Avoiding kidnappers; a few rocking contributors; etc.

Thwarting abduction plots

Olav is pretty persistent, isn’t he? Sounds like there may be some co-conspirators in the plot as well. Although such plans would nicely take care of travel expenses for me, I’m thinking maybe I should put some plans together to go and request some official funding in order to be able to travel more comfortably than I assume normal abduction experts would provide. ;-) …even if it does mean a freakin’ long flight and lots of pain to get a visa or whatever is required. :(

Of course, this means coming up with something to present. And, unfortunately, I don’t know how long I have either as that site makes the annoying mistake of not specifying at what time on March 31st that abstracts are due (what? me procrastinate? Never…). So I’d have to do that soon, but am not sure what to cover. Jeff suggested something about how to file more useful Metacity bugs, but I don’t really know how to address that (or at least not enough for a significant talk) since most stuff beyond the basic guidelines often involves code familiarity. It could be cool to do something on Gnome Bugzilla, though Olav would be the more obvious choice for that (maybe we could do a joint presentation though). I’m really not sure what people would want to hear though, having been one of those slackers that hasn’t made it to these conferences before.

Are there things that others are interested in hearing about from the areas I work on? Are there any in particular that would be good for joint presentations or workshops (my talks and lectures tend to be very dry so you’d probably want them to be joint in some way to avoid such pain) My bet: With such a freakin’ long blog post like this, no one reads this and therefore no one responds, and I get to spin it and claim that there wasn’t any interest after all. ;-)

Keeping up with BJörn and Thomas

BJörn and Thomas have been lighting bugzilla up with metacity patches. It’s been very cool, though a bit hard to keep up with them at times. :) BJörn even started helping review other patches which is awesome. Now, if I can get Thomas to do that too… ;) Søren has also been plugging away doing all sorts of work on the compositor, and I think between the three of them, Metacity 2.16 is going to seriously rock — lots of old bugs being exterminated and much OpenGL coolness. :-)

Random odds and ends

  • Looks like I’m now syndicated on the new Utah Open Source Planet. Hi everybody.
  • Finally, at long last, I got the paper on unconditionally stable discretizations of the Immersed Boundary equations finished and submitted. Yaay!
  • Finally caught up on part of the backlog of important emails I have. Still have a bunch. I’m kind of embarrassed that some requests for new modules in bugzilla have sat for so long with no response, among several other things. :(

4 Responses to “Avoiding kidnappers; a few rocking contributors; etc.”

  1. Sergej says:

    Moahaha… Well, I did… So sue me ;-)

    “Søren has also been plugging away doing all sorts of work on the compositor, and I think between the three of them, Metacity 2.16 is going to seriously rock — lots of old bugs being exterminated and much OpenGL coolness. :-)

    that sounds like interesting material for a talk! Cool compositing stuff going on in mainline metacity will probably be quite appreciated.

  2. Elijah says:

    that sounds like interesting material for a talk! Cool compositing stuff going on in mainline metacity will probably be quite appreciated.

    Yes, but that would need to be a talk done by Søren. I haven’t helped with any of it. In fact, I should probably be slapped for not having even tried it out (but I only have nvidia cards, so…)

  3. Elijah says:

    Er, I guess I didn’t correctly quote the text from Sergej in my last comment. Oops.

  4. You’re the (wonderful) leader of the release team. You surely don’t need to be giving a talk to get help with your travel expenses. You should be part of it all.