Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/04/13

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending April 13, 2007.

Projects for the week

Here's a partial listing of what I did this past week:

  • Grants and related activities. I committed to speak at the July 2 meeting of the National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science group in Atlanta; thanks to Curtis Chong for inviting the Mozilla Foundation to be represented there. I also attended a dinner with members of the W3C WAI Protocols and Formats Working Group (the folks working on WAI-ARIA and related initiatives); thanks to Aaron Leventhal for inviting me and to Tom Wlodkowski of AOL for hosting the dinner. Finally, I worked on some stuff related to the upcoming W4A meeting sponsored by the Foundation.

    Next action(s): Make more progress on the action items arising from CSUN and G3ICT. Do a blog post summarizing our accessibility-related efforts, as well as a brief meeting report on CSUN and G3ICT.

  • CA certificates. I cleared out my inbox and sent Gerv Markham all remaining correspondence I could find relating to pending CA requests. Gerv has basically taken over this effort now.

    Next action(s): None at this time.

  • IP/legal issues. Due to competing priorities, I again didn't make any progress on the proposed corporate contributors agreement (bug 342029).

    Next action(s): Spend more time on getting the contributors agreement moved forward.

  • Other. See also the status reports for last week from Gerv and Zak.

Upcoming activities

  • I'll be in Atlanta on July 2 for the NFB CS meeting mentioned above.

  • I have a tentative travel commitment for July 30-31.

Random notes

I spent some spare time last week tracking down works from some of the artists featured in the Alex Ross article I mentioned last week; first up for listening are Nico Muhly and Slow Six. I thought by this time I had at least a passing acquaintance with the general area of "contemporary classical", but it's interesting to see how many worthwhile artists I keep stumbling upon of whom I was previously unaware.

On a somewhat related topic, be sure to read the recent New York Times Magazine article "Is Justin Timberlake a Product of Cumulative Advantage?"; it's an eye-opening look at the impossibility of predicting what becomes popular and what doesn't, both in the music world and beyond.

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