A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- November 14
- Hardware disasters continue: this evening on the way home from
work, my bike chain snapped. Frickin' AWESOME.
Hmm, so what have I been up to?
There was a trip to London and a trip to Seattle, both
work-related. The latter involved a ten-hour stretch on a plane,
so on the way over I watched a bunch of Mr. Robot, Halt and Catch
Fire, and Preacher. Preacher is wickedly funny - Starr's
"audition had me giggling constantly throughout" - but
I'm kinda feeling like it's not going anywhere. Mr. Robot
is constantly messing with your head so you've no idea what's
actually going on at any given time. And Halt and Catch
Fire... it's a bit overegged in places, but it's basically catnip
for me. Premise: Silicon Gulch, or whatever you want to call
Silicon Valley In Texas, right about the time the PC clone market
was starting up. It's got enough realism to be credible, they've
made the chief software geek a woman which is a pretty bold (and
commendable) move - and to add to that they've got another woman
doing some of the heavy lifting on the hardware side. The two male
leads are basically Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, except their Woz
is wound somewhat tighter than I think the real one ever was
(woz?). Season one fades out with them having created their clone
PC, the band's broken up, and the geek women are starting to get
into high-speed telecoms, so now I want to watch the rest of this
(total 4 seasons).
It did occur to me at one point that the showmakers looked at
their works, declared it to have passed the Bechdel test because
hey two strong female leads talking about something other than a
man, and decided they didn't need any more women "feature
characters". Also they come up with rather a long list of
excuses to show Cameron in the act of putting on or removing items
of clothing. But this is sniping, a little; both Cameron and Donna
are given real roles within the series.
Moviewise, the only thing I can recall right now is the other
night we watched Birdman,
which is absolute genius and totally should have gotten an Oscar
for the editing job. There's a visual gimmick that I'm not going
to mention because if you watch this without knowing about it,
like I did, it's something you gradually become aware of and then
you can't stop noticing it and wondering at how awesome
it is. Obviously I really enjoyed this!
Oh yeah. We watched 25th Hour as well which, well, it was a rewatch
(last watched June 29th, 2013),
and it's an okay piece that kinda falls flat at the end - which is
more than I thought of it last time round. Also Brian Cox should
be prohibited by international law from attempting an Irish accent
There was also the failed
hard disk saga.
Books: mostly reading Philip K. Dick, John Le Carré. I've
fallen a bit behind my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but given that
I stupidly challenged myself to read two books a week
that's hardly surprising.
- November 13
- Having spent two weeks getting my Mac back to a bootable
disk... it looks like the logic board has died, so I've gone from
SSD (zippy!!!) to HDD (not so zippy!) to HDD connected via USB
(positively snail-like). About the only upside is that there's no
heat being generated inside the computer by the HDD, since it's
hanging off a cable on the outside.
- November 12
- Virgil Brigman back on the air...
Since I last updated here, I have: had a SSD fail, hence the
downtime; been to London and Seattle; watched a movie or two, the
entire first season of Halt and Catch Fire, the last of
Preacher Season 2, and whatever's currently available of
Mr. Robot Season 3; read many books; and spent an
inordinate amount of time trying to recover from the failed SSD
despite having not one, not two, but THREE backups to work
with. Sagas may be forthcoming, along with consumed media
reviews. For now, though, there's a bunch of random stuff to catch
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