A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- February 16
- Harry Potter and the Threequel of Lucre Part 2, uh, I mean The Crimes of Grindelwald
did not, as far as I can tell, contain any of said crimes. I did
like the movie - Jacob again stealing the entire thing as far as I
was concerned - but I didn't buy Jude Law as Dumbledore, and I
can't take Johnny Depp seriously in this role which, given he's
the uber bad guy, sort of undermines the premise a
bit. Anyway. There's a third one of these probably in the next
year or two so we'll see how it all segues nicely into Voldemort
- February 14
- Using Apple's Migration Assistant to copy user details from Old
Server to New Server.
So now I'm back to the original advice to reinstall the New Server
from scratch because otherwise I've just got an incomplete clone
of the old server. AWESOME.
- run MA on new server.
- select "Time Machine Backup" as source, and point at old
- prompts for password, accepts it, does nothing.
- run MA on old server.
- Old server goes through a preparatory dance of shutting things
down, asking for admin password, etc. Once it's good and dormant,
it pops up an error: can't run MA from an active Server - you need
to do one of a bunch of other things, such as Target Disk
- Haul old server out of its niche so I can cable it to new
server. Boot it in headless mode and hold down 'T' for what I
think is a sufficient amount of time to activate Target Disk
- Wasn't long enough. Reboot and try again.
- Back on new server, the target disk has appeared but it has a
warning icon on it.
- "New Server has Server app installed. Can't use MA. Please
demote new server"
- Opt to quit MA on the new server, which I'm accessing via
Screen Sharing because it's also headless; this apparently causes
it such a conniption that the screen sharing session stops
- Reboot new server from the ssh session I'd cleverly set up.
- Fruitlessly trawl for "demote MacOS server". Implication seems
to be that I need to reinstall MacOS?
- Rename /Library/Server and remove Server.app fron new server,
- Back through the MA launch palaver again.
- Yay, target disk isn't tagged with a warning this time.
- Can't select what I want to transfer until it's done figuring
out how much data is in each category, ok...
- Can't select what I want to transfer even after all that? Uh,
- Doesn't transfer account passwords. That's annoying.
- Will take six days! Will take six hours! Will take six
minutes! It's been on "will take 45 minutes" for the last hour or
so, and the transfer speed is constantly dropping to maintain the
45 minute ETA.
- Hours later: "Could not obtain authorisation to create new
users on your system" which was the only bloody thing I wanted it
to do in the first place.
- February 2
- Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them:
I'm not quite sure what to make of this. I mean, the main
character - Newt - never quite felt like the main character to me
for some reason. And not because Tina was the main character,
either; the storyline clearly puts her in the damsel-in-distress
position almost throughout, and puts her sister in the
damsel-in-undress (hah! you see what I did there?) role, and
that's pretty disappointing for a movie written by a woman. I think
the character I enjoyed most was Kowalski, because he just rolled
with what was happening to him, and that was both well written and
well played by the actor. I'll probably keep watching these as
they make their way to the TV, but unless the subsequent movies
are dramatically different I suspect I won't exactly be leaping at
the opportunity to see them.
I've thought about this some more, and while Tina did have more
agency and less distress than you might believe from the paragraph
above, it still felt like she was playing a poor second fiddle to
a weak lead - and no fault of Eddie Redmayne; the character as
written was weak, not the portrayal.
- February 1
- Deadpool 2
was fun, as expected, but not quite as good as the first one. I
guess the first one was a hard act to follow, plus all the gags -
cultural references, breaking the fourth wall, Deadpool losing
arbitrary bits of himself - had already been used in the first one
and no matter how hard they try the second one was always going to
feel like it was either ticking the boxes or doing "same thing,
only with a bigger explosion". Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, I
just felt like I might have had a bit more fun rewatching the
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And now we're into month two.