Hacker's Diary

A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.

July 29
I went to add a Dominus quote to my quotes file, only to discover it was already there. Go figure.

July 23
Found a thingy that allows me to enable ssh access to my Airport Express. Turned it on, logged in... er, now what can I possibly do with this?


July 21
Ex Machina is an interesting piece of work: a limited cast and a "small" budget (a mere 15 million). The outdoor scenery - of which there isn't much - is gorgeous, and the rest of it is edited such that there's absolutely no waste in it - everything that happens has a purpose that may only become obvious later in the story. There were a few ways the plot could have twisted, and I think any of them would have worked; the one they chose was fine, although there's at least one minor problem with it. Ultimately, though, a decent movie.


July 15
I had Thank You For Smoking on the DVR from ages back; I'd seen it, but was holding it for Mrs. Waider. She also enjoyed it. However, I'm now confused about the ending, probably on account of having also read the book. Anyway, it's a fun movie.

Got a DNLA-capable radio recently. It works with an app - Undok - which allows you to fully remote control it. Trying to find something simliar for my desktop, because let's face it, I don't want to go looking for my phone to fiddle with the radio when I'm already sitting in front of a Thing With A Screen - has proven needlessly difficult. Even the roll-your-own option is somewhat stymied by the fact that the go-to Python module - Coherence - is apparently abandonware. I feel there may be some hacking required here, since at the very least I want a giant OFF button for the radio on my laptop.

Also in nerd news, I have been using OpenHAB with the Yahoo weather plug-in to keep a bead on outside temperature. For some reason it's been showing Dublin running over ~30° since about midnight last night. Did someone flip the Celsius/Farenheit switch?

July 12
2017-07-12 11:12:09Iceberg bigger than Galway breaks off Antarctica
2017-07-12 13:48:30Iceberg bigger than Mayo breaks off Antarctic ice shelf
Neither of these helps me much.


July 8
Spotlight is a fantastic movie about a fantastic piece of journalism. I don't know how much it deviates from the true story on which it's based, but Marty Baron comes across as a very, very ballsy guy - comes into an environment where he's being regarded with suspicion and makes a huge call on what turns out to be a huge story. And that gives everyone else the power to do the same, including Robinson who wants to go for the big prize rather than publish early. Even if this was 100% fiction it'd still be an excellent newsroom movie. Go watch it!

July 3
Chewing my way through Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books. I have some minor quibbles (the Internet thing was ... painful; the first-person narrative did not work for me at all and I was glad when that ended; etc.) but I'm really enjoying them.

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