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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
March 01
Progress! The Pi4 is booting onto the network now and I have remote access. Still need to install OpenHAB etc. but that's much easier to do when I have access to the damn thing.

The Gentlemen feels a lot like Lock, Stock, etc. for the modern era. It has a similar multi-stranded plot of people who somewhat unintentionally come into conflict or alliance with each other. Also it starts out really slow to the point that you might start to wonder when it's going to get going, but it does, and it's worth it. Also very funny, even if a lot of it is dark humour. Oh, and Colin Farrell is a joy in this.

February 28
Bus nerdery continues.

Had another shot at booting the Pi4 off the Pi3's SD card. No dice. So now I'm remote-installing a basic OS on the Pi4 and will, I guess, migrate all the OpenHAB bits over to it manually.

February 26
Discoveries about the state of the bus telemetry I can access:
  • Not all buses come with usable coordinates (some report location as 0,0)
  • Not all live timetable entries come with bus details
  • The 151 route described by the API doesn't match reality, and hasn't done for quite some time - it routes buses via Laurence O'Toole Place rather than Oriel Street
  • The 151 route and the bus tracking seem to have different ideas about the terminus - the route's terminus is East Road, but bus tracking appears to flip inbount to outbound only when the outbound bus reaches Sherriff Street


February 24
Enemy has approximately two types of review on IMDb: "I will try to explain this to you" and "This sucked". The most amusing feature of the former is that almost all of them are aligned on the two male leads being the same person, Fight Club style, but they equally all align on "Spiders. WTF." It's a beautifully shot movie, just like last night's outing by the same director, and that may help with the confusion because you don't get much by way of visual cues to something being real or not. At the end, I was kinda in the same camp as all the "Spiders. WTF." people.

Been doing a little API reverse-engineering and I'm noting for the record that for a bus route I'm interested in, our national transport people provide GPS tracking in one direction but not in the other. For my purposes, this is mildly annoying.

February 23
Dune 2 is in the cinema next week so we figured it'd be a good time to watch Dune. It's well-made, and also clearly directed by "that guy that did Blade Runner 2049", but I can't take this story particularly seriously because everyone's being completely straight-faced about the whole mystic side of the story, and you can't do Dune without that. It doesn't feel like a must-see but it wasn't a waste of time, either.

February 21
Despite my misgivings about its security posture, we ran the catcam while we were away and were not taken over by a botnet. I'm still not thrilled with the way the thing works but I'm at least marginally reassured that my abject poking at it have produced suggestions that it's not running the CVE-laden protocol that its predecessors had; in other words they've at least upgraded the protocol, if not fixed the bugs. I have intentions around poking it with a stick at some point when I run out of Too Many Other Things To Do but for now it's only active when we need it, and when it's active it lives in a DMZ away from the rest of the network.

February 19
Spent the last few days in London: visited Greenwich, the Royal Acadamy, a bunch of restaurants, and a few shops. Much Fun Was Had.

February 18
I had completely forgotten that District 9 initially sets up as a documentary before moving (mostly) into feature-film mode; it's an excellent piece of movie-making in as much as it really sells the reality of what it's portraying. Enjoyed (again).

February 17
Tonight's entertainment: the third Kingsman movie, The King's Man. This was a good deal darker than the first two and kinda dragged a bit, but on the whole was not bad.

February 16
I was a little reluctant to watch Renfield (for reasons) but I couldn't remember what the thing I wanted to watch instead was so we put that on. And it was glorious. It's schlocky in the way The Boys or Preacher is, but played so much for laughs (as, to a large extent, both those shows were) that it doesn't come across as horror. Also, About A Boy boy has sure come a long way.



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