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So while yesterday was poop, dealing with 80 year old chinese lady and an 8 year old kid translating, today was better. Much better. Things were a lot more productive, getting to see about 6 different properties [not all inside though]. Eventually found a pretty sweet house out near the airport, which 3 huge double bed rooms, a large lounge area, a double garage and a pretty garden. Hopefully my friends will like the description and give me the go ahead to see if I can sign the lease. Anyway, much more excited. The JFDI principle worked just fine ;)

Went to the YMCA climbing wall yesterday, and from my initial reaction of 'man, this is shite', things improved when I got to see the bouldering room, a converted squash court with lots of overhangs and roofs. Shame there wasn't too many people bouldering - most people seem to be on the top rope and leading sections, which is in a different room. Oh well, guess I'll meet people the next time. Strained my wrist too, which kinda puts a bit of a dampner on things ;)

Hrm, out of all the many millions of computers out in internet cafe world, I choose one with Callum McKensie's cached advogato data - now that *is* spooky!

Anyway, the thrill of being in New Zealand has pretty much worn off, as I go and try and find a place to live. Christchurch seems like a pretty awesome place, although a lot quieter than Dublin ever was. Spent most of the afternoon cycling around Sumner, a little suburb about 8/10 km southeast of the city - with amazing views out to the sea, this seems like a pretty ideal place. Just depends on money, internet and the JFDI principle now I guess.
because we're two lost souls,
swimming in a fish bowl,
year after year..
8 Aug 2003 (updated 8 Aug 2003 at 12:46 UTC) »
Gman woz 'ere.
[cheap planetgnome thrill]
16:25 - Recovery rate ~ 68%

If Mark thinks we can go out drinking on a regular basis like last night he has another thing coming.
16 Jul 2003 (updated 16 Jul 2003 at 12:50 UTC) »
Well it's definitely been a fun couple of days in Sweden. Watched Hallski get married, went for a couple of short runs around the countryside, did a little bit of waterskiing [which was heaps of fun] and generally drank and ate some. The whole experience just gets me more motivated for getting things together in terms of a VISA for New Zealand - very much longing to find a healthier, sunnier life outside Ireland, if only for a short while.

Work on the whole has been much more exciting of late, having left most of the GU4DEC work behind, and moved onto Sun Linux GNOME. We're generally getting to do some fun things with the product, and learning heaps along the way. It's nice just to be a part of a team that has the freedom to design the future desktop.

Domhnall is apparently back in Ireland, having arrived just a day before I left for Sweden. Very much looking forward to seeing him once again, and wondering where he will go next. Apparently he is bearded. Not sure if I totally agree.

28 Jun 2003 (updated 28 Jun 2003 at 19:23 UTC) »
Always grab on to something when you can, because the next time you look around, it is gone.

Mathieu made the perfect summary of things -

<mathieu> learn cooking, invite your cute neighbours
<mathieu> be cute, read smart-looking books, stop programming

Maybe I just need to open my eyes a little more.
<Paul> We just had a meeting here to discuss the GAUDEC network for GU4DEC which is happening in trinity... well, next week!

<Jeff> AAAAAAARGH! HOLY FUCKEN SHIT NO WAY.

This pretty much sums up my feelings right now.
Uraeus: Rome wasn't built in a day. Considering that they are even interested in attending GU4DEC is by far good enough for me to start off with. If there were more people with your attitude we wouldn't get anywhere fast. I bet you thought the same thing when Sun joined the Foundation, right?
So, I feel the need to explain things about GU4DEC, GNOME Users and Developers European Confence, I've been organizing for the past couple of months. A few people have been upset because I told a group of four people [Rodney, James, David & Sharvil] that I had to cancel their talks at the conference, a month before the event.

Just last week, we heard that Alan Kay, one of the earliest pioneers of computing, let us know that his doctor had forbid him to travel on account of the recent SARS outbreak. We discussed this at lengh during a GNOME Foundation Board meeting, and decided that it would be best to try and find a keynote speaker to be there in person, but also allowing Alan to give a live video uplink from California. Robin Rowe, of Cinepaint [which was once film gimp] agreed to give such a keynote.

I was put in the unenviable position of having to make space in the schedule, resulting in 4 talks being cut. It was not an easy decision, but it never is. A lot of people seem to forget how these conferences get organized. Not only do they rely on many volunteer members, they also rely most heavily on sponsorship. In this current climate, obtaining sponsorship is next to impossible. Believe me, I've tried.

GUADEC can not possibly survive as a conference dedicated only to the developers - GNOME has got too big, too important. A lot of people get upset when talks appear on the schedule from companies who have primarily dealt with proprietary software. But sometimes don't you think it is exciting that they are interested in a relatively small conference like GUADEC. Don't you think that it is exciting that a company like Real Networks have given us licenses to be able to stream some of the talks at GU4DEC?

Linux@work is a new experimental day attached on to GUADEC this year, providing an opportunity for government officials, businesses, hackers and press to talk about open source software. I understand that I could never understand open source compared to someone who has found open source in their own time, yet I feel this is something that we are all searching for. A chance for people to use our software - to acknowledge that open source *can* and *does* work. I talked to one of our managers today about how open source works in a company like Sun - everything in her brain said 'Open Source *can't* work, it just *can't*' - but more and more, everyday, she is slowly seeing that it can.

That message is particuarly powerful for me.

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