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The Young Victoria (2009)
Geekly Diary of Waider
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- May 21
- BBC wrestling with trademarks and spelling today:
2019-05-21 03:35 Niki Lauda obituary: 'A remarkable life lived in technicolour'
You'd sort of expect something like this would have been prepared in
advance, wouldn't you?
2019-05-21 06:05 Niki Lauda obituary: 'A remarkable life lived in Technicolour'
2019-05-21 06:35 Niki Lauda obituary: 'A remarkable life lived in Technicolor'
- May 16
- This broadcast comes to you from our new digs on the west side
of Dublin, since the regular spot is undergoing a bit of surgery
that will make it somewhat uninhabitable. We actually moved in
here last Friday, but it's taken a while to get things
sufficiently settled, and we decided tonight should be a night off
from moving / packing / unpacking.
The move weekend itself was a barrel of laughs:
So that's why we're on a night off tonight.
- Friday: I spend the day moving enough stuff to facilitate at
least one night at the new digs.
- Saturday, 3am: We both get up and drive to Phoenix Park for
Light 5k walk; back home about 5:30am.
- Saturday, 8am: I get up again and go to the no-longer-local
marshall, followed by coffee with the Sanctuary Runners
who I normally run with.
- Saturday afternoon: We both do some more housemoving
- Sunday, 8:30am: We both get up and drive to Terenure where
I'm running in the Sportsworld Terenure 5-Mile Race in the
Sanctuary Runners colours (my first race in several years, and
I managed just over 37 minutes)
- Sunday afternoon: We both do some more housemoving
- Monday: ditto.
- Tuesday: I'm on housemoving duty again during the day, and we
both do some more in the evening.
- Wednesday I'm back at work, but we do a bit more housemoving
in the evening.
- May 05
- Windows machine insisting that files suffixed ".pdf" are of type
"Chrome HTML File (pdf)". None of the obvious tricks to change
this to something sane - such as, say, "PDF file" - seem to have
any effect. They're definitely PDF files, though. My understanding
of this is that Chrome has, very much in the fashion of every
other piece of Windows software, attempted to lay claim to the
Default Application space in every area it can, and has done so in
a way that sneaks beneath the standard control panel. The simple
act of opening Adobe Acrobat seems to have changed the default app
for opening these files to Acrobat, but they're still labeled as
Chrome HTML files. What a pile of junk.
- May 03
- Keeping, somewhat, with the recent theme of Movies About Iconic
English Queens: if it hadn't been in the credits, I'd have had a
hard time believing that Martin Scorsese directed The Young Victoria.
I mean, nobody gets bloodily dismembered at any point
(there is a shooting, but only wounding and all very much shot in
a way that emphasises the drama, not the blood). The story is
funny, it's cute, it's romantic, it's believable, and apparently
it mostly sticks to the facts - I suspect there's probably a good
deal more historical accuracy going on in the set-dressing,
scenery and backgrounds than the scant bits mentioned on the IMDb
- April 27
- Hacking about with the GoPro; there's a slightly abandoned
Python module for interfacing with it, and with a small amount of
kicking I got it working (needs python3, also doesn't recognise my
firmware as being a HERO+). Then for some reason the "gpMediaList"
API call (list all media) wasn't working, so I hacked around that
to fetch all the data off the camera; then the next time I
connected to it the gpMediaList worked just fine. I think there's
a bit of latent flakiness around this that I've also seen on the
USB interface where it was unable to retrieve files from the
camera using the desktop app, but was fine with the phone app. And
because it's a four-year-old model I'm not expecting firmware
updates to patch the glitches any time soon.
- April 26
- Gradually reeling in the Marvel Comic Universe: Doctor Strange
is fun and thoughtful and visually mind-bending. Cumberbatch does
a nice job of both arrogant surgeon and somewhat hapless
accidental hero. Rachel McAdams is a bit wasted in this; her role
seems to mainly to be a prop for Cumberbatch and someone for him
to be dismissive of - would have been nice to see her given a
little more to do with the role. But, as the movie says, it's not
about you, or something. Anyway. Good flick, worth a look. We're
one short of being able to watch Infinity War and I see
from the BBC's coverage of Very Important Things that there's
another Avengers movie to catch after that. I'm sure we'll catch
- April 21
- The long-running saga with the failing TimeMachine backups was
eventually resolved by moving the disk array from the creaky old
Mac Mini (2009 era) to the slightly less creaky Mac Mini (2011?
2013? can't recall). There were a few epic backups while the
system caught up with everything, and there was an unscheduled
"Drobo is protecting your disk so don't do anything with it for
the next ten days" but now I'm back to hourly backups that
complete within the hour they're running in. I'm still faced with
having something like 1TB of backups for this laptop that really
should be thinned out a bit, a process that TimeMAchine doesn't
support particularly well.
- April 19
- Having watched the first Elizabeth movie last week we
figured we'd watch the second one (Elizabeth: The Golden Age)
this week. This is definitely more or less as I remember (although
I'd missed the minor detail with Babington's pistol) and again, it
takes some historical liberties in the interests of presenting a
more pleasing story with less characters - ironically enough, Rhys
Ifans' character is an invention to compensate for the fact that
the real person in his place (approximately) had been killed off
in the previous movie. Anyway. Good movie, but maybe use it as a
springboard for your new-found interest into Elizabethan history
rather than a core reference.
- April 16
- Did a slightly hard cutover to Python3.6 on a bunch of
stuff running on this server. I'd done a lot of work some time
back to make it compatible with both Python 2.7 and 3.6, but given
3.6 is end-of-life this year I figured I'd just switch that big
ol' lever over to the new version. Turns out everything wasn't
quite ready, and a bunch of stuff I'm sure I'd fixed and
tested under both interpreters was suddenly not working, but it
all looks ok now.
minor explosion followed by some dull thuds in the distance.
- April 13
- "Let's get a bunch of has-been action movie heroes and make an
ensemble movie! How could it possibly go wrong?" Answer: The Expendables.
I think the problem is evident in the credits when you see that
Stallone has writing and directing on this. And the thing is, it's
not a terrible movie that you wind up mocking for being so
terrible; it's just a bad movie. It has no rhythm, it doesn't do
the running gag (Stallone and Statham's knife vs. gun routine)
properly, the dialogue is terrible (particularly Dolph Ludgren's)
and in a movie with a name like this, it turns out none of them
actually is expendable, including the guy you thought they killed
off. (Sorry if that spoiled anything for you. You shouldn't have
watched this movie.) Mrs. fell asleep while it was on, and I think
that was a better use of the running time.