I've uploaded a few photo's in a gallery. Before you go there, the photo's are of a poor quality. The flash on my camera is not sufficient for these kind of photo's. My apologies. Luckily other people (notably Dries himself) made much better pictures with professional camera's. Links to these will appear on Drupal for sure.
It was very nice to see all the Drupal developers. I did't really interact with any of them directly because I don't actively contribute to the project (yet). The presentations were interesting albeit sometimes difficult to follow. Especially the lack of any microphone amplification in the large college room made things tough for a hard hearing guy like me. I must say that the university buildings looked quite run down. I hope the state of the buildings of other universities in Belgium are a bit better.
Philips Applied Technologies (the place I work at) sends me and another colleague to join the Red Team for two months. The Red Team is participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). From the website:
"The 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge will be held on October 8, 2005 in the desert Southwest. The team that develops an autonomous ground vehicle that finishes the designated route most quickly within 10 hours will receive $2 million. The route will be no more than 175 miles over desert terrain featuring natural and man-made obstacles. The exact route will not be revealed until two hours before the event begins."
This means we (Fran and Hannah too of course !) will spend two months in Pittsburgh (PA) at the Carnegie and Mellon (http://www.cmu.edu) university. I'll be working on the control of the 'gimbal'. A platform for sensors that is stabilized by a 3 axis servo system. We hope to leave for the US around the end of March.
I really look forward to get involved in this !
More details will follow, we are now busy with passports / visa's etc.
The ceiling was one of the things I dreaded to do. The moment I actually started I didn't have a real plan. Luckily our neighbour Bas had some good idea's and after some Ctrl-Z (undo) actions the wooden frame looked a bit sensible.
I worked all Sunday to get the frame in and late in the evening Fran and I put the ceiling itself in.