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Thursday, 19 April 2018 Dereel Images for 19 April 2018
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Present from Piccola
Topic: animals, general Link here

One of the first things I do in the morning is go into the laundry and feed Piccola. Not an interesting view, and this morning nothing looked very different:


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But what's that line sticking out from the corner of the door? From the other side it was much more obvious:

 
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The biggest rat I have ever seen!

 
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With tail it's 40 cm long, nearly as long as she is. How did she catch it? She was clearly not interested in eating it, so I offered it to the dogs, and after a while Nikolai half-heartedly picked it up (after all, he had gone short last night). Then Petra Gietz, who was here today, asked about how the rat died. Poison?

Good question. I don't know of anybody round here who uses rat poison, but who knows? The rat looked completely uninjured, which doesn't seem right for a rat caught by a cat. So sorry, Niko, no rat for you.


Another laksa
Topic: food and drink Link here

I've been trying a number of different pastes for curry laksa over the last few months. Today was a new one:

 
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I wasn't overly hopeful: the packaging looks silly. But it does come from Malaysia, close enough to Singapore to have a chance of being authentic. And indeed it wasn't bad:

 
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Changing furniture
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So now we have a new lounge room suite. What do we do with the old one? Yvonne had the idea of putting it on the Dereel Buy Swap Sell Facebook group, so I had to take some photos:


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It's amazing how dirty it looks! It's nothing like that bad in real life.

 
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We talked to Petra about what we should ask for it. We've had it for 17 years, and I was thinking of asking $200. It seems that that wasn't too high: Petra's daughter Stephanie is looking for a new lounge room suite, so she arranged to have it taken back with the same bloke (L[iy]nd[eo]n) who delivers ours. That's excellent. That way we don't need to find a place to put it until sold, and we don't have to move it at all.

Arranging the transport was still non-trivial. When could L.nd.n do it? When could Debra (the seller) be available? After a surprising number of phone calls we agreed on 9:00 tomorrow morning.


Friday, 20 April 2018 Dereel Images for 20 April 2018
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Red papaya?
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

So what's a red papaya? Cut open the one I bought on Wednesday:

 
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Papaya? Red? It's a particularly boring melon. Went looking, and sure enough, found this page from Papaya Australia, which shows these two, which it calls “red papaya” and “yellow pawpaw” respectively:

I have a very strong suspicion that this is more bad language, but this tells me a number of things:


New lounge room suite, day 3
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Linden (as his name proved to be) was supposed to pick up the new lounge room suite in Miners Rest at 9:00 this morning and bring it here. OK, we're in no particular hurry, but when by 11:40 we still hadn't seen or heard anything, it seemed strange, especially since I had never received a call back from Linden. What if something had gone wrong and he had the wrong number and couldn't contact me? Called up Debra, who confirmed that the furniture had been collected at 9:10. OK, maybe Linden did have trouble contacting me. Called him up. No, all OK, he'd be there in 25 minutes.

Three-quarters of an hour later I saw a truck arrive at the gate. OK, must be Linden. Waited. Waited. And then the phone rang: Linden, “Is your house number 29?”. At least he had the right phone number.

Unloading the furniture was fun, Still, we got things arranged:


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Linden had a number of comments to make. I get the feeling that he is better educated than his job would indicate.


More thoughts on wide-angle photos
Topic: photography Link here

Taking a photo of the lounge-room suite isn't easy. Here's before and after, stitched together with Hugin:


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They're stitched together from 3 components, with a cylindrical projection. What alternatives do I have? Rectilinear?

 
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Fisheye?

 
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On the whole, the fisheye version looks less strange than the rectilinear version. But somehow there just doesn't seem to be a good projection of this kind of angle.


Bogrács gulyás
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

We planned bogrács gulyás for dinner this evening. But what does that mean? It's Magyar, and the translations I have seen say something like “cauldron goulash”. And Google translate translates it as “potato goulash” or just plain “goulash”, depending on whether there's a space between the words or not. But why “cauldron”?

Nowadays, of course, we have Wikipedia, which (currently) shows the kind of cauldron implied:

The implication is that this is the original goulash, and the name really means “herdsman cauldron”. Magyar is hard to understand at the best of times, but this one is interesting, almost more a part of tradition than a straightforward recipe name.


Melanie and Will again
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Chris' sister Melanie has been here relatively frequently lately, because her horse is here. The last two times she had wanted to bring her son Will with her, but he had been unwell. Today was the other way round: he was supposed to be unwell, but she brought him with her.

 
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Unfortunately, he took a liking to Piccola, and discovered that he was allergic to (specifically) Siamese cats (as Melanie clarified). Fit of coughing, and off home early for the medications that Melanie had forgotten to bring.


A new car!
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Chris Bahlo had arrived for dinner with a bottle of champagne to celebrate her new car. I saw it in the daytime, but was too busy to take a photo. Here it is as they're leaving, taken under lighting conditions where I could barely see the car:

 
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