A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- March 31
- My Django admin commands stopped working, and I'd put it down to
some weirdness in one of the recent Apple updates, and just bodged
around it. Figured it out today: I installed Mercurial using
Homebrew, and that dragged in a custom build of python, which took
precedence over the system install, and no longer referenced the
system Python libraries. Since I can't recall what the hell I was
doing with Mercurial in the first place, I removed it and cleaned
up the mess.
- March 29
- Got to the end of Mr. Robot Season 3, which means I'm
now all caught up with what's been broadcast so far. It continues
to be utterly messed-up and dark and what not. Still enjoying it,
- March 25
- Murder on the Orient
Express was fine, I guess, but that mustache was seriously
- March 24
- Back from a week in Oxford: we saw Ben Goldacre, Monty Don and
Derry Moore being interviewed, toured Blenheim Palace, and
generally lounged around a lot reading, eating and drinking. Ben
Goldacre in person somehow has wilder hair than any photo you've
ever seen of him.
I reread Daniel Suarez' Daemon over the course of the
week, since I'd recently recommended it to someone and felt like a
rerun. It's better than I first thought - I'd given it three out
of five stars - but there's still something a bit eye-rolling
about a techie writing a sci-fi novel who feels the need to
mention specific network protocols and ports in the text; it
doesn't matter if it's technically accurate, it always
comes across as needless techno-jargon.
- March 18
- Ooop, been a bit quiet here lately.
Had a "six nations, beer and dinner" weekend with The
Lads in Tramore. That was fun, not least because Ireland won their
Ireland went on to win the six nations with a game to spare, then
beat England to win the Grand Slam and the triple crown. Note,
fourth Grand Slam, not third: the women's team took the
grand slam in 2013.
We're up to Season 5 in the X-Files: this is apparently the season
where the writers stopped caring because David Duchovny and
Gillian Anderson and occasionally Mitch Pileggi and frankly who
needs a coherent script? There're a few iffy episodes here, and
then a bunch of retreads of previous episodes, then an actual
retread complete with the bad guy from the previous episode. But
hey, David and Gillian and Mitch!
I'm being harsh. We're enjoying it, even if we're mocking the fact
that Scully is still coming up with impossible scientific
explanations after five years and first-hand experiences,
and both Mulder and Scully are taking risks in pursuit of the
unknown that normal people wouldn't take, much less trained FBI
agents (e.g. let's split up and not keep each other posted on each
other's progress so that we're both in constant jeopardy).
Updating TomTom GPS, once again proving to be as "good"
as Garmin ever was: "Your GPS is up-to-date!" "But
we're downloading a critical update!" "But your GPS is
definitely up-to-date!" "Wait, have you logged in?"
"The account you've supplied doesn't exist!" "Your
account is locked for Security Reasons!" "It’s tricky
remembering all those passwords, isn’t it? Thankfully, updating
your TomTom password is easy."1 "Hey, there's
an update for GPS, but it will take a long time to download on
your 9,600 baud modem!" "We're updating your GPS from
the USB key you've plugged in. Please note that the GPS will try
to sleep from inactivity before the update completes, at which
point you'll need to start over, so please periodically prod the
display to convince it it's being used."
1This is an actual message if you request a
password reset because - I am inferring - the desktop app saved
the old password and hammered your recently password-changed
account with it until you got locked out, and the app doesn't
understand "your account is locked out" as an error
message so tells you your account doesn't exist instead.
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