No internet at home :-(
I know, I should be ashamed. I mean, I have been in Barcelona for more than a month now, and I still haven't managed to buy/borrow/hack an internet connection. Tonight I had planned to finish hacking on this http_client plugin for Elisa, but stupid me, I didn't check whether I had all the necessary packages installed on my laptop. And I don't (my kingdom for a python-twisted-web2 package!). So it's going to be long-delayed blogging instead, reading and getting some sleep, it will do me good.
Now for the news about life, work and related stuff: life is good down here in Barcelona! Really. I live in a small flat in the very centre of Barcelona, in el Raval, which I share with two Spanish girls, Carmen and Belen, both very nice (sorry mates, no pictures, my camera is broken again, a drunk friend of mine wanted to show me how she was perfectly able to handle it...). Hay un muy buen rollo en casa, and I get to practice my spanish more than at work. The flat is located in a very lively street with lots of small shops, groceries, bakeries, bars, pakistani restaurants, and I really enjoy getting lost in all the small streets in the surroundings and discovering hidden places. In the mornings I walk to work, it takes me 20 minutes to cross el Raval and the port to get to the World Trade Center, where the offices of Fluendo are.
It has been already more than a month that I work for Fluendo Embedded on the Elisa media centre project, and time flies. The project is really exciting, and I'm working with a very motivated team. We were 10 when I arrived, we are now 14, and we even have a dedicated graphist, a QA manager and a Windows team! The goal is quite simple: make Elisa rock. To many extents it already does, but there is still a lot of work, and we have a huge TODO list with tons of killer features. Elisa 0.3.5 is already in the main repository of Ubuntu Hardy, and we are currently working hard on the next release based on a new core architecture, I'll have the occasion to write more about it as I am now fully involved in this part of the code.
In my spare time I'm enjoying the day and night life of Barcelona, I'm going to start looking for capoeira classes again (I really need to do some sport) and I now have a catalan girlfriend with whom I spend a lot of my spare time, and I really enjoy it. All this leaves me with little time to hack on personal projects, but it's definitely something which I need to do more (who said sleep less?), pyexiv2 is not dead, and I also plan to build apps on top of it once I'm happy with the current draft API.
I hope to find more time to write on this blog, mostly technical articles and related thoughts, if you have read until this point, stay tuned!
PS, to the Antibes crew: I miss you guys! When are you coming to visit me? And will I still receive the mails for the CocktailOnTheBeach™ parties?