sleep, the final frontier.
somehow that's how it feels. i got less than 4 hours of it last night before my body decided it had had enough of that and wanted to go again. this happens in the spring and summer to me a lot, especially when the transition from winter first gets underway.
so up at 4am i did a little bit of irc'ing and then a little hacking and then realized that i had to be up in 3 hours anyways to get p. off to school so just stayed up. made breakfast for him, packed his lunch, walked him to school, came home, hacked a bit more and dealt with email. then came the meetings.
we had a plasma meeting today where we covered off on the artwork. the oxygen artists were cool enough to show up and give us some thoughts and direction. the hope is that in short order here we will have some non-fugly, non-whipped-up-in-10-minutes-for-testing-purposes svg's so that when people demo plasma it makes a really good first impression. we know that the art and layout of plasma will be our first impression moment for kde4, and are taking it pretty seriously due to that.
we talked about packaging options so people can ship custom themes easily, which led to a discussion later in the day with both kde-edu and kde-games people who are dealing with similar things. the result is that we're having an add ons and GetHotNewStuff2 BoF at aKademy to nail down the details. huzzah. it also resulted in me doing a bit of hacking on the GHNS2 download dialog, which led to me adding half a dozen TODOs for the API of KTitleWidget as well as the GHNS2 download dialog.
i also unfugged the file dialog's layout yesterday because it was really starting to cheese me off. there are still some issues with the side bar, but that's a new widget and still a work in progress (go kevin and peter!) and doesn't look too bad even now. kde4 has actually becoming a very comfortable development environment, both from the api standpoint as well the "a lot of components work and look decent now". and the latter bit is improving every day. anyways, i ramble... back to the plasma meeting.
we also discussed priorities and needs for data engines and documentation as well as how to handle saving applet configuration. a summary was posted to panel-devel and irc logs made available. and speaking of dataengines, i saw the first screenshot of the weather dataengine in action in the engine explorer today. whee!
i also found a cool little game in playground called kollision. in it you are a little ball and you have to move it around to avoid the nasty red balls that are bouncing around trying to run into you. it's a cute little fun game; best part: it's now a plasmoid. we haven't even finished, let alone released, plasma and already people are writing add ons for it. slick.
from the plasma meeting is was to a quick lunch and then the kde italia meeting on irc. upshot of that meeting is a coordinated effort in Italy by the kde people in that country to really kick up the promo, news and support in Italy. a mailing list is being launched along with a new wiki and a blog planet, both having content in the Italian language. it's just the start towards bigger goals, but you have to start somewhere and usually that's with creating a place for community to gather and share. it also gives the opportunity to get to know each other and figure out working relationships. go kde italia! =)
over in france, thanks to the efforts of our very own kde edu mastermind annma, techbase articles are starting to appear in french. annma gave a kde4 presentation that evidently made a big impression on the audience, so much so in fat that some of the people who were there have started the french techbase effort. that is awesome! we now have articles in english, chinese and french. getting documentation into various languages is a very important step towards lowering the bar to involvement.
to finish the day out, before making dinner for p. and i, i finished implementing the applet constraints system so now applets can adjust their form factor, orientation, etc. i'm going to make a screencast with audio tomorrow showing this off. =)
but right now, i'm off to bed. i feel tired and am going to take advantage of that. *kisses*