This wouldn't have happened with Gainsborough or one of those proper painters.

Thursday, January 04

Geek

The Reboot Heard Round The World

There is apparently a security flaw in every recent Intel microprocessor, and by "recent" I mean "since November 1995".

There's a patch, but it's messy, and slows software down by 10%-30%, and requires the server to rebooted.

When you ask "which server", the answer is "all the server".  Alllll the server.

This weekend.

Expect some things to be offline.

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Wednesday, January 03

Anime

We Will Stick Together

At least until we work out how to undo this glue spell.


This is your regular reminder that Little Witch Academia was the best thing that happened in 2017.

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Saturday, December 30

Art

Valerian And The Movie Of A Thousand Hours

This is not a great film.

It's not a terrible film, though.

It's rather pretty.  The script is dumb, but then The Fifth Element's script was extremely dumb and that was great.

The problems are the lead actor, who is dull as dishwater, and the utter lack of any sense of humour.  Fifth Element excelled in both.  

The action set-pieces are well done and the environments are great, but the moment it slows down you realise there is no there there.

If, like me, you are in the mood for something pretty and have a 99ยข Google Play movie rental handy, worth a shot, but otherwise entirely missable.

Also, nitpick, but - the City is seven hundred million miles from Earth?  That's closer than Saturn.  It's not much further away than Perth.

Update: Watched the last interminable forty minutes.  The best part of the movie was Rihanna as the shape-changing alien dancer Bubble.  She should have been the male lead.  Seriously, that would have been an amazing film.

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Friday, December 29

Anime

Himoutos R Us

I included Himouto Umaru-chan on my list of 58 Anime Shows You Should Watch before getting to the second season.  Then I wondered if it really ranks that highly.  Then I watched the second season.

Yes.

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It's a latter-day Calvin and Hobbes.

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Wednesday, December 27

Cool

Letters From Amazon

I get a ton of email from Amazon because we use AWS at work, so they get routed to a separate folder that I don't always look at straight away. 

Sometimes that's a mistake. Today it was two mistakes, one confusing, one delightful.
Got an email Christmas morning,
It was labeled Amazon.
It was typed in Times New Roman,
Said my package, it was gone.
Back for return and refund,
And I'd get a check real soon.
But I don't know what they're talkin' about
Got it Friday afternoon.
The other one someone knows about, and a huge Christmas thank you to that someone. Really brightened up my day. smile

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Monday, December 25

Anime

Making A List, Checking It Twice

Because Twitter still doesn't have a goddam edit button.

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Saturday, December 23

Blog

So, What Happened There...

I was planning to do a server migration last weekend, but the new server died.

So it got pushed back until basically the last minute before the old server was set to get cancelled on Thursday - and then on Thursday Akismet, the spam filtering service provided by Wordpress, basically dropped dead.  Don't know what's up with that, but it took out not only all commenting on mu.nu and mee.nu, but also the old server itself due to a huge backlog of requests (it was taking forever for Akismet to eventually time out).

This happened while I was migrating the server, and since everything was in flux I had no idea what, specifically, had gone wrong.

The remaining issues were due to an upgrade from MySQL 5.0 to 5.7, which by default runs in strict mode and didn't like some old, sloppy SQL queries and definitions; a couple of places where I'd specified canonical server names (whatever.mu.nu) instead of functional names (bloghost.mu.nu), and a proxy configuration error that meant the real IP address wasn't getting passed through to Minx.

And that meant, because Akismet is rejecting all my API requests, that every commenter was treated as having the same IP address, which was banned.

Splat.

Working on the recent comments and search functions now.  I had to disable recent comments because MySQL 5.7 can't properly evaluate the query (it takes a minute and a half for something that used to take milliseconds).  I'm not sure yet what happened to search.

On a related note, the MySQL query optimiser doesn't seem to improve over time.  They just move the bugs around.

Update: I think Akismet didn't actually go down, they just changed something that we were depending on.  They probably sent me an email six months ago...

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Friday, December 22

Life

Fzzzzzzzzblp

First day in about six months when I haven't been rushing about in a total panic about something or other.

I'm on holidays until the 8th, the server migration is complete, the shopping is done, the bills are paid, and nothing is actually literally on fire right at this very moment.

Now what?

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Thursday, December 21

Anime

Test x2

Plip plop

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Sunday, December 17

Anime

Netflix: Erased

Erased, a.k.a. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, is one of my favourite anime shows of the past couple of years.  Beautifully animated, tightly scripted, perfectly acted, and emotionally intense.


There's also a Japanese live action movie that I haven't seen.

And now a Netflix series.

I think I'm going to decide it's really good but never actually watch it, rather than destroying my last remaining faith in humanity.

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