A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- March 29
- Wow, lookit that Brexit go.
Assorted detours into narrative over fact aside, Bohemian Rhapsody
was quite the enjoyable piece of work, not least because the only
other thing I've seen Rami Malek in is Mr. Robot where he's sort
of the complete opposite to Freddie Mercury. The historical
inaccuracies are a little weird, given the slavish devotion to
producing (for example) a replica of the Live Aid set complete
with era-appropriate Pepsi logos, but I suppose if you want a nice
heroic arc to frame your story then at least some historical
details may have to take a back seat. I guess I'd say, enjoy the
movie but don't treat it like an actual biopic.
- March 22
- Grabbed Captain America: Civil War
off some station or other recently. I watched this back in 2016 on
a flight home from America which meant I didn't get, shall we say,
the full experience; watching it in a (probably) uncut format
without assorted background distractions on a reasonably-sized
screen was definitely a better experience. Also having since seen
Ant-Man and whichever movie they blew up an entire city in, I've
now got the backstory I was missing for a few pieces of the
movie. It's pretty good, even if a portion of it is just half the
Avengers punching the crap out of the other half, repeated at a
smaller scale later on.
So now we've only three of the franchise unwatched, including
Infinity War. Getting there.
- March 16
- Apparently Charles Bronson thought The Dirty Dozen
was too violent, to the point where he walked out (temporarily)
mid-filming. That would be guy who made five "Death Wish"
movies. It's a dated film in a lot of respects, mainly in terms of
the effects; the storyline is fairly straightforward - grimmer
than I expected at the end, but straightforward nonetheless and
wouldn't really need altering if the whole thing was
remade. Apparently at the time of release the idea of American
soldiers being anything other than knights in shining armour was a
bit of an upset, which is something that's hard to recapture
now. To be honest I mainly watched this because it's been on one
channel or another repatedly for the last month so I figured I'd
give it a go. Can't say I'd be inclined to watch it a second
Oh, and somewhere in the third act, Virgin Media decided I
couldn't continue to watch the show "for copyright reasons"; I
flipped over to Freesat to continue watching, and when I flipped
back to the Virgin box later it was running again. No idea
what that was about.
- March 8
- X-Men: Apocalypse
started out well enough, but then seemed to get sort of fuzzy and
lose its way before eventually Magneto inevitably changes sides
and works with Xavier instead of against him. And there was the
whole "bad guy is the Mummy" bit. And the "have my mental pain"
routine that was used in The Crow back in 1992. And
further tweaks to the Wolverine origin story. Ok movie, but not
something to lose sleep over if you missed it.
- March 3
- Today's fun MacOS discovery: the thing in High Sierra that allows
you to add drivers from third-party developers to your system
can't be operated when you're controlling the Mac using screen
sharing. I had to line up the mouse pointer on the appropriate
button, then go to the Mac, plug in a mouse without moving it, and
click the button. Alternative approaches I found required booting
to recovery mode. The single most annoying part of this is that
there's no easy way to discover it: the UI shows you a button, you
click on it, and nothing happens. If you dig around, you'll
eventually find a system log entry that says the click is being
discarded because one PID doesn't match another (although what
those PIDs are for doesn't get a mention). Sufficient
web-searching at that point turns up the solution: use
directly-connected hardware instead of remote control. Apparently
the same issue affects some third-party hardware, so even with
directly-connected hardware you might still encounter
Giant eye-roll, is all I'm sayin'.
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