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Friday, 27 January 2023 Dereel
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Piccola's appetite
Topic: animals, food and drink, opinion Link here

Piccola has been eating much more lately, and she's looking so much healthier than a month ago. But I still can't decide how much she wants to eat, and I've been logging her consumption.

Another thing that I had noticed was the mess she made, leaving lots of bits of food over:
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But that stopped a couple of days ago. Now she eats every last piece, and lots of it. In the last 48 hours she has eaten 569 g of essentially pure beef, 284 g per day. That compares to the 200 g of pellets per day that we gave to Larissa until recently (I've since increased it to 300 g, but it's not clear that will stay that way). The change corresponds with a new delivery of beef. Can it be that she prefers it?

The effects on Piccola are clear. She now has normal weight and seems much more active. I'm still having difficulty believing that ALDI could sell such dangerous cat food.

More Microsoft pain
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Some years ago I discovered that I could suspend a Microsoft “Windows” machine to RAM and save a lot of power, and I still do so with But that was “Windows” 7, and it's out of date. Now on I'm using “Windows” 10, itself apparently on the way out, and I can't find a way to get it to suspend automatically. There's a SHUTDOWN command that will “hibernate” (suspend to disk), but that has to be invoked from a command prompt. Still, that's worth it.

Except that it doesn't work! Lately I've discovered that the machine will shut down for a few hours, and then it restarts for no obvious reason. I suspect it is some undocumented Microsof behaviour, maybe something like a cron job.

What a pain this Microsoft is!

Saturday, 28 January 2023 Dereel Images for 28 January 2023
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Cat food issues: insights?
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

Piccola continues to eat voraciously, while Larissa seems to find 300 g per day too much; we'll put her back to 250 g from tomorrow.

One thing that I've noticed is that Piccola started eating more since Wednesday, when she got a fresh batch of meat. It looks very different, here on the right:
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So maybe the other stuff doesn't taste as good. Tough. She'll have to eat it anyway.

More video download problems
Topic: technology, multimedia, opinion Link here

One of the first things I do every morning is to download new videos from German TV providers. I use an old version of MediathekView because the newer versions are so Linux-centric that I have difficulty installing them. This is also an obstacle in my upgrade to hydra.

But lately I've been having difficulties with some series: I get poorly defined “permissions” error messages and have to download them manually. And then today a whole lot of older episodes of „Notruf Hafenkante“ cropped up—all only in low resolution and without subtitles. In addition there was a new episode of „Der Staatsanwalt“, also low resolution. On the positive side, I had no difficulties downloading the episodes.

But why should a brand-new episode be only in low resolution? Off to download „Der Staatsanwalt“ manually. Surprise, surprise:

=== grog@tiwi (/dev/pts/5) /spool/MediathekView 472 -> ls -l Staatsanwalt/ /spool/Series/Staatsanwalt/18/
-rw-r--r--  2 grog  home       76392 26 Jan 00:04 18-04-Wein_und_Mord.deu.vtt
-rw-r--r--  2 grog  home  2380483160 28 Jan 13:39 18-04-Wein_und_Mord.mp4
-rw-r--r--  2 grog  home      119246 28 Jan 10:23

-rw-r--r--  1 grog  home  579832497 28 Jan 10:44 Wein-und-Mord-20230203-201500.mp4
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  home     119246 28 Jan 10:23
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  home     242742 28 Jan 10:23 Wein-und-Mord-20230203-201500.ttml
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  home        557 28 Jan 10:23 Wein-und-Mord-20230203-201500.txt
=== grog@tiwi (/dev/pts/5) /spool/MediathekView 473 -> mpid Staatsanwalt/Wein-und-Mord-20230203-201500.mp4 /spool/Series/Staatsanwalt/18/18-04-Wein_und_Mord.mp4
Staatsanwalt/Wein-und-Mord-20230203-201500.mp4  VIDEO:  [H264]  960x540  24bpp  25.000 fps  1183.5 kbps (144.5 kbyte/s)
/spool/Series/Staatsanwalt/18/18-04-Wein_und_Mord.mp4   VIDEO:  [H264]  1920x1080  24bpp  50.000 fps  5270.1 kbps (643.3 kbyte/s)

Most videos are in 720p, but this time I got 540i from MediathekView and 1080p from a direct download. Why? Is this because of an old version of MediathekView? It seems unlikely. In addition, something that I had noted before: the subtitles from MediathekView have extensions .ttml and .sub, while the direct downloads are usually only .deu.vtt or .de.vtt. The former appears to be the standard .sub format, while the latter can be either that or .ttml. Clearly MediathekView has done some needed tidying up—when it works.

More Hugin pain
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As part of migrating to hydra, processed my weekly house photos on hydra. That started surprisingly well; the biggest issue was that I only had two monitors, while I used to do the processing on eureka server 1:, which spans all four monitors. And I no longer have that: the second monitor is no longer connected to eureka at all.

And of course it all looks different, due to some library or another. And the fast preview window comes up blank. To get it to work at all, I need to click on the “start fast preview” button. And for reasons I haven't investigated, it lists file names in reverse order. But apart from that, it seemed to work.

Oh. This image came up with a big underexposed smudge at the border between two images about 25% of the way from left:
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OK, try it manually. That came up with all sorts of problems. The “align images” function hung in cpclean. I left it running for a while and did something else, but after 1½ hours I have to accept that it's not going to finish:

17930 grog          1 108    5  1657M   111M CPU6     6  89:02  99.99% cpclean

So I used the PTO file generated from my batch script. But for some reason the arena on the left and the rear part of the driveway on the right are overexposed. We can fix that: change the parameters for the underlying images. But that hung hugin completely, and I had to shoot it down. Both on eureka and on hydra. And when I tried to stitch it on hydra, it failed. From the log:

Blending images...
enblend: internal error: unhandled command line option

What's that? There's nothing in that specific image that uses different options, and it worked on eureka. Somehow hugin has come up with multiple issues at once, and I don't know where to go from here.

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