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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
May 23
Woof, time flies etc. Ok, so we're unfortunately now pacing Mrs. Maisel through the final series, which means we've gotta wait for episodes to show up. It's mostly good, but there are a few places where Abe just goes over into unfunny territory, and they keep going and it doesn't help.

We started watching Silo and so far it's been impressive both in the realisation of the book it's based on and how much of the storyline they seem to be sticking with, although I'm not sure how they're going to slice it and I'll be kinda disappointed if this winds up being one of those shows where they don't pick up a new season because The Algorithm Said So.

I have, of course, gone back to the books to refresh my memory of the story. I'm also reading a series of Qubecois detective novels, and for good measure I'm picking my way through a series of short stories by Connie Willis, whose Time Travel books I have found utterly brilliant.

Nerdery: I have a pair of old kindles here vending bus time tables, as I mentioned previously. Their source of times recently got a revamp, and then the old API was dropped with much publicity, and it seems like the new API can't quite keep up or is more aggressively throttled than it was when I started poking at it; in any case I'm having to code a bit more defensively against it.

I'm doing some stuff at work that entails learning a bunch of things that work's customers have been using for years. It's interesting and frustrating by turns; much of the latter is to do with how it meshes with internal systems, but also the fact that I'm using a programming language I'm not particularly keen on, and a very large API that isn't always obvious or sufficiently documented for my personal taste.

May 12
Wrapped up on Goliath - good strong finish, not perfect but definitely put the crappy middle seasons to bed - and an excellent opening episode to season 5 of The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel.

May 09
Goliath season 4 is somewhat less terrible than seasons 2 and 3, but the writers' room still appears to have been heavily drugged.

Recent reading: a friend pointed me at Connie Willis' work, and oh my. I have devoured a bunch of her books. I love the time travel ones: they're intricately built but also the historical research evident in them is fascinating in its own right.

May 05
Goliath season 3: done. This one was ... kinda terrible, and barely redeemed itself at the end.

April 26
Home automation buffs: z-wave is finicky. Or maybe it's just that these are kinda first cousins of IoT devices and as we all know, the "Q" in IoT stands for "Quality". I have one device which steadfastly refused to reengage with the network after an initial beacon until I resorted to pulling its batteries out, putting them back in, noting the display failed to light up, pulling the batteries out again and replacing them, then doing so a third time, and eventually it lit up and got back on the network properly. I have another device that seems to be only sending out a selection of the data it was previously sending out, and not only has nothing changed, but I don't even see a way to change things to make this happen.

Season 2 finale of Goliath was terrible. Aside from the complete bummer of an ending to the story (I don't really care if this is supposed to be a hook for the following season; it just came across as a downer) the whole episode is filled with timewasting flashbacks and shots of Billy looking melancholy. It's like, yeah, we get it, Billy is sad he backed the wrong horse, so to speak, and everyhing got terrible. Fine. Can we accept that we've established this as fact and move on to the story? You will note in IMDb that this episode did significantly worse than its siblings, so maybe I'm not alone in my sense that this kinda sucked.

April 22
End-of-season Picard was a bit... I dunno. It felt like they spent ten minutes wrapping up the story (which made no reference whatsoever to the previous season, which was annoying) and then spend the rest of the time doing laps of honour for the old TNG crew. It was ok, I guess, and I'm not sure what else they could've done with it.

Goliath S2 is ... darker. Definitely darker. However, every single bad guy in it is a detestable character, which feels a little lazy. Like, never mind that they're criminals or whatever, they're also just not people you'd want to hang out with for any longer than you had to. How they can stand each others' company is a mystery.

April 20
Charlie Wilson's War is a movie I watched long enough ago that I'd forgotten most of it. Which is fine, because it's a great movie and rediscovering that was huge fun. Strongly recommend.

April 18
End of season one of Goliath, and very pleased with it. Good show, interesting story, well-written characters. Bit of situational humour. We'll be watching more of this.

April 15
The Double was a bit of a random shot in the dark that turned out to be quite a good movie. I did not see the big twist coming.

April 11
Significant Birthday.

Finally got the cross-compiler working: Raspberry Pi4 (the Pi2 didn't have enough muscle) running a non-parallelised build for ten hours, with the sources and installs on a loop-mounted ext4 disk image shared from a Synology NAS via NFS. It's not so much that I needed to make it this complicated, it's just the pieces I had lying around... anyway. This allowed me to get back to the thing I was testing which it turns out is a bust, which is somewhat disappointing after all that effort (tl;dr trying to enable RTC wakeups on a device which may or may not support same).

Actually, the Pi2 may have had enough muscle if I'd figured out then how to stop the toolkit from doing a parallel build of binutils, which really seemed to break things.

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