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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
NCC at The Stable; home for a roast lamb lunch
with Sandra; played a card game, and running game in the
garden; H. injured her wrist. Tea, put babes to bed.
Slept in, finished The Amazing Maurice with E.
Breakfast, Bacon butties & H. made heart-shaped fried egg
Edged the lawn a bit, found the ice-maker water supply
was leaking in the fridge; bailed the drip-tray; re-fitted the
push-fit connection; interestingly there is a water-mill style
flow-monitor just after the solenoid actuator: presumably to
fill your ice-cube tray just-right independent of pressure; nice.
Up-ended the piano on its side, onto a skate-board (such
wonderful things), and moved it into the kitchen; swapped
other bits of furniture around to make more of our front-room.
There is always hope that after enough musical 'chairs' that
something drops out of the house at the end.
Watched Bill with the babes, put them to bed.
Poked at mail & bugs; really encouraged to see
Jens Carl and Michael Stahl nailing even more German comments;
calc down to ~1100 detected lines - 500 translated in the last
two weeks: wow. On that trajectory this is a final call for
getting your name into the roster of noble German comment
translators in LibreOffice; if Lennart
can help out - why not you ?
Took babes to school & ran home; bid 'bye to the parents.
Mail chew & other hackery.
Lunch. Chat with Swapnil. Worked away at seccomp-bpf pieces to
better isolate the LibreOffice Forkit processes; fun - eventually got a
signal handler working nicely; unclear how to trade paranoia for
performance when it comes to black-listing syscalls that look scary.
Dinner; Lynn over - read M. a story; helped H. with guitar
chords; sync. with Andras.
Parents off to Hazel's funeral; mail, code review, testing online,
call . Lunch with J. Merged improved compressed
file serving from Aditya with some cleanup, fixed a certificate issue with
Mail chew, chat with Tor, sync with Miklos, then Eloy.
Lunch. Poked at new ESC stats generation pieces from JanI and
built ESC agenda. Sync. with Lenny. Mail and task chew, read
stories to babes, parents arrived, bed.
Mail chew; code review; call with JanI; QA / smoke-testing etc.
Lunch. Long overdue commercial call. Discovered the washing-machine
inlet leaking & replaced that - PTFE tape is your friend.
Plugged away at admin and calls
much of the afternoon. Up late making thread safe socket transfer
easier to maintain in online.
Mail chew, consultancy call with Miklos. Submitted a brief paper
for GUADEC deadline today. Plugged
away at backlog of admin tasks, code review etc. Poked at plain-text import
performance here & there for a customer.
Nicolas over in the afternoon, great to see him - caught up, dinner,
made some nail-blocks to avoid cat sitting on M's bird-box. Soldered new
relay into the fridge & re-assembled: working again. Talked until late
Fine breakfast, checked-out, swam & sauna-ified; off to pick up
the babes - who had had a fine time with B&A. Lovely lunch, drove home.
Picked up H. from Lynn's, back for some songs & bible study together -
tea, put H. and others to bed. Watched Line of Duty - gripping.
Up rather early; room a bit light (despite otherwise
being lovely) cooked breakfast; took a turn around the fine
lawns, out together to Sutton Hoo for a walk around the bluebell
woods & fine views. Back for a snacky lunch.
Enjoyed the pool, sauna, spa, massage, relaxing. Idly poked
at fixing and merging my DelaySocket development implementation for
Online some more in the evening - it works.
Fine dinner in the evening together, Parks & Recreation
Out for a run in the morning.
Saddened to see Russia's
Supreme Court's approach to Jehovah's Witnesses (JW). Personally I have serious theological
problems with JWs on so many levels - their frequent Conjectural Emmendation
(ie. willful alteration of the text, by un-named 'translators') in their New Testament eg.
around κύριος (Lord) speaks volumes for their confidence in their understanding of God.
The Trinity undergirds God's very nature as love: Father, Son & Holy Spirit - and is (in
my view) a foundational understanding of Christian theology from which so much beauty and truth
flows. As a footnote Christ-ians
(a label they are fond of presenting)
has a sense of partisans of Christ (His people who are crazy about Him) which
is far from my experience of JWs. The anti-intellectualism expressed in their general avoidance of
higher education concerns me - although I know of notable exceptions; their use of church discipline -
particularly with a mistaken lack of precedence for honoring your parents, and the primacy of loving
your family is also troubling. Anyhow - I routinely invite in, and enjoy respectful conversations
with those JWs who come to my door - despite our differences. When a society is not willing to
tolerate and listen to passionately held, different views, and goes so far as to confiscate property and stop them from meeting and praying - it is in
deep trouble. It seems to me that the defence of liberty is most important at the extremes.
Mail chew. Poked at a performance problem with text import - lots of dynamic_casting
cost from a dynamic_cast with no check for a NULL return; hmm.
H, picked up by Emily for DofE expedition. Set off to Aldeburgh
to drop the babes with B&A - kindly baby-sitting. On to Seckford Hall
for a lovely meal and evening together.
Fifteenth wedding anniversary - it seems like yesterday - time flies
when you're enjoying yourself; of course having an amazing, patient, graceful,
intelligent, beautiful, wife is an amazing privilege as well. God is
extraordinarily good to us, despite our general depravity, so much to give
Mail chew; more reading about COM interception - a lovely
on the very thing is out there; in today's world I'd hope the same paper would
have lots of nice URLs, including a github link. Chat with Florian. ESC call,
sync. with Tor.
Long delayed fridge relay turned up: good. Dropped M. to Scouts for
the first time, put babes to bed, worked away until late.
Up late; still with some post-holiday excitement. Call with
Jos. Lunch with J. Built ESC bug stats; sales & contract call.
Setup new 4k monitor - to try to avoid looking down at a laptop all
the time. Required a new kernel to get the skylake support into good
enough shape to drive it; all well.
Up early; woke babes, mail chew; consultancy call; 1:1's,
lunch with M & E, setup a movie for them; commercial team call.
Plugged at E-mail left & right. Dinner, read stories to babes,
worked extremely late.
Up early, out for a run with J. tidied the house,
cleared up, put up N's new swing seat, and bathroom shelf.
Misc. shopping on-line; played games with babes, early beds,
stories; watched Line of Duty, sleep.
Out to Mowbray Community Church; sermon interesting but
disappointingly disconnected from the text. Back for a fine lunch,
quick chat with Tom & Becky; drove home, dinner, stories, bed.
Up; helped H. structure her work a little; read some
E-mail; thrilled to see Jens Carl burning down the
(calc) now clean; 1600 detected lines left across ~100 files
in writer &
David & Gillian around for lunch, and a wander
through Knaesborough; good to see them. Puzzling & games
variously with the family.
Out to Sandra's to swim as a family; fun but tiring.
Back for lunch. Did some carving with the babes in the afternoon.
Rob & Amelia arrived, did some jigsaw puzzling with them.
Up late chatting.
Off to Brimham Rocks with the babes and Dad; lots of
excited rock climbing - taking the initiative, leaping of chasms,
wiggling through cracks, bunking people up & so on. Great
to see the girls as a team, all helping each other kindly,
and not needing the Father nearly as much. Lunch in the sun.
Into Pately Bridge to see Auntie Nickie, admired a nice
glass blowing place; out for tea together. Babes home - and went
out for a lovely evening with J. alone - wonderful to spend some
quiet time together.
To Leeds/Bradford airport early - terrible set-down
experience; flew to Ulster. Positive customer meeting all day,
with some debugging mixed in. Flight back late.
Up, bit of mail chew; out for a walk with the family
down the river, and back to Knaesborough - found some Oak (
and other) leaves to carve; enjoyed seeing a heron fishing.
Back for lunch; cut some lime pieces, Dad got his
carving chisels out & started the babes off in pairs
on wood carving - lime: such a great wood for that.
Early up, packed car, synched mail & code - set off
to Leeds - reviewed code & mail in the car.
Positive meeting for some hours in the afternoon. TDF
board call in the car while en-route to M&D's. Arrived -
settled babes in.
NCC at The Stable; back for a light lunch, made a
replacement swing seat with N. - good to practice routing
the seat's rounded edges. Some quartet practice in the
afternoon. Stories for babes.
Suffered the horrors of FluxPlayer for Adventures in
Oddesy - no Linux version; doesn't run under wine; some lame
DRM-thing - far from ideal for USB MP3 input in car.
Late Breakfast with babes, relaxed; worked on Windows
tracing a little; made a shelf for the downstairs bathroom, J.
painted it. Pottered about, watched James Herriot in the
Out for a run with J. early partner call; reviewed changes,
triaged mail. Lunch including a partner call; sync. with Tor &
Spent some time digging around injecting DLLs into windows
processes for debugging; loads of duplication in this space -
something as trivial as LD_PRELOAD is (apparently) too much to ask
for; it is necessary to write reams of rather dodgy code instead;
had the radical approach of not only creating the source, but making it
easy to build (MS' Detours fails to build eg.). Of course - having
examined the project files they spectacularly fail to build due to
things like this
of genius from Microsoft - breaking innumerable project files;
installed VS 2015 on top of VS2017 (not recommended), hey ho. For
someone used to smooth
works across all manner of different UNIX's and cygwin too - all
this hard-coding of random sub-paths into Visual Studios seems
Early morning mail skim; out with the family for the day
to Oxburgh Hall - a brick-built castle-alike; amusing to see the
ornamental battlements go around only a couple of sides of the
estate; nice mirror-like moat though. Built a den in the forest
together, played a large-piece chess game with the babes at
lunch, enjoyed the house; home for a call.
Watched iRobot with the larger babes, and up late
nailing a memory corruption with Ash.
Mail chew; another grateful mail from a near-victim of Zelda
Now complete with a google map-view of an address that (when you
look in street-view) clearly doesn't have their brand there.
Sync. with Tor & Miklos.
Mail chew; family (except N.) out to see Sue & babes.
Interview; code review; built ESC bug stats. Commercial call.
Up lateish; consultancy team call, catch-up with Miklos.
Mail chew. Lunch.
Thrilled to see so much excellent German Comment translation
coming from Jens Carl particularly, but also Michael
Stahl (RedHat), Johnny M, Bubli (CIB) and some others. The good
news is we're down to 2200 detected lines and only 160 files.
If you've always wanted to have a commit in LibreOffice, and German
is your thing, act quickly by checking out the list,
clone the git repo
and make your mark !
Got the MoneyGram account details from the 5th victim of Zelda
Coatings to poke me, but inadequate
fraud reporting page demands a US-style phone number and wants a physical
address; huh ?
Chat with Kendy, customer call.
Watched Mirror Mirror with babes, M's friend Nicole over
for a sleep-over. N. sadly ill.
NCC at The Stable; home for lunch; slugged with babes.
Out to Laura & Creighton's 'bye party - sorry to see them go,
met some interesting people there. Back, watched Line of Duty
before bed - a recepie for poor sleep.
J. out at counselling training at Addenbrooks, played with
the babes generally, bit of spring cleaning; finished the shelves.
Naomi & Grace over to play. Played some pirates maths game. J.
returned in the afternoon. Read stories, put babes to bed - up
late sketching the moon with H. for her Astronomy GCSE. Julie
over for dinner.
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