Status update, 19/12/2021

Its a time to be thankful for what you can do, rather than be pissed off about things that you can’t do because we’re in the 3rd year of a global pandemic.

I made it home to Shropshire, in time to cast an important vote, and to spend Christmas with my folks… something I couldn’t do last year.

Work involves a client with software integration difficulties. Our goal is to enable a Python 3 migration in the company, which involves a tangle of dependencies in various languages. The interesting aspect is that we’re trialling BuildStream as the solution. We know BuildStream can control the mix of C/C++/Go/Java/etc. dependencies, in a way which Python-only tools like virtualenv cannot, and we hope it will be less friction compared to introducing a fullblown packaging system like DPKG. The project is challenging for a number of reasons and I am not enjoying working over VPN+SSH to another continent, but I’m sure we will learn a lot.

I was excited to see Your Year in Music available on Listenbrainz this year. I’d love to be able to export the generated playlists with Calliope, but I don’t have the time to implement it myself.

Besides that I am mostly concentrating on relaxing and finishing off some music. Here’s the weather in Wales today – cloud or snow?

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