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|Wednesday, August 18th, 2004|
|Clic clic clic tap tap clic tap clic tap tap tap
Hey folks who waste their time reading this journal !
No update for a while... well, I suppose nothing worth filling entries... mostly
work, a few good evenings at the pub with folks from around here, but that's
pretty much all...
On the work side, vDSO is coming along well (when I don't get distracted by 2.4
iSeries cruft...), plus bits here or there.
I've finally started planning the important things, that is my birthday next month
(which I'll probably do at the same time as one of the pub's waitresses, that should
be a big party) and my trip back to europe for december/january...
I suppose I could write down the receipe of the delicious "soupe au pistou" I cooked
last week-end ;) Oh well, later maybe...
|Monday, August 9th, 2004|
Ok, you asked, here it is (without my hacks):
800g of boneless lamb shoulder
500g of small turnips
500g of small white onions
100g of corinthia raisins
2 large spoons of honey
3 large spoons of olive oil
1 small spoon of ground ginger
1 stick of cinnamon
1/4 small spoon of safron
cayenne pepper (a little bit)
1 small spoon of salt (don't fill it too much)
- Cut meat in large cubes
- Skin onions & turnips, cut them in half if they are a bit big
- Put meat, onions, turnips in a pan with thick bottom (hrm, sorry
for awful translation), add olive oil and salt, cover the pan and
let cook slowly (really low heat, I use 3/10 on my cooking plates)
for about 1h
- In the meantime, pre-heat oven to 190° (thermostat 6)
- rince raisins with hot water, add them to the pan
- add 20cl of hot water, the honey, the cinnamon stick, the ginger,
the safron and the pepper
- stir a bit, then put it all in an oven plate, a terracota (or whatever
that spells, "plat en terre" in french, better to get the special
tajine one if you have one)
- cover the oven plate with aluminium paper, dig a few holes it it to
allow some evaporation
- put it hot oven, let cook 45 minutes
- before serving, remove aluminium and cinnamon stick
Have fun !
Quick update before I head to work.... The Tajine, though probably not anywhere close to what it was supposed to be, ended up beeing very good ! Thanks to jk for beeing brave enough to test it with me and bringing some wine !
I'll post the receipe later.
|Sunday, August 8th, 2004|
|Experiment hacking food
All those chats about food with friends lately made me want to do something,
so I unburied my cook books, and decided to try to making a honey lamb tagine
It doesn't start very well though... I should have planned, instead, I went to
Coles supermarket and struggled trying to find the appropriate ingredients.
They don't have turnips... let's see what happens using swedes instead. Didn't
find small white onions, let's try with large white onions cut in 4. Safron ?
nada... oh well, I'll skip that one... Corinthia raisins ? nada.. oh well, some
dried raisins may do the trick... at least I have honey, found cinnamon sticks,
ginger and lamb, hopefully it won't be a total disaster
Answer tonight !
|Saturday, August 7th, 2004|
I haven't updated this for a while... I suppose I'm not great at keeping a journal, oh well..
This week has been a bit weird, sometimes, brutal facts of life reach you in unexpected ways, nothing I want to get into details here though, besides, all is well now, I hope...
I've unpiled all sort of pending things and toyed more with software suspend and other power management issues, I hope I'll finally get ppc32 support for swsusp merged, at least with Patrick, next week, along with some much awaited driver fixes here or there.
I still haven't started coding the vDSO ! I suck... I keep delaying it for no good reason, I need to focus more and get that done, especially since I finally have a pretty good idea on how I want to do it on the kernel side. That's my plan for next week at least, get the kernel side done with a minimal vDSO implementation that contains the signal trampoline, then we can add more stuffs & take care of glibc.
Also, good luck to all my friends in France who are no looking for a job, it's sad but Mipsys, for who I worked many years, is closing it's doors :( I wish the best to jc, françois (1 & 2), philou, tijej, teuf, fred, jan, blandine, francine, and of course pascal who I hope will get out of that shit as fast as possible and go back to new adventures !
|Saturday, July 31st, 2004|
|external signs of frenchyness
Weird evening yesterday !
I was hanging out in my usual pub, reading a book and having a guiness, when a couple of girls sat down at the table next to me. After a while, one of them asked me if I was French ! Well, I still wonder how she could know, as I didn't talk, didn't have any obvious "french" stuff (clothes, whatever), the book was in english ... go figure !
The funny thing is she is a French teacher here in Canberra, and now I'm invited to a dinner where other froggies will be around ;) I must be careful, french folks tend to stick together, which isn't really what I want, bah, we'll see.... Current Mood: amused
|Friday, July 30th, 2004|
|patch -p1 <benh_fix_timezone
so I'm really back to my routine ;)
I've been easily catching up with the jet lag, I suppose it's always easier when all you have to do is sleep later and stay in bed longer in the morning...
Work have been mostly about catching up with stuffs, like Lotus Notes email that I carefully avoided when away (I didn't have access to the blue network most of july anyway), recovering old patches that made it into SLES but missed mainline, a few tests here or there, nothing really fancy yes though.
I suppose I'll start hacking on the vDSO for ppc32 & ppc64 next week, it's time for me to dive into something more sexy.
Bah, almost the week-end already ! Promise, I look into this driving licence stuff next week ! Current Mood: lazy
|Tuesday, July 27th, 2004|
So, finally, I'm back home !
That was a hell of a trip. Overall, lots of fun, some bad moments, but I suppose that's life...
OLS ended on a crazy night. My good resolution of staying calm didn't last long, I must admit, I'm weak :) Though it was a lot of fun and for some strange reason, I was in fairly good shape sunday morning for my looooooong trip back to Australia.
The trip itself ended up pretty boring, nothing special happened, I still can't sleep in planes, even in biz. class, airports still tend to suck (though the palm this year goes to Sydney and their Intl -> Domestic connection desk which is a wonderful example of applied stupidity and made me miss my connection to Canberra after queuing there for about 1h, I now officially name it the "waitport").
Once home, first thing was to go to my favourite vietnamese restaurant in Kingston who makes a wonderful Laksa soup (I really missed that one !), take a shower (god, after 30h in airports & planes, I do smell !) a nap, and hang out for dinner with jk and his friend pippa. I crashed early, woke up a 1am, and that's it ;) Time to recover from jet lag now...
At least, I watched a couple of really good movies that I missed in theaters during the flight. Les Invasions Barbares is really excellent. The title is misleading though, it's really a nice father/son relationship story with a lot of humor and some interesting philosophical background track. I wonder how it can be in english though (it's canadian french) since the humor and references in there are very french... The philosophical story in the background especially refers a lot to what we call the "mai 68" generation, which afaik is quite different from what happened in the US. I suppose Quebec followed France in this regard, at least that movie seem to imply it. I also watched Lost In Translation. I liked it a lot as well, though I don't feel like describing it here...
Now back to my routine I suppose, it was good to see my bycicle again, I missed it ;) Current Mood: contemplative
|Saturday, July 24th, 2004|
Some more news from OLS ... Today is the last day !
Thursday evening, I caught up with wli who was about to do his own whisky BOF,
we had dinner at the pub, tested the Lagavuline 16 yrs old for a little while
and headed up to the designated party room with the 4 bottles. Slowly, other
folks joined, some vodka showed up, along with a lot of beer and other more
weird drinks from somewhere north europe where they do such weird things ;)
Overall, it was a real blast ! I had a moment of wisdom around 2h30am when I
decided to go back to my hotel. This scotch is really great, I had no hangover
at all yesterday morning, though I was a bit tired. Tired enough in the end
to skip social activities yesterday evening and spend a loooooong night of
sleep in my hotel ;)
On the conference front, nothing too terrific, I attended the Xen stuff which
seems interesting, I wonder if it's worth looking into merging some of MOL code
with their stuff, I should probably talk to Samuel about that, in order to get
Despite my motivation for the contrary, I think I'll try to stay calm this evening,
as I have 5 flights in a row starting tomorrow morning to go back to Canberra, which
sucks already enough without doing it with a hangover... Current Mood: awake
|Thursday, July 22nd, 2004|
|Life at OLS
So, now OLS started for real ... well, should have started yesteday but then, I spent the day napping around recovering from the 3 previous nights, so for me, it only really started today :) (Well... except maybe for the hamradio BOF, that one was really great, especially Bdale stuff on amateur satellites)...
Jim Gettys talk on X reorg was interesting, finally somebody is beating the crap out of X, splitting the source tree into separate modules (libs, tools, server), getting rid of the infamous build system and home-grown module loader, that alone is worth the split imho ! Then are coming all of the cool stuffs Jom and Keith has been working on, and more... I won't write a summary of the talk here anyway ;)
Hung out at lunch with the Haifa folks (they are great ! I need to find a way to visit there sooner or later). Back to some software-suspend hacking...
|Tuesday, July 20th, 2004|
|Climbing to the summit of the kernel
KS/OLS is starting for real, I'm already tired ! :)
So I got there on friday, used saturday to rest, rest, rest in preparation of what would follow.
On Sunday, jero, a friend from Marseille who just moved to Montreal made the trip to Ottawa, I managed to "sneak" him in at the KS attendee dinner, we had a lot of fun ! After dinner, we went to the Black Thorn with acme & mike to see if we could have fun of some desktop folks ;) pmax was there, we ended up staying until the pub closed...
Monday, wakeup a bit difficult, damn, the week didn't even begin yet I'm already tired ! Busy day at kernel summit, I won't get into the details here, I'm sure it will be all over the internet soon enough anyway. We had our bit about Power Management, and of course, Pavel and I couldn't agree on anything... that was expected. Not too much sysfs bashing, people are starting to learn it seems :) A few things are popping up here or there that could get into 2.7, like rewriting the dcache or Andi's rework of some page table accessors to allow to move toward a 4 level tree on some architectures (we want that on large ppc64 boxes too !)
End of the day, after repeating a few times that I would just go to bed after dinner, I got dragged to a pub by Jens, Patrick, Greg and a bunch of others, more beer, more smoke, though at least I managed to sleep by midnight
Tuesday just started, we'll see how things goes :)
|Saturday, July 17th, 2004|
|Flying to Ottawa
Been a while !
A quick update from Raleigh airport, waiting for my flight to Ottawa (Kernel Summit & OLS waiting for me there)...
The week in Raleigh wasn't terrific I must say :( I got stupidly sick when getting there, anna was too busy the whole week and didn't have much attention to spare for me, so I got bored, hacked bits, read stuffs, took the dog out, cleaned things, nap'ed ... at least I could rest before Ottawa.
I'm tired of living off a suitcase, really ! Ottatwa is the last step though, after that, HOME ! It's funny that I actually started considering Canberra as "home". I miss my bed, I miss my bycicle, I miss the simple comfort of beeing at home...
Time to board my plane now... Current Mood: blah
|Tuesday, July 6th, 2004|
|Wyoming cops are nice
I'm back from a great week-end with saspenguin
in Casper, Wyoming. We met at Denver airport and she drove all the way to Casper. Quite a long drive, but the week-end was definitely worth it ;)
They had some flashy fireworks shop on the way to Casper, so we couldn't resist and bought a bunch. The end result is that we almost got arrested for firing them on the hotel's parking lot ;) At least the cop was nice (or he couldn't resist Anna's smile, both are equally probable) and he only showed up after we were done firing the last rocket so it wasn't that bad ;)
I won't get into much details about getting drunk in the hotel's jacuzzy and then beeing evicted by the hotel's folks for bringing beer to the swimming pool ;) Well, we didn't do things in half, we had at least 6 bottles of beer scattered around the jacuzzi ;)
Lots of people I didn't know, was a bit weird, it's the first time I attend a wedding where I basically don't know anybody, but it was definitely a great time and we have a lot of fun, so thanks Anna, count me in the next time you need someone to drive around ! :)
I'm now in Rochester, Minesota, visiting the IBM folks here. Caught up with hozer and fray, we drove to the twin cities near mineapolis yesterday, it was quite fun despite me beeing totally exhausted (getting drunk on the way back on Sunday was maybe not the greatest idea of the week end...).
Rochester seem to be fairly boring though (sorry guys ...) and the IBM building is totally depressing... Well, at least there are some nice folks there and I'm only here for a few days, so I think I'll survive !
Still... I can't wait to take off on Friday and finally see Raleigh and then hit the beach :) I haven't had a chance to put a toe in the Atlantic for years ! Current Mood: hopeful
|Tuesday, June 29th, 2004|
|Florida da da, Colorado do do
Back ! Looks like I haven't updated this thing for a while ....
So I'm just back from a great week-end in Florida, 3 days without using the computer ;) Swimming in the springs there, until my muscles ached all over, and overall relaxing a bit.
Just a couple of days in Austin now, and time to catch up with Anna for another uber-kool week-end, through colorado & wyoming this time ! Then Rochester (the Minesota one), Raleigh, Ottawa, and finally back to the kangaroos. This will be a busy month....
I also started re-reading the Amber stories from Zelazny, this time in english (I had them all in French a long time ago). I like the guy, I like his style, though I must admit that on these specific books, he's been quite good at adding "stuffing" words to make them bigger, I suppoes he was paid on the word count ;) The description of the journeys through shadows or the walkings of the Pattern, well, after a while, you can get a bit bored.
Voila ! That's all for today ! Current Mood: contemplative
|Wednesday, June 9th, 2004|
|Life in Austin
Been a while ...
Well, work work work, what else to say ? That's what I'm here for anyway :)
Hopefully, I'll wander around a bit this week-end, I've been told I should
try the 6th street where everything happens, so ...
I haven't seen much of the place actually, hotel & work are quite close to
each other in a flat suburb, so there isn't much to see unless you drive
away... and I don't drive :)
At least, the bug squashing at work is progressing well ;) Current Mood: busy
|Thursday, June 3rd, 2004|
|Living in a pressure cooker
Finally got to Austin !
It's _HOT_, and humid lately ! Quite a change from Canberra dry & cold winter, though I think I can get used to it as long as I get enough beer :)
Got a tour of the labs today, with all the greatest toys all over the place. Went to Fry's too ! That shop just rocks ! Of course, I couldn't resist buying some stuff, from the absolutely necessary power plug adapters to some fancy new wireless box... I must be careful. If get go there too much, I'll end up needing an entire plane just to bring back all the stuffs I bought here.
First hotel I got to sucked, no internet ! Dammit ! How can people live without that ? Ok, well, I must admit, everybody is not addicted to irc :) Well... I am and I won't cure it this month =P I managed to get relocated to a much better one (read: it has broadband internet) wireless even ! And suprise: it works with my crippled french airport card !
Great day, great evening, jet lag is dealing with itself (well... beer helps) like a charm, as I just wrote, looks like I can get used to the place.
Ok, that isn't great litterature, but what did you exect ? Current Mood: amused
|Monday, May 31st, 2004|
|One nice week-end
That was a nice week-end ! squashed bugs, had nice weather, had cool evening
Sat. at home with friends around good beer, good meal, good wine & good
movie, overall, life is good :)
Nothing much more to say here though...
(Sometimes I _do_ wonder why the heck I created that blog in the first place ...) Current Mood: contemplative
|Thursday, May 27th, 2004|
|Day after day
Hrm, rather uninteresting days lately I must say.. Fixed a funny race problem
in the kernel and still scrubbing bugzilla crap. Hopefully, I'll be gone to
Austin next week, should be fun ! Can't wait getting away from Canberra ;)
Not even much reading neither, that Brian Herbert book is thick and not
terribly entertaining. Actually, I'll fix my previous comment: his father
can also do such an exercice in reader's boredom: It was called God Emperor
of Dune :)
Still, not a bad day, good mood overall ;)
|Monday, May 24th, 2004|
Not much to say... been fighting a nasty bug, though I got it, but it seems that maybe not ... that one is my biggest pain in the neck of the past few monthes, but hopefully, I'll kill it !
Too busy to do anything else today Current Mood: blah
|Sunday, May 23rd, 2004|
|What a life
Heh, great event ! I created a blog :)
Well... nothing else much to say today, I'm bored as hell, I miss Marseille and my friends there, so I just drink beer & cook stuff & try not to think... not a great day overall.
Just started reading Brian Herbert prequels of Dune. He's definitely not his father. Easy reading, easy writing too, slightly boring, not much of what made Dune great...
What else ? Nothing much more for now, heh, I'm just starting the journal ;) Current Mood: bored