I have a new term for my Lexicon – “Timezone Disaster”. In short, that’s me – I am a timezone disaster. Recently I have found myself blankly staring into space when I get meeting requests like “Hows Tuesday at 2?”…. unfortunately, my first question is … “Tuesday, where?” as I often traverse the dateline… My Tuesday could be your Monday… and “2”…well… that’s a roll of the dice. Could be anything.
Then there is the problem that I might be asked that question by someone in Timezone A, there might be someone else in Timezone B to factor in, and then I am currently in Timezone C, but over the period of their availability, I going to be in Timezone D, E or even F.
It’s no joke. This is just doing my head in!
So… time to admit that I can’t manage this anymore and time to introduce Anne Erika Schmidt. A friend of a friend. A Berliner. Efficient. And that’s all I know 🙂 We haven’t met yet but that’s normal for many people I work with, however next week I will be in Berlin and we’ll get to catch up in person. Which is important because Anne is helping me navigate this timezone mess and other things that a perpetual nomad needs help with. So far Anne has helped me a lot and I’m very grateful for it. So if you get an email from me with Anne cc’ed you will know why… I should have done this a long time ago!….
We have 1.0 of the docx -> HTML transformation tool XSweet out today! It also has a new site:
XSweet is a finely crafted tool. It takes docx files, those horrible mangy MS Word files, and translates them into clean, lovely, HTML. XSweet is open source, modular, and very nicely done.
A huge tip of the hat to Wendell Piez (XML guru), and to Alex Theg. As geeky as it sounds, I loved watching these two chat about the issues they encountered making this software. The attention to detail was really unbelievable. Amazing work. XSweet is a finely crafted tool.
More info on Coko https://coko.foundation/announcing-xsweet-1-0/
If you want to do a deep dive into why I think this is important, I wrote this some time ago – https://www.adamhyde.net/typescript-redistributing-labor/
When in NZ, I often have meetings at 1am, 2am, 6am… since most of the team is ‘somewhere else’ 😉 That can be pretty tiring but a bonus is that if I can muster the energy I can sometimes slip away on a weekday, during the day, and enjoy Northland. Some photos from such an adventure today. I took my neighbor Mike out for a day’s surf’n at Ahipara.
The first two photos show a car we passed that had tried to get around the rocks (we drove around there today – it needs a good 4WD). The car broke an axle and then the tide came in and wrecked the car… it was a sad sight to see and a sober reminder of how treacherous the coast can be.
These photos of us returning to the Hokianga on the Rawene ferry. The end of a great day.
Coko is looking for a hosting provider to provide half a dozen instances of the book production system Editoria (see earlier post). These are not for production, but for early adopters to try it out. I want to avoid taking this load on internally as it’s not our forte. Contact me if you can help us out 🙂