A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- April 30
- Watched The Princess Bride again for
the benefit of someone who hadn't seen it and was curious about my
t-shirt bearing Inigo's little speech as Gaeilge.
- April 29
- Despicable Me is very
funny and well plotted, too. I think this one goes in the
"Buy Me" bucket.
- April 27
- Attempting to keep up with the hibernate stuff I'm learning; it
falls out of my head if I'm not using it, which unfortunately
means that right now I'm trying to remember what I was doing with
it. Also discovering how bad my database schema is.
- April 26
- Er, what?
Installed Snow Leopard Font UpdateDid someone just install Windows on my Mac?
You have installed one or more updates that requires that you restart your
computer. Please restart immediately.
- April 25
- Finally released the in-progress version of Finance::Bank::IE,
mainly on account of being cheesed off with tweaking. There's a
few fairly major changes: there's now a master module
(Finance::Bank::IE) which the various per-bank modules subclass;
there's a reasonably comprehensive test suite (although it's
missing some stuff still, I just got fed up as noted above); and
I've started restructuring the code so that I can maybe make a bit
more of it common to the master module. Enjoy!
- April 24
- And another recorded film: Planet of the Apes, wherein
Charlton Heston and Troy McClure are revealed to be one and the
same (at least as far as delivery goes), the apes are fairly
straightfaced because prosthetics weren't advanced enough to make
them more expressive, and the dialogue in general is fairly wooden
and appalling. Mainly watching this out of a sense of "it is
(or was) a classic"; I suggest you treat it
- April 23
- One more from the recorded-it-ages-back pile: the original
Italian Job (last watched in July 2003) wherein Mr. Caine and
associates take some Mini Coopers for a spin in Turin. Lots of
fun, and strangely I don't find that it's particularly dated
beyond the obvious things like the makes of car or the computers
with huge tape drives - I guess the story itself is pretty
- April 22
- Picked up Mirrormask
on DVD during the week. Last watched in January 2007; it's odd that I had
completely forgotten about the setup (including the circus) but I
still enjoyed it as much as the first time. The extras on the DVD
include interviews with Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman, watching
which led me to conclude that in gaining a fantastic visual artist
and an equally fantastic writer, the world has been somewhat
deprived of a fantastic comedy duo. If you rent this on DVD, be
sure to check out the extras before sending it back.
- April 21
- TRON: Legacy: kinda meh. Even the
pretty pictures (and technically somewhat accurate nerd fodder)
don't make up for the fairly rubbish storyline and poor
dialogue. Worse, I can't currently lay hands on the original movie
so I can remind myself if it was better, or if I'm just
doing the rose-tinted-glasses bit.
Hacked a bit on the Banking modules, which I should really bundle
up and release since there are some outstanding bugs that prevent
the current release working as-is. It's just that I've got a bunch
of test files right now that either aren't properly bundled, or
aren't properly scrubbed for personal info.
- April 16
- Much hijinks on the LAN this morning. Wireless dropping packets,
NFS server not responding... perhaps the wireless doodad needs
rebooting again. In fact, perhaps I should reboot it regularly to
forestall this sort of silliness.
Selene hadn't ever seen Dead Poets Society, and I
hadn't seen it in a long time, so we added it to the ScreenClick list and it
turned up during the week. It holds up pretty well, given that
when I can last recall enjoying it I would have been as impressed
with Keating and the poetry as the students in the story; and even
knowing how the story pans out, it's still got a decent emotional
tug to it. Worth watching.
- April 11
- Happy birthday to ... me!
- April 10
"Thanks for your feedback. Over time, this
information helps us deliver more relevant adverts to
you."Thanks, facebook, that's lovely, but why am
I still getting adverts for the "Dublin Bucket
List" (which seems to primarily consist of adverts featuring
bikini-clad women, none of whom look like they're in
Shrek Forever After: still
plenty laughs despite the fact that I've lost count of how many
movies this franchise has generated. This one's pretty dark in
places; I guess aimed less at the kids and more at the adults, or
maybe trying to capture the interest of those who were kids when
the first one came out. It's not classic cinema, but it's good
- April 9
- Minor weirdness with iTunes (what is it with my Mac? Am I not
giving it enough attention?) where it lost half the software that
allows it to back up the iPhone. After some poking around on the
net I just reinstalled iTunes and everything worked. The problem
may have been caused by installing XCode + iOS SDK yesterday, but
- April 8
- Very odd. My Mac's power supply appears to have
died. Fortunately I have another to hand.
- April 5
- Trying to understand how to use Hibernate. Easier said
- April 3
- Hmm. It would appear that for the second time, I've dropped my
wallet while cycling, and this time I think I've actually managed
to lose it. Bah.
- April 2
- Dug out one of the DVDs: Crazy Heart. We may have seen a
trailer for this and decided it was worth picking up. Actually,
it's not bad at all, not least because Jeff Bridges sells both the
"washed-up" and "country singer" parts of
"washed-up country singer". Colin Farrell (!) is good
when singing, but when not, his accent is all over the place. The
story is a fairly clichéd retread of something you've seen
a thousand times before, but like I always say, clichéd
plots are fine if the execution is good, and the execution here
is good. I wouldn't suggest running out and renting this
immediately, but it's worth a look if it shows up on
- April 1
- Added MP4 metadata extraction to the toy I use to generate
podcasts out of random crap I've downloaded from the
About Dog again. Enjoyed it again. Still ignoring the two DVDs
sitting on the shelf.
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