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Thursday, 16 November 2017 Dereel Images for 16 November 2017
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Rain!
Topic: gardening, animals Link here

Yesterday I took my monthly garden flower photos, but only today things had changed completely. We had nearly 30 mm of rain, causing near-flooding in front of the house, despite all the precautions we had done earlier in the spring:


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Piccola was not amused:


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That also emphasized a problem that we've had in the central bed for some time:


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The patch of green in the first photo is the creeping Grevillea that I mentioned yesterday:


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But the second photo shows its partner, planted at the same time, but subject to repeated drowning. It's only barely alive: time for some rescue.

The pile of soil that Jamie delivered last week was in the drain from the road. We knew that at the time, and my response was “Hopefully Warrick will make it here before the next rain”. He didn't:


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The other thing that is becoming clear is that the drain from the street via the entrance isn't ideal. On the one hand it's clear that the entrance should be wider to cater for trailers coming round the corner, and on the other hand there's a natural drain to the left of the driveway:


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Completing tiwi
Topic: multimedia, technology, opinion Link here

Yesterday's upgrade attempts for teevee were almost completely successful, except for the issues with the display. I established a procedure, and today I tried it out.

First, connect the cables again, paying special attention to the seat of the HDMI cable. And it worked! Was it really just a badly sitting cable? After some consideration, I've decided “yes”.

Next step is to move the physical disks around. My media are still on teevee, which is less than optimal.


More ibises
Topic: animals Link here

Our solitary Ibis hasn't returned. Presumably he found his mates:


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Trellis: finally
Topic: gardening Link here

It's been nearly two weeks since we bought the new Clematis plants, and a week since we bought the trellis. Time to put the trellis up? Yes. And it went smoothly. The biggest problem was untangling the plant (an Edo murasaki cultivar, pruning group 2) without breaking off anything significant. I managed that, but we lost all the petals on the two flowers. Still, it's in place now:


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The soil was pretty wet, but hopefully that'll go in a matter of hours.

LinkDelight: revenge is sweet
Topic: general, technology Link here

I was really upset by the way, far from accepting my “best offer” on eBay, LinkDelight increased the “Buy it now” price of the FW760 monitor from $230 to $247. But they also had one on auction, initial bid $225. OK, wait until the end and then buy... for $225, the price they had rejected yesterday. That feels good.

To be fair to LinkDelight, their price was probably really too low. But if you offer “Buy it Now” and “Best Offer”, you shouldn't increase the price when people make an offer, at least not for that one person.


Friday, 17 November 2017 Dereel Images for 17 November 2017
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teevee: Finishing touches
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Yesterday's work on tiwi.lemis.com (the new teevee) was successful but not complete. I still needed to move disks around and put the new box in the TV cabinet.

teevee has had two disks for a remarkably short period of time. My last upgrade started on 1 June and took over 3 weeks to complete. By comparison, this time was a breeze.

Last time round I added a new boot disk to teevee, leaving the old one untouched. That proved to be useful today: I was able to copy the entire root file system to it, greatly simplifying the transition. In fact, about the biggest problem was physically moving the machine from its provisional position to inside the cabinet:


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That also involved swapping names: the new machine became teevee, and the old one became tiwi. Of course, in the three months' life of the previous incarnation I accumulated something like 300 GB of content on the second disk, and I needed to move it to the system disk. That involved some finger trouble (note: don't NFS mount a file system on the same system). And then hours of moving files across the network. But it's working! For the first time in the over 13 years since I started using computers to drive TVs, I have a system that doesn't look (that) abnormal.


More wildflowers
Topic: gardening Link here

I've identified nearly 30 individual Thelymitra pauciflora (“sun orchid”) plants growing in the 400 odd metres of nature strip on Stones Road north of here:


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They're amazingly difficult to recognize, and I keep walking past them. They flower only briefly, but I want to be there when they do. Here's a typical location:


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Yes, that looks like a Grevillea rosmarinifolia, not a Thelymitra pauciflora. And it is, easy to recognize. At front left, though, is a Thelymitra, and this photo is to help me locate it. The plant itself is here:

 
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Apart from that, I find I should be paying more attention to insignificant plants. Here's one I found just outside the driveway:


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Is it indigenous? Native? Exotic? I don't know, but I suppose I should find out.


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