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.


Posted in Updates on Wednesday 18th September 2002 at 12:00am

Empty trays and a bit of a lull indicate a good time for a couple of days off. So I have some spare time tomorrow and on Friday, which feels luxurious right now. What could have been the 'Night of the Long Knives' for the Memebership Committee on #gnome becomes (after a long, hard struggle against flameage) a reasonably positive experience. Could not have made it without the support of some old friends however, for which I'm grateful. Inevitably I'm questioning my contribution - but like I said - I think we do the best we can with what we have, basing decisions on a somewhat open policy, along with prior decisions. As for how often we get it wrong, that would depend on one's view on personal responsibility and accountability I suppose. Overall, its been a troubling and tiring night - and I just hope people understand I'm not really a perl script. Much progress on literary projects too, which also provides some encouragement.


Posted in Updates on Monday 16th September 2002 at 12:00am

Straight to Bristol for peace vigil/anti-war demo after work. Very well attended, with press, TV and radio interest. Happy hour waving placards and receiving hoots from passing motorists. Impromptu dinner and nice chat, which was pleasant (if pretty fast!). To Colston Hall to attend what Tony Benn prefers to call a 'Public Meeting' - half rumination on power, responsibility and memoir, and half a question and answer session with the audience. Both entertaining and inspiring. There is, after all, work to be done.


Posted in Updates on Sunday 15th September 2002 at 12:00am

The strangest of days. Expected a quiet, somewhat maudlin run back into a working week. Got an edgy worrying day with lots of scary surprises and hidden possibilities. Overall, peace was resumed - but I do worry about people. Even if its not reciprocated.



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