Part of the reason why I haven't been working on more visible things (X, Debian) is that I haven't had the solid blocks of time to devote to reading email. I think I need to unsubscribe from all but two or three lists so I don't end up paralyzed by the email onslaught the way I am now. I need to get back to slinging code.
My iPod completely crapped out on me a week and a half ago. I plug it in to my computer and it's totally dead. It was only a little over a year old. Massive fail. Fuck you Apple. I've purchased a 4GB Cowon U3 which plays oggs natively and explicitly "supports" linux. We'll see how that goes, but after one day of use I'm pretty happy.
The entry of Squeak in to Debian and my own realization that GNU Smalltalk exists for those of us who might not want to live inside the smalltalk environment has prompted me to look at the language for the first time. A half hour a night (about a third of the time it takes me to read my email on a very good night) has only made me more excited about this language. If you haven't taken a serious look at Smalltalk yet, it's worth your while. It's like all sorts of things that we can approximate and dream about not only are a reality, but they were invented back in the 70's and have been here all along. It's made me seriously question some of the directions that Linux and Debian have gone in.