21 Dec 2001 cjwatson   » (Master)

Like half the rest of the world, it seems, I went to see "The Lord of the Rings" last night. Half-expecting the magic to have been ripped out of it in the making of the film, I was very pleasantly surprised. It's not often I see something that could be put into the blockbuster category for sheer spectacle and still manage to capture the spirit of the book it was founded on so well.

I must re-read it over Christmas. How long do I have to wait for the second film again?

Today a crowd of us from work went skiing and snowboarding. I hadn't done either before, and opted for skiing. Wow. I know what people see in it now.

Not much to speak of on the free software front; seasonal shopping, parties, and general madness have been taking up most of my time. Several things are going to need doing early next year, mainly a new man-db release, and then I hope to throw myself back into Debian QA work. We've got to release woody soon, and it would be kind of nice to freeze for woody+1 not long afterwards so that we don't have another 18-month lag. I suppose I should go and work on debian-installer if I want that to happen.

Ian Jackson has some interesting ideas to help speed up the Debian release process, although I'm not yet sure if I agree that he's trying to solve the right problem. I suppose Debian has adapted to the testing distribution well enough, so it's possible to experiment, although we really need one quick release before it's politically possible to fiddle with the process any more.

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