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[RV Heraclitus SE Asia voyage: blog photos]

So tomorrow, we leave Australia from the administrative center of Thursday Island, just past the northern tip of the Cape York. The past few weeks we've been sailing successfully through the dangers of the Coral Sea. I've seen a lonely seagoing turtle, the fine coral beaches at Lizard Island, sunrises and sunsets, dolphins playing with a fish underneath the bow and surfing the waves, many anchorages we didn't have time to go ashore at, reefs we didn't dive at, a torn sail, huge freight ships doing 20 knots (RVH did 6 maximum so far), kilometers of coconut trees on Chili beach near Lockhart, the hospitality of folks in "the last outpost of civilisation" (Portland Roads), some great Aboriginal art at the Lockhart River Community, amazingly huge white sand dunes on Cape York and lots and lots of ocean. I've felt sea-sickness, home-sickness, missing-the-internet-sickness, love of the sea and an assortment of other emotions. The past weeks have been a huge learning curve, nothing we could have done in port would have been preparation enough for raising anchor, docking, motoring out of the harbour channel, navigating, raising and lowering sails, helming, 30 knot winds and big swell. We've survived so far though and I'm looking forward to open-sea sailing without constant dangers all about, which we will probably get some of during the next 3 weeks sailing to Kupang (Timor).

Unexpected, but pleasant, has been the lack of distraction provided by the Internet, I've found I've been able to work on my personal free software projects more effectively without it. That is, when we have generator power available (ships batteries are old and not so good). It is times like these I wish I had 1) a Debian mirror 2) a distributed VCS (quilt will do for now though) 3) tried to get wireless working before I left 4) solar panels.

[RV Heraclitus SE Asia voyage: blog photos]

So, I've been on the ship for a week or so now, learning knots and nautical stuff, cooking, cleaning, making inventories and otherwise preparing for the voyage. So far, we're just sitting in the harbour in Cairns, learning and working until the 24th. It feels weird to be away from the Internet for so long and the communities with whom my main contact has been Internet based; Debian, Perth/Indymedia & Cat@lyst. Kinda like being shipwrecked on an island, cut off from the outside world; no access to communication networks or ability to move around. However, the ship has an SSB (single sideband) radio (as well as VHF), I'm hoping that will satisfy my communications addiction. I've been learning about the SSB radio; if anyone knows of any information about, or free software (gratis and/or libre, preferably Windows based as there is only Windows - and a Mac and a Knoppix CD on board) that can access WEFAX (weatherfax) or the Internet via SSB, please email me about it.

argh! damn German keYboards have the Y and the Z in the wrong places!!!

4 Sep 2006 (updated 4 Sep 2006 at 01:16 UTC) »

Escaping for 3 months to sail the high seas in SE Asia! flickr photostream is: pabulous_katastrophic_adventures. Please email me if you wanna meet up in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand for GPG signings/whatever.

I feel a bit sad leaving Debian just before the etch release (and just before I become a developer) and leaving synfig (GPLed 2D vector animation studio) just when more people are needed to help out.

Hopefully I'll be able to get some work done on hhm/chmdeco/chmspec while I'm away, I especially look forward to figuring out some of the stuff that Matthew's ITSF spec got wrong and bits that are unknown, especially the weird things with CHW files.

I don't blog much (and sorry for the off-topicness), but I just wanted to say that "the zero movement" is crap and you should read the alternative "the zero movement" website instead.

20 Dec 2005 (updated 20 Dec 2005 at 10:34 UTC) »

sweetcode.org taken over by domain squatting scum :(

2 Aug 2005 (updated 9 Aug 2005 at 20:05 UTC) »

Unsealed documents regarding the indymedia/Rackspace server seisures: http://www.eff.org/Censorship/Indymedia/

It was interesting to read about the problems Autistici/Inventati had with their hosting provider. Makes you think about trust and the depth and breadth of humanity in this day and age. Of course, its not like the situation should surprise anyone, ISPs have committed similar breaches of customers trust in the past. Notably, Rackspace in the UK handed over an Indymedia server to unknown, overzealous authorities from the USA in response to a request from the Italian/Swiss governments. Makes me wonder about the legitimacy of the so-called authorities.

Hmmm, lessee:

  • freed helpdeco (no-commercial-use -> GPL)
  • debian packaged helpdeco and a font
  • kept up with nsis/scons fun
  • bunch of indymedia/etc sysadmin work
  • htmlarea/burmese bits n bobs
deekayen: April fools day -and planet KDE has done likewise.

Debian packaging is like a drug, once you package one thing, you feel empty inside, like somewhere, out there is another package that just has to be in debian...and then you realise that isn't gonna help sarge.

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