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I've decided to blog here instead, mainly because I feel slighly uncomfortable cluttering up Advogato with mostly non-technical entries. I'm a non-technical person, more or less, and somewhere like planetgnome seems slightly more appropriate. It's been fun, thanks Advogato.
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!


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?

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