i've been rearranging my house rather aggressively with an emphasis on energy flow and natural materials. got a new bed (locally made simple wood frame, locally made futon style mattress (springs suck, i've decided)), got rid of a desk in my living room / work area (which was an insane mess, just ask james otts about that ;), got a new love seat thingy so guests actually have a comfortable place to sit, removed more doors (it's not just for the bathroom anymore!) ... and walking through the house feels completely different. the energy is much better. harmonious even.
which reminds me of one of my favourite evening moments from dublin: we were standing outside the mongolian grill restaurant we were all going to eat at and i started getting groups of 4-6 random kde people to sing "hello" in harmony with each other. the kde people have a rather good sense of pitch it turns out. or maybe having 5 equally off-tone people makes for a good sound? ;) either way it was interesting as a social exercise. (and i wonder why people look at me weird at times ;)
and speaking of stuff that happened in dublin, if you haven't seen it already in seli's blog, kwin can now composite not only with xrender but directly via opengl. and that's without the need for xgl et al. nice =)
also on the coolness meter is the "marble" widget:
i'm also happy to see usability progress being made in kde4 with discussions such as "how to refer in user visible strings to desktop service applications like the character selector". it may sound like a small thing, but it all adds up. and seeing as these things will be making their way into the new user interface guidelines (which celeste has been asking for feedback on, btw on kde-*-devel; help her out with your feedback devs!) we'll actually be capturing these conclusions so we can implement them.
i figure that the new guidelines will result in a bevy of interesting but introductory-level jobs for those who wish to get their feet wet in kde development.