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Hacker's Diary

A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.

July 3
Hmm, haven't updated this in a bit... we're melting with the heat, the cats are panned out wherever, the plants are alternately thriving and dying, etc. We're digging into Season 9 of The X-Files, but mostly not actually bothering with the gogglebox because, you know, heatwave.

Oh, somewhere in there we watched Darkest Hour which I think despite some of the protestations to the contrary actually does relatively ok on factual accuracy (I find myself wondering if any of the critics of the accuracy are in fact just miffed that they didn't get picked as the historical consultant) and I think, from what I've seen of archive footage and what not, that Gary Oldman absolutely nailed the performance. And yeah, there are bits that the filmmakers readily admit are pure fiction (such as the Underground scene) but have sufficient basis in fact that I'm inclined to shrug and say, "meh". It is kinda odd to go from visceral movies like Saving Private Ryan to this sort of abstract world where the war is happening to other people at the end of a telegraph; I'm not sure if that was an intentional theme in the movie, or if it was just a budget issue, or a "story focus" issue, but it's something you can't help but notice - petty political bickering and jockeying for place in Whitehall while people are dying on the front line. Anyway. Good movie, worth a look.

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