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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Breakfast, mail chew. Set off to visit John & Louise
down south. Impressed with the new Dartford Crossing - quicker to
setup the account on-line than to queue once in a giant stinking
Arrived, out for a walk with L. & J. - fine food, wine
company, up late to see in the new year, sparklers, etc.
Packed, set off to Bruce & Anne's. Hacked in the car
at a rather old bug around handling OLE2 storages with corrupt
block chains - we should try harder with these now. Arrived, fine
lunch, opened some delayed presents. Out for a walk on the
warren. Chewed a bit of mail.
Got J's new kitchen sound-system partially installed &
setup; sounds good. Put up a picture, fitted magnetic glazing to
the front-door: the last single-glazed window in the house - the
trick seems to be to fit the steel strip to a ruled line, then
put the magnetic strip on top of it and only then press the
acrylic to the top of that.
Lunch, out for a run with J. - rather cold & short of
breath. Watched The Princess Diaries II - rather a Princess
theme in our hourse for some reason. Bed, watched The Wrong
Mans - sadly ~everything resolved in series two.
Off to Starbeck for Church at St Andrews - home for an
early lunch, packed, drove home at some length. Unpacked, tea,
put babes to bed - read stories, watched Harry Potter with H.
Up late tidied & prepared for the Tom & Becky,
UK / post-wedding introduction ceremony (Northern flavour). Lots
of family arrived, fine food, much chatting.
James Herriot TV in the evening, slugging & chatting
with all & sundry.
Up late, into Knaesborough for the Boxing Day tug of war
between two local pubs across a river. The contest made more
interesting by the almost entire lack of space to back into as you
pull the rope: instead people run from front to back or vv. to avoid
falling into the river (no-one did): fun.
Back home, fine food, watched The Prince and Me
played Pictionary & other fun board
games in the evening. Tom building a fine 3D model of Becky using
Up early, visited those admiring the contents of their stockings.
H. M. N. E. & Auntie Beckie. Dressed, out to a brief church service
in town; back to set the table for Christmas Lunch, enjoy snacks & a
present with the babes.
A fine feast, retired to open presents together - a fine
crop of books, tools, toys, bathing salts etc. much fun. M. got a
quadracopter to try to trim.
Read stories, played games, high tea, put babes to bed; sat
around chatting; sleep.
Into town, walked up the castle steps for some excercise.
Shopped in the market to beef up the satsuma & snack supply.
Home, picked up Tom & Becky from the station, lunch, Robert
arrived - lovely to have the family all together.
Enjoyed each other's company - played bits of this &
that, profiled my SvtListener memory shrink: increases memory
usage - hmm - interesting. Put babes to bed & distributed the
story reading load around the family. Peeled sprouts for some time.
Watched the first episode of the next series of
'Wrong Mans', bed.
Up, mail chew, packed car; set off north to the parent's.
Hacking in the car is good - absent the immediacy of the internet
its possible to get through some of the E-mail & task backlog.
Breakfast with Barbara & Colin, and chewed through
some mail; caught up with various ongoing projects, team meeting,
lunch with B & C, bid them 'bye. Started to poke at a rather
nice patch from Noel Grandin that starts to unwind VCL's lack of
ref-counting. Another Team meeting, caught up with Marco.
Up, feeling not ideal; slugged & tidied variously. Lunch.
Out to Newmarket Academy to practice for the Carol Service - followed
by the service: Nativity with E. as an angel, M. as Joseph, N. as a
narrator, H. singing in a youth group; Barbara & Colin over to stay
too. Home for stories, a pizza dinner & stayed up catching up.
Cleaned up the kitchen - opening & filing a huge mound
of un-addressed paperwork that had not been processed. Lunch.
Collated bank statements etc. - filed 2x tax returns for J. and
myself; got that done for another year - HMRC seemingly owe me.
More reviews, admin, cleanup for a Christmas break; contract
Into school to play a simple quartet arrangement (further
simplified in parts) of 'Silent Night' with N. M. and E. for their
music assembly: fun.
Back; mail chew, started employee annual reviews - fun; lots
of great team members doing good stuff.
Mail chew, calls, estimation, contract review, partner call.
Out to play the Violin on the Studlands Green for carols.
Mail chew, built ESC bug stats, tried to plan the day
and execute on it. Calls with Kohei, Kendy, Philippe. Out for
N's school play.
Mail chew, interview, sync. with Matus, more mail; lunch.
Product Team call, sync with Michal, call with GL guys, Consultancy
Team call, sync. with CL guys. Fed babes; read stories. J. doing
PCC training - wrote LXF column.
Off to NCC, ran the older kids group looking at John 2; back
for a fine lunch; applied slugging - slept on the sofa. Quartet
practice, the Princess Bride "Get used to disappointment",
tea, & sermon in bed.
Lie-in, breakfast, dispatched M. to Sophie's all-day
super-party, out to Brandon for a walk in the forest with everyone
else. Back, read some chunks of The Economist; forced myself to get
back to paperwork - reviewed a 60+ page chunk of legalese while
babes watched a movie.
Pizza dinner, read stories, more work; bed.
Chewed mail, interviews. Out for a lovely lunch in town with
Bruce, Anne, Auntie Louise & J. Back for a partner call.
Finally got to read the nice ODF plug-fest summary / press release.
Customer call, partner call, sync. with Kohei. Worked until
midnight on urgent beaurocracy / paperwork.
Into Cambridge early, built ESC agenda; interesting partner
meetings for the morning & a pleasant lunch .
Chewed through mail, ESC call, met Lucy, synched with Neil.
Back earlyish; dealt with babes left & right. Bed.
Early call; mail catchup - a big backlog from 2x days out.
Customer call, TDF board call. Out with H. to see E's Nativity play,
complete with glokenspeil playing E. in angel-outfit: fun.
Cooked breakfast, and walked to the venue; talked with
lots of interesting people. Got setup with Jos on ODF testing which looks rather fun.
Test Google Doc's latest ODF support for spreadsheets - and
was very pleasantly surprised; correct formatting, formats,
character properties, even some charting - a huge improvement: awesome
- quite apart from Chris promising ODF 1.2 support soon.
Sync with Svante, Jos & Michiel, great round-up. Left
with Tim for Cambridge.
Early train to the excellent ODF plug-fest; laptop screen
packed in on the train: downer. Fine venue, interesting people,
lots of talks - gave mine without slides etc. Out in the evening
first to buy some screwdrivers, then on to a Microsoft sponsored
meal - tasty; good to catch up with all & sundry attending.
Back to the hotel with Florian & Andras, up late.
Off to NCC in the morning; more toilet mending, finally
got everything assembled (now with an easily service-able flush)
- and ... now the inlet valve is not the right height; finally
got another one, fitted that & life is good.
Tea; put babes to bed; Andras arrived - good to catch up
with him; sleep.
Up late, set too dis-assembling my toilet - a broken
washer in the flush: unfortunately necessitating removing the
cistern; unfortunately the bolts corroded on - having sawed
through the plastic and finally removed the cistern, angle-ground
off the bolt. Interesting pattern of molten steel bits stuck to
the tiles; hmm. Replaced the flush; re-filled, emptied, siliconed
everything vigorously, left to set.
David over in the afternoon, out for a walk and roast
dinner - up chatting happily until late. N. sick in the night.
Mail chew, catch up with the Munich students on idle and
git reflog / git rebase -i pieces. Sync. with
Markus. Lunch. Admin, out to open HSBC business account.
Filed a FOSDEM 2015
Dropped H. to school - after a mix-up with her friend
over-sleeping and busses. Mail chew, built ESC bug stats,
call with Kendy & Andras: annual reviews. Lunch.
Plugged away at admin; sync. with Sam.
Report writing consumed much of the day; customer calls
Up in the middle of the night; hacked on OpenGL context
confusion. Finally understood why we render it correctly and then
stamp black on the top: we were rendering into the wrong context,
and then drawing the texture we didn't render into on top: fun.
Eventually got it working pretty nicely on Windows.
Handed over to Kendy, breakfast, slept; lunch, mail chew.
Misc. hackery & admin.
Mail chew, GL debugging, lunch; wrote a LXF column, couple
of team meetings and more debugging.
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