Efforts go in to making the air performance program more flexible, wet weather gear is strongly desired, and a French Film Festival movie Chinese Puzzle is well enjoyed.

Flexible air performance sections

With the air performance program I’ve been realising that it won’t be possible to have it automatically solve things for you if you’re not able to tell it which fields you want to remain fixed, while the others are being recalculated. As a result of this, checkboxes are being added so that you can see and control which ones have fixed values, and the code itself needs to be updated too so that it only updates the unfixed values.

While doing that I’ve been realising too that certain parts of the code needs to be made more generic and flexible, so that instead of gong through a list of field names to make changes to the page, that it instead queries the page for the field names instead before going on with making changes to them.

Such flexibility will help when the eventual change occurs, when everything will be calculated and dynamically on the fly.

Wet weather gear

On my way out to Hoyts at Northlands, I realised that some wet weather over-trousers weren’t rain-proof. Instead, I found that my legs were soaked down to the knee when I arrived, which with light-coloured trousers was quite striking.

Going in to The Warehouse I found that while they have improved the quality of their wet weather gear, that they only had size XL and above. Other stores in Belfast and Linwood had a good available range though, so after the movie it was a quick trip back to Linwood through fortunately less-heavy rain before they close, to pick up some better rain-protection gear.

Chinese Puzzle

Tonight’s movie Chinese Puzzle (2013) is a from the French Film Festival that’s running until near the end of April. The movie is about Xavier (Romain Duris) a 40-year-old writer and the complicated series of relationships that he has with several women.

  • Wendy (Kelly Reilly) an English woman who has two kids with him, after living with Xavier in France for the past 10 years has found someone she prefers in New York and she wants to move over there with the children, and complications naturally arise when Xavier moves to New York as well to carry on being father to their kids.
  • Isabelle (Cécile De France) is a good friend of Xavier’s in New York who lets Xavier sleep on their couch. Isabelle’s in a lesbian affair with Ju (Sandrine Holt), and Xavier helps Isabelle to have a child, which was originally supposed to be with the infertile Ju. In return Ju gives him keys to a small apartment of hers in China town, and complications arise when Isabelle falls for the babysitter.
  • Nancy (Li Jun Li) good-spiritedly helps Xavier to remain in New York when his visitors Visa runs out, my marrying him as thanks for helping her father during a road rage incident when he was taxiing Xavier to pick up his kids. Complications arise as Xavier and Nancy attempt to give the run-around to the Bureau of Immigration.
  • Martine (Audrey Tautou) is in New York on a Chinese-based business trip with her two kids, and shacks up with Xavier while she’s there. Over the course of things they rekindle the flame of their past relationship, and complications arise when it’s time for her business trip to end.

Through all of this Xavier writes about his experiences for his book and holds weekend skype sessions with his publisher who doesn’t want a completely happy book, for tragedy sells better.

With all of these complications Xavier realises that as he and others in his life are crossing their 40’s, that such complications may not be desired, but are a part of life and as such are to be enjoyed. For as one philosopher said, early in life you see the front of a work of cross-stitch and everything looks serene, and only later in life do you see the back of the work and understand the tangled weavings that goes in to creating such serene piece of work.

And that is the main crux of the movie – that no matter how complicated things seem to be, that life is there to be loved and enjoyed. Unlike similarly complex Woody Allen movies where people tend to be disdained, this Cédric Klapisch movie has a generosity of spirit, and features an open-hearted embrace of the differences we all have.