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Saturday, 15 February 2020 Dereel → Lal Lal → Dereel Images for 15 February 2020
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Garlic chives in Phat Thai
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Fake Phat Thai for breakfast. I often garnish it with garlic chives, but now they're flowering:


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OK, take some stalks and buds:

 
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Not a good idea. The stems are different from the normal stalks, and they're much harder. And it doesn't really look very funny either.


Outing to Lal Lal
Topic: gardening, technology, general Link here

After Mick Solly destroyed our last electric weed sprayer last month, Yvonne offered to do the work instead, and she bought a manual sprayer unit which she hasn't got round to using yet. And then she found a second-hand 30 l unit on sale at a price only marginally higher.

Off to Lal Lal to take a look at it, in the process marveling at the inaccuracies of the GPS navigators I had brought with us. My dedicated unit has suffered from the heat recently, and I think it might have damaged the touch screen:

 
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And Google Maps offered the usual pain:

 
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Where's my Nokia 3? Ah, that's just a marketing name. We call it HMD Global TA-1020 to avoid any confusion. And sure enough, my phone beeped and forgot all about it. Only later, when I tried to fire up manually, did it recall that there had been this call earlier. It took me to a location roughly 300 m from where it had shown me on the map. Closer examination showed that it didn't consider the rest of the way navigable, though the aerial view shows that it clearly was:

 
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The spray unit looked worthwhile:

 
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My main concern was the battery, which of course was fully charged. The concern was clearly not completely unfounded: it had already had a battery replaced. But that in itself is a good sign: it's possible. And the spray wand sprays cleanly. So we took it.

I've finally (after decades of roughing it) come to the conclusion that I'd rather drive a little further than be bounced around over bad and unmade roads. Maybe the car helped: in the old days, my Citroëns were much more comfortable. So we decided to go back along the main road, about 5 km further. Got back to Lal Lal and were presented with differing opinions by the two GPS devices. My car GPS wanted me to turn left before the level crossing (into Yendon Lal Lal road, a detail that it was too polite to mention):

 
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That sounded wrong, so I fired up my phone, which gave me the startling directions: “Go west”.

OK, Google Maps, how do I know where west is? You're too polite to irritate me with compass directions. Presumably it didn't know where I was pointing, so it couldn't say “go straight ahead”, but the very least it could do would be to display a compass rosette.

And once again, as 15 months ago, it came up with nonsense directions. Driving through Enfield, it told me to turn right, where there was no road, and a little later “go south”. Is this an indication of hardware problems with the phone?


Sunday, 16 February 2020 Dereel Images for 16 February 2020
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Camera straps revisited
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

I've been looking for reasonable detachable camera straps for some time now, and I've come to the conclusion that they're things that money can't buy. I've been looking for over a month, and the best I can find are things with pigtails:

 
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Yvonne didn't like them, so I tried them on my camera, where they looked just as silly:

 
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But look at the hooks that I've been using all along. I've been hooking them into the delta rings, but they should fit through the lugs. Shouldn't they? Yes!

 
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OK, put them on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II:

 
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They can still scrape against the side of the camera, but since they're now parallel, there should be less damage. At least I now have something to compare.


The eternal mattress
Topic: general, opinion Link here

Last year we found an abandoned mattress along Harrisons Road:

 
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It remained there for several weeks before it was finally removed. But today I saw:

 
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Is that the same mattress? It could be, but I don't have any comparable photos, and to get one now would involve turning the thing over, far too much work for me. How did it get dumped exactly at the T junction of Stones Road and Grassy Gully Road?


Two-headed sheep
Topic: animals, photography Link here

Walking the dogs today, saw this:

 
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Sadly, it doesn't enlarge well. If I ever find good retouching software, I should try something with this image.


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