A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- 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.
- October 18
- We're still truckin' through Season 4 of Vikings;
Ragnar has met his fate as told in (some of) the Sagas, and we're
waiting to see what his sons are gonna do about it.
I'm also still trawling through Ulysses (1921
printing). Nighttown was... interesting. Currently back at Eccles
Street for Q&A. What I'm finding really intriguing is the
amount of random science thrown into the book; remember, this was
published at the start of the 20th century, but there's a bunch of
stuff in there that I think we'd now assume everyone knows but
back then may have been at least a little esoteric (such as the
make-up of water molecules) and the odd bit of "ah, that's since
been debunked" (e.g. luminiferous ether gets a mention in what
looks to be a non-ironic context). Is it a good book? Smarter
people than I appear to think so. I'm certainly enjoying bits of
it while finding other bits of it tedious and hard work with no
apparent reward, and I suspect there's an amount of "related
reading" you'd need to do to see the full extent of the wordplay
and other literary highjinks going on. Onward!
- October 16
- Digging in a(n inconsquential) piece of code which had stopped
working, and discovered that part of it had never
- October 15
- The original Dirty Harry,
much like its sequels, again doesn't appear to have aged
particularly poorly - the story is fairly solid. It's
interesting to read about the list of people who turned it down
for being too right-wing only for Clint to push the story of the
sequel to explicity tone that down.
- October 9
Keeping the cat company, and using the time to rewatch Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
which I've probably not actually seen since I first saw it
way back. It's a kids' movie, to a large extent, but that
means that much of the humour is still pretty funny because it's
not reliant on things that were funny because they were
risqué for a kid: I found myself actually laughing out loud
at parts of it even though I knew the gags were coming. About the
only thing that hasn't aged is our two heros hugging, then
recoiling from each other to say, "Fag!"; I strongly suspect
neither of them is proud of that, given how they've turned out as
people several decades later. Two minor memory failures: I had a
few bits and pieces in my head from the sequel that I expected to
be in this movie, and I totally did not realise that the
start of The Matrix, where that self-same Keanu Reeves is
ducking around a partitioned office space with guidance from a
non-local source on when to take cover, is absolutely an homage to
the police station sequence from this movie, and you cannot at
this point convince me otherwise.
(Also if you haven't seen the video clip of Keanu Reeves cackling
like a hyena at the false premise of digital scarcity, go seek it
out. It's an interview during the press junket for the most recent
Matrix movies and I swear Carrie-Anne Moss looks worriedly at him
as if he's just hurt himself or cracked up or something. It is
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