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Giving people what they want: violence and sloppy eating

Sadly, I don't think we'll ever see the cross-over series
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lovingboth
Despite the attraction of the action from The Crucible, with the ever fascinating mix of physics and mind sport, two series have ended recently and as they made up about 2/3 of the TV drama watching, I'm missing them both.

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson was very good, despite John Travolta's "mesmerizingly bad performance from the eyebrows down." It's fiction - amongst other things, you can't cut an eight month trial down to under three hours and claim it's completely accurate - and didn't bother with several important aspects, particularly Ron Brown. It also failed to say why LAPD detective Fuhrman had to 'take the fifth' when asked if he had planted any evidence: having done so in relation to his perjury about using racist language, he had to do it to everything in relation to the case or he could have been forced to answer questions about any aspect of it.

But it got so much about how someone so 'obviously' guilty was acquitted. One of the other things I liked about it is how few characters came out of it well: the main exception being the arc of Robert Kardashian, from friend of Nicole and OJ to going 'what have I done?' for his part in the acquittal as he realised the truth.

Speaking of morally dubious lawyers, Better Call Saul finished its second series. (If you're watching on the US broadcast schedule, anyway.) As with the first series, as well as being excellent in its own right, it brilliantly works despite the problem of prequels. Here, we know that at least four characters must survive, due to their appearance in the 'later' Breaking Bad, but the 'how' remains a fascinating mystery and the journey is great to watch.

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It's in the air for you and me
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I know there's plenty of other news today, including the junior doctors strike, the Tories honouring the memory of the kindertransport by... denying admission to three thousand child refugees, and the verdict of the second inquest for the Hillsborough disaster, but I'm surprised to see so little coverage of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

The consequences still continue today. Even though Western Europe got over a third of the radioactive fallout, it's Ukraine, Belarus and Russia where about five million people are still living in highly contaminated areas. The replacement cover for the remains of the reactor, originally intended to be finished by 2005, isn't in place yet...

Perhaps they're waiting for the 28th, which is when - prompted by the Swedes going 'there's been a major nuclear incident upwind of us, i.e. in the Soviet Union' - the Soviets admitted that it had happened.

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Marshmallow and poo: both are sticky...
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I upgraded (sic) to Android 6 aka Marshmallow recently and I am somewhat regretting it. Two issues in particular are annoying:

1. You can turn off audible alerts for any app. (I seem to remember being able to do so in Lollipop, but maybe that was turning their notifications off.)

But how do I stop wi-fi alerts ('sign in to..' or, happening quite a lot in Greece, ones about losing actual internet) making a noise? There's no corresponding app to say STFU to.

2. You can format an SD card and use it as internal memory. Great. The downside is that you lose the contents and I have quite a bit on the SD card that I don't want to lose, so it needs backing up. But as part of that change, it looks like how USB access works has changed. I can see, using a file manager where the files I want to copy are, but I can't - because of where they are - copy them. I also can't properly see stuff that is on the SD card when I set USB access to MTP (i.e. treat the phone as a USB stick) but some of it appears in allegedly 'internal storage' rather than 'SD card'.

Oh, I could remove the SD card and copy using an SD card reader, but as they've lost the 'move to SD card' option in Settings / Storage & USB, I can't get stuff from the real internal storage onto the SD card first.

So am I expected to turn off the phone, remove the SD card, copy that, turn on the phone, hope that it works despite several apps having important stuff on the now missing SD card, and it will magically be visible?

Clearly, you're being expected to either use the SD card as storage for something or format it and do the new Marshmallow pretend internal memory thing. (Oooh, the chance to lose random stuff when an SD card fails...) What that completely ignores is that the vast majority of Marshmallow users are people like me whose kit was running an earlier version and have SD cards used in the way that they enabled which is neither of those two.

We're left with being unable to copy everything from the SD card to internal memory before doing a format as a) it might not work - I have an indispensable app with data on the SD card and I really do not want to find that it will only work there / loses data if it is moved and b) it won't fit: that's one big reason for having it on the SD card!

Having lost one set of text messages recently, I am also not about to lose another (mine). Are they on the SD card? Where? Dunno.

Grrr.

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Seeing the holes in the school lunch money cheese
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When I was at school, if you didn't have free school meals,* you paid for your lunch in cash every day.

I think L22 had a card, onto which payments were added.

The first year at JA's secondary school was when they introduced a cardless payment system - you're recognised by your fingerprints. On the one hand, eeek, on the other, you just know that losing your card is going to happen.

Until this school year,** if you ran out of credit then you had to go and borrow money from the Pastoral office. Next day, you were expected to pay it back in cash.

Now, you're allowed to go overdrawn on your account - as a parent you get a 'please top up the account' email.

It turns out that you're only allowed to go overdrawn if you start with some credit. So if you have 80p credit in the morning, and spend it all on a drink in the morning you're stuffed: because you have zero in your account, the system won't let you go overdrawn.

As well as emailing to say that's silly, my solution has to been to top up the account with £x.01 - as everything is priced in multiples of 5p, she will never have zero money in the account again...

* One of my memories of the fire service strikes is that they meant I qualified for these one time.

** It may be the side-effect of having a new head.

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Change for the sake of it
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I once did a 'whose lecture are you in' guide, in case of waking up in the middle of it and not remembering. Now the Marshmallow update for the 2014 Moto G has finally arrived, my phone is now fully up to date with... 6.0.0 patch date 1st Jan 2016.

Anyway, a recent history of Android versions, AKA how to tell which one you've got.

Kit-Kat

Your clock looks like this:

10:44

Lollipop

That was clearly too easy to read, so your clock looks like this:

10:44

Much more stylish - who cares that it's not as clear?

Marshmallow

Perhaps someone did, but rather than return to Kit-Kat's clarity, your clock looks like this:

10:44

Chunky... Anyone want to bet that it won't change yet again with Nutella?

Some other stuff might have changed too. The one thing that would be really useful - removing crap you'll never, ever need from the system without rooting the phone (and losing stuff that's not backed up*) and using a custom ROM - isn't there.


* Which, I recently discovered by accident,** includes all your text messages. WTF those aren't synced to your account, I don't know. There's no obvious way to do it in the Motorola Messenger app either.

** On someone else's phone. They weren't amused.

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The Force Awakens (longer)
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No real spoilersCollapse )

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The Force Awakens
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I've finally seen this. I quite enjoyed it, down to just missing stepping in one of the prequels as I was leaving...

Longer comments later.

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Death in the family
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I'm feeling fine, as I have been before.

The grandparent who survived past my childhood was my maternal grandmother. We were close - we lived with her until I was seven. Unfortunately, she developed Alzheimer's in her mid-late 80s and she died a couple of years before her body did. I'm still a bit annoyed at being pushed to see her in the months before she died: no recognition of me at all resulted in disturbing her and not being good for me. The funeral was good, a chance to catch up with assorted cousins.* I can even remember when it was, because we went to the first bi activist weekend I organised from it, clutching baby JA, so it must have been Feb 2002.

My mother had a colon cancer that spread to her brain. If you end up with brain cancer, from what I (and Susie Bright) can see, do not go for surgery unless you like being a guinea pig for surgeons to practice on with almost no benefit - and plenty of downsides - for you. At least the NHS means we didn't pay (directly) for the unnecessary surgery and the consequent loss of quality of life, but death was still a release. My sister, after some faffing around with changing dates, scheduled the funeral for the one day JA couldn't do (very first day of school) so September 2006, but I enjoyed seeing someone from my father's side of the family after losing touch and that developed into several visits to Newcastle to see them before they died a few years ago.

This time, my father's death has followed a decade or so of increasing Parkinson's. Although the last couple of months were good (albeit with some hallucinations), the previous couple of years were horrible, particularly in the mornings, and he was very comfortable with death.

So while I've been sorry to lose them, the preceding disease has been more upsetting than the inevitable and prepared-for conclusion.

* Only one male cousin from that side of the family doesn't have male pattern baldness: I had the second most hair of all of them!

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2015 meme, prequel
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When I started doing it, I didn't know the answers to two questions, but... Read more...Collapse )

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Merry 25th December...
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Hoping the next year is better for many of us.

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