George V. Reilly

Review: The Italian Job

Title: The Italian Job
Director: Peter Collinson
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Released: 1969
Keywords: heist, comedy, cars
Country: UK
Watched: 17 Febuary, 2017

The Italian Job movie is worth your time. One of the quin­tes­sen­tial movies of the Swinging Sixties, its British sen­si­bil­i­ty wears well, almost 50 years on. The humour still works. And it’s probably the best ad­ver­tise­ment that the Mini ever had.

Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) has inherited a plan to rip off $4 million in gold bullion from Fiat in Turin. He and the lads are going to help the balance of payments by bringing the loot back from the Common Market. (They’re proto-Eu­roskep­tics.) And they’re going to do it by causing the mother continue.

Jenkins Pipelines

I just published a series of blog posts at the MetaBrite DevBlog about our ex­pe­ri­ences in migrating to Jenkins and Pipelines.

Review: Kill Me Three Times

Title: Kill Me Three Times
Director: Kriv Stenders
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Released: 2014
Keywords: black comedy thriller
Country: Australia
Watched: 10 February, 2017

A jealous husband engages a private detective-cum-killer for hire (Simon Pegg) to follow his wife. Upon proof of her infidelity, he orders a hit, which triggers a comedy of errors and double crosses, which ultimately leaves most of the cast dead at each other’s hands.

There’s not much to like about this Australian noirish comedy. It’s bloody but not that funny. The characters are thinly drawn and unengaging. They’re a far cry from Tarantino’s gonzo mo­tor­mouths or the Coen Brother’s quirky killers.

Review: I Shall Wear Midnight

Title: I Shall Wear Midnight
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Harper
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 355
Keywords: humor, fantasy
Reading period: 3–5 February, 2017

Tiffany Aching is now the overworked and overly re­spon­si­ble Witch of the Chalk. People everywhere are fearing and dis­trust­ing witches more. When her patient, the ailing Baron dies, she is blamed. Other troubles multiply. Eventually she realizes that the Cunning Man, a long-dead witchfind­er, is seeping poison into people’s hearts. Aided by the trou­ble­mak­ing Nac Mac Feegle, she defeats him.

Rec­om­mend­ed.

I Shall Wear Midnight follows The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Win­ter­smith.

Old Presentations

I uploaded some pre­sen­ta­tions to Speak­erDeck.com tonight.

Here are various pre­sen­ta­tions of mine at Speak­erDeck.com and SlideShare.net:

Trump: Media Suppresses Coverage of Terrorist Attacks

Donald Trump is now claiming (WaPo):

Speaking to the U.S. Central Command on Monday, President Trump went off his prepared remarks to make a truly stunning claim: The media was in­ten­tion­al­ly covering up reports of terrorist attacks.

“You’ve seen what happened in Paris, and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening,” he said to the assembled military leaders. “It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.”

More: The Atlantic, Vice.

This is ridiculous on the face of it. With literally billions of cellphone cameras in cir­cu­la­tion and hundreds of millions of continue.

Review: Gone, Baby, Gone

Title: Gone, Baby, Gone
Author: Dennis Lehane
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: William Morrow
Copyright: 1998
Pages: 256
Keywords: crime
Reading period: 7 January–3 February, 2017

Four-year-old Amanda McCready has dis­ap­peared. Her aunt, desperate to find her, engages PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro to find the child. The mother, Helene, is drunken, slatternly, and neglectful: in short, unfit and un­sym­pa­thet­ic. Kenzie and Gennaro don’t want the case—the odds of finding Amanda alive and unharmed are low. They’ll go through hell before they succeed.

This book veers from blackly funny to gutwrench­ing. Kenzie and Gennaro come up against the worst of the worst and against decent people doing wrong for reasons that seem right to continue.

Seattle Accessibility

I’ve been using a knee walker for the last couple of weeks. For the first time, I took public trans­porta­tion by myself to attend Papers We Love tonight. I rolled myself from 1st Ave S & Washington up to the Pioneer Square station, took the Light Rail one stop north to the University Street station at 3rd & Seneca, then rolled down the hill to 2nd & Spring. It’s a trip I wouldn’t have thought about twice if I were walking nor­mal­ly—and I probably would have walked the entire way rather than take the Light Rail only one short stop.

It’s a different matter on a knee scooter. I said continue.

Review: The Rhesus Chart

Title: The Rhesus Chart
Author: Charles Stross
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Ace
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 359
Keywords: Love­craft­ian spy thriller
Series: Laundry Files, vol. 5
Reading period: 27–29 January, 2017

“Don’t be silly,” Bob, said Mo, “everyone knows vampires don’t exist!” Thus opens The Rhesus Chart. We quickly come to realize that vampires do exist and we come to wonder why everyone in the Laundry is so dog­mat­i­cal­ly sure that they don’t. One of the nest of baby vampires that sets the plot in motion is Bob’s toxic ex-girlfriend, Mhari, who manages to convince the Laundry that they should recruit her clutch rather than ex­ter­mi­nate them. But there are old vampires who have continue.

Negative Circled Digits

I found something very useful in the dingbats range of Unicode characters: the negative circled san-serif digits, ➊ ➋ ➌ ➍ ➎ ➏ ➐ ➑ ➒ ➓ .

I’ve started using them to label points of interest in code. They play well with the code-block directive in re­Struc­tured­Text.

sudo docker images --format '{{.Repository}}:{{.Tag}}' \ | grep $IMAGE_NAME \ | grep 
continue.
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