Photography

Yet another set of photographs moved away from Flickr. This time it’s two sets of shots from Donna Nook Nature Reserve – the first taken in 2016, the second from 2018.

And with that I am now fully migrated from Flickr and I can start looking at the rest of my photography backlog – I have loads of nice images from many enjoyable trips and it seems a shame to leave them hidden away in my Lightroom Library.

Degree Stats

Finally something useful from the Government – the Department of Education now produce a document called ‘The relative labour market returns to different degrees’ or, in layman’s terms, a breakdown of average salaries for graduates after 5 years by general subject area and institution.

It’s certainly something I wish I’d have had access to when I picked my course back in the early 00s.

Raspberry Pi with PCIe

The Raspberry Pi 4 is out! And I’m not going to buy one because A) revision zero is buggered, B) the load this site produces on it’s current 3B+ host is functionally zero (so there’s very little point in upgrading it) and C) I’m currently far too busy to do any pottering around with one outside of that.

However other people have and they’ve started playing around with the new PCIe bus – even going as far as desoldering the USB controller and adding a PCIe riser.

Which is very neat indeed.

A Terrible Mistake

Look what I found in a West Midlands charity shop window…

I think I may have made a terrible mistake when I sold my old games. Who knew that a bunch of fairly mainstream titles would end up being worth so much?

Recent Films

Notes on films I’ve recently watched.

28 Days Later

See here

Contagion

A medical drama with clear roots in The War GameThreads and The Day After. Well filmed and well cast, it seems to loose confidence in the story it’s trying to tell when it diverges into a Chinese kidnap plot that neither explores the desperation that a village in China might feel or ratchets up the overall tension.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Rubbish! A mish-mash of ideas and themes and – quite possibly – scripts makes this a terrible sequel. The first – though a little wooden in places – understood the concept of the slow reveal and that, while human drama was a traditional element of a Godzilla movie, the drama was always wrapped around the actions of the monsters rather than the other way around.

Oddly enough, I think there was actually the hint of a good idea hidden under the layers of mess. The eco-terrorism angle had potential legs and could have led to a very nice Night Moves-with-giant-monsters concept. Perhaps that’s an idea who’s time has yet to come?

I Am Mother

A nice little film with elements of MoonSilent Running and the Terminator. Female led – and better for it – it’s probably the best of the Netflix’s Originals that I’ve seen. Certainly better than any of the post-Channel 4 episodes of Black Mirror.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Fun. Achieves what it sets out to be. Better than the second though not as good as the first one. At times seriously at risk of disappearing up its own mythology – which doesn’t bode well for the inevitable chapter four.

Nightcrawler

A rewatch. Jake Gyllenhaal remains infinitely creepy and the Los Angeles news industry doesn’t come out much better. Probably not one for when you’re looking to have your faith in humanity restored.

Rocketman

Far better than last autumn’s written-by-committee Bohemian Rhapsody. Enjoyable – even with the musical elements – and interesting, it holds back far less than you would expect for a film with such strong links to the Elton establishment. Also proof that Taron Egerton is wasted in the Kingsman franchise.

The Social Network

A rewatch. Wonderfully scripted and beautifully filmed, I’ve seen this several times but, after each, I find myself increasingly convinced that it pulls it’s punches when it comes to dealing with both Zuckerberg and Facebook.

Toy Story

A rewatch of a classic in the run-up to seeing Toy Story 4. There’s not much more to be said about that.

For All Time

194.66.232.91 - - [01/Jul/2019:07:54:49 +0100] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.0" 200 47 "-" "bl.uk_lddc_bot/3.3.0-LBS-2016-02 (+http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/legaldeposit/websites/websites/faqswebmaster/index.html)"
194.66.232.91 - - [01/Jul/2019:07:55:02 +0100] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 1851 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Unknown; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/538.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) PhantomJS/2.1.1 Safari/538.1 bl.uk_lddc_renderbot/2.0.0 (+ http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/legaldeposit/websites/websites/faqswebmaster/index.html)"
194.66.232.91 - - [01/Jul/2019:07:55:11 +0100] "GET /assets/main.css HTTP/1.1" 200 9924 "http://www.chrisrcook.com/" "Mozilla/5.0 (Unknown; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/538.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) PhantomJS/2.1.1 Safari/538.1 bl.uk_lddc_renderbot/2.0.0 (+ http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/legaldeposit/websites/websites/faqswebmaster/index.html)"
194.66.232.91 - - [01/Jul/2019:07:55:11 +0100] "GET /resources/images/home.jpg HTTP/1.1" 200 382760 "http://www.chrisrcook.com/" "Mozilla/5.0 (Unknown; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/538.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) PhantomJS/2.1.1 Safari/538.1 bl.uk_lddc_renderbot/2.0.0 (+ http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/legaldeposit/websites/websites/faqswebmaster/index.html)"

This is kinda cool – this site seems to have made it as far as the UK Web Archive’s crawlers! Apparently I will now taint the web long after I’m gone.

There are also a couple of snapshots on Archive.org but they only exist because I was playing with their Wayback Machine website – alas, I have not yet to made it far enough up the list for them to visit of their own accord.