthday - lots of present opening etc. fun.
Checked mail, pottered about amazed at the aggression
everywhere in the news. Lunch. Bid 'bye to the parents, more
work. Out swimming in the afternoon to Bury St Edmonds -
fortuitously met up with Chris Reed & babes, there.
Back, caught up with more work. Teresa, Jordan
& Lucy dropped in - happily just de-frosted a large box
of pasta sauce; really good to catch up with Teresa after
Late customer call, wrote minutes, read with H. bed.
Early, intense partner call. Mail chew, tried to grab Sam.
Slogged through admin most of the day. Parents arrived in the
evening for dinner. Read stories, Arun around briefly, talked with
parents while trying to install OpenSUSE 13.1 on Miriam's eighth
birthday present laptop: the normal horrific UEFI / secure-boot
problems, plus needing
nomodeset to get around
the old kernels in distributions. Catch up with Sam, eventually,
by 1am, the Toshiba Satelite C55 was flying.
Mail chew, off to get a Yellow Fever & Hepatitis A jab
from the Nurse; somehow either injections have got less painful in
recent years, or they assign trainee nurses to children, or perhaps
not tensing the muscle helps.
Lunch, 2x partner calls. Built some stats, worked on
slideware for the conference.
More working through mail & bugs.
Saddened to get a call from an rather upset Mother apparently a
victim of a unsolicited
scam 'imax support' - which is sadly rather common.
When I phoned them they apparently fraudulently claimed to be a UK
registered company - but Companies House had no record of that name.
Supposedly they are based in Kolkata, India Sector 5,
Walzan Tower. Attempted to report it to the UK police, who appear
interested only in statistical collection of I was scammed.
Finally got through the backlog of expenses.
Noticed Tamas' awesome blog on the great LibreOffice
3D work that we've been doing for 4.3 / master, great.
Chewed mail, caught up with the weekend backlog of customer
mail, partner pieces etc. Product and consulting meetings. J. kindly
filing the backlog of expenses; unwound some accomodation issues for
Up later; tired. Off to NCC, most encouraged on the
way by Sons of Korah's rendition
of a chunk of Psalm 37.
Good family service lead by John, home for a pizza lunch
and catch-up time with Lydia, nice to see her. Applied slugging
much of the afternoon, bit of guitar practice and transcribed some
parts to swap E's difficult bits into H's viola part for a quartet.
Read stories & put babes to bed.
Slept badly; up late; breakfast & in to Bury St Edmonds.
Sorted out a sadly rather expensive Viola for H. enjoyed a walk,
play and picnic in Bury's Abbey Gardens. Home for tea. Showed the
babes the (rather excellent) Everyday Miracles - the genius of
sofas stockings and scanners with the babes; good fun.
BBQ dinner. Worked on bugs before bed - will I never learn;
Up early, somewhat incredible partner call; unwound this
and that, another rather positive customer call; Family back in
the evening, lovely to see them again.
Up early, mail chew, chat with Caolan, more mail chew.
Queried my Vodaphone bill, which appears broken. Lunch, ESC
call, posted minutes. More mail, proposal generation.
Dinner, Lydia popped in quickly; more work until late,
ran some profiles, dug at some code finally.
Train into Cambridge, mail chew, partner call.
Great to see Collabora
/ Smoose LibreOffice on Android Update.
Sync. with Markus, lunch. Meeting with Philippe &
Rob for some of the afternoon; partner call, mail / admin
Fine BBQ at Rob & Heidi's, interesting company &
great to meet Oscar in person. Train home, bed late.
Into Cambridge, had a fun day of quarterly management
meetings, really good to catch up with Rob, Philippe, Tim, Tracie,
Lauren; home late in the evening.
Visited the Doctor, innoculations for Brazil; more mail
chew. Pleased to see Caolan's blog on dialog conversion - 99% done, 4 to go. Looking forward to
loosing some of the complexity of
files if they're not going to contain dialog descriptions.
Chewed mail, product & consulting team calls. Finally
got to correcting the LibO conference program details.
Played Violin at NCC, back for a roast lunch; slugged
variously with babes. Sandy over in the afternoon. Read stories
to little girls; bed - fitful sleep.
Up rather late; unpacked a bit; lots of slugging, huge
amount of back-issues of The Economist, IET etc. to get through.
Played BosWars with the babes. Visited the neighbours and their
extension. Bed early.
Missed a chunk of this day, fitful sleep / work in the
airport. Eventually got another plane to Gatwick, slept there.
Kindly picked up by Grant & Anne, enjoyed their kind
hospitality. Drove home, put babes to bed, slept.
Up earlyish, quick mail chew, off to the airport with
M. and E. Checked in, bit of work at lunch, some more on the
Tried to find a quiet place with reasonable wifi in
the Icelandic airport - unfortunately, not that wonderfully
setup for weathering the over-nighters inflicted on passing
travellers. Found some reasonbly darker and comfy seating for
the babes and did some hacking at last - merged an easy-hack
fix and filed another.
Pleased to see Andrzej's blog from earlier in my break on Tiled
Rendering of spreadsheets / ppt.
Continued to work slowly back through E-mail for
much of the day, got some recent builds & profiles.
Bought some management books JP recommended. Packed
Started on the mail mountain; 1200+ personal mails to work
through; nurgh. Made slow progress. Out in the evening to Westford
to catch up with Dave Neary & family - really good to catch up.
On to Logan to collect Tom & Becky, bed late - catching up on
their Honeymoon in Belize.
Returned car, on to Park Street, sermon in part on the 'Oh!'
in Romans 11.
Enjoyed wandering through China Town, and on to the Cheese Cake
Factory at the Letchmere mall for lunch. Eventually home by train,
watched a movie & ate our cheesecake. Bed.
Up early, sad goodbyes, set off for Niagra. De-tour
via a Newmarket garage to discover the spare tire in the
(immense) Dodge Caravan thing. On to the Niagra Falls, enjoyed
a boat ride close up on the Hornblower - last time I was here
with Florian & Mahren Reuter.
Replaced the car (seems a lot for one tire) but Budget
good about that; drove on, and on, and on some more back to
Boston - an authentic US road-trip. Back late.
Lovely cooked breakfast, out to a local farm to enjoy
some animals & play equipment; back for lunch, and some
swimming action in JP & Tara's pool with their girls.
Visited an interesting post-Quaker chapel, back for dinner,
up late talking.
Drove on to a state fair in Hamburg - admired various
horses walking in circles with cow-person types on their backs.
Travelled on to Toronto - plenty of driving. Met up with JP, Tara
& family - kindly hosting us; had a lovely evening together
catching up, admired JP's stock-car - wow.
Swam and played in the lake with the babes happily.
Fish appeared to rather like nibbling at my ring. Went
kayaking with the babes in turn. Admired some local snakes,
BBQ'd burgers on a fire, slept.
Off to Thatcher State Park with Amie Jane &
Julie, enjoyed damming a stream, finding some fossils, and
admiring the beautiful undercut rock / waterfall goodness.
Drive on to Bowman Lake State Park via an unusual
route thanks to a curious set of maps. Into 'Oxford' for
shopping, emergency breakfast in the dark / rain, bed.
Drove in with J. to pick up the rental car; drove to
Lee for some shoe-shopping and on to Greenbush to stay with
Julie's parents Dean & Dorris Calamaris who kindly fed and
hosted us (all) for the night.
Out to Park Street with the babes, eclectic meal afterwards,
wandered Boston Common & played in the park, home in the
afternoon. Watched A Wrinkle in Time dinner, and put babes
to bed; cached maps for the next step.
Packed up, checked out; off to see the Metropolitan Museum
of Art for a couple of hours - lovely paintings & artifacts.
Back to Port Authority and found a find knick-nack shop outside
for the babes to buy hats and T-shirts. Pizza lunch, and a long
Horrible Boston transport experience - sold tickets for
non-existent suburban rail at Porter, eventually got home after
some hours of delay by no. 70 bus from Central; sleep.
Off to see the Intrepid with the family who were pleasantly surprised
by the scale of the Aircraft Carrier floating museum. Went on the submarine
saw the Space Shuttle. Enjoyed the facilities, displays, ambience, etc.
Met up with Guy for a late lunch nearby good to catch up a bit; tried
to educate the babes palettes with mixed success. Back to Brooklyn in the
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