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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Up earlyish; some slugging, checked mail; up to Plain-Mort,
and walked down to Violette - rather a fine walk in the sun - lovely.
Back for a call which didn't happen. Cakes & working on a write-up
Up late, lots of slugging, read books, played games,
lunch. Out for a short walk to the fine Christ-la-Roi statue
nearby in Lens, lovely day. Back for Racelette with the babes.
Bit of mail chew etc.
Breakfast & off by car to the Grand Dixence Dam
The world's largest gravity dam - a most impressive climb up to
it, a fine view of glaciers in the valley, only 256m full currently.
Then smothered in cloud. Cable-car down, quick lunch, and on a tour
inside the dam - which has plenty of rather fine tunnels with a
display to boot. Having a ~2km hydro-electric head must be good, but
no-where near Itaipu for raw power of course.
Drove home via Lidl - cheap food in Switzerland is only
expensive - rather than obscenely so. Lots of very winding roads
to climb and descend the valleys.
Up, made packed lunch. Drive into Crans and took the
lift up to Cry d'Er, a stiff walk up to Bellalui - managed to
locate the Matterhorn - just not visible from the flat -
occluded by other mountains.
Walked along rather a knife-edge towards Col du Pochet,
took a hair-raising ~40ft ladder journey with four small babes
down past a number of plaques / crosses in memory of those that
didn't make it; urk. Finally on sensible terrain again - walked
back to Violettes cable-car, and bus back to the car.
Bought cakes, enjoyed them at home, Howels Moving
Castle - put babes to bed, watched parts of House of
Cards a noxious but intriguing drama.
Up late, Squirrel-walk into Montana, misc. shopping
action, played in the playground, played mini-golf, walked
around the lakes. Bought cakes, enjoyed them at home,
Up early; packed breakfast, bought lift passes for
several days. Up to Violettes and on upwards to the Plaine
Morte. Walked down to the glacier, H. N. M. & myself
went to stand on the edge of it - and admire the streams
disappearing into inviting tunnels under the ice. Somewhat
sobered to discover that the apparently looking solid,
shale covered ground had a crevasse nearby showing some
meters of ice underneath the soil. Back up the valley; to
the ~3km peak.
Down by cable-car, lunch at Violette, set off down
to the midway car at Les Marolires, walked back to the flat.
Family Bible Study, crisps, Jeeves & Wooster, spaghetti
tea, put babes to bed, LOTR.
Up early; packed, drove - with more driving to Montana
in Switzerland. A series of four rather good little girls, and
a Father trying to get low-latency bluetooth audio (for laptop
DVD playing) working (a failure), then finally a cable of the
right length was purchased - but the buzz from the AC converter
to power the show was too noisy; hmm - so mostly quiet movies.
Switzerland simply lovely - mountains (though very
little snow), staggering vistas, beautiful lakes, fantastic.
Drove to the flat, unpacked, tea on the balcony, etc. Put babes
to bed, and read them LOTR.
Up very early; into town to the Eifel Tower, queued and
enjoyed it immensely - N. very pleased with her requested trip;
walked down from 2nd floor enjoying the triumph of angle-iron
& plate-steel. Paris looks somehow cleaner and whiter than
Navigated the impressive queue at Notre Dame, and enjoyed
the 'flower windows' and fine vaulting / buttressing. Walked to
Chatelet and thence on to Rome.
Met up with Charles, Melissa & baby for some picnic
excellence in a nearby park (with playground) - good to catch up.
Trains and Trams back variously, out to buy some food; ate; bed.
Up earlyish, last minute packing; set off for Dover -
hopefully its possible to get past the striking French dockers.
Lorries stacking several junctions up the M20. Only an hour
Intense driving fun down to Paris; met lovely AirBnB
host near Aulney sur Bois; out for a walk along the canal in
the evening trying to teach French from passing signs to small
Lots of deck clearing for holidays; train into Cambridge,
built ESC stats & agenda etc. Several re-imagings of Windows
8.1 - which appears to work rather well at finding drivers for
older hardware and auto-configuring itself - almost as good as
Home; lost of packing action until late. Discovered it is
reasonably easy to un-bolt and remove the central Prius+ seat with
a few bolts. Seat amazingly heavy - clearly a chunk of the 2x Tonnes
of car is just seats.
J's birthday - some present un-wrapping action.
Slogged away at Presenter Console / Impress for a good while;
what a mess; mail; admin; review. Out to a local Karting track with
Hannah, Emily, Katie, Elize & Paris - lots of fun. Back for
a fine party tea. Put babes to bed. Back to slideshow - found a
Mail chew, 1:1 with Kendy, Niall, lunch with H. team call.
Mail chew, booked LibreOffice
conference travel - thank God for RyanAir direct Stansted to
Legal review, second team meeting.
Off to NCC, tried to help the older kidlets understand
Good Shepherds; home for a pizza lunch, got singing our quartet
surprisingly well in harmony. Tried to replicate that with
other music - not so easy.
Advanced slugging, read books, lazed, Yes Minister in the
Drove to Bruce & Anne's for a combined 80th and 45th
birthday party celebration; a lovely time had by all, fine food,
weather, wider family company etc. Babes played a quartet or two
to celebrate. Chewed mail on the way home in the car, undid some
data-loss, filed an easy-hack, etc.
Up early; train into Cambridge not running, struck by lightning
overnight or somesuch. Drove 5x stranded others into Cambridge. Battled
with awful Windows machines & hardware.
Meeting with Philippe & Tracie; quick lunch, back to battling
hardware. Unbelievably broken Windows 7 - blue-screen and auto-re-booting
with a totally generic crash-dump despite a full Acer BIOS & Intel
driver upgrade, endless disk manager fiddling etc.. Attempted to install
Windows 8 - after struggling to disable the horrendous anti-Linux
'secure-boot' foo - then external USB CD drive refused to play with
the BIOS; irritating. Attempted to debug other thermal issues fruitlessly.
Home via picking up kids, relaxed watched Yes Minister with them;
bit more hackery before bed.
Mail chew, ESC call, Advisory Board call, worked on
financials, misc. ranking bits.
Spammed people wrt. regression testing ideas and started
collating votes. Mail chew, poked at configmgr write noise, and
odd effects around inlining in Calc.
Miriam returned from Thorpe Woodlands having a great time,
with lots of frenetic exercise .
Mail chew; calls, fixed a 'base' crasher nasty; built ESC
agenda - chased slideshow horrors; wow the slideshow presenter code
has just some amazing things in it - its own timer thread, queues
of idle handlers and user event posting to poke other idle queueing
of screen rendering bits, un-necessary UNO interfaces and much more.
Mail chew, 1:1 calls, lunch, dropped J to school. Team
meeting. Into Cambridge, lots of fooling around with servers,
swapping RAM banks, tweaking SSDs, several windows 7 blue-screens
trying to format and partition a disk; eventually had to do that
using Linux; DHCP mending with Vivek.
Philippe arrived, then Guy & Katia - lovely to meet
her; out for a fine dinner all together in town; quickly back via
the office, train home, bed late.
Up earlyish; out to the Academy, spoke, home for lunch.
Much slugging, watched a DVD with the babes, dinner, put people to
Up lateish; pottered out into town shopping with N. to have
a drink & cake out with her to celebrate her grade 3 Violin
yesterday - fun.
Home; worked on Colossians 1 sermon; lots of breaking up
the word & collating different gems from it.
Parents over in the evening, enjoyed catching up with them.
Mail chew; into the office, plugged away at hardware upgrades,
SSDs into several machines, new hardware to configure - boggled again
at Windows 8.1's appalling driver lameness: no network support out of
the box as you expect on Linux. Eventually got things working(ish).
Swapped RAM to try to find a compiler issue, failed, train home rather
Mail chew; and more mail chew, lunch. Chased various bugs,
CI a bit overloaded on the eve of the -5-0-0 branch off, pushed
several obvious looking fixes directly. Out to buy SATA cables,
and poked at configuring my windows machine to be multi-head.
Started on The Ship that Sang - fun; mail chew,
poked at bugs, patches, posted ESC agenda, finally filed a batch
of expenses, and pending E-mail.
Up too early; 6:09 train to London, setup at the
Open Source, Open Standards exhibition - lots of interesting
discussion with lots of interested people - good stuff. Good to
catch up with Simon.
Back home via. picking up M., dinner with Lydia,
Janice, Faith & Julia. Worked late nailing a slideshow bug.
Mail chew; pleased to see Caolan's blog on the crash-testing results - great to see the combination of
Markus' hard work getting this setup, TDF's investment in the beefy hardware,
and of course Caolan, Michael Stahl & other's hard work clobbering
regressions to get us down to a zero that (hopefully) the hardware can
keep us glued to.
Back to back calls all day, 1:1's 1:2's, team calls,
dinner - and a customer call.
Off to a baptism at re:new and a
shared lunch which was interesting, back in the afternoon
slept on the sofa; pizza dinner, dancing competition on the trampoline, read
Up lateish, J. returned babes to their abodes left & right.
Out to Holkam beach en-masse; lots of wonderful sun, sea, sand, swimming,
digging, relaxing, reading - sun-burning and so on. Fish & Chips in
the car on the way home tired.
Mail chew, partner call, admin, lunch, interview, poked
at some profiles; got to a bug fix: fun. Innundated by an endless
series of little girls - 8x or so, took a brace to Friday-Club,
movies, sleep-overs, the works.
Into Cambridge to attempt to nurse some poorly prototype hardware
in the nice cool server room (on a hot day). More (mobile) prototype
hardware arrived by mail. Back home, ESC call.
Another day packed with alternating between different bits
of admin, mail review, transcript fixing, conference planning.
Partner call, got to fix a bug - fun.
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