A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- September 27
- Yay! We have Vikings S4! On the other hand, two episodes of
Vera I tried to record failed due, as far as I can tell,
to schedules shifting due to some state funeral or another. I'm
pretty sure this technology is supposed to be able to cope with
- September 25
- I've been tinkering with Emacs' lsp-mode at the
prompting of a colleague but for the life of me I can't get the
Python support to
work in a way that makes sense to me and my setup. Part of the
problem is, as ever, documentation: written by people who know
what they're doing for people who know what they're
doing. Diagnostics are no help: the server tells me it's
auto-excluding the very directory I'm trying to force it to
include, it seems to arbitrarily recognise some but not
all of the modules installed in a given virtualenv, and
periodically it is, as far as I can tell, responsible for my
entire user environment running out of resources and taking down
(I tried it in Visual Studio which is where the Python support
derives from, and the configuration is equally opaque, so it's not
specifically an Emacs problem.)
Huh, so that was the season finale of Vikings S3. Didn't actually
realise. Ok, I guess we move on to Season 4, except I think maybe
it's not available to us on Prime (see previous grumbling about
availability of shows).
- September 19
- Picking our way through Vikings Season 3, wherein a major
character is killed off. Ah well. I guess his contract
- September 17
- TV listings said "Sudden Impact" was on, but what was actually
on was The Enforcer,
which was pretty good. Similar sort of state to the last Dirty Harry
movie I watched: mostly it doesn't overtly suffer from being of its
- September 10
- Wrapped season 2 of Vikings, in which we learned that there is
no honour among, well, pretty much anyone.
I watched Topkapi
because I'd read the Eric Ambler novel; I can't recall much about
the novel at this point but the movie was basically a farce, which
is a shame because I'm pretty sure the novel was a straightforward
heist. Ah well.
- September 7
- Successfully upgraded somewhat creaky old Raspberry Pi to the
latest Raspbian stable release, live, over a SSH connection, which
is always just a little hairy.
- September 6
- Digging around in backups and whatever else I can lay hands on, it looks like I don't have any copies of the EV charger data that got expired. That's annoying. I've a few more options to try but they're tedious...
- September 4
- Well, that's vaguely amusing; AWS says it doesn't
support using macOS on-prem instances with SSM, but it's
installed and running here... what I did:
- install golang using homebrew
- git clone the amazon-ssm-agent source
- gofmt, because for some reason it wasn't happy about the
- make release (and wait a long time; this is a slow machine)
- find the tarball it built and unpack it into dist
- pkgbuild --root dist --identifier com.amazon.aws.ssm --version 18.104.22.168 amazon-ssm-agent.pkg (22.214.171.124 is the version; com.amazon.aws.ssm is what the inventory sweep expects to see - I got this wrong initially)
- installer --pkg amazon-ssm-agent.pkg -target /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD
- get the activation codes from the AWS console
- do the command-line activation, same as it is for Linux
- launchctl start -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.amazon.aws.ssm.plist
- WAIT. (you can tail the logs and make clicky on the console if you're impatient)
- September 3
- Tsk. In which I discover that the API for my EV charger starts
expiring logged data over 100 days old, after it had expired about
a week of data; I'd been keeping some copies of this
more-or-less accidentally but now that I want them I appear to
have diligently cleaned them all up. Note, this is the raw data
(site current at a particular timestamp); charging session data
appears to be more persistent.
For extra delicious irony I deleted at least one copy of the data
I'd already collected about four days before it got
Started watching Labyrinth and after about ten minutes
decided it was a little too "kids' movie", so switched to
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Oh my. What an excellent movie. I think this is probably the best
Spider-Man I've seen since Sam Raimi's first; compared to
everything since, the acting is better, the story is better, the
jokes are better, the balance of comedy, tragedy and action is
better... the visuals are phenomenal.
Also I am totally there for a full-length Spider-Man Noir
but only if they ham it up.
- September 2
- I don't quite recall if I'd ever watched Magnum Force
before, but it was on the box tonight, so. Aside from Clint's last
line there's a refreshing lack of sardonic post-homicide
one-liners, and for a movie made in the 70s it's actually aged
reasonably well over time.
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