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Hacker's Diary

A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.

October 31
Finally closed out Star Trek: TNG Season 5 & Season 6 by watching the two-parter Time's Arrow. For some reason - maybe it was the combination of one Metalman Equinox, one glass of Faustino I rioja, and one shot of Green Spot - this was a really engaging and entertaining feature-ish-length episode. I mean, ok, a bunch of apparently clever people asking the android, who tells you every second episode that he feels no emotion, if he feels some fear or depression or other, you know, emotion now that he knows he's going to die is completely stupid no matter what way you try to slice it, and Irish O'Landlady in 19th century San Francisco was almost as cringeworthy as Paddy Mc Colonist and his Merry Men from whatever episode it was, but I still really enjoyed this.

Scoreboard: We've got four episodes left; the first & second from season 1, and episodes 4 & 5 from season 7. Horror Channel has just started on season 6, so we're going to have to wait a few weeks to catch the episode 7 rerun, and then it remains to be seen whether Horror loops back to the start again or whether we'll just need to put a reminder somewhere to keep an eye out for the first two from season 1.

October 28
After way too much effort I managed to get one of the TRVs to show up in Apple's HomeKit app in full bidirectional mode (read/write, as opposed to just a dumb thermostate which the rest of them are appearing as). This is using OpenHAB plus the HomeKit plugin for same plus, well, a python shell with requests loaded, a terminal window for log monitoring, and a good deal of swearing. I only needed to create a container for the two parts of the TRV (Sensor and Setpoint), then add a dummy item for the mode, then tag everything in exactly the right way.

Going by experience to date, none of this will show up in the app tomorrow.

October 26
House M.D. Season 3 ended with a bit of a bang, and season 4 so far is basically MasterChef: Hospital Edition. I'm fuzzy on how this pans out because the three principals from the first three season are still getting credits and the occasional cameo, but I'm pretty sure at least one of the MasterChefs winds up on the new team as well. Oh, and Foreman's story arc is sort of Nelson Muntz HA-HA material.

We have not watched an actual movie in ages.

October 19
Stupid toy of the weekend: something to scrape basic details of a family tree out of ...a website... and turn it into a Cytoscape graph. Worked nicely for about 120 people, failed to load for about 600. I may consider using NetworkX. My intent here is to figure out if two people in a tree have any connection (since ...the website... allows disconnected trees), but I've also got the makings of something that can sync my local genealogy efforts with fiddlings online, something that's kinda tedious to do manually. Oh, and I don't want to do the obvious GEDCOM export/import thing because it's a lossy format plus I want to gate exactly what gets synced, since my online efforts have a tendency to be sloppy whereas my local efforts tend to be a bit more based on actual sources.

October 18
So we saw the Star Trek:TNG finale - season 7 episodes 25 & 26, or just 25 if you consider it as one giant episode - and it was an ok wrap-up: bringing back a few characters, using time travel to reference the first episode, etc. - but it also sort of felt like it could've been just another two-part episode in the series and we'd tune back in for season 8. Maybe it was planned that way, with the second half being the first episode of the following season, I dunno. Unlike the movies, they didn't destroy the Enterprise - well, not really, and when it happened you knew it wasn't going to stick - so you didn't really have that sense that everything was coming to an end. And they kind of left the door open for some sort of followup, but Picard - the nearest thing I've watched to being that followup - seems to have ignored that entirely and gone off to plough its own furrow. Anyway, as these things go it wasn't bad.

Of course, we're not actually done with TNG: ironically, we haven't actually seen the first two episodes, and we're missing a handful of episodes from seasons 5, 6 and 7 thanks to Virgin Media's shennaigans covered here previously. The Horror Channel is currently on season 5, so we're picking up the missing episodes there, but I've no idea when we'll get the first two.

October 4
We've caught up on a couple of the missing episodes from ST:TNG - oh look, there's Leonard Nimoy - as the Horror Channel (!) works its way through Season 5, and meanwhile we've got the rest of Season 7 from Pick channel captured and waiting. Pick has now started into Deep Space 9, but we'll be skipping on that. At least for now, anynway.

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