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11.22.63 (TV Mini Series 2016)
11.22.63 (TV Mini Series 2016)


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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
March 17
Getting mod_wsgi with a relatively modern Python (3.8...) running on the crunky old Mac Mini (MacOS 10.13.6) turned out to be surprisingly straightforward: use the package from the Python website to install the interpreter, then upgrade pip (not strictly necessary), then install mod_wsgi, then use mod_wsgi-express to print out the necessary config, then update /Library/Server/Web/Config/apache2/httpd_server_app.conf with that config. I did wrap the WSGIPythonHome config line in a check to verify that mod_wsgi was loaded, and used the Server app to turn the module off and on a few times to verify that it doesn't break.

This is, of course, preliminary yak-shaving for some other hacking about.

I have reinstated a long-ago hack which approximates a CI/CD pipeline: a file monitor on a git repository of WSGI apps which, when it detects changes, tests them and then installs them and reloads the server. It's cheap and cheerful and terribly inefficient, but it does the job.

March 16
Did I mention 11.22.63? I don't think I did. It was very good. I was slightly disturbed by recognising Dealy Plaza when it first showed up, and being able to pick out specific witnesses from the reconstruction of the motorcade; I definitely went into a JFK wormhole at some point but I didn't realise how much of it stuck. I've not read the book - herself has - but apparently the ending deviates fairly significantly from it. So I guess that's going on the reading list.

March 10
Oh, one funny bit about Un Asunto Privado: the theme music is this sort of ethereal Julie Cruise number, and when I looked it up I discovered it was a Joan Jett cover, and the original is... well, very different.

March 09
I've more or less given up on Twitter at this point: I open the app every couple of days at best, and scroll through accumulated things, but frankly it's not really holding my interest. Funny thing being I've not transferred that interest to some other venue: Mastodon is a much slower (for me) source of snippets, so I don't hit that up much either. And updates to this site have become something of a trickle. At the rate I'm going I'll be a digital hermit before the year is out.

March 07
Been a bit lax about updating here. Some recent viewing:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: really enjoyed this for the most part - it's light, a bit silly, and even the heavies are nice guys. Midge's attitude is annoying at times: it's kinda like watching Mikey in Swingers leaving the series of messages on the girl's answering machine - impending doom brought about by the character themselves and it's just kinda cringey. Anyway, that aside, I'm looking forward to more of this showing up.

Picard, Season Three: man, people are really ripping into this. I dunno. I'm enjoying it, but I was never much of a Trekkie, so maybe I'm missing the obvious fanservice, or I'm just not sufficiently dedicated to the veracity of the characters to care that they're upending things a bit.

Un Asunto Privado: this was pretty random. "Leon", er, I mean Jean Reno, playing a butler to a family whose deceased patriarch was the local head police guy, a position his son has inherited and his daughter covets. She investigates, Reno helps, and etc. 8 episodes, a bit of fun, and while I figured out who did it before we got there it was more through lack of other candidates for the role than unlocking the plot.

Night Sky: started this. Gave up after two episodes which covered about five minutes of storyline in two hours. No thanks.

11-22-63: just started watching this. One episode down: looks pretty good.

February 21
Kindle hackery continues apace. I now have two of the damned things working as bus timetable displays. I've got 'em timing out after two hours and going to sleep, which is about the amount of time we usefully need them to run in the morning, but I'm having trouble getting them to wake up by themselves (there's an RTC alarm available to me but the incantations required to make it work are ... obscure).

Watched the end of S4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tonight. That's all we can currently get on Prime, so we're stuck here until Season 5 is released. But hooray, Picard S3 just landed, so we have that.

February 17
After a good deal of mucking about, inspecting HTTP calls, trying things, guessing things, searching for docs, and of course swearing, I've resurrected someone's long-ago Ruby project, turned it into a Django project, and can now look at an updating list of nearby bus departures on an otherwise defunct Kindle. The only minor glitch in using this is that the battery on the Kindle is kinda shot, so after about two days of constant updates it's dead. I am scheming about how to improve on this without actually writing Kindle-based code.

February 13
Trying to resurrect an old piece of software without installing the entire world of dependencies to get it running. As you do. Why does gem install parse documentation as part of the install process? Shouldn't that be pre-parsed or something, so that every person who installs it doesn't needlessly burn cycles?

(I got it working only to discover it wasn't quite what I was looking for.)

February 09
Figured I'd put the data on the USB drive and then figure out the partition-frobbing later. And then went ahead and plugged it into a machine with rEFInd installed as-was, and booted, and ... it worked. So now my little old 2006 MacBook is running Linux off a live ISO. I'll fiddle around with this a bit before actually overwriting the OS disk with it, but it looks pretty neat.

February 08
I eventually had to reboot to get Safari back - I'm suspecting something had a bad disk encounter and got stuck. Anyway. Tonight's adventure was trying to create an EFI partition on a USB drive using the Mac; they sure don't make it easy. The fdisk tool in particular is a barrel of laughs.

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