After trying both, it's clear that grovelling on the ground is the easier solution.
Sometimes I wonder if OI.Share is ever of any use. Certainly there's so much against it
that it's a pain to use. Today, once again, I had nothing but trouble. Apart from the problems just getting the two
devices to talk to each other (made all the more difficult by the “network” topography that
is imposes), I had trouble with the connection dropping, probably due to unspecified
timeouts, and an inability to focus, not helped by the silly icons:
They didn't make any sense to me while taking the photos, and it seemed that whatever I
tried, it took a photo without focusing. Finding these things is complicated, so I gave up.
The web page doesn't help:
it makes all sorts of advertising claims, but doesn't offer worthwhile documentation. For
example (in GPS tags):
You do not need to connect the camera to your smartphone.
You must connect the camera in Private Connection mode to synchronize the time
before using this function.
I finally found the answer to the symols above in the camera “instruction manual”: the first
symbol means “disable touch function”, second means “focus and take photo”, and the third
means “focus only”.
I've ranted about this before, and I could rant about it many times in the future. This
promised functionality is one of the reasons I bought the OM-D E-M1 in the first place.
But instead of ranting, why don't I come up with something better? That would be easy, but
there are many grades of “better”, and I need to consider which is best. Clearly this
insistence on a single network link with the camera as the “access point” is one of the
biggest issues. It would be simple enough to get the camera to get an IP address
by DHCP, but how does the phone then locate
it? There are some protocols used for finding multimedia sources, but I don't know much
about them, so that's presumably the first thing I need to investigate.
It's coming on 15 years since I gave Terry McGee a couple of flutes for repair,
including my Siccama flute. I wasn't in
a hurry—clearly a good thing—and I heard from him a little over 2 years ago with some photos
(“still some work to be done”), but since then I heard nothing, no reply to my emails.
Finally called him up today on 02 4471 3837, and spoke to Jessie, presumably his wife. He
wasn't there, but would call back. He didn't. But it seems that I'm not the only customer
waiting. Jessie said she made him make a New Year's resolution to work down the backlog of
old instruments, so possibly we'll see something soon.
Another power failure today.
It must have been short: the only evidence was that the clocks on the microwave ovens and
the main oven had reset, and the one that automatically restarts the clock (perversely from
1:00) suggests that the power was restored at 0:32..
When I was young I frequently ate laksa for
brunch. That seems to be an obvious choice now that brunch is one of our two meals of the
day. But it's not the simplest dish in the world, and though my oldest recipe (now over 25 years old, and thus
an antique by Internet standards) is for laksa, I have never made it.
Today I tried the asam laska. Here the recipe as I made it, for one portion
125 g (½ pakect)
Oriental Merchant Asam laksa paste
thick fresh rice noodles
The chicken was a substitute: it should have been fish, but we didn't have any.
The results? It's been such a long time since I last ate Penang laksa (over 50 years) that
I can't recall exactly what it tasted like. The hawker's stalls in Campbell Road (now Jalan
Dang Wangi) always served it with a dollop of tamarind paste, and that was missing. But it
didn't taste bad, and it had enough tamarind in it; the biggest issue was with the
quantities. Next time I'll use much less water and paste, and probably about the same
amount of the other ingredients.
It's time for the rest of the sand for the driveway, and Yvonne now wants sand on her riding arena as well. Call with Warrick Pitcher, who tells me that
sand for the arena will cost $1300 for a truck and trailer load (better quantified as 20
m³). The sand should be 2" to 3" (5-7.5 cm) deep. How big is the arena? I
guessed 30×15 m, Warrick 30×20. But clearly that's something we need to measure, so outside
and, to our surprise, it's much smaller and by no means rectangular. The long sides are
roughly equal at 23.2 m, and the short sides are 21.1 m (east side) and 11.7 m (west side),
giving an area of 380 m². So our 20 m³ of sand would cover about 5.2 cm, which will have to
do; we can spread it thinner in the middle and thicker on the edges.
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