Bought a house; ramifications Wed, 15 Jul 2009

For the last month, I've been going through the house-buying process. Today we found out we were approved for a mortgage and so now we're all set.

Thus, it's official: PCF-Boston will be moving and will become PCF-Chelmsford.

I plan to continue co-working, but I'll be doing it in the Chelmsford/Lowell area. [1]

There are a few ramifications. The first is that it'll be harder to take me out for a cup of coffee if you're in the Boston area. The second is that I probably won't be going into the FSF offices to help with mailings anymore. The third is that there will likely be a period of a few days in the middle of August when the build boxes will be down and there won't be any nightlies.

One of the big boons is that my office will double in space which should make it easier to get more things done since I'll have room for additional equipment, monitors, and such. And I'll have more space to produce podcasts and screencasts and such.

As a sidenote, the house-buying process is fricking insane. And not in a good way. Thank goodness for gscan2pdf, Gimp, Thunderbird, Postfix, Debian, Ubuntu, and the dozen smaller bits that made my side of the paper-pushing much much easier.

[1] Where "continue" is defined as "start coworking again which I haven't done in a long time because I just haven't had time to organize things".

Status: 12/23/2007 and year in review Sun, 23 Dec 2007

It was a pretty wild year for me. I had a massive health crisis at the beginning of the year, wrote an almost-working compiler for a functional language using SML targetting SPIM, finished up grad school, got married, landed a job at Participatory Culture Foundation, made a lot of new friends, mentored a GSoC project, helped out with GHOP, started the big push for PyBlosxom 2.0, released a new version of Bee Careful, Marvin under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license and submitted my first patch for Firefox 3.0.

I started the Nomadic Telecommuting Herd which has regular meetings, but hasn't extended beyond Chris and I, yet. I'll push this more at some point in the spring when it's more fun to go outside.

I also joined a few projects that I haven't been able to get to yet like the Python docs project and Geyser. I'm interested in helping out both of them, but haven't found the time yet.

This year I want to tame the firehose, get some good work done, participate more in other projects, possibly learn C++ and reach out to other people in the area (Somerville, MA, USA) to get together and hack more. I'd also like to get a new laptop, but the longer I wait, the better the possibilities become.

Status 12/07/2007 Fri, 07 Dec 2007

Went out to lunch with Chris, John and Dean (who I don't think has a blog). That was pretty cool. We talked about a bunch of stuff and the hamburgers at Christopher's in Porter Square (Cambridge, MA, USA) are really good.

I continued working on adding enclosure viewing support to the subscribe preview page in Firefox 3.0. I've almost got Yahoo MRSS support in. Mental note: one wastes less time if one double-checks the tests to make sure they're testing correctly. Oops.

I'm doing some minor mentoring for GHOP mostly on PyBlosxom related tasks. I'm on both of the mailing lists for GHOP-PSF and it's hard to keep in mind that the people working on these tasks are students in high school and early undergrad. It's like an army of really able, but not very experienced, bodies hungrily munching large bites out of project todo items. PyBlosxom had 4 tasks in last week and 4 in this week. It's great because the help is fantastic and it's forcing me to get around to work on organizing the project and development for PyBlosxom 2.0.

If you're in high school or college and want to do some Python-related work, definitely take a look at GHOP! If you're a Pythonista or Pythoneer and have some spare cycles, definitely come help us mentor. If you have a Python project and need help with screencasts, documentation, testing and other small tasks, take a look at GHOP. Titus has more on his blog.

PyBlosxom 2.0 is going to be a huge overhaul from PyBlosxom 1.4. I'm getting lots of help from the people who hang out on #pyblosxom on IRC, Ryan, Michael and various other people who pop on, ask questions and help identify issues. Progress is excellent so far.

In PCF land, I have a blog focused on PCF work and Miro development. It's at I figured I'd keep it separate. It runs on WordPress so that's giving me some WordPress experience.

Whoever fixed NetworkManager for Ubuntu Gutsy should get a gold star. I did an update on 12/4 and picked up a new set of packages and my perpetual wireless networking problems all went away. Bless you!

Also, if you've got young children in your life, definitely take a look at Bee Careful Marvin. It's geared towards children up to around 6 or so. You can get a professionally printed version at Lulu, but you can also download a PDF for free. It's released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license and "the source" is all at that link. Print it out, copy it, give it to your young friends, translate it, rewrite it with Star Wars dialogue, ....

Nomadic Telecommuting Herd Tue, 25 Sep 2007

I was working at a co-working place until this week when I decided to stop working there. The place is really cool, but they're focusing more on renters who are in startups or in startup mode or in the startup community... and I'm not really like that. Also, it was $200 a month and I had this nagging voice in my head that kept telling me that I could spend 6 months of rent on a new laptop instead.

The things I wanted out of a co-working space were:

  1. a place to go outside of my apartment to work, and
  2. hang out with other developers, and
  3. convenient

Thus, I'm starting the Nomadic Telecommuting Herd (or "the herd" for short).

The premise behind it is that herd members build a schedule of places we're "grazing" at. If you want to join a herd that day, so be it. Primarily we'd graze at peoples' apartments/houses/whatever and telecommuter-friendly establishments (cafes, coffee shops, libraries, ...). Chris points out that there are a lot of wifi hot-spots, so it shouldn't be hard to find places to congregate at. This herd will be in the Cambridge/Somerville area of Massachusetts.

If you're interested, check out the web-site and hop on in #herd. If the group gets too big, we'll split into smaller herds either focusing on geography, common interests, hair color or something along those lines.

Betahouse -- coworking environment Fri, 10 Aug 2007

I'm working for Participatory Culture Foundation (w00t!) and they're based in Worcestor, MA, so I've been telecommuting. A friend of mine helped start a co-working place a few months back and a couple of weeks ago I joined as a part-time renter. Long story short, they wrote about us in the Boston Globe. The article is a little funny in that it makes it sound like some big fancy thing, but really it's a couple of rooms with desks where a bunch of people work. I wasn't there when Carolyn came in and interviewed people--I was on my way to Oregon for a family reunion.

At Betahouse, I've been sitting at a desk in what I've decided to dub the Python room. It's myself, Nate Aune and another person whose name escapes me who also works for Jazkarta.

It's been exciting and they have a much faster internet connection than I do at home. Can't beat that.