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Geekly Diary of Waider
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- June 07
- After some investigation I have concluded that my GoPro camera
creates files which its own built-in webserver will not deliver to
a client in their entirety - the connection closes at the 2GB
boundary, while the files may run somewhere past that. Tsk. (You
can retrieve the rest using HTTP's Range header.)
was stonkingly good, the more so because I'd absolutely no idea
what to expect so - as I presume was intended - I spent a good
deal of effort trying to figure out what was going on and
gradually recognising that clues had been left along the way. It's
a slow movie, and nothing explodes (well, mostly) and you're
probably gonna have to actually engage your brain for it, but it's
definitely one to see.
- June 02
- Finished Season 5 of Bosch
which was really good except for the very obvious hooks for Season
6, and the whole Bosch/Chief confrontation where you're wondering
if Bosch didn't just copy the file he brought with him, and if not
Also now working our way through Good Omens
which is basically perfect, and I do like the speculation that you
could've swapped Tennant and Sheen's roles without
difficulty (i.e. Tennant playing Aziraphele and Sheen playing
Crowley). I think Sir Terry would've been very happy with how this
has turned out.
- May 25
- I'd seen Unbreakable long enough ago that I'd
forgotten most of the details, and neither of us has seen
Split, so of course we watched Glass
which is a sequel to both. There were a few backreferences to the
preceeding movies but nothing you couldn't figure out from
context, and I don't think it'd have dramatically changed my
opinion of the movie, which was "Meh". It's just sort of slow and
drawn out and the twists are telegraphed and, I dunno, it winds up
feeling like "Everyone's doing comic books, me
too". Oh well.
- May 24
- The Man Who Knew Infinity
was a fascinating movie about someone I'd never heard of, and
somewhat unusually for a biopic it seems like it stuck pretty
damned close to the real story. It's not a brilliant movie by any
means, but it's interesting and well-made and was a better use of
two hours than some other things I've watched.
- 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