Time Machine “preparing”

I had a major bummer experience – I have Time Machine running off a Time Capsule.

I noticed (eventually!) that my backup hadn’t completed for days. Eventually Time Machine popped up a dialog telling me this as well. But why? I watched it run and saw that it never got out of the “Preparing” stage. I let it run for hours. Trying to be especially patient, I even let it run for 48 hours. It never stopped “Preparing.”

I read online you could read some logs or something using Console.app. Console’s icon bounced a couple times, but never brought up a console. I had to Force Quit it. And still Time Machine was Preparing.

I called Apple support. I have an Apple Care membership. They suggested I load the Time Capsule as a drive, and delete the “sparsebundle” there. This would erase all my backups and history, so I could start fresh. While this may have solved things, I didn’t want to do this: what would be the point of backup with Time Machine then?!

They gave me one more hint before I had to go. They said to use Disk Utility and attempt to Repair Disk on the Time Capsule volume. So I did… the process took a long time, even though it estimated it would take an hour… it ended up taking over 2 hours. I let it run all day.

When I got back some bad permissions had indeed been detected, and repaired. I shut down Disk Utility and attempted another Time Machine backup.

This time it worked! It did Preparing for only a few minutes, and then completed the backup, adequately proving that I hadn’t started over from scratch with no history — if I had, this Preparing would have taken hours.

Michael Jackson Still Dead

Please stop wailing over Michael Jackson now. I haven’t seen this much unjustified shock/surprise since the Twin Towers were blown up by terrorists.

Hey here’s a news flash: most if not all your childhood idols, if they were older than you, will die while you are alive.

They may even die if they were younger than you.

They will for sure die at some point.

And so will you. You’re going to die! And there’s so much to do!

Better get crackin’!

This message sponsored by Mr Fucking Obvious

Poop Monster

BRAIN: Check out the Poop Monster
SARAH: That’s disgusting
BRAIN: yet fascinating
BRAIN: cryptozoology!
SARAH: don’t want to know what is in the sewers of NYC
BRAIN: alligators?
SARAH: maybe they will eat these things
SARAH: or be consumed by them, who knows
BRAIN: maybe we can stitch together balls of these poopmonster things and make a Sewer Golem
SARAH: that’s sick – just sick
BRAIN: use it to rob banks, steal virgins, the usual
BRAIN: eventually Batman shows up and beats everyone up
BRAIN: what a killjoy
SARAH: I am going to need to recover before lunch

RoboGeisha and other Japanese movies

RoboGeisha sorta looks like Machine Girl (after seeing the trailer I now realize there’s a reason for this; it’s the same director and visual effects team), but also like CASSHERN, which was awesome– that was a virtual set movie (like Sky Captain) but it was about fighting robots in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s based on a 1980s cartoon.

I’ve been watching a lot of retro Japanese and modern Japanese film recently (leaving what, exactly? “Classic” film I guess? Contemporary horror?).

So far I recommend:

  • Sex and Fury – a “pinky violence” samurai movie, like Lady Snowblood. In an extra “oh this is what Tarantino was talking about” reference, it also has the actress from “They Call Me One Eye.”
  • Ecstasy of the Angels – a gritty 1960s piece about a revolutionary cell betraying each other
  • Detective Story – a recent Miike movie. It combines a… Detective Story… (duh)… with his usual wackiness. There’s a super scary half second in it about 20 minutes in which ends up having nothing to do with anything

Martin Scorsese: My Voyage to Italy

This is a great, if very lengthy, documentary/sampler of Italian Neo-Realism. It’s a bit like taking a film study survey course!

Directors and their films:

  • Italian epics:
    • Giovanni Pastrone: Cabiria (1914)
    • Alessandro Blasetti: The Iron Crown (1941), Fabiola (1947)
  • Roberto Rossellini: Rome, Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), Germany Year Zero (1947), The Miracle (1948), Stromboli (1950), The Flowers of St. Francis (1950), Europa ’51 (1952), Journey to Italy (1954)
  • Vittorio De Sica: Shoeshine (1946), Bicycle Thieves (1948), Umberto D (1952), The Gold of Naples (1954)
  • Luchino Visconti: Ossessione (1943), Giorni di Gloria (1945), La Terra trema (1950), Senso (1954)
  • Federico Fellini: I vitelloni (1953), La dolce vita (1960), 8½ (1963)
  • Michelangelo Antonioni: L’avventura (1960), L’eclisse (1962)

In the Antonioni segment, Scorseze mentions a few other directors and films influenced with the Neo-Realist style:

  • Jean-Luc Godadrd: My Life To Live, Breathless
  • John Casavetes : Shadows
  • Luis Bunuel: Viridiana
  • Ingmar Bergman: The Silence, Persona
  • Oshima Nagisa (大島 渚): Cruel Story of Youth
  • Glauber Rocha: Antônio das Mortes
  • Imamura Shōhei ( 今村 昌平 ): The Insect Woman (にっぽん昆虫記 Nippon konchuki)
  • Alain Resnais: Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad