Monday, December 24, 2007

Almost done painting

The walls are finished. Only the window frames and doors need work now. This allowed me to do the flooring. Here is a picture just before I finished the floor.

Now I am waiting for some furniture I ordered to arrive so I can setup my office again and get back to work. I need to do some testing of the Angstrom release candidates on the OMAP starter kit. I also need to get Angstrom running on the Xilinx ml403 evaluation board in the next few weeks.

Monday, December 17, 2007


I hate painting.

I'm remodeling the room in our house I use as an office. This needed doing several years ago when we moved in, but things were to chaotic at the time. The room has old wood panelling, the kind used to finish a house when you were running out of time and money in the late 50's.

Painting over this panelling will brighten up a room dramatically, but the finish tends to bleed through latex primers badly, this explains why the project is taking so long. I am up to four coats of primer now and ready to apply the final coats.

After painting, I am laying down fake wood floors. This should go much better than the painting work.

I ordered a cube style desk with peninsula this should give me plenty of desk space to fiddle with small embedded systems :) Or more space to clutter.

Hopefully, after Christmas I am back to full speed and have found some work to pay for all this.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Via Ferrata

I'm scared of heights. So is my friend Dave. See Dave climb a ladder on a via ferrata in Italy.

But we like to do exposed things anyway. There are no shots showing how high we are, because I can't look down. That is how I cope in "airy" situations.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


This sums things up.

Sunday, December 2, 2007


Tuesday December 4 at 10 AM (EST) I have the defense for my MS degree.

Cart/horse issues

This came around in an email a couple of weeks ago:

I would like to take a moment to congratulate and thank everyone for
all the hard work on the 0.6.2 release. During the meeting today Ben
had suggested that we do something to recognize this momentous
occasion. As head of the "attend wine and cheese" group I would like
to propose that we have a technical meeting tomorrow (Thursday) at
PKs to celebrate the release.

Of course, the software release the celebration was for did not actually happen. Apparently, the celebration occurred anyway. Eventually, the software release was rescheduled for Dec 8.