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The Lobster (2015)
Geekly Diary of Waider
contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
- December 05
- This is the sort of hardware nonsense I'm currently enduring:
Preflight complete for "Macintosh HD"...
Time elapsed: 5 days, 21 hours, 15 minutes, 48.000 seconds
Note, that's just the preflight. It still has to copy a
few GB of data.
- December 04
- In which Mrs. gets her H. Dip (Comp Sci). Huzzah!
- December 01
- Y'know, I was convinced that The Lobster would be a bit of
fun. No, it was weird, but not in a good way, and miserable, and
ultimately a waste of however long it ran for. I think whichever
IMDb commentator said it'd have made a good short was on the right
track, if a touch generous.
(If this marks me as some sort of theatrical Philistine,
fine. I've already made clear my liking for movies in which things
explode and neurons need not apply.)
- November 28
- Oh for the love of... we had a POWER CUT tonight. After the Mac
had spent a couple of days "verifying backup" and had
finally gotten down to the business of writing its first Time
Machine backup in over a month. It's like Steve Jobs is out there
somewhere trying to pressure me into a new Mac.
- November 26
- Various hardware failures are gradually being reined in. Still
trying to move things around so that I can send the MacBook in for
repairs, because the shop said 7-10 days for repairs due to their
current Christmas rush, and I want to make sure that I have access
to things from the laptop during that time. The laptop will be
going to the shop with an alternative hardrive, but the one that's
in it is APFS-formatted, and I have nothing else in the house
that'll read that format (old Mac Mini and older MacBook,
basically) hence the shuffling around of things. The Drobo finally
finished its disk assimilation, so that's back running at its
normal speed; I looked at upgrade options, and it seems the best I
can do is to upgrade to a 5C which gets me an extra drive bay but
is limited to USB connection; it supports USB 3, but the Mac Mini
doesn't, so this is a net downgrade in speed. I can also get a 5N,
but that uses a "slightly incompatible disk format"
which means I can't simply unload the drives from the old Drobo
and stick them in the new one: I have to do an actual disk-to-disk
copy which means (a) waiting a couple of weeks for it to complete
and (b) getting a bunch of extra disks because I'll need space for
2x the amount of data. Neither of these is terrifically appealing,
given that the problem is speed rather than capacity, so I guess
I'll be doing some more research.
- November 24
- Wonder Woman was rather a lot of
fun, and I admit I didn't figure out who Aries was almost until
the reveal. I'm pretty sure I watched the TV series at some point
as a kid but I've no recollection, to be honest. Anyway. Good
movie, good plot, good jokes, good action sequences. It's not high
art, but it's an enjoyable way to pass the time.
- November 20
- So, disk saga. I am now at: MacBook appears to have a dead
component in the CPU->HDD chain, which I am told might be
the HDD connector (apparently about &eur;100 to replace) but could
also be something blown on the logic board (apparently a
significant portion of the value of the laptop to replace). Of the
hard drives, I suspect they're fine since I've had no further
problems with them running on SATA/USB hookups. Still, I have an
RMA number for the SSD so I may just return that to be on the safe
Because I am a glutton for punishment, I chose this time to
upgrade one of the drives in the Drobo, which means it's now into
its week-long period of moving things around on the drive in a
completely opaque fashion so I've no idea how close it is to
finishing - or how far away. I think I'm gonna look into doing a
direct upgrade of this, i.e. one where I buy a new Drobo shell,
maybe even a NAS unit, that I can swap the drives straight into; I
seem to recall reading that this was possible. More research
Oh, and for amusement value I came home this evening to discover
the entire z-wave network had decided to stop working - or some
such thing; after some poking around I decided that the best thing
to do was bounce the controlling software (OpenHAB) and sure
enough things started coming back online after that. This is one
of those cautionary signs for people considering home automation.
(Another is the fact that some of my TRVs have become very hungry
- November 17
- My Cousin Rachel was kinda meh
- the scenery was about the only good thing going in it. The rest
of it, well, I don't know how much to blame on the source material
and how much is just simply a film I didn't enjoy.
- 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.