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Strange RCS message
Topic: technology Link here

Found a typo in my diary entry for 51 years ago today. OK, not a problem, check it out and fix it.

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/16) ~/public_html 198 -> co -l diary-aug1969.php
co: RCS file RCS/diary-aug1969.php,v is in use

Huh? What's that? I've been using RCS for 25 years now, but this is the first time that I've seen that message. Off to the web to look for answers, nothing really good, but it seems that there should be a lock file name enclosed in commas, or maybe starting with an underscore, somewhere, and that this file should be removed.

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/16) ~/public_html 199 -> locate diary-aug1969.php
/home/grog/public_html/diary-aug1969.php
/home/src/Sysconfig/eureka/MasterRCS/home/grog/public_html/RCS/diary-aug1969.php,v

Nothing there. Of course, locate is historical. By default it's rebuilt once a week, but I do it every night. So the missing file name could mean that it happened today. OK, look in likely places:

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/16) ~/public_html 200 -> l _*
-rw-------  1 grog  lemis  98,304  1 Aug 15:36 _1cKgnvW
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/16) ~/public_html 201 -> l RCS/,*
-r--r--r--  1 grog  lemis  163,840  1 Aug 15:36 RCS/,diary-aug1969.php,
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/16) ~/public_html 202 ->

I didn't check the first file, though in retrospect it's interesting that it had roughly the same time stamp as the one I was looking for. But it seems that something went wrong with checkout, and that it only half got done. Removed the file and all was well.


A day for photography
Topic: photography, general, opinion Link here

Yvonne is using her PIXIO “Robot Cameraman” more and more. Today that was particularly obvious. As usually on a Saturday, I had also taken my house photos, and since the sun was shining, I did it round solar noon, the same time as I took my analemma photos.

The result was three different tripods in front of the house:


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From left to right, the tripod for the house photos, with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO, the tripod for the horse videos with the PIXIO, OM-D E-M5 Mark III and M.Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm f/3.5-5.6 II R, and the E-30 with the Zuiko Digital ED 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6.


Sony HDR-CX405 results
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Finally found time to look at the video clips that I took on Chris Bahlo's Sony HDR-CX405 yesterday. First, though, how do I get the videos off the camera? As on the Olympus cameras, all images are stored in a single directory (MP_ROOT\100ANV01). And that needs to start this silly PlayMemories program—not to use it; it's useless—but to set the camera USB connection into mass storage mode.

Did that: no clips! Searched the whole file system and found nothing obvious. But they had been displayed in “Windows Explorer” before I started PlayMemories. OK, stop it again, disconnect and reconnect the camera, and take a look:


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This time they're displayed in “subdirectories” with the date, a completely different organization from in the real file system. Why do they not store them that way in the first place?

OK, how do I get this onto a sane machine? “Copy” is what I need, but that's an old, worn-out magic word. I can't use CMD.EXE, because this thing isn't a file system. Off to search the web, and came up with this page.

TL;DR: there are four methods: drag and drop, cut and paste, use context menu or (the easiest) CMD.EXE. But somehow the first three didn't work for me: when I selected the files and tried to drag them, they were automatically deselected. But even if it had worked, what a way to work!

In the end, since I wanted the whole directory, went to the parent directory and copied that. Only 30 minutes for something that in the old days would have taken 10 seconds.

And what did they look like? Terrible! Yes, now the resolution is better, but it's still interlaced, and it shoves the fact into your face:


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These are slightly cropped, but immediately obvious when looking at the video. And yes, of course I can deinterlace them, but that's associated with a significant loss of quality, not what we need.

But why? I was sure I had set 50p. Still more head-scratching needed.

Other items of interest: the image gradation somehow seemed worse than the Olympus, though it's difficult to pin it down. But the image stabilization was better than I expected, probably on a par with the Olympus. At the very least I'd have to do some more rigorous comparisons.


VoIP recording software?
Topic: technology, multimedia, language, opinion Link here

Yesterday's fracas with Telstra left me wishing that I had had an audio transcript of the call. Surely that can't be difficult: in principle I could have sniffed the traffic with Wireshark, but that's a bit clunky. Aren't there any recording programs out there?

Yes, but it seems—paradoxically—mainly for Microsoft “Windows”. And there's an Open Source Audio Recorder offering a free 30-day trial. rms would love that and point out that “open source” is far from as obvious as “free software”.


Interpreting COVID-19 lockdown rules
Topic: health, general, opinion Link here

Not surprisingly, there were many reports of people disobeying the current lockdown rules. Or did they just not understand them?

To quote two such cases, as reported by Victoria's Police Minister Lisa Neville:

Can I be really clear, just in case there is any doubt at all, that there is absolutely no reason or need to drive from Melbourne to Wodonga to have a Big Mac.
That is one of the fines that was issued yesterday.

Well, yes, but do the regulations prohibit it? Probably: my understanding is that it is prohibited, because Wodonga is (a long way) outside the Melbourne exclusion zone. And you really can't say that the BigMac isn't available within the zone.

To be fair, I'm not sure that there is an exclusion zone. I certainly can't point to any regulation mentioning it. I've gone and checked again, but the more this thing progresses, the less sure I am of anything about these restrictions. They're getting more vague and confusing by the day.

But she goes on:

There is absolutely no reason to drive from Werribee out to Springvale to buy groceries.
Why would people think that is OK? They don't care, it can't be because people aren't aware of the rules.

I disagree. There is a good reason to go to Springvale to buy groceries: you can get things there that you can't get elsewhere, notably East Asian foodstuffs. I have even driven there from here (170 km, coincidentally past Werribee) for exactly that reason.

And why not? Both Werribee and Springvale are inside the exclusion zone. Yes, they're nearly 60 km apart, but I don't see anything in the rules that says that you have to buy within a certain distance of your home.

So, people: don't just complain. Write down sensible rules and make them clearly available. If you don't want people going long distances for groceries, set a limit. I can't see one at the moment.


Changing hand bandage
Topic: health, opinion Link here

I've had the same bandage on my left hand since Wednesday. It hasn't been causing any trouble, and I've had less pain from the hand than from the tetanus injection, but it's clearly time to change the bandage. It's not looking overly pretty:


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Somehow it doesn't cover the wound overly well. But there's more:


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The second photo shows how off-centre the bandage was. But how did the sutures bend like that? They should have been straight. And they no longer cover the wound properly. In fact, it looks as if one of them has disappeared altogether, though I thought that they were thinner. Something to do with the position of the wound?

Put a new bandage on, hopefully better centred, and despite the position it seems to stick. But we're not completely over with the bleeding:


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Cordon bleu revisited
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

We've cooked Cordon bleu a number of times recently, most recently in an “air fryer”. I decided that that was a mistake: fry in butter.

But how long? Tonight I gave it about 12 minutes, which seems reasonable. It wasn't until later that I discovered I had written 4-5 minutes per side in the recipe, so clearly it depends on the temperature. But being crumbed, it swallows a lot of butter. Next time I should weigh it.


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Still more Sony HDR-CX405 strangeness
Topic: multimedia, technology, opinion Link here

Why did the the Sony HDR-CX405 switch to interlaced mode after I set it for 1080p the other day? Off to check, revealing even more strangeness.

Here's the Image Quality / Size menu:


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Of these, only Frame Rate and Image Size have obvious meanings. Well, maybe. In fact, Image Size refers only to still images. So how do you select the image size?

I still don't know. Last week I selected it via REC Mode, but I discovered that the format I had selected was only interlaced. Yes, you can select 50p from the Frame Rate menu:


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It accepts it, but when you exit the menu it sets it back to interlaced without any further indication.

Spent some time trying to understand the File Format menu:


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More buzzwords. Yes, I can look them up in Wikipedia, but apart from that there's only guesswork and experimentation. So that's what I did, and I discovered:

  1. XAVC S HD only supports 50i.
  2. AVCHD only supports 50p.
  3. After selecting one of them, I can't find a way back to the REC Mode menu. That's why it's greyed out in these photos.

What a mess! OK, I don't really care about the other REC Modes, which are even worse quality, and I hope that Chris doesn't either.

Off later to try out these settings with the horses. And the results? No time to look at them. Mañana.


Disaster!
Topic: health, general, opinion Link here

Despite the measures taken, the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria continues to rise. On Thursday the government imposed “lockdown”, whatever that may mean, and I grumbled about the lack of precision in their statements and the lack of information on the web. My comments on the web site went without answer, as I had expected. And yesterday I questioned the illegality of going shopping in Springvale from Werribee: where are the distance limits?

But today we have something new. “Stage 4” (of course also not clearly defined) restrictions, including grocery shopping no more than 5 km away. That's reasonable, at least for Melbourne; round here the nearest supermarket is 28 km away. But what was it before? My guess is that they hadn't defined it, but expected people to adhere to some concept of locality anyway.

Round here, we're back to having “no visitors in the house”. Ah, but that's the way it was before, sort of. Changes to restrictions that apply to Greater Geelong and surrounds (not a title that would normally attract my attention; Geelong is 75 km away, compared to 30 to Ballarat) applies to me anyway, and it states:

  1. You can no longer have visitors to your home, except for necessary goods or services, care or other compassionate reasons, or work or education.
  2. You can still meet with up to 10 people in a public place in these areas, such as a park or cafe.
  3. Otherwise, the Stage 2 Stay Safe directions continue to apply in Greater Geelong and the surrounding areas.

Apart from the strange idea that going to cafes is safer than staying at home, does the exception include allowing the cleaners in? My interpretation is “yes”. And that page is still there, as of 3 August 2020, 13:20 (time zone defaults to UTC+10). But then there's this page, published on 2 August at 14:38, titled “Melbourne placed under stage 4 coronavirus lockdown, stage 3 for rest of Victoria as state of disaster declared”, which contains:

Regional Victoria will move to stage three restrictions from Thursday, meaning restaurants, cafes, bars and gyms will close from 11:59pm on Wednesday.

And what else does that mean? They don't say.

Off to the health.vic.gov.au site to see if they had improved anything. No, but I noticed the ability to submit feedback. So, at 15:55, I sent:

Please, PLEASE finally publish exact details of the lockdown restrictions.  I've just read the latest premier's statement, which refers to a previous statement, which refers to some nebulous "phase 2" and "phase 3" lockdowns, which I can't find anywhere.

How do you expect people to adhere to the restrictions if they don't know what they are?  Even now, it seems, you're allowed to go grocery shopping.  But yesterday somebody was fined for doing just that, simply because he/she drove 60 km to Springvale to do so.  I've been looking for some time to find whether there is a distance limit on where to shop for food.  There's a good reason to choose Springvale: foodstuffs (notably East Asian) are available there that aren't available elsewhere.  So if you don't want people to go that far, make it clear.

My suggestions:

1.  Write a clear, concise web page describing what people may and may not do, and KEEP IT UP TO DATE.
2.  Link to this page from http://health.vic.gov.au and other appropriate pages.
3.  Link to this page from ANY statement published about lockdown restrictions.

This will not only make life easier for the general population.  It will give a better legal framework for prosecuting offenders.

And I got a reply fairly quickly, at 07:28:33 +0000 (their choice of time zone). I had to fill out a form, of course, and so they got information that they quoted, like this:

Submitted on Sun, 08/02/2020 - 15:55

Submitted by: Anonymous

Submitted values are:
Email (required)
groggyhimself@lemis.com<mailto:groggyhimself@lemis.com>

Name (optional)
Greg Lehey

Postcode (optional)
3352

At least they had an (unspecified) Australian time zone there. But there's my name, so why “anonymous”?

The reply was not helpful:

We are working as quickly as possible to get the relevant information up - please see the new restrictions page to see what is now allowed - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/updates/coronavirus-covid-19/premiers-statement-changes-melbournes-restrictions

Now isn't that helpful! As the URL indicates, it's not what I was asking for. In fact, it's what I was complaining about. And then they say:

You shouldn't be travelling more than 5km from your home unless you have certain needs.

Which needs? Where's that in the link they sent? Does it even apply to me? No, according to what information I have found: it applies only to Melbourne, and they have my post code, so they should have known that.

Discussed the matter on IRC, with a surprising lack of understanding on the part of the others. They pointed to further URLs with snippets of information: https://www.abc.net.au/news/story-streams/coronavirus/, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-02/victorias-latest-coronavirus-restrictions-explained/12516182, https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19, https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-victoria...

Why is it so hard just to keep an up-to-date summary and point to it from everywhere that mentions the issue? Disaster indeed, but one that could be easily fixed.

I won't even start on formulation issues like “You can not” instead of “You may not”, or “Coronavirus” instead of COVID-19.


Spraying weeds
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Nice weather today, so out to finally spray some of the weeds that are popping up. Managed the bed to the south of house and the “garden” to the north.


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Present from Piccola
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Piccola has been tending to put on weight lately, so we've put her on a diet. That has done her good, less so the mice that have infested the garage. But today, after her frugal breakfast and subsequent walk outside, Yvonne found:


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A present? A thrown gauntlet? Not even Nikolai wanted to eat it.


Too many tropaeolums
Topic: general, animals, opinion Link here

Spring is just around the corner, and new plants are coming up. In front of the music room we have an issue: the whole bed is covered in tropaeolums (tropaeola?). But other plants are struggling to get out:


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Tore some of them out, stepped into the bed and... fell into the hole for the water extraction pump, up to my knee. Fool! I knew that it was there, and that I had left the lid off to observe it better. That's it in the front of the first photo. Time to replace it and nurse my bruises.


Sony HDR-CX405, the last
Topic: multimedia, technology, opinion Link here

Finally got round to looking at the video clips that I took with the Sony HDR-CX405 yesterday.

First: where are the files? Well, this time there was only one. Copied it from the fake directory 2020-08-02 to eureka, where it showed itself as:

-r-xr--r--     1 grog    wheel  736,886,784  3 Aug 12:33 20200802134529.MTS

That file name looks like a date YYYYMMDDHHMMSS. But it doesn't match the timestamp of the file. Presumably Microsoft's “copy” function is too polite to maintain the original timestamp. Further checking with PlayMemories showed that yes, indeed, it's the timestamp relating to the recording time (presumably the end of the recording), which could be useful in some bizarre circumstances.

While searching, also found the name that it uses in USB mode. With the fake MTP file system, it's 20200802134529.MTS, as above. But internally, as the USB mode reveals, it's \PRIVATE\AVCHD\BDMV\STREAM\00013.MTS! Why PRIVATE? If there's one thing you want to be able to find on the device, it's the videos you've just taken!

While I was searching, accidentally clicked on the image, started a program that was too polite to state its name, and took forever to display. Isn't Microsoft fun?

So now I had the clip that I was looking for. As might be expected, it was better than the previous ones. But somehow it lacked the crispness of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III videos taken at the same time. It also showed pronounced flare: Yvonne had placed the camera so that it pointed towards the sun. Yes, it was in the shade of the trees, but enough sunlight got through. And it made itself more unpleasantly visible than with the Olympus (last image):


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And yes, this particular Olympus shot doesn't look good. But that's not typical.

And what do these buzzwords mean? Found this page, really about the Sony A7, which confuses me all the more:

AVCHD looks similar to XAVC S, and if you just want to upload the video straight away it might be okay. There are three disadvantages to AVCHD:

  • Poor audio codec
  • Harder to edit
  • Doesn’t grade very well

There are two ‘advantages’:

  • It’s half the data rate, therefore half the storage.
  • You don’t need an SDXC card for it, you can use SDHC cards (32GB and lower).

Clearly this doesn't relate to the HDR-CX405, but it's not clear why the data rates are the other way round on this camera.


Olympus edge conditions
Topic: photography, technology, opinion Link here

I've had my “new” Olympus E-30 for just over a year (in fact, the beginning of August has been a time for buying cameras over the decades). I only use it for my analemma photography series, and for the fun of it I didn't delete the images from the CF card, just to see how long it would last. It's a 4 GB card, and the pair of images I take amount to about 25 MB per pair, so I'd expect it to last for about 160 pairs.

Today I was nearly there: only 30 MB left on the card. Took the first image. 10 MB. “Card full”! Why?

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58021542 ORF  13142830 2020-08-02  12:25
58031543 ORF  10993858 2020-08-03  12:25
      337 files       3 973 199 392 bytes

Total files listed:
      341 files       3 973 199 392 bytes
                         19 595 264 bytes free

My best guesses are that either the camera first writes the image to the card and then compresses it, or that it checks free space based on a worst-case scenario. In any case, my fault, missed the image pair. And my guess of 160 pairs (320 files) was pretty close to the mark.


Time to finish dereel
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Somehow I've had lots of things to do lately, and one of the multitude of things I have left unfinished was the installation of dereel, my second desktop machine.

But time has made it more urgent: for reasons I don't understand, a number of sites no longer want to talk to the firefox version on eureka. Time to continue with installing dereel.

In principle, the next step is simple: install multi-monitor X on dereel and join it to eureka with x2x. I've been using X on the desktop for over 30 years, and I published my first article on how to configure it over 27 years ago. What's the problem?

Two issues: hardware and software. Where do I connect the outputs from the card (an old Nvidia GeForce GT 710 (or GK208; for some reason they all have two names)? It has three outputs D-Sub, DVI and HDMI, but I only have one spare monitor. Never mind, I have monitors with multiple inputs, and coincidentally the two leftmost of the existing 4 have a spare DVI and HDMI input. The one I've been using for testing can thus have the D-Sub connector. The only issue was that that's the output I had connected to distress; I'll have to add a card with DVI output to distress, just because of that.

The other issue was the cables. Do I have the right kind and the right length? Once again, somewhat to my surprise, yes. Connected them up, just for the fun typed startx and... it worked! Out of the box. And it ran on all three monitors.

Well, almost. I ended up with a single display across all three screens, and of course the chances of them being in the right order were 5:1 against, but it worked. And when I inserted a dongle for a wireless mouse, that worked too. That's so different from the pain I've been through in recent years.

So now I have 5 monitors again, for the first time in 13 years:


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From left to right:

Monitor       Resolution       Input       System
Acer G246HL       1920x1080       D-Sub       dereel:0.0
            DVI       distress (to be completed)
            HDMI       not connected
BenQ GW2265       1920x1080       D-Sub       eureka:0.0
            DVI       dereel:0.1
BenQ E2200HD       1920x1080       DVI       eureka:0.1
            HDMI       dereel:0.2
            D-Sub       not connected
FRT DIGITAL       2560x1440       DVI       eureka:0.2
BenQ G2400W       1920x1200       DVI       dischord
            HDMI       eureka:0.3
            D-Sub       not connected

So not only do I have four machines connected, I have three inputs free.

But things aren't as good as they might seem. eureka has 4 display outputs and dereel has 3. That means that I could connect another two monitors and use them all—if I could find a use for them. In the meantime, I suppose I should start a new server on eureka talking just to the rightmost two monitors. And switching the inputs is a different pain for each monitor. The BenQ GW2265 in particular reverts to DVI when the D-Sub input goes away (screen saving in particular). It doesn't revert when only the D-Sub input returns.

Still, more progress than I had expected. At the very least it shows that the card can really drive three monitors. Now to tidy up the configurations for both systems.


Covered riding arena: progress?
Topic: Stones Road house, general Link here

It's been several days since I called the Golden Plains Council and left a message with Rob[iy]n about updating our planning permit. No reply. Tried again today and was connected to Sandra, who suspects that it's too late to update it, but will see what she can do, and will call back by Wednesday at the latest.


Tuesday, 4 August 2020 Dereel Images for 4 August 2020
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Snow!
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Winter may be on its way out, but it's not gone yet. When I got up this morning it was snowing! That's a very seldom occurrence. But how do I capture it as an image (or “on film”, as we used to say)? This photo shows it clearly:


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... except that it's hardly visible. Only when I enlarge it can anything be seen:


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Clearly I can't discern individual flakes at that distance. But it's not immediately obvious that it's snow. How about a different shutter speed? That one was at 1/100 s. Faster (1/200 s, first image)? Slower (1/20 s)?


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Neither looks convincing. And I don't get much chance to repeat: it stopped snowing almost as soon as I took those photos.


Spring under way
Topic: gardening, general Link here

Despite the snow, the spring flowers are on their way. Last week we only had snowdrops, but now the daffodils are out in force:


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Where's my measuring jug?
Topic: gardening, general Link here

Filling up the dish washer, I missed my 500 ml measuring jug (the one I bought on 4 October 1967 as part of my darkroom equipment). Where was it? Ah, I had used it a couple of days ago to measure weed killer. Did I forget it outside? Yes! In fact, it was in one of the photos of the daffodils above:

 
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And it was still full! I had carefully washed out the empty container of weed killer and forgotten to put the measured quantity into the sprayer! All that work for nothing, and now I have to wait for another sunny, windless day!


Entrance pupil locations revisited
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

I've been taking panoramic photos for nearly 12 years now, and it's been some time since I have learnt all the details, including the positioning requirements, which mainly relate to keeping the entrance pupil in the same place. Eight years ago I wrote a page with tables of positions for my lenses, based mainly on information available on the web.

So I consulted it when I wanted to take this panorama of my desktop:

Oh horror! Not a single Micro Four Thirds system lens in the table! How times change! Yes, I've measured the values for my Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO, though I hadn't added them to the table, but that was the only one.

What to do? I was going to use the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100 mm f/4.0 IS PRO, but it was probably too long anyway. In the end, I fell back to the Zuiko Digital ED 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6.

Why is no entrance pupil information available for newer lenses? Do people no longer care?


What's that noise?
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In the evening, we had just finished watching a film on TV when we heard a noise reminiscent of a washing machine spinning. But there was none. Off to find out where the noise came from. In front of the house! The extraction pump was running continuously, sucking in water, not having enough to fill the chamber, and stopping again. Turned it off. Tomorrow is early enough to find out what happened, presumably as a result of me falling into the hole yesterday. Hopefully it's not damaged.


Wednesday, 5 August 2020 Dereel Images for 5 August 2020
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Hand wound
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It's been a week since I cut my hand trying to open inappropriate packaging. Time to change the bandage again:


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Took a shower before putting a new cover bandage on it, after which the suture showed its advertised peeling away at the edges:


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Things look much better now, but I'll leave the bandage on until the suture detaches by itself.


Pump issues
Topic: Stones Road house, general Link here

Out to take a look at the extraction pump this morning:


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The float has lodged on the frame and was thus not able to fall low enough to turn the pump off. I'll have to tidy the whole thing out and test it, once we have more water. At any rate enough water had gathered in the sump overnight that I could pump it out, apparently showing that the pump has not been (seriously) damaged.


COVID-19: fines for non-compliance
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The state government has imposed stricter rules for non-compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. If you're positive and don't abide by the self-quarantine requirements, you can be fined $1,652. And if you're caught a second time, you can be fined $4,957. This is what alerted the news media, who report it typically as “about $3,500”, politely omitting their reference to US currency or to the second time. To quote the New York Times:

Nearly everyone traveling for a job deemed essential must carry a signed work permit. And after a campaign to check in on people with Covid-19 found that one in four was not at home, a fine equivalent to about $3,500 was established for future violators. Some of the new rules have led to widespread confusion, with unclear guidance for everything from dog-walking to seeing romantic partners.

Good! It should be higher. In fact, it can be. Those are on-the-spot fines (you do have that much cash on you, right?). The $1,652 can be extended to $10,000 in court for repeat offenders, and the $4,957 can be extended to $20,000 for repeat offenders (isn't that what the $4,957 is for)? Still not enough considering the damage it can do; $50,000 wouldn't be too high.

But why these strange sums for the on-the-spot fines? They're in penalty units, of (currently) $165.22, so the first one is 10 units, and the second one is 30 units. Does that make sense? I can't decide, but at least I have an explanation.


Thursday, 6 August 2020 Dereel Images for 6 August 2020
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Accident in Grassy Gully Road
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While walking the dogs today, noted several skid marks. First, heading west:


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What could cause that? There was nothing else on the road, but clearly the driver had left the road and hit a tree.

But there was another skid mark in the opposite direction (going east):


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This one was mainly of interest because of all the litter left behind. But it would seem that two cars came along too fast, and to avoid collision they left the road and collided with vegetation instead.

Only: if that's what happened, they left to the right. Why? We drive on the left round here.


Measuring salt
Topic: food and drink, general, opinion Link here

The US Americans have a mania for measuring foodstuffs by the volume of some not clearly defined household device that wasn't designed for this purpose, notably spoons and cups. I've ranted about this at length. There are three basic issues:

  1. Measuring by volume, even in controlled circumstances, is not very accurate; the best you can hope for is 1%, and 3% is more likely. By contrast, most 1 kg scales (say 500 g average weight) are precise to about 100 mg, 0.02%.
  2. Measuring solids by volume is difficult because granularity can change the density of the product.
  3. Using substitute measures like spoons and cups introduces the largest error yet: even in the USA, home of such things, “cup” can refer to 6 different volumes between 84 ml (“small” cup on coffee machines) to 240 ml.

Today I found a question on Quora: How many ounces are in a teaspoon of salt?. OK, why not measure it? The result: between 0.19 and 0.56 (avoirdupois) ounce.

In detail. Three different kinds of salt:


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Take two different teaspoons, measure 10 “spoonfuls” of each kind of salt, and weigh them.


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Here the average weight per spoonful:

Salt kind       Spoon 1       Spoon 2
Rock salt       7.55 g       11.36 g
Kitchen salt       7.51 g       10.87 g
Table salt       7.84 g       9.98 g

All these were done with naturally heaped teaspoons. Interestingly, and contrary to my expectations, the kind of salt didn't make a big difference to the weight: it's within experimental error (table salt was the heaviest from spoon 1, the lightest from spoon 2).

I also tried as level as possible a spoon (spoon 1) of table salt and got 5.35 g.

In the past I have tried to measure the volume of teaspoon 2 (level) and come up with a volume of about 3.5 ml. In the USA, a "teaspoon" is defined as 4.93 ml (customary) or 5 ml (legal, § 101.9 paragraph (b)(5)(viii)), in other countries only 5 ml, all larger than any teaspoon I have measured.

The difference between definitely too little salt and definitely too much salt is probably about 30%. Here we have a difference of 300%. That's a perfect way to ruin a dish. And why?


Steak and kidney pie again
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We're still not home with correct preparation of steak and kidney pie. Last time I baked at the bottom of the oven for 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes with the top element. The main issue there was to cook the dough under the filling, but I hadn't wanted to cook in two different ways.

Today I tried a different tack: cook the dough underneath by itself before filling, this time for 5 minutes at 180° in the “coffee machine” “air fryer”:


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Is that enough? It wasn't too much, anyway.

Then fill the pies and cook for 20 minutes at 210° with the top element in the middle of the oven. After 10 minutes they looked like this:


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And after 20 minutes:


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OK? Somehow the browning seemed too uneven. But we're getting there.


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COVID-19: Too close for comfort
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We take protection against COVID-19 seriously:


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We've been pretty well spared any proximity to COVID-19 so far, but a couple of reports in the Ballarat Courier today were unsettling. One referred (without links, as seems to be their wont) to an infected staff member at Woolworths in Sebastopol yesterday. Yvonne had been shopping there on Wednesday, the day before. With a bit of searching found this page, which links to content to which I can't refer directly, and which will probably soon disappear. But today I read:

We have been notified that a team member at our Sebastopol store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We’re making contact with our Sebastopol team members and will provide our full support to those required to self-isolate in line with advice from the health authorities.

As a food retailer, we already have very high standards of cleaning and hygiene in place. As an extra precautionary measure, the store will closed overnight for an additional deep clean.

While the risk of transmission to customers and team members is low, the safety and wellbeing of the local community is our priority.

Customers and team members should be assured they can continue to safely shop and work at our Sebastopol supermarket.

Any customers who shopped in our Sebastopol store on Thursday 23 July and feel unwell in the next two weeks should make contact with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

What's the danger? Pretty low. Yvonne was wearing a KN95 mask, she is unlikely to have come near the person in question, and she had been there the day before. But somehow the suggestion to do nothing until you feel sick is superfluous: if you develop symptoms, you need to be tested whether or not you were in Woolworths on Thursday. Somehow it's not overly reassuring.

And then there was a second incident that we heard only indirectly: an employee of Sinclair Meats in Delacombe tested positive this morning. Unlike Woolworths, they have closed their operation completely until further notice.

Yvonne was there too on Wednesday:


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Again, no particular cause for alarm, apart from the fact that things are coming so close.


Spring on its way
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Another sign of the coming spring:


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There's nothing that surprising about an Arum blooming at this time of year, except that it's one of the row that we transplanted in April.


A new gardener?
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

While walking the dogs today, found a gardener working on Lorraine Carranza's property. Anton's (or Tony's?) mowing, phone 0411 029 736. He seems to specialize in lawn mowing and whipper snipping, but he might make a good alternative if Mick continues to be unable to come.


More corroded spoons
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Last month I noted some strange corrosion on an old spoon. It's not the only one. Here another case:


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That looks less like corrosion than mechanical damage. But how?


X configuration on dereel
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It's been several days since I've looked at the X configuration on dereel. There are at least two reasons: firstly, I've been busy, and secondly I expect pain.

Back to look at it again today. I had started editing a configuration file, but it looked strange. Here an example:

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen2"
    Device         "Device1"
    Monitor        "Monitor1"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "TwinView" "0"
    Option         "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "DFP-0"
    Option         "metamodes" "nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection

Why the TwinView entries? They're for displays spanning multiple screens. In this case I want three individual displays, one per monitor. OK, I've been there before, so why not check what I did last time?

It proved that I didn't record the thought processes that led to these decisions. And Nvidia have considerately removed some of the pages to which I referred. But in particular I didn't explain anywhere why I had included the "TwinView" "0" entry.

OK, start from scratch, do a Google search, which took me to this page (is this even from Nvidia?), which told me part of what I needed to do: simply duplicate the Screen entries, which all look like this:

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen1"
    Device         "Device1"
    Monitor        "Monitor1"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection

The only difference for the three entries was the number at the end of the first three lines.

And how about that, it worked! And I was able to connect to it from eureka with:

DISPLAY=:0.3 x2x -east -to dereel:0

Well, almost. Of course the configuration couldn't know anything about the physical layout of the three monitors, and I arrived in the middle one. Going “east” from eureka:0.3 took me first to the middle one, then to the westmost one, then to the eastmost one.

Not a problem, we just tell the config what they really look like. That's what the Monitor entries are for. Well, that's actually what the Monitor section is for. The first entry looks like this:

Section "Monitor"
    # HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "Acer G246HL"
    HorizSync       30.0 - 94.0
    VertRefresh     50.0 - 76.0
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

And that, of course, is the leftmost (westmost) monitor. But it seems that ModelName is merely for documentation purposes, and X assigns this number (Monitor0) to the second monitor and Monitor1 to the first. OK, there are various ways of fixing it. The obvious one is to swap the numbers in the Screen entries:

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor1"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen1"
    Device         "Device1"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection

OK, try that, restart X. No difference! That must be a bug.

But there's another option: right at the beginning of the config file is a description of the server layout:

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Layout0"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    Screen      1  "Screen1" RightOf "Screen0"
    Screen      2  "Screen2" RightOf "Screen1"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    Option         "Xinerama" "0"
EndSection

Just a little change to the config should do it:

    Screen      0  "Screen1" 0 0
    Screen      1  "Screen0" RightOf "Screen1"
    Screen      2  "Screen2" RightOf "Screen0"

But again it made no difference! And just to be sure, yes, the layout is in the log file:

[351814.689] (==) ServerLayout "Layout0"
[351814.689] (**) |-->Screen "Screen1" (0)
[351814.689] (**) |   |-->Monitor "Monitor1"
[351814.689] (**) |   |-->Device "Device1"
[351814.689] (**) |-->Screen "Screen0" (1)
[351814.689] (**) |   |-->Monitor "Monitor0"
[351814.690] (**) |   |-->Device "Device0"
[351814.690] (**) |-->Screen "Screen2" (2)
[351814.690] (**) |   |-->Monitor "Monitor2"
[351814.690] (**) |   |-->Device "Device2"
[351814.690] (**) |-->Input Device "Keyboard0"
[351814.690] (**) |-->Input Device "Mouse0"

Clearly something's severely broken here. I found a way to work around it last time, but that was 7½ years ago. Maybe that's the background for the TwinView entries. I'm not in much hurry right now, so it seems a good idea to analyse what's really wrong before working around it Yet Again.


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X installation continued
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Into the office this morning to find that my BenQ E2200 HD monitor (variously eureka:0.1 via DVI and dereel:0.2 via HDMI) was not responding. dereel's X was on screen blank, and though eureka was delivering a signal, there was no way to get the monitor to display a menu so that I could switch to DVI. I had to wake dereel's X server to do the switch. It's time to wonder whether I should connect one or two more monitors now that I can.

OK, now that I have an X server, I can run Hugin on dereel (Hugin is too polite to run across the network). First, though, I needed to install PHP, after which my pto generation worked.

Oh. Somehow it doesn't know that the lens I was using was a fisheye. What a mess! Another thing to postpone until I find where this information is stored.


Bloody Microsoft!
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When I fired up distress, I was distressed to find this display on the screen:

 
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I don't want to meet no steenking Edge! Don't you tell me what to do, you foul Microsoft! And what's this insult?

 
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My security? My privacy? You have violated my machine and rebooted it! And now you have only given me one option: “Get started”. Get stuffed! Fired up the Task Manager and shot it down in flames. I wonder if I can remove it completely.


Porting revisited
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It's been nearly 25 years since O'Reilly published my first book, “Porting UNIX Software”

Time have changed, reflected by the fact that O'Reilly now seem to have taken the book out of their collection without telling me. That might also be a sign of the times, though it looks more like web site breakage; I'm still there, and there are broken links to my books. But I can't even find their book catalogue from their home page. Have they gone out of that business?

Today I discovered that, while my x2x worked, it was maxing out a CPU core. I know this problem: it checked all file descriptors on return from select(), and since the number of file descriptors has increased dramatically, the time taken has done so too.

OK, the problem has been fixed in a new version. Just install that.

Sounds easy, doesn't it? But the system on eureka is 5 years out of date, and the Ports Collection doesn't want to know about it. OK, it's a tiny program. Unpack the tarball on another system, then compile it the old-fashioned way on eureka.

Oh. No Makefile, just a Makefile.am. That rings a bell, but how does it work? Something to do with autotools? The file INSTALL in the top level directory is helpful: “Just build/install x2x as any other autotools-based program.”. OK, there's a file bootstrap.sh containing the single line autoreconf -isv. That worked, and I was able to run configure, but trying to build things had it hang on a strange command:

echo 'char *lawyerese =' > lawyerese.c.tmp &&  sed -e 's|.*|"\0\\n"|g'  >> lawyerese.c.tmp &&  echo ";" >> lawyerese.c.tmp &&  mv lawyerese.c.tmp lawyerese.c || rm -f lawyerese.c.tmp

It's (ultimately) clear why it hangs: there's no input for the sed command, so it reads from stdin.

More messing around. Built it on dereel, which gave me the commands and the singularly useful file lawyerese.c. Here the entirety apart from multiple repetitive lines:

char *lawyerese =
"0\n"
... 28 repeats omitted
"0\n"
;

And then I could build, almost:

cc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I.      -I/usr/local/include -D_THREAD_SAFE -pthread  -O2 -pipe  -fstack-protector-strong -fno-strict-aliasing -MT x2x.o -MD -MP -MF .deps/x2x.Tpo -c -o x2x.o x2x.c
cc: error: unknown argument: '-fstack-protector-strong'
*** Error code 1

-fstack-protector-strong? What's that? It must be some new-fangled optimization option. Get rid of it! And that worked, and finally I had my x2x, and it no longer loops. But it brings back a taste of the Bad Old Days. I wonder which is worse, that or the pain with the Ports Collection.


Flying ducks and pollen
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Seen while walking the dogs:


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Those are Australian Wood Ducks. The one at top right must be 10 m off the ground. I know that they fly, but I've never seen one in a tree like that before.

And then there's this stuff:


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The yellowish tinge round the puddle appears to be some kind of pollen, but what? For some reason I think of Wattle, but though it's pretty widespread, it's not clear where it could have come from.


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A day in the kitchen
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Somehow a whole lot of things have ganged up on me in the kitchen: I had planned four different dishes for the week, and we had three different kinds of noodles left over that would need cooking before they went mouldy.

For one of the packages of noodles, though, the Tak On Singapore Chow Mein, it came too late: they were already mouldy, after only three weeks. Damn! I cooked and froze large quantities of “Wife's noodles”, but didn't get round to the Shanxi noodles.


Kimchi revisited
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I used to make large quantities of kimchi, which I ate at lunch on most days. But then we stopped eating lunch, so I stopped making kimchi.

But now I've found a few Korean recipes for brunch, so it's on the menu again. Time to revisit the recipe. In the past I had had difficulty to find daikon, the long radish used for kimchi, so I used spring onions instead. Now, though, it's easy enough to find daikon. And I had found that I was running a little low on the marinade, which I had planned at 400 ml for 2.4 kg. The result, I suspect, is that the lack of coverage on top of the cake allowed it to go mouldy. So more: today the total (cabbage and radish) was 3 kg, so I tried 600 ml.

And it still wasn't enough! At the end I still didn't have enough left over, so I mixed 7.5 g of gochugaru with 100 ml of water and spread it on top. Still not enough! Next time I'll plan 600 ml for 2.4 kg, fully 50% more than previously.

Just for the fun of it, I substituted garlic shoots for garlic: I bought some recently, and I don't know what to do with them. They're nearly as strong as garlic, so I put 75 g in instead of the normal 50 g of garlic. We'll see how it comes out.


Dollee rendang
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I have had half a package of rendang paste from Dollee in the fridge for some time now. Time to use it.

The instructions are simple: mix with beef or chicken, fry for 10 minutes, add water and cook for 10 minutes, add coconut milk, bring back to the boil and serve—with rice or bread!

Rendang is a slow-cooked dish, and 20 minutes is barely enough to cook beef! So I added the coconut milk early and simmered slowly for about 2 hours. At least it looks right now; we'll see how it comes out.


Pollo en nogada?
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We have lots of nuts in the fridge. A whole shelf is full of them! Time for some dishes with nuts. How about pollo en nogada? I have recipes in two different books, so close that you'd suspect some close relationship: chile ancho, pecan nuts, boiled chicken (done after preparing the sauce). There must be others.

Off to look. The most authentic are probably in Spanish: receta pollo en nogada.

And sure enough, there were plenty. But very different (Spanish rather than Mexican?). Milk! No chilis! But peanuts instead of almonds; that last could be plausible, since almonds don't come from America.

The most important recognition, though, was that this is a dish for leftovers: thus the chicken cooked separately. I can do better than that. Put the chicken in a freezer for another day.


Jägerschnitzel again
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Another dish, eaten tonight, was Jägerschnitzel, mainly to get rid of some of the ridiculous amount of dried mushrooms that we have in the pantry. This time we ate only the dried mushrooms (Boletus edulis, labelled “porcini”, corresponding to German Steinpilz. And at the last minute Yvonne decided that we had some capsicum left over, so what we finally ended up with was somewhere between a „Jägerschnitzel“ and a „Zigeunerschnitzel“:


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It's OK, but somehow nothing special.


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Finishing the cooking
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Yesterday was spent in the kitchen, but I didn't quite finish: cook the Shanxi “planed” noodles. They come out very sloppy:


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Somehow they remind me of my fresh noodles. Maybe I can try that some time; these were not cheap.


Analemma accuracy
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I've been taking photos of the sun at mean solar midday (12:25:00 AEST) for nearly a year now. Time to think more about assembling them all.

My method: place the Olympus E-30 with the Zuiko Digital ED 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6 and a 10 EV neutral filter in front of a post in the garden. Take one photo at 1/4000 s, f/5.6 exactly at 12:25:00 (13:25:00 in the summer), and then another at 2 s at f/5.6 for the background:


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The purpose of the second photo is to locate the sun accurately: with programs like Hugin I can first align the series of second photos and then swap the image to have correct alignment of the sun images. I haven't decided yet what I do after that, but it's gradually becoming time.

But how accurate are the images? How accurate must the time be? Today I tried a comparison: take photos exactly at 12:25:00, 12:26:00 and 12:28:00, and compare them. Since they're on a tripod, I can just take a crop of the same part of each image (run the cursor over an image to compare it with its neighbour):

 
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So there is a difference: it takes about 2 minutes for the sun to travel its own diameter. Probably a second or two inaccuracy wouldn't be that bad. And yes, the times reported by the camera are inaccurate. It clearly doesn't believe in sub-minute accuracy. It must have been programmed by a mobile phone developer.


Dead kangaroo
Topic: animals Link here

On our daily dog walk today, just outside our driveway:


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Another dead kangaroo! This one appears to have been hit by a truck, breaking its legs. But who cut off an ear? I'm reminded of Tom Lehrer.


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Weed spraying for real
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Another sunny day today without too much wind. Back to finish the spraying I had attempted last week. This time I noted the foaming when filling the sprayer, as well as when spraying. Hopefully I won't forget again.


Cockatoos
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We frequently have large swarms of sulphur-crested cockatoos flying over the house, but it's relatively seldom that they hang around. Today was such a day:


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New masks for Yvonne
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Yvonne has a new, reusable face mask, sent by Yana:


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I'm still trying to work out what it means.


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More animals in the household
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Living in the country, mice are inevitable. We had our first mouse in Stones Road just after we moved in, and it's clear that Piccola enjoys being in certain places in the hope of catching one.

But lately we've found more and more in the garage. Here's what it looks like two nights after last sweeping the floor:


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Where do they come from? What are they eating? It seems to be a combination of dog food and the old pink sponge cleaners that we have had for decades, and which I thought were of no use:


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I wonder why they like them. And how do they get at the dog food? It's sealed in the blue and purple containers to the left of the middle of the first photo, and there's no evidence of the mice getting in.

Where do they hide? An obvious place would be under the bottom boards in the shelves that I installed recently:


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The bottom of the other shelf unit (in the middle of the first photo) has nothing on it, so I lifted the board to see. Lots of droppings, but no mice. Where are they? They must be dozens of them. Do they come in at night and leave in the day? Time for Piccola to spend some nights there, and of course also for some mousetraps.


Sarawak laksa!
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

I've taken the hint from the current COVID-19 pandemic and planned to do more shopping online. An obvious choice is East Asian food, so today I went looking for likely suppliers and wrote a suppliers page for them.

Some look quite good, and I've found nearly all the ingredients I normally buy in Belmont, Geelong, and also some that I haven't seen. But one thing surprised me was a recipe for (apparently) Sarawak laksa. Clearly they're talking about Kuching laksa; I doubt they would have tried it in Sibu or Miri. It's surprising for a number of reasons:

Still, it's something to investigate.


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