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Thursday, 20 February 2020 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 20 February 2020
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More grid power fluctuations
Topic: Stones Road house, general, opinion Link here

I had more or less planned to separate my reports of grid power problems into two kinds. The inverter doesn't report an “Off-grid” condition until there has been at least 1 second of power outage, and for most outages it never gets that far. So it seems reasonable to separate reports into “transient” outages where the inverter doesn't report “Off-grid”, and those where it does. Both could result in problems for unprotected devices, but I don't have a way to know how long the transients last.

But this morning at 01:32:02 we had a different situation. Normally after an outage, the inverter goes into a “Waiting to connect” state for 60 seconds before reconnecting. Today it lasted 120 seconds. Why? The obvious guess is that further transients occurred, and the inverter waited until there were 60 seconds of stable grid power before reconnecting. How do I report that?


First tomato of summer
Topic: gardening Link here

We have a tomato!


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That's the first one that has ripened this summer, 9 days before the beginning of autumn, and fully 45 days later than last year. Why? Despite the international attention that our bushfires have attracted, it has been a relatively cool summer. There are more fruit on their way, but I don't see us having a bumper crop either.


More mouse problems
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

A month ago I gave up with the problems I was having with my Logitech M705 MARATHON mouse: it had a tendency to paste data in unrelated windows. Instead I went back to my old el-cheapo Jenkins mouse.

But that, too, wasn't without its problems. This one did the opposite, marking portions of windows when I deiconified them. At least for the moment that proves to be more irritating (I had difficulty marking text, going to another window and pasting it), so I'm back to the Logitech for the time being.

But what's causing this? My guess is button bounce: the driver accepts every change of state, even if it's really short. It should ignore any transition that last less than mumble ms, where mumble could be in the range 10 to 40. Maybe I can brave the emetic code again.


A new range hood?
Topic: food and drink, general, opinion, animals Link here

I've complained about our horrible SMEG range hood almost since we moved in. The only reason we didn't complain earlier was because Jim Lannen forgot to install it, and we had to get Corey Spiteri to tidy up the mess Jim left behind.

We've given up trying to get the thing replaced. Specs? Who cares about specs? Sue us! But we've experienced continual death of the silly halogen light bulbs and the great difficulty in replacing them. Finally it happened as it had to: the sockets for the lamps are wearing out, and they no longer make contact.

OK, it's our money, but also our piece of mind. Buy a new one. But which? What do we want?

I had spent some time looking at specs online, in the process confirming my opinion that people don't really understand how to replace the showroom feel. The only way to find out about specific features is to look at the device, and the images provided online are inadequate. So today we decided to go into town and take a look at the showrooms.

Which showrooms? Basically there's only The Good Guys and maybe Harvey Norman. Off to the Good Guys first, where I confirmed that I could get all my requirements—only not on any one hood. Many still have halogen lighting, though it seems that they will be banned from September. Otherwise this one could have been suitable:


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Frustrated, off to Harvey Norman. They had a much more uniform range: all over $1,000, all with halogen lighting. Goodbye, Harvey Norman. But that was it. Nothing useful at all.

We took the dogs with us to town, and first for a walk in the Botanical Gardens, then on to the Delacombe Town Centre to wash them. The place is directly opposite Bunnings, and Yvonne told me that it would take her 30 minutes to wash them, so I went into Bunnings to see what they had in the way of range hoods. In fact, not too bad:


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But it was only 60 cm wide. OK, we've installed two range hoods back to back before, and there's space either side of the current hood. How about two hoods side by side?

Back to PETstock to get some video of washing the dogs. No luck. I had only been gone 10 minutes, but they were finished—quite the reverse of the pain I went through as a boy, where my mother continually took 3 times as long to do anything as she said she would.

Back home: the gap for the range hood is 108 cm, and we would have needed 120 cm. So no go with the 2 hood idea. Why is this all so difficult?


Microwave oven limitations
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

One of the good features of “inverter” microwave ovens is that you can use them to soften butter, and I frequently do this. But today things went wrong:


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How did that happen? I had the oven (Sharp R350EW) set to 100 W. Did I set it incorrectly? No, then it would have melted the butter, not just bored a hole, and the rest of the butter was relatively firm. My best guess is that the very centre of the cavity has a hot spot, and moving the butter around on the carousel won't help if part of it is over the centre. So: offset the butter, or put it in the Panasonic, which so far has not caused any such problems—or both.


Friday, 21 February 2020 Dereel → Napoleons → Dereel Images for 21 February 2020
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Australia Post outdoes itself
Topic: general, food and drink, opinion Link here

A couple of days ago I ordered some alcoholic spirits online from Nicks. They sent the packages by Australia Post parcel service.

Nothing wrong with that, of course, but yesterday I received a strange message from Australia Post:


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In principle everything looks good. They'll deliver to my door, and if I want to pick it up elsewhere, I have a choice. What's wrong with that?

It bears no relationship to reality! Australia Post will not deliver parcels of this size to my door, only tiny packets that will fit into the letter box. And the 21 pickup points they suggest bear no relationship with their topology. It was clear to me from the outset that I would have to pick up the parcel at Napoleons post office. But it wasn't on the list! On the other hand, Snake Valley, 45 km away, was.

I took no action. Is there something special about alcohol that excludes Napoleons PO? No, as the next message implied:

 
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But there, too, they still haven't learnt to spell “Napoleons” consistently. Since we were expecting guests, I headed off to Napoleons and picked up the package with no difficulties. But the messages I receive give me the impression that a whole department has almost no communication with the rest of the organization. What's the point of them?


Micro Four-Thirds is DEAD
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

Well over a year ago Tony Northrup disqualified himself in my eyes by claiming Micro Four-Thirds is DEAD . Not because he was wrong, but because he said was nonsense.

But that doesn't mean that some of his arguments couldn't be right. The camera industry is in a shakeup, and it's becoming more and more difficult for smaller companies to keep up. The recently introduced Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a case in point. It's really not that different from its predecessor, now over 3 years old. What do I do if Olympus shuts down its camera division (again)? The big issue is my collection of 25 lenses. Well, there's still Panasonic. Yes, Tony thinks they'll leave the sinking ship too, but there's no obvious reason for that: they have a very good market for cameras that specialize on video. Even Tony uses them.

And then today I read this article. Three new members of the Micro Four Thirds System standard group. Why?

It's worth thinking carefully about this. Two of them, Yong Nuo and Venus Optics, already make lenses for μFT. What difference does it make if they join the standards body? Better access to information needed to build the lenses? Or maybe just a show of solidarity? As some people think, it would be nice to have more third party lenses with autofocus. Or, taking a step back, is it maybe a recognition that a lens mount shared between multiple manufacturers has a better chance of survival?


Dinner with Chris and Margaret
Topic: food and drink, general, photography, opinion Link here

Chris Bahlo and Margaret Swan along for dinner today. That's not as common as it was, worth some photos, also of Yvonne's new wall tapestry:


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But the real fun was with the dessert, an apple with a wafer roll in the middle:


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Saturday, 22 February 2020 Dereel Images for 22 February 2020
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Another laksa
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I've been eating a lot of laksa, both Penang laksa and Singapore laksa. Or have I? What I called Singapore laksa doesn't remind me much of the Singapore laksa of my childhood. And it's made in Malaysia (specifically, Klang or Penang).

But last time I was in Geelong I bought another kind, from Prima Taste:

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It's about time to try it out: I'm going to be in Geelong again on Monday, and I should know whether I want any more.

From recollection, one of the reasons I didn't try it earlier was because of the relatively high price and the small quantity: only two portions instead of the usual 4. But it's there, so today I cooked it.

“In a pot, stir laksa premix into 600 ml water”:


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“Add laksa paste and mix well”. How do I get the paste out of the sachet? It's so firm that I had to cut the sachet open and scrape it out:


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And how do I mix the mess? Heat the water. Fortunately the lumps dissolved well in the water when it got hotter. It seems that the white stuff is dried coconut cream. Why did they bother? They could have put the cream in a sachet too.

It also came with another sachet of sambal that was equally lumpy:


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The result, as following the recipe, was nothing like the photo on the packet:


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It tasted alright, a little on the pedas side (I didn't find a use for the sambal). Probably the most interesting detail was that it tasted nothing like the curry laksa I have been eating. It's probably the real Singapore laksa. Now to find a better source.


Jousting training day
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One of the reasons that Chris and Margaret came for dinner yesterday rather than today is that Chris did some jousting training today, and I was asked to come over and take some photos—as it turned, 859 of them, made easier by the high speed shutter mode of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. How do you filter that many photos? I've left it to Yvonne, and even she will take a couple of days. So far her favourite is:


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And I went through the list and got about 10% through, gleaning these photos:


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Many DxOs
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Processing the photos was a challenge. With the house photos, the photos of the laksa preparation and my analemma project, I took a total of 957 photos. DxO PhotoLab is not the fastest image processor on the market—in fact, it's quite possibly the slowest—and in general I can reckon with 5 images per minute. That's a good 3 hours for that many photos. OK, spread them across two computers and it'll be a little better.

But how? DxO is not only slow, it tends to get slower with lots of images. After startup it can take up to 5 minutes to react to user input while it goes and looks at images with which it has nothing to do. In the end, gave up with euroa (the laptop) and continued only with dischord. But every time I tried to “export” some images, I was presented with a dialogue window asking what to do with the pre-existing output files.

Where did they come from? Not from dischord, which was just trying to “export”. And I had stopped DxO on euroa. Or at least, I had tried. After several iterations, found a way to fire up the task manager (euroa runs the same version of Microsoft as dischord, but irritatingly differently), found:

 
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Two or three DxOs running in parallel! How did that happen? How does that match the Microsoft “there can only be one” philosophy?


Hung teevee
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While watching the news on teevee, the mouse cursor froze.

Bloody mice! Off to change the batteries, though they seemed OK. No change. No problems accessing teevee from the net, which showed nothing in the logs.

Broken web browser? That seems the next most likely reason. And sure enough, both firefox and Chrome were immortal. ps showed:

=== root@teevee (/dev/pts/15) ~ 52 -> ps alx | grep chrome
1004  2370     1   0  20  0  654304  80332 ctl.api_ DE   v0       7:50.87 chrome: --type=gpu-process --field-trial-handle=14865618314097472987,5793152138677131776,131072 --gpu-preferences=
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1004  2361  1227   0  20  0 3549544 652680 -        T    v0       6:32.33 firefox
1004  2367  2361   0  20  0 2769620 299660 ctl.api_ DE   v0       1:14.21 [firefox]
1004  2736  2361   0  20  0 2765036 308296 ctl.api_ DE   v0       1:50.25 [firefox]
1004  3257  2361   0  20  0 3025732 249848 ctl.api_ DE   v0       4:11.22 [firefox]
=== root@teevee (/dev/pts/15) ~ 54 -> ps alx | grep X
   0  1109  1108   0  20  0 6389308  16336 os.lock_ D    v0      19:03.30 /usr/local/bin/X :0 -listen tcp -auth /home/grog/.serverauth.1085 (Xorg)

What are those wait channels? ctl.api_? os_lock_? But clearly something is misbehaving: there was no disk activity, but the processes were in a D state (with an E showing that they were trying to exit). Was this a deadlock? I should have taken a kernel dump, of course, but today really wasn't the day. I was so busy with photos that I didn't even manage to finish yesterday's diary. Reboot and the problem was gone (into hiding).


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