I’ve just seen what may be the best movie ever.  Boom, with a screenplay by Tennessee Williams, with Elizabeth Taylor and Whatisface playing the leads.

I mean, just look at it.

Look at it!

Filmin’ Finish’d

Peeps decided to film (bits of) a movie in my apt.  So I went away to various parts of the world and wrote the Gwene web interface.

I came back on Friday and had to like (eww!) work and stuff, but now I’ve gotten the apartment wired back up again so that I can listen to music and stuff.

The movie peeps moved most of my furniture out of the apt., and their stuff in.  They did an admirable job of putting All My Precious Stuff back where it was, but the computer stuff…  It’s complicated.  So I did that myself.

Unfortunately the main piece of equipment in my stereo setup, the RME Hammerfall DSP Multiface II (that’s a mouthful), just didn’t want to work.  So if you’re googling this, the symtoms were that the digital “firewire” interface worked perfectly.  The driver loaded, all the meters worked as normal, bopping up and down, but no sound came out of the analogue ports.  And nothing came in from the analogue input ports, either.  It was like the entire analogue bit was dead while the rest worked.

I went to my friendly neighborhood audio shop, ProLyd, and asked for advice, but they hadn’t heard of those symptoms before, so I bought a new one. And it worked!  I have music!

So that’s apparently a thing.  The Multiface II can semi-die.  I’ll ship the old one off for the fiords.

So unfortunately I have no harrowing stories about a trashed apt. or anything.  The film peeps were very nice, and everything proceeded as much according to plan as anybody could expect.  No new mysterious holes in the floor or the walls.  No mysterious footprints on the ceiling.  Or anything.   

Very disappointing.

They did some final tiny shoots today, and now they’re off forever.

However, I just discovered this in the room next to the bathroom:

Doesn’t everybody dream of having a bathroom like this?

So chi chi.  So recherche.

Ok, I should send them a message…


So, a couple months back I got a call from somebody who presented himself as a “location manager” for a Norwegian movie producer.

I know, but they exist.

He said they were looking for an apt. with a view, so they’d been scouting and thought that my apt. looked like a possible candidate.

I said “er, uhm”, like I do, so they came over and had a look.

A few looks more and then I’ve suddenly signed a contract.

They seem like nice people and probably won’t destroy my apt.  Probably.

So they’re using my apt. for 11 days (plus) in September to film this movie.  The bits about the blind woman, at least.

I was hoping that I’d find the time to do the Gmane SSD switcharoo and more Gnus stuff this autumn after work stuff calmed down.  But I’m probably going to go off on a holiday while they’re filming, so everything is postponed once more.

I have high hopes for October, though! 

Bitch whine bitch whine.

So much drama!

John Waters

I’m watching the entire John Waters oeuvre. Well, the bits that are available on DVD.

I’ve reached his last movie, “A Dirty Shame”, from 2004.

The picture is from the point in the DVD “making-of” documentary where Waters says the following:

“It stars Johnny Knoxville, it’s about sex addicts. It’s not explicit and it’s a comedy,  Maybe an NC-17 rating will not hurt this.  But I don’t know, we’ll see.”

2004 is eight years ago.  Boo.

Emacs Movie Browser

See Emacs. See Emacs play movie

In the continuing story of Emacs@Home (don’t worry, I think there’s only one part left now), we’ve now come to the part where I watch TV.  I know, it’s something most people manage quite perfectly without resorting to Emacs, but why would you?

Well, actually, I think that the interfaces I’ve seen have been somewhat lacking.  Mostly mouse-based and not very practical.  I just want to sort by name or by recording date, and I don’t want to use an HTPC pointer device.  So:

User story: Keyboard-based and snappy.

Emacs is ready for its close up

Solution: Emacs.

I think this Emacs movie browsing interface demonstrates how little code you need to get a satisfactory result.  Emacs does all the difficult stuff for you, and presto! You have the interface as shown at the top there, displayed in blurrovision.  I just couldn’t get my camera to focus.  What if I take a the picture closer?  Yeah, that’s a bit better.

Anyway, I’ve got a little wireless keyboard next to me, and viewing a program just requires paging up and down a bit and hitting RET, which suits me fine.

Oh, and it just forks mplayer to actually play the movie.  Sorry, I didn’t implement H.234 decoding in Emacs Lisp.

Olde Stylee

So, not much code this time…  but it’s a bit interesting how writing about stuff like this changes the stuff itself.  Before starting to write this, the interface was even more minimal.  It didn’t have thumbnails and wasn’t in Futura.

The last picture there is how it used to look.  Just as functional (if you squint), but I thought “hang on, an Emacs interface without any pictures would be just to stereotypical”, so I added the thumbnails.

When writing software that I’m just going to use myself, it gets a lot more basic.  I get to embarrassed about the code quality, and I start cleaning it up, and before you know it, it has all these…  frills.  I’m not actually sure it’s a positive effect.  It might be.  Hm.