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Monday, 24 September 2018 Dereel Images for 24 September 2018
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Tomatoes!
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

After yesterday's recognition of the dangers of planting out too early, decided to pot the tomato seedlings that I bought last Thursday. I had only really needed two, maybe three plants, and clearly there were more here. But I was still surprised to find that there were 12 of them!


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They're a cultivar called “Sweetbite”, early maturing cherry tomatoes, presumably the same thing as Yates “Sweet Bite”, which are sold as seeds. I wonder if they're any different from the volunteers we got last year. Yates claim that they're “smaller than normal cherry tomatoes, fruit is produced in clusters on long branches”. We'll see.


More image issues
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Seen on IRC today:

gr00gle: I don't see any Minox images.

That was a reference to my article on Minox on Saturday. And sure enough, they weren't visible on the external web site. Normally that's because I forgot to sync my local copy, but in this case the images were from WikiMedia.

So why did they display locally and not on the external site? My guess was that it was due to the lazy display code I use:

<img alt=""
     title="Minox Riga.  Click to see in original size."
     src="/grog/Photos/20120628/tiny/loading-image.gif"
     data-original="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Minox_Riga_with_Minostigmat_3%2C5_F%3D15_lens.jpg"
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But I had set the access mode for all /grog/Photos/*/tiny/ to 000, so clearly that couldn't (and didn't) display. But why should that stop the display of the external image? Reset the permissions of /grog/Photos/20120628/tiny/, and all was well. I still don't understand why.

I have a number of images in these hierarchies to which I refer explicitly in my code, notably my photos at the top of the diary pages. Time to go through the code and fix the references.


European Wontons
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

What's a Wonton? It's not a word that I hear much any more, and it seems to have a US American overtone to it. In fact, it is a valid word, referring to a kind of dumpling like the yum cha dumplings that I bought recently in Geelong.

We had no less than two packages of Wonton skins in the deep freezer, and today Yvonne decided to make some Wontons. I had my doubts: Yvonne tends to approach cooking from a decidedly European viewpoint, and the use of things like Noilly Prat didn't reassure me. But the results were good, even if she insisted on baking hers:

 
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Burnoff
Topic: general Link here

Robert Hill from the CFA along this morning with a couple of colleagues to burn off the rubbish that we had acquired over the last 12 months.

 
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By the time I got down there, the story was pretty much over:

 
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Jury duty
Topic: general, opinion Link here

Letter from Juries Victoria today. Letter? No, a summons. “You have been summoned for jury service and are required to attend”.

In principle I'm rather looking forward to the idea. But looking at the details dampened that enthusiasm: It's in Geelong, 80 km away, and I have to be there by 9:30 in the morning. That would mean that I would have to get up in the middle of the night. And it starts on 11 October; the following week we have two medical appointments, one of them in Melbourne and requiring significant advance booking. The summons makes it clear that I should have 5 to 7 business days available for the duty.

Why can't they give me jury duty in Ballarat? That's what I would have expected.

They include a form to apply for deferral, requiring a signature by a Justice of the peace. That would require a trip to Ballarat! But they have the alternative of a web application, designed to annoy with one of these particularly emetic CAPTCHAs:

 
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After running that gauntlet, I discovered that I had multiple reasons for deferral, some sufficient for permanent exception: I'm more than 60 km from Geelong (something that their choice algorithm should have been able to determine), I'll be over 70 years old (called simply “advanced age” on the paper form), and I have the medical appointments.

But that doesn't interest the form. There can only be one. It took the first one I entered (more than 60 km away), and that was that. No modifications, no additional questions, apparently no way to modify the entry. If they decide that that's not enough, I have to go. And if I do, I face additional issues:

 
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I might be able to get a parking permit. Otherwise I'm liable for parking fees of $6 a day, along with the costs of running the car, which I estimate at $0.60 per km. That's a total of $112 a day, which far exceeds the $40 that I get paid. I can't afford it!

People, it's difficult enough to get people who are prepared to be jurors. Why chase away the ones who want to do the job?


Catching stupid thieves
Topic: general, technology, opinion Link here

Read today, the story of stupid thieves. They stole GPS tracking devices! And if that wasn't enough, one of them also managed to cut himself while stealing some drinks from the company fridge, leaving blood samples and fingerprints. If you're going to be stupid, go the whole way!


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