Category Archives: life


Today is my last day at Red Hat. I’ve been here for almost fifteen years, and it’s been a heckuva ride. I’ve seen GNOME and the Linux desktop grow from from pretty minimal beginings to what it is today. Looking back on it, I’m so proud of the work that the Red Hat desktop team […]

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 getting ready to return from the hospital […]


meta: It has been a long time since I’ve written anything. Being a father has taken its toll on my free time, and I got out of the habit of writing. As has happened every time I have hit a dry spell in the past, I count on the same thing to get me started […]

Sun 30 Apr 2006

life: Eleanor is now over a week old, and is absolutely perfect! She has even started to sleep a little longer at night. Unfortunately for us, night for her seems to be from eight PM through four AM. Still, she is developing well and is gaining weight. httpd: Every time I touch mod_rewrite, I end […]

Sat 22 Apr 2006

life: Eleanor Kathleen Blandford was born yesterday at 5:40 PM, EDT. She weighed seven pounds, twelve ounces. Both mother and daughter are doing well.

Tue 31 Jan 2006

life: It’s been too long since I’ve written something. The usual excuses apply. I basically have no time, anymore, for anything. ridley: While not strictly ridley related, I was excited to see that Kris wrote a patch for the TreeView that let you select by rubberbanding. We are still not sure how this will interact […]

Fri 01 Jul 2005

evince: Last time I wrote about evince, I posted a fake screenshot of it reading mail. While I thought it was obviously a cheesy composite and a pretty funny idea, some people did not. In retrospect, I should have spent more time in the gimp to make it less realistic — and thus more obviously […]

Wed 27 Apr 2005

life: I finally naturalized. As of two weeks ago, I’m an American citizen. It has been long overdue, and was a hectic process. It culminated in a six hour ceremony — or at least, four and a half hours of waiting followed by a thirty minute swearing-in process. All-in-all, it was a small price to […]

Mon 23 Aug 2004

life: It was a nice day today, so I did what I always seem to do on such nice days; I huddled in the basement fiddling with firewall rules. car: I took my Saturn in to the dealership to get its 100,000 mile service. It was the first time in a while that I’ve stayed […]

Tue 18 May 2004

life: My grandfather passed away last weekend. He had suffered from Alzheimers for the past eight years, and the end of his life was very sad to watch. I went to Wales for the funeral over the weekend. He was eighty eight.