I have taken to cooking Thai food over the last twelve months. In Sydney, finding ingredients is fine because I live in a predominantly Asian suburb in the east so one can find an Asian grocer because, generally grocers in the eastern suburbs are Asian. Lemongrass, galangal, jackfruit, everything is just lying around fresh ready to be picked up as casually as one would pick up a carrot.
Up north in my small regional city of Coffs Harbour however it is not so simple, out of those three ingredients mentioned before I could only find lemongrass and even that was a dollar per stalk and as hard as bamboo. I was tempted to whittle the vile stuff into a short taper and jab the eyes out of the person who sold it to me. Adding the availability of fresh exotic ingredients to the general boredom I am feeling after two months away from university and the unbearable heat of this latitude I sort of want to return to my quiet, antisocial life in my Sydney apartment, forgoing the mildly rich social life I have here in the town I grew up in.
I'm still tinkering with librsvg. I don't know if spending all my time hacking on the one project is healthy, SVGs are cool but I am not sure if I am going to send myself insane. My goal is to keep the project active enough for dom to be interested in them enough to start hacking at it himself. I guess dom really has better things to do though, Abiword is really cool. I am getting very good satisfaction from the project anyhow. Although nobody seems to be wanting to humor me by using my filters (I can hardly blame them, they have only been working for a few days) I am taking great delight from looking at the new screenshots of gnome-mahjongg and going through the tiles working out which ones wouldn't have worked if I hadn't hacked at the renderer, I would like to a bunch of working SVGs through an earlier version to feel like the guy from "Its a wonderful life" as I would gaze upon the field of half rendered garbage. This is truly the first time I have felt such satisfaction or really achieved anything from my work at all and I wonder why I didn't start earlier.