Edmund James Blandford

  • life: Edmund James Blandford was born November 15, 2007 at 4:01 PM EST. He was exactly eight pounds heavy and twenty inches long at birth. Mother and Son are doing well. We aren’t sleeping for particularly long stretches, but are happy that he is healthy and here.
    Edmund
    Edmund getting ready to return from the hospital
    Eleanor doesn’t know what to make of her brother yet, but is sweet and welcoming so far. She has been growing up so much recently; I hope she isn’t too put off by his arrival. She has been running up to him and saying ‘hi!’ while he’s in the kitchen.
    Eleanor and Edmund
    Eleanor and Edmund
  • intlclock: I am glad that Federico is looking at merging intlclock upstream. I have wanted to see intlclock make it into mainline GNOME for a while, and it has definitely gotten more interesting for the wider exposure. While Federico is probably right that that code is not super efficient, I don’t think you can actually do a lot better than calculating the Sun’s position per-pixel when calculating day/night. That code is certainly a lot simpler than trying to project the circle onto our map projection. It also gives us the chance to calculate things like twilight, and adjust the shading of the pixel (and clocks) appropriately.
  • intlclock (background): One of the cooler features in Fedora 8 is the timelapsed background support that Søren wrote. The default background will get brighter as the day goes forward, and darker as night approaches. The times this happens are hardcoded into the slideshow, though. Given that we have some lovely code in intlclock to determine the sun position at a given location, and also know exactly where we are, it would be a pretty neat extention to tie that to the background.

7 Comments

  1. Posted November 20, 2007 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! Wishing you all well.

  2. Dominic Lachowicz
    Posted November 20, 2007 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations JRB and Zana! That’s certainly something to celebrate this Thanksgiving :)

  3. Posted November 20, 2007 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m pretty glad I’m not running that background stuff, tbh. The sun starts to set not too long after 3pm up in Helsinki, so I think if I saw a nice bright background while it was pitch black outside, I might just start weeping.

    Even so, Helsinki’s at the very southern tip of Finland. Think of the poor bastards up in Oulu or so (65°N, compared to our 60°N). :)

  4. Posted November 20, 2007 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    It would be wrong to tie the metacity-compositor dropshadow code into the sun position code wouldn’t it?

  5. Dave Malcolm
    Posted November 20, 2007 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!

  6. Posted November 21, 2007 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    Congrats to the new parents!

  7. Posted November 21, 2007 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Papa!