christmas went quite well. we had two great dinners with the extended family and some real nice visiting time. next year will be odd as Mahlah's parents, who are the traditional hosts of the christmas events, are moving to the West Coast. i don't know what we'll do yet, whether we'll all go out to the coast or just make other plans.
this year Peyton made off like a bandit, as usual. he's the only grandson, and the only child in the family who is around on a regular basis. so he gets spoiled pretty well at times like christmas. this year he walked off with a brand new wardrobe of clothes; a nice library of books, DVDs and video games; some amazing toys such as a robot and set of working (!) plastic kitchen appliances. i think he's just about ready for a place of his own. ;-)
i went to high school in Hawaii, and moved back to Canada when i was 19 after a little over 7 years in the sun. Hawaii was where i learned about surfing, cultural diversity and computer programming. my mother still lives there. so i'm rather excited about being out in Hawaii for a week in January representing KDE at the Trans Pacific Open Source Conference and the FSG Accessibility Workshop. i'll be meeting up with KDE's own accessibility heros, Gunner and Olaf Schmidt, for the latter conference. should be fun times!
JakubS sent me a preliminary patch for adding media:/ support into kscd, which recently got some attention on TUX magazine's website. i like the patch so far and plan on having it in for 3.4. that and a buttload of bug fixes for cddb handling and some play/pause button misbehaviour.
i've been working on better kiosk support for kicker, based on feedback from real life users of KDE in corporate deployments. i owe Waldo, Tackat and a couple of others thanks for helping get the requirements defined for that. so... thanks!
the kicker tooltip effect is also quite a bit more efficient now, the "kicker doesn't get get populated with a new user account" bug is fixed and kicker on dual head now stores and reads its configurations properly again. huzzah! only 2^20 more FIXMEs to go ;-)
oh, and does anyone feel like apoligizing for me?