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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Quick mail chew & patch review. Off to
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park with the family, Sue,
A. &. J. lots of fun, picnic in the sun.
Partner call in the car home, Odyssey and
Deeply irritated by my shell; why is it that
the history that bash stores is a very poor
reflection of what has been typed into the (dozen)
shells I have; that I can't do global history search
and that routinely useful history is deleted ? poor.
Worked into the evening.
Early morning mail, off to Aldeburgh to see
Bruce & Anne. Lunch, out to the beach - popped in
to Sizewell visitor's center. Back for tea, remembered
music practice & made a bee-line for home; watched
SHIELD in the evening.
Built ESC bits & pieces. Commercial call. Partner call,
cleaned up partner tickets, status report.
Mail, calls with Miklos, Kendy, Eloy. Helped M. with
her maths homework - algebra: select a safe permutation
and apply it.
Emily and Kiki over for sleep-overs with H. and E.
Bass & Violin at All Saints; lunch. Applied slugging
interspersed by Banangrams & Vive-ness.
Picked up H. from an excellent young-women's conducting
training session at Fitz - you would think with free entry, a
lovely location, gratis grub, and expert tution girls would
come en-masse; apparently not - should encourage people next
year. Invite to come & play the Organ.
Interested to discover that WhatsApp have banned under 16's (in
Europe only) due to GDPR. Two very annoyed daughters, and one disappointed
one. Telegram it seems is the solution, upgraded them.
Lunch, out for a walk with David, disassembled an old and
under-used wooden castle in the garden with David for mooted re-use
as a Mansergh tree-house. BBQ, read stories to babes.
Mail, call with Florian, partner call, patch review.
Mail chew, lots of admin, lunch, commercial call, worked
on more double-proposal paperwork - finally got it done.
Helped H. merge down her 'senior student team' election video.
Encouraging partner call, call with Aron, filed bugs.
Lunch. Encouraging calc patch review.
Mail chew, code reading, mgmt call, built ESC stats.
Visited West Suffolk Urology for some fun camera action. Home.
Call with Jona & Eloy.
Tried to mend Galaxy S4 burning up its motherboard
on start - some internal short in a chip ? froze the electronics
and manage to get it to an unlock-screen before thermal cut-out.
Downer - even cooks itself in the recovery screen; hard to debug.
Pleased to get OpenShot
working nicely - despite my generic horrors at AppImages: no
security/signing and encouraging people to download & execute
random stuff (cf. horrors of Windows virii) - it worked well.
Mail chew; attemped again to use the ICO's failing
web registration process. Calc code & patch review. Status
Code reading with Marco on a calc validation feature.
Prodded at parallel XML parsing fun.
Played at Church; Cornerstone project meeting afterwards - focused
on making our Victorian flint church more open & inviting; interesting.
Back for a roast lunch, badmington & volley-ball in the garden - out
for a walk with J. and H. Read the Economist.
Started to watch Startup; sickened by the increasingly explicit
and gratuitous hyper-sexualization / pornography; needs an '(21+)' rating or
something, quit part way through episode 1; shame. Why do they do that ?
Up earlyish, off to Cambridge, train to London.
Enjoyed the British Museum with the babes, Pizza Express
with R&A for lunch - on to see a Les Miserables
matine - an excellent performance.
Train home; Astronomy GSCE practice with H. took her
to Tashie's - back, put babes to bed, hacked on unit tests
finally defeating them; bed late.
Out for a run with J. Partner call. Sync with Miklos,
finally some hacking & debugging of odd online unit test
failures - interesting. Watched SHIELD in the evening with
Mail, admin, Sales & marketing call; ESC call.
Mail; sync with Andras & Kendy, poked at bugs &
customer bits; lunch, team call. Built ESC agenda.
Received 10 mugs in the post - 2 chipped; amazingly the
chipped ones (and two others) made it through, the rest were
varying types of completely broken.
Music group in the evening.
Mail chew, sync with Miklos, built slides; monthly mgmt call.
Sync with Kendy, more mail. J. out to counselling meeting, put babes to
bed and prodded at setting up SSL for Apache on AWS on SLE12 - hmm.
Mail chew, admin, pushed some online changes; lunch.
Bit of testing, sync with Andras.
Breakfast, to the conference, Jules' talk on
Facebook's use of Infer - to find various classes of
problem, interesting. Bid 'bye & kindly dropped
to the airport by a friendly organizer.
Poked at socket code on the plane. Finally home
J. kindly collected me, lovely to see darling wife &
much loved babies again. Pizza tea.
Overslept, taxi to the conference; tried to learn
Spanish by listening to security talks - with mixed success.
Lunch - presented some slides on our security fun:
Almeria is a lovely place - GUADEC should be amazing here.
Walking tour of Almeria in the evening, passed a
marching band, and a statue being propelled by lots of
apparently dis-embodied legs; interesting. Party in the
Up unfeasibly early; coach to STN, fight to Almeria,
worked on slideware; admin; short sleep - I feel so Spanish -
more work, out for a lovely dinner with Ismael & a number
of other interesting folk. Tapas, bed late.
Mail, poked at slides, sales & marketing call.
ESC call, chat with Caolan - more sliding for Almeria.
functions. We have some horrific, ancient Rhino - JS implementation that
is built on Java; so in theory we're already there - but ... I suspect a
modern JS engine would perform better and run everywhere; then again - it
is always fun to see how many separate garbage collectors we can fit in
one process sharing the same signals etc. mix and match Java, C# &
JS ... who do you hand your SEGV handler to next ?
Sync with Kendy, Miklos, chat with Lubos; much massaging of text.
Up late chasing a very interesting file corruption issue.
Mail, filed bugs, built ESC agenda, lunch, mgmt call, sync
A bank holiday - climbed onto the roof to re-point the
chimney, to re-seal with concrete the capped ones and to add a
cowl. BBQ lunch in the garden, Badmington competition - with
small Umpires and evolving rules: I'll be the judge of that.
Visited Chris & Allison in the evening.
All Saints family service; H. playing piano. Shared lunch
afterwards . Home - setup
badmington in the garden, and babes played that enthusiastically
while J. visited Lydia.
Off to Wicksteed park together, lovely day with the babes
sliding, riding, laser-questing etc. met Steve from GenR8 too.
Picnic in the sun. Fish & Chip supper in the car on the
Watched SHIELD with babes in the evening - why do media
types have to portray even casual relationships in the most
intense & explicit way - is it pure laziness ? or does it
reflect a personal 'Mr Creosote' style approach to the topic.
Sad to see the LLVM Code
of conduct intended to avoid people feeling uncomfortable or
threatened apparently having the opposite effect for some of its
Getting the right CoC - (and theirs seems reasonably sensible to me - modulo
the apparently really unhelpful "censorship of discussing the CoC" and
the extra-territorial "behavior outside this space" clauses) -
and putting it in-place in a friendly way is a tough job. Giving
confidence that it will be enforced in a balanced (ie. not captured by
special interests), transparent and fair way can be too. Damaged people
with experience of bullying and harassment - often by those who are 'popular',
are not so convinced by the arguments often deployed here: "These guys
enforcing the over-broad policy are really nice, everyone [I] like[s] them
so nothing bad will happen [to people like me] so your concerns are invalid.".
Sync with Florian & Thorsten, mail & admin.
Mail; admin, customer call, lunch, built slides, sync
with Andras, Eloy.
Call with Kendy & Andras; mail, admin, patch
review, hackery, late partner call. Band practice with H.
Mail, built ESC proto-agenda. Hacked at async websocket
client pieces here and there.
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