The last couple of weeks have been ridiculously busy. Or, if you prefer (and I do): ridicubusy. On the personal side of life, I managed to squeeze in a two day paddle-and-camping trip the other weekend, played dinner host to Lawrence Krauss (made some of my favourite dishes, and one new one (for me, anyways): egg yolk ravioli), co-hosted a "Ready, Steady, Cook!" evening at the house along with S. All of that was enjoyable, and great breaks between the long hours of working on Plasma and general KDE "stuff".
A lot of what I've been working in the last two weeks has been involved writing source code, but working on community, technology roadmap and business issues. I've managed to get some good hacking hours in, too, but not as much as usual as I've been paying more than the usual attention to these other, also-important areas.
Some of what I've been working on will (if all goes well) get to the next step this week. A half dozen or so of us are congregating again in Darmstadt, Germany to collaborate on Plasma Active issues. We'll be focussing on getting to a high quality Plasma Active One, what we wish to do after that, our plans for libplasma2 and Frameworks 5, the next iteration of UI implementation concepts as we fully realize the Contour concepts, hardware related issues and the business case around it all. All in four days. I don't expect to get much sleep.
I'm the first to arrive at the Basyskom offices, who is sponsoring the workshop, so I'm about to start turning our draft agenda which Fania (Contour's UI designer) put together into a set of sticky notes for use in our kanban board. (This is the part of the blog entry where Kevin Ottens gets all happy and excited. ;)
With Sebastian, Marco, Martin, Fania, Eva, Stephan (Binner and) Werden), Thomas Pfeifer, Karlheinz and Javier all around, it's going to be an excellent few days and we'll keep the world updated via blog and microblog (and mailing list, and wiki, and... ;)
Ten is a good number of people, though I had half-hoped that with the public announcement on the plasma-active mailing list and having published it on sprints.kde.org there would have been one or two others wanting to join us. For those who find what we're doing in Plasma Active exciting, intriguing, interesting and something that wets their appettite: I'd be very interested in hearing from you what would make for an exciting, engaging Plasma Active themed event that you would Not Want To Miss(tm), and what would enable you to move from spectating excitedly to participating fervently.