Not Happy Mac


My MacBook has managed to trash my preferences again – not too drastic maybe, except that also means its lost all my Mail settings (glad the mail itself is on imap) and all the calendar settings including the actual entries….

It looks like changing the video setup whilst it is suspended is a good way to break things – suspend then unplug the external video and open it up again without the external video, and it can hang. Suspend without external video, plug it in, then unsuspend and again it can hang – to the extent that I had to force a power off and restart it…. at which point when logging in again a bunch of things had gone.

Normally I log out when transferring from office to home or back, today I had quit all the applications, but not logged out, so it used that as an excuse to trash things.

Pulling back the main preferences files (in Library/Preferences) from my backups (taken this morning, but on a live system) seems to have got most things back, but its a pain I could do without. Hopefully I should only have lost a couple of calendar entries and a bit of time – could have been so much worse.

Backup on a Mac is also a pain – well it is if you have an encrypted home directory, which seems like a reasonable thing to do on a laptop. How do you get a quiescent filesystem to work with. Maybe Time Machine will fix this.

But this should not happen!!!

Whats the point of NewsForge


I mean, if I want to read I can go there, so whats the point of having a site that is 95% re-publication of content – except they only put the first paragraph in, and then link across to Annoyingly NewsForge‘s RSS feed appears to push stuff out faster than‘s so I often see content on there before the same (but in this case complete and original) content appears on the feed.

I’ve solved that problem for now – NewsForge is off my feedlist.

Of Bands and Bums


Yesterday was spent in the theatre dealing with a wind band concert.
At one level this is a lot of fun – this band are a good bunch who are enthusiastic, have a lot of ideas although they vary between good organisation and a level of anarchy.
On another level its a real slog – in the first hour we got out and placed just about all our staging blocks (close on 40, roughly 1 meter square blocks which are stored in a 3 or 4 high stack on their sides behind the stage backwall (cyclorama) – extracting them is seriously hard work because the bracing behind the cyclorama means that you have to manoever the blocks over the bracing. We also put the orchestra pit lid on and moved all the chairs that are stored in the cellar on to stage.
Those 3 jobs are probably the most physically demanding standard jobs we do in the theatre and I did all 3 in the first hour….
I didn’t get all the lighting placed until the rehearsal had finished, which meant I had no lighting states set up whilst the band were in place – the performance had to be run blind from my point of view.
So (following a quick bite to eat) I sat down to sketch out how they wanted the lighting and effects set for the performance. I was a bit uncomfortable on the chair – there was a feeling as though I had got something sharp in a pocket stabbing me… although it appears the wasp I had sat on was even more uncomfortable. Not a good way to do planning.
So I busked the performance and then we had what must the worlds fastest strike of everything – just over half an hour for an awful lot of kit to get packed away (this band gets everyone involved with a fair amount of enthusiasm for the strike).
Today I ache. Thankfully the wasp sting went off reasonably quickly given the application of an ice pack to the posterior.