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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail chew, interview, built ESC stats. Worked on trying
to build the 5.3 under-the-hood stats: involves reading a vast
number of commits. Chat with JanI. Commercial call, more mail.
Mail chew; poked at admin, checked some gitdm-config bits variously.
Consultancy call, various 1:1's.
Up, finished up kids work prep; NCC, talked with the
bigger ones. Back for a roast lamb lunch, slugged happily.
Watched one of the most terrible movies I've ever seen; naff,
corny, groan-out-loud awful: Hop - apparently we got to
the bottom of the barrel of Amazon Prime free Kid-friendly movie
content in under a month.
Watched some Laugh your way to a better Marriage;
why not ? with J.
Up late; exhausted. Babes out to see friends; out for
a walk with just E. lunch. Prepared kids work for tomorrow.
To Lynn's birthday barn-dance in the evening; fun to catch
up with people - good food, rather tired.
Breakfast and bed; up for lunch. More mail chew, partner,
customer calls; good stuff, albeit exhausting. Babes out to Friday
Club. Watched Esio Trot on the free Amazon Prime subscription
(suckered into accepting it by mistake) with the babes; fun.
Mail chew, admin, sync with Miklos, admin. Lunch. Poked
at more code. Somehow managed to work all night - when the customer
Customer call, paperwork. Reviewed Azorpid's XFastParser
implementation for our ODF filters, and pushed it - to see if
the crash-testing likes it. Started chasing Cyber Essentials
Briefed Miklos, breakfast, interview; commercial team call,
back to Calc bits until early in the morning.
Brief mail chew; poked at intricacies of the Calc core for
much of the day chasing an issue, dinner, worked very late - enough
to catch up with Kohei; nice.
Andy & Jo's one-year anniversary & marriage
blessing at the Memorial Hall; played violin in the band,
talked to a number of people afterwards
Up lateish; played with babes, started to learn to
play a new German Pirate card-game with the babes; fun.
Got the circular saw onto J's kitchen lintel, lunch,
mended a tap. J. out to the PCC annual quiz, worked away
at some profiling pieces until very late.
Mail chew; read up on F5's iRules wherever I could.
Craig arrived to fix the boiler: inflated the expansion tank
bladder again: I could have done that!. Plugged through
admin and E-mail backlog; finally got to looking at a Mac
bug in the evening, inconclusively.
Bus into Cambridge - C'bra quarterly mgmt meetings
lots of good things going on there, and great to see Guy,
Amelie & Philippe in the flesh. Out for dinner in the
Mail chew; timesheet analysis, friendly chat &
catch-up with a partner. Lunch.
Mail chew; estimation with Kendy & Miklos; lunch.
Customer call, contract work, chat with Bob, Monthly mgmt
call. Customer call, partner catch-up in the evening.
Visited the Doctor, customer call, mail chew & closing
FY2016 finance call with Tracie.
Up lateish, visited David at Christ Church - lovely to
see lots of people there, met a BlackRock Analyst there;
interesting; David back for lunch, chatted by the fire
afterwards. Dis-assembled E's laptop to remove the Broadcom
Wifi card which requires proprietary (and thus predictably not
working) drivers. Installed a new Ralink card cheap on ebay -
which worked flawlessly out of the box; nice.
Watched The House of Magic with the babes, put them
Up earlyish; train to London with the family.
Tube to the Tate Modern for N. to find some things to sketch,
over the Millennium bridge, past St Pauls, to Mansion House
tube. On to South Kensington and the Royal Albert Hall - to see
which was really rather excellent. Out to Pizza Express
afterwards, trains home - rather late with the babes.
Mail chew; sync. with Andras; action items everywhere,
poked at the Mac, more E-mail. Sync with Philippe.
Mail chew; customer call. Amused to see a paper on
suggesting it is not a vestigal organ; less amusing my Mother
had her spleen removed some years back as another useless /
vestigal organ before that too was found to be rather useful.
TDF Mac Mini arrived, and I started to set it up to
build LibreOffice, hopefully will have some spare time to fix
a Mac issue or two.
Mail chew, contract work, encouraging partner call.
Took H. out to try to draw the moon at night (Astronomy GCSC)
- immediate cloud cover: hmm.
Mail chew; contract re-working; Lunch. Weekly
commercial team call, filed bugs.
One to ones, projections, lunch, chat with Eric.
Customer call. Board call. Dinner. Bought a lameish 2nd
hand Mac Mini to fix egregious bugs with; thanks to TDF.
Up lateish; off to NCC, Pizza for lunch; rested
Up; mended things around the house variously -
maintenance everywhere. Lunch, snoozed by the fire. Out to
play at Sam & Paul's marriage blessing; on to see Julie's
nice new flat. Back together for a meal. Stories, bed.
Mail chew; poked at contracts, priorities, encouraged
people to buy good LibreOffice'y things - caught up with Robert.
Worked through mail. Really thrilled to see the legacy
StarOffice file formats being worked on by Laurent Alonso in libstaroffice.
Great to see the rather embarrasing gap left by StarOffice's old
and unpleasant binary file formats start to get filled.
Plugged away at some rather tedious ESC / budget ranking
bits to try to build consensus on what strategic things to push to
the board. ESC call - good to see the guys, lots of good things
Mail chewage; customer contract bits. Booked travel for
FOSDEM which will be
awesome as ever.
Measured my Wife's rather tired (original) Galaxy S3
battery as I replaced it; somewhat concerningly it has swelled
from 5.7mm to 7.8mm some third wider than it used to be:
Up late filing tax for Julia.
Back to work; team calls and structural shuffling.
Chewed through masses of E-mail, synched with Miklos. A
long series of bitty calls with a new customer.
Worked in the morning long enough to discover that
most of the team wanted another day off, but didn't file it.
Abandoned ship to wander around Wicken Fen - with family jumping
on the fen-land. Supposedly the top metre is 3/4's water - but
then so am I.
Home to work through a task list of small things to do.
Off to Isleham Baptist in the morning, N. to play at
Emmas, home for a use-ups lunch; Bobbie, Tyson & Emma over
for fixing 3D Goggles, silly games & tea.
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