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Thursday, 22 July 2021 Dereel Images for 22 July 2021
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Crash!
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Into the office this morning to find both my IRC windows unable to connect to the remote proxy. What, off the network again? No, all seemed OK.

OK, bip is old, worn-out software (even Wikipedia doesn't seem to know about it), and I'm continually restarting it. That was the case today, too, and putting it into a restart loop seemed to fix things. Problem solved?

Not quite. Checked and found:

=== grog@lax (/dev/pts/0) ~ 1 -> uptime
12:24AM  up  7:58, 1 user, load averages: 0.28, 0.38, 0.34

8 hours uptime? Something has clearly gone wrong. Yesterday's log summaries included:

Local network system status:
lax    up  638+00:25,  0 users,  load 0.26, 0.46, 0.47

The dreaded crash! At least it was lax (only 638 days, not quite 21 months) and not ffm, which has been up for nearly 3½ years:

=== grog@ffm (/dev/pts/0) ~ 5 -> uptime
12:27AM  up 1263 days,  9:30, 2 users, load averages: 0.43, 0.46, 0.42

How did it recover? Well. Apart from bip, everything seemed to be running. But I got a whole lot of strange mail messages from lax, 32 in total:

   1 N + 11-11-2019 To grog@lemis.c (   6) World Wide Web Owner N + FAILURE: /grog/Day/20110319/index.php <- http://www.lemis.com/index.php
   2 N + 27-11-2019 To grog@lemis.c (   6) World Wide Web Owner N + FAILURE: /grog/Day/20190902/Trauma <- http://www.lemis.com/grog/Day/20190902/Trauma&
   3 N + 27-11-2019 To grog@lemis.c (   6) World Wide Web Owner N + FAILURE: /grog/Day/20190902/Trauma <- http://www.lemis.com/grog/Day/20190902/Trauma&
   4 N + 27-11-2019 To grog@lemis.c (   6) World Wide Web Owner N + FAILURE: /grog/Day/20190902/Trauma <- http://www.lemis.com/grog/Day/20190902/Trauma&
   5 N + 27-11-2019 To grog@lemis.c (   6) World Wide Web Owner N + FAILURE: /grog/Documentation/CFBSD/&quot; <- http://www.lemis.com
   6     14-01-2020 To operator@lax (   1) Cron Daemon              Cron <operator@lax> /usr/libexec/save-entropy
   7 N + 15-01-2020 To grog@lemis.c (   6) World Wide Web Owner N + FAILURE: /grog/programs/emacs/small///1.jpeg <- http://www.lemis.com/grog/programs/emacs/dot.emacs

Look at those dates! The oldest is over 20 months old. To the best of my knowledge I have had no mail issues that would explain that. I'm baffled.


A new dog, try 2
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

Clearly George was not a candidate to replace Nikolai, and he made one thing clear: an older dog can have baggage. In principle we need a puppy, preferably in Larissa's age, so that they can grow up together. And there are none: when we bought Lara, she was the only puppy available. Yvonne did some calling around and established that the next litter than anybody would have would be in about 2 weeks' time. That would mean that we could get the puppy round the end of October, rather longer than we would want Lara to be alone.

And then Karen Nott came up with news: Lara has a littermate sister, but Karen had wanted to keep her. Now she has changed her mind, so she's available, and clearly the same age as Lara. Only problem: Yvonne was concerned that two bitches would not get on well together. Asked a question on the Facebook Borzoi in Australia list and got unanimous replies that people had had more than one bitch and that they got on well together.

OK: do we really have to pick her up in Stratford? That's 371 km each way. Nobody going to Melbourne this time, says Karen, but there are a couple of dog taxis. Clearly they're going to charge an arm and a leg, but let's see...

Two calls, first from the cheap bloke (“if you pick her up in Ballan, only $400”) and then from Heath, the more expensive one ($600 all the way). Both were prepared to bring her tomorrow. So I told him of my offer for $400, and he immediately matched it, so I took him. Called back the first bloke, who was immediately prepared to drop to $350 to our doorstep. Seems he was going to the airport anyway, so it was rather a high price by comparison. But I was left with the impression that there was considerable space for negotiation.

So: pay for the dog, now instantaneous once I found the account number. In a couple of hours we had the whole thing sorted, and she'll be here tomorrow.

The whole thing? We still need a name. We've had Tanya and Larissa already; what else are there? After much consideration arrived at Lena. Well, Лена, but that's pronounced Lyena. And Yvonne wanted Lena (Лэна). Why? She's so careful with pronunciation otherwise.


Lockdown restrictions: found
Topic: health, opinion Link here

I forget how I managed it, but after some searching I found https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings (savour that “coronavirus” along with the unexpected page title), which seems to have details of the current restrictions. They're still subject to interpretation, but potentially they mean that we shouldn't have visited George yesterday. Sorry, people, if you make it impossible to find the restrictions, you can't expect anybody to abide by them. And that's a real shame.

As if to amplify the point, heard from Malcom Caldwell, who points me at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-live (on the same site), which has at least partially the same text, but there is different additional information. And once again the page title is completely unexpected. When will they ever get their act together?


Signs of overwork
Topic: general, opinion Link here

Somehow we've been really busy this week, as this diary confirms. In principle I can measure the amount of work based on when I submit my diary for the previous day; it can range from mid-morning until evening. But today I discovered I hadn't submitted yesterday's diary at all!


Friday, 23 July 2021 Dereel Images for 23 July 2021
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Hello Elena
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

As planned, and with good communication, Heath and wife Nicky arrived at about 11:50 with Elena:


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She was a little confused at the beginning, as one might expect, but she quickly became acquainted with Larissa:


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She even made friends with Piccola, who approached her almost immediately:


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Pretty soon she was jumping for joy:


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But she still didn't feel like playing with Lara:


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She was quite subdued all day long, not surprisingly. Of course she's nearly 5 weeks older than Lara was when she arrived, and much livelier than Lara was. I suppose it will take a few days for her to feel at home. Not surprisingly, she didn't want to come for a walk with us, especially as we didn't have a harness for her, so we'll put that off for a few days.

Compared to Lara, she has a lighter coat, lighter than we expected, but she promises to have a very pretty adult colours. She's also taller and somewhat better fed. Have we been neglecting Lara? No, we have the weights from the last vaccination (4 May 2021 and 19 June 2021): Lara 4.43 and 11.8 kg, Lena 4.75 and 12.2 kg. They'll be desexed next week, so we can get more weights at the same time. I'm guessing they're round 18 to 20 kg now.

Having Lara around had more advantages: she learnt a lot of things that we had to teach Lara when she came, and Piccola had less attention than she had had over the last few days. By the end of the day, she still wasn't running around the way Lara wanted, but they clearly feel well together:


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Elena? Jeljena? Lena? Lyena? Энэна? Еле́на? Лэна? Ле́на?
Topic: language, animals, opinion Link here

We've (almost) always given our borzois Russian names, and in the past that wasn't an issue. I suppose that after Leonid the second it was time to stop using the names of czars, even if we had taken another male. I briefly considered Ekaterina (Екатерина), but it doesn't sound right for a dog. Last month we had little difficulty choosing Larissa (Лариса; arguably we should be spelling it Larisa) for the first bitch, but it took us a long time to come up with a name for the second. And just when I thought all was well, we ran into an issue of Russian vowels. There are 10 of them, 5 each “hard” and “soft”, though I had learnt the term “iotization”, which appears to be almost defunct and only refer to Greek. The important thing is that the soft vowels have an initial y sound, so Еле́на should be pronounced something like Yelyena (or, in German, Jeljena). We had agreed to shorten the name to Lena, but that's still really Lyena.

Yvonne doesn't like that. Why not? I can't get any satisfactory answer. In the past we have always gone to trouble to pronounce names the way a native speaker would say them, at least as far as we can. On the other hand, there's a long tradition of mangling Russian names. Ле́нин (Lenin) should be pronounced Lyenin. And I have never heard or seen that name pronounced or written that way. And Chris Bahlo called her Borzoi (whom, by coincidence, she got 6 years ago today) Fedor instead of the more correct Fyodor (Фёдор), something that still irritates me.


When will the lockdown end?
Topic: health, opinion Link here

I have offered my old gas cooker on Freecycle, and I have a taker, who will pick it up on Wednesday as soon as the lockdown is over.

Wednesday? Is that the date? I now have not one, but two official lists of regulations. What do they say? Nothing!

People, will you ever get your act together?


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