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House M.D. (TV Series 2004–2012)
Geekly Diary of Waider
contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
- September 11
- More fun with our TV provider:
me: "search for Endeavour"
tv: "ok! I found Endeavour"
me: "show me"
tv: "S1E1 is on next Saturday, and S7E1 is available on replay-tv."
me: "what about S7E2?"
me: "ok, lemme check the TV guide."
guide: "S7E2 is on this Sunday"
tv: "no idea what it's talking about"
Note, the search function and the TV Guide are part of the same
piece of software. I've set it to season recording, but who knows
what that'll do.
I also discovered that the "remote recording" feature, whereby you
can use the provider's website to set recordings on your settop
box, doesn't notice if you subsequently delete the recording from
the settop box, and doesn't list anything you're recording that
wasn't booked through the settop box. Cunning.
- September 09
- Star Trek: TNG: Season 4 complete.
- September 08
- Since several office tools support Markdown,
I'm finally sufficiently familiar with the basics that I've
started using it for scratch-building HTML pages. I'm using Python-Markdown
which has some nice extensions (like arbitrary attributes, and
tables), but I've not actually looked at the HTML it outputs yet
to see how clean it is.
- September 01
- So we chugged through most of ST:TNG Season 6 without losing an
episode, and rolled over to season 7, and just because I stopped
paying attention our beloved service provider decided to
do whatever they do that makes Season Recording stop recognising
that you've enabled it for, you know, a season, so we
lost a few of Season 7. On the plus side, the "sweeper" channel is
just picking up the hole in season 4 from when we had to replace
We pay for this wonderful service, you know.
- August 22
- Not a huge amount going on here at Waide Towers. We've mostly
done with Star Trek:TNG Season 6, despite the Virgin Media box
trying to sabotage our recordings by (a) having the TV listings
not set up correctly and (b) the box itself crashing. We've also
binged our way through House M.D. Season 1 and have made some
inroads on Season 2.
Missed anniversary: this particular pile of text was commenced on
August 1st, 2000, so it's now just over two decades
old. It's reduced in frequency, sporting events, drinking events,
and nerdery, so I guess at this point it's just my
ramblings... wait, it was always that, wasn't it.
- August 09
- I've been intermittently annoyed by a timezone-offset bug in
OpenHAB which started when I
was moving stuff from the old Mac Mini to the ... less-old ... Mac
Mini. After much poking about I figured I'd ask
the community; two people tried to help but I eventually
figured it out myself. The short version is "EVERYONE STOP TRYING
TO DO ANYTHNG WITH TIMEZONES EVER". The slightly longer version,
well, yeah. You can read the link. The significantly annoying part
of this right now is that while it's fixed, I'm still unclear on
what actually triggered it since all the relevant configuration
files were copied exactly from one Mac to the other, and this
behaviour should definitely have been occurring on the old
(Not mentioned in the community post, but if MySQL didn't try to
do its own thing with timezones this wouldn't have been a problem;
I'm not clear on why, when presented with a system timezone of
"Europe/Dublin" it renders it internally as "IST" (well, at this
time of the year) instead of preserving the unambiguous timezone
name. I'm equally unclear on why it wants me to maintain a
timezone database when it's got access to a perfectly good
system-level instance of same which the MySQL people have already
built a parser / convertor for. Bottom line: run your database in
UTC and avoid all this hassle, I guess.)
- August 06
- Not yet found: the Logitech Webcam I'd picked up for... a
catcam, if I recall correctly. I have a vague idea where it might
- August 04
- Spare keys for the house have been missing for an indeterminate
period of time (because of COVID we've basically had no visitors
since we moved back in December other than The Brother, and
normally the only way the keys go temporarily AWOL is by being
given to visitors) and now we have a new puzzle: how the hell did
they get where we found them this evening? I suspect it's one
we'll never solve.
Also found: my OpenHAB-connected
remote controlled power socket.
- August 01
- Filled in the gaps on ST:TNG season 3, so now:
Pick started season 6 at episode 2, or the DVR failed to record
due to the constant faffing with the schedule. Either way, S5E26
and S6E1 are a pair so probably as well that we wound up with
neither of them. So now we wait for Horror Channel (!) to work
its way around to the bits of Seasons 4 & 5 while Pick
does... whatever it does with Seasons 6 & 7. Oh, and there's a
Heisenberg season of Endeavour coming up: the DVR's TV
guide says season 7 starts on ITV3 on Monday, the online guide
says it's a rerun of season 6.
- July 28
- "Is this the end of the Celebrity?", asks BBC, during a
weekend-imposed break on its daily coverage of a celebrity
trial. Betteridge's Law alive and well.