Mavening again today and it's going rather better. I found a plugin to replace part of my old Ant build.xml and, rather astonishingly, it works pretty much exactly as advertised and didn't require an extended period of searching through Stack Overflow and/or old mailing lists to have people tell you "but you should do it the maven way ...". If it was, you wouldn't be asking the question in the first place. This is a distinct improvement on yesterday, when I was rendered almost speechless with rage and frustration.
I'm not sure I have the energy to try and explain why, when you want to do anything even slightly out of the ordinary (or as I like to call it 'actual work') Maven is such a difficult tool to work with but it starts somewhere around offline mode trying to access the network, continues through the difficulty in getting Maven to use a local filesystem as its repository, takes a turn into the nightmarish trying to understand the difference between settings and profiles, all shaken up by the lack of clarity - or simply lack - in the documentation.
Once Maven is working, it's great. Getting it to work can be ridiculously, unnecessarily, and seemingly willfully, difficult.
Email from my son. In full, it reads Hi dad, could you download Sherlock (the new one with Benedict Cumberbatch and the Hobbit)? Thanks x
Accidental geographic discovery of the day - a village in Hertfordshire called Cow Roast.
Machu Picchu. Up large!