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October 5, 2005

Time continues to fly! A lot has changed since the end of June. Sarah defended her Master's Thesis on August 5th, she is now Master Whittaker. She began her PhD in September, so far so good.

Work has been going well. I had the help of Alan Tennent for the month of August. He wrote some handy scripts at work and spent a considerable amount of time on documentation and testing. The result is, as far as I'm concerned, the best CASLab Linux image yet. The image is now based on Ubuntu 5.04. To compliment the new CASLab Linux image, the School of Computing released the first CASLab Linux Live CD. It too is based on Ubuntu 5.04 with different packages for programs that the students need to do their assignments. Let me tell you, it was a load of fun building my own custom Linux distribution.

Things have been progressing well on the home front as well. We now have a nice patio area instead of a rather out of control bush in our backyard. Dad helped me replace the clotheslines, the windows have been redone, our unpacking has progressed etc. It's hard to believe that we've only been here for five months. The time has been flying and the changes have been coming fast and furious. We're loving the house and were even invited to the cottage of the person we bought it from. Glen and Gail are lovely people and we look forward to seeing them next season as well.

Of course, my sister was married on July 9th. It was a cool ceremony and an awesome party afterwards. I'll post pictures when I get to it. She's taking courses at Queen's again. Congratulations gal!

I've been playing bass for a few months now. I have a four-string fretless. Zak Colbert has been teaching me. I must say, it's pretty cool being taught by one of the best bass players in town. I'm really enjoying learning an instrument, though it's a little slow-going, as I seem to spend most of my time doing house stuff. Oh well, I should have more time to practice this winter.

I think that's enough for now. Thanks for reading!