I just realised that last thing I wrote on here was that I had a job. That was six months ago. Well, I don’t have one any more: I left last week.
I’m not quite sure exactly how it happened, but I’ve got a job. One minute I was quietly doing some contract work at home on yet another Rails app; the next, I was halfway around the world, in a place I’d never been, interviewing for a job. Which I got.
It’s hard to express how profoundly depressed I am by the current state of politics in the UK. I mean, I try to avoid it, but I keep on hearing about it.
Ian Duncan Smith claims that he could live on £53 a week. I don’t doubt it. I could easily live on £53 a week.
I don’t think it’s any secret that working on a significant-sized Rails codebase is not nearly as free and easy as any number of make-a-blog-in-fifteen-minutes screencasts would have you believe.
I received a scam email today that had obviously been put through some kind of automatic synonym replacement filter with results that were both amusing (see below) and pointless (because it was flagged as spam anyway):
In my ongoing quest for computing minimalism, I’m using the LXDE desktop environment (via Lubuntu) on my new laptop in place of XFCE, which (via Xubuntu) I’d been using for the past few years. I’m happy with it: it’s fast, flexible, and it doesn’t get in the way. It didn’t quite work right out of the box, though. The fixes were all simple, but not so easy to find.
Given that FOSDEM has been going for thirteen years, that it’s all about open source development, which I’ve been involved with for about the same length of time, that it’s held in Brussels, where I used to work, that it’s enormous (about 5,000 attendees), and that it costs nothing to attend, it’s perhaps surprising that I’d never been before. In fact, I wasn’t even really aware of it until late last year.
We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that’s out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access. —— Aaron Swartz, Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto, 2008.
In this part of the northern hemisphere, it’s the time of short days, long nights, miserable weather, historically implausible religious stories, and mulled wine. Well, it’s a bit past— Saturnalia is probably peak mulling time—but it’s still cold enough out to keep on mulling, and I’ve been iterating my recipe.