A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- May 27
- I read "All The Light We Cannot See" recently, and The Book Thief is in a similar
sort of space as Werner Pfennig from that book. The narration by
Death is a bit gimmicky, particularly since it's mostly a
voiceover at the start and another at the end, and perhaps it's a
facet of the book (which I haven't read) that the movie team
couldn't figure out how to otherwise translate to the screen but
felt it was an essential element. I dunno, I think it could have
been left out without impact on the work as a whole. It's a good
movie, however, and worth seeing.
- May 21
- Python on Mac comes with a module for reading and writing
extended attributes, key to the TimeMachine hackery I've been
engaged in and certainly makes the various stunts I've been doing
in bash unnecessary. Just need to port all this code
- May 14
- Noting for the record: Dad completes his 8th decade and
celebrates by climbing a mountain.
My achievement for the day: setting up VPN access to my home
network. Not as impressive in any dimension, even if it did take a
bit of fiddling around.
- May 10
- TimeMachine hackery: finished adding attributes to a large
collection of "fake" backups. Then discovered I had the
attribute format wrong. D'oh. Oh well, it was getting to the point
where I needed to stop trying to do this in shell script
Hmm, actually, it still works - I renamed the backup "root
directory" to "Server HD" - to match the server the
backup lives on - and TimeMachine is now happy to browse the files
for me. Sweet!
- May 8
- There was actual sunshine today. Like, real, warm, solar
- May 6
- For a movie starring David Bowie, The Hunger gives him a relatively short amount
of screen time and for most of it he's in prosthetic aging
make-up. The movie itself is loosely a horror - a vampire story -
and belongs in the category of Not Actually A Bad Movie. The
coda is clearly a tacked-on piece that doesn't quite fit with the
lore of the movie established immediately preceeding it; this is
confirmed (in as much as industry gossip cut-and-pasted from trade
magazines by volunteers is a confirmation) by the IMDb trivia for
the movie stating that the production company wanted to leave the
way open for a sequel. Anyway, ignore that bit, the rest of it
has pretty solid internal logic.
- May 1
- The Tourist is totally a bubblegum
movie, but it's actually a bit of fun. Certainly not the
disaster you'd expect if you went by the IMDb trivia page. Nobody
does anything terribly fancy, and there's a twist that you could
probably guess at but is reasonably well-concealed. Me and her
were picking at the movie-geography of Venice, mind
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Waiting for the weather to settle.