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Cocktail (1988) #movies

πŸ•οΈŽ - 2022-01-08

A blue-eyed young man leaves the army and goes to New York to earn a million dollars.

Instead he becomes a brilliant bartender in 10 minutes, curtesy of a wise and philosophical bartending mentor, and drops out of business school.

He meets the love of his life in a Jamaican beach bar, but loses her because of a bet with his bartending mentor about whether he can bed a rich lady.

He returns to New York and tries to win the love of his life back by annoying her sufficiently. She scares him away by being pregnant, but she is of course heartbroken.

She of turns out to from an extremely rich family - but hid this so he wouldn't take her because of the money, obviously. Her father tries to pay our hero to go away, and suddenly our bartender turns out to be an upright citizen of utmost respectability.

Before winning the love of his life back by defeating the surprisingly lax security at the womans familys luxury penthouse and knock-outing the doorman, he goes through the teary ceremony of losing the bartending philosopher to suicide - only to run away with the pregnant girlfriend and opening his dream bar.

What a humdinger.

Oops, oh, spoiler alert.

I guess it aged... slightly better than "Pretty Woman"?

I think the soundtrack was equally successful as well.

Running a mail server #email

πŸ•οΈŽ - 2021-12-25

When I see articles like "Running your own email is increasingly an artisanal choice, not a practical one" make their rounds on lobste.rs and Hacker News, I'm always a little baffled.

I have been running my own email server since some time in the late 1990s and although there has been changes over the years, from adding greylisting to TLS, adding my own tiny backup MX's, DKIM, DMARC and MTA-STS, it has not been a lot of work or that much of a hassle - and when something goes wrong I can actually check a log file myself.

I think if you can, you should host your own email server - if nothing else to do your own little part in keeping up the diversity and distributed nature of the internet.

Postfix, Dovecot, sqlgrey, Lets Encrypt, OpenDKIM, OpenDMARC are all readily available in Free/Open Source Operating Systems, such as Debian. The various parts do take some configuration, but it's not that arcane (compared to mastering Sendmail back in the day). There are even people who made recipes to easily set up a mail server: So You Want To Run Your Own Mail Server…

Phone battery life

πŸ•˜οΈŽ - 2021-12-09

Before smart phones we had feature phones - a black and white LCD display and a small number of physical buttons.

Couldn't do a lot, but the battery life of around a week, oh the joy!

I am happy to report that smart phones finally are catching up:

A 4500 mAh battery combined with not using a lot of the possibilites: wifi, bluetooth and location are turned off almost all the time. Still. Progress.

Radicale v3 gotcha #radicale

πŸ•οΈŽ - 2021-12-04

Stumped by Radicale v3 denying access? Try deleting /var/lib/radicale/collections/collection-root/{USER}/.Radicale.props (!)

Emacsconf 2021 bail #emacs

πŸ•—οΈŽ - 2021-11-27

This weekend EmacsConf 2021 is held - as the previous years it is completely online.

I followed the conference in 2019 and 2020, and started watching again this year, as well as following along on the IRC channel #emacsconf on the libera.chat network.

The previous years I have felt a disconnect, and it's no different this year. The talks I find less interesting or engaging are the ones that people are waxing most enthusiastically about in the channel.

I think it's great that the conference exists and that people spend a lot of time an effort on it - however I'm bailing out this year - it's just not my thing, however much I like Emacs. It's not you, it's me, I'm sure.

Is it Boris Pig og Peppa Johnson?

πŸ•οΈŽ - 2021-11-27

During his rambling speech to business leaders Boris Johnson broke off to praise Peppa Pig. The pig-faced one dimensional cartoon character has been prime minister for two years now.

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The raging tire fire that is Javascript

πŸ•žοΈŽ - 2021-11-20

I am completely floored by how politely this blog post: "Some notes on using esbuild" walks through some of the ways that the Javascript ecosystem is utterly hostile to human beings. Respect.

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