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The Man in the High Castle (TV Series 2015–2019)
Geekly Diary of Waider
contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
- December 04
- Man in the High Castle Season 4 really feels like the showmakers
have finally found their stride, just as they're wrapping the
whole thing up.
- December 02
- Ok so I have one question about the Mr. Robot bank hack: why did
they need all the phones, if there was only one 2FA code sent? Or
do we assume that 100 were sent, and the one Eliot sends to
Darlene is because she'll have captured the other 99
- November 24
- Oh hey. Final season of Man in the High Castle is
out. Watched the first epsiode and once again I've more or less
forgotten what's going on.
- November 23
- That poor ending is still bugging me. It's a six-year-old movie,
so spoiler alert and all but lemme talk about what might have been
a more interesting outcome.
Anyway, this is
clearly the start of my highly successful script-doctoring career,
so I'm off to search the internet for an agent.
- Immediaely obvious one,
Emerson's "asset" is the bad guy. Arc of the story is to teach
Emerson a lesson about trust. Doesn't work for me, but it's an
approach. I've not given this enough thought to figure out how it
would pan out, as in how you'd reveal it, why she'd wait so long,
- Emerson's boss is the bad guy. See, for me, this idea
has legs. First, we already know he's a cold-hearted bastard who
probably wouldn't bat an eyelid at shooting Emerson (this is part
of why the ending as delivered grates: if he was true to his
character he'd have simply shot the two of them in the hospital
room and left). Second, he knows how the system works; he assigned
Emerson to it - you'd have to drop the bit with the fake operator
callsign since that wouldn't make sense. Third, he wants to be
kingpin, so he stages the breakin to take out 14 real hits and 1
fake (his own) which will leave him last man standing in the
agency upper ranks. So we've got means, motive, opportunity, as
they say. How does this pan out? Emerson figures it out somehow,
maybe when he makes the cellphone call to his boss. Lures the boss
to the base on some pretext; boss falls for pretext on the grounds
of wanting to clean everything up; mayhem ensues. Probably bonus
points for getting the asset critically involved, e.g. shooting
someone who's got the drop on Emerson. Sort of getting a bit into
Bourne territory here but that's ok. Then they plant evidence of
their deaths, destroy the location, and off we go to an island in
the Caribbean with Emerson's millions or
- Variation on this: it's a test for Emerson to
see if he'll shoot the asset, since that's the reason he was put
on this task in the first place. Again, I haven't thought this one
out because it doesn't really work for me, but it'd sort of
fit. This could be a subplot of the above scenario because
Emerson's boss wants to leave no trace.
- November 22
- The Numbers Station
was chugging along nicely, and I thought I could see a very nice
twist coming, and instead they went for Bad Guy Monologue and
Rogue with Heart of Gold and really I felt like throwing the
remote at the TV. Such a wasted opportunity.
- November 21
- Pretty sure I'd seen An Audience with Billy Connolly
before, but that's no reason not to watch it again. Half the fun
was in trying to identify the '80s celebrities in the crowd.
No good reason for the gap in the diary other than that I've been
a bit busy: hoping to move back into renovated house soon, busy at
work, a trip to London, various other things.
- November 08
- I think I preferred How To Talk To Girls At Parties
as a short story. As a almost two-hour film, it was a bit uneven
and sort of lacking in depth. Cute that they made the protagonist
pretty much Young Neil Gaiman at the end, though.
- October 29
- Just remembered, we also watched Vincent,
in which Leonard Nimoy plays Theo Van Gogh eulogizing his brother
- and, to some extent - giving a biography of sorts - on stage in
Minneapolis. It's really, really good.
- October 27
- Trying to figure out what's preventing SSH connections to one of
the EC2 instances I manage. It seems to be running perfectly happy
aside from that one thing, and that one thing is the one thing I
actually need to debug it.
On the plus side I've actually scripted the annoying series of
commands to diagnose it - shut down instance, detach drive, attach
drive to another instance, give me a subshell where I go do stuff,
then when I exit the subshell it puts everything back the way it
Well, I've found the problem, sort of: sshd privilege separation
and, maybe, systemd are combining to fail. I say "sort of" because
I'm still trying to figure out how to work around it, short of
downgrading to a version of sshd that allows me to disable
privilege separation until I've figured out more specifically what
the problem is. I suspect I'll be building an old sshd and
sticking it on some random high-numbered port or something to
figure this out.
(out of frustration I installed a telnet daemon. Then discovered I
don't have a telnet client. *flings laptop out window*)
- October 26
- Sweet Home Alabama:
predictable, harmless, well-enough made. Whiled away the time but
I wouldn't rush out and watch it again.