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Darwin among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence
Darwin among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition

Waterford: History and Society - Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (The Irish County History & Society Series)
Waterford: History and Society - Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (The Irish County History & Society Series)

Eye in the Sky (2015)
Eye in the Sky (2015)


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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
August 13
Watching the Waterford/Cork hurling semifinal. Funny to watch these guys shrugging off the sort of physical tackle that'd have a Premier League coach calling for a stretcher, and smaller things like playing the sideline cut from the point the linesman marks, not ten meters closer to the opposition's goal.

August 12
Eye in the Sky is an interesting movie in that the basic premise is of fairly limited scope to base a 100-minute movie on. Once the setup is gotten out of the way, it's basically that whole "lives of the few/lives of the many" scenario, and to be honest I don't think it really manages to pull it off. Which is a shame, because there's an excellent cast (including Alan Rickman in his final role); ultimately I found myself waiting to see which option the filmmakers would go for - hard-ass "collateral dammage is inevitable" or something more "every life counts", rather than being particularly engaged with how they got there.

August 09
Bought a YubiKey, somewhat as a thing to play with and somewhat as a thing I might actually use. First problem: can't use it to lock my password safe if I expect to use my password safe on iOS, since Yubi don't play there.

Second problem: configuring my screensaver to require at least one of password, YubiKey, but not both. I've managed to get it to allow you to fail the password but succeed with the YubiKey challenge, so far; also, if you use the YubiKey, the keychain is still locked. Being cautious about this so I don't accidentally lock myself out of my laptop!

Broken emacs turned out to be an unescaped "<" which for some reason caused the search page to return a 404.

August 04
And here we are in August already. Where has the year gone?

Thor: The Dark World was a perfectly servicable movie but at the same time pretty forgettable - it feels like the middle book in a long series that just serves to advance a few plot lines or hit a few beats without being anything in and of itself. I don't think it was quite as bad as some of the IMDb reviews made out, but it's also not the sort of movie you'd really want to watch unless you've already seen a few others in the Marvel franchise.

Noting in passing that the ugly old chunk of Emacs lisp I use to link movies mentioned here to IMDb seems to have stopped working, so I had to go and look up the link above manually and reformat it into the appropriate HTML myself like an animal.

July 29
I went to add a Dominus quote to my quotes file, only to discover it was already there. Go figure.

July 23
Found a thingy that allows me to enable ssh access to my Airport Express. Turned it on, logged in... er, now what can I possibly do with this?

July 21
Ex Machina is an interesting piece of work: a limited cast and a "small" budget (a mere 15 million). The outdoor scenery - of which there isn't much - is gorgeous, and the rest of it is edited such that there's absolutely no waste in it - everything that happens has a purpose that may only become obvious later in the story. There were a few ways the plot could have twisted, and I think any of them would have worked; the one they chose was fine, although there's at least one minor problem with it. Ultimately, though, a decent movie.

July 15
I had Thank You For Smoking on the DVR from ages back; I'd seen it, but was holding it for Mrs. Waider. She also enjoyed it. However, I'm now confused about the ending, probably on account of having also read the book. Anyway, it's a fun movie.

Got a DNLA-capable radio recently. It works with an app - Undok - which allows you to fully remote control it. Trying to find something simliar for my desktop, because let's face it, I don't want to go looking for my phone to fiddle with the radio when I'm already sitting in front of a Thing With A Screen - has proven needlessly difficult. Even the roll-your-own option is somewhat stymied by the fact that the go-to Python module - Coherence - is apparently abandonware. I feel there may be some hacking required here, since at the very least I want a giant OFF button for the radio on my laptop.

Also in nerd news, I have been using OpenHAB with the Yahoo weather plug-in to keep a bead on outside temperature. For some reason it's been showing Dublin running over ~30° since about midnight last night. Did someone flip the Celsius/Farenheit switch?

July 12
2017-07-12 11:12:09Iceberg bigger than Galway breaks off Antarctica
2017-07-12 13:48:30Iceberg bigger than Mayo breaks off Antarctic ice shelf
Neither of these helps me much.

July 08
Spotlight is a fantastic movie about a fantastic piece of journalism. I don't know how much it deviates from the true story on which it's based, but Marty Baron comes across as a very, very ballsy guy - comes into an environment where he's being regarded with suspicion and makes a huge call on what turns out to be a huge story. And that gives everyone else the power to do the same, including Robinson who wants to go for the big prize rather than publish early. Even if this was 100% fiction it'd still be an excellent newsroom movie. Go watch it!