Two Day

We celebrated r’s 2nd birthday a bit over a week ago. She’s now old enough to understand the concept of a birthday, and it’s been really fun to watch her get excited about it.


She’s also getting to the age where it’s a bit easier to find somebody to watch her while we go out for an evening. In the past couple weeks we were able to go see a theatre show and our first music concert in quite a while (a cd release show for one of my favorite local bands).

It feels like spring has finally arrived and Minneapolis is awaking from a long hibernation. This is definitely the best time of the year. It’s as if everybody’s just been huddled inside waiting for spring and then there’s just the sudden burst of activity. Everybody’s outside without coats (even though it’s still only in the 40s or 50s F), you see neighbors you’ve hardly seen for months. Of course, now that I say that, we’ll probably get hit with another big snowstorm…


I found a bit of time to hack on the nemiver debugger again lately. Since 0.6.5 I think I’ve closed about 10 bugs, getting the bug count below the century mark once again, which feels nice. I’m hoping I’ll have time to work on new features again in addition to just bugfixes, since there are still a few features missing that I think are really necessary for more widespread adoption.

Fresh Start

A lot of things have made me happy lately.

  • I hung up a bird feeder for the first time in a long time, and never get tired of watching cardinals out the front window.
  • Joanne has been involved in Powderhorn 365, a community photography project for the Minneapolis neighborhood where we live. The idea is to take a picture every day for a full year to give a feel of the neighborhood, the people that live here, etc.  Not all of the photos are fantastic (and it’s probably not nearly as interesting for somebody that doesn’t live in the neighborhood), but it’s again reminding me why I love the neighborhood I live in.
  • I wasn’t sure that the Obama inauguration would have much of an effect on me, but it has been making me smile when I think about it.  It seriously feels like a cloud has lifted and things are beginning to make sense again.  It remains to be seen if he’ll be a great president, of course, but for now it feels good to have a fresh start.
  • A lot of cool things happening at Collabora, and I’m really enjoying my work.  I’ve been hacking on telepathy-related stuff lately as well and have really enjoyed it so far.
  • Watching my little girl grow never ceases to bring me joy.  She’s jabbering on about everything, learning new words every day.  Who knew that pronouns were so difficult?  She’s constantly mixing up ‘me’ and ‘you’ (e.g. asking me to “pick you up”, etc).
  • I’ve been on a roll with cooking lately.  Joanne is doing a costume design for a local theater, and the show goes up in february, so I’ve been making lots of big meals and freezing the leftovers so that when things get busy and we don’t have a lot of time to make meals, we can still eat relatively well.  There are times when I don’t enjoy cooking all that much, but I’ve really been feeling it lately.
  • Tom Waits ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’ is possibly the most perfect song ever written.

Hacking on GNOME, but with a healthy dose of C++

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