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Monday, 23 November 2020 Dereel Images for 23 November 2020
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Rain!
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Lots of rain overnight:


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In fact, I think it's a record, 55 mm:


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Thirteen years ago we had a record rainfall, which I calculated to be 53.1 mm, but looking at the photo I took at the time (first image), it looks as if it was considerably less. This time I took the same kind of rain gauge, measured the volume in two steps, and came to 52 mm. But clearly there was more water in the gauge today:


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And despite the extractor pump, it looks like water flooded into the entrance of the house:


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At least I don't have to worry about plants that weren't getting enough water from the sprinkler system.


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Huevos a la tigre again
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Breakfast today was huevos a la tigre again, my take on huevos a la flamenca, which I now discover is a variant on Shakshouka. I'm still refining the process. I think it needs more time, both cooking and then cooling down, probably 15 minutes and then up to 30 minutes for the cooling.


Singapore through the ages
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Five years ago I commented about geographical inaccuracies in US American documentary films, here one made by the prestigious National Geographic [!] Society:


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Leipzig? That's the Frauenkirche in München!

But it's not just the US Americans who can make such deliberate mistakes. We've just finished watching a German TV film, „Der letzte Patriarch“. It starts off in Lübeck, which Yvonne recognized from the view even before I did. But it was clear from the credits that it also took place in Singapore: names like Tan Kheng Hua don't come from anywhere else.

Wrong, fool! It took place in Shanghai. OK, Singapore actors can be in Chinese films too. But there's more. Most of the action in “Shanghai” takes place near this building:


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That's the Singapore Post Office, though the surroundings don't look right. I recall it something like this:

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But no, wrong again. That's the way I remember it, but it stopped being a post office in 1997. Now it's the Fullerton Hotel. Still, what's a Singapore landmark doing in Shanghai? Clearly the car above is registered in Singapore. From earlier in the same scene:


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That's very clearly a Singapore registration plate. Elsewhere it's also clear that they drive on the left. But that's nothing that can't be fixed on the fly. Without stopping, it seems, it changes to:


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That looks like a Chinese registration plate, and the 海 is the second part of 上海, Shanghai. So it's really just a case of very poor continuity. From my point of view, I was glad to recognize the places.

Of course, that also meant looking at maps. Once upon a time, the post office was on the coast, at the mouth of the Singapore river. But that was in a different millennium. With some searching found a whole set of maps of Singapore, from the National University of Singapore, going back as far as 1846, and with some kind of comparative overlay system that I haven't quite understood yet. But these three views, from 1953 (the year before I first arrived in Singapore), 2005 and 2020 seem to give a good overview (run the cursor over an image to compare it with its neighbour):


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In passing, it's interesting to see the Adelphi hotel marked (with misspelling) on the oldest map. I stayed there on two occasions, at least in September 1965 and on one other occasion much earlier, before I started keeping a diary, but I can't decide when it was. By contrast, the Raffles Hotel, which has been there all along, is only marked on the last map (at the top, just right of the centre).


Xanthorrhoea in flower
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The Xanthorrhoea are in flower down Grassy Gully Road:


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It's interesting to note how distorted the inflorescences can be:


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Upgrading eureka: yet another tack
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Upgrading eureka seems to be a never-ending task. It's been well over 7 months since I came up with the bright idea of running two computers again, and gradually updating the second (dereel) as I go along. Clearly this isn't working either.

Why not? One obvious reason is that the configuration has proved much more complicated than I expected. Where do I put my files? I ended up with a maze of little twisty symlinks, all different. And of course modern programs like firefox and (especially) Google Chrome have issues with networks. Chrome won't work at all on a remote display.

So: looking back, one of my previous attempts had been to build a system in a virtual machine and then migrate the image, ports and all, to a second partition on eureka. And I even got that far, but ran into more pain with DNS than I could bear. So how about having backup services on dereel and trying again? Made the first step today: copy the eureka root partition to a new virtual disk on eureso.

Here's to the next 6 months.


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