A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- May 26
- Puss in Boots was a bit flat, and
it's interesting to see that "Zach Galifinakis, weird
intense guy who isn't really that funny" translated almost
exactly from The Hangover to this. Oh, and Humpty
Dumpty's ending? That was just plain weird. The whole
thing feels like a waste of a good opportunity.
UPC's new "on-demand" service broke as soon as I tried
to use it - par for the course for me, I guess, since they're
effectively my telco now. Anyway, once it got back to working
order, we found Alton Brown and learned how to cook delicious
things from pork tenderloin. The show is a little more contrived
than I like, but the recipes and the science are
- May 24
- Cracked open my somewhat neglected Java porting project, and was
somewhat surprised to discover I'd left it in an almost functional
state the last time I abandoned it. Cool!
- May 23
- Happy Birthday, Patrick!
- May 22
- Ah, irony. One of those irritating linkbait sites (you know the
sort: every single "article" is of the form,
"<NUMBER> <THING> TO/FOR <ACTION>",
three-line lists are split over multiple pages, and you can't see
the "content" because it's hidden in a raft of
advertising) sporting an advert for an article elsewhere titled,
"12 Annoying things About Your Website That Drive People
Away" (clearly itself a linkbait site, and one lacking in
self-awareness perhaps, too).
- May 18
- The Help is another movie rendering of
something that Selene's read (and that I haven't) and it stands
well enough on its own. I think I'd like to read the book for
I deleted the Facebook app off my phone as it's become
increasingly unusable of late. I was somewhat amused at the
phone's suggestion that deleting the app would delete all
Facebook's data, too. If only.
- May 15
- Jane Eyre wasn't really my sort of
thing, but it was made well enough at least. Herself says they
left out a bunch of bits from the book.
- May 14
- Happy birthday, Dad! (I've been a bit slack about including
- May 12
- Beery evening with some coworkers (and an ex-coworker). Great
food at Bear, too.
- May 11
- Tintin was
so-so. There was nothing really wrong with it, it just lacked that
unknown quantity that raises movies above the average. It was
certainly fun to watch, and the rendering of the various
characters into fully-animated people (while retaining the cartoon
look, feel, and occasionally physics) was all well done, but at
the end I felt pretty underwhelmed by the whole
thing. Still, better than that Twilight
- May 6
- Back in Dublin again. I just spent more time than was strictly
necessary trying to get a photo from a camera to that
social media website: iPhoto purports to facilitate this, but put
the picture in my "Wall Photos", which is something that
appears to have disappeared from any easily findable link on the
destination site, and the other choices (Profile photos, Mobile
uploads) don't appear in iPhoto's view of the world; then I get
the photo uploaded the old-fashioned way, i.e. upload file, and
discover there's no preview option, which leads me to upload it
with privacy set to me-only so I can fiddle with it first. I
thought the point of these things was to make it so that I didn't
feel any pain as my demographic information is effortlessly prised
away from me.
Breaking Dawn - Part I was about as miserable as we expected - I think at this
point we're just watching it out of some sense of seeing just how
bad it can get. It's an awesome display of characters you don't
really care about lurching from one crisis to the next all because
of the female lead and her complete inability to make any sort of
sensible choice about anything, ever. I can't recommend enough
that you avoid this at all costs.
- May 5
- Off to Galway for a spot of family-visitng and craft beer
- May 4
- The Ides of March was... I
dunno. It could have been, and given the cast, should
have been an absolutely top-notch piece of cinema. Instead it was
fairly mundane. I caught one of the plot twists, but missed
another, and expected at least one more. Not really essential
viewing, I think, in the end.
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