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The Girl With All The Gifts - Kindle edition by M. R. Carey. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
The Girl With All The Gifts - Kindle edition by M. R. Carey. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

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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Deadpool (2016)
Deadpool (2016)

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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
June 25
Deadpool is quite possibly the best movie I've ever seen (it's entirely possible that this is because I'm pretty much the target audience). The pop-culture and movie references, the wisecracks, the music, the self-referential gags, the self-referential self-referential gags... it's just one smash hit after another. Strongly recommend, but that may only apply if you're, well, me.

June 19
Log into Health Insurer's website, check their travel insurance offerings. First question: "does your health insurer provide overseas coverage?". JEEZ, GUYS. WHO MIGHT KNOW THAT?

(off to read my policy to find out)

And then the mandatory button requiring me to select a gender wasn't working, so I figured someone else could have my business.

(...which turned out to be significantly cheaper, too)

More: "$COMPANY is here when you need us. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions." This is after telling me multiple times that since I didn't sign up for their &eur;10 after-sales service package, I would have to fork over cash if I wanted to contact them.

June 17
A cute hack, or how I discovered that a site was using python-compatible hashing:
  • Build script which parses HTML generated by site into objects. Lots of use of hashes (or, ok, if you insist, dictionaries).
  • Validate output by adding code which regenerates the HTML.
  • Convert the whole thing to Django; in the process, things that were in hashes are now being stored in the DB backend.
  • Note that the HTML validation is failing due to an ordering issue.
  • order = {e: e for e in [ep.title for ep in self.ep.all()]}.values()
  • Validation succeeds. :TU DU DU:!
June 10
Die Hard was on the box, so we watched that.

June 04
Went to Bloom in the Phoenix Park; same problem as I had last year - there's not a clear demarcation between "food you can eat right now because you are hungry" and "food to buy and bring home", leading to an amount of confused wandering followed by opting for the same thing we had last year (pulled pork, admittedly very, very nice).

Becoming Jane was a good enough movie, but I didn't much like that they basically attributed the opening line of Pride and Prejudice to one of her male friends. If you're going to make a movie about an independently-minded successful woman, why undermine it in this way? Anyway, that aside, it's a bit of fun, and we did enjoy it.

June 01
Apparently I've watched over a thousand movies since I started this diary (August 2000), although it looks like I didn't seriously start taking notes until late 2002ish.

May 27
I read "All The Light We Cannot See" recently, and The Book Thief is in a similar sort of space as Werner Pfennig from that book. The narration by Death is a bit gimmicky, particularly since it's mostly a voiceover at the start and another at the end, and perhaps it's a facet of the book (which I haven't read) that the movie team couldn't figure out how to otherwise translate to the screen but felt it was an essential element. I dunno, I think it could have been left out without impact on the work as a whole. It's a good movie, however, and worth seeing.

May 21
Python on Mac comes with a module for reading and writing extended attributes, key to the TimeMachine hackery I've been engaged in and certainly makes the various stunts I've been doing in bash unnecessary. Just need to port all this code over...

May 14
Noting for the record: Dad completes his 8th decade and celebrates by climbing a mountain.

My achievement for the day: setting up VPN access to my home network. Not as impressive in any dimension, even if it did take a bit of fiddling around.

May 10
TimeMachine hackery: finished adding attributes to a large collection of "fake" backups. Then discovered I had the attribute format wrong. D'oh. Oh well, it was getting to the point where I needed to stop trying to do this in shell script anyway.

Hmm, actually, it still works - I renamed the backup "root directory" to "Server HD" - to match the server the backup lives on - and TimeMachine is now happy to browse the files for me. Sweet!