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So I'm in Beijing now - after a really long and crappy flight. My body decided to get a cold, so I spent 11 hours sneezing, wheezing, coughing and fidgeting - must have drank about 5 or 6 litres of water on the flight. That air was so warm and dry - gave me a headache too.

Wasn't sure what to expect when I got to the airport - had a thought that I might be met there, but fortunately there was no one there, since I don't think I would have been able to talk to them very well. Hopped on a bus into the city, found the hotel easily enough and wandered up to the room.

My GOD. It's a large room with 2 double beds, a nice large tv and an on suite bathroom with shower and bath. Plus it has an internet connection. I think I lucked out on this one ;)
So, today, I decided to get drunk. Less than 12 hours before I fly over to Beijing. Couldn't have picked a better time. Oh well.

I guess you could say that I'm a little hesistant about the trip - everyone else says that I have the best job in the world. I guess I do. It's just hard to realize sometimes when you are blinded by so many totally daft things.
So, after months of slaving away GU4DEC was finally announced and hopefully the announcement will create some sort of momentum towards the conference in June. Still *so* much to do, my other work for Sun is really suffering as a result.

Looks like I'm flying out in 2 days to Beijing. Should probably organize my flights and VISA soon then. I also have to write a bunch of slides for a few talks I'm supposed to give over there. I also have to come up with some sort of a clue about MIME and Mozilla. Uh-oh.

It was really nice to see the Bitstream Vera fonts released today. ROCK on Jim!
18 Feb 2003 (updated 18 Feb 2003 at 14:02 UTC) »
Feel incredibly burnt out at the moment - it's not as if I've done huge amounts of hacking or anything. I'm just tired I think. GU4DEC is shaping up nicely and should be a source of much activity over the next week or two. It's looking as if I'll have a trip over to Beijing to contend with. Leaving Friday. Eeeep.
It's past 3am. I finally know what it's like to take *way* too many things on. My manager posted the project list to us today - my section seems overly excessive. Coupled with that list, I now have to figure out how to untangle the GUADEC mess, be less lame on the release team, try to kick arse on the foundation board and somewhere, probably buried at the bottom, have a bit of a life outside work.

If it wasn't well past 3am and if I wasn't dog tired and if I wasn't feeling large amounts of stress, I guess I would be incredibly excited about all this stuff. Should prove to be an interesting month once again.
I released 'battfink' today on ftp.gnome.org - an energy saver preference thing with a funky battery status icon. I'm not sure if it will be incredibly useful to anyone right now as it probably needs a little bit more work. I think it's nicer than the current battery applet in GNOME 2.x though.

I got a payrise yesterday which was kind of nice. I think I was a little bit selfish when I told my manager that I wanted to leave Ireland immediately after. Hopefully we can work something out, as I think I'm still 100% committed to Sun and GNOME at the moment - although there are days when it feels far from the truth.

I played pool yesterday with Patrick and Viv - I was on fire.
I got 4 hours of mostly unbroken sleep and woke up with a rather large hangover - Belgian beer proving to be pretty strong.

We made it to the University just before Michael's GNOME tutorial talk, which proved entertaining - definitely better than the previous days one. Then onto being publically mocked in Thomas' talk - really amazed to see that Pioneer are taking an interest in it. The final talk of the conference was Owen's file selector talk - really good to see that there is a lot of thought going into this. Just wonder what timeline we're still looking at.

Then after for a meal with all the GNOME people and a few others, a glass of Extra Export Guinness stout and then a rush to catch the train. Wandered around Ghent for a while and back to hack from the comfort of the couch.

It's been a fun time.
It's 5am, and off in the distance I feel a slight shudder from far distant continents as they rub off each other. thomasvs has been a super cool host - Belgium is a really fun place.

Got into Charleroi on Friday morning, and after meeting up with Mikael, Havoc Owen, Richard and Anders we headed out to Ghent, along the super slow route. It was great seeing those guys again - it's a pity that GUADEC is so far away.

The talks today were pretty cool - Havoc on freedesktop.org and Michael on GNOME 2. It's the first time I've seen Michael talk, all hilarious stuff, but somehow I think there's probably too much packed into the short space. Really nice to see lots of progress making the headlines.

After a Vietnamese restaurant we all retired to another Belgian pub [by way of a small like pokey Jazz club that sold Guinness] to drink the night away.

I think I'm still mostly drunk though ;)
Today Sun released GNOME 2.0 on Solaris here. Pretty happy that is all out of the way for now.

So now I just need to organize GUADEC, leave Ireland for a few years and start a flea circus.
Busy weekend.

Zenity 1.0 was released and almost immediately afterwards, I got sent a spec file and 2 rpm packages from Mihai Lazarescu.

Spent a while having a little release notes party on Friday night and soon got bored. Luckily murrayc, jfleck and hp have taken over and seem to be doing an excellent job.

I got frustrated at the lack of GUADEC happenings to the extent that I wrote a motivational email trying to tell people what they should do. I think it might have worked now. I've seen more emails in the course of 2 days than I saw all of last month.

I went into work on a Sunday. How sad is that? At least I caught up on a *HUGE* chunk of work I'd been slacking on last week.

I was too busy this weekend. I didn't even get a chance to watch the 5 DVD's I bought. Sigh.

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