What is that? It's a duck pond. Why aren't there any ducks? I don't know. There's never any ducks. Then how do you know it's a duck pond?
Saturday, December 30
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 99¢ 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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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.
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.
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...
If you have any interest in video editing, this is a really good deal. The current Humble Bundle offers Vegas Pro (normally $399 by itself) and a bunch of other applications for visual and audio effects, graphics, and music, for a total of $20.
Update: Small catch, it's Vegas 14 and they just released Vegas 15. Still, 95% off not counting all the other bits in the bundle.
That looks like it'd almost be a pretty good next work machine for me, as I'm due to get a new one in March or so. But thanks to Dell's cutting back on customization a couple of years ago they don't really have it in the options I'd like: I want a bigger SSD, less (or no spinning disk), and don't need a 580 GPU. Something like a 1600, 256-512GB SSD, 16GB of RAM, and maybe an RX 550 would be perfect.
Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, December 05 2017 04:44 AM (ECH2/)
Yeah, a build-to-order version of this would be great. All the parts except the video card (which is built in to the motherboard) are user-replaceable, so there's no fundamental reason why they couldn't have an option for a Ryzen 1600, Radeon 560, 512GB SSD and 4K screen.
I went for it because I can swap the SSD myself if I need to, and Dell offer a cheap four-year on-site extended warranty, so if it breaks I can just call them and have them come out and fix it. Also because at the time (July / August) Radeon graphics cards were impossible to find because they'd all been bought by Ethereum miners.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, December 05 2017 09:32 AM (PiXy!)
Makes sense, and for home I could see getting one of the RX 580 versions, except for the mini-ITX rig I built this summer. For $1100 or so, I think, (I already had a 22" and 24" monitor) the final specs are a 1600X with 16GB of RAM, a 480GB M.2 PCIe SSD and 1TB 3.5" HDD, a GTX 950, and CPU watercooling. Plus it overclocks to 4.0GHz on 1.38V.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, December 06 2017 03:46 AM (ECH2/)