A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- July 31
- Upgraded the Mac Mini to OSX Lion (plus
Server Add-On). This may not have been a good idea.
- July 27
- So livejournal is currently being DDOS'd. Shame, there's
actually stuff I want to read there right now.
- July 25
- How To Train Your Dragon is one of those kids' movies with no real major sops to
the adults (unlike, say, the nod-and-wink humour of Shrek
or Toy Story) and the fun part is it doesn't need them. A
well-made piece of work that's hugely fun, and it doesn't matter
that the storyline is a complete cliché. Well worth
- July 17
- There's been a few movies showing up from Screenclick lately that
neither of us recall adding, and in the case of The Switch, that neither of us
would add - the synopsis alone isn't the sort of thing
either of us would go for, and having watched it I can't imagine
you could put together any sort of a trailer that'd make it seem
appealing. So, lacking any actual evidence I'm suspecting
shenanigans, whether malicious or accidental. Anyway, the movie?
It's not worth watching. It's a crap premise to start with (girl's
best friend puts himself in as the surrogate father of her child
in place of the guy she'd paid to do the job). Add to that the
child who shows up as a seven-year-old is plainly intended to be a
clone of the actual father to the point where you're wondering why
it is that the mother hasn't spotted this - it's plainly obvious
from 30 seconds of screen time, never mind seven years of raising
the kid. Of course, the kid's traits that are like his father's
all seem to be more learned behaviours than genetics, so even that
part of it is unbelievable. And of course, there's the
inevitable-from-the-start denoument, which, when it comes, is a
blessed relief because you know the movie's over now. In summary,
avoid, avoid, and avoid; if you even see a trailer you suspect
might be for this, skip it.
After some further clicking and googling I've managed to get my
Maven-wrapped project as far as building a JAR file having passed
tests, etc. along the way. I'm still not sure how I get it from
here to running on the server with all dependencies included, so
more reading is required.
Two steps forward, fourteen back. Figured out how to get the Maven
dependencies in place, and then the publish-to-server
functionality stopped working, and none of the advice I can find
on the topic is helping. Annoyingly, the files are in place on the
filesystem, it's just that the server appears to be ignoring them
even though it looks, to my untrained eye, to be perfectly
acceptably configured to hand them out.
More debugging, specifically looking at the console, and I finally
got things up and running. Also reminded myself that the Mac Mini
isn't running a MySQL server right now.
...which I think I've finally figured out. In order to build the
DBD::mysql module, I installed a tarball of mysql over the system
install per Apple's instructions, which might account for the
current mismatch. And indeed redoing that process seems to have
fixed things. something to remember when I upgrade again, I guess.
- July 11
- I keep thinking about setting up "proper" blogging
here (and I still despise the word "blog" and all its
offspring) but I'd just want to go hack on something instead of,
say, installing WordPress or whatever. Plus, this would fill up
with more inconsequential crap.
A post on jwz's site about old-school
ranty hackers vs. sensitive modern software developers (on
which I have commented) made me really disappointed with
Thunderbird and less inclined to use it any more. Unfortunately,
distro I'm running Thunderbird on is so old (and, equally
unfortunately, not upgradeable, for handwavy reasons) that the
practical alternatives are an old version of Evolution or an old
version of KMail. I tried out KMail and started making a list of
the things that were... off about it, and then realised for that
list to be of any use I'd have to upgrade to a modern
version. Which, as I understand these things, would require me to
upgrade the entire desktop, if not the entire machine. Which is
sad. Right now, I think Apple's Mail.app is easily the best mail
reader I have access to, and it (in the same environment) crashes
at least once a day on what looks like a race condition.
- July 9
- Excerpt from booking email just received:
The rooms shown are for illustrative purposes and are
not guaranteed to be the exact room you will get upon
arrival.Heh. I like
(we will send more info later on the shown rooms when
Joel finds the website he liked)
- July 8
- If you're the pedestrian I almost ran into at City Quay / Matt
Talbot Bridge this morning, my apologies. It would appear that we
both had a green light for some inexplicable reason.
Memoirs of a Geisha was
good enough, but I kept feeling like there was a lack of
depth. Understandably you learn little to nothing about the
various men in the story, but it makes things a little frustrating
at times as they seem like wholly superficial characters just put
into the story to give the title character something to run in
- July 4
- An interesting thing I just noticed the Kindle app doing: as the
phone alerted me to a low battery condition, the app was saving
its place. I don't know if this is coincidence, but it would
certainly seem like an obvious-in-hindsight clever feature -
running low on power? bookmark! bookmark! ok!
- July 2
- Went back at Maven again trying to understand why I'd not
managed to get it to work: the answer appears to be "because
the default directory layout doesn't match Eclipse's". It'd
be nice if the Eclipse plugin knew this and applied corrective
The American was, in the end, a
little disappointing. Wikipedia tells me that this is divergent
from the source material, which I haven't read, but it sounds like
a better finish. Selene's take on it was that if felt like it was
slowly building to something throughout, and then the ending just
didn't deliver on the promise, and I think that's about
right. It's beautifully shot, to be sure, and the absence of a
soundtrack or score through a lot of it (or the subdued nature of
same) makes it feel a lot slower than it actually is. But really,
I think I'd have preferred the (described-by-Wikipedia) book
ending to what I got.
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