A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- August 31
- The previously-mentioned hard sector errors on the laptop
apparently triggered a hard lockup when the backups ran at 4am
this morning, because the laptop was completely unresponsive when
I woke up. So I've ordered a new drive from Komplett which should hopefully
appear at the office some time tomorrow. Meantime, I'm not going
to do a whole lot of work on said laptop, which booted up ok just
- August 30
- Happy Birthday, Lou!
- August 29
- The only reason I can think of that I might have added Empire of the Wolves to my
wishlist is because Jean Reno plays one of the lead roles; as it
turns out, it's a damned good movie with some excellent twisty
plotting. And the final shot is just choice.
Poked at the MPLE v2 stuff a bit. Again I am going to have to
learn the id3tag API, probably by reading the source since it
always was a bit slim on docs. For now I've got a core
- August 28
- Feckers at RTÉ deprived me of my weekly Scrubs fix
in favour of a double-bill of Pure Mule which, while I've
heard it's great, isn't on My Viewing Schedule. So instead I went
to Scotts in Dun Laoghaire (where I went to see Bronagh Gallagher
on Friday) to check out the open mic night with a view to maybe
putting myself in to it next week.
Bad: the 9:30 start time was really "from 9:30 until 10:20
the MC will futz with the various bits of audio equipment, after
which he will play several songs himself on guitar accompanied by
wah-wah pedal and drum machine"; some of the acts had novel
ideas about guitar tuning; there was a poem, read by one of the
singers, which could loosely be classed as "if I call it a
poem I can say rude words and be as gross as I like because it's
art" (although it did start off well); and there were a few
misfires on singing. Noone (aside from poetry boy) tried anything
other than person & guitar(s).
Good: one fabulous blues voice (a little shaky to start, and the
guitar playing was hit-and-miss, but what a voice once he got
going), and one allstar player/singer who wound up with a 50s rock
medley that had the whole bar going. Mind you, at that point the
whole bar was maybe a dozen people, but still.
So anyway. I've told the MC I'll play next week. Nothing like
sticking your neck out, I guess. Now I have to figure out what I'm
- August 27
- So I got home around six. And slept for all of four
hours. Amazingly, no geekery took place today...
Louise and Charlie called to visit (and express envy at my
mansion), and we took a drive through the Dublin
mountains. It's really quite amazing the sort of countryside you
can find a mere half-hour outside Dublin. After that, Lou and I
hit the cinema for Look Both Ways, a fairly grim
(and realistic in a very banal sort of way) Australian movie about
mortality and relationships (and I guess the mortality of
relationships). Some of it was a bit slow, some of it was a bit
odd (an artist constantly imagining her own death, presented as a
series of animated pencil sketches) but on the whole it was worth
watching. Although not exactly a movie you'd go to to
enjoy, I guess.
- August 26
- The BoI fix was easy enough, but I'm annoyed that it changed so
soon after I released code... I've fixed it up, but not yet
uploaded the new version to CPAN. I've also added account detail
lookup to the MBNA module.
The evening (and a good chunk of Sunday morning) was taken up with
birthday drinks, wherein a drunken altercation was
not-quite-witnessed, a Canadian was acquired and taken to Pravda
(where, as far as I can tell, we eventually abandoned the poor
guy), hair was styled, pogoing AND slam-dancing were partaken of
without anyone getting thrown out, and photos were taken. Oh, and
of course DRINK WAS HAD.
- August 25
- To anyone who's wondering if I'm still working on the
MPLE stuff: yes, I
am. Not very frequently, and hampered somewhat by the fact that I
don't actually possess the newer hardware to test against, but
I'm still working on it. The best help you can offer is to
contribute sample files as indicated in the README file which I have
updated just recently. Or, well, you could buy me a NW-E105 or
something but that's just greediness on my part.
Hmm. BoI may have changed their page layout AGAIN.
Spent the evening at Scott's in Dun Laoghaire watching Bronagh
Gallagher, who sings awesome soul/blues while playing
- August 24
- Went to see Radiohead at Marlay Park with John. Thanks to a
combination of traffic and the worst taxi driver in Dublin, we
missed all the supporting acts but arrived just in time for Thom
& Company. Strangely, we also got the worst taxi driver in
Dublin home, but it was a different guy.
- August 23
- I've a very, very vague recollection of reading The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
when I was younger, but the only fragment of the story that stuck
in my head doesn't appear to be in the movie so now I'm going to
have to figure out if it's some entirely other story I'm thinking
of. Good movie; dragged a little in places, and some of the CGI
was a bit obvious, but on the whole I rather enjoyed
Updated the party
pix page a little. It's not entirely parties at this point,
plus I need to some photo-editing, and I need a better layout tool
than the current half-assed collection of shellscripts, but I
really don't want one of those MySQL/PHP gallery toys
that seem to be so popular.
- August 22
- So last week I spent pretty much every evening trying to get
together a reasonable rendition of Jeff Buckley's cover of Leonard
Cohen's Hallelujah, having not heard said cover in almost
a decade. Tonight I watched Lord of War, and right about 1:28
into the movie there was a familiar plucking of a solo guitar on
the soundtrack... of course, in the fine tradition of editing it
was just the first and last verses, but still. Funny
The movie itself wasn't bad; I like Nick Cage anyway, and while I
certainly wasn't on the edge of my seat or otherwise clinging to
the plotline, it did hold my attention for almost two
hours. Worth a look, at least.
Ok, now that's just freaky. I picked up my MP3 player and resumed
listening from where I left off earlier this evening, and the next
track up was... Hallelujah. Dear Cosmic Overlord, please
stop messing with my head. Love, Waider.
- August 21
- Kinda knackered after a busy day at the office, so I basically
sprawled in front of TV (Friends, then Scrubs) and read for the
- August 20
- I should note that due to work-related stuff the previous two
nights' revelry were (for me) non-alc events; given the antics at
Friday's bash (featuring a game called "Drink the Booze"
wherein everyone drinks something ghastly and shouts, "I
won!") I'm sure there's someone still trying to figure out
where the hell the bottle of Becks Unleaded I left behind
in the kitchen came from. Saturday was a lot more sedate and
despite the best efforts of fellow partygoers the only alcohol I
had was a single glass of champagne (for the toast), and that was
early enough in the night for me to not worry that I'd be unable
to drive home.
No sooner did I reactivate my Vodafone-Photo-Album-To-Flickr hack
than Vodafone promptly broke their photo album again. Seriously,
people. I know it can be hard to keep a website running, but it's
not like this is a particularly high-spec thing you're trying to
Reinstated backups on the laptop (finally) after noticing that the
drive is complaining about some hard sector errors. I'd been
keeping reasonably frequent backups of my home directory, but
manually, and I really have no excuse when I went to the trouble
of building a no-brainer backup script ages ago.
I was going to remove the RVP plugin's dependency on libxml2,
instead using the built-in XML parser in Gaim, but it turns out
the latter can't actually parse the RVP XML. Ouch.
- August 19
- Killed my server TWICE this morning using... NFS. Yes, I shared
a copy of my old laptop install, applied rpm to it, and
BLAMMO. "Huh. Wonder if that'll happen again?"
BLAMMO. "Huh. Ok, I'm stopping now."
Party at Jonny's place this evening to celebrate Jonny and
Siobhan's engagement. Congratulations, guys!
- August 18
- Tradition was at least somewhat upheld, although I've had worse
hangovers from less drink. Fun was had by all, various parties
were mocked as usual, and in the end we left Bob and Gemma in
peace. With a big mess to clean up. Muahahah.
Poked briefly at the MinGW cross-compiler stuff, but it looks
like it needs work: the "up-to-date" automated script
linked to from the MinGW website is dated some time in
Went to a party with Louise and Peter which was an amusing
exercise in the three-degrees-of-separation that is the Dublin IT
scene. I am tempted to draw a diagram illustrating the
- August 17
- Party at Bob's. In the fine tradition of such things I fully
expect to have a crucifying hangover in the morning. This would be
the case even if I'd been drinking water and fruit juice all
night, such is the strength of tradition.
- August 16
- Busy day at work today: once again I'm reminded of the bit from
the very first episode of Scrubs
where Turk says it's a good thing he wears a surgical mask while
he's in OR, otherwise you'd be able to see his terrified
Found a race condition that I'd been meaning to dig into in the
RVP shutdown code. I've kludged around it for now but it might
actually be a sufficiently good fix to not worry over it any
And I've fixed the file receive code. I have no idea why it is as
broken as it is, since I'm pretty sure it used work, but I've
kludged my way around the apparent new brokenness and Gaim is once
more happy to accept files from my Windows test box. Now to see
if it works in the other direction, too.
Yay! File send also works! And for bonus points, Gaim-to-Gaim file
transfer appears to be fully functional also. I'm still not clear
on when or how this broke, though. I'm almost inclined to go back
to the 0.9 release to see if it still works, because I know it was
working back then, and my suspicion is that any change since has
been in the Microsoft client.
- August 15
- Found another RVP bug today: the timeout stuff wasn't, er,
timing out. I suspect this is possibly linked to the blocking
write I'd already flagged as problematic, but fixing that
is going to require some major surgery. Bah. Sorry if you're
waiting for the mythical 1.0 release.
- August 14
- Still haven't figured out what's up with the RVP file transfer. I
fear I will have to fire up
sort this one out.
And because it needs to be said: Thanks, Lou. You're a
- August 13
- So about the only part of Doom worth watching is the first-person-shooter
section towards the end. For an action movie, it was very
slow-moving and frankly boring in places. Also, Sarge's character
development towards the end seems to be somewhat abrubt. Still,
just the thing for a lazy Sunday afternoon, and some nice nods to
the original game throughout.
Hey, cool. Vodafone finally seem to have fixed their photo-album
thing, meaning I can set up my flickr gateway again.
Found a very silly bug in the file-receive code in librvp, of
the "wait, how did this ever work, or when did I break
it?" nature. There's still a problem with the code that I've
not quite figured out, however, and I'll probably need to do some
network traces to figure it out.
- August 12
- What I will laughingly call my plans for a quiet weekend were
disrupted somewhat by a text message reading,
"Lunch?". Next thing I know I'm waiting for the 3:30am
Nitelink service... I will blame a lack of actual
planning and the prospect of another fun night out with Lou &
Crew. Which it was.
- August 11
- The Legend Of Zorro was
pretty much exactly as I'd expected: mindless, mildly fun, and not
as good as the first one.
- August 10
- ...and tonight's entertainment was Ted's going-away party,
which, while I left while my personal going was still
good, looks apt to continue a while longer. All I know is that
I'm holding a small quantity of wager money against one of my
coworkers turning up at a particular time in the
- August 9
- As noted to two different people today, someone appears to have
turned my "Social" dial to "CARNIVALE!" which,
while it's fun and all, can be a bit tiring... this evening spent
catching up with Mal in The Old Stand, not a pub I've been in
- August 8
- Wallace & Grommit in The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit is lots of fun,
with the occasional Austin Powers-style nudge-nudge gag (you know,
strategically placed vegetables and that sort of thing) and a nice
tight pace that keeps things moving. There's a lot to be said for
working in a medium that forces you to be frugal with both money
- August 7
- And back in Dublin again. Spider-Man was on TV so I started
watching it, and while it has its flaws it's a hard movie to walk
- August 6
- Down the country for a small party, where we watched Waterford
fight to another glorious defeat in the Hurling
- August 5
- So I couldn't make bluetooth work on the rebuilt-as-FC5 box
without switching off SELinux completely. And I still
couldn't make apache work without switching off SELinux,
either. It seems like these are fairly basic things, and it's not
like I'm a complete naïf as regards computers, but apparently
I'm not smart enough to figure out how to keep SELinux switched on
and yet retain services I might actually want to
Did some hacking on my Banking modules; one output change (oh no!)
because it makes sense that a credit card balance is a negative
amount (and more to the point it allows me to correctly display
the rare occasions where I've preloaded the card), and some work
on the BoI stuff to allow you to pull a list of registered
beneficiaries for a given account since that's the sort of thing
you're liable to forget. I'll poke at it some more and then fling
it to CPAN.
- August 4
- Saw a pretty good musician (playing piano or guitar, depending
on the song) down at In
(worst. pub name. ever.) tonight. Suddenly I discover that maybe
Jeff Buckley isn't so bad after all.
- August 3
- The Brothers Grimm was
pretty dark, with a few bits of light humour. I hadn't realised it
was a Terry Gilliam production, but retrospectively it's kinda
obvious. Much of the SF/X were a little too obviously
chromakey/post work, which is a shame, because that distracted me
from what was going on quite a bit. Still, worth a
- August 2
- Steamboy is a bit odd:
it's essentially a steampunk movie, from the guy who did Akira, and voiced mostly in a heavy
Mancunian accent. The original was voiced in Japanese,
obviously. Not as good as I expected, but at least I didn't end up
scratching my head trying to figure out what had actually
Right at 22:00, my DSL vanished. From the merry dance the modem
lights did after that, I figure someone was playing with the other
end of the line and wasn't having things 100% their way (i.e. the
sync lights came on, then blinked for a bit, then went off again)
but you know, it'd have been nice to get some warning.
- August 1
- One of the barstaff at the local was retiring this evening, so a
few drinks were had, songs sung, and sandwiches passed
around. Cheers, Mick!
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