29 November 2006

 

LIfe goes on

After a completely wrecking weekend (it's horrible to see people completely broken up at the loss of someone), I'm slowly getting back into normal shape. Still not completely rested, but well enough to do daily things without much trouble.
Work tomorrow, family visit Friday, meeting on Sunday, and then living towards my trip to Stockholm (leaving next Thursday, coming back that Sunday) ... it's going to be tiring, but well worth it :)
With respect to KDE stuff: I still have to work out some things that enthousiastic people have sent me, and I'll be doing that as soon as I find some extra spare hours. Can't I borrow a day somewhere?

23 November 2006

 

The question is, who cares?

Which is not only what Statler and Waldorf asked each other about a Mahnamahna, but also what I was wondering when starting my previous attempts to a blog entry late last and earlier this week. I just couldn't find anything interesting. But I realised that there are some things worth scribbling down here, so here goes...
Our parliament elections yesterday. The socialist party got an incredible amount of votes (from 9 to 26 seats), and as no two single parties have a majority, formation will be very hard (see e.g. this BBC News article)
Then quite suddenly, tomorrow I'll pay a visit to my grandma and the very last to my grandpa - earlier today I got the news that he died this morning. Apart from being a bit more quiet, I haven't got unusual feelings yet. I wonder if it will stay like this or if the blow will hit me later on.
At least I am not planning to feel down and out for weeks, yet my earlier planned trip to Enschede Saturday for a night of absolutely tasteless movie excerpts ("De nacht van de wansmaak") won't take place. That will end fairly late and I'd probably be back home in the middle of the night, only to take the train at 8:30 the next morning for an indoor league day.
And then at home, I'm quite busy with setting up my own Dungeons & Dragons adventure, just to try it out once. The game itself is really fun, and I want to see how it is when sitting at the other side of the table, guiding the players instead of walking through the world yourself.
All this makes that my room is a bit of a mess, with all kinds of papers and books lying around. Guess that this Saturday will be cleaning day, before going east :)

17 November 2006

 

Fun with MTG

Not long after I started living in Delft I also started playing Magic. I was quite charmed by the quite complex game and every once in a while a flatmate and I invited some friends to play a couple of games.
As soon as I had some experience with it, I bought some old cards to create a few decks myself.
This happened a few more times over the last years and when I moved out to my current apartment, my now ex-flatmate decided to get some more space in his room and consolidate the cards we both had to one collection, which now fills one of my shelves. And since I bought a part of a collection this week (rough estimate: 2500 cards), it looks like I have to make more room on that shelf -- or on a second one ;)
That ex-flatmate is coming over tonight to browse through the latest additions ... one evening of fun guaranteed.

13 November 2006

 

KOffice doesn't end here

So now it is back to normal life: a bit of rest today, finishing other minutes, and trying to finally weed out the four months of ancient mail in my inbox that are crying to be moved to their proper places in the archives.
And then, more KOffice work that I want to be done this week. I would really like to make a start with setting up the new documentation framework, while taking a look at the patches that various people are still mailing regarding inconsistencies in the current handbooks. And, I've received the result of scrutinous research in the form of a document describing — for starters — all File menus in KOffice, what their entries do, and what the manuals say about them. This is a very good eye-opener on how our manuals differ and how various actions are perceived differently by the various writers. Which is not bad per se, but it is definitely worth paying some attention to.
Sometimes being busy isn't bad :)

 

High-bandwidth interaction

I'm back home from Boudewijn's and a summary of the notes I took has already found its way to the commit digest. As I said in my previous post, the meeting has been quite intense. Seven handwritten pages of text which, apart from a somewhat broader transcript of Thomas Zander's Flake overview, only include the most important points and the decisions made, not the in-depth discussions that were often held.
A lot of problems have been solved, but even more important, we have reached agreement on quite some points that prevent us from introducing other ones. With for example Thomas committing his first patches early Sunday morning already and Boudewijn getting more and more desperate to port the Krita tools so that he has a working framework to test against, this "emergency meeting" has proved to be very useful.
Thanks to the Rempt family for their hospitability and the great evening talks we've had about software engineering, roleplaying, linguistics, slavic cultures, and much more :)

11 November 2006

 

KOffice Interaction Meeting

Waiting for the spaghetti to be ready, having written 6 pages of shorthand notes today, it's mentally exhaustive over here.
The meeting so far is, to use Boudewijn's phrase, very high bandwidth: we're going over lots of Flake and shape issues in a short amount of time and it's sometimes hard to keep up with the deeply thought-of ideas that are thrown back and forth at the table.
This all at a nice environment, being catered by the Rempt family, is definitely worth the travel (and I shouldn't complain with my 2 hours by train anyway). More to follow :)

03 November 2006

 

Eep! A week gone

Time's fun if you're having flies, or something like that.
I have been busy trying to find my way at work. After some start-up problems I've managed to get a working build of the application I should be maintaining -- its setup is a bit complicated -- and I'll be looking into my first patch next week :)
I've also been quite active filling my next weekends: a members' meeting this Sunday, some KOffice discussion next week, the "Nacht van de Wansmaak" (a night with excerpts from the most distasteful movies) late this month, etcetera...
Not highly interesting for the average reader, but keeping me busy enough. I hope to get something more special to write about soon.

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