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Stand On Zanzibar (S.F. MASTERWORKS) eBook: John Brunner
Stand On Zanzibar (S.F. MASTERWORKS) eBook: John Brunner

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman

Waterford: History and Society - Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (The Irish County History & Society Series) (9780906602201): William Nolan, Thomas P. Power
Waterford: History and Society - Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (The Irish County History & Society Series) (9780906602201): William Nolan, Thomas P. Power

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
August 28
Sorcerer's apprentice script opened a large number of Safari tabs on the Mac Mini, causing processes to start dying. Eventually decided rebooting was the best option.

August 26
Boston & New York. Did, approximately in order:
  • One of the tunnels. Midtown.
  • Downtown/Midtown bus tour
  • Liberty Island / Statue of Liberty
  • WTC Memorial Plaza
  • Zuccotti Park food truck
  • Chinatown (we actually stayed in Chinatown)
  • Little Italy
  • Central Park (including part of the uptown bus tour, and a hot dog from a cart)
  • Guggenheim
  • East Village
  • High Line
  • Night tour (including Brooklyn Bridge)
  • Drivebys (i.e. we didn't go inside) of the Liberty Tower, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Battery Park "MIB" building, and a couple of others.
and also
  • Boston Duck Tour (I drove the Duck!)
  • MIT Museum and a bit of the campus
  • Part of the Harvard campus
  • Boylston / Newbury shopping axis
  • Cambridge Galleria
  • Much less tourist and more slacking off stuff


On the way home, watched Captain America: Civil War; I spent a good deal of the movie trying to figure out if the story was a metaphor for something, which I guess means I wasn't fully engaged with it; add to that a small screen, constant external distractions (crying children, engine noise), and encroaching tiredness, and I guess the fact that I enjoyed it means it was a pretty good movie. I will note that I've missed one of the franchise, so there were back-references to events I wasn't aware of, and a couple of characters I didn't recognise. Oh, and yet another endearing Spider-man was cool, but really, how many recent reboots of this character have we had now?

August 15
Sing Street: if you like 80s music and a bit of Irish nostalgia, you'll love this. In particular, if the sound of Phil Lynnot's Yellow Pearl doesn't immediately make you think of a Top of the Pops countdown, this movie might not be for you; otherwise, jump right in. Brilliantly written, fantastic music (especially the original numbers).

August 14
DSPsrv should now be available for Web, DNS, IMAP/IMAPS and POP access. I've not yet turned SMTP access back on as I need to get AWS to whitelist it for outbound email and add a reverse DNS record. Also, I've done very little update to the hosted domains, so it's still probably advertising some incorrect addresses - certainly the IPv6 ones still point at the old box.

August 13
More rewatching: Wolverine, which was an ok movie this time around.

DSPsrv news: with some jiggery-pokery, the DSPsrv box is now running in AWS. I need to do a bit more work before it's fully back in service, but not much.

Watched about half of Gladiator as well. Funny how the accents make it sort of hark back to the epic movies of the 50s.

August 10
Curious. My Perl banking modules - not updated publicly in ages, but I've been nudging away at the private copy - are today returning a 500 when I try to talk to the bank's website. Wonder what changed?

August 09
Watched Chef again. Still awesome.

August 06
Oh look. My "good friends" at TomTom have sent me ... a customer satisfaction survey.

I have no words. Or at least no polite ones, anyway.

August 03
Well, that was just precious: TomTom got back to me to say, whoops, that update we told you would fix everything is Windows only and we don't plan on fixing the broken Mac software until the end of the year. Awesome customer service. I'm only using TomTom because it's embedded in the car; this certainly dispels any notions I might have had about getting or recommending them for non-embedded use.

Wonder if my car manufacturer would give me the option to flip to Garmin? The software's little better, but at least it works on a Mac.

July 30
DSPsrv status: not done anything much about this. I set up an EC2 instance and cloned a bunch of data into it, then thought about it some, then other things needed doing, so it's on the to-do list now. I should probably ping remote-hands to reset the real server next week.

TomTom have come back to me with an upgrade to the desktop app. It still doesn't know how to clean up a corrupt download, so I had to do that bit manually, but it's now refetching the 4GB zipfile so I'll know in an hour I guess.

...and exactly the same error occurs. 4GB download resulting in a corrupted zipfile.

Edge of Tomorrow was an excellent movie, never mind which of Groundhog Day or other movie you felt it was aping / ripping off, and the only thing I was unhappy with was ... why did they feel the need to add a "clever" ending to it?