While watching a film on New Year’s Eve, I was struck by a visual migraine. Funnily enough, the last time I had one I was also watching a film. I don’t experience any pain, just a colourful distortion that makes me unable to perceive part of my field of vision. It’s disturbing to look at someone and see only half a face.
After a short pause it dissipated and we were able to finish watching. Anatomy of a Fall (2023), by the way. Good film, well acted, but not a relaxing watch.
We went to Ikea for a second opinion on our kitchen on New Year’s Day. That wouldn’t be my favourite way to spend a bank holiday, but the shop wasn’t too busy, and it was useful in helping us come up with both a better layout and a price comparison.
We watched the BBC adaptation of Murder is Easy. David Jonsson is charming, but it was otherwise mediocre. The colour, however, was something else. This was a particularly obnoxious example of lurid colour grading even [narrator bass voice] in a world where every film is orange and teal.
I fixed my desktop computer graphics problems. I finally ran out of tether
dealing with the flaky proprietary Nvidia drivers after one spontaneous display
server restart too many, and ordered an AMD card instead. Objectively, it’s
a less capable card (RX 560 with 4 GB of RAM vs a GTX 1650
with 8 GB) but I’m not a gamer so what do I care. The important thing
is that it has driver support in the mainline Linux kernel, so it just works.
It didn’t quite just work immediately, because the Nvidia drivers were still being
loaded and kept complaining that I didn’t have an Nvidia card (true) but like
a dog in a manger wouldn’t get out of the way. I connected via SSH from my
apt remove '*nvidia*', and the desktop sprang into life.
I’d originally bought an Nvidia card because I hoped to be able to use CUDA GPU processing. In reality, getting it working was always a palaver and I seldom used it. A reliable working computer, on the other hand, is something I need every day.
As a bonus, the disk decryption password prompt at boot is now in the native resolution of my screen, which really helps when you have a 2.4:1 ratio widescreen monitor.
Links from around the internet:
- Mouse secretly filmed tidying man’s shed every night. This is delightful. What is the inner life of a mouse?
- Yagi-Shingu Bus is the longest local bus route in Japan: 6½ scenic hours for only ¥550.
- The IDEs we had 30 years ago… and we lost. A hauntological exploration of the text mode editors of the 90s. Remember Turbo C++?
- Turbo Vision is a “modern port of Turbo Vision 2.0, the classical framework for text-based user interfaces. Now cross-platform and with Unicode support.”