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Hacker's Diary

A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.

August 30
Happy birthday, Lou!

August 25
Played wasn't anywhere near as bad as the reviews on ScreenClick suggested, but it did end a bit abruptly, and really didn't have quite the level of intrigue and suspense it was trying for. Not a complete waste of time, but not run-out-and-watch material, either.

August 24
And so off to the cinema again to see The Dark Knight. Wow. The only really negative thing I can say about this is that it ran too long, but even for that it maintained constant quality throughout. Seriously wince-inducing in places, lots of depth behind the characters, the storyline, the whole thing. Heath Ledger is every bit as good as everyone said he was; Maggie Gyllenhaal didn't quite work for me as the Katie Holmes replacement, although maybe that's because Holmes' character was quite weak in Batman Begins. Oldman once again turned in a perfect Jim Gordon, Caine was made to play Alfred... I could go on. Really, though, if you thought that Batman Begins was dark, you have to see this.

August 23
Well, the plan was to go see Dark Knight, but by the time I got to the cinema it was sold out so I saw Hellboy II: The Golden Army instead. Easily as good as the first movie, although there were a few slightly lumpy bits. The whole Abe/Hellboy heart-to-heart bit was hysterical, and for some reason the mention of "the county of Antrim in Ireland" got a laugh from the back of the cinema... oh, and of course the finale of the fight was one of those typical "now, if that had happened right at the start of the movie... we wouldn't have a movie" bits, but that's ok. Definitely worth the price of a cinema ticket.

August 21
True Romance: excellent. I was watching the opening credits thinking it was an amazing cast, but of course a lot of the roles amount to being cameos. Tony Scott's off-centre focus technique makes an early appearance, and Tarantino's interwoven storyline (and a number of the casting choices) foreshadows Pulp Fiction somewhat. Well worth seeing.

August 18
Juno is absolutely classic. Funny dialogue throughout, poignant in spots, a little too clever in one or two places but you'd forgive that because the rest of it makes it worthwhile. If you've not seen this, you're missing out.

"I just like being a piece of furniture in your weird life."
- Juno

August 15
The L.A. Riot Spectacular is pretty awful. I spent most of the movie wondering if it could get worse, and it didn't fail to deliver on that count repeatedly. Avoid.

August 10
The Kingdom was an excellent movie right up until the trite last scene which was, frankly, unnecessary. But aside from that, well worth seeing.

It's been long enough since I read the book that I don't really know how The Golden Compass differs from Pullman's source material, but it's a lot of fun, and some of the casting (particularly Lee Scoresby) is absolutely spot on. Well worth a look.

August 7
My two weeks in Cyprus. Photos linked from the end of the page; I will revisit this and insert some photos inline later. Perhaps over the weekend.

August 3
Back from recharging. Still contemplating what to do with my website, however, so updates will continue to be intermittent until I figure that out.

August 1
[just stuffing this in here to mark the fact that this diary is now eight years old.]

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