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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail chew; call with Tomi then Thorsten, Miklos; lunch,
Tor call; mail chew; an organ teacher arrived to meet H. ESC call;
sync. with Philippe Watched
The Tick on Amazon Prime in the evening with H. and J.
Out for a run with J. lots of mail chew, reviewed Azorpid's
Summer of Code work on the fast-parser - really great to see some
nasty threading issues fixed, and performance & memory use much
Poked at tax paperwork with a partner at some unbelievable
length; booked AirBnB appartment-ness in Rome for the up-coming and
conference, 15 of us can make it - fun.
Built the ESC proto-agenda for the first time in a while; fun.
Dinner; put babes to bed - hacked Heimdall to just write the PIT
file; but - no go. Bought a USB/resistor jig to try to force download-mode;
but really need a JTAG
solution I guess. Dear lazyweb; does anyone near Cambridge/UK have a
JTAG/RIFF box at a loose end ? ideally with a 12pin header to match the S3.
Bought J. an S4 as a stop-gap.
M's birthday - celebrations and presents variously.
More admin, mail, sync. calls with team; management call;
partner call in the evening interspersed with DVD setup, and pizza.
Booked travel to the ownCloud
conference in Nuremburg (a beautiful city !) later in September.
Tried to flash J's phone - seems it has totally corrupted its flash,
up in the night poking at Heimdall
which looks awesome - an open-source, Linux compatible Odin-alike;
seems it won't push a Partition Information Table without partition
contents though; hmm - and the phone is no-where near 'download'
mode, corrupted screen etc; fun.
Started to climb the mail mountain; while having team calls
with Miklos & others; lots of admin to get done.
Late up, off to Teversham / Hope church - and picnic afterwards
with James & Kate, picked them up with H. & had a fine afternoon of
playing Smash-Up, Sabatour Gold, fine food & talk into the evening.
To the conference, lightning talks, sadly missed
mine due to lunch, and having to get a flight home,
typical travel / experience.
Picked up by J. and babes at Heathrow, home, bed,
Up early; off to the conference for Frank's intro talk.
watched a number of talks, met and caught up with people in the
breaks, lunch upstairs; back to present my slides:
More catching up with people, up late having dinner
with friends; bed.
Up early; breakfast, hair-cut with J. to de-wool. Poked
mail, into Cambridge for coach to Luton; built ESC agenda,
updated projections. Flight to Berlin, out for a fine dinner in
the evening on a boat with the Nextcloud team, back - up late
Up earlyish, packed beds away, snatched breakfast, drove home.
Started on some mail chewing, calls with Lenny, Eloy, Miklos, partner
call in the afternoon, sync. with Tor. Put babes to bed (H. out at
Up early, into Haarlem to see the Corrie ten
Boom museum - great to see St. Bavos, and show the kids the
reality of the place we've been reading to them about. Enjoyed the
tour - saw the physical Hiding Place, visited St. Bavos - kids lost
in the kinetic-sand flood-defence play-area.
Drove to Delft; out to lunch with Bob & Brian, meetings
later in the afternoon , picked up by J.
and to the ferry. Overnight boat - thankfully with a cabin, tried
Up early; re-booked ferry with beds for tomorrow evening;
into Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh museum with some eager
sketchers, queued, tickets - rather crowded in the gallery.
Lots of interesting art.
Back home via a shop; caught up with Bob in the evening
relaxed on the roof of our boat with J.
while babes watched.
Enjoyed a small hand-drawn rope ferry in the port with
the babes; bed.
Drove North; stopped at Tiger
and Turtle magic mountain in Duisberg - a beautful installation
rather marred by N. falling and badly injuring her knee. Off to
the nearby Sana Kliniken for four stitches - poor dear.
Picked up lunch & drove on to Arnhem to meet Cor and
Gerlinde, and enjoyed a fine public park together, lovely to
Drove on to Almere Marina to stay on a boat / house.
Out fo Pforzheim Tiergarten in the morning - an excellent
petting zoo, lots of feeding of animals, and all for the price of
parking: Eur 5; wow. I guess it is achieved by relying on people
being sensible - and not eg. releasing the goats 'for fun' - glad
Drove north to near Pulheim, and unpacked in the pouring
rain. Out to a local BrauHaus for a really German dinner experience.
Put babes to bed, stayed up chatting with Angela & Anthon in
some German-lish mix.
Up early; tidied & hoovered & packed the flat.
Drove to Lausanne, and on past
Stuttgart; stopped to see Frank & Olivier. On to Pforzheim
and a fine AirBnB place; had a Turkish dinner with the babes -
to save time & expand their taste.
Up early, drove out to Grimentz - some great engineering
on the road; a beautiful old, alpine village with several
Walked up the mountain heading for Roc d'Orzival; went
up to Bendolla on the lift; made good progress until Lunch by
a tarn; set off up a rather precipitous off-path slope; not
ideal. Turned back without making the crest when it got
dangerous; ran back to the telepherique, and down for a well
deserved cake in the sun.
Drove home, put babes to bed.
Worked in the morning on admin, pricing, E-mail
backlog. Lunch - left-over cheese fondu sandwich &
saussage. Out to Lac Moubra for a 5k walk & the kids
played in the lake. Home for vet movie & crisps.
Out to Lens to see the statue of Christ de Roi
lunch enjoying the view, not enough walking: so set off as
well to the rather impressive Lac de Tseuzier dam.
Watched the birds fly under-us in the impressively precise
curves. Walked around the lake happily - flattish at least.
Up early, inflicted my French on a number of tire
replacement places; finally found one to do the work today.
Pneus Mannia. Slugged and worked a bit in the morning. Lunch.
Taught H. to jack the car & replace tire - down the hill
to the pros - two new tires; back; slugged etc.
Up lateish, walk together along the Bisse du
Tissoret - to the unusually named Cave du Sex
before walking back to the bus & cake-shop. Watched
silly videos with the babes, pork chop dinner; read
stories to the babes. Car tire seems to have grown an
un-wanted screw & lack of air - bother.
Walked along the Bisse du Ro - some impressive
legacy engineering capturing water from the mountains
and bring it around precipitous cliffs over great
distances. Better these days with dynamite to make
better channels - the original works must have been
even more impressive. Lunch at a waterfall. Walked
back home. Cakes with tea. Worked on a short talk for
the C'bra Montreal party.
Early rise, set off for home via Bergamo, enjoyed
walking around the walls, admired some churches packged with
art work. Pizza lunch, skipped the rain - and drove on.
Shopped & returned to Crans Montana late - quick tea;
put everyone to bed.
Up late; played in the pool; bought lunch,
down to the lake to enjoy it; back home before the
torrential rain; watched movies inside the rain.
Out to try to find a restaurant, before
returning home to cook pasta, slept.
Up early, packed, off to Italy to see Studio Storti,
lots of driving - met up with Paolo & Marina, positive
meetings, admired the team & office.
Drove back to the flat in the rain - English-style
weather (but warmer, and with pretty mountains). Lovely
meal with Marina, Alex & Brando near Lake Garda.
Up rather early, quick breakfast - off to Leukabad
Therme. Enjoyed the thermal baths, sauna, water-slides,
picnic, , N. & M. enjoyed
diving to the bottom of the 2.5m pool, playing with
toroidal and cylindrical inflatable rings. Home late.
Reading In my Father's house to the babes,
very moved by one section speaking of Mr ten Boom putting
his babes to bed, and resting his hand on their head before
leaving them - and how they would stay still to keep the
memory of that touch; more so - by a couple of babes piping
up to say: we do that with you! (and another chipping in -
sometimes I get stiff and have to turn over before sleeping).
Convicted that I should be even more gentle with my
sensitive darling daughters.
Up early, bus to the lifst, and up to Cry D'er. Walked
up to BellaLui, and on beyond Col de Pochet, along the cliff,
and down a ladder there, before walking down to Violettes, and
ultimately to Arnouva. Rather tired. Bought cakes & walked
Slugged; vet DVD; roast chicken, brief E-mail poke; bed.
Up late; bus to Plumachit, and walked back across to Montana
a beautiful place; cakes from a patisserie. Slept part of the
afternoon, while babes played.
Watched Sherlock Holmes & a Vet, Natchos for dinner,
put babes to bed late.
Up late, walked into Montana, enjoyed the parks, persuaded
the bank to allow us to use our cards; had lunch - went up to Arnouva
for free, and walked back home.
Watched Ocean's 13th with the babes. Pizza dinner, bed.
Up early; visited the nearby cemetry with 7000 dead,
2/3rds Known unto God - and packed so close, surely
were pre-dug graves originally in places. Interested to note
the nearby French cemetry full of crosses.
Drove and drove south; to see Norbert on a friends'
dairy farm - a lovely setup, calves and small pony to pet,
good to see how it all works & lovely to catch up with
Norbert in-person, fine food & set off again to
Managed to find a supermarket just before closing;
Drove on to Crans-Montana, arriving late - got the flat
setup, babes to bed, and slept eventually.
Up rather early, drove to Dover - ferry to Calais,
French food in the car while driving to the
Memorial - to the 70,000+ with no known grave who died around
the Somme, built over a trench. Sobering & good for the babes
Off to stay at a nearby B&B near Mailly-Maillet,
several smaller cemetries visible from the window; bought some
food, put babes to bed late.
Up late, N. went swimming with Naomi B, J. out counselling,
H. Organ lessoning; mail chew etc. Lunch. J. packing, dropped PCs
into the office .
Home to get the car sorted out; tried to inflate tires.
Unfortunately - some cheap 'tire pressure guages' combined with
Kwik-fit's tender attentions conspired to sieze them onto the
valves. Penetrating oil, gentle action, pliars - eventually got
the mole-grips on both sides and broke the brass valves;
horrible - flat tire. Hunted 24hour tire repair people, and up
until extremely late, rather expensive - moral never fit
anything to your tire stems except rubber caps.
Cooked breakfast, reading Ungentlemanly Warfware or sim.
about saboutage in France; mail chew, out shopping with Anne for a Jack
Wills birthday present for H. Out to Thorpness for an ice-cream floaty drink,
brief walk on the beach.
Back for a pork & cheese-cake lunch, slugged, out for a walk
on Sizewell Beach, checked mail; drove home, put babes to bed, watched
Parks & Recreation.
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