Title: Independence Day: Resurgence
Director: Roland Emmerich
Rating: ★ ★
Watched: 24 June, 2016
As I watched Independence Day 2,
I disliked it more and more,
to the point where I was seething with anger
at the stupidity of the plot and the characters.
The original 1996 Independence Day was at least a watchable B-movie.
The sequel is leaden and plodding and makes no sense.
The characters are perfunctory and uninteresting,
while the comic reliefs are teeth-grindingly irritating.
You might assume that the young pilot who is the son of Will Smith’s character
would be the lead in this film,
but he’s sidelined here by Liam Hemsworth as the Top Gun jock.
My anger is …continue.
Perhaps I’ve been spoilt,
but most of the speakers at the technical meetups and conferences that I go to
have something to say and say it well.
I’ve also been to hundreds of Toastmasters meetings
and I’ve heard many speakers at all levels.
I went to a tech meetup tonight and I sat through two bad hour-long presentations.
The first speaker should have eliminated the first 20 minutes of his talk,
a self-indulgent ramble about various other projects that he had attempted,
which shed no light on his main topic.
He could easily have eliminated another 15 minutes from the rest of his talk
and it would have been the better …continue.
Author: George MacDonald Fraser
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Keywords: historical fiction, humor
Reading period: 13–18 June, 2016
Brigadier-General Sir Harry Flashman,
celebrated Victorian soldier,
winner of the Victoria Cross,
survivor of the charge of the Light Brigade,
the battle of Little Big Horn,
and the raid on Harper’s Ferry,
reveals himself in this frank memoir published long after his death
to be “a scoundrel, a liar, a cheat, a thief, a coward—and, oh yes, a toady.”
The central conceit of the fictional Flashman Papers
is that Flashy, writing frankly in his old age about his remarkable set of adventures,
is perfectly willing to put himself …continue.
I wrote a MetaBrite DevBlog post about attending
over the last two days.
I complained yesterday about my difficulties in deploying Docker containers on AWS.
I have since succeeded in getting my app to deploy on ElasticBeanstalk,
though I have not quite ironed out all the problems.
I found several problems:
- I had to revert from a Multi-Container Docker environment
to a Single-Container Docker environment
because ECS wasn’t starting in the multi-container environment.
That meant I had to revert to a v1 Dockerrun.aws.json.
- I had to ensure that the Instance Profile had the
AmazonEC2ContainerRegistryReadOnly policy attached,
so that I could pull from the EC2 Container Repository.
I complained a few weeks ago about how hard it was to deploy Docker containers on AWS.
This week has been nothing but container-related frustration.
We have two apps running in Kubernetes clusters on top of AWS.
This is not a well-supported scenario and we have a fragile script
that spends a lot of time sitting in polling loops,
waiting for various things to happen like DNS updates taking effect,
the new cluster being available, and so on.
One of the apps has decided to stop deploying.
I do not know why.
I’ve been trying to get a new app deployed on ECS, the EC2 Container Service.
The way to deploy an …continue.
Title: Death on Ibiza
Author: Katja Piel
Rating: ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Reading period: 11 June, 2016
Nick Behrends wakes up after a party at a drug dealer’s house on Ibiza
with a gun in his hand,
no memory of the last few hours,
and a roomful of dead people.
He goes on the run,
and soon encounters a Russian hitman
who’s looking for his abducted 12-year-old daughter.
Predictable plot, cardboard characters.
As I wrote last week,
we had one more rehearsal to go before
our 2016 Reading of Ulysses for Bloomsday.
That was tonight.
Mostly we worked out seating and other logistics.
We are intercutting two different chapters,
with the readers playing different roles in each chapter,
so it’s a small but satisfying accomplishment
to have a seating arrangement that works for both chapters.
I wrote this last night on Facebook:
Even 25 years after coming out as bisexual,
I still censor myself and still check myself about coming out yet again.
Even though Seattle is about as safe as it gets
and most people here are queer-friendly, it’s reflexive.
And even in Seattle, queer bashings happen.
We came very close to an even bigger tragedy in a gay nightclub in Seattle
on New Year’s Eve 2013,
when an arsonist lit a fire in Neighbours while 750 people were present.
The fire was promptly detected and put out,
no-one was injured, and the perpetrator is in prison.
I became aware of my sexuality in a very different …continue.
I spent the last 90 minutes reading Facebook,
and my feed has been absolutely overwhelmed with Orlando-related posts,
be they grieving, discussing homophobia, calling for gun control,
or reacting to reactions.
I’ve never seen such a skewed set of posts.
Some of it is surely Facebook catering to what it knows are my interests,
but it seems like the vast majority of my friends
and the pages that I follow can talk of nothing else.
Even Trump/Clinton/Sanders articles, except as they pertain to this,
have temporarily disappeared.
So far, I have seen nothing useful from Republican politicians
regarding gun control or homophobia.