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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 Dereel Images for 11 December 2018
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Kangaroos!
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

What's wrong with Nikolai? The obvious thing to do is to let him walk free and see what he does. That won't work outside the property, so decided to go down to the house forest, the 3,500 m² wooded area at the west of the property.

We have a standard procedure for that: Yvonne goes down there first, alone, and checks for kangaroos, while I stay back with the dogs at the first gate, relatively close to the house. When Yvonne confirms that there are no kangaroos, I let the dogs free, and they run at full speed towards the forest, turning to the right after the next gate. Here viewed from the forest, taken 3 months ago, with Nikolai on the right:

 
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Today he was completely normal. But while I walked down to the forest, I heard various screams, including Yvonne's. What's all that about? Got down there as quickly as I could to find the dogs having caught an adult mail Eastern Grey Kangaroo, about 1.60 m tall, which Yvonne had somehow overseen, and which was apparently too stupid to run away. When I got there they had it on the ground, but those claws are sharp and dangerous, and I managed to extricate Nikolai first and Leonid after that.

All involved had injuries. The kangaroo had at least a bloody nose:

 
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But I didn't have much time to investigate him. Yvonne was severely shocked, and though I couldn't see anything with the dogs, there was the danger that they, too, had been injured.

Back home, that was confirmed: Yvonne had been silly enough to get close to the kangaroo, and had a couple of scratches on her arms:

 
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Leonid had a scratch on his front left leg:

 
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And Nikolai had a number of relatively large skin lesions, up to about 3 cm across:

 
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Yvonne sent the photos to Pene Kirk, who thought that they weren't serious enough for immediate attention, but the dogs looked pretty unhappy, and Niko didn't even eat anything for dinner. To be observed; maybe we'll end up visiting Pene tomorrow.

So, in summary: no, there wasn't anything wrong with Niko. But there is now.


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Nikolai on the mend
Topic: animals Link here

Nikolai had a rough night of it, and this morning he still wasn't looking much better. But he gradually picked up in the course of the day and ate his food. He's still licking the wound on his shoulder, and it looks like it'll be several days before he's back to normal, but at least we don't need to cart him off to Pene for the moment.


Luminar revisited
Topic: photography, technology, opinion Link here

About 18 months ago, it seems, I installed Luminar on dischord, my Microsoft box. It clearly didn't leave much of an impression: I didn't even mention it here. There's a lot of photo software out there, but the lack of mention at least meant that I didn't find it really terrible.

But then Chris Baker, on the M43 Tech Talk on Facebook, came up with the idea that it was a good alternative to DxO PhotoLab. While that's unlikely, it occurred to me that it might be worth looking at again.

Starting Luminar told me that there was a new version available. OK, install that and see what happens. About the most surprising thing was that it didn't ask for a license key. Do I have one? I would have expected to have taken an evaluation copy.

Next, how to use it? They have a whole series of tutorials, mainly for Apple, it seems. Took a look at the overview, and then at the program. I couldn't see much similarity! And I certainly couldn't find any way to do things. They must have changed the user interface between making the video and bringing out the version I tried (1.0.0.6, as the Microsoft Control Panel tells me; I couldn't even find a way to ask for help on the Luminar screen).

Should I bother? Once upon a time it was normal for programs to require a lot of reading before you could use them at all. But once upon a time it was also normal to get an overview of the features. What I get now from https://skylum.com/ is:

The new Luminar harnesses the power of Artificial Intelligence and brings you the best user experience to create meaningful, incredible images faster than ever.

OK, if they're incredible, I won't believe it. Why should I bother? Follow the invisible link above the hype and I end up at https://skylum.com/luminar. More hype:

Conveniently browse, rate, group your photos and much more…
With Luminar Libraries your photos will be the center of attention. A beautiful Interface offers a sleek canvas to enjoy all your images without extra distractions.

Dammit, what can it do? Can it even process raw images? I don't want to browse, rate or group my photos. I have much easier to use ways for that. And I don't care about attention; I have the web for that. Can it process photos? So far they haven't said anything about that.

I suppose I'll look a little more deeply, but so far there's nothing that makes it look attractive.


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