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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail, calls with Jona; sync with Kendy, proposal pieces,
built ESC stats.
Mail, admin, proposals, much of the day, chat with Simon.
Into Cambridge to meet Philippe; had a fine dinner with a chunk
of the C'bra team afterwards, good to catch up with Guy again.
Mail, meetings, poked at the Poco process execution impl.
and created a cleaner one for online. Started writing slides for
FOSDEM in earnest. Sync with Kendy in the evening.
M&D left early, All Saints, played bass - unusual sermon;
over to Beckie & Stephen's for a lovely lunch
and afternoon together. Back for another Odyssey & tea, read stories
to babies; bed.
Out for a walk with H. and N. to see a nearby farm, woodland,
snowdrops & the like. E. fell and hurt her knees. Back for lunch.
H. M&D out for organ practise in the afternoon. Dinner, stories,
talked until late.
Up at 5am, poked at code and bugs variously. Breakfast.
Dropped E. to school, out for a run. Home - meeting with Kendy,
Aron, Jona. Plugged at admin. Lunch.
Parents arrived Sorted out expenses with Julie; poked
at mail. Listed to Odyssey in the evening, and chatted with the
Mail, spreadsheet-ness, customer call, admin. Lunch.
C'bra mgmt calls through the afternoon.
Poked mail, chat with Miklos, poked at partner mail and
tasks. Sync with Noel & Eloy, customer call, out to see the
Pleased to discover from Pranav that although Linux' skype client
inexplicably (and globally) eats the ctrl-alt-shift-D key-combination
(without doing anything with it seemingly) - I can still select
an online window and do
Out to All Saints to practice with the band.
Mail chew, admin, meeting prep, partner cal, lunch.
Installed LibreOffice build tools on HP / Ryzen 5 laptop; upgraded
Windows 10 endlessly. Build ESC stats, commercial call.
Went out with J. for the first time in some months;
just lovely to spend time alone with her out of the house.
Mail triage, sync with Miklos, status report & more mail.
Lunch. Admin left & right. Call with Andras.
Off to All Saints to play bass; great sermon from Fraser
on the Wedding at Caana - the pattern of hour not yet come
knowing the end from the beginning and more.
H. had an organ lesson, home for a Pizza lunch; slugged
variously, watched a Wallace & Gromit, tea, Odyssey, put babes
Waffles in bed in the morning thanks to M. Got a bit of work done,
sat by the fire with J. Helped N. get various new minetest mods sorted out.
Read stories, spent time in the evening with H. on Chemistry - lots of
electrons, ions, and various kids of bonds.
Mail chew, sync with Tor & Miklos, more mail,
research and estimation. partner call. Admin. Managed to
forget E. at school - a patient love: didn't complain and
was lost outside the secretary's office - remembered &
Mail chew, call with HSBC - trying to persuade me to invest in
bonds at 0.7%, when the UK Government is offering 2.2% direct at retail;
weird. Marketing & Sales call. Lunch.
Mail, bits of code, bugs, ESC call, Advisory Board call, sales
FOSDEM put up some of my incoherent
ramblings - looking forward to seeing people in Brussels!
Washing machine pump started to make noises as if a hair-band
has got into it (urgh), will attempt dis-assembly. Thrilled to discover
that the pump (and filter) are trivially accessible and easy to clean
in contrast to the last machine where the pump was carefully concealed
inside a razer-sharp metal box with rubber and pipe clips everywhere.
Mail chew; patch review, estimation work, catch-up with Miklos.
Booked flights to the Univention
Summit before FOSDEM - should be great.
Sync with Andras, Jona, mail chew, commercial call, partner
call, read reams of framework contract-ness. Dinner.
Debugged some JS
horror - where we end up with a 'this' referring to an entirely different
object in a class' method - type unsafety to the N'th.
Sync. with Miklos, Kendy, code review, lunch, mail, sync
with Andras, customer call.
Played bass & sang at All Saints, christening & Max spoke.
Back for roast lunch, slugging, playing of 'Job Simulator' by babes,
Adventures on Odyssey in the evening; put babes to bed.
Out to practice with H. in the morning, caught up with N's
ceramic painting party later. Home for lunch, and some slugging -
watched 'Superman' with the babes. Practised bass variously with
H. in the evening.
Mail chew. Poked at dialog code with Kendy, N's friends
over for a sleepover & party, up late cleaning async dialog
bits up. Collected replacement VIVE controller - excellent,
remembered to cover up the mirror in the front room too (a top
tip for structured laser users).
N's birthday - fun present opening at breakfast. Admin, calls,
some code-reading, ESC call, catchup with JanI. Julie over for dinner &
Smash-Up playing action.
Mail, admin, calls, more admin; a little patch review.
Mail chew; suspiciously little - odd, poked sysadmins.
Fixed a page border rendering issue in LOOL, ESC bits arrived,
Mail chew, sync with Miklos; contract review.
Off to All Saints, enjoyed the family service; back for lunch,
Got N's minetest pieces going nicely with her, played Smash-Up, with the
family, Organ practice with H. Detectorists before bed.
Breakfast in bed for J. - babes did homework, re-silicone'd the
shower window, took H. into Cambridge; slugging away from the cold with
the family; Julie over in the evening.
Moderately irritated (as a remain voter) by the repeated, flaccid
argument (now on the BBC) that old voters (who are dying out) voted for Brexit,
and young people voted to stay: so things are somehow unfair. What a bag of
hammers! It is deeply unclear to me that we should dis-enfranchise the old (and
hopefully experienced & wise) in favour of the young (and arguably
politically naive); but at least there is an argument there for decisions
that only impact the young's future. However - the idea that as young people
age and they experience life (or their brains ossify) - that their political views
remain entirely static seems really unlikely
and is an intrinsic assumption here. The old of today would seem to me
to be a good proxy for the views of the old of tomorrow.
Worked on nailing some contract / admin backlog. Fixed a bug
at lunch. Intersted to see the X86_BUG_CPU_INSECURE patch from AMD.
Mail chew; admin, sync with Jona, then Kendy, ESC call.
Irritated by dish-washer, why is it that a dish-washer cannot
have a colored LED on the front with a large diffuser that shows
green: if it has been through a wash-cycle, and the door has not
been opened yet (ie. 'clean'), that slowly decays into red over a
minute or so after opening the door. The current effort has an un-lit
display to denote both dirty and clean states, with a lit-up one for
washing; hey ho.
Up early; larger babes to school; back to work.
Mail, sync with Miklos. Plugged away at admin and accumulated
task backlog bits, call with Andras. Practiced bass guitar in
Worked somewhat in the morning, lunch; soldered bits of
VIVE controller up after breaking headers; still no joy. Worked
with N. getting her laptop upgraded to the latest openSUSE,
teaching here about virtualization, and getting the latest
minetest plugin pieces setup.
Bit of mail triage; slugging, went for a walk in
and around a muddy wood in the rain as a family: bracing -
saw some waterlogged deer & a hare. Watched last LOTR.
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