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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
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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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Saturday, 21 April 2018 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 21 April 2018
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New kitchen equipment
Topic: general, food and drink, technology Link here

Into town this morning with Yvonne, she to Pilates, I to buy some kitchen appliances from ALDI: a range hood and an induction cooktop.

Why? They're cheap, and I can bring them back again if I don't like them. The most important reason, though, is that buying them is the only way to find out the specifications, maybe only by trying them out. They'd save themselves a lot of money with better descriptions.

The first shop (town centre) didn't have any cooktops left, 1 hour after opening. Off to the shop in Learmonth St, near the now-defunct Masters, where they did. Then back into town with intent to pick up some odds and ends at Woolworths, but I didn't have time. The expedition had used up the 60 minutes of Yvonne's training, and I had to pick her up first.

Woolworths is a never-ending source of commentary. After previous experience, I use coins to disengage a trolley, not tokens. Today I put my coin in the trolley, but it didn't let go of the chain. Fortunately the one in front wasn't connected, so I ended up with two trolleys, and couldn't get my coin out of the slot:

 
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Off to the information desk, and offered the assistant both trolleys for $1. She jiggled on the chain a bit, extracted my $1 and gave it to me. The speed with which she did it suggests a certain amount of experience.

Checking out was fun. All except one of the checkout terminals was occupied, and the other one was busy dumping its heart out. The information stated that it was dumping diagnostic information to a file with a name starting with C:\.... Tried to take a photo of it, but an officious shop assistant got in my way:

 
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I suppose one could identify her by her tattoo.


Planting bulbs
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Somehow I've been very busy lately, and so it's not surprising that we haven't planted the bulbs I bought on Wednesday. I wasn't expecting them to start sprouting, though, but the Crocus sativus had developed shoots up to 5 cm long. High time to plant them.

How deep? How far apart? Take your pick:

 
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That's on the same piece of paper! I don't even understand the symbols at the top. Does the “10 cm” mean flower height?


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