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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail triage; swept snow off the drive, played with E. and J.
a little. Community call, CP team call, sync with Dennis, two customer
calls, partner call; called out ... more admin & beating back the
Poked mail, slide work; into Cambridge - to the office to
talk with a potential partner; good meetings - out for lunch and
a quick tour of Cambridge (in the cold). Bus back, mail chew, picked
up by J. and E. (a quick office tour for E.), and home again;
more mail & admin to catch up on the day's business.
Mail, mattermost, patch review, contract execution, etc.
First TDF BoD meeting of the new BoD.
Reflecting on the non-profit/charity sector post- Oxfam &
Save The Children and many other instances where (it appears) that
in some cases aid was used for sexual exploitation. The assumption
that companies (particularly large ones) are and must always be
treated as uniformly evil always looked rather thin to me; but the
idea that non-profits are intrinsically whiter-than-white in
comparison also starts to look increasingly unlikely.
Up late preparing slides.
All Saints, played bass; visiting speaker on Lent; home for
pizza lunch, slugged playing Bananagrams, out to pick up M. -
eventually found Barbara & Grier's house - complete with icy
pond to play with, bees to admire and more. Chatted with Barabara
for a while, back for tea, read stories to babes.
Lie-in, slugged and read the economist, helped N.
with her maths; lunch & out for a walk leaving H. to do
Back, watched Secondhand Lions - together
very good; dinner, Odyssey, littlies to bed, out to
practice the Organ with H. and do some hacking.
Run in the morning with J. Partner technical call,
partner calls, aborted sales call; admin, picked up Allison
from the station & had a lovely evening with her and the
family; bed late.
Mail chew, Marketing & Sales call; product research.
Up very late working on slides, planning, and other admin.
To work early, mail chew, sync with Tracie, Miklos. Lunch.
One of the nicest stories I heard about Billy Graham
was from ParkStreet and went very roughly a bit like this:
Billy was about to speak at a Boston(?) conference, and as he was introduced -
with this growing, glowing haggiography of his achivements, awards, travels
and so on got increasingly concerned. After the introduction he came on the stage
... and told approximately this story: The other day I took an elevator, and
inside it, on the floor, was a dirty, drunk man. Looking up at me there was this
flicker of recognition: he said "I know you! You're Billy Graham! ... you changed
my life!". That - is what happens when Billy Graham tries to change your life - we're
both wasting our time. What you really need is to fix your eyes on Jesus
to let him rescue & change you.
apocryphal; maybe - but if only all preachers realized its ultimately really
not about them.
Mail; old-friend / partner call, more partner poking.
Monthly mgmt call, admin.
Babes back to school; quick Old Story New Bible study
at breakfast. Mail chew, chat with Florian, sync with Kendy, status
report, mail. Plugged away at admin.
All Saints, Stephen back for roast-lamb lunch with the babes,
chatted afterwards. Watched the last Harry Potter in the afternoon.
Bed, watched The Man in the High Castle with J.
Poked at a little work; David over for lunch, out for a walk
at Lackford Lakes/river/forest. Home, tidied up - Julie over for a
birthday tea - chatted to her; bed.
Run in the morning, mail chew; poked at this & that;
bid 'bye to Leanne; Miriam, Ben, Mai & Jude over for lunch -
really lovely to see them & catch up after so long. Had a
fine afternoon together.
Back to work, two customer calls, mail, movie with kids;
out to Church men's prayer meeting & curry.
Up in the night, couldn't sleep; idle mail chew &
triage of my TODO, modelling, watched a movie, slept on a chair;
Off to Aldeburgh to see B&A, lovely lunch, walk on
the beach with Anne.
Found an interesting chap driving a quad-bike
dragging some instrumentation up the beach - quizzed him. It seems
they place several thousand RFID instrumented drill+fill stones on
the beach - then watch where the sea, storms etc. move them over
time - must be a fascinating data-set of vectors. Helpful to check
that Sizewell doesn't fall into the sea I guess. Found a
with pictures on the topic.
Back for chat, pancakes, and set off home. Odyssey in
the car. Plugged away at a proposal until late.
Discovered the flowers I'd got for J. smelled of petrol
rather: the trials of only being able to escape subtly when J.
is out with the car. Rescued by J's cold.
Amazing influx of girls; Kelsie, Elsie, Sophie, and
return of exhausted N. from back-to-back sleep-over-pair.
Beat back the mail mountain; admin, interview, sync.
Mail, patch review, customer call, slide-ware hackery,
lunch at the K/B, sales call. Value-prop analysis call.
Pleased to see Swapnil's patreon
posting of our chat yesterday; interesting to see Patreon growing with
Simon there too.
Valentines card production in the evening.
Mail; sync with Miklos, estimation, status report. Customer
call, TDF/BoD call; Leanne over to stay; worked late while listening
to the ladies talk.
Played guitar at All Saints with Laura & Mary; fun.
Took Mary R. home for lunch and off to Histon to pick up H. E.
& Kelsey. Home, lunch, slugged & played with Mary &
tired H. and E. tea, stories, put people to bed.
Breakfast, out for a walk in Anglesey Abbey with
J. M. and N. - enjoyed the winter garden, and lovely
grounds. Back for some applied slugging by the fire in
the afternoon - and attacked the pre-loading problem for
some of tangle of late-binding module inter-relations
Not hyper-well, mail chew; admin, planing, sync.
with Kendy, late partner call. H. and E. off to GenR8
fun in Histon.
Interested to see the growing awareness (as brought to
prominence for me in The Tipping Point) that some quite
(surprising) issues can be almost contageous
if given social permission and/or with too much tragic detail.
Mail chew, ESC call, sync with partners, admin.
Relaxed a little; mail, calls, planning, lots of unwanted
hassle left & right.
Band practice in the evening, Beckie kindly lent me her
guitar; went reasonably well.
Breakfast with Kendy, off to the venue - somewhat
zombified from chronic sleep deprivation. Talked individually
with lots of great people, bid a sad 'bye, and train / Eurostar
to the UK - surprisingly good wifi on the train even in the
tunnel, worked on the way home.
Lovely to be back, and see my lovely wife &
wonderful baby girls.
Off again, to the lovely Beta
Co-working space - board meeting ~all day. Pizza bought in for
a late lunch. More meetings - until late, out for a drink together;
sad. Finally back to E-mail; then bed.
Awake until 6:15am writing my talk; slept until 9am,
up breakfast, off to the venue; spoke on re-structuring a
giant, ancient code-base:
Out for lunch with Julian Seward & a thunder-birder
- excellent to catch-up. Back to the booth to see many old
friends into town in the evening for a
burger with Guilhelm, Olivier, Miklos & Kendy - nice.
Back, to write a few more slides; bed.
Breakfast with Kendy; to the conference lugging swag;
handed out stickers to many people
lunch with some friends. On to the LibreOffice dev-room for
some interesting talks. Gave my talk:
Walked to the awesome Beta Co-working in the
evening for a fine Italian pasta, LibreOffice dinner from Italo
Back late to the hotel.
Train too early to Hamburg; met Herbert in the airport,
flight to Brussels; worked on slides on the flight; got to the
Atlas Hotel in the end - tried to get one talk finished before
heading out; then joined the AB call instead.
It is this time of year when you re-read your abstract,
scratch your head - and try to work out what possessed you to
put XYZ topic in there.
Out to the foundations dinner; great to see lots of old
friends, and make some new ones too . Back to
Gerv's hotel, and caught up with Loic. On to the
Delerium Cafe - surprisingly less packed than normal at midnight;
met up with Nicolas, Kendy, Markus, Raul, Richard and many more;
eventually back to bed.
Freezingly early blackness, bus, plane, tram, train, walk,
Univention Summit. Good to meet lots of partners & friends,
some great talks, an excellent evening party - encouraging.
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