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Wednesday, 20 October 2021 Dereel Images for 20 October 2021
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Slideshow arrived!
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Checking Yvonne's phone this morning, found a notification: a “slideshow” from me had arrived, a Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) message with two photos.

That's the message I sent yesterday, and for which I looked in vain. Why did it take so long? My guess is that it didn't, but it was playing hide-and-seek with me. It seems that it won.


Bloody Guinness!
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Yvonne back from shopping with two slabs of Guinness. In the past I've had trouble with their overly delicate cans bursting in the slab, so I was very careful today.

Not careful enough, it seems:


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What's wrong with this stuff? One obvious thing is that they contain capsules of compressed nitrogen triggered to rupture when the can is opened. Is it possible that they go off too early? But looking at the slab itself, I see:


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What did that? Not I. Did it happen during transport? And why did the cans (if those are even the ones in question) rupture only when I put them away? My best bet is that it's because I stored them vertically rather than horizontally.


Another moonlit panorama
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

A month ago it was not just the spring equinox, but also full moon, and I took some moonlit shots for the “house north” panorama. They weren't overly successful:


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And how about that, today was full moon and cloudless again (well, apart from a little mist). Last month I tried my standard HDR bracketing, somewhat limited by the 60 second maximum shutter speed (why that limit?). As a result, I had to take the “standard” (middle) photo at 8 seconds, which even at f/1.8 meant an ISO setting of 4000/37°. And that, I think, is why things look so bad.

So today I decided on only a single shot, which enabled me to take the same shots at 50 s at f/1.8 and an ISO setting of 400/27°. I could have done 60 s and 320/26°, of course, but I don't expect that would have made any visible difference. The result (first image, compared to


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There's not really much difference. Today's was taken with the moon in the east. I didn't want to wait until the early hours of the morning, but the result was a darker view of the house wall. And somehow it's hard to tell the difference between day and night. On the one hand, that's to be expected, but on the other hand it's a little disappointing.


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KL Hokkien Mee again
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

KL Hokkien Mee for breakfast again today. This time I went back to the original quantities of 5 ml light soya sauce and 25 ml of KL caramel sauce.

It still doesn't taste right! I'm coming to the conclusion that it tastes better with dark soya sauce. Maybe it would be good in combination with the caramel sauce. And maybe I should follow up on an idea that I noted earlier: use squid instead of fish balls.


Guest contributions to this diary?
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

As I say in many places, this diary is my record of what I have done and (increasingly) my opinions. But I get many requests like this one from

From: Penny Kling <@gmail.com>
Subject: Guest Post Request

Greetings! I would like to contribute to your website by adding a guest
post. Do you have any specific requirements I should follow?

Sorry, that's not how this works, and that's what I told her.

Sorry, I have no provision for guest posts. If you write something that interests me, I may mention it in my diary, but don't count on it being automatically complimentary. As I say in the footer to my daily diary,

Do you have a comment about something I have written? This is a diary, not a “blog”, and there is deliberately no provision for directly adding comments. It's also not a vehicle for third-party content. But I welcome feedback and try to reply to all messages I receive. See the diary overview for more details.

I got a reply which might suggest that she didn't read my message clearly (“what topics should I choose?”).

And then there's another message, much clearer:

I’m Sarah with Traeger Grills. We’ve just published a piece called “Safe Internal Temperatures for Meat,” which offers a guide to getting any cut of meat to the perfect temperature for serving. Maybe it would be a good fit on your page here?

http://www.lemis.com/grog/recipes/thermometers.php?dirdate=20040806?size=2

Problem: the linked page raises several red flags. It's US American, of course, and the temperatures are all in Fahrenheit only, making them unintelligible for about 95% of the world's population. After conversion, the temperatures themselves are strange: fish at 62° (I'd choose 45° to 50°), pulled pork at 95° (no idea, but it seems very hot), chicken at 73° (I've found 78° to 80° to be better. Steak at 57° is close enough, but on the high side for me. Probably the real issue is that it's too undifferentiated, and that's the advantage of my cooking times page: I can and do update it. I really don't see any advantage in this kind of table.

About the only thing that came out of the message is the page to which she referred, /grog/recipes/thermometers.php. It's wrong, of course, but I had forgotten that it existed. I hadn't updated it since 30 July 2008, and the markup was all wrong. It did, however, contain a discussion of cooking temperatures that I have now edited significantly.


Buddleja photos revisited
Topic: photography, gardening, opinion Link here

It's high time to finish the macro photos of the Buddleja that I started last week: it has almost finished flowering.

After consideration, it seems that the extension tubes on the lens hadn't helped much because I had forgotten to focus as close as I could.

Tried that today, ultimately taking a series of 220 images for this photo (full frame):


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That's the same set of images processed differently. And they're not very encouraging. What have I done wrong? Even the detail of the centre of the flower could be sharper:


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Is that diffraction or issues with the stitching?


COVID-19 comes closer
Topic: health, general, opinion Link here

Paul Donaghy was due to come tomorrow to mow the lawn. But no, a cancellation: he's a “tier 3” COVID-19 contact. His wife Julie was in contact with somebody who had her nails trimmed by somebody else, and the trimmer later tested positive for COVID-19. So Paul has to self-isolate, though apparently not yet submit to a test.

That's the closest we've come to an infection. Hopefully the others all prove to be negative.


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