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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
All Saints; played with H, Simon & Mary.
Growing in number meeting afterwards. Pizza
lunch, slept in the afternoon, watched a Glass
Onion in the evening. Listened to a couple of
talks on Psalm 1.
Up late, relaxed in the sun - and enjoyed
aluminium cafe-style setting at the front in the sun.
Lunch. David arrived, went for a walk out to Moulton.
Home; and set-too with David on re-locating the
A/C power, sorting out lighting and so on; got the top
of the stairs sorted out.
Watched Fury in the evening - interesting.
J. working, took a holiday for the first time
in a while: started by some business calls, signed a
Out to the garage to drill new routes for
cables through joists. David arrived & kindly helped.
Got joists removed, cables pulled & things re-sited.
Used joist-hangers to check the upper stair positioning.
Fixed some substantial timbers to the wall to pack
the stairs off it by 150mm.
Lunch; back into action - got the stairs fixed,
lots of PVA glue, hammering of dowels, large screws,
and something of a fun lego assembly with wedges, and
fitting of this & that. Eventually ended up with a
lot of glue, and a nice new pine staircase to replace a
rickety ladder together.
Caught the end of Time Trap with the
Technical planning call; COOL community call,
, 1:1 calls, ESC bits. Early band
practice with Simon, Bible study group, bed.
Early partner call, sales team call plugged away at admin, calls with team
Eventually discovered that Cypress tests execute
in some almost empty DOM/document context. Poked around
windows to find the right iframe to dig out the right
document and find the pieces we need manually.
Mail chew, 1:1 with Pedro; stairs arrived to be fitted
in the garage: a whole box full of bits of wood to glue in - fun.
Plugged away at Cypress with Jaume & Gokay, interactively.
Catch up with zlatan. Setup J's garden lean-to with hooks for
tools & some racking.
Mail chew, planning call, various calls, catch up
with Tor, poked at Cypress issues some more with Gokay & Jaume.
Worked on isolating parallel running coolwsd's more sensibly at
Music with E. and a story too - been working too late
many nights recently; hmm.
All Saints, 2m Peter playing the organ - did some
orchestration for him. Home for a snack, babes had Pizza.
Alfie over to do his first laptop keyboard replacement.
Kelsey, Chris, Charlie & Emma over for a late
lunch, chatted with them through the afternoon; picked up
the babes from StAG.
Up; off to clean & de-cobweb AllSaints - climbed some
rather tall ladders & chatted to people variously; bacon
sandwiches. David arrived and helped out.
Home for lunch, set too at the garage, removed shelving,
made space for new staircase; re-hung lean-to door, and
strengthened the structure. David M. moved tiles while I helped
David S. install the glass on a new Velux at his house - by the
fourth, we're getting quite good at it.
Home, more prep work - cut out some hatch joists with the
reciprocating saw, and moved some inconvenient wiring around the
place. Dinner together. Worked late poking at Cypress and C++ unit
test failures on busy machines.
Out for a run with J. early. Mail chew, plugged away
at some consistency checks to detect unhelpful 3rd parties that
like to eg. delete the filesystem underneath a running process,
and then wonder why things stop working.
Various partner calls; into Cambridge to meet up with
the very charming Niels of OpenProject fame, and his
Took H. home from work, dinner, back to cleaning up
loose ends from the day. Fixed up J's counselling website so
http works (was never tested), and mended some old blog links.
Wedding anniversary - 21 years - what a lovely time we've
had together: what a blessing. To work!
Technical planning call, COOL community call, K8s design
call, catch up with Andras, ESC meeting. Apparently my blood says
I need more vitamin-D - fair enough.
Mihai making good progress, concrete base, bits of roof,
fibreglass & epoxy.
Slept for a couple of hours; back to an all-night
hackathon - (also wrote J's wedding anniversary card) -
trying to unwind 'orrible, intermittent Cypress problems.
Mihai arrived to build a garden lean-to / shed for
J's garden tools & other bits cluttering my
Sales call, went for a bleed at the hospital, lunch.
All afternoon quarterly Collabora mgmt call, did some mail
& review in parallel.
Band practice in the evening, then out for a lovely
pre-21st-wedding-anniversary-dinner with J. at a new local
Turkish restaurant: lovely & lots of it. Staggered home
Mail chew; overdue catch ups with Kendy, then Pedro.
Slides, monthly mgmt meeting.
Popped over to see David S & help him get his new
velux window glassware inserted: a small piece of ply-wood with
a block at the end turns out to be the optimal tool.
As I try to improve my German; really pleased to read
Hühnchen to the family "Der Himmel stürzt ein!", sagt
Helped M. organize and glue her chess-board together
in the evening until late, hopefully the big-breaker of old
PVA will still do the job.
Up early, mail chew, planning call, plugged away at
Cypress bits with Jaume; catch up with Marc, then Philippe.
All Saints - played in the morning, Sue spoke. Home for
a pizza lunch, with our neighbour Tammy over to share that.
Out in the evening to try to unwind a friend's laptop
purchase that got twisted up; hopefully successfully.
Worked much of the morning; found that Cypress tests
were re-downloading & jitting all the JS, added a force
cache parameter to (hopefully) markedly accelerate them.
Poked at some brian-straining Cypress timing /
intermittency issues; improved waiting for cursor movements.
David over, out for a walk with J,H,E - M&N
revising in Cambridge. Measured up the garage for some new
stairs, and mounted Dad's tool cabinet.
Cypress: removed extra simulated button presses on
emitting text events; reviewed a number of Ash's patches,
Mail chew, partner call, catch up with Ash & Jaume.
Lunch. Partner call.
Pleased to see a nice recap
of COOL days, and some wrap-up ramblings too.
Reviewed some commits. Dinner, solicited and processed
more product management input from partners and customers - great
to have a good way of capturing where they want to go.
Mail chew, sync with Miklos, COOL community
call, catch up with Andras,Pedro & Anna. Sync
Quick lunch, partner call, customer call
with partner. Out for a run with J. Plugged away
at BinaryDataContainer re-factoring to make it
Up earlyish, helped Dad grind some stainless
strip to mend his cupboards, read The Magician's
Nephew - a classic.
Catch up call with Eloy; caught up with some
mail. Lunch. Bid 'bye, slept & chewed mail on the
way home in the car - terrible weather.
Got some work done in the afternoon; All Saints
band practice in the evening with H.
Up early, breakfast, helped Dad get a root out
in the garden, remove lots of leaves, moss & mulch
from the shed's guttering.
Out for a walk around Ripley Castle in the sun
with M&D - lovely - fine Ripley ice-cream afterwards.
Home for lunch.
M. set-too with the joiner/thicknesser to make
lots of beautiful, planed beech and teak lengths to
turn into a chess-board. Dug out Dad's tool cupboard
for the workshop & eventually found the key for it,
Pleased H. had a good 1st day at HP in Cambridge.
Watched an old Animal Farm (with real animals -
and a happy ending) - somewhat underwhelmed; not the
Up lateish; bid 'bye to R & A & boys.
Plugged away in the car at an unreliable unit test,
blog update & image size profiling.
Out for a walk into town, and up the castle
steps - a lovely day. Jigsaw puzzle.
Experimented with joiner, thicknesser with M.
for her chess-board. Discovered joining on the convex
surface tends to exacerbate non-flatness - fun.
Robert, Amelia & boys arrived overnight; taught
them to 'peg' people. Good to see them - out to All Saints -
Bishop Mike speaking. H. playing the organ, Jenny there too
nice. Good to catch up with people afterwards.
Home for rib & drumstick lunch with the family;
sat around chatting variously, slept for a bit; tea. Played
Carcassonne & Camel Up in the evening with R&A, up
late chatting with R.
Up; strimmed the grass, re-layed-out the last PCC minutes,
finally transribed the last set of APCM minutes - nice.
Re-routed the front-door keeps so the door can be
double-locked without excessive force - very much nicer.
Spent some time with M. investigating making a copying
tool for chess pieces.
Up lateish; time for a day off. Did some hacking - found
a way to persuade SwLayIdle only to do huge invalidations rather
than expensive off-screen rendering. Put the washing out.
Sue, Clive & boys arrived - fine lunch, and out for
a wander with them - nice to catch up. Out for a long walk
with Chris Brighty in the evening, sunset over the race tracks:
Ordered Ash dowel & epoxy for M's chess-board +
pieces project in the evening.
COOL commnuity call, monthly CP all-hands call, partner
call; customer catch-up call. Finally got to some more profiling
of an image movement performance problem - SwLayIdle again doing
a giant double-buffered rendering - interesting.
Cell group passover-style meal in the evening; lamb &
questions, Christina over to see H. too.
More report writing; bits of hacking on image scaling
performance, out for a run with J. Partner call. Catch up with
Band practice with H. worked on improving my organ
stop-pulling skills. Grace for sleep-over with M.
Watched Ponyo - something fishy about that film.
Good to get up later than 6:20am in the holidays; worked
on report writing much of the day, catch-up with Marco, call with
Mazin. Worked late, H's friend Charlotte stayed over.
Mail chew, sparse planning call - people taking a well
deserved rest. Chat with allotropia team, then with our a11y team
doing some encouraging work. Out for a run with J.. Mail &
meetings variously. H's friend Nina around - lots of friends of
H's about too.
All Saints in the morning, J. at Grace's baptism at the Ark,
shared lunch. Pottered around tidying the garage - amazing how many
boxes of screws one can accumulate.
Up lateish, got sucked into some more
BinaryDataContainer preparatory re-factoring: hacking
Helped M. get setup with the bandsaw to cut her
chess-board out of some useful slabs from John Cornish,
with David's help too: fun. Got a genuine-Meeks-sr.
cupboard onto the wall.
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