Stormageddon Approacheth

Emily and I are very excited to announce that we are expecting our first child in May of 2015!

Until we know more our code name for the kid is Stormageddon, Dark Lord (or Lady) of All:

Ubuntu 14.10 Released!

Ubuntu 14.10

I’m at a sprint in Washington, DC with my fellow Canonicalers gearing up for the commercial release of our phone OS (more on that later) but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about the desktop and cloud.

Yesterday was another Ubuntu release day! We released Ubuntu 14.10, codenamed the Utopic Unicorn. Look for lots of subtle improvements to the desktop as we prepare some big things to come soon.

As usual, you can take a tour or go straight to the download page.

And while we’re at it, here’s to another 10 years of Ubuntu!

Spiders From Mars

On Saturday as Emily and I were visiting one of her childhood friends in Ferndale, MI (and a nasty batch of food poisoning was gestating in my gut unbeknownst to me) we stopped in a little record shop called “Found Sound” because it looked cool and I had a thought to replace the warped copy of Ziggy Stardust that I’d inherited from my parents. No such luck, but I did find something literally almost as good:

The Spiders From Mars

Found at Found Sound

It turns out that David Bowie’s actual backing band from that album released another album on their own before calling it quits. The best part is, it was only a dollar and it’s actually pretty good. Still looking to replace that copy of Ziggy though…

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Released!

Trusty TahrAnother very exciting release of Ubuntu for desktops and phones (oh, and I guess servers and cloud too) is out the door!

This is a Long Term Support release, which means it’s supported for five years, and it’s the release I’ll be trying to install on friends’ and family’s computers at every opportunity.

As usual, you can take a tour or go straight to the download page.

Culinary Auditory Variety

When sharing cooking duties with your spouse, it’s important to assert control over the stereo quickly, because how many times can you listen to the same Tegan and Sara* album while making meat loaf?

As a side note, Audioslave may be the perfect background music to making meat loaf.

* I don’t mind Tegan and Sara, but seriously it’s always the same album


Duel to the Caffienated Death

One of my Christmas gifts this year was a LEGO-compatible coffee mug. I can see myself having a lot of fun with this.

Coffee Cup Duel

Join me, and together we will drink this coffee as father and son.

On establishing boundaries

“‘What’s mine is yours’ doesn’t extend to my Star Trek coffee mug.”

- me to my wife, as it is important to set boundaries in any relationship.

Ubuntu 13.10 Released (for Phones too!)

Smarter and Faster

This is a very exciting release for me, not least because it’s the first official release of Ubuntu for Phones, which was the big focus for my team at Canonical this cycle. We worked on making it easy to spin up your own custom build of Ubuntu and helped out with fixing bugs wherever we could.

If you’re comfortable flashing your phone you can install Ubuntu with these instructions.

Of course, Ubuntu still rocks your socks on your desktop or laptop, so take the tour or go grab it!

John Stephen Sweeny 1953-2013

This week we said goodbye to my Uncle John. He was 60 years old.

Most of the Sweeny clan made the trip up to Rhode Island for the funeral. There were lots of tears shed and lots of laughs too. We’re a merry bunch, even in the face of something like this.

Wednesday morning was the funeral. The family and some close friends gathered in a little space set aside in the cemetery and said goodbye.

In the afternoon there was a service at the church he attended. Lots of stories about John and the impact he had on those around him. My grandfather started one with, “He wasn’t always a good kid, but…”

After the service there was a small flyover by the Rhode Island Civil Air Patrol in his honor.

Rhode Island CAP Flyover

The Rhode Island Civil Air Patrol flyover in honor of my Uncle John

There was a gathering that evening at the house where he’d lived. It was not a small house but it was packed with his friends and family. I hesitate to use the word “party” to describe it but with everybody all cried out that’s what it became. My cousin distributed t-shirts to everyone with the tail number of his plane on them.

Sweeny Cousins

My generation of Sweenys, with Gram and Pap

Flying was one of his favorite hobbies. In fact, he’d been building a new plane in his basement. Hopefully someday someone will be able to finish it.

Unfinished Plane

My uncle’s Airplane-in-progress

I can’t say anything about my uncle John that isn’t more eloquently put in this obituary so I’m not going to try.

All I’ll say is this: John lived far enough away that I didn’t see him much apart from holidays and big family gatherings. When I did talk to him, though, he always made me feel as if he’d been around all the time. Sort of a familiarity or ease that he could inject into a conversation that never left me feeling awkward or lacking for something to say. As someone who can find it challenging to hold a conversation even with someone I see all the time I always appreciated that.

Everyday I’m Noodlin’

Emily and I went to Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill for dinner this evening. We were lucky enough to sit by the window into the kitchen and see how the sausage noodles are made.