Well, I’m still here… the GNOME team at Sun got away without too many casualties, one voluntary and a couple of not-so-voluntary.
Went to see The Proclaimers in town again last night… good show, ended up going on my own though. I did get them to autograph my unused spare ticket, though, so that was always something…
Saw the new Harry Potter movie at the weekend, too… wasn’t bad, pretty faithful to the book, not entirely convinced about the acting abilities of young Harry, though– his school chummies and chummettes were rather more accomplished, I thought. At least Gryffindor are obviously Motherwell fans, judging by their claret and amber scarves…
Hmm, so little has been happening recently. Work on the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines finally got underway, the mighty Steelmen have themselves a new manager, and Sun have decided to cut 4000 jobs, which may or may not include mine. All will be revealed on November 7th, apparently.
My brother works on Wall Street, and my parents were sightseeing in Manhattan until Monday. They’re all okay.
A mixed weekend of World Cup football. Ireland pull off a great result against Holland, guaranteeing them a playoff place, and Scotland prolong the qualification agony with a poor goal-less draw with Croatia, leaving us needing to beat Belgium on Wednesday.
(Apparently, England had not a bad result either, but only against a Germany team whose defence I could have cut open myself with a slightly-sharpened sponge).
My bit of the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines is finally taking shape– nothing committed to cvs as yet, but at least I’ve finally had time to write something.
My first mildly pleasant weekend for a while passed partly in the company of an actress friend of mine from London. Admittedly she was mostly over in Dublin not to see me, but ageing bland middle-of-the-road popsters U2 at Slane Castle, but it was great to see her again anyway… young, single, gorgeous and talented, we’re a perfect match (Were it not for the fact she thinks I’m merely “cute” and “sweet”, which are of course a the most illusion-dispelling words in a girl’s armoury.)
Anyway, back to reality, and there’s a surprisingly shallow pile of email to catch up on this sunny Monday morning, so it looks like I may have to spend the rest of it doing proper work. Such is life.
So, Michael Schumacher wins another dull race and another dull F1 World Championship, and Motherwell’s dismal start to the new season is relentless. Blissful normality.
Plans to write the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines (mini-edition) continue apace, and we’ve now all agreed who’s writing what. I’ve hastily been trying to learn DocBook in preparation for this monumental task, by converting my latest draft of the GNOME Accessibility Guide. “Trivial” and “not” are two words that spring to mind.
*Sigh* Bit of a crummy old time at the moment, what with one thing and another, and the worst is probably yet to come…
On the other hand, sounds like this month’s round of politics has left me unsoiled, and my work on the GNOME accessibility guidelines and Human Interface Guidelines can continue unabated. Whether or not this turns out to be a good thing for either the community or my sanity remains to be seen :o)
Hmm well, our ol’ GNOME Usability Report finally made it into print (well, pixels) this week, albeit after some delay… and still without any video clips from the test. Despite the delay, it was Slashdotted within a couple of hours, which wasn’t a bad effort.
The kudos, of course, mostly belongs to Suzanna and Andi, all I did was stand up at GUADEC in Copenhagen and present some of the early results… I didn’t even want to go, initially, cos I didn’t fancy giving a presentation I’d barely had a chance to read to people I’d never met! Just try stopping me coming back next year, though :o)