FYI for friends, etc.: I am going to continue journaling privately for post-trip publication, probably, but rather than bore entire planets worth of people in the meantime, I’m just mentioning small things on identica (with republishing to twitter and facebook) and posting pictures on my gallery install. Both of those have RSS feeds so you can subscribe if you want.
Just a brief note here to say thanks to the gallery3 developers– they appear to have taken the lessons of wordpress and other successful open source web services to heart; the new gallery (even though still in beta) is a pleasure to set up and (more importantly) a pleasure to use. Even in the current, occasionally still rough state, it is enough of an improvement over gallery 2 that I’m going to use it for the handful of wedding pictures I’ve posted and honeymoon pictures to come.
I realize that the import from the old stuff is imperfect (lots of over-rotation now that it does it automatically), and that should be a consideration if you’re considering upgrading from g2 to g3, but that’s something I can fix later.
A picture from last weekend, spent in the not-quite-high Sierras:
Krissa and Luis on the very, very, very narrow and twisty road to Edison Lake
Vows are finally written, and even printed. Have not wanted to throw my computer all day, and can even breathe on an almost-normal basis. Things are looking up! :)
A kind blog reader suggested a gross hack which rescued my vows. (Cat, strings, and grep should never be a part of the process of the vows, though admittedly in my case it might seem appropriate.) Krissa may marry me (and continue to deal with my operating system) yet.
Battery life of my HP mini with WinXP: 3-5 hours, depending on use. (I hear Win7 is better.)
Battery life of my HP mini with Fedora 11: struggling to get one hour.
[Ed. later: should have mentioned that this is having done everything powertop suggests. Top culprit seems to be hrtimer_start_range_ns, which is much discussed but has no solution that I can find.]
Some friends have admitted to some confusion as to where I am living right now. More details in later posts, but the nutshell version:
1) Krissa and I no longer live in New York.
2) tomorrow night, we sleep in our fifth bed in seven nights.
It does get a little more normal from here on out, sort of. Tomorrow night’s bed is at Krissa’s dad’s place in California, which we will call home for the rest of September while we prepare for the wedding and honeymoon. October and November we will be out of the country on honeymoon. Best bet for contacting us during this whole period is direct email; twitter, facebook, phone, etc., just aren’t going to cut it, and messages which are sent over mailing lists or other email which does not have my email address in the ‘to’ or ‘cc’ field is likely never going to be read.
In preparation for a honeymoon in places where data access is expensive I’ve put all of wikitravel on my Android phone via the OxygenGuide project. I’m not sure how useful it will prove in practice (especially since all maps are stripped out and there is no search) but this seems to me to be an obvious next step for travel guidebooks- everything in your pocket, searchable (at first by text and later by GPS coordinates), etc. It certainly is not a straightforward process right now, and eventually it will be obsoleted by cheap, global data access, but in the meantime I look forward to using it on this trip and in the future.
In the meantime, I’ve also become a bit intrigued by other custom uses. I was just at the wedding of a friend in an exotic-ish location; as part of the gift bag that many wedding guests put in the room of their guests there was a very nicely done printed version of content from the city’s wikitravel page (which also included bios of the bride and groom, a schedule of events, etc.) I may do something similar, albeit probably just by emailing pdfs to people :) Will be interesting to see how this and open street map integrate in the future.
I have to admit (and I’m curious to know if others have had this experience) that I’m reluctant to rely on the hotel recommendations in wikitravel; not sure why that is- probably just that it seems fairly unsystematic and prone to manipulation?
Is there a state of the art for free software project bounties? I’m sort of curious, because I’ve become a heavy user of a project which has an overworked maintainer and no particularly vibrant community. I also have no time/ability/desire to dive into that codebase, but I have two features that I’m pretty sure upstream would accept if someone coded them up. So I’m sort of curious about the options for situations like that, but realize I haven’t looked at the problem in ages and don’t know what the state of the art is, or if any one is even experimenting with it anymore. Anyone? Bueller?
The temptation, of course, is just to have a logo per organization- gnu, gnome, moz, fedora, etc. But the core of the merit badge idea is that you’re indicating skills learned, not organizations. (Yes, I’m an old boy scout on top of all my other nerdiness.) So I tried to think along those lines, and here are some of the skills I’d like to decorate my bag/laptop with:
- GTD: a david allen head, natch.
- emacs: emacs logo?
- bugmaster: old gnome bugsquad logo? (mosquito with crosshairs)
- infolaw: scales, or something (yeah, I know… pretty weak.)
- perl: a very short obfuscated perl program
- peer production: (because open source just isn’t right for some reason) (but hell if I know what that logo would be; nerdmeritbadge uses github’s octocat but that seems… weak)
- lego: you know it!
- family tech support: nerdmeritbadges has this one, and it isn’t a bad concept, but their logo for it is terrible.
I bet you could do a passable job of them with this cafepress option and some decent gimpery, but if people have decent suggestions I’m all ears. :)
As I mentioned in my lwn interview a few weeks ago, I’m curious about where the Open Collaboration Services/Social Desktop is going- while I have not been able to figure out if this is the right way to do it, it is obvious that the Free desktop needs to start experimenting with and exploring this sort of space, and this project seems to be leading in that direction.
That curiosity has now turned into a bit more; I’m going to be a judge for the application contest that Social Desktop is now running. The contest closes in late August; could be a fun way to spend part of your summer hacking time.
While I’m obviously not going to be hacking, I expect this will be an interesting educational opportunity for me- I want to learn more about what these APIs can do, and this should be a good way for me to do it. :) More importantly, this is an interesting way to get eyeballs and hackers focused on this space, and I hope it (or something like it) succeeds.