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August 11
I continue to be amazed at the awfulness of the made-over Vodafone site. This morning I discovered that they have a section on the data they hold on me; when I clicked the button to request said data, it said "Error making request" and that's it. Then I went over to their store-finder page, and it's a list of pop-open sections, unsorted, with Dublin listed by postcode and a "search filter" which just limits the number of pop-open sections shown to you (and, incidentally, closes any you had open) with matches anchored at the start of the search word so "Dublin" doesn't match "Co Dublin" (which should be "Co. Dublin", strictly speaking). And it lists at least one store in a shopping centre that's currently closed.

And they're still not doing online upgrades.

We launched into Bosch Season 4 recently and it's pretty compelling. The Mrs. Bosch event was surprisingly swiftly dispatched, but at least it wasn't as nonsensical as the book version.

August 05
Fiddling around with linear gradients to do a progress bar in HTML (something like background: linear-gradient(to right, green x%, red 100-x%), and getting decidedly odd results (Safari on MacOS): identical code with slight variations in the percentage gives me either a crisp progress bar look, or a smooth green/red gradient. Swapping from percentages to px doesn't seem to help, either - it's like some values Just Don't Work.

(I realise I'm totally abusing the intent of the linear gradient here, but hey)

Ok, so some experimentation shows that for values < 50%, I get the gradient rather than the clean cut... leading to a fix: if the left-hand percentage is below 50, swap the gradient around so it fills to the left instead of the right, and swap the colours so the first one is now the value > 50%. Crazy, but it works.

Well, that was disappointing. Having gotten to the end of X-Files "Classic" - the last episode of Season 9 - we figured we'd watch the second movie (X-Files: I Want To Believe) and see if it tied up any loose ends (supersoldiers, alien invasion, etc.) But no, it's basically a feature-length monster of the week episode. Gah.

August 01
We just watched The X-Files Season 9: Jump the Shark which is quite possibly the worst episode ever. I'm not even sure if it was meant to be a joke, but if it was, it failed..

July 29
Took a spin down to Wexford for the weekend. Wells House and Gardens, Whitford House Hotel, Johnstown Castle and a little bit of randomly driving around to see where we wound up (a few places where the GPS was metaphorically scratching its head...) I'd recommend all of the above.

July 22
We just started watching Rebus only to discover that Virgin have dropped Alibi, so (a) one of the episodes was cut off half-way through, and (b) there will not be more episodes. GAH.

July 21
Black Panther was pretty good, but I did feel like the climactic fight between the protagonists was a bit underwhelming.

July 17
Took me almost a month because I was checking for records I wanted to keep, but my MapMyRun account is now empty and deleted. Of course, I got spam from them the day I was finishing this cleanup.

July 16
Another hiatus. Sunshine: been and gone, more or less. Illness: also been and gone, more or less. Nothing of note watched, as far as I can recall - oh, wait, we watched Men in Black III which our DVR had, for some reason, recorded in two chunks with a few minutes missing between them. I'd seen this before, Mrs. hadn't. It's a fun movie, doesn't do a huge amount that the previous ones didn't already cover to some extent, but still enjoyable for all that.

Currently trying to coerce Django and OpenHAB to play nice with each other - specifically, getting Django to deal with OpenHAB's frankly terrible persistence model. This requires either defining all your persistence classes up front, which means they're out of date if you ever change any of your OpenHAB setup, or defining them on the fly, which requires doing things that I'm pretty sure Django isn't meant to do and I so far haven't managed to do successfully. Once you've gotten past that, looking things up may involve use of eval() which is just... ick.

July 03
Hmm, haven't updated this in a bit... we're melting with the heat, the cats are panned out wherever, the plants are alternately thriving and dying, etc. We're digging into Season 9 of The X-Files, but mostly not actually bothering with the gogglebox because, you know, heatwave.

Oh, somewhere in there we watched Darkest Hour which I think despite some of the protestations to the contrary actually does relatively ok on factual accuracy (I find myself wondering if any of the critics of the accuracy are in fact just miffed that they didn't get picked as the historical consultant) and I think, from what I've seen of archive footage and what not, that Gary Oldman absolutely nailed the performance. And yeah, there are bits that the filmmakers readily admit are pure fiction (such as the Underground scene) but have sufficient basis in fact that I'm inclined to shrug and say, "meh". It is kinda odd to go from visceral movies like Saving Private Ryan to this sort of abstract world where the war is happening to other people at the end of a telegraph; I'm not sure if that was an intentional theme in the movie, or if it was just a budget issue, or a "story focus" issue, but it's something you can't help but notice - petty political bickering and jockeying for place in Whitehall while people are dying on the front line. Anyway. Good movie, worth a look.

June 25
So just as I'm writing an email to customer support, I figure I'll give the app one last try, and lo it's started "Downloading Europe..." We had some internet weather yesterday evening which might have played a part in the slow transaction processing but still doesn't account for the completely obtuse user interface.

Plus, now I need to endure the "we timed out downloading a 4GB file, so let's START ALL OVER AGAIN. But before we do, we'll pretend the download succeeded, and try to unpack the files! Whee!"

*EYEROLL OF EPIC PROPORTIONS*

Almost forgot, we watched Jane Eyre staring ORSON WELLES and an uncredited Liz Taylor (as a child, obviously). Well made, visually striking, but then it turns out Mr. Welles had a hand in the making of as well as chewing up all available scenery every time he was on screen. An awesomely talented lad.