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Friday, 3 December 2021 Dereel Images for 3 December 2021
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Visit from George
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

Peggy Naumov along today with her dog George , whom we first saw with potential interest to purchase on 21 July. At the time he was terrified of everything, and Yvonne had recommended people who could help. And today was an attempt at socialization.

Peggy brought his pedigree with her: he's the uncle of Larissa and Lena, and the great-grandson of Zhivago.

George has made a lot of progress since we last saw him, but he's not there yet. We left him in the front (east) garden, and then let our dogs in the north garden, where he gradually approached them:


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But he was still timid, so we didn't let them loose together. Instead we went for a walk with them, where things gradually got better:

 
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We left it at that. They'll be back about once a week, and I hope that by the new year he'll be a lot more confident.

In passing, George is a fully grown mail Borzoi, and our dogs (probably) won't get that big. But for 8½ months, they're doing surprisingly well.


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Top posting: barking up the wrong tree?
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

I got a reply to the message that I mentioned yesterday, once again quoting the entire history. And once again there was no evidence that she had read anything:

Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2021 13:28:43 +0100
From: Penny Kling <pennyklingg@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Guest Post Request

Hello. Thanks for your reply. I would like to publish an article on your
site. I have several projects on different topics. I would like to know the
terms of publication on your site to begin with. Could you help me with
this?

My answer was as one might expect:

Penny, I don't know how to get through to you.  I DO NOT ACCEPT GUEST
POSTS.  I keep telling you that, and I get the impression that you
don't read what I say.

You have, however, made it to my diary.  See
http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-dec2021.php?subtitle=The%20dangers%20of%20%E2%80%9Ctop%20posting%E2%80%9D&article=D-20211203-010829#D-20211203-010829

Why did I bother? I don't know, but since I have documented it, I suppose I should go through to the bitter end. And that came quickly:

<pennyklingg@gmail.com>: host gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com[74.125.142.26] said:
    550-5.2.1 The email account that you tried to reach is disabled.

So clearly I'm not the only person concerned about this person. In a way, that's a pity: it means that I was railing against an individual, and not against a group. Still, things aren't necessarily over yet. She may come back in a different guise.


Time zone strangenesses
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

The FreeBSD-questions mailing list seems dead, but occasionally end users send email somewhere. Today it was on FreeBSD-hackers. Somebody in Turkey had chosen a time zone file /usr/share/zoneinfo/Etc/GMT+3, but it didn't quite do what he expected:

# ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Etc/GMT+3 /etc/localtime
# date
Sat Dec  4 03:48:50 -03 2021

Why that? And why did he use GMT+3 instead of /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Istanbul? My answer proved to be off the mark, but Derek Schrock came up with the explanation, from /usr/src/contrib/tzdata/etcetera::

# Be consistent with POSIX TZ settings in the Zone names,
# even though this is the opposite of what many people expect.
# POSIX has positive signs west of Greenwich, but many people expect
# positive signs east of Greenwich.  For example, TZ='Etc/GMT+4' uses
# the abbreviation "-04" and corresponds to 4 hours behind UT
# (i.e. west of Greenwich) even though many people would expect it to
# mean 4 hours ahead of UT (i.e. east of Greenwich).

It's clearly a carry-over from the old System V nonsense that made its way into POSIX. All the more reason to avoid the “GMT” offsets.


Spring has come?
Topic: gardening Link here

We're in the first week of summer, but the garden is only now catching up. Finally the Leucospermum cordifolium is flowering:

 
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That's fully 2 weeks later than last year (here 20 November):

 
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And the Acacia (Acacia melanoxylon?) is flowering more profusely, though it's hard to see:

 
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The ornamental grass to the north-west of the garden has produced one spike per year so far, and three of them are still there from last year. But this year it has no fewer than five new spikes:

 
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And the Tropaeolums in the bed in front of the house are taking over:

 
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Somewhere in there was a Cyclamen, but I haven't seen that for a while.

And while walking the dogs, came across this Goodenia down Harrisons Road.

 
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I've seen it before, but it has never flowered so profusely. I had thought that Goodenia was a species of something, but it seems that there are round 200 species. Until proof of the contrary it appears to be Goodenia ovata. Yvonne was taken by it, so she took a tearing of it to propagate. I wonder if it will take.


Perfectly Clear eyes
Topic: photography, technology, opinion Link here

Finally got round to downloading the free SharkPixel's Eyes “LOOK” for “Perfectly Clear“. It has to be done with the “Apps Manager”, making things difficult by having to scroll through a long list. And when it was installed, I couldn't find it! Ha ha, not a LOOK at all: it's a preset.

And in fact it doesn't work badly. Here before and after (run the cursor over an image to compare it with its neighbour):

 
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Clearly there's room for more improvements, but I should first look for a better image to play with.


Spätzle quantities
Topic: food and drink Link here

Jägerschnitzel for dinner this evening, and our first encounter with this kind of Spätzle:

 
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Bavarian Spätzle indeed! Them's fighting words. But they're made in Schwaben. The instructions specified obsolete units like quarts (what kind?) and ounces, along with 22 minutes, which we extended to 24. 100 g gave 285 g of cooked Spätzle, of which we left 124. That suggests a portion size of about 28 g (coincidentally an avoirdupois ounce) of dry Spätzle.


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