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Me and a friend tried playing TripleA yesterday, a clone of the old Axis and Allies boardgame. The graphics and gameplay worked nicely enough, but the network code seemed a bit flakey, after the 7th lost connection during play we decided to wait until the next version before trying again :)

Ok, so there is this book thing people are doing now:
The instructions are: Grab the nearest book, open it to page 23, find the 5th sentence, post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

She moaned in exstacy as Georgio pushed into her hungry and insatiable love nest.

Saw 50 first dates at the cinema yesterday. Not nearly as funny as I thought the Wedding Singer was when it was released. What suprised me the most however was seeing that the US censors had rated it at 'R' originally (set down to PG-13 after a complaint). Tells me that US cinema censors need their head examined, sometimes I am wondering if the US is trying to immitate Iranian standards for censorship; here in Norway it was rated ok for 7 years old.

A nice calm Saturday with no special plans. Been going through my mailbox trying to reply to some of the mails and deleting old stuff. Updated my copy of GStreamer and was happy to see that a lot of work has been going on with getting GStreamer working under windows with the Microsoft compiler. Going through my mail I happily noticed that Ronald Bultje has been going over almost all the playback bugs I filed and fixed them. Guess I need to see if I can find any more troublesome files :)

Most things are now up and running only bad item being running my mail, xchat etc. through VNC since I don't have a keyboard and mouse connected to my old computer anymore and my laptop doesn't have Linux installed atm due to a harddisk crash.

Now I need to start looking into stuff for GUADEC, like accomodation and the planned rafting trip.

Finally 100% done with the appartment!..the bliss. No more packing and moving stuff, no more trips to the garbage dump with old furniture, no more cleaning, no more companies to contact to fix electrictity, internet etc., it is all done :) I handed over the keys to the appartment to the new owner this morning. Now I am ready to focus on my future instead of my past :)

Need to get a new gnome-themes-extras relase out. Got lots of bug reports on the current one. Also need to get back on track with GStreamer, actually need to get back on track with being online at all :)

This has been a really bad week. Caught in the crossfire between tasks at Oracle, tasks in regards to moving, tasks in regards to Fluendo, tasks in regards to GNOME and tasks in regards to friends and family. So now at the end of the week end I have a bad conscience towards all mentioned tasks who are either not done yet or only partially done. I hope to get done of some of the tasks today and tommorow, but since I have to go away for 3 days starting on Sunday for Oracle, so I am worried there is still some time before I feel I have done all I should.

Been packing and transporting my stuff like crazy for the last few days. Rediscovered that moving is actually a lot of work. Glad to see my hours at the gym has paid of somewhat since I was able to do lots of heavy carrying without getting badly exhausted.

So from today I have actually moved out of my appartment and moved into my mothers house. While I do have the appartment until the end of the month I figured I had already moved so much stuff out that it was getting a bit to spartan to keep living in the appartment. Not living there will also enable me to cancel electricity etc. right away and save a little more money. Money saved is money earned some wise people have said.

Think that the move will be completed next weekend, including cleaning the appartment to make it ready to be taken over.

David Vignoni has added a lot of new icons to the Nuvola theme in CVS. I really really need to get a gnome-themes-extras release out now. Especially since the last official release fail to compile with GTK+ 2.4.

I also ordered the new offical GNOME 2 programmers book. Looking forward to reading it and a big thanks to everyone involved for making it happen.

Things are moving ahead rapidly. Signed the sales contract for my appartment yesterday, will probably turn over the appartment a few days before the first of May, which doesn't really give me much time to move out. Drove a huge pile of old furniture to the garbage dump yesterday evening and will be going through more stuff today in order to get the move underway. It will be really strange living under my mothers roof again after all these years, but since it is only for a few months I guess I survive :)

All this stuff is really detracting from the time I am spending online doing GNOME and GStreamer related stuff, which I feel a bit bad about, but I guess it is just the way things have to be. I am guessing that as soon as I have actually moved out of my appartment I will get lots of time for GNOME and GStreamer as my job at Oracle will wind down due to both summer and my leaving.

Lots of feelings are rushing through my head these days due to the dawning realization of the realities of all of this. I have sold my home, I am leaving my work in just two months, I have booked a 2 month trip around the world and I don't formally have a new job yet :) I think a person more prone to worrying would panick at this point, personally I am just feeling very alive :)

Ok, so I just had easter vacation. The thing is that vacations tend to come with a lot of work, and this was no different. Spent most of my days washing, painting, polishing the sailboat. The rest I spent taking my appartment apart and packing stuff in preparation for moving out. I also spent some time getting my scooter running after a long winter in the cellar. So while there has been little 'work' work, there has been a lot of work.

Spent a lot of time today going over my mail and cleaning out the spam and replying to the important ones. Also once again learned the hard lesson on the importance of adding a filter for any recently joined mailing lists to avoid my inbox getting drowned.

thomasvs pinged me on the planned Rafting trip around GUADEC today. I still plan on trying to arrange something. Problem is that the rafting place I know is good is 610 kilometers from the place GUADEC is hosted (for those who wonder, yes we are a small country, but that is in regards to population; we are actually around the same size as Great Brittain in square kilometers). There is a rafting place close to GUADEC, but I never heard of it and is rather sceptical about the quality of the river. So I will go myself on a rafting trip there very soon to try it out. If it is good, then great, if it stinks then I wonder if this rafting trip will be feasible to pull of, except maybe for a few though nails who are willing to driver for 7-8 hours to get there and 5-6 hours to get back to Oslo/the main Oslo airport)

A small bump in the road in regards to my long world trip. I need to get an ISIC card before July. The university will not give me a student card until the end of July. Gives me a tad of a logistical problem, which I am trying to figure out how to work around. Already found one option, but it is relativly expensive. Anyone reading this have any suggestions for how I could qualify for a ISIC card without paying a fortune in tuition fees please let me know :)

Been dealing with some interesting groups over the last few days, strange how sometimes the expected bad guys are the most accomodating ones, and the expected good guys are like talking to the wall. Conversations like
Me: hi, we see you advertise 'a', but we want to do 'b', is this possible?
Reply: Have you looked into doing 'a'.
Me: Yes, but 'a' is not possible for us we want to do 'b'
Reply: We really hope you want to do 'a'

At this point I am starting to wonder if I my question is understood, and I am getting the salesman version of 'no' or if he doesn't understand my question.

Went to the travel agent again today to adjust my travel plans. Since my cousin isn't in Singapore I decided to instead go on a jungle trip in Borneo. So now I am signing up for a 13 day backpacking trip in the jungles in Bornea, with Orangutang sighting on the schedule :). My stay in Perth got a bit gutted form both sides by my changes, cutting the stay down from 10 to 5 days. Really starting to look forward to this trip :)

My appartment is sold now. I got 1 070 000 Norwegian kroners for it which is approximatly 133 000 Euros. A pretty good price consider I paid about half of that for it when I bought it.

Seeing the debates on osnews and Slashdot about wether Novell will be using Qt or not for their development is rather funny. Almost get the feeling its a life or death question for some of these people. Claims ranging from Red Hat having abandoned the desktop (guess all those people Havoc has been hiring for their desktop theme will have restfull days ahead then :). Sun switching to just using Java (with the side project of one person, Glow, being seen as the ultimate proof :) while the continued effort of the Sun desktop team, including they fantastic works of the documenters, and their search for a replacement for Mark (who was hired into the Red Hat desktop team) counts for no commitment of course. And although Nat did the Novell desktop talk at Brainshare his statements about Novell's desktop plans are of course just figments of his imagination :)

Talking about desktop developments. There are some (still) behind the scenes development happening which has given me quite a bit of extra work trying to come up with a solution. It is a strange situation for me as I on one side feel that having the backing of a company allows us to actually offer a solution to the issue that at least is better than the alternative, yet on the other side the development flies in many ways in the face of what I 'politically' believe in. I feel like I am trying to make the loss smaller, yet I guess others can come to see my actions as selling out.

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