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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Plugged away at some building / concreting work with E.
now a rather skilled pad-stone manoeverer (with jack) - fun.
Catch up with Gokay, Pedro & Szymon, chat with Jos.
Helped H. with some engineering revision on Jitsi.
Men of Faith fish & chip dinner at All Saints.
Catch-up with Miklos, COOL community call, quarterly C'bra
mgmt meeting until late.
Tried to get wxPython setup on a Mac for a customer;
somewhat nightmarish, sometimes I despair of the Linux Desktop -
and then I see a Windows machine where an update has irreparably
broken screen brightness or somesuch and marvel.
Sales catch-up, quarterly C'bra mgmt meeting much of the day
Up late - blackout blinds; sync with Kendy (who also is
Furze watcher; sync with Simon, worked on some marketing together.
Catch up with Eloy, contract work, marketing bits.
Planning call; lunch, partner call, poked at planning
and LinkedIn, catch-up with Philippe.
Out for a run with J. Put up Bloc-blinds in the bedroom
All Saints in the morning, just me and (2 metre) Peter -
without having practiced: survived for the most part. Home for
a Pizza lunch.
Slugged, J. took babes to StAG, watched The
Hunt for Red October with E. Rested.
Played with E. in the morning, made some mortar together
and started improving the drive. Lunch, David over - chatted,
fixed up some wiring for roses, removed an ivy root, sealed the
garage door a bit better.
Lynn and Esther over in the evening, watched Silent
Witness with J.
Catch up with Eloy, admin, lunch, call with Cor, more E-mail,
poked at projections, reviewed Ash' save patches.
Watched Get Smart in the evening with E. it could
use a sequal.
Starting to feel somewhat better - good. Parents car not
charged enough in the morning: vampire drains over-taking the
trickle-charger? Took babes to school, made some jump-leads from
scrap cabling off-cuts - and jump started their car with some
help from M&D.
Helped to get H. sorted out and off to University - so
lovely to have her around, sad to see her go.
1:1 with Miklos, COOL community call, lunch, 1:1 with
Andras, chats with Jos & Simon. Booked flights for Univention
Back to E-mail and the backlog. Leo over in the evening
for home-group, lovely to catch-up with him.
Wedding Anniversary - twenty blissful years. Lots
of nice cards - lovely.
To work, a bit of E-mail, poked at slides, CP
Out for a lovely walk with the parents in the
afternoon at Lynford Arboretum - some fine trees, and
a potter around together - must be getting old.
Chinese take-out treat in the evening, thanks to
Catch up with Mike & Kendy, Lunch,
quarterly mgmt call, more E-mail backlog beat-back.
Discovered parents' Prius battery discharged
due to leaving the light on: odd to de-couple the 12V
systems from the (charged) motive battery. Left it
Up lateish; cooked breakfast with the family. Out to St
Albans together to meet up with S&C & boys - played in
the park together in the sun - still feeling throaty. Bid 'bye
to R&A and boys.
Home, did some work with H. before she went out for
All off to church, celebrated variously - easter-egg hunt
in the graveyard afterwards with the babes - walked home in the sun.
J. stayed for Leo's baptism, snacked and chatted in the garden
together - J. back - big lamb roast lunch.
Played with the babes; talked until late at night with R.
Bit of wiring in the garage with Father; helped H.
with some project research. Lunch together, R&A and boys
arrived late - lovely to see them, up late.
Up late, rested somewhat, out for a walk with M&D,
M&E along the dyke nearby, shade-sail up in the garden
& lunch outside - a lovely hot day.
David over, got insulated plasterboard stabilized by
injecting foam behind it, set too getting the floor fitted
with David's help - and some success; managed to (somehow)
almost level the floor with packing pieces.
Dinner, dunged out the U-bend in a parlous state in
Still feeling poor; out to Ridgeons to get supplies; set-too
cutting out & re-siliconing the top bathroom shower seal.
Interrupted by a friendly fencer - caught up with Sue & Russel.
Parents arrived in the evening, watched some Colin
Furze with Father and rested.
Still feeling poor. Helped J. with the shopping -
it's amazing what she does to feed us all. Triaged E-mail
to try to keep it down.
Up late, caught up my blog since Jan 27th in a block.
Still in something of a haze.
Feeling awful; planning calls. B&A over - stayed
away from them while trying to catch up - slept through the
Late night work with Eloy (on vacation).
All-Saints, precautionary mask wearing despite
another clear COVID test.
Put up Trampoline again after the winds, and
clipped it to the house. Managed to give a bike to
Cedric - slowly empting the garage of unused stuff.
David over, managed to get the tricky insulated
plasterboard pieces above and around the door together
having stuck some timber into the RSJ above it - 100mm
phosphate screws are the bees knees. Ran out of foam.
Ham, eggs &. chips for tea - nice.
Feeling pretty awful; took much of the day off; modulo
FOSS Asia presentation - great to be back there. Cut the grass:
walking slowly up & down is about my limit.
Feeling pretty awful - not COVID it seems though;
worked on & off.
Joint COOL presentation with our partner Redpill Linpro;
weekly sales call, monthly Productivity developers show-and-tell.
Worked on slides for FOSS-Asia talk tomorrow.
Discovered my blog is down - apparently I had missed
the notification: bother; kindly provided with a backup
of the last ~20 years of random up-loads/backups/slides & blog
bits from there: 1.8Gb.
Fond memories of when such things were stored at unam.mx in the very early days
Been wondering what to do about my blog anyway - some
people complain(ed) about the personal content - it's not
technical-enough and presumably ragged around the edges. They want
a tag so they can ignore the personal pieces - and can instead get
pure engineering updates - as if from some corporate entity. I'm
not impressed by such requests for several reasons:
Have spent some holiday to catch up, and will try to get some
- Hacker communities are made of people - not corporate
clones: people are wonderfully different & have real lives,
and interests. Its important to remember that communities
are not this homogeneous professional blob - they are made
of diverse experiences, viewpoints and interests.
- Reminding people that their software is created and
maintained by a fun but motley crew of random co-beligerents
can stop them getting the idea that they get a polished,
professional product for free - which is quite helpful
for the ecosystem who sell that.
- My blog is run from some legacy pybloxsm software from
emacs and I have little-to-no time to adapt it to make it
easier for people to read only the worker-bee part of it.
They are more than welcome to read none of it.
- My technical content is increasingly less substantial
these days I fear - primarily I do a lot of sales and
management which - while interesting & encouraging
doesn't lend itself to early publication.
Planning calls, early Sales & Marketing call -
trying to make some calendar space for a holiday.
All Saints; Mike Geach over for a pizza lunch,
lovely to catch up with him again; rested variously.
J. took E. to The Ark at Isleham for a YFC all-day
event: climbing, laser-quest and all sorts of useful teaching.
Managed to get roller-door removed, and new window
frames fitted - glazing sealed in properly this time, and
surrounds added. Hung doors, foam & frame sealant all
around, and - bingo - something approaching a room starts
More delta work, good to have Henry helping out too,
merged some of his changes to my branch.
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or anyone else.
It's also important to realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
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Michael Meeks (email@example.com)