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They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
Geekly Diary of Waider
contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
- November 15
- Another one that's been on the list for ages: They Shall Not Grow Old.
Filmed, as the closing credit says, on location on the Western
Front, 1914-1918. The switch from black-and-white Pathé
newsreel style to colourised, stablised, speed-corrected
widescreen is almost physical in its impact, but the rest of it: I
think if you've read "All Quiet On The Western Front" or otherwise
encountered any WWI "deglamourised" history, none of it will
really come as a surprise. The footage is fairly grim in places,
so be warned of that if you plan on watching this - and it's a
different sort of grim to, say, Saving Private Ryan where
something, maybe, at the back of your head is reminding you that
it's a recreation. This isn't a recreation.
- November 14
- Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary
is something I've been meaning to watch for ages, and it was worth
watching - certainly a good deal more palatable than the recent
trend for doing such things as "Oral Histories". Lots of good bits
and laughs, including the Tim Allen / Steven Spielberg / Alan
Rickman story that the director was persuaded to tell. I think the
most interesting thing about it is that no-one seemed to
have a coherent story about Rickman - he hated Tim Allen, but
there's a still of him literally doubling up laughing with Allen;
he was aloof, except he wasn't; he told one of the producers with
a pained expression that "it was fun intermittently". Whatever the
truth of the matter is, it's hard to see anyone else selling the
role as well as he did.
- November 13
- Work laptop has been running the Ventura point release for a
couple of days without crashing but, well, I'm not using
it so it could just be teasing.
- November 10
- And now we're done with Vikings Season 5 Part 1, and it looks
like Season 6 - the final season - has been added to our available
viewing, so that's nice.
Social Media Bird Site continues to be an ever-growing trash
fire. I may be inclined to put my account to sleep.
- November 07
- Crashing Ventura macOS somewhat improved by reseting
the PRAM, but this annoys me on two counts: firstly, it's an
opaque fix - there are any number of things stored in PRAM, and
who knows which of them was at fault? - and secondly, it smells of
failure to invalidate cached data from the previous OS
If you're part of the exodus to Mastodon,
- November 04
- Got our Smart Meter installed.
Cramped location and a lack of advance surveying meant the
installer got a "surprise, you're hosed" experience which meant
that 45 minutes without electricity became about 2 hours without
electricity. Now we just have to wait for ESB Networks to roll out
their provider-independent gateway (apparently this month!) so we
can access the data without having to actually get on a
(potentially) more expensive tariff to do so.
Work laptop has had a full OS reinstall, to no avail. USB
definitely seems to be the source of the problem but nailing it
down any more clearly than that appears difficult to
impossible. This weekend I'll be applying the magic "reset NVRAM,
reset SMC" fixes, and then contemplating how best to roll back to
the previous OS.
Rebooting the house means one of my "smart plugs" which had
stopped publishing data is back publishing data again and, er,
jeez. Power drain city. (it's the one all the computer toys are
- November 01
- I upgraded the work laptop to Ventura and, well, it's been
constant rebootsville since. It looks like maybe something in
USBland is unhappy but so far no diagnosis. Of particular
concern/interest is that once the OS starts booting properly, my
USB hub appears to go through rapid, recurring
- October 30
- Spent an enjoyable few days at The Wicklow Escape.
Lots of reading, a bit of walking, a hot tub, and fine food and drink.
Finished rereading The Peripheral and Agency and a Walter Mosely
title I'd been picking at before I picked up Ulysses.
Episode three of The Peripheral TV series: things kinda go
wacky. Major departures from the book, but also I'm not entirely
sure I followed the whole epsiode. A margarita may have had
something to do with that.
- October 23
- Finished Vikings S4: there's a bit of setup there for S5 (who
the heck is Jonathan Rhys-Meyer's character and what's the
significance of his sword and do I even care?) but mostly they
just concentrated on tying up "the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok avenge
him" with a surprising death or two thrown in for good
measure. It looks like we've got half of S5 on Prime Video so I
guess we can watch that next.
What we did watch next, though, was The Peripheral
and you know what? It's pretty sweet. It's been long enough since
I last read the book that I'd kinda forgotten lots of stuff but I
was definitely pleased to see the bendy phones make an appearance
simply because their presence in the book is a minor thing that
works well without going into specifics; a classic Gibson trick,
that. It also amuses me that at the time the book was written, the
idea of a store that did 3d printing for you was kinda futuristic
where as now it's like, sure, I can see that being a thing I could
find somewhere in Dublin albeit maybe not at the scale in the
show. Some of the casting doesn't match how I'd imagined
characters but who cares? And of course I've started
rereading the book. I've spent the last couple of months
working my way through a classic and difficult 20th century
masterpiece, I think I deserve a little bubblegum.
In nerd news, learning about Docker from someone's three-hour
YouTube course because, well, I can. I have some nominal use for
this knowledge acquisition but I'm already suspicious I'll need
VirtualBox or similar instead, but I'm gonna go ahead and watch
- October 22
- I finished Ulysses. I think that's quite enough
achievement for the day.