I left to Mel­bourne on Fri­day night and got back at 2am Wednes­day. It’s Fri­day now. I want­ed to write some­thing here ear­li­er but I got lazy.

In short: I had a great time. I real­ly need­ed to unwind, and now I feel much more relaxed.

Now I’ve got a huge back­log of stuff to do. I had been putting off numer­ous things for sev­er­al months, and now that I’m back I can final­ly do them. The fun­ny thing is that I don’t know where to start. I hate start­ing things. Once the ball is rolling I’m fine, but the hard­est part is get­ting the ball to roll in the first place. I’ll take each day as it comes.

I had set my mail client (Sylpheed-Claws) to auto­mat­i­cal­ly col­lect my mail every fif­teen min­utes while I was away. I’m sub­scribed to sev­er­al high-vol­ume mail­ing lists, so I need­ed to do this to pre­vent my mail accounts from fill­ing up. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Sylpheed-Claws screwed up and stopped retreiv­ing mail at some point. For­tu­nate­ly my box­es weren’t full. Next time, I’ll write a script to retreive my mail and have cron exe­cute it peri­od­i­cal­ly. I want­ed to do that this time, but I ran out of time. I had a cou­ple of thou­sand e‑mails when I returned. I did­n’t think it was worth sus­pend­ing my mail­ing list sub­scrip­tions for only a few days. I delet­ed most of them, so now I’m back on track.

It seems like a zil­lion things have hap­pened while I was away (I was­n’t keep­ing tabs on the news while I was gone). For instance, there are heaps of cool posts on PCLin­ux­On­line that I want to read. Here in Syd­ney, our dry, hot sum­mer weath­er has helped to cre­ate a huge bush­fire prob­lem. I don’t live any­where near the bush and yet I can see and smell smoke. Many peo­ple have even lost their homes to the fires 🙁 On Wednes­day, the fires some­how man­aged to cut the pow­er to my house. Appar­ent­ly huge areas of Syd­ney have been affect­ed. There goes my two months of uptime! I had half a day with­out elec­tric­i­ty, and anoth­er half day cut off from US Inter­net sites. Aus­tralian and Euro­pean sites loaded fine, but I could­n’t access US sites like PCLin­ux­On­line. Every­thing seems to be fine now, so I can quit com­plain­ing.

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