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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Catch up with JRB. Alternated between different bits of
administration, trying to intersperse the more horrendous stuff
between the less dull bits. Partner call.
Up early, breakfast, mail chew, fun. Lots of 1:1 meetings,
also fun; 2x team meetings, budgeting, invoicing, project reviews,
SOW construction - lots of admin.
Up lateish; Isleham for church - a lady talking on spiritual
jubilee; back for a fine pizza lunch. Out for a walk in the afternoon
to a small, nearby motte & bailey from ~1000AD. Back for tea,
Very lazy day; up very early reading Vernor Vinge - what did
Jeremy Allison do to me ? breakfast, slugged, read etc. most of the
day. Interspersed with misc. home maintenance. BBQ in the evening.
Mail chew, call with Mike, code reading, admin. Plugged
away building & testing code variously. Maurizio over in the
Up rather early; into London for a Westminster eForum on
procurement, nice to see Whitehall in the sun. Met some interesting
guys - curious to see Microsoft's view of the five year future including
only rather trivial combinations of today's technology, whereas a
question from Agiliysys on Artificial Intelligence automating
beaurocratic tasks. Which is right I wonder.
Mail chew, and more mail - does it never end ? lunch with Tony.
More meetings, hackery etc. TDF board call. Fixed a trivial bug,
Into London for the Public Sector Show with Tim - not an
ideal event - missed a couple of interesting people. Train home
early. Mail chew on the train, more work at home, lovely dinner
with the family. Bible study with Arun in the evening.
Up early, music practices, mail chew, fixed embedded font bits
for the headless backend. Endless meetings and 1:1's much of the day,
worked on data for customers.
Pleased to see GNOME Documents
integration starting to look screen-cast-able, thanks to great work from
our GSOC student Pranav (with Miklos' mentoring).
Up early; off to NCC to practise with Jackie & Peter.
Played in the service, Tony spoke about service. Good to catch up
with many afterwards. Back for a big BBQ lunch with various
creative Father's Day cards - lovely.
Practiced various quartets; needs individual practice
too it seems. Out for a family bike-ride, fun. Played lego house
building, read the start of Rendezvous with Rama to babes
generally, long stories & bed early.
Up lateish; fixed a LibreOffice bug, pushed last night's
fix; breakfast. Carpet & floor-boards up to see if there is a
gas-connection near the fireplace, eventually located one. Out
to buy and fit a new toilet seat - now with magic dash-pot to
retard closing: hopefully more robust than the previous version.
Emily over in the afternoon, watched Heaven is for
real - spiritual candy-floss; enjoyable - while building
your life on something more rocky. Late-night bug triage / chasing.
Into Cambridge, caught up with Tracie & Lucy.
Interesting customer meeting; picnic lunch in the Botanical
Gardens with the office guys; sync. with Niall, train home,
picked up babes; more mail.
Watched the last Potter movie with M. Up late chasing
a LibreOffice bug to its ancient roots.
Breakfast in bed; and a fine crop of birthday presents:
primarily pretty clothes for J. and Sci-fi books to read to the
kids with a crate of craft ciders. Mail chew, etc. out for a
walk in the countryside with J. - oddly and encouragingly
Partner call, project update call, ESC call, project
Built code overnight, checked out, chewed mail, reviewed
bugs etc. on the train. Poked away at bugs, text review etc.
Plane, train - dug into some basebmp evilness with mask
bitmaps, a horrifying un-readble / debugging Vigra template morass.
Lovely to be home with the wife & family again.
To the venue, an interesting overview of cloud bits. I have
a growing suspicion that I know where some of the sysadmins went;
they transmogrified into Cloud Infrastructure Engineers.
Quested for a Euro-compatible power socket fruitlessly,
back to the hotel for a positive customer call. Prepped slideware
and demos: worryingly robust - can this really be the bleeding
edge ? Back to UniS - gave a talk, chatted to many people
Slides available as hybrid-PDF:
Out for dinner with Markus W - to celebrate the PDF
signing crowd-funding campaign. Up late with some interesting guys.
Up early, off to the Swiss Open Cloud Day (tomorrow) in Bern,
somewhat unfortunate acronym (OCD) - should be dead fun. Train met a
friend, train met an SI.
My 2nd AirBnB booking for Bern dropped out - hmm, lets hope
they have comfortable park-benches. Met a Linda previously with SIL in
Africa on the plane; finally found a place to stay; great mobile data
connectivity on the train to Bern, and extremely beautiful scenery.
Found a hotel somehow; mail chew; slide creation, bed.
Excited present unwrapping with E. - lots of fun lego bits,
got 1kg of mixed 2nd hand lego; will that reduce the resource
contention just or exacerbate it ?
Off to NCC, sermon on the choice of the next sermon series,
good to catch up with lots of people afterwards. Lamb roast lunch.
David over in the afternoon, good to chat - kindly donated
several original female lego-people to the cause. Much slugging, tea,
stories, bed early.
E's seventh birthday party - helped make egg & sandwiches
etc. prep. party food; morning / lunch-party - played garden games in
the mixed weather, water-pistol fight towards the end.
Slugged, watched movie, bit of hackery, patch review, bug
triage etc. bed early, watched a movie about a writer living in a
Interesting partner meetings; dug into a particularly
interesting idle handler bug with Miklos - seems writer has always
had a spell-check timer that failed to stop triggering - now we
execute those bits far faster, we can get a 100% busy loop in some
Bruce & Anne over for lunch - good to catch up
Travel to London for a partner meeting; great to see some
old friends, albeit far too briefly. Presented, demo'd, train home,
unwound a silly problem with the last warning output from Noel's
newest VclPtr plugin and pushed it to Jenkins for some CI goodness.
Beat back the mail flow, board call, partner call.
Mail chew, partner call; built ESC agenda, stats. etc. More
1:1 calls variously, lunch, team meeting. Poked at misc. bugs
and built some better ESC stats scripting.
Up lateish; off to a Church bash on Studlands Park, played
Violin in the band; free hot-dogs, free cakes, free (giant) bouncy
castle; various games etc. at the center of the local community: fun,
and lovely weather for it.
Home, slugging in the garden, reading & relaxing; good,
Yes Minister with older babes in the evening.
Up earlyish, off to Wicksteed Park - lots of excitement,
particularly from E. - her first go on the roller-coaster. Enjoyed
a number of rides, and a go-cart race between H. J and myself
driving the rest of the family.
Alan & Claire arrived; caught up with them - played
on various bits - swinging pirate ships, dodgems etc. much fun had
by all; a fine lunch on the green, talked over life enjoyed the
More rides; bid 'bye eventually; fish & chips in the
car on the way home, managed to survive a lot of standing up
somehow today. Put babes to bed. Found that Jenkins had passed the
patch I'd been testing during the day, pushed it. Watched
of 'The Quartet' with J.
Mail chew; finally a bit of hackery; ran some timings on
'make check' and filed another Easy
Hack to improve dbgutil performance.
Encourging to see Cor publish a 60 page
LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice comparison - which rather beats my original
(by now obsolete) from 2012, it'd be great to keep that up-to-date though it's
quite a job.
Up late; mail chew; sync. with Niall caught up with Mike.
ESC call, posted minutes etc. Contract review.
Up early; mail chew; contract bits; customer call; sync.
with Niall, more contract bits.
Up early, mail chew; elevating one leg all the time is a pain.
Worked through admin tasks, tried to get to hacking. Customer call.
Back to work; mail chew; 1:1's with the team variously.
Lunch, team call, chat with Kendy. Team call. Out to the Doctor's
who said the previous doctor gave me a "practically homeopathic"
antibiotic perscription, and put me on the "domestos" version
J. meeting in the evening, worked late with the leg up.
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