Older blog entries for ds (starting at number 5)

Anyone who follows GStreamer knows that I merged a rewrite of an entire subsystem on 23 December and then disappeared for 5 days. I didn't intend to disappear for 5 days, it's just that my parents don't have a decent network connection.

So aside from major subsystem rewrites, GStreamer seems to be settling down quite nicely. We have a lot of new infrastructure since 0.6, and now we get to update all the plugins to fully utilize the new possibilities. Hopefully we'll get everything filled out, including the documentation in time to surpass everyone's expectations in March. Also, why is it that just when we need to do an API freeze, I keep thinking of API changes that need to be made?

About a month ago, I made a comment that we needed a few more GStreamer hackers. Interestingly, in the last month, a number of new people have been hanging out on IRC and writing code, which is encouraging. Is it just me, or when new regulars show up on IRC, it feels like they've been there forever, just kinda quiet?

The real reason I'm posting a new entry so I can see the head that was apparently assigned to me by thomasvs.

Uraeus: The lesson, I think, is to not drink cheap vodka. Only drink liquor that doesn't give you a hangover.

Got back from 2 days of snowboarding at Kirkwood, which claims to have the world's deepest snow. I love it because I can take a hard fall and make an indentation so deep I can't see out of the hole. I now have a season pass, a friend that drives up every week, and a boss that is cool with me working on the weekends and taking weekdays off (Skiing on the weekend sucks). Hopefully my GStreamer work won't suffer too much.


Two words about GStreamer developers: Cat Herding. I think it's funnier that the linked movie doesn't play in gst-player.

I gave thomasvs an account on one of my Debian machines in order to fix some doc building problems for GStreamer. However, I forgot to install the necessary packages.

If GStreamer plans to stick to the GNOME-2.5 timeline (we do), in the next week we need to take the hard step of stopping mucking with the API. This hurts when you know specific things in the API that suck, but you have to wait 3 months before touching it. Timelines are hard, let's go shopping.

Go out and buy the Aqua Teen Hunger Force season 1 DVD. You'll do what I say 'cuz I said it.

Last night, I picked up my guitar for the first time in a few months. I seem to play off-and-on with a cycle of about 4 months. The nice thing is that, between cycles, I forget about the new things I learned in the last cycle, but my fingers don't. So I pick up the guitar and play things I wasn't expecting to be able to play. Note that this does not make me a good player, it just makes me feel good.

Hopefully, noodling with the fretboard will not cut into my keyboard time too much. Like it did last time.


Element 110 has recently been named Darmstatium and given the symbol "Ds". Ds has a half-life of 270 microseconds. Hopefully the jokes will be as short-lived.


One of these days, I'm going to hijack GStreamer HEAD and do a 0.7.1 release, since nobody else has. thomasvs is away for the weekend, so now would be a good time.

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