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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail chew, catch-up call with Kendy, Cor & Eloy, more
mail, reading of text, analysis etc.
Pleased to notice the 30 years of Linux celebrations, and
interview bits from SVJN one gem from Linus:
"I think the companies getting involved has been
hugely important - and that may sound so obvious as to be trite
and stupid, but some corners of the open-source community have
been fairly negative to any commercial involvement."
Watched Yes Minister with the babes in the evening.
Back to work, planning call, lunch, caught up with people
left and right. Phil & Susan came over for lunch. Sandy
dropped in too.
Thrilled to see Lubos' work on Skia
on Mac land, with some significant wins.
Up earlyish, M's Birthday - croissants for breakfast.
Off to All Saints with H. to practice & played for the
service; good to see lots of people returning to Church in-person.
Home for lunch, went for a walk as a family in Brandon
forest; back - Ailish & Rebeka over for a fine roast lamb
dinner - they stayed up late for a sleepover. Watched some of
'Humans' with J.
Mail chew; tidied up a little. David over for lunch; lovely
to see him. Plugged away at insulating the loft tank/pump together
for a while; dinner together, assembled a Tokyo lego model / present.
Watched The Princess Bride.
Breakfast, packed up, washed up, tidied the place, bid a fond
farewell to everyone. J. drove home, rested - lots of tired people.
Out for a rather better walk with Rob & my families.
Sun, lunch by a stream - dammed it with E. and E. - fun. Wandered
back past a great view of Thor's cave. Home.
Prepped for Mum's party, managed to dispatch Anne, and move
onto Robert; caught up with Richard & Matthew. A fine, catered
Birthday dinner, speeches. Barn & Sarok dancing in the barn
until late; fun.
Up earlyish; everyone out to Haddon
Hall together. Got side-tracked by the Kitchens and a tudor cooking
video for a while. Sandwiches for lunch outside together. Back to enjoy the spectacular
other innards of the hall - lovely long gallery & gardens.
Into Bakewell to get a genuine tart to eat, flowers for M, and
some other essentials. Back. R & A cooked a fine BBQ for everyone, ate
outside for a while . Relaxed while
Anne & Olivier taught Bridge to H. N. and others.
Breakfast together; selected a rather short walk which got
lengthened significantly by roads being closed; parked at Ilam Hall,
and walked to the top of a nearby hill with a fine view back across
the valley with R & A & Bruce. Lunch at a tumble-down barn.
Back, played guitar songs for small nices & nephews to
run around inside happily. N. cooked a pasta supper. with
Eton Mess from B. Then H. setup a murder / assassin style game for
the families - fun. Played CodeNames in the evening.
Up early, chewed mail backlog quietly while packing,
reviewed some patches. J. drove to near Ilam derbyshire to
stay at Lower Damgate Farm
with much of the wider family & some friends to celebrate
Mother's birthday party.
Out shopping with R. chatted & slept.
All Saints music in the morning, H. on Piano, M. on Bass,
N. singing, me on Beckie's Guitar; fun. Home for lunch; relaxed
Family out for Julie's hen-party looking georgeous.
Off to All Saints for Church cleaning & dunging out -
coffee with some of the lads afterwards, home - lunch.
Mail; poked at some benchmarking code; added valgrind
support for tracing kit processes and poked at some rather
interesting things that appeared; fun.
Mail chew, patch review, call with Mert, caught up with sales
backlog a little. Yes Minister and Ghosts with the babes
in the evening.
Up early, bounced with L. on the trampoline, helped T.
get his UK Bank account reset. Lunch. Bid 'bye to the American
branch. Chewed some mail.
Breakfast, T. explained his job to H. out to Lackford
Lakes for a walk & playground visit. Home, tried to get the
shade sail to be easy to detach (in case of rain) with some
success with T's help. Played games in the evening.
Mail chew, consultancy call, cleaned the house, put up
flags, catch up with Tor. Helped babes prepare a full English
Breakfast / brunch.
Tom, Beckie, Sam & Lydia arrived - so lovely to see
them in person after so long; celebration lunch - lazed around,
babes to bed to tackle the jet-lag. Enjoyed each other's company.
Planning call with Andras returned from holiday, Aron
& Cor, catch up with Dennis & Szymon, chat with Gopi,
sync with Ash. Mail chew.
Up early, took H. for PCR test in Cambridge; home,
played bass at All Saints, home for worship guitar &
Played Rumikub with the family; bit of Articulate,
watched 'Ghosts' & 'Yes Minister' alternately with the
Up early, noticed 17yr vaccinations open & took N.
for hers in Cherry Hinton early. Drove to see B&A. as a
family; worked in the car. Enjoyed the beach: N&E swum
somehow, back for some tea & drove home.
Mail chew, finance / admin / signed off accounts, partner call,
intern setup call with Mert. Sync with Miklos, more mail, code reading.
Got music planned & sorted out for All Saints
Read story E. did some C# coding training with N. for school.
In to Soham VC to collect Naomi & Miriam's GCSE exam
results; some impressive application - and great relief. Home.
COOL community call, caught up with Gabriel & Alexandru. Lunch.
Caught up with Pranam, Julie, chunks of admin.
Finally got an HA proxy issue around Host: header port
numbers, an easy one. Dinner, more admin. J. collected N. late
from an exam celebration party.
J. collected H. at 3am from Cambridge; Up earlish,
headed for Holkham beach with the family - dug in the sand,
enjoyed the sun & sea & sand.
Back via F&C & Kebab shops on the way home,
band practice, bed.
Waited with trepidation for H's A-level results to show up
on the UCAS website; some quality error reporing around coping with
~400k hits in the same minute:
A few minutes later - got the good news of acceptance by
Durham. On to a partner sales call with Eloy, catch up with
Pranam & Cor.
TDF staff call, interview with intern candidate. Tagged a
new core release with Cloph's help.
Mail chew, plannign call catch ups with Miklos,
Pedro, screen-share support call with a customer.
Lots of people over for dinner, getting their
nails done & so on. H. out for a walk.
All Saints band in the morning, back for a quick lunch,
on to Jess & Alex's wedding - played for them variously -
a joyful time.
Went to collect H. in Cambridge with J. very tired, but had a wonderful time helping
out on camp. Lovely to see her again. Dropped Jude home, back
Spent a good time with N. getting shade-sail fixings fixed into
the walls, and mounting the shade sail: nice.
Managed finally to cut through the ~inaccessible PVC soil pipe
up-stand, by glueing to the wall with expanding foam and dremel / drill.
Got the new air-admittance valve fitted.
Discovered the shade-sail about to burst - full of water;
British weather is something else, hmm.
Mail chew; catch-up with Cor, interview with a project
manager; Lunch, catch up with Gustavo. Out for a walk with
the babes at Nowton Park. Back, more mail, admin.
Catch up with Muhammet, COOL community call, plugged away
reviewing text, code, finally getting back through the mail queue
from a week away. Positive customer call, Simon N. over in person
for a pleasant meeting - nice to see people in-person.
Played Articulate with the babes, fitted new sink waste
with a slot for overflow: will be nice to have the overflow
working. Some cost-engineer shaved 1cm off the bottom (or I
ordered the wrong one) - ordered a new adjustable trap to
Dug through accounts & projections for this
& next year.
Mail, patch review, sales call, catch up with William,
CO 2021 planning call, team testing call.
Call with Philippe, admin. Watched District 9
with the older babes.
Up early, poked at some code; call with Pranam, then Kendy,
then Cor, lunch. Bit of hackery on a performance regression, more
Liked Matthew's post on Copilot - sharing
ideas even those codified in neural networks (repeatedly counting the
number of lines in an in-lined, C, double linked list manipulation
method to check it used to be some sort of fun); so I tend to agree,
that is unless we train a neural network to type out whole programs
of existing (C) FOSS code verbatim: also possible, but not proposed.
Looking forward to having time to play with CoPilot myself.
Chat with Gokay.
Slept poorly, up super-early; quiet time - started chewing the
E-mail backlog. Caught up with Kendy, planning call, lunch with the
babes, patch review, admin bits.
Call with Mert, who has made the online auto-typing benchmark
hugely faster; got some nice profiling data from that; lush.
Tried to reproduce the family bathroom plumbing problem (having
cut a hole in the wall on Saturday pipes) - not reproducible - bother,
ordered more plumbing bits - lets see.
Up lateish, sermon & singing at home, pizza lunch.
and managed to catch the blog up to date.
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