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The Great Gatsby (2013)
Geekly Diary of Waider
contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
- December 12
- Office Christmas Party, in which we now have enough staff to
occupy the same space as was occupied by the queue for
Mrs. Waider's citizenship ceremony (although less tightly packed,
- December 06
- The Great Gatsby was an
absolute blast. I read this years ago, and the only thing I could
vaguely recall about it was a car crash, so it was nice to see
that at least I'd been correct about there being one, even if I
couldn't recall any other details. As you might expect from Baz
Luhrmann, there's some nice mixing of period and contemporary, and
the whole thing is a riot of pretty scenery and beautiful
cinematography. Never mind that it's also an enjoyable movie as
well. Well worth seeing.
- December 05
- It would appear that the initial release of Yosemite is, in
fact, full of leaks. I just now killed of usbmuxd because it had
eaten all available network sockets; I've also noted various other
things disappearing (most significantly, things that should be
handled by dns-sd/bonjour/zeroconf/whatever we're calling it this
week) in a way that suggests, whoops, no more resources to do the
thing I wanted to do, because I lost track of the fact that I
alreadt consumed said resources. Hopefully there's a patch release
in the works now that they've had a few thousand, hundred
thousand, million, whatever beta testers kick the tires on this
- November 28
- Elysium is done by the guy who
did District 9, and this much is fairly obvious from the
look and feel of the thing. There are some Game-of-Thrones-y
"wait, did you just kill that person I thought would last to
the end of the movie?" bits, and the director sure likes him
some messy gore. The plot is fairly straightforward and
not unlike a million and one other (Not So) Bad Guy Comes Good
movies you may have seen. I do like the gritty feel of the
spacecraft, though - that's nicely done, and pretty much entirely
convincing (although we will not talk about things reaching escape
velocity with no visible means of doing so, nor any other space
glitches). Enjoyable enough movie as long as you don't think too
hard about it or look for any deeper meaning.
Oh, and you built a super-secure offworld habititat for your rich
people, and used a stock Intel PC as its master control
- November 26
- Email certificate renewal time again. Apple no longer supports
"Web Sharing", so my previous directions on how to do
this no longer quite work, and other things that should work also
don't, and by the time I resorted to something that did work I'd
forgotten the transient password I put on the export file at the
start of the process.
For the record:
- Get a new cert from wherever. I use StartCom for mine.
- The certificate probably winds up in your keychain. Open
Keychain Access to get at it.
- Find the cert, right-click (control-click) and select the
- Select Personal Information Exchange (.p12) format (it's the
default), and somewhere to save the file.
- Give it a password. Try not to forget this, even though
you'll only need it for a brief period. Also, make it a strong
password, because you'll be moving your private key around in
- DropBox? Doesn't work. AirDrop? Nope. How about... email?
Yes. Email the file to yourself. (This is stupid, and
annoying, but there you go). If you've got a webserver handy,
you can put the file on that, or if you feel like taking the
time to figure out how to get Web Sharing working again in the
absence of the control panel options (not hard, just tedious),
do that, and use that to export your file.
- You took the easy option (eventually) and used email. You've
now got an email with a .p12 attachment in it in your mailbox,
which you can access from ALL THE PLACES (iPhone, iPad, the
copy of Thunderbird you run in the office, etc.)
- Open the attachment. Following instructions are for iOS
devices; for other things, you'll need to experiment, wait
for me to deliver a writeup, or use Google to find an existing
- Tapping the attachment should open your settings app, on a
page that says, "Install Profile" at the top. Tap
"Install" (top right)
- You may need to enter your passcode here if you have one set
on the iDevice.
- "The profile is not signed.", it says, Yeah
yeah. Move along (Tap "Install" again)
- ...and again. Seriously, Apple?
- Enter the password you used to export the cert. You've
forgotten it, haven't you? (note, pressing "return"
inserts a literal newline into the password box, it doesn't
submit your password. Just type the password, then tap on the
"Next" on the top right.)
- Profile Installed! Sweet! (tap on "Done")
You still need to tell Mail to actually use that new cert, but
I'll get back to that. Or, you know, Google.
- November 23
- I just crashed Scratch
while fiddling about with something for a Coder Dojo class I'm
running next week. I guess I'll leave that off the lesson
plan. Spent an entertaining couple of hours playing with Scratch,
however, and learned a few things about it.
- November 22
- End of Season Five of The
Sopranos. This is the end of the penultimate season, and I
should be on tenterhooks to find out what's going to happen next,
but to be honest it really wound up on a low-key note and if it
wasn't for a lack of closure I'd just give up on the series at
this point. I don't know why this got such rave reviews as I'm
really not feeling particularly engaged with it: it's a bunch of
unsympathetic disfunctional characters who keep making the same
mistakes over and over, and the only limiting factor on how often
this happens is that they're gradually being wiped out. I was
wondering if someone had done a chart of who kills who (and maybe
coupled with who's related to who) in the series. I was wondering
this during the episode, which tells you how engaged I
- November 21
- Cloud Atlas is an epic movie, and
by all accounts not universally acclaimed, but it was enjoyed Chez
Waider. The "small cast plays many roles" works
surprisingly well and provides an odd sort of continuity through
the different segments.
- November 16
- Resurrecting old bits of code for amusement value. Nothing to
see here, move along...
- November 15
- Another day of failed technology at Chez Waider. Mac wouldn't
connect to wireless network. Reboot Mac. No luck. Reboot wireless
Scientific Atlantic Cisco EPC2425). No
luck, and now the phone won't talk to the wireless
either. Power-cycle router. Finally, connectivity. Look at Mac,
Finder has crashed, as has Dropbox, and the disk is churning, and
the machine seems to be running hot even though I've just rebooted
it. Check the logs, and it turns out that Dropbox is trying to
upgrade itself, and something called DesktopService is chewing 90%
of the CPU. Try to start a Terminal, and the normally sedate
bouncing icon is jumping like a kangaroo. Try to start Emacs, and
it just spins up a process that never shows a window, just
consumes 50% CPU (I've seen Emacs do this regularly on Mac,
however, and often - but not always - the solution is to
reinstall, or install the latest version, or just kill the rogue
process and start it again). Clearly I've been punished more
harshly than usual for installing an Apple ".0"
Right, this time Emacs needed: kill, relaunch, kill, relaunch,
kill, upgrade, relaunch, kill, relaunch. I think that's a new
record for continuous brokenness.