A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- June 26
- As war movies go, I can't say there's anything particularly
wrong with The Hurt Locker, but I really
can't see why it would get a Best Picture award.
- June 23
- After some digging around, it would appear that the issue is
possibly to do with whether or not your carrier file is
signed. It might also have something to do with jailbroken phones,
or it might not.
- June 22
- Some unhappiness with the iOS4 update: it nuked all my 3G
settings. The currently suggested solutions that don't involve a
full wipe only gets me back to having a 3G network; MMS is still
disabled. Of course, I don't actually use MMS, but still,
- June 21
- 2012: it's like Gamer, only
Gamer wasn't trying to be "serious". Pretty
awful stuff. I think there's an equivalent of the Uncanny
Valley theory which applies to action movies: a zone between
silly and realistic where suspension of disbelief is impossible
and you're just scoffing at the screen. This movie is firmly in
Whee, iOS4 update for my iPhone - guess
I'll need to update my review page in a few months...
- June 18
- Monsters vs. Aliens: even
better with alcohol!
- June 15
- Oh, Shiny. MacOS 10.6.4 "security release".
Somewhere along the line the problems I've been having with Fink vs. MacOS 10.6 appear
to be evaporating. This is good!
And to make my evening, at about 22:30 UPC decided that I didn't
actually need Internet access and (as best I can tell) put my
cable modem on their internal network instead. NICE ONE, YOU
TOOLS. I can't say I'm particularly worried about ever being cut
off for some sort of misuse of the service, because how would I
tell it from one of their arbitrary disconnections?
- June 13
- Irony, thy name is Apple: the iPhone developer docs contain the
following paragraph, trimmed and highlighted for maximum
Important: Like C, Objective-C is
case-sensitive. [...] This tutorial deliberately uses
MyViewController and MyViewController to encourage you to look at
the name carefully.As they didn't say on Sesame
Street, ♩ one of these things is exactly like the
- June 12
- Tried out Logitech's TouchMouse app for the iPhone. The idea is
interesting: it turns your iPhone/iPod Touch into a touchpad mouse
for your computer. Of course, if you already have a
touchpad it's a bit useless, but I thought I'd try it anyway. No
points for displaying my laptop's address as
"127.0.0.1", and the default inertial settings are awful
enough to make it pretty much unusable.
On a more positive note, the Kindle app has been updated to
support Search Inside The Book, which suddenly makes it a good
deal more useful to me since the only Kindle content I own is a
technical reference that's effectively useless if you can't
search. On a whim I also grabbed a few freebie books (such as
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland); we shall see if I
actually read them!
Brazil is weird, but I knew that, and
I'm ok with it.
- June 11
- The Usual Suspects: as good
as the first time I saw it. Even knowing the twist, it's still
- June 8
- Installed shiny new Safari 5. Attempted to open the above IMDb
link. CPU fan currently running at maximum RPM and the
processor-chewing appears to be coming from
"WebKitPlugin" stuff, which makes me wonder if Our Steve
has pulled a fast one and made Flash perform even worse than usual
just to, you know, underline his point about how terribly
oppressive it is...
On the other hand, the fact that my modem appears to have
spontaneously reset might have something to do with it. Never
attribute to Macintosh that which can be explained by UPC, or
- June 7
- Watched The Blues Brothers again. I
can't tell you how many times I've watched this, and I still love
- June 6
- Where The Wild Things Are is very firmly in the territory of unapologetic kids'
movie; unlike some recent fare in the animation world, there's
pretty much nothing in this for adults. Nothing actually wrong
with the movie, just don't expect the sort of nostalgic
touchstones or subtle adult humour of the Pixar or Dreamworks
I Hate Valentine's Day is a fairly predictable but thoroughly enjoyable rom-com;
some scenes are literally laugh-out-loud, and even though you know
how it'll all work out it's an enjoyable ride anyway. Definitely
one to watch, and watch again.
- June 5
- Watched Death At A Funeral (the
original) again, and found myself wondering how the remake would
deal with the cruder references...
Gamer: quite possibly the worst movie
I've ever seen. And it had multiple moments of sheer awfulness:
Tillman's reason for getting drunk. The song/dance sequence. The
Designated Ethnic Characters. The denoument. Don't bother watching
this even as a joke. Gerald Butler, you owe me.
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