Posted in Updates on Thursday 19th September 2002 at 12:00am
Its very strange to re-read yesterdays positive entry after today's events. I woke up pretty determined to use the energy of last evenings IRC debacle positively. However, on logging in I discovered a mailbox full of the most ill-informed, offensive and generally just stupid crap. Amusingly, much of it was not from GNOME Foundation members. Disappointingly one message was actually from a Board Member (albeit cast as a 'personal view'). After some coffee and some pondering I decided I'd had enough. I also wanted the Board to do something to save the Committee and help them to make some sensible guidelines. I mailed a comprehensive resignation letter and did the administrative stuff necessary to remove myself. Pretty immediately things got crazy. Friends woke up and went into bat on my behalf (which was very reassuring - and I feel priviledged to know such good folks). Discussion began, and lasted for much of the day. I was planning to disappear for a while, but ended up sticking around and responding to the huge volume of mail. I wrote a small FAQ to address the flames. Its been a very odd day. I think it's going to be quieter now, but I think some good things have been achieved as a result of today.
I've had a home on the web for more years than I care to remember, and a few kind souls persuade me it's worth persisting with keeping it updated. This current incarnation of the site is centred around the blog posts which began back in 1999 as 'the daylog' and continued through my travels and tribulations during the following years.
I don't get out and about nearly as much these days, but I do try to record significant events and trips for posterity. You may also have arrived here by following the trail to my former music blog Songs Heard On Fast Trains. That content is preserved here too.