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Ben Martin: Getting a feel for Metapolator and Cascading Parameter Values

Wed, 2014-09-10 16:03

Metapolator is a new project for working on font families. It allows you to generate many fonts in a family from a few "master" cases. For example, you could have a normal font, modify it to create a rather bold version and then use metapolator to generate 10 shades on the line between normal and bold.

I have recently been reading up on metapolator and how to hack on it. So this post describes my limited understanding of what is a fairly young project. So warnings inline with that are in place; errors are my own, the code is the final arbitrator etc.

Much of the documentation of Metapolator involves the word Meta, so I'm going to drop it off this post as seeing it all the time removes its value in terms of semantic add.

At the core of all of this polating are parameters. For example, after importing a font and calling it "normal" you might assign a value of 100 to xheight. I am assuming that many of the spline points in the glyph (skeleton) can then be defined in terms of this xheight. So the top of the 'n' might be 0.95*xheight.

A system using much the same syntax as Cascading Style Sheets is available to allow parameter values to be set or updated. Because its parameters, its called CPS instead of CSS. So you might select a glyph like 'glyph#n' and then set its xheight to be 105 instead.It seems these selectors go right down to the individual point if that's interesting.

In order to understand the CPS system I decided to start modifying a basic example and trying to get specific values back out of the CPS system. The description of this is mainly to see if my playing around was somewhat along the lines of the intended use of the CPS system.

For this I use a very basic CPS

$ cat /tmp/basic.cps


* {

     label : 1234;

     xx    : 5;


glyph#y penstroke:i(0) point:i(0) {

     xx    : 6;


$ metapolator dev-playground-cps /tmp/basic.cps

The existing dev-playground-cps command makes its own fonts up so all you need is a CPS file that you want to apply to those fonts. In my case I'm using two new properties, the label and 'xx' which are of type string and number respectively.

A default value of 3 is assigned to xx for all points and each point and glyph get a unique label during setup.

I found it insightful to test the below with and without selectors that modify the 'xx' property in the CPS, and at both levels. That is, changing the xx:5 and xx:6 in the above CPS to be xxno1:5 and xxno2:6 and seeing what the below printed out. The xx.value makes the most sense to me, show me the default value (3) if nothing is set in any CPS to override it or show me what the CPS has set if it did any override for the point.

element = controller.query('master#heidi glyph#y penstroke:i(0) point:i(0)')

console.log('element:', element.particulars);

console.log('element:', element.label);

console.log('element:', element.xx);

computed = controller.getComputedStyle(element)

console.log('label: ' + computed.get('label'));

console.log('xx.base   : ' + computed.getCPSValue('xx'));

console.log('xx.updated: ' + computed.getCPS('xx'));

console.log('xx.value  : ' + (computed.getCPS('xx') ? computed.getCPS('xx') : computed.getCPSValue('xx')));

The above code is also pushed to a branch of my mp fork at cps.js#L213

I found that a little tinkering in StyleDict.js was needed to get things to operate how I'd expected which is most likely because I'm using it wrong^tm.

The main thing was changing getCPSValue to test for a local entry for a parameter before using the global default StyleDict.js#L93.

I might look at adding a way to apply a CPS to a named font and showing the resulting font as pretty json. For reference this will likely have value and valuebase showing the possibly CPS updated value and the value from the original font respectively. News: Astronomy Miniconf at 2015

Wed, 2014-09-10 14:28

The team are please to announce the Astronomy Miniconf will be part of the 2015 conference to be held in Auckland, New Zealand this coming January.

Linux and open source technologies are used extensively in large-scale astronomy projects within Australia/New Zealand and throughout the world, and to a lesser extent in amateur astronomy. The Astronomy Miniconf will be a one-day stream at LCA2015, focused on the use of Linux and open source technologies in astronomy. It will primarily focus on the technical aspects of large-scale professional astronomy projects, but will include sessions on topics of interest to amateur astronomers.

The Astronomy Miniconf programme will include presentations from New Zealand professional astronomers on Linux/open source aspects of their work, as well as from LCA2015 delegates who will present on their own open source astronomy projects. Most of the more technical sessions will be of interest to the full range of LCA2015 delegates, not just those with a particular interest in astronomy.

Last year's inaugural Astronomy Miniconf was well attended and widely considered successful by attendees and LCA2014 organisers. You can sample videos of presentations from last year's miniconf on youtube.

Jessica Smith is the 2015 Astronomy Miniconf organiser, and will be coordinating the CFP (call for papers) for the miniconf. Details of the Astronomy Miniconf CFP will be posted on the LCA2015 mailing list

Organiser: Jessica Smith

Twitter: @itgrrl

Linux Users of Victoria (LUV) Announce: Software Freedom Day Meeting

Wed, 2014-09-10 11:29
Start: Sep 20 2014 10:00 End: Sep 20 2014 16:00 Start: Sep 20 2014 10:00 End: Sep 20 2014 16:00 Location: 

Electron Workshop 31 Arden Street, North Melbourne.


There will not be a regular LUV Beginners workshop for the month of September. Instead, you're going to be in for a much bigger treat!

This month, OpenTechSchool Melbourne[1], along with Free Software Melbourne[2], Linux Users of Victoria[3] and Electron Workshop[4] are joining forces to bring you the local Software Freedom Day event for Melbourne.

The event will take place on Saturday 20th September between 10am and 4pm, and this year we have a new venue:

Electron Workshop

31 Arden Street, North Melbourne.


LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for hosting, and BENK Open Systems for their financial support of the Beginners Workshops

Linux Users of Victoria Inc., is an incorporated association, registration number A0040056C.

September 20, 2014 - 10:00

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BlueHackers: 7 Things You Shouldn

Wed, 2014-09-10 10:20

If you’ve ever suffered from severe anxiety, you’re probably overly familiar with the control it can have over your life. And you’re not alone — it affects a sizeable percentage of the population.

Learning more about anxiety and stress can be really helpful.

Andrew Pollock: [life] Day 223: Kindergarten, a lot of running around and some startup stuff

Wed, 2014-09-10 09:25

Yesterday was a very busy day. Zoe had a great night's sleep in the top bunk, despite a persistent cough. It rained early in the morning, but it cleared before I had to take Zoe to Kindergarten on the bike. I left the trailer at the Kindergarten, and then biked to Morningside station to collect the car, where Anshu had left it before taking the train to the airport.

I put the bike on the back of the car and drove home to unload it, and then turned around and drove to the Valley for a meeting.

After the meeting, I spent a few hours studying for the next module of my real estate license course, and then popped out to run some errands.

After that I briefly dropped into a "look and see" for the new Thermomix TM5 that came out on Friday. Due to unfortunate timing, I need to make a decision on if I want to continue with being a Thermomix Consultant (and purchase a TM5). The TM5 was impressive, but I'd be perfectly happy sticking with my TM31 if I weren't looking to become a Consultant. I'm still mulling it over.

I then drove to Kindergarten for pick up and Zoe's tennis lesson. I'd remembered to bring some zip ties with me to repair the shadecloth that wrapped around the outside of the viewing area. It was very satisfying fixing that, because it was really annoying last week when it was windy.

After tennis, I loaded the bike trailer into the back of the car and we went home.

Zoe wanted to play "run around the house like a mad thing" for a bit once we got home, so we did that, and then I started on dinner while she watched some TV.

Zoe wanted to sleep in the top bunk again. It's funny how she just decided with no prompting to swap bunks.

Jeremy Visser: Configuring Windows for stable IPv6 addressing

Tue, 2014-09-09 19:00

By default, Windows will use randomised IPv6 addresses, rather than using stable EUI-64 addresses derived from the MAC address. This is great for privacy, but not so great for servers that need a stable address.

If you run an Exchange mail server, or need to be able to access the server remotely, you will want a stable IPv6 address assigned.

You may think this is possible simply by editing the NIC and setting a manual IPv6 address. Unfortunately this doesn’t work, as if your router has Router Advertisement enabled, you will still acquire a randomised address that will be used as your source address. It is obvious why I don’t need to explain why this is a problem for your Exchange server.

You can tell Windows to ignore Router Advertisements, but this is a bad idea. For example, many routers do not support changing their LAN IPv6 address and enforce EUI-64, making it hard to rely on a hardcoded gateway within the server settings should you ever need your router replaced.

So the criteria we want is:

  • Stable IPv6 address assigned to interface
  • No privacy or randomised addresses
  • Default gateway learned via Router Advertisement

To do this, run the following from an elevated command prompt:

netsh interface ipv6 set privacy state=disabled store=active netsh interface ipv6 set privacy state=disabled store=persistent netsh interface ipv6 set global randomizeidentifiers=disabled store=active netsh interface ipv6 set global randomizeidentifiers=disabled store=persistent

Why this is not the default on a server operating system is really beyond me. It’s not like anybody pointed DNS records towards a Windows server before. News: Open Radio Miniconf confirmed for 2015

Tue, 2014-09-09 18:27

The team are excited to announce the Open Radio Miniconf will be part of 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand this coming January.

Participants of the Miniconf will learn about Software Defined Radio, a little about RF and licensing, data encoding and open source radio software. then build, test and debug their very own Software Defined Radio using a low cost kit. The kit will cover reception of HF spectrum and allow transmission over short range.

The Miniconf will held on Monday the 12th of January and run by Kim Hawtin with assistance from Mark Jessop and David Rowe. All three are veterans of, they have many years of experience with Linux and Amateur Radio. Miniconfs

Miniconfs are one day miniature conferences, within the main LCA2015 conference, which are targeted towards specific communities of interest and offer delegates an opportunity to network with other enthusiasts while immersing themselves in a specific topic or project.

LCA2015 miniconfs will be run on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of January 2015. Each miniconf's schedule is organised by the miniconf's organiser and will be published ahead of time, listing speakers and sessions for the day.

Chris Yeoh: Nova V2.1 API

Tue, 2014-09-09 16:26

Early in 2014 there was a very long discussion on the openstack-dev mailing list about the future of the Nova V3 API development. There were two main concerns. The first was the willingness and ability for users to port their applications from the V2 to the V3 API. The second was the the level of maintenance required to keep two Nova APIs up to date since it was becoming increasingly clear that we would not be able to deprecate the V2 API in only 2-4 cycles. As part of this discussion I wrote a document describing the problems with the V2 API and why the V3 API was developed. It also covered some ideas on how to minimise the dual maintenance overhead with supporting two REST APIs. This document describes most of the differences for clients between the V2 and V3 API.

During the Juno Design summit, the development cycle and the Nova mid cycle update there were further discussions around these ideas:

Not long after the community finally reached consensus on the first part of the work required to implement a V2.1 API which is implemented using the original V3 API code. The details of the work being carried out in Juno is described in the nova specification.

In short, from a client point of view, the V2.1 API looks exactly the same as the original V2 API with the following exceptions:

  • Strong input validation. In many cases the V2 API code does not verify properly the data passed to it. This can lead to clients sending data to the REST API which is silently ignored because there is a typo in the request. The V2.1 API primarily using jsonschema is very strict about the data it will accept and will reject the request if it receives bad data. Client applications will need to fixed before using the V2.1 API if they have been sending invalid data to Nova.
  • No XML support. The V2 XML API is not widely used and was marked as deprecated in Juno. The V2.1 API has no support for XML, only for JSON.

From an operator’s point of view:

  • The V2.1 API can be simultaneously deployed alongside the original V2 API code. By default the V2 API is exposed on /v2 and the V2.1 API on /v2.1/. This may make it easier for users to test and transition their applications over time rather than all at one time when the OpenStack software is upgraded. The V2.1 API is however not enabled by default in Juno.
  • The number of extensions has been reduced. A number of extensions in the original V2 code are dummy or minimalistic extensions which were only added because adding a new extension was the only way to signal to a client that new functionality is available. In these cases the V2.1/V3 API code removed the extra extension and incorporated the newer functionality into the original extension and enabled it by default. Note that from the perspective of clients they still see the extra extensions if the functionality is enabled. So no changes are required on the client side.

Because of the late acceptance of the V2.1 specification we have not been able to merge all of the required patches to implement the V2.1 API in Juno. However, there is support for most of the equivalent of the V2 API with the exception of networking. It is expected that the remaining patches will be completed soon after Kilo opens. I will cover the V2.1 work and discussions on how we plan on handling backwards incompatible API changes in a future article.

Chris Yeoh: Filtering calls with Asterisk

Tue, 2014-09-09 16:26

I mentioned on Google+ that I get Asterisk to filter my calls during times when it’s inconvenient to answer the phone and someone asked me to post the details. I’m definitely not an Asterisk expert so there’s probably a better way of doing this.

The PSTN line is answered through a SPA3102 and it is configured not to automatically make the phone on the FXS port ring on incoming calls. There is an option in the advanced settings on the PSTN Line tab on the SPA3102 web config interface that allows you to do this:

Ring Thru Line 1: No

The means that the phone on the FXS port does not ring at all unless the call gets through the filtering in Asterisk and Asterisk tells it to ring.

Below is the relevant excerpt from the extensions.conf file.

; Whitelist various phone numbers

exten => s,n,GotoIf($["${CALLERID(number)}" = "0403XXXXXX"]?ring-all-phones,s,1)

; Check to see if we want to block all calls currently

exten => s,n,GotoIf($[${DB(phonecontrol/state)} = "block"]?out_of_hours,1)

; Check to see if its the right time period to accept calls

exten => s,n,GotoIfTime(9:00-23:00|mon-fri|*|*?ring-all-phones,s,1)

exten => s,n,GotoIfTime(11:00-21:00|sat-sun|*|*?ring-all-phones,s,1)

; Check to see if we want to accept all calls regardless of the time

exten => s,n,GotoIf($[${DB(phonecontrol/state)} = "accept"]?ring-all-phones,s,1)

exten => s,n,Goto(out_of_hours,1)

; Message about not accepting calls

exten => out_of_hours,1,Background(custom/out_of_hours)

exten => out_of_hours,n,WaitExten(5)

exten => out_of_hours,n,Goto(1)

; Ring phone anyway (1)

exten => 1,1,Goto(ring-all-phones,s,1)

; Leave voicemail (2)

exten => 2,1,VoiceMail(3000@default,u)

exten => 2,n,Hangup

The DB entry for phonecontrol/state which is controls whether or not I want to override whether calls are accepted or not is toggled through a web interface.

Chris Yeoh: Controlling the house lighting via MQTT

Tue, 2014-09-09 16:26

The lights and some other electrical devices in our new house are controlled by a C-Bus system. Essentially this means that rather than the light switches switching the power to the lights directly, they instead sit on a bus which is connected up to relays which control the power to individual lights. This makes it easy to have smart switches which can control multiple lights and a do a series of tasks (eg dim some lights, pull down a projector screen etc). The most interesting part for me is that when we had the C-Bus system installed is also had an ethernet interface module for the system installed so we can talk to it directly from any of our other computers.

C-Gate is a program which mediates access to the C-Bus interface so multiple programs can access it simultaneously, and fortunately although it was written for windows it’s written in java and runs ok on Linux. The input/output format is not particularly nice for programmatic control, and I ended up writing some scripts that allow for synchronisation of the state between the C-Gate server and an MQTT server.

I already use MQTT as a mechanism to communicate data about power usage in the house. Incidentally I’m also now using the Open Source implementation of MQTT, Mosquitto which for me has been just a drop in replacement of a proprietary version. MQTT can provide a nice uniform interface for apps which insulates them from the details of how data is transferred to and from backend systems. It avoids a bunch of work when the backends change.

I have one perl script which listens for state changes (for example caused by someone pressing a physical light switch) from the C-Bus system and updates the state in MQTT under a simple hierarchy:


And another one which listens for changes in a similar hierarchy in MQTT and sends those changes to the C-Bus system:


The same hierarchy is not used for both to reduce the problem of race conditions and loops occurring. Light numbers are defined in the physical C-Bus setup.

This makes command line control of the lights very straightforward (as long as you know what number a light has been assigned):

mosquitto_pub -h stitch -t lights/<light_num>/set_state -m 255

but I wanted something a bit more user-friendly. So using a bit of javascript, php and a very useful, but slightly hacked version of phpMQTT, I put together a dodgy web page which shows the state of all the lights and exhaust fans in the house as well as allowing us to control them.

So what’s next on the list to work on?

  • Display the state of the lights and allow control of them through an image of the floorplan of the house
  • Add other inputs such as water and gas usage, which computers are currently on and being used, alarm sensors etc into MQTT
  • Add temperature and humidity sensors in all the rooms in the house as well as outside
  • Experiment with little agent programs that sit around monitoring the data from the MQTT server and try to do smart things – eg warn us when we leave lights or appliances on, perhaps even proactively turn them off, warn us when there has been an unusual pattern of electricity/gas/water usage, open windows when its too hot inside and the temperature outside has dropped below the inside temperature, etc

Chris Yeoh: W510 & Ubuntu Lucid 10.04.1

Tue, 2014-09-09 16:26

My work laptop was upgraded to a Lenovo W510 recently, replacing a 3 year old T60p. The setup and install of Ubuntu 10.04.1 was fairly straightforward, just a couple of problems:

  • ureadahead package needs to be upgraded to a version in lucid-proposed. Otherwise it will randomly OOM on boot and fail to start
  • For suspend to work have to both:

So far seems like a pretty fast machine – 4 cores (8 with HT). Should be a big improvement on the T60p.

    An of course a new laptop requires new stickers (thanks Sarah!)

    Chris Yeoh: Wireless Ambient Orb

    Tue, 2014-09-09 16:26

    I’ve been tracking our household electricity usage live for a while. We have an LCD display but its not something that we remember to check very often to make sure that everything that should be turned off is off.

    I noticed some cheap rgb led strips on deal extreme and thought I’d make my own ambient orb. I dug out an old arduino I wasn’t using and found some information from this site on how to control the strip using a darlington array. I added a perl script to bridge between the microbroker which receives the power usage information and translates it to a color for the ambient orb to display.

    At what is our normal minimum power usage the orb glows blue and as the power usage increases turns green, yellow, orange, and then red. This makes it pretty easy to see at a glance when leaving the house or going to bed if the household power usage is about right. After a bit of testing I added purple at the end for when Kelly turns on the kettle and the toaster at the same time

    I’ve been interested in playing with xbees for a while, so rather than get a 802.11b wifi shield for communication I bought an arduino xbee shield and a couple of xbees. It turned out pretty easy to setup the xbees and I think I’ll end up with a little mesh network at home with both sensors and display devices like ambient orbs.

    I found some really cheap giant usb driven plastic keys on ebay. It just lights up with a white color when pressed but was easy to disassemble and put the led strips and arduino inside instead.

    The white plastic does a better job of diffusing the led light than in the photo above.

    Now Kelly wants an orb of her own, so I’m helping her make a smaller and cheaper version using an Arduino Pro Mini 328 instead of an Arduino Duemilanove.

    Chris Yeoh: Seedlings!

    Tue, 2014-09-09 16:26

    About a week after planting the seeds we have little seedlings appearing All the cucumber seeds have sprouted as well as a couple of the tomato plants. So far no sign of life from the eggplant or cherry tomato plant seeds.

    Apparently its a bit too cold to plant the seedlings yet and warming the soil a bit can also help. So I’ve put down some black plastic where we’re planning on planting the seedlings when they’re ready. I dug some organic fertiliser into the ground and we picked up some pea straw for mulch so are already once the seedlings have matured enough to go outside.

    Chris Yeoh: Practicing photography

    Tue, 2014-09-09 16:26

    The weather forecast for Saturday was clear and sunny so Kelly and I decided to take Alyssa out to see if we could get some good high resolution outdoor photos of her. Most of the photos we have of her are low resolution ones taken with our iPhones. So I got out my D70s and 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens and we headed out to Tusmore Park near to where I grew up. Its a really nice green grassy park with a good playground, creek and tall trees.

    By the time we had arrived at the park Alyssa had fallen asleep in her car seat and we lay her down on the grass until she woke up. Although I took almost 200 photos my favourite photo of the set was taken right near the beginning when she was still asleep on the grass.

    I like it so much I’m thinking of getting a large canvas print done. When she woke up and realised she was in the park with a playground she was very happy! The lens has such a narrow depth of field that taking photos of her in focus while on the swing was quite difficult.

    Same problem with the slide, although this action shot is not framed well, I love the expression on her face it captured.

    I think this one would have been really nice if I’d rotated the camera 90 degrees like the one after it. I think she’s lit really well in these two photos and it might have been because of the light coloured pool floor reflecting light up from below her.

    I think this one is pretty cute as we didn’t realise she was able to climb up steps that high:

    Although it would have been much nicer if I’d framed it like the following which shows how tall the trees in the background are.

    It turned out to be a lot cloudier than we expected so the light wasn’t as nice as we were hoping for. I’m really pleased with how some of the photos turned out and I learned quite a bit, so next time there is bright sunny day on the weekend we’ll be out at a park again.

    Chris Yeoh: Growing our own vegies

    Tue, 2014-09-09 16:26

    We’ve been thinking of growing some of our own vegetables for a while now. Finally this weekend got around to buying some seeds. Its still a bit cold to plant anything outside, but we’re using a couple of egg cartons in the kitchen window to start the seedlings which should be ready when the weather warms up.

    We have a row each of tomatoes, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and eggplant. If these sprout ok in couple of weeks we’ll start another lot of the same.

    Andrew Pollock: [life] Day 222: Kindergarten, running, and a lot of knot tying

    Tue, 2014-09-09 12:25

    I had trouble motivating myself in the morning, but eventually got going an did an 8 km run. It was a real slog after the 5 km mark. My pace was pretty good, it was too bad I couldn't last the distance.

    After that, I pretty much spent the rest of the day practising knots and making a start on my exam paper for my upcoming rock climbing course. Knots are not a speciality of mine, so it's taking some serious practice.

    The weather was looking a bit dubious on the afternoon, so I drove to Kindergarten to pick Zoe up. She wanted to go to Megan's house for a play date, but Jason said the house was a bit of a construction site today, so Megan came back with us for a play date.

    The girls did some painting and played dress ups and some Lego while I made a start on dinner. Then Anshu came over and Jason arrived to pick Megan up.

    Zoe decided to sleep in the top bunk tonight, for the first time in ages.

    Sridhar Dhanapalan: Twitter posts: 2014-09-01 to 2014-09-07

    Mon, 2014-09-08 01:27

    BlueHackers: Anxiety Attack felt like Heart Attack :-(

    Sun, 2014-09-07 12:22

    I had my first anxiety attack the other day. My lady was off picking a wedding dress. I was looking after our son whom was asleep and it just came on. I got our neighbour who luckily was home that day in his garage working on his cars. It felt like a heart attack. It stopped me from moving my right shoulder properly. I guess now I know I need help, more than a psychiatrist can help with (as they only prescribe medication if you did not know already). I’m looking into a Physiologist. I pay for private health with an awesome company called ahm. I don’t ever want to return to needing to go into hospital though. This will be a short post, but never discredit anyone who says they suffer anxiety as it’s a serious thing that causes actual physical pain. It wasn’t until the GP gave me the all clear I felt better again. Oh, and now I wear glasses as I’m short sighted from many years of looking at computer screens.

    Maxim Zakharov: SEO Meetup: Ensuring Googlebot can crawl your javascript/AJAX/HTML5 site

    Sat, 2014-09-06 15:25

    The video of the main talk at Sydney SEO Meetup on 4 September 2014:

    Roger Qiu, Founder of Polyacademy demonstrates SnapSearch.

    SnapSearch is a search engine optimisation (SEO) and robot proxy for complex front-end javascript & AJAX enabled (potentially realtime) HTML5 web applications.

    This tool implements Google recommendations on making AJAX-driven sites crawlable as a service hiding all technical details under hood.

    Andrew Pollock: [life] Day 219: A big bike ride, a swim and a dash of Science Friday

    Fri, 2014-09-05 23:25

    Zoe had a bit of a sleep in this morning, which wasn't surprising. We had a slow start to the day.

    It was a beautiful day, and Zoe was up for a bike ride, so I packed some morning tea and we biked along some bits of the Moreton Bay Cycleway to get underneath the Gateway Bridge, where we stopped for a late morning tea and Zoe had a bit of a run around.

    She was very interested in a storm water drain, and when I found the other end of it, we used it for some an impromptu Science Friday physics lesson about how sound traveled, and used it to yell to each other. She thought that was pretty cool.

    We ended up grabbing lunch out in a cafe off the bikeway in the middle of the Metroplex office park.

    Zoe wanted to go to the pool again after lunch, so we biked home and drove back to Colmslie Pool for a swim. Zoe's so confident in the water now, it's really impressive. We borrowed a kickboard and a pool noodle from the lost property, and that added to the fun.

    After that, I dropped into Bunnings to make a donation request on behalf of the Kindergarten, and then grabbed a copy of this month's Practical Parenting, which has a small article on me in it.

    I decided to drop Zoe around to Sarah, since we were already out in the car, so after swinging by the Valley to check my post office box, I dropped Zoe off and then headed home. Zoe almost fell asleep on the way to Sarah's. She said she really enjoyed her bike ride today.