A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- April 20
- ...and the backup finished, and then some time later started a
new backup of ~33GB. I'm sure this all makes sense
Thor: Ragnarok is sort of like
of someone took a previous Avengers movie and had the
scriptwriters from Deadpool work it over. It has a
lot of self-deprecating humour going on; however, they
never quite get around to any fourth-wall-breaking
activities. It's a lot of fun, and I'm sure my enjoyment of it was
in no way associated with consumption of a margarita and a beer
during the watching.
Wow. I just discovered (while wondering why my Emacs-based IMDb
lookup no longer works) that I wrote a rudimentary HTTP client -
with cookie support - in elisp. That's hideous. What was
(I'm thinking I have to update it to support SSL, because that's
why it's stopped working...)
- April 19
- Somewhere back there we watched Loving Vincent which is
sort of a crime story about Van Gogh's death told through the
medium of his paintings... sort of. The gimmick is that the whole
thing is hand-painted, and some of the paintings are, shall we
say, fairly recognisable. It's a light enough piece, impressive
more for what's gone into producing it and for the cast than for
the story or the acting (which is a bit hard to judge given that
everyone's nuanced expression got rotoscoped). Still, a nice way
to spend a bit of time.
Backup has definitely finished copying files, but is currently
"Cleaning up..." which it's been doing for several days
now. Maybe removing all the failed backup attempts or
- April 17
- Freeing up ~300GB to back up ~10GB seems to have fixed my
TimeMachine problems. Go figure.
- April 15
- About a month ago, TimeMachine backups from my MacBook stopped
completing. I've been poking them with a stick periodically to try
and figure out what's going on, to no avail. On the plus side,
I've got Arq installed to
give me offsite backups, and that seems to be working reliably,
but it's annoying. It's particularly annoying that it's not
actually telling me what's wrong; it used be, on previous MacOS
versions, that you could dig in system.log and find messages from
the backup process. Not so much now.
(d'y'know, it might actually be that I've filled up the drive the
backups live on. Do you think some part of the system might tell
Fixing some minor broken things from my website updates: removed
the Google ads from the front page, because it was never a good
idea (I'll be getting rid of the rest of them eventually); removed
the call to Flickr's old badge API, because they didn't
quite disable it, they replaced it with a tracker; and
fixed the image fetching in the IMDb lookup.
- April 11
- Happy Birthday to me.
Rambo: First Blood Part
II was on television, and you know what? I've never seen it. I
played the video game on a ZX Spectrum and beat it, and I knew
about Rambo's somewhat laughable dialogue, but I'd somehow managed
to never see the movie. So, tonight I did, mostly. I skipped about
5-10 minutes because I'd some other stuff to do but eh, I wasn't
missing anything I couldn't guess at. So how is it? It's a movie
of its time: cheesy, now, and silly, and the VFX are awful: cut
to: gun! cut to: effects of gun! cut to: gun again! And of course
the music is terrible 80s synth-crap (and I say this as someone
who liked 80s synth music in general). I guess it's worth seeing
just to say you did, but no more than that.
- April 6
- Trying to wrap some sort of ORM around OpenHAB's persistence
model. It's truly hideous.
- April 3
- I recently had reason to encounter the Scons build system. Oh
my. Why do people have such a tough time reinventing the Makefile
- April 2
- Since we'd finished Season 5 of The X-Files we then
obviously had to proceed to The X-Files: Fight the Future aka "the
feature-length episode where Mulder and Scully almost
kiss". Actually, I saw this back when it came out, and the
only two bits I could recall were the non-kiss and the flying
saucer at the end. Everything else: news to me. As these things
go, it's actually pretty good, since their express goal was to
make a movie that wouldn't require you to know the mythos of the
show. Mulder is, I think, a little toned down from the series,
which makes sense because if you're not a follower then you'd not
have enough exposure to his crazy to tolerate him. Likewise,
Scully is less the outright skeptic. And the plot does follow the
arc of the series, which is a pretty cool trick, and sets up
Season 6: Season 5 ends with the X Files being closed, and the
movie ends with them being reopened. Although given the end of
Season 5, they're gonna bit a bit crispy.
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