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It's been another great month without posting to Advogato. I've decided that from now on, I'll just post first thing when I get to work. Yeah, right.

So, there was that whole GUADEC thing in Paris which was a ton of fun. I got to meet a lot of cool people that I've wanted to meet for a while now. Getting back into the states was a little less than fun...

Our office assistant, Keelyn, booked our tickets, but wouldn't give them to us because she was afraid we would lose them. Fair enough. She gave me mine when we arrived at the airport.

My heart stopped.

The tickets were for a "Harold Shaw".

I don't have any ID that says "Harold", the least of which is my passport. Funny that. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that my name isn't Harold at all.

The lady at the US Airways ticket counter had no problem with my story (which concerns me a little), but the police at the Paris airport didn't care much for my story. I should note that some of the police were in camoflage gear with very large machine guns strapped over their shoulders.

Agitated, I went to the ticket counter and told the guy my story. I thought I'd have to buy another ticket, so I made Nat stand in line with me, corporate card in hand. Fortunately, though, the guy at the ticket counter hated the security people more than I, and he was able to change my name. I made it back to my homeland.

Speaking of trains, back where I grew up we had very heavily used train tracks about 100 yards or so from my house. There were two access roads which crossed the tracks, and they were really just blacktop ramps that made going over the tracks possible. We owned the roads, and until we put up a gate, one or two cars a year on average would get stuck and destroyed. The people driving them would be drunk and drive off the ramp, so that at least one of their wheels would be stuck on the rail.

When we first moved into the house, we would try frantically to get tow trucks out there to save the cars.

By the sixth year we lived in that house, we had learned our lesson. If you got your car stuck on those tracks, get whatever you want out of it as quickly as possible, because that car is dead.

And in case you were wondering (and I know you weren't) how I feel about the stuff that goes on here at Advogato, well, I'm not going to go into it. I think the Dimwit thing was all in good fun. Oh well. I couldn't really care less about the whole cert thing, although if I did, I'd probably say add another level above Master. However, people make too big of a deal about it, and as such I've stopped certing people anymore. We'll see how things play out.

Anyway, enough stalling. Look busy.

I hate Netscape Navigator. I hate Netscape Navigator. I have Netscape Navigator.

When I got to the office today, I discovered that I had only about 500 emails by my count. I can tell that this will be a fun day.

Yesterday was a busy day here at the office. The DSL was finally installed, only three months late. Our "provider" (who shall remain nameless) finally got their routing under control. The main upshot of this is that the 10 or so of us are no longer on a modem and thus I now have a telephone.

It was also Michael Zucchi's birthday, so we cut out early and headed back to the Lucky Cave for a party with some movies and beer. Lets just say that a few beers later, I had all the Americans doing jumping jacks.

My landlord claims that he never received my rent. However, my bank informs me that it was cashed on the 15th. He had better not be dicking me over.

Lastly, in honor of my email, today's soup of the day.

Why can't we edit our diaries? Anyway, like I said, I've been caffeine and get some sleep.

A fortnight between diary entries isn't too bad. I've uh... been busy.

A lot has happened in the last two weeks: I found out I was going to Paris for GUADEC, a GNOME conference. I went to New York for that LinuxWorld thingy, I chilled with my homey phil and I worked like a dog.

Phil's assertion that garlic bread and pants are the same led me to thinking... If this Helix Code thing doesn't take off, that there is a completely untouched market for garlic pants. Google comes up almost empty in that department, as does a quick patent search. I'm going to be so rich.

Speaking of travelling abroad, apparently due to some legislation, all government forms must now have state the "Estimated burden" of filling it out. My passport application has an estimated burden of 20 minutes, so I'll just chalk that up in my time wasted column. At least they know what a pain in the ass this is.

On the work front: Yes, we did ship GNOME packages to LinuxPPC for their new release. We built the packages because of our expertise in the area, since we have several maintainers of the packages.
As for spidermonkey, your wait will be over at GUADEC in mid-March if not sooner. And no, I won't tell you what it is quite yet.

Today's soup: corn chowder
Today's haiku:

Sickener early
accordingly pothecary
phychograph prescript

Went to sleep at 7am, got up at 2pm. Took the day off; after all it is Super Bowl Sunday. Sat around and watched the game and had a good time. I then watched some DVDs that we rented for about 8 or so hours and came into the office.

Spidermonkey, dude. That's all I have to say.

Did get my web page finished, it sucks as you might expect, but I've noticed that most other hackers don't care much about their web pages either.

Ruler support is in Achtung and working flawlessly. I also wrote the notes view (the simplest view) and started the slide sorter view. It somewhat existed in the old version but it's proving to me much more difficult to do in the new one.

I also got a copy of PowerPoint 2000 and noticed that they don't have any grid support from what I could find at close glance, although they do have a bunch of other really cool stuff.

More spidermonkey and Helix administrative stuff while the big boys are out of the office. I'd like to talk about it, but you know how it is...

Well, I'm a big fat liar. I didn't sleep last night except for a little nap around 6pm, so I will no longer be making predictions about my sleep schedule here. "Not a long night" my ass.

After I woke up, ate, and did some administrative stuff, I did a little more work on spidermonkey, but spent most of my time hacking rulers into Achtung. It works fully except for a little problem with zooming out a lot. This is a limitation in GtkRuler, and I'll probably end up subclassing it to fix the problem. By and large, though, it's looking nice. Oh, thanks to Chris Lahey for some convenient insight.

Next up for me and Achtung is hacking in grid support. I'd like to take a look at PowerPoint 2000 to see how/if they do it, but alas, I don't have a copy. If anyone has a screenshot they could send, please mail me.

Lastly, I spent most of the morning putting together a web page for myself and one for Achtung. I'll try to get the latter up with screenshots and whatnot later this afternoon.

Finally got my advogato account set up...

My first half of the day consisted of hacking on spidermonkey, which is nearing completion. Since I had to wake up as early as I did today, I don't think I'll be pulling a long night tonight

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