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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail chew, built ESC agenda, tech. mgmt call. Sync call
with Kendy, Eloy. Removed seat from the car, packed babes and
baggage inside; ate on the way north.
J. drove, while I wrote an adoption reference for some
dear friends; what a privilege. Sketched talk outlines.
Mail chew, admin, syncc with Kendy, lunch. Distressed that
after months of flakiness a chat with Florian seems to suggest that
size is an issue for BT infinity - how can BT break huge chunks
of the internet by default without caring ? amazing.
Customer call, poked at CCS framework agreements.
Up early, played at church; babes involved in manic home-made
lemonade & ice-cream sale for Cornerstone. Sophie, David & Jocelyn
back for lunch - slugged and chatted much of the afternoon.
Watched Inside man with H. and N. bed.
Took H. into town for a treat breakfast & organ practice.
David over for lunch, out to Brandon for a forest walk, back for tea.
Played a game together, watching with babes, bed.
Poked JS with George - it starts to become less scary
having read more of it. Sync with Tamas. Lunch, catch-up with
Andras. More JS-ness with George.
Mail chew, strained away at JQuery with George - eventually
finding that we need a tabindex to make something focus-able;
interesting - progress at least.
Partner call, sales call, assembled a screen stand with
George - hopefully gives one better posture; lets see. Still far
Mail, admin. Talked through researching data and writing logs
with George; poked at some JQuery-ness. Bruce & Anne, S,C,A&J
over - out to Prezzo for a lovely birthday lunch.
Back, more hacking, code review; ESC call, sync with Dennis,
dinner. Very hot ...
Freed up J's laptop, and got G. working with a Mac + remote-X.
I am still astounded that you can go for this amazing UX decision of
having a minimalist single button on the mouse - while simultaneously
infesting the keyboard with an additional 'Mac' modifier in addition
to Ctrl and Alt - making a foul confusion of keybindings cross-platform,
and having no obvious # key either.
Got G's first commits pushed.
Mail chew, bid a sad au-revoir to Gerd's team. George
arrived in the morning - moved some hardware around to make
a space for him, and got him going on some tasks. Encouraging
to see his C++ & JS progress in a day.
Product team meeting; some code reading; customer call.
Up early; H's birthday - croissants & presents at breakfast.
Out to All Saints for an early communion - then off into Cambridge
together. Enjoyed wandering the town, looking at the architecture.
Picnic on Jesus green, played in the play-ground. Punting
action together along the mayhem of the Cam - punted alongside a few
Home for some Vive goodness, and a buffet tea; bed lateish.
Julia's birthday, presents in bed, sogging with N. and H.
variously. Breakfast, out to Anglesy Abbey for a fine picnic lunch
in the sun with everyone and a wander.
Back to see Gerd, Kerry, Sarah & Liam - visiting from
Australia, played games with them - up late talking to Gerd &
Up at 2:30am for some reason - mail chew - admin.
Breakfast, sync call with Eloy. Played a little with Android,
sync with Kendy, filed tickets.
National Treasure 2 in the evening - a re-make of the
first version it seems; hmm.
Mail; built metrics with Tor. Booked travel to the ownCloud
Interested by Bradley arguing
for reduced restrictions on speech in codes of conduct: an encouraging
direction of travel. Personally, I think protecting speech, academic freedom,
and more is well worth the cost of hearing some unpleasant opinions. Having said
that - one of the things that dismays me about FLOSS conferences are the
tedious, low-level and lazy attacks on Trump voters and their mental capacity
(I have no vote in any US election). I really dislike political polarization as
a modern-day US export: the idea that by painting your opponent as completely
evil you galvanize your support base is not new, but getting worse. Carefully
re-reading some various recent
polarizing views from some emminent lawyers, it seems that it is possible
to be deeply concerned about the US's direction of travel and the role of the
judiciary without being unhinged. I can believe such concern might move some to
the point of drastic action - such as voting for the only plausible short-term
protection from some perceived long-term evil - without actually having a
pro-incoherence approach themselves. I can also imagine economic concerns, perhaps
unfairly conflated with immigration being a key issue - under-addressed by the
mainstream (as arguably in the Brexit vote). It would be good to hear some more
balanced criticism of the lamentable failures of the alternatives in both parties
too - as well as in the electorate (or the media) for following their long term
trend of being more interested in politics & news as entertainment, rather
than policy & information.
ESC meeting; posted minutes, dinner, TDF Advisory Board call.
Mail; admin, monthly all-hands call. A little hackery,
some estimation, worked late on proposals.
Sync with Miklos, Eloy, Foad, lunch, projections, partner bits.
Monthly mgmt call. Patch review, admin. Built ESC bug stats.
Mail, catch-up call with Eloy, admin, lunch. Sync with Lubos,
Miklos & Tor. Status report. Booked travel to the Nextcloud conference and some
hack-festery - Mon/Tues. Pair of partner calls in the evening.
Breakfast, off to All Saints with Tim, who spoke briefly of
their work, back for Pizza lunch, much slugging & digesting, a
walk on the heath; bid 'bye to Tim, Suzie & Simon, put babes
to bed and read to them.
Up late, odd jobs around the house; got into window-cleaning
unfortunately my squeegee (a birthday present) got left leaning on
a sharp wood edge so leaves a lovely line down the window; bother.
First clean in 12 years or so (now convinced this is a good cadence
for window-cleaning). Turns out there is a whole world of colour
outside - I should get out more.
Watched National Treasure with the family, SHIELD in the
evening, caught up with Tim & Suzie; bed.
Mail; sync with Miklos, support bits, admin, patch review,
Tim, Suzie & Simon over in the evening - talked Graphite, and
SIL much of the evening.
Mail chew; finally got a chunk of admin / documentation done.
Sales & Marketing call. Customer mail.
Interested to hear of a peer of E's being sick in a Sex &
Relationships Education (SRE) class covering prophylactics - 10 year
olds not loving that.
Babes to music; fixed a pivot table regression for fun.
Finally got around to building ESC proto-agenda. Bug review, admin,
started to fit fun tasks between the annoyance again to make at least some
progress. ESC call in the evening. Band practice, Julie back to stay for
Bug triage, mail, admin, mgmt call, more admin, partner
and customer calls.
Mail chew, status report, sync with Kendy. Mail chew.
Took H. for her Grade 6 piano exam to Saffron Walden; worked
Church, played bass; good talk on repentance from
visiting DDO. On to BBQ at Steve & Beckie's for Julie
& Amie-Jane - returned from the USA briefly. Fine food,
company, sun, home via the town-band playing at All Saints,
slugged & read The Economist variously. Reading
In Search of Stupidity to H.
Mail & work in the morning; out to Holkham Beach for a
fine day of digging sand, enjoying the sun, with almost no-one there:
a blessing conferred by the World Cup. Fish & Chips in the car
on the way back; packed somewhat sun-burned babes to bed - mental-note:
even teens cannot put sun-block on themselves properly.
Up in the night; poked mail, reviewed estimations, more E-mail.
Watched MIB with the babes - very silly; more work late.
Dropped into the Cambridge office with Foad, brain-dumped
for much of the day. Taxi back, All Saints band-practice, chat in
the garden; Mac setup late; bed.
Mail, admin, some patch review, admin, sync. with Olivier.
Worked late waiting for Foad, picked him up from Cambridge late.
Into Cambridge for an interview with Chris in
the morning - had lunch together.
Thrilled to see Dennis' multivariate
regression work for Calc pushed & published - go Dennis.
Mgmt team call. CP board meeting; drove home, customer call,
took H., M., Elize & Alish to Soham for the Young Musician of
the Year competition / concert - good music, home.
Built ESC minutes, bed.
Mail; admin, product team call, managed to finally get
J's and my gmail / Android calendars to sync. up after another
horrible scheduling conflict. Skype call with great news
from Rob & Amelia.
Played at All Saints in the morning; stayed for meal
with the church. Home to play Vive with Alfie; afternoon movie
Wonder - interesting, read stories to babes.
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