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Geekly Diary of Waider
contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
- January 12
- Rewatched Tinker, Tailor, Soldier,
Spy, since Mrs. hadn't seen it and I recently re-read the
book. It's well-made, but I'm thinking Peter Guillam's live-in
lover was a bit extraneous given the original story already had
its implied other relationships that would have fit the bill, so
to speak; that aside, it sticks pretty closely to the book,
including making it difficult to figure out who the spy is until
late in the game - and of course when it comes to it, they make a
meal of the reveal. Good movie, worth a look, although oddly the
first time I watched it I was terribly disappointed with it. I'd
like to see the Alec Guinness version, mind you.
Actually, rereading my original comments on this I'm not sure why
I was quite so put off by the movie. Certainly I'd made the same
observation about Guillam, but I think the other things I disliked
about it are actually things that make it a deeper, more
engaging movie. (as opposed to the usual fluff I watch)
- January 11
- ...and then there's a NEW urgent Mac exploit to patch. Apple,
what's going on?
Reducing contact time for my collection of z-wave TRVs from 5
minutes to 15 minutes appears to be having a suitably impressive
impact on battery lifetime.
- January 09
- All Macs patched and rebooted.
- January 07
- Celebrating the last day of my Christmas holidays by coming down
with a cold. Feh.
- January 06
- Non-obvious learning of the day: if you have a password policy
in pwSafe, and you select the last checkbox - generate
pronouncable passwords - the only part of the policy that's
actually observed is the password length. The response I got to a
support request about this suggests that a fix may be in the
works. (pwSafe is a password manager for iOS and macOS).
- January 05
- Password-changing spree: Google sent me a notification that my
password had changed. To my gmail address. Which gmail filed as
Junk. NICE JOB, GOOGLE.
I now have no passwords older than 1600 days (a bit over 4 years)
except for the ones I couldn't change. I'm also deleting accounts
where relevant, and scrubbing passwords out of Safari entirely
since I read about sites sniffing your ID by generating hidden
How come noone told me I can link my DublinBikes account to my
Leap card? (to be fair, I'm not subscribed to newsletters from
either, so how else would I find this out other than by realising
that my DublinBikes password is in the Must Change list?)
The Limehouse Golem is a
nice little Victorian whodunnit, albeit a bit overcooked on the
gore in places, and the coda is ... odd. I figured out (ish)
whodunnit a little bit before the reveal, but that was close to
the end of the movie. Well worth a look.
- January 04
- Scanning in a bunch of photographs and prints for the
aforementioned genealogy backlog. I'd been using a
network-connected scanner to scan previously, but because of the
volume of stuff I need to go through I plugged the scanner
straight into the laptop. I'd forgotten that the macOS Image
Capture app had a bunch of nice features including "scan
everything on this page, but as individual items saved to separate
- January 03
- Safe was on satellite, so I
recorded it and watched it. Best described as "Jason Statham
needs to pay the bills".
- January 01
- Happy New Year, etc.
- December 31
- Wrapping up 2017: Avengers: Age of Ultron
was a bit like, uh, I've forgotten which other Avengers movie, in
as much as it felt like a stepping stone rather than a movie in
its own right. Nothing wrong with it, really, just that it didn't
feel like it could stand on its own.
Terminator: Genisys was
actually a better movie on that scale; sure, there are some nice
visual callouts to the previous movies but this one can stand on
its own and works pretty well for that.
Both movies suffer a little bit from the Superman/Matrix problem:
you keep making the bad guys stronger, but you have to match them
with the good guys, because everyone knows the good guys are going
to win, and in the end it's just a bunch of really, really epic
In other media: managed to reach my GoodReads target of 100 books,
which was stupidly ambitious and I'm somewhat surprised I reached
it. Last book on the list was John le Carré's The
Pigeon Tunnel, which is actually poorer than his fiction
because, I guess, life doesn't always make for neat little
bow-tied stories in the same way as fiction.