A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- September 22
- The Lives of Others:
Stasi agent meets conscience, movie ensues. This is an excellent
piece of work, dealing with what turned out to be some of the last
days of the East German secret police. It's well written, well
shot, and thoroughly enjoyable despite the grim subject
matter. And the last line of the movie is just
perfect. Must-see stuff.
- September 21
- Superbad is, well, exactly what it
says on the tin - super bad. It makes the entire American Pie
series look like high-brow film for intellectuals. Not worth
seeking out, and probably worth changing channels if you happen
across it on TV.
Have reverted the RVP fix so it should be working again, unless
you're one of the people who encountered the timeout bug I've been
seeing, i.e. it's at least no worse than it was before.
- September 19
- CondorMan is one of a handful of
movies I recall seeing at the cinema while staying with my cousins
in Dublin, not far from where I now live. It's not aged
particularly well: the acting is hammy and the way everyone
overemphasises the second syllable in the eponymous hero's name is
just plain weird, but I'm sure if I were still 8 years old I'd
enjoy it every bit as much as I remember...
- September 18
- Apparently the librvp tweak breaks it horribly. But I did warn
- September 17
- Poked at the RSS Toy somewhat, which I've been meaning to do for
ages. It's actually about time I ditched it entirely and redid it
from scratch, but I should probably plan what I'm doing with it
before I go that far.
And yes, I realise that's several updates in a row of this
diary. I figure if I'm actually hacking on something I should
include it here.
- September 16
- A number of people have reported problems with Microsoft
Exchange Messenger Server vs. librvp
recently; as best I can tell, the problem appears to be that the
server is sending back a response that the client is for some
reason ignoring. If you've got access to a real live Exchange
Messenger Server I'd appreciate hearing from you - I do have at
least one tester for this stuff, but more data is better. There's
a CVS-based tarball on the RVP page right now which will remain
there for the foreseeable future, although I can't guarantee that
it's always going to be actually functional. Welcome to open
source: if it breaks, you get to keep both
- September 15
- From the outset, I watched Sicko with a skeptical eye; the usual
slick editing, concentrated filming on people crying or otherwise
distressed, accompanied by Moore's patronising voiceover. But I
must admit I found the Cuba visit at the end very moving; frankly,
I couldn't give a toss if the whole thing was rigged by Moore and
Castro as a publicity stunt, the obvious emotions of those being
given proper medical care without preconditions were just
fantastic. The movie's worth a look, but I suspect it's pretty
much in the same boat as any other Moore documentary: those who
already agree with him don't need to watch it, those who disagree
with him won't watch it, and those without a foot in either camp
probably won't care much either way.
- September 14
- Back from two weeks of Seattle - work rather than
play. Currently running on approximately 30 minutes sleep in a
24+-hour day. More later.
[Later] read some books, watched some movies... let's
see. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was actually a lot
more fun than I'd expected, if a bit daft in places (survives
nuclear explosion with a fridge? check...); I wouldn't say it's a
must-see, but it's certainly a pretty harmless piece of
fun. Caught the final race in Speed Racer, which means I can't say much about
it other than, wow. Wacky visuals. Iron Man totally rocked - in some
places quite literally, thank you AC/DC - and is something I'll
have to watch again, preferably not on an itty-bitty airplane
screen. Finally, padded out the last flight with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which I'm pretty sure I've seen before
but couldn't recall much of. I certainly didn't remember the
recurring "who are those guys?" gag. This is a classic,
you really have to see it. Ages well, too - it's almost 30 years
old and still a hoot.
And finally: .45 is utter trash. It tries to be a clever
movie, but fails, and on top of that the script is
rubbish. Whoever thought it'd be a good idea to pull some ancient
witticisms on the subject of sex and put them in the character
dialogue should've been fired on his first day. Even the well-worn
phrase "looking after number one" is haplessly used: the
character who utters it then explains - for, presumably, the
dumber focus groups - that "number one" is
"me". FACEPALM. Do not watch this movie, even on a
- September 1
- Happy birthday, Donal!
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