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8 Aug 2003 (updated 8 Aug 2003 at 16:05 UTC) »

Good day yesterday.

It started with a morning conference call where Ettore and I talked to Radek about future plans regarding evolution and gtkhtml. Durring the call I drew a quick sketch of Ettore and the conference pnone (I didn' want to leave Radek out). I'm still enjoying drawing regularly and the quality of my work seems to be improving as a result.

As far as evolution goes I'm I'm feeling pretty good about the current schedule. We are aiming pretty high with this release but I think we can do it. Ettore is getting closer to announcing the plans, hopefully everyone will be excited. The parser refactoring is still progressing well, I think the next step is to rework the attribute code.

I went to dinner with Duncan, Miguel and most of the Evolution hackers that are in town. Several of us went out for drinks afterward and for the record a "Wet Passion" is indeed wet but not very passionate.

5 Aug 2003 (updated 5 Aug 2003 at 20:41 UTC) »

Strange Days.

Sat down with Ettore today and tried to discuss medium to long term hacking plans. Not sure how I feel about the results. I guess only time will tell.

The gtkhtml refactoring is coming along pretty well. I removed some of the oldest most painful code last week. The parser should be a lot easier to work on now. Next I need to go in and clean up a few of the special cases that still rely on the old logic. It feels good to finally be addressing some of the really old problems but it also feels too late. I guess I'll keep working on it as long as it is fun.

So it seems I actually got better.

So it seems I am actually sick.

Ouch, my throat hurts. I hope I'm not actually sick. This week has been long and tiring with almost no hacking. I did manage to get the second room set up as a passable office after a couple of trips to ikea in houston to go buy furniture. The house is now starting to look like some sort of bizarre ikea add.

The last trip to ikea turned interesting when the tire on the minivan completely lost its tread. The minivan was carrying the bluk of the furniture for two households and I was doing about 85mph at the time. It was a loud and shaking experience, but the tire stayed inflated despite losing much of its self and the car stayed under control as I pulled off the highway. I put on the temporary spare and we went and found a hotel. It was already late and the propect of finding another tire that night and driving the 2 hours back to Austin with a 9 month old baby in the other car was to much to handle.

It is impressive how much damage a tire tread falling off can do to the wheel well and surrouding bits of a car. It looks like the spining bits of tire managed to break the turn signal and brake light on the opposite side of the back end, as well as kill the antilock breaks. What fun. The neatest looking damage was the piece of metal that used to hold the bottom of the bumper and wheel well cover that is now folded and beaten into a polished archway that sort of wraps around the severed tail light wires.

Ettore, Radek and Jonas have been hacking on gtkhtml. It is quickly approaching a correct and usable state. Very cool. A couple of new rendering problems have creeped in as the old ones got fixed, but I don't think they should be too bad to take care of. I think I'll look at table printing right now though.

Wow, back in austin and still busy as always. Spent some time making pretty pictures for various things. I need to get back to gtkhtml and fix a couple of outstanding layout issues that will make editing go much more smoothly.

I've started to accumulate hacks for the path export code in the gimp. The latest writes out an eps based on the current path. I used this and epstopdf to make a path tigert could use and edit in freehand. At some point I need to clean this and the svg export hack up and actually make gimp paths a little more useful.

Speaking of paths, the gimp really needs to ditch the current code and use libart.

More gtkhtml polishing. Found most of the remaing bugs in the table code, but I haven't decided how to fix them. I also hacked in a bit of code to kill preceding whitespace a the start of lines in the text slave which I'll commit soon.

The next big thing to attack is the fact that currently we break the flow whenever we change any text characteristics so that we choose linebreaks in places we really don't want them.

Kristy sent snacks from Austin just to be sweet. I'm a very lucky boy.

Sleeping at the office is not as much fun as it might sound at first.

Still looking over the gtkhtml clue flow code, it is not simple to see what is going wrong with the layout. Hopefully I'll find it tonight. Ettore seems to be making good progress on editing.

I need to get more sleep, I've been pushing it too hard for over a month and a half between leaving Adhesive and starting at Helix Code. If I don't rest soon I'll be completely incapable of anything.

gtkhtml's table code is evil

Wow, spent most of the weekend trying to finish up outstanding things, and there are still things left to do. I hope I can finish writting everything tomorrow and just fix things the rest of the week. It is getting preogressively harder to keep motivated.

Once I'm done with the work part I've to spend a lot of time cleaning out the office. There is no way I can work out of here in its current state. Getting it really organized is probably going to involve tossing a lot of things out.

Too much work trying to finish things up here at Adhesive before I leave. I need some rest.

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