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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
J. out much of the day with Louise; riveted E's netball
hoop and put it up on the trampoline; needs some adhesive to stop
it rotating. Some mail bits.
Mail chew; call with Kendy & Miklos, a frenzy of
estimating and processing the admin backlog.
Lost most of this day travelling east, asleep. Poked
mail on the Heathrow Express, Cambridge train standing room
only & horribly delayed .
Train to Newmarket. Simply lovely to see the family again.
Up early, extensive slide-ware massage - meeting
with Oscar interesting.
Off to see Javier & the team, lunch, sync with
Philippe. Back to the hotel for beers,
and a trip to the airport. Managed to see ~nothing of
Mexico somehow; sad.
Sync with Kendy; breakfast together; more slides;
presentation, estimation, fun. Back, meaty dinner with
Frank & Olivier - bed.
Breakfast together, meetings all day, a truck
load of work landed on my desk for more work overnight.
Breakfast with Olivier, spent much of the day and
late into the evening creating product description slides,
caught up with Frank later.
Helped to pack babes off to the Insane Terrain fund-raising
run for Youth for Christ, packed for Mexico City - long series of
trains, a very long plane ride.
Listened to a sermon from All Souls by Ross Hendry
on Equal Pay;
lots of interest but:
Interesting, of course, internationally PPP considerations can blur
the picture - but the scandal of unequal pay is clearly a worthy
thing to fight. On the politics of envy and suspicion around pay,
a Christian involved in a Union presumably also has a tough task
to avoid stirring up envy.
- Obligatory John Stott quote:
"Total egalitarianism is not the Christian goal for
God himself has not mandated us to be identical either
in our nature or spiritual endowments. What Christians
should seek to ensure is that all differentials are
due to merit not privilege."
A godly worker opposes discrimination; recognizing
the equal worth of all should yield equal pay (for equal
We should also oppose pay that causes enmnity &
envy. since large pay disparities can quickly make us become
dissatisfied. We should oppose the love of money generally;
M. off on a coach-trip to France. Admin, mail-chew,
TDF board call, admin. Bid 'bye to H. on her DofE hike.
Watched Get smart with the babes.
Breakfast, dropped Miklos to the station; some mail chew.
Lunch, monthly all-hands call, catchup with Lubos and Andras.
Mail & planning. Tea, late customer call.
Train to Cambridge, met Miklos & chatted into London, visited
our lawyers briefly; on together for a day of meetings at the IET Savoy
Place with Chris & Bob, fun. Out for dinner together & train +
taxi home late; fun. Played with the Vive, bed late.
Mail chew; built ESC proto-agenda, monthly commercial
call. Sync with Miklos, interview.
Presents at breakfast - seems having spent a year telling
people I'm actually 41 (by mistake) I now am (I think); early onset
Mail chew; plugged away at OpenSSL's BIO / handshaking
pieces around outbound connections. Birthday tea - steak &
Woken unfeasibly early by small girls' six-in-two-beds
experiment breaking down. To church to play bass & violin
rather tiredly. Home for lunch joined by Margarit & Marius.
Packed up tent, dried blankets etc. straightened
tent-pegs in the vice with E. Tea, bed.
Put up tent in the garden for E's birthday sleepover; out
into town to play at the Bill Tutt memorial - onto All Saints for
a free out-door barbeque for the community - chatted to lots of
Home, dealt with six small, post-swimming girls at a party;
got a movie on for them; tried to wrestle them to bed and calm them
down in a tent; nearly got there - but eventually defeated by the
sheer excitement of it (and ultimately fear of the dark). Not much
Mail, sync with Kendy, mail; finally a bit of hacking -
somewhat frustrated by needing python 3.6 - but not being able to
install it without breaking / removing half my distribution; hmm -
not optimal. Minimally implemented client websocket masking.
Mail chew; meetings, more mail, patch review, support
Thrilled to see Collabora
Office 6.0 - The Migrator's Choice released - containing tons of work
from so many - and particularly happy to see the new COLEAT goodness ship:
Booked flights variously for conferences & meetings.
Band practice in the evening.
Mail chew, copy-writing, calls, lunch. Sync with Kendy.
More paperwork, copy-review.
Consultancy call in Miklos' stead; mail chew, and a round of
marketing copy-writing, calls with Jona & Eloy. Plugged away at
that much of the day and late into the evening.
Bamford breakfast, out for a short walk along a cliff edge,
bid 'bye to all - and drove back with Greer; lovely to see the small
babes again, tea, read stories, bed.
Bed turned out to be rather broken, supported mostly by prayer
from Greer below - hmm. Into Bamford for cooked breakfast, and set out
on a fine walk around the Ladybower Reservoir - leaving the
short-walkers at the Inn, and climbed Win Hill for lunch.
Fine views into Edale and around. Great to chat to lots of
interesting Men of Faith.
Long gentle walk back down, shower, chat, to the pub
for dinner, back, talked until late, played the guitar, room 101,
and found a more solid bed for a solid rest.
Sync with Miklos, mail chew, packed for Men of Faith walking
in Derbyshire. Off with Greer via lunch at Clumber Park. Arrived at
Thorpe Farm Bunkhouse near Bamford - lovely place; BBQ with the lads,
up rather late - very creaky bed - slept badly.
Lots of mail, sync with Kendy, sales call, ESC call,
customer/partner call. Evening interview - too much talking
for one day.
Out to help the scouts learn walking on bearings on
the (large flat) Newmarket heath - drawing unusual shapes as
Mail chew, customer call, admin.
Annoyed by Skype - they seem to run a scam whereby you give
them credit, which doesn't show up for 15mins so you forget about
using it. Then after some months that credit is de-activated (now
it tells you that you have no credit), so next time you attempt to
use paid-phone service - you are encouraged to add funds (rather than
re-activate those you have). When you give them more cash they point
out you need to re-active it - at which point you discover you already
have a significant balance. Not ideal, but is it deliberate ?
Lovely lunch with Ben; back to mail, admin, merged alpha patch
reviews and more.
Mail chew, call with team; partner call. Plugged away at
calls, content, testing happily for much of the afternoon.
Helped H. with Astronomy and built a question-spotting spreadsheet
in the afternoon for tomorrow's GCSE.
Mail chew, call with some of the team, lawyer call. Pleased
to see Miklos update our Document
Conversion page with details on UnoConv -
also inferior to a properly managed Collabora Online.
Listened to the Microsoft Gitlab conference call - exciting
to see Nat doing cool stuff. Debugged some horror with Tor & Andras.
NCC in the morning, family service; Max spoke well. H.
played piano nicely. Out for a church BBQ afterwards at Jan's
lovely to get to know everyone better. Back, sat in the garden
with J, played badmington, relaxed, read stories to the babes,
tried to repair H's Galaxy S4 - interestingly now no longer
powering on after its charging port replacement.
Breakfast, mail chew & maths with N. much of the morning
with some Astronomy revision with H. Lunch, babes dressed up,
practiced their quartet - and performed at Dan & Nami's
wedding reception (next door) to general appreciation. Home,
slugging with babes.
An influx of small girls - up to seven of them at
a time - J. out all day; mail chew while writing maths
tests for Miriam. Helped H. with Astronomy, N' out
swimming, call with T&B, fed everyone; caught up with
Melv, sync. with Eloy, out for Organ practice, home for
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