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  8. <title>Greg's diary</title>
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  12. <description>Greg Lehey's online diary</description>
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  14. <dc:date>2017-03-29T10:41:33+11:00</dc:date>
  15. <dc:rights>Copyright 2015 Greg Lehey</dc:rights>
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  20. <category>general</category>
  21. <category>technology</category>
  22. <category>opinion</category>
  23. <title>PayPal problems again</title>
  24.  <description>
  25.    <![CDATA[
  26.    <div align="justify">
  27.      <p>
  28. First thing this morning, checked my bank balance: -$1,964.44!  Despite my efforts,
  29. <a href="http://www.paypal.com/">PayPal</a> had deducted from my bank
  30. account—<b>and</b> the bank had honoured the charge!
  31.      </p>
  32.  
  33.      <p>
  34. What do do?  I had my virtual paper trail, but it's good to be in a position of strength, so
  35. I first called <a href="http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/">Consumer Affairs Victoria</a> on 1300 55 81 81 and spoke to Greg, who told me they weren't responsible for this kind of
  36. issue: that's the <a href="https://www.fos.org.au/">Financial Ombudsman</a> on 1300
  37. 780 808.  Another 1300 number, one of the most expensive I can call.  Asked him for a
  38. “landline” number and was given 1800 367 287.  It wasn't until later that I looked at the
  39. web site and found the number +61 3 9613 7366 “(charges apply)”.  In fact, it's exactly the
  40. opposite: for me that number is free.  When will people realize that the 13 and 1300 numbers
  41. are no longer the best choice for many people?
  42.      </p>
  43.  
  44.      <p>
  45. Decided to leave that and call the <a href="http://www.anz.com.au/">bank</a> (on +61
  46. 3 9683 9999), where I spoke to Thomas and told him that I had not authorized the deduction.
  47. He was prepared to reverse it.  There should be no charges, but if
  48. there were, I should contact them again.
  49.      </p>
  50.  
  51.      <p>
  52. Then called PayPal after getting another one-off reference number, and spoke to Lyle, who
  53. established that the problem was that I had “one-touch” set for my <a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/">eBay</a> purchases.  Yes, I recall that, and that at the time
  54. it took forever for them to get it to work right.  He reset it for me.  This raises a number
  55. of questions:
  56.      </p>
  57.  
  58.      <ul>
  59.        <li class="fullwidth">
  60.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  61.            Why didn't Jedda warn me of this yesterday?
  62.          </div>
  63.        </li>
  64.  
  65.        <li class="fullwidth">
  66.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  67.            It seems that PayPal have enough access to my eBay account to do this in the first
  68.            place.  Or is it maybe a PayPal function?  The interface is hard to recognize.
  69.          </div>
  70.        </li>
  71.  
  72.        <li class="fullwidth">
  73.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  74.            Why doesn't the eBay web site offer the alternative: one-touch or modify?
  75.          </div>
  76.        </li>
  77.  
  78.        <li class="fullwidth">
  79.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  80.            Why doesn't the PayPal web site show information about what external accounts it
  81.            accesses?
  82.          </div>
  83.        </li>
  84.      </ul>
  85.  
  86.      <p>
  87. I asked him what to do about the fact that I had cancelled the deduction from the bank, but
  88. he didn't seem to understand: he kept saying that the sum had been paid, so I had nothing to
  89. worry about, and I should contact the merchant if I had any further issues.  Finally he gave
  90. me a reference number and connected me to Steve, who seemed more on the ball.  In
  91. the end he decided that when the payment was refused, it would automatically be deducted
  92. from the next available source, in this case the credit card, so nothing more needed to be
  93. done.  At any rate they wouldn't assume foul play on my part.  The only thing that he didn't
  94. want to do was to give me a reference number, which PayPal doesn't do.  I gave him the last
  95. one and he understood, updated the records pointing to his internal ID and gave me a
  96. reference number quite similar to the last.
  97.      </p>
  98.  
  99.      <p>
  100. He also observed that I had been a PayPal customer for a long time, apparently one of the
  101. longest-standing customers.  How long?  I didn't recall, and the web site is suitably vague
  102. (“Joined in 2001”), but saved mail tells me that I joined on <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-dec2001.php#13">13 December 2001</a>, somewhat more than 15 years.  You can tell how old the mail is: in plain text only,
  103. correctly formatted and with a sensible line length.  How times have changed!
  104.      </p>
  105.  
  106.      <p>
  107. Steve suggested that I must know my way round the web site well by now, so I pointed out my
  108. issues finding where the money was deducted.  Ah, yes, they've rearranged the site, and
  109. dumbed it down.  He had a couple of ideas of where to start searching, but nothing definite.
  110. Still, nice to find a human behind this telephone wall.
  111.      </p>
  112.      </div>
  113.    ]]>
  114.  </description>
  115.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  116.  <dc:date>2017-02-22T23:15:38+00:00</dc:date>
  117. </item>
  118.  
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  123. <category>general</category>
  124. <category>photography</category>
  125. <category>technology</category>
  126. <title>Where's my camera?</title>
  127.  <description>
  128.    <![CDATA[
  129.    <div align="justify">
  130.      <p>
  131. My camera comes with a tracking number, of course, and <a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/">eBay</a> will get the status for you.  Some of the time.
  132. What I got was:
  133.      </p>
  134.  
  135.      <div style="text-align:left">
  136.  <tt>
  137. Error
  138. <br />Please contact the StarTrack Service Desk on 1800 028 361 and quote reference # 585ff7b324518e2a.
  139.  </tt>
  140. </div>
  141.  
  142.      <p>
  143. 64 bits hexadecimal!  Was it maybe a transient error?  Hard to say: I tried twice more and got:
  144.      </p>
  145.  
  146.      <div style="text-align:left">
  147.  <tt>
  148. Please contact the StarTrack Service Desk on 1800 028 361 and quote reference # cd6fba3c201d8e57.
  149. <br />Please contact the StarTrack Service Desk on 1800 028 361 and quote reference # f153a59e694e2866.
  150.  </tt>
  151. </div>
  152.  
  153.      <p>
  154. So I called the number and after a couple of minutes of menu selections was connected to
  155. somebody who told me to ignore the hex code, and told me it was because they had had trouble
  156. with <a href="http://www.telstra.com/">Telstra</a>.  Far be it from me to exonerate
  157. Telstra, but that's clearly not the reason.  She wanted great detail before she would track
  158. the package for me.  On the one hand that makes sense, but if their web site had been
  159. working, it would have provided the information without further authentication.
  160.      </p>
  161.  
  162.      <p>
  163. The good news: the camera is in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat">Ballarat</a>
  164. already, and will be delivered here
  165. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dereel">Dereel</a> on Friday.  I'm more than
  166. sceptical: if it got from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney">Sydney</a> to
  167. Ballarat overnight, why should it not be delivered tomorrow?  A good reason is that in the
  168. past they have never delivered here, despite claims to the contrary on every occasion.  It
  169. also seems improbable that it should not take 2 days from Ballarat to Dereel
  170. or <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleons">Napoleons</a>.  But we'll see.  I'm
  171. relatively impressed that they got the camera from Sydney to Ballarat in 18 hours.
  172.      </p>
  173.      </div>
  174.    ]]>
  175.  </description>
  176.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  177.  <dc:date>2017-02-23T00:46:07+00:00</dc:date>
  178. </item>
  179.  
  180.            
  181. <item>
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  183. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170223-011630</link>
  184. <category>technology</category>
  185. <title>Rearranging monitors</title>
  186.  <description>
  187.    <![CDATA[
  188.    <div align="justify">
  189.      <p>
  190. Finally received a dual-link <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVI">DVI</a> cable for my
  191. monitors, after the abortive attempt <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php#D&#45;20170210&#45;014435">two weeks ago</a>.  It cost 3 times as
  192. much, but it looks right, and yes, it works.
  193.      </p>
  194.  
  195.      <p>
  196. Spent far too much time reconfiguring <a href="http://www.x.org/">X</a> for the new
  197. setup (exchange screens 2 and 3).  There's really something strange about the configuration
  198. for server 1, and I still don't have it right, though it's more a cosmetic issue than
  199. anything else.
  200.      </p>
  201.      </div>
  202.    ]]>
  203.  </description>
  204.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  205.  <dc:date>2017-02-23T01:16:30+00:00</dc:date>
  206. </item>
  207.  
  208.            
  209. <item>
  210. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170223-011730</guid>
  211. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170223-011730</link>
  212. <category>photography</category>
  213. <category>opinion</category>
  214. <title>JPEG after all</title>
  215.  <description>
  216.    <![CDATA[
  217.    <div align="justify">
  218.      <p>
  219. There's a problem with
  220. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Network_Graphics">PNG</a> images of my
  221. old photos: they replace older <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPEG">JPEGs</a>, and
  222. old searches fail.  After some consideration, I've decided to do them in JPEG after all,
  223. which along with discarding some intermediate images has the interesting side effect of
  224. reducing the storage requirements by nearly 90%.
  225.      </p>
  226.      </div>
  227.    ]]>
  228.  </description>
  229.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  230.  <dc:date>2017-02-23T01:17:30+00:00</dc:date>
  231. </item>
  232.  
  233.            
  234. <item>
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  236. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170223-012548</link>
  237. <category>animals</category>
  238. <category>opinion</category>
  239. <title>High cat</title>
  240.  <description>
  241.    <![CDATA[
  242.    <div align="justify">
  243.      <p>
  244. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Animals/Rani.php">Rani</a> continues to be a challenge,
  245. certainly a very different temperament to
  246. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siamese_cat">Siamese</a>
  247. and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burmese_cat">Burmese</a> to which we are used.  We
  248. should have been warned by the photos we were sent when we bought her:
  249.      </p>
  250.  
  251.        <a id="Photo-0" name="Photo-0"
  252.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20160324&amp;imagesizes=2#Photo-0">
  253.          <img alt="This should be Kito-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_0"
  254.               title="Photo Kito-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  255.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20160324/small/Kito-4.jpeg"
  256.               width="207" height="327"
  257.           /></a>
  258.        <a id="Photo-1" name="Photo-1"
  259.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20160324&amp;imagesizes=12#Photo-1">
  260.          <img alt="This should be Kito-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_1"
  261.               title="Photo Kito-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  262.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20160324/small/Kito-2.jpeg"
  263.               width="335" height="201"
  264.           /></a>
  265.  
  266.      <p>
  267. That was Kito, the cat that Chris Bahlo got.  But today we had a similar experience with
  268. Rani:
  269.      </p>
  270.  
  271.        <a id="Photo-2" name="Photo-2"
  272.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170222&amp;imagesizes=112#Photo-2">
  273.          <img alt="This should be Rani-in-kitchen-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_2"
  274.               title="Photo Rani-in-kitchen-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  275.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170222/small/Rani-in-kitchen-1.jpeg"
  276.               width="223" height="302"
  277.           /></a>
  278.        <a id="Photo-3" name="Photo-3"
  279.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170222&amp;imagesizes=1112#Photo-3">
  280.          <img alt="This should be Rani-in-kitchen-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_3"
  281.               title="Photo Rani-in-kitchen-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  282.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170222/small/Rani-in-kitchen-2.jpeg"
  283.               width="302" height="223"
  284.           /></a>
  285.  
  286.      <p>
  287. I really wish Australian houses weren't so open.
  288.      </p>
  289.      </div>
  290.    ]]>
  291.  </description>
  292.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  293.  <dc:date>2017-02-23T01:25:48+00:00</dc:date>
  294. </item>
  295.  
  296.            
  297. <item>
  298. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170223-013145</guid>
  299. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170223-013145</link>
  300. <category>politics</category>
  301. <category>opinion</category>
  302. <title>Trump resigns</title>
  303.  <description>
  304.    <![CDATA[
  305.    <div align="justify">
  306.      <p>
  307. Quote from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump">Donald Trump</a> today:
  308.      </p>
  309.  
  310.      <p>
  311.      <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb-VHDI3_nI"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/hb-VHDI3_nI/default.jpg" /></a>
  312.      </p>
  313.  
  314.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  315.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  316.          We have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred.
  317.        </div>
  318.      </blockquote>
  319.  
  320.      <p>
  321. Does this mean that he's preparing to step down?
  322.      </p>
  323.      </div>
  324.    ]]>
  325.  </description>
  326.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  327.  <dc:date>2017-02-23T01:31:45+00:00</dc:date>
  328. </item>
  329.  
  330.                  
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  333. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170223-215317</link>
  334. <category>general</category>
  335. <category>opinion</category>
  336. <title>Paying for camera, day 3</title>
  337.  <description>
  338.    <![CDATA[
  339.    <div align="justify">
  340.      <p>
  341. Checked my bank balance again today.  $6.00 overdraft fee.  OK, as suggested, call up the
  342. bank, fighting my way again through the stupid voice menu, and after 2 minutes got to
  343. Cheryl, who promised to forward a complaint, and suggested that I try hitting <b>0</b>
  344. and <b>#</b> until the thing gives up.
  345.      </p>
  346.  
  347.      <p>
  348. She reverted the charge with no issues, so the only issue was the time I had to expend.  And
  349. no sign of a booking from <a href="http://www.paypal.com/">PayPal</a> on my credit
  350. card.  But later I got a message from them:
  351.      </p>
  352.  
  353.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  354. <div class="listitemwidth" style="color:blue">Resolve your negative PayPal balance</div>
  355.  
  356. <p class="listitemwidth">
  357.  You made a payment on 20 February 2017 to . We weren't able to debit the amount from your
  358.  bank account because there were insufficient funds.
  359. </p>
  360.  
  361. <p class="listitemwidth">
  362.  As a result, your PayPal balance is now negative. Please resolve your negative balance by
  363.  adding funds to your account as soon as possible.
  364. </p>
  365.      </blockquote>
  366.  
  367.      <p>
  368. And yes, the name of the recipient was really empty.  Why didn't they take the funds from
  369. the next in line?  Took a look at my PayPal account, but that showed that my account was
  370. balanced, and that the sum had been deducted.  From where?  It doesn't say, of course, so I
  371. have no way of checking whether they have their money or not.  None of my bank accounts
  372. showed a change, but that's normal enough.  But certainly this issue has further lowered my
  373. opinion of PayPal.
  374.      </p>
  375.      </div>
  376.    ]]>
  377.  </description>
  378.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  379.  <dc:date>2017-02-23T21:53:17+00:00</dc:date>
  380. </item>
  381.  
  382.            
  383. <item>
  384. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170223-220655</guid>
  385. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170223-220655</link>
  386. <category>general</category>
  387. <category>technology</category>
  388. <category>opinion</category>
  389. <title>StarTrack?  Cosmic implosion</title>
  390.  <description>
  391.    <![CDATA[
  392.    <div align="justify">
  393.      <p>
  394. I have established that my camera made it
  395. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat">Ballarat</a> sometime yesterday, so tried
  396. once again to find out where it was.  Another attempt to track it failed with another 64 bit
  397. random error number.
  398.      </p>
  399.  
  400.      <p>
  401. Can this be the interface from <a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/">eBay</a>?  If so,
  402. of course, it should be able to recover, but the system is clearly badly written.  So I went
  403. straight to <a href="https://startrack.com.au/">https://startrack.com.au/</a> and entered <tt><a href="https://sttrackandtrace.startrack.com.au/5ZQ75803">5ZQ7580</a></tt>.  Bingo!
  404.      </p>
  405.  
  406.        <a id="Photo-4" name="Photo-4"
  407.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170223&amp;imagesizes=11112#Photo-4">
  408.          <img alt="This should be Stardreck.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_4"
  409.               title="Photo Stardreck.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  410.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170223/small/Stardreck.png"
  411.               width="264" height="255"
  412.           /></a>
  413.  
  414.      <p>
  415. In passing, it's worth admiring how they mutilated the tracking number:
  416.      </p>
  417.  
  418.        <a id="Photo-5" name="Photo-5"
  419.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170223&amp;imagesizes=111112#Photo-5">
  420.          <img alt="This should be Stardreck-detail-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_5"
  421.               title="Photo Stardreck-detail-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  422.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170223/small/Stardreck-detail-1.png"
  423.               width="472" height="143"
  424.           /></a>
  425.  
  426.      <p>
  427. And it's delivered!
  428.      </p>
  429.  
  430.        <a id="Photo-6" name="Photo-6"
  431.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170223&amp;imagesizes=1111112#Photo-6">
  432.          <img alt="This should be Stardreck-detail-2.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_6"
  433.               title="Photo Stardreck-detail-2.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  434.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170223/small/Stardreck-detail-2.png"
  435.               width="600" height="142.96435272045"
  436.           /></a>
  437.  
  438.      <p>
  439. My suspicions yesterday were confirmed: despite claims to the contrary, they did <i>not</i>
  440. deliver it to me.  But why in the name of God did they deliver it
  441. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendouree">Wendouree</a>, on the other side of
  442. Ballarat?  <i>Did</i> they deliver it to Wendouree?  Worth calling them first before going
  443. there to find a tracking error.  But I couldn't find a post office in Coronet Street, not
  444. even (according to <a href="http://maps.google.com/">Google Maps</a>) the house
  445. numbers 13-15.  The closest I found, from Street View, was:
  446.      </p>
  447.  
  448.        <a id="Photo-7" name="Photo-7"
  449.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170223&amp;imagesizes=11111112#Photo-7">
  450.          <img alt="This should be Coronet-Street.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_7"
  451.               title="Photo Coronet-Street.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  452.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170223/small/Coronet-Street.png"
  453.               width="329" height="206"
  454.           /></a>
  455.  
  456.      <p>
  457. That's not a post office.  OK, time to call StarTrack again, at 12:02.  Once again I was put
  458. into a hold loop and offered a call back when somebody was available.  They even repeated
  459. the phone number from which the call was recorded: 2880144000.
  460.      </p>
  461.  
  462.      <p>
  463. Huh?  That has nothing to do with my real phone number.  It happened yesterday too, but then
  464. I was only able to confirm that it wasn't the correct number, and thought that it might be a
  465. <a href="http://www.mynetfone.com.au/">MyNetFone</a> internal number.  But no,
  466. nothing to do with that either.  Until proof of the contrary, it's a bug.
  467.      </p>
  468.  
  469.      <p>
  470. Got my call back quite quickly, at 12:06.  Having to give all my personal details gradually
  471. gets on my nerves.  You don't need that for the web site (not even the silly box “I am not a
  472. robot” if you know the final URL (<a href="https://sttrackandtrace.startrack.com.au/5ZQ75803">https://sttrackandtrace.startrack.com.au/5ZQ75803</a>).  And she couldn't give the
  473. phone number of the post office.  In fact, she couldn't give me anything at all: she had to
  474. refer it to an <i>Investigator</i>, who would call me back within the hour.  She gave me a
  475. reference number, which under the circumstances sounded like a good idea.
  476.      </p>
  477.  
  478.      <p>
  479. Clearly this is One Broken System.  On a hunch, out to the letter box, where sure enough, I
  480. had a note to pick up an item 5ZQ75803
  481. from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleons,_Victoria">Napoleons</a> post office.
  482. By 13:00 no <i>Investigator</i> had called back, so off to Napoleons to pick it up.  Finally
  483. got it at 13:24, less than 44 hours after it had been sent.  If their tracking had worked, I
  484. could have picked it up nearly 4 hours (or 9%) earlier.
  485.      </p>
  486.  
  487.      <p>
  488. I never received a call back from an <i>Investigator</i>.  I was going to call and complain,
  489. but when I returned I found:
  490.      </p>
  491.  
  492.        <a id="Photo-8" name="Photo-8"
  493.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170223&amp;imagesizes=111111112#Photo-8">
  494.          <img alt="This should be Stardreck-2-detail.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_8"
  495.               title="Photo Stardreck-2-detail.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  496.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170223/small/Stardreck-2-detail.png"
  497.               width="600" height="149.71209213052"
  498.           /></a>
  499.  
  500.      <p>
  501. From a transit point of view, that's quite respectable.  From a tracking point of view, it's
  502. a total disaster:
  503.      </p>
  504.  
  505.      <ul>
  506.        <li class="fullwidth">
  507.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  508.            Despite repeated claims to the contrary, they don't deliver
  509.            to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dereel">Dereel</a>.  Arguably this should be
  510.            worth a refund: I have to travel 40 km to pick up an item that should have been
  511.            delivered.
  512.          </div>
  513.        </li>
  514.  
  515.        <li class="fullwidth">
  516.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  517.    Their tracking web software has unresolved failures, incorrectly reported.  It is
  518.    clearly related to eBay, and it continues.
  519.          </div>
  520.        </li>
  521.  
  522.        <li class="fullwidth">
  523.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  524.            The status information is incorrect.  “Ready for collection” does not mean that I can
  525.            collect it, and further things can happen to the item after “delivery” and before I
  526.            receive it.  I suspect that the status “Onboard <i>[sic]</i> with driver for delivery”
  527.            is similarly inaccurate (in this case ¾ hour between Ballarat and Wendouree).
  528.          </div>
  529.        </li>
  530.  
  531.        <li class="fullwidth">
  532.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  533.    Tracking is not up to date.  It shows that the item arrived at Napoleons post office at
  534.            9:41, well over two hours before I went looking.
  535.          </div>
  536.        </li>
  537.  
  538.        <li class="fullwidth">
  539.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  540.            In passing, it got the name of the locality wrong (NAPOLEON instead of Napoleons).  To
  541.            be fair, it's quite possible that this is the mistake of <a href="http://www.auspost.com.au/">Australia Post</a>, who really should know better, as
  542.            <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;sep2013.php#D&#45;20130925&#45;234658">I have seen before</a>.
  543.          </div>
  544.        </li>
  545.  
  546.        <li class="fullwidth">
  547.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  548.            It incorrectly claims that the address in Wendouree is a post office.
  549.          </div>
  550.        </li>
  551.  
  552.        <li class="fullwidth">
  553.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  554.            It also incorrectly claims that the item could be collected in Wendouree.
  555.          </div>
  556.        </li>
  557.  
  558.        <li class="fullwidth">
  559.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  560.            The phone service people don't understand the issue either.
  561.          </div>
  562.        </li>
  563.  
  564.        <li class="fullwidth">
  565.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  566.            Despite promises, there's no follow-up on their inability to answer what should be a
  567.            routine enquiry.
  568.          </div>
  569.        </li>
  570.      </ul>
  571.  
  572.      <p>
  573. Star Track indeed!  I think I can safely award it a prize for the worst tracking I have
  574. seen.  About the only thing in its favour is that the list is in chronological order.
  575.      </p>
  576.      </div>
  577.    ]]>
  578.  </description>
  579.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  580.  <dc:date>2017-02-23T22:06:55+00:00</dc:date>
  581. </item>
  582.  
  583.            
  584. <item>
  585. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170224-015610</guid>
  586. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170224-015610</link>
  587. <category>photography</category>
  588. <category>opinion</category>
  589. <title>Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II: first impressions</title>
  590.  <description>
  591.    <![CDATA[
  592.    <div align="justify">
  593.      <p>
  594. So finally I have my new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>.  I had so much to do that I haven't really had time to
  595. look at it.  Here some first impressions:
  596.      </p>
  597.  
  598.      <p>
  599. In the past I have complained about the inadequate instruction manuals for Olympus cameras.
  600. This time it's different: it doesn't have <b><i>any</i></b> instructions.  Well, a “quick
  601. start” in three languages.  After stripping the obligatory safety notices for other
  602. countries, I was left with exactly 16 pages of generic information with references to page
  603. numbers outside the document.  Olympus, you're claiming that this is a professional level
  604. camera, and you're certainly charging accordingly.  The very least you could do would be to
  605. supply an instruction manual!
  606.      </p>
  607.  
  608.      <p>
  609. First thing was to charge the battery, of course.  I don't need an instruction manual for
  610. that.  Connected it up and the LED started to flash.  On my old cameras, that's a code
  611. meaning “battery defective”.  Maybe I do need an instruction manual after all.  Yes, sure
  612. enough, on this camera it means “charging, less than 50% charge”.  What a violation
  613. of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_least_astonishment">POLA</a>!
  614.      </p>
  615.      </div>
  616.    ]]>
  617.  </description>
  618.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  619.  <dc:date>2017-02-24T01:56:10+00:00</dc:date>
  620. </item>
  621.  
  622.            
  623. <item>
  624. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170224-015653</guid>
  625. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170224-015653</link>
  626. <category>photography</category>
  627. <category>opinion</category>
  628. <title>E-M1 on strike</title>
  629.  <description>
  630.    <![CDATA[
  631.    <div align="justify">
  632.      <p>
  633. I didn't have time to set up my new camera, so when we went walking with the dogs, I took my
  634. old <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">Olympus OM-D E-M1</a>.  And sure enough, we saw a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heron">heron</a> that
  635. has been round the dam lately.  Turned the camera on and... nothing.  The battery was
  636. completely dead, something that I don't normally experience.
  637.      </p>
  638.  
  639.      <p>
  640. What caused that?  It recharged normally, but died after only 166 photos, much less than
  641. normal.  On the other hand, looking back at <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/photography/battery&#45;charge.php">previous charges</a>, it had previously delivered (in chronological sequence) 493, 202
  642. and 156 images, though in each case there was still some life left.  So maybe it is dying
  643. after all.  The replacement batteries were a lot cheaper than the original Olympus batteries
  644. (by a factor of 3 or 4), but they never delivered the same charge, and maybe they're
  645. reaching the end of their life.
  646.      </p>
  647.      </div>
  648.    ]]>
  649.  </description>
  650.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  651.  <dc:date>2017-02-24T01:56:53+00:00</dc:date>
  652. </item>
  653.  
  654.            
  655. <item>
  656. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170224-024534</guid>
  657. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170224-024534</link>
  658. <category>food</category>
  659. <category>and</category>
  660. <category>drink</category>
  661. <category>opinion</category>
  662. <title>More thoughts on baked beans</title>
  663.  <description>
  664.    <![CDATA[
  665.    <div align="justify">
  666.      <p>
  667. Made more <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/recipes/baked&#45;beans.php">baked beans</a> today, with further
  668. modifications to the recipe:
  669.      </p>
  670.  
  671.            <table summary="Ingredients">
  672.        <tr>
  673.          <td align="right"><b>quantity</b></td>
  674.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  675.          <td><b>ingredient</b> </td>
  676.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  677.          <td><b>step</b> </td>
  678.        </tr>
  679.  
  680.       <tr>
  681.          <td valign="top" align="right">375 g</td>
  682.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  683.          <td valign="top" align="left">dried white beans</td>
  684.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  685.          <td valign="top" align="right">1</td>
  686.       </tr>
  687.  
  688.       <tr>
  689.          <td valign="top" align="right"></td>
  690.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  691.          <td valign="top" align="left">water</td>
  692.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  693.          <td valign="top" align="right">1</td>
  694.       </tr>
  695.       <tr>
  696.         <td>
  697.         </td>
  698.       </tr>
  699.  
  700.       <tr>
  701.          <td valign="top" align="right">240 g</td>
  702.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  703.          <td valign="top" align="left">onion</td>
  704.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  705.          <td valign="top" align="right">2</td>
  706.       </tr>
  707.  
  708.       <tr>
  709.          <td valign="top" align="right">63 g</td>
  710.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  711.          <td valign="top" align="left">oil for frying</td>
  712.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  713.          <td valign="top" align="right">2</td>
  714.       </tr>
  715.       <tr>
  716.         <td>
  717.         </td>
  718.       </tr>
  719.  
  720.       <tr>
  721.          <td valign="top" align="right">240 g</td>
  722.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  723.          <td valign="top" align="left">tinned tomatoes (400 g can)</td>
  724.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  725.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  726.       </tr>
  727.  
  728.       <tr>
  729.          <td valign="top" align="right">50 g</td>
  730.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  731.          <td valign="top" align="left">tomato purée</td>
  732.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  733.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  734.       </tr>
  735.  
  736.       <tr>
  737.          <td valign="top" align="right">1 g</td>
  738.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  739.          <td valign="top" align="left">dried oregano</td>
  740.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  741.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  742.       </tr>
  743.  
  744.       <tr>
  745.          <td valign="top" align="right">2 g</td>
  746.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  747.          <td valign="top" align="left">dried rosemary</td>
  748.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  749.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  750.       </tr>
  751.  
  752.       <tr>
  753.          <td valign="top" align="right">1 g</td>
  754.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  755.          <td valign="top" align="left">dried thyme</td>
  756.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  757.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  758.       </tr>
  759.  
  760.       <tr>
  761.          <td valign="top" align="right">200 ml</td>
  762.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  763.          <td valign="top" align="left">water</td>
  764.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  765.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  766.       </tr>
  767.       <tr>
  768.         <td>
  769.         </td>
  770.       </tr>
  771.  
  772.       <tr>
  773.          <td valign="top" align="right">10 g</td>
  774.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  775.          <td valign="top" align="left">beef stock powder</td>
  776.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  777.          <td valign="top" align="right">4</td>
  778.       </tr>
  779.  
  780.       <tr>
  781.          <td valign="top" align="right">10 g</td>
  782.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  783.          <td valign="top" align="left">salt</td>
  784.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  785.          <td valign="top" align="right">4</td>
  786.       </tr>
  787.       <tr>
  788.         <td>
  789.         </td>
  790.       </tr>
  791.      </table>
  792.  
  793.      <h3>
  794. Preparation
  795.      </h3>
  796.  
  797.      <ol>
  798.        <li class="fullwidth">
  799.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  800.            Soften the beans by soaking overnight.
  801.          </div>
  802.        </li>
  803.  
  804.        <li class="fullwidth">
  805.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  806.    Purée the onions in a cooking pot large enough for the beans.  Fry in oil until barely
  807.    brown.,
  808.          </div>
  809.        </li>
  810.  
  811.        <li class="fullwidth">
  812.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  813.    Add all the remaining ingredients, except the salt, bring to the boil and simmer for 30
  814.    minutes.
  815.          </div>
  816.        </li>
  817.  
  818.        <li class="fullwidth">
  819.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  820.            Add salt, continue to simmer until cooked, ...
  821.          </div>
  822.        </li>
  823.      </ol>
  824.  
  825.      <p>
  826. The quantity of oil was more than I had planned (the remainder of what was in the bottle),
  827. but I decided to leave it like that to see how it turned out.  The tomato paste was more
  828. because it was a complete sachet, and the water was less because it seemed like a good idea.
  829.      </p>
  830.  
  831.      <p>
  832. But the beans didn't get soft!  Is that the difference between soaking overnight and a 2
  833. hour soak in initially boiling water?  Part of that is because I don't have anything to
  834. gently simmer a large pot.  The induction cooker is too hot or too cold, the medium burner
  835. on the gas stove is too hot, even at minimum, and the small burner heats too small an area,
  836. cooking in the middle and leaving cool on the edges.  Decided to leave it for the day and
  837. continue tomorrow in the oven.
  838.      </p>
  839.      </div>
  840.    ]]>
  841.  </description>
  842.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  843.  <dc:date>2017-02-24T02:45:34+00:00</dc:date>
  844. </item>
  845.  
  846.                  
  847. <item>
  848. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170225-004143</guid>
  849. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170225-004143</link>
  850. <category>general</category>
  851. <category>animals</category>
  852. <title>Eureka Village again</title>
  853.  <description>
  854.    <![CDATA[
  855.    <div align="justify">
  856.      <p>
  857. Off today to the <a href="http://aged&#45;care&#45;services.findthebest.com.au/l/941/Eureka&#45;Village&#45;Hostel">Eureka Village
  858. Hostel</a> and the <a href="http://aged&#45;care&#45;services.findthebest.com.au/l/1013/Geoffrey&#45;Cutter&#45;Centre">Geoffrey
  859. Cutter Centre</a> with <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Nikolai.php">Nikolai</a>, <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Animals/Sasha.php">Sasha</a> and <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a>.
  860. This is becoming quite routine now, including the fact that I usually finish faster than
  861. Yvonne.  Much of this is probably because my people are more mobile than Yvonne's, and when
  862. the weather is good, many are not there.
  863.      </p>
  864.      </div>
  865.    ]]>
  866.  </description>
  867.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  868.  <dc:date>2017-02-25T00:41:43+00:00</dc:date>
  869. </item>
  870.  
  871.            
  872. <item>
  873. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170225-004328</guid>
  874. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170225-004328</link>
  875. <category>animals</category>
  876. <title>Dogs in town</title>
  877.  <description>
  878.    <![CDATA[
  879.    <div align="justify">
  880.      <p>
  881. Our dogs have all been to the aged care facilities, but they haven't been many other places
  882. where there are lots of people.  So after the visit, took them for a walk down Bridge Mall,
  883. where they found numerous good smells:
  884.      </p>
  885.  
  886.        <a id="Photo-9" name="Photo-9"
  887.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170224&amp;imagesizes=1111111112#Photo-9">
  888.          <img alt="This should be Yvonne-Nikolai-Leonid-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_9"
  889.               title="Photo Yvonne-Nikolai-Leonid-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  890.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170224/small/Yvonne-Nikolai-Leonid-1.jpeg"
  891.               width="300" height="225"
  892.           /></a>
  893.  
  894.      <p>
  895. They behaved themselves well, and this time not many people paid attention.
  896.      </p>
  897.  
  898.        <a id="Photo-10" name="Photo-10"
  899.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170224&amp;imagesizes=11111111112#Photo-10">
  900.          <img alt="This should be Yvonne-Nikolai-Leonid-9.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_10"
  901.               title="Photo Yvonne-Nikolai-Leonid-9.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  902.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170224/small/Yvonne-Nikolai-Leonid-9.jpeg"
  903.               width="300" height="225"
  904.           /></a>
  905.  
  906.      <p>
  907. There were some other people with a couple of dogs, fortunately tied up—one, I think
  908. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Retriever">Golden Retriever</a>, barked
  909. furiously at them, and they didn't pay any attention.  At the end <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> went into a new art shop, while I stayed outside with the dogs, and then a
  910. couple of people came to look at them—one a volunteer for <a href="http://www.deltasociety.com.au/">Delta</a>, who will be
  911. in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geelong">Geelong</a> with her dog for accreditation
  912. in the near future.
  913.      </p>
  914.      </div>
  915.    ]]>
  916.  </description>
  917.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  918.  <dc:date>2017-02-25T00:43:28+00:00</dc:date>
  919. </item>
  920.  
  921.            
  922. <item>
  923. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170225-005324</guid>
  924. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170225-005324</link>
  925. <category>technology</category>
  926. <category>opinion</category>
  927. <title>Receiving calls with an iPhone</title>
  928.  <description>
  929.    <![CDATA[
  930.    <div align="justify">
  931.      <p>
  932. I've had difficulty receiving calls with my <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_5S">iPhone</a> in the past, so on the way
  933. into <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat">Ballarat</a> today I asked <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> to call me on the phone (in my pocket).  Diverted to voice mail.
  934. It worked later when we got into town.  Why?  There are numerous valid reasons, but I'll
  935. have to research them.
  936.      </p>
  937.  
  938.      <p>
  939. Wasn't life simple before smart phones?
  940.      </p>
  941.      </div>
  942.    ]]>
  943.  </description>
  944.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  945.  <dc:date>2017-02-25T00:53:24+00:00</dc:date>
  946. </item>
  947.  
  948.            
  949. <item>
  950. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170225-012014</guid>
  951. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170225-012014</link>
  952. <category>photography</category>
  953. <category>opinion</category>
  954. <title>Is my E-M1 Mark II genuine?</title>
  955.  <description>
  956.    <![CDATA[
  957.    <div align="justify">
  958.      <p>
  959. I'm really quite upset about the lack of a manual for my expensive new camera.  And the
  960. pitiful “Basic Manual” has no references
  961. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia">Australia</a>, but plenty to
  962. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA">USA</a>.  Is it maybe not a genuine
  963. Australian-registered item after all, despite the warranty certificate?
  964.      </p>
  965.  
  966.      <p>
  967. Called up <a href="http://www.olympus&#45;imaging.com.au/">Olympus Australia</a> and
  968. spoke to Kelly, who didn't really want to know.  Yes, maybe it doesn't have an Australian
  969. warranty.  I should talk to the supplier about that.  That's a lot of help: they have
  970. already said that it's genuine.  So she went looking for the name of the supplier.  Nope, no
  971. <a href="http://www.excesscameragear.com.au/">Excess Camera Gear</a> on their books.
  972.      </p>
  973.  
  974.      <p>
  975. I pressed the point, and she commented that they no longer supply instruction manuals.
  976. They're on the CD that comes with the camera.  But I got no CD, and both the “basic manual”
  977. and the “instruction manual” (from the web) don't mention one in the list of items in the
  978. box.  But that doesn't necessarily mean anything: they also don't mention the booklet or the
  979. warranty certificate.  So I suspect that Kelly is wrong in her assumption.
  980.      </p>
  981.  
  982.      <p>
  983. She went on to say that this decision was for cost reasons, and if I wanted a printed
  984. manual, there are plenty of companies who would print it for me.  So this is standard
  985. Olympus policy!  Shame on them!  And what a stupid excuse!  The “basic manual” in fact is
  986. 100 pages long, because it's in 3 languages.  That's more than half the length of the
  987. horribly inadequate “instruction manual”.  In addition, leaving out instructions is liable
  988. to increase the number of support calls trying to find out how to use the damn thing, and
  989. also increase the number of people who just can't be bothered and sell the thing again, thus
  990. limiting their sales.  In any case, it's no excuse, and I asked her to take a formal
  991. complaint.  “But we'll have to send it to Japan”.  Fine.  I think every purchaser should
  992. file such a complaint.
  993.      </p>
  994.  
  995.      <p>
  996. Finally, after I insisted, she went and checked the serial number.  Yes, it's Australian
  997. stock.  Why didn't she just do that 10 minutes earlier?  And if they can confirm like that,
  998. why do they need the warranty certificate (which can be forged) when sending cameras in for
  999. repair?
  1000.      </p>
  1001.  
  1002.      <p>
  1003. Next was online registration of the camera (serial number BHUA20626; does this mean that
  1004. it's only the 626th off the assembly line?).  I don't know why I bother.  It hasn't helped
  1005. in the past when I sent cameras in for repair, and there's no evidence that they use the
  1006. information for anything.  In addition, the page is really pretty useless.  First you need
  1007. to select a category (they also do audio and binoculars, for example), and select what they
  1008. allow you to set.  But it wasn't there!
  1009.      </p>
  1010.  
  1011.        <a id="Photo-11" name="Photo-11"
  1012.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170224&amp;imagesizes=111111111112#Photo-11">
  1013.          <img alt="This should be Oly-registration-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_11"
  1014.               title="Photo Oly-registration-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1015.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170224/small/Oly-registration-1.png"
  1016.               width="195" height="348"
  1017.           /></a>
  1018.  
  1019.      <p>
  1020. They also had a category “Digital SLR”.  The camera isn't an SLR, of course, but the URL
  1021. doesn't seem to want to know: <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/</a>.  So I checked that.  But
  1022. yes, they were really only DSLRs.  Finally I found the correct selection: Compact System
  1023. Cameras.  Not a term I've seen very often; why do they do that?
  1024.      </p>
  1025.  
  1026.      <p>
  1027. Things weren't over.  I was asked to answer a questionnaire.  Why did I buy it?  The fact
  1028. that I already had an Olympus camera apparently didn't occur to them.  And then they wanted
  1029. to know how many cameras I have.  Good question.  Do they mean all, only digital cameras,
  1030. not mobile phones, only ones I use?  After a bit of reflection, I discover I have a total of
  1031. about 16 cameras: three old film cameras, four old compact digital cameras, an old and dead
  1032. Canon 20D DSLR, about four mobile phones and—of most interest to Olympus—four Olympus
  1033. E-series cameras.  Which should I count?
  1034.      </p>
  1035.  
  1036.      <p>
  1037. It turns out it doesn't matter.  I have the choice of one, two, three or <del>many</del>
  1038. other.  Do they really think that nobody has more than three?  I wonder what (if anything)
  1039. they do with this information.
  1040.      </p>
  1041.      </div>
  1042.    ]]>
  1043.  </description>
  1044.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1045.  <dc:date>2017-02-25T01:20:14+00:00</dc:date>
  1046. </item>
  1047.  
  1048.            
  1049. <item>
  1050. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170225-012214</guid>
  1051. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170225-012214</link>
  1052. <category>photography</category>
  1053. <category>opinion</category>
  1054. <title>Getting to know the E-M1 Mark II</title>
  1055.  <description>
  1056.    <![CDATA[
  1057.    <div align="justify">
  1058.      <p>
  1059. I've had my new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus
  1060. OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a> for over a day, and I still haven't taken a photo with it.  Part of
  1061. the problem is just setting it up right, and spent some time adapting my <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/photography/E&#45;M1&#45;settings.php">E-M1 settings page</a> to the <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/photography/E&#45;M1&#45;II&#45;settings.php">E-M1 Mark II</a>.  And even then I wasn't
  1062. successful.  Olympus has three different ways of doing most things, and I can't find how to
  1063. set the display to show settings one at a time at the bottom of the page.
  1064.      </p>
  1065.  
  1066.      <p>
  1067. OK, how did I do it with the Mark I?  I don't know!  There's something to do with the
  1068. <img alt="mouth symbol"
  1069.          title="mouth symbol"
  1070.          src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/photography/Oly-images/LV-button.png"
  1071.        />
  1072.          height="13"
  1073.          width="20"          /> button that switches it between that and the “Super Control Panel”.  But on the Mark I it
  1074. doesn't work they way the “instructions” say.  For the time being, I have to give up on that
  1075. one and use the “super control panel”.
  1076.      </p>
  1077.  
  1078.      <p>
  1079. Other random things I note: the focus really does seem to be faster with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Thirds_system">Four Thirds system</a> lenses, and
  1080. the tripod mount is in a very different place, offset by fully 12 mm along the lens axis
  1081. from the position of the Mark I.  That makes a significant difference for my panorama
  1082. photos, and meant reworking my <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/photography/entrance&#45;pupils.php">entrance pupils</a> page.
  1083.      </p>
  1084.      </div>
  1085.    ]]>
  1086.  </description>
  1087.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1088.  <dc:date>2017-02-25T01:22:14+00:00</dc:date>
  1089. </item>
  1090.  
  1091.                  
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  1095. <category>photography</category>
  1096. <category>opinion</category>
  1097. <title>E-M1 Mark II: finally!</title>
  1098.  <description>
  1099.    <![CDATA[
  1100.    <div align="justify">
  1101.      <p>
  1102. Saturday is <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/stones&#45;road/exterior.php">house photo</a> day, and now I
  1103. have the new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus
  1104. OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>, so finally I got round to using it.
  1105.      </p>
  1106.  
  1107.      <p>
  1108. Things didn't start off well.  Part of the setup is to attach the wireless remote shutter
  1109. release.  But it no longer fits!  It fits into the USB connector of the older bodies (all
  1110. five that I have had), but the Mark II has a
  1111. different <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_3">USB 3</a> connector.  So I had to use
  1112. the shutter manually.
  1113.      </p>
  1114.  
  1115.      <p>
  1116. Then there's the issue of the position of the tripod mount.  I've already established that
  1117. it's 12 mm further forward than on the Mark I, but it's also offset slightly to the
  1118. side—enough for it not to fit on the rail properly.  A mounting screw that wasn't previously
  1119. an issue now offsets the body sideways.  Not a big issue (I can remove it), but another
  1120. surprise.  And the difference in the tripod mount position had another effect: the side rail
  1121. sticks further into the image.  Here last week (Mark I) and today:
  1122.      </p>
  1123.  
  1124.        <a id="Photo-12" name="Photo-12"
  1125.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170218&amp;imagesizes=1111111111112#Photo-12">
  1126.          <img alt="This should be house-from-entrance-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_12"
  1127.               title="Photo house-from-entrance-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1128.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170218/small/house-from-entrance-1.jpeg"
  1129.               width="300" height="225"
  1130.           /></a>
  1131.        <a id="Photo-13" name="Photo-13"
  1132.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170225&amp;imagesizes=11111111111112#Photo-13">
  1133.          <img alt="This should be house-from-entrance-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_13"
  1134.               title="Photo house-from-entrance-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1135.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170225/small/house-from-entrance-2.jpeg"
  1136.               width="300" height="225"
  1137.           /></a>
  1138.  
  1139.      <p>
  1140. The end of the rail is visible on bottom right of both images, but it's now much more
  1141. pronounced.  Fortunately <a href="http://hugin.sourceforge.net"><i>Hugin</i></a> ignores it.  Today's photo also shows my shadow, needed because of the issue with the remote
  1142. control.  The tripod is behind the shadow of a tree, so it's not visible.
  1143.      </p>
  1144.  
  1145.      <p>
  1146. And then there's the images themselves.  This camera can take up to 60 full-resolution (20
  1147. MP) images per second.  But like its predecessor, it won't do that for <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High&#45;dynamic&#45;range_imaging">HDR</a> images: there it
  1148. wants to use the mechanical shutter (why?), so it takes “only” 15 images a second.  The
  1149. sound is quite impressive, though; it's significantly quieter than the Mark I, and the
  1150. difference in rate is also very obvious.  Not surprisingly, there was no difference in the
  1151. processing.
  1152.      </p>
  1153.      </div>
  1154.    ]]>
  1155.  </description>
  1156.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1157.  <dc:date>2017-02-25T23:32:23+00:00</dc:date>
  1158. </item>
  1159.  
  1160.            
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  1163. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170226-005606</link>
  1164. <category>gardening</category>
  1165. <title>More flowers</title>
  1166.  <description>
  1167.    <![CDATA[
  1168.    <div align="justify">
  1169.      <p>
  1170. One of the plants that we brought with us to Stones Road was
  1171. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedychium_gardnerianum">Hedychium gardnerianum</a>,
  1172. which for years I have confused with a species
  1173. of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helichrysum">Helichrysum</a>.  We planted it next
  1174. to the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canna_(plant)">cannas</a>, but unlike the
  1175. cannas it barely grew, and didn't flower.
  1176.      </p>
  1177.  
  1178.      <p>
  1179. Until today:
  1180.      </p>
  1181.  
  1182.        <a id="Photo-14" name="Photo-14"
  1183.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170225&amp;imagesizes=111111111111112#Photo-14">
  1184.          <img alt="This should be Hedychium-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_14"
  1185.               title="Photo Hedychium-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1186.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170225/small/Hedychium-5.jpeg"
  1187.               width="300" height="225"
  1188.           /></a>
  1189.  
  1190.      <p>
  1191. And the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum">Tropaeolum</a> near the water tank
  1192. that has been struggling all year (including last winter) has finally produced a single
  1193. flower:
  1194.      </p>
  1195.  
  1196.        <a id="Photo-15" name="Photo-15"
  1197.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170225&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111112#Photo-15">
  1198.          <img alt="This should be Tropaeolum-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_15"
  1199.               title="Photo Tropaeolum-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1200.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170225/small/Tropaeolum-1.jpeg"
  1201.               width="301" height="224"
  1202.           /></a>
  1203.        <a id="Photo-16" name="Photo-16"
  1204.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170225&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111112#Photo-16">
  1205.          <img alt="This should be Tropaeolum-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_16"
  1206.               title="Photo Tropaeolum-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1207.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170225/small/Tropaeolum-2.jpeg"
  1208.               width="300" height="225"
  1209.           /></a>
  1210.  
  1211.      <p>
  1212. They're not exactly difficult plants to grow.  Why were they so reticent?  Partially water
  1213. (a problem now solved), but has the soil something to do with it?  We've been here for
  1214. nearly 2 years; hopefully the garden will take off soon.
  1215.      </p>
  1216.      </div>
  1217.    ]]>
  1218.  </description>
  1219.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1220.  <dc:date>2017-02-26T00:56:06+00:00</dc:date>
  1221. </item>
  1222.  
  1223.            
  1224. <item>
  1225. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170226-011614</guid>
  1226. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170226-011614</link>
  1227. <category>photography</category>
  1228. <category>technology</category>
  1229. <category>opinion</category>
  1230. <title>Wireless remote control</title>
  1231.  <description>
  1232.    <![CDATA[
  1233.    <div align="justify">
  1234.      <p>
  1235. Reading the online “instructions” for the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a> (the toy guide only has an invalid pointer), found that the camera has a dedicated input for
  1236. a shutter remote control, something that sounds financially suboptimal.  It requires a
  1237. dedicated remote control from Olympus, the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/accessory/others/index.html">RM-CB2 Remote
  1238. Cable</a>, with the information that it is a “mini-plug type (2.5Φ)”.
  1239.      </p>
  1240.  
  1241.      <p>
  1242. I suppose that means a 2.5 mm phone plug.  That's very plausible.  On closer examination,
  1243. that's the connector to my remote control:
  1244.      </p>
  1245.  
  1246.        <a id="Photo-17" name="Photo-17"
  1247.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170226&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111112#Photo-17">
  1248.          <img alt="This should be Remote-control-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_17"
  1249.               title="Photo Remote-control-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1250.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170226/small/Remote-control-1.jpeg"
  1251.               width="300" height="225"
  1252.           /></a>
  1253.        <a id="Photo-18" name="Photo-18"
  1254.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170226&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111112#Photo-18">
  1255.          <img alt="This should be Remote-control-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_18"
  1256.               title="Photo Remote-control-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1257.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170226/small/Remote-control-2.jpeg"
  1258.               width="300" height="225"
  1259.           /></a>
  1260.  
  1261.      <p>
  1262. So all I need is a short cable with 2.5 mm connector at each end.  That must be available,
  1263. right?  Off to <a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/">eBay</a> to take a look.  Yes, 2.5
  1264. mm cables available starting at $1 including postage.  Oh, but the other end is 3.5 mm.
  1265. Always!  I finally found a single cable with 2.5 mm connectors at each end—and it was 5 m
  1266. long, clearly not what I need here.
  1267.      </p>
  1268.  
  1269.      <p>
  1270. What do I do?  I don't even know how many contacts the connector should have.  My guess is
  1271. that the 3 contact connector on my remote control is only there because nobody does 2
  1272. contact connectors any more, so it should work.  But do I look for a pre-made cable or build
  1273. one myself?  In the Good Old Days, it was cheaper to build one yourself, but nowadays that
  1274. wisdom no longer holds.
  1275.      </p>
  1276.      </div>
  1277.    ]]>
  1278.  </description>
  1279.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1280.  <dc:date>2017-02-26T01:16:14+00:00</dc:date>
  1281. </item>
  1282.  
  1283.            
  1284. <item>
  1285. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170226-013117</guid>
  1286. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170226-013117</link>
  1287. <category>photography</category>
  1288. <category>animals</category>
  1289. <category>opinion</category>
  1290. <title>Horse photos with the E-M1 Mark II</title>
  1291.  <description>
  1292.    <![CDATA[
  1293.    <div align="justify">
  1294.      <p>
  1295. What's the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D
  1296. E-M1 Mark II</a> like for horse photos?  The 15 shots per second should be useful in
  1297. looking at gaits.  So I took a series of photos at the highest mechanical repeat rate of 15
  1298. fps.  It wasn't fast enough.  Here three successive photos:
  1299.      </p>
  1300.  
  1301.      <div align="left">
  1302.  <a id="Photo-19" name="Photo-19"
  1303.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170225&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111112#Photo-19">
  1304.          <img alt="This should be Yvonne-Carlotta-18.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_19"
  1305.               title="Photo Yvonne-Carlotta-18.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1306.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170225/small/Yvonne-Carlotta-18.jpeg"
  1307.               width="300" height="225"
  1308.           /></a>
  1309.  <a id="Photo-20" name="Photo-20"
  1310.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170225&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111112#Photo-20">
  1311.          <img alt="This should be Yvonne-Carlotta-19.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_20"
  1312.               title="Photo Yvonne-Carlotta-19.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1313.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170225/small/Yvonne-Carlotta-19.jpeg"
  1314.               width="300" height="225"
  1315.           /></a>
  1316.  <a id="Photo-21" name="Photo-21"
  1317.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170225&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111112#Photo-21">
  1318.          <img alt="This should be Yvonne-Carlotta-20.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_21"
  1319.               title="Photo Yvonne-Carlotta-20.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1320.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170225/small/Yvonne-Carlotta-20.jpeg"
  1321.               width="300" height="225"
  1322.           /></a>
  1323.      </div>
  1324.  
  1325.      <p>
  1326. There is only one intermediate photo per leg change.  More to the point, though, in this
  1327. second I only got 8 images.  Why?  I can go up to 60 images per second with the electronic
  1328. shutter, and some time I will, though I'm mainly concerned about the data flood that it
  1329. entails.  Do I stay true to form and keep every image?  That's 1.2 GB per second!
  1330.      </p>
  1331.      </div>
  1332.    ]]>
  1333.  </description>
  1334.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1335.  <dc:date>2017-02-26T01:31:17+00:00</dc:date>
  1336. </item>
  1337.  
  1338.            
  1339. <item>
  1340. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170226-014714</guid>
  1341. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170226-014714</link>
  1342. <category>politics</category>
  1343. <title>Australia Post delivery issues</title>
  1344.  <description>
  1345.    <![CDATA[
  1346.    <div align="justify">
  1347.      <p>
  1348. It seems that I'm not the only person to have issues with <a href="http://www.auspost.com.au/">Australia Post</a> charges and delivery times:
  1349.      </p>
  1350.  
  1351.      <a href="http://www.theshovel.com.au/2017/02/23/ahmed&#45;fahour&#45;australia&#45;post&#45;years&#45;ago&#45;resignation&#45;letter&#45;only&#45;arrived&#45;today/">Ahmed Fahour Actually Quit Australia Post Years Ago. But His Resignation Letter Only Arrived
  1352.      Today</a>
  1353.      <p>
  1354. Interestingly, this is also the first I had heard of the resignation, though I had commented
  1355. about the affair <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php#D&#45;20170208&#45;235610">a couple of weeks
  1356. ago</a>.
  1357.      </p>
  1358.      </div>
  1359.    ]]>
  1360.  </description>
  1361.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1362.  <dc:date>2017-02-26T01:47:14+00:00</dc:date>
  1363. </item>
  1364.  
  1365.                  
  1366. <item>
  1367. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170226-211013</guid>
  1368. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170226-211013</link>
  1369. <category>photography</category>
  1370. <category>opinion</category>
  1371. <title>More E-MI Mark II discoveries</title>
  1372.  <description>
  1373.    <![CDATA[
  1374.    <div align="justify">
  1375.      <p>
  1376. Didn't do much with my <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">new camera</a> today: I was too busy checking things, and I still haven't really explored
  1377. the new features.  About the only thing I have decided is that I need better instructions.
  1378. And if nobody else does them, maybe it's time for me to do so.  Started working on a
  1379. framework, but it'll be a long time before they're finished, if ever.
  1380.      </p>
  1381.  
  1382.      <p>
  1383. I've already established compatibility issues with the remote flash trigger.  Are there
  1384. others?  <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;jan2017.php?topics=p#D&#45;20170114&#45;015626">Last month</a> I found that the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/accessory/optical/vf2.html">Olympus VF-2</a> viewfinder fits the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">E-M1</a>, giving it the choice of no less than 3 viewfinders:
  1385.      </p>
  1386.  
  1387.        <a id="Photo-22" name="Photo-22"
  1388.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170113&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111112#Photo-22">
  1389.          <img alt="This should be Viewfinder-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_22"
  1390.               title="Photo Viewfinder-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1391.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170113/small/Viewfinder-4.jpeg"
  1392.               width="300" height="225"
  1393.           /></a>
  1394.  
  1395.      <p>
  1396. It even has a use: as a viewfinder from above in situations that are too bright for the LED
  1397. screen.  Does it work on the Mark II?  No!  It fits into the accessory port between the
  1398. flash shoe and the real viewfinder:
  1399.      </p>
  1400.  
  1401.        <a id="Photo-23" name="Photo-23"
  1402.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170226&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111112#Photo-23">
  1403.          <img alt="This should be E-M1-Mark-I-viewfinder.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_23"
  1404.               title="Photo E-M1-Mark-I-viewfinder.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1405.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170226/small/E-M1-Mark-I-viewfinder.png"
  1406.               width="272" height="249"
  1407.           /></a>
  1408.  
  1409.      <p>
  1410. And the Mark II doesn't have an accessory port:
  1411.      </p>
  1412.  
  1413.        <a id="Photo-24" name="Photo-24"
  1414.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170226&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111112#Photo-24">
  1415.          <img alt="This should be E-M1-Mark-II-viewfinder.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_24"
  1416.               title="Photo E-M1-Mark-II-viewfinder.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1417.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170226/small/E-M1-Mark-II-viewfinder.png"
  1418.               width="295" height="229"
  1419.           /></a>
  1420.  
  1421.      <p>
  1422. So that doesn't work.  And neither do the other accessories for the port, notably the toy
  1423. flash units, but also the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/accessory/others/pp1.html">PENPAL</a>, a
  1424. device for sending mutilated images
  1425. via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth">Bluetooth</a> (“The image size can be
  1426. selected from 640x480 (default setting), 1280x960 and 1920x1440”).  That almost makes
  1427. Olympus' broken wireless networking look good, and it's not surprising that the Mark II
  1428. doesn't support it.  On the positive side, it meant that the Mark II came with a more
  1429. flexible and powerful external flash.  I never used the toy flashes, so the only real impact
  1430. is the viewfinder.
  1431.      </p>
  1432.  
  1433.      <p>
  1434. And the remote shutter release?  How does it work, anyway?  Found a splitter cable and tried
  1435. both the output of the remote shutter:
  1436.      </p>
  1437.  
  1438.        <a id="Photo-25" name="Photo-25"
  1439.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170226&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111112#Photo-25">
  1440.          <img alt="This should be Grog.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_25"
  1441.               title="Photo Grog.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1442.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170226/small/Grog.jpeg"
  1443.               width="300" height="225"
  1444.           /></a>
  1445.  
  1446.      <p>
  1447. I couldn't measure any output from the shutter release, but there was no measurable
  1448. resistance from the camera contacts either.  I wonder how this thing really works.  Then I
  1449. found a couple of threads on the subject.  <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4091779#forumsPostDetail58816784">This one</a> confirmed that the standard connectors for Canon cameras work, though another (which I can
  1450. no longer find) claimed that a similar cable for Panasonic cameras doesn't work.  In
  1451. passing, also discovered the real reason for the three contact plug:
  1452.      </p>
  1453.  
  1454.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  1455.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  1456.          The ring closest to cable is ground, 2nd ring (middle) is focus and the tip is shutter
  1457.          release.
  1458.        </div>
  1459.      </blockquote>
  1460.  
  1461.      <p>
  1462. OK, off searching <a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/">eBay</a>.  Yes, they're
  1463. available, but the lengths vary widely.  More investigation needed.
  1464.      </p>
  1465.  
  1466.      <p>
  1467. In passing, it seems that the very cheapest cable ($2.55), is only just cheaper than the
  1468. cheapest (cabled) remote control ($2.71).  Cables can cost me up to $12 or so, and the
  1469. wireless remote controls are a little over $20.  I couldn't find an Olympus <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/accessory/others/index.html">RM-CB2 Remote
  1470. Cable</a> on eBay, presumably because at its recommended price of $79 it just doesn't
  1471. sell.  Why does Olympus even bother to make it?
  1472.      </p>
  1473.      </div>
  1474.    ]]>
  1475.  </description>
  1476.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1477.  <dc:date>2017-02-26T21:10:13+00:00</dc:date>
  1478. </item>
  1479.  
  1480.                  
  1481. <item>
  1482. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170227-223203</guid>
  1483. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170227-223203</link>
  1484. <category>general</category>
  1485. <category>technology</category>
  1486. <title>PayPal deductions</title>
  1487.  <description>
  1488.    <![CDATA[
  1489.    <div align="justify">
  1490.      <p>
  1491. After <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php#D&#45;20170222&#45;231538">last week's débacle</a> with <a href="http://www.paypal.com/">PayPal</a>, I've been keeping an eye on the
  1492. transaction.  On Thursday, I <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php#D&#45;20170223&#45;215317">got
  1493. an email</a> telling me that my account was negative, and that I should do something about
  1494. it.  But the account showed that was balanced, and there was no evidence that the money had
  1495. been deducted from any of my bank accounts.  And that's the way it was until today, so I
  1496. sent them a message via their internal system pointing out the issue and asking them to
  1497. contact me.  The say that they'll take up to 24 hours to respond, so I'll wait for that.
  1498.      </p>
  1499.  
  1500.      
  1501.      <p>
  1502. And then Callum Gibson pointed out something to me.  You <i>can</i> find the transaction
  1503. booking details if you know how.  Here's the entry in question:
  1504.      </p>
  1505.  
  1506.        <a id="Photo-26" name="Photo-26"
  1507.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170227&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111112#Photo-26">
  1508.          <img alt="This should be PayPal-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_26"
  1509.               title="Photo PayPal-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1510.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170227/small/PayPal-1.png"
  1511.               width="824" height="82"
  1512.           /></a>
  1513.  
  1514.      <p>
  1515. You have to know that the text “Payment” is a link, and it shows this and more:
  1516.      </p>
  1517.  
  1518.        <a id="Photo-27" name="Photo-27"
  1519.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170227&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111112#Photo-27">
  1520.          <img alt="This should be PayPal-2.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_27"
  1521.               title="Photo PayPal-2.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1522.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170227/small/PayPal-2.png"
  1523.               width="505" height="134"
  1524.           /></a>
  1525.  
  1526.      <p>
  1527. Well hidden!  Even the people at PayPal didn't know about it.  It's also somewhat clunky:
  1528. it's really a lot of work to see the details of all transactions.  And apart from that,
  1529. there was no such deduction from my credit card.
  1530.      </p>
  1531.  
  1532.      <p>
  1533. But things didn't stop there.  On <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php#D&#45;20170222&#45;231538">Wednesday</a> Lyle claimed to have reset my “one-touch” pay on <a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/">eBay</a>, so I checked that.  No difference:
  1534.      </p>
  1535.  
  1536.        <a id="Photo-28" name="Photo-28"
  1537.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170227&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111112#Photo-28">
  1538.          <img alt="This should be aBay-pay-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_28"
  1539.               title="Photo aBay-pay-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1540.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170227/small/aBay-pay-1.png"
  1541.               width="534" height="126"
  1542.           /></a>
  1543.  
  1544.      <p>
  1545. But looking more carefully, there's a more obvious link on the left:
  1546. “<span style="color:blue">Change</span>”.  And how about that, with that you can change the
  1547. payment source.  Why didn't I see that?  To be fair, once again nobody at PayPal knew it
  1548. either.  But this saga seems to have a positive side: now I know how to do it.  And, so far
  1549. at least, I seem to have gained the best part of $2,500.
  1550.      </p>
  1551.      </div>
  1552.    ]]>
  1553.  </description>
  1554.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1555.  <dc:date>2017-02-27T22:32:03+00:00</dc:date>
  1556. </item>
  1557.  
  1558.            
  1559. <item>
  1560. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170227-225918</guid>
  1561. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170227-225918</link>
  1562. <category>photography</category>
  1563. <category>opinion</category>
  1564. <title>Getting to know the E-M1 Mark II</title>
  1565.  <description>
  1566.    <![CDATA[
  1567.    <div align="justify">
  1568.      <p>
  1569. Gradually I'm getting round to investigating the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>.
  1570. What can it do so much better than the Mark I?  The things I see are:
  1571.      </p>
  1572.  
  1573.      <ul>
  1574.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1575.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  1576.            Better image stabilization.
  1577.          </div>
  1578.        </li>
  1579.  
  1580.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1581.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  1582.            Faster focus.
  1583.          </div>
  1584.        </li>
  1585.  
  1586.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1587.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  1588.            High resolution image mode.
  1589.          </div>
  1590.        </li>
  1591.  
  1592.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1593.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  1594.            Much faster image sequence.
  1595.          </div>
  1596.        </li>
  1597.  
  1598.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1599.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  1600.            “Pro Capture” mode, where the camera captures images before the shutter is pressed.
  1601.          </div>
  1602.        </li>
  1603.      </ul>
  1604.  
  1605.      <p>
  1606. Yesterday I had tried some really slow images, like this one taken at 2 seconds exposure:
  1607.      </p>
  1608.  
  1609.        <a id="Photo-29" name="Photo-29"
  1610.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170226&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-29">
  1611.          <img alt="This should be Piccola.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_29"
  1612.               title="Photo Piccola.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1613.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170226/small/Piccola.jpeg"
  1614.               width="302" height="224"
  1615.           /></a>
  1616.  
  1617.      <p>
  1618. Yes, not completely sharp,but not bad.  The smearing is due to the cat moving, not the
  1619. camera.  But there's a serious problem with this photo: I had grabbed the wrong camera, and
  1620. this was taken with the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">E-M1 Mark I</a>.  I'll repeat that some other time.
  1621.      </p>
  1622.  
  1623.      <p>
  1624. So which should I try next?  “Better” and “faster” are hard to quantify.  So I decided to
  1625. try out high resolution mode.  Page 99 of the “instructions” refers mainly to page 46, which
  1626. contains only a reference to page 48, which contains some information, but not really
  1627. enough:
  1628.      </p>
  1629.  
  1630.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  1631.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  1632.          Choose from JPEG (50M F or 25M F) and JPEG+RAW modes. When image quality is set to
  1633.  RAW+JPEG, the camera saves a single RAW image (extension ".ORI") before combining it with
  1634.  the high resolution shooting.  Pre-combination RAW images can only be played back on the
  1635.  software that comes with this camera.
  1636.        </div>
  1637.      </blockquote>
  1638.  
  1639.      <p>
  1640. If that were correct, the raw images would be useless: Olympus no longer supplies software
  1641. with the camera.  And it's saying a lot to claim that other software can't process the
  1642. images, though probably at the moment that's the case.  But how do I choose?  They don't
  1643. say.  It wasn't until after I took my photos and found the raw images missing that I found,
  1644. in another place:
  1645.      </p>
  1646.  
  1647.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  1648.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  1649.          After setting high resolution shooting, you can select the image quality of the high
  1650.  resolution shooting using image quality mode (P. 55, 88).
  1651.        </div>
  1652.      </blockquote>
  1653.  
  1654.      <p>
  1655. And that relates to the standard menu settings that chooses between raw
  1656. and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPEG">JPEG</a>, and also sets the size and quality
  1657. of the JPEGs.  Now isn't that tacky!  Yes, it's directly related, but to use the menus
  1658. properly you first need to deselect hi-res mode, go back into the menu system, set quality
  1659. for normal images, then select hi-res mode and do it all over again.  I hope that will
  1660. change with the next firmware update.
  1661.      </p>
  1662.  
  1663.      <p>
  1664. Took my photos, comparing all four camera bodies.  They still need processing, but the first
  1665. thing I see is that I underestimated the resolution of even the <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/slrs/oly_epm1/review">E-PM1</a>:
  1666.      </p>
  1667.  
  1668.        <a id="Photo-30" name="Photo-30"
  1669.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170227&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-30">
  1670.          <img alt="This should be Summilux-PM1-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_30"
  1671.               title="Photo Summilux-PM1-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1672.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170227/small/Summilux-PM1-2.jpeg"
  1673.               width="300" height="225"
  1674.           /></a>
  1675.        <a id="Photo-31" name="Photo-31"
  1676.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170227&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-31">
  1677.          <img alt="This should be Summilux-PM1-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_31"
  1678.               title="Photo Summilux-PM1-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1679.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170227/small/Summilux-PM1-2-detail-2.jpeg"
  1680.               width="459" height="147"
  1681.           /></a>
  1682.  
  1683.      <p>
  1684. And I didn't get any raw images because of the strange menu system.  Another thing to repeat
  1685. some time.  Still, the high resolution mode does seem to have made a difference.  Here
  1686. images in normal (20 MP) mode and 50 MP:
  1687.      </p>
  1688.  
  1689.        <a id="Photo-32" name="Photo-32"
  1690.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170227&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-32">
  1691.          <img alt="This should be Summilux-EM1-2-2-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_32"
  1692.               title="Photo Summilux-EM1-2-2-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1693.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170227/small/Summilux-EM1-2-2-detail.jpeg"
  1694.               width="433" height="156"
  1695.           /></a>
  1696.        <a id="Photo-33" name="Photo-33"
  1697.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170227&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-33">
  1698.          <img alt="This should be Summilux-EM1-2-4-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_33"
  1699.               title="Photo Summilux-EM1-2-4-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1700.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170227/small/Summilux-EM1-2-4-detail.jpeg"
  1701.               width="434" height="155"
  1702.           /></a>
  1703.  
  1704.      <p>
  1705. In passing, it's interesting to note that I had been listening to the wrong reports about
  1706. the high resolution mode.  I had heard something about 80 MP, but it seems that the maximum
  1707. (currently) is 50 MP.  They're known to be still working on it, so that could change.  But
  1708. why do they offer a 25 MP mode?  That doesn't seem to be worth the effort when the native
  1709. resolution is 20 MP.
  1710.      </p>
  1711.      </div>
  1712.    ]]>
  1713.  </description>
  1714.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1715.  <dc:date>2017-02-27T22:59:18+00:00</dc:date>
  1716. </item>
  1717.  
  1718.            
  1719. <item>
  1720. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170227-230436</guid>
  1721. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170227-230436</link>
  1722. <category>photography</category>
  1723. <category>technology</category>
  1724. <category>opinion</category>
  1725. <title>Networking with E-M1 Mark II</title>
  1726.  <description>
  1727.    <![CDATA[
  1728.    <div align="justify">
  1729.      <p>
  1730. Another thing to check was whether Olympus has improved the “wireless networking”
  1731. capability.  No.  This time I was completely unable to connect to my <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_5S">iPhone</a>.  That's probably me losing my way
  1732. on the stepping stones, not the camera.  It worked on the Samsung phone after the usual
  1733. pain.
  1734.      </p>
  1735.  
  1736.      <p>
  1737. When will they get it right?
  1738.      </p>
  1739.      </div>
  1740.    ]]>
  1741.  </description>
  1742.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1743.  <dc:date>2017-02-27T23:04:36+00:00</dc:date>
  1744. </item>
  1745.  
  1746.                        
  1747. <item>
  1748. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170228-232645</guid>
  1749. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170228-232645</link>
  1750. <category>technology</category>
  1751. <category>history</category>
  1752. <title>Emacs on Multics</title>
  1753.  <description>
  1754.    <![CDATA[
  1755.    <div align="justify">
  1756.      <p>
  1757. Seen on the <a href="http://www.tuhs.org/">Unix Heritage Society</a> mailing list
  1758. today: an interesting document about <a href="http://www.multicians.org/mepap.html">Emacs on Multics</a>.
  1759.      </p>
  1760.  
  1761.      <p>
  1762. Do I care about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multics">Multics</a>?  Not overly, but
  1763. this is one of the most comprehensive documents I've seen written
  1764. about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emacs">Emacs</a> before 1980.
  1765.      </p>
  1766.      </div>
  1767.    ]]>
  1768.  </description>
  1769.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1770.  <dc:date>2017-02-28T23:26:45+00:00</dc:date>
  1771. </item>
  1772.  
  1773.            
  1774. <item>
  1775. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170301-003447</guid>
  1776. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170301-003447</link>
  1777. <category>photography</category>
  1778. <category>opinion</category>
  1779. <title>Video with E-M1 Mark II</title>
  1780.  <description>
  1781.    <![CDATA[
  1782.    <div align="justify">
  1783.      <p>
  1784. My new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D
  1785. E-M1 Mark II</a> does video.  I don't.  But today once again I ran into a particularly
  1786. irritating bug in <a href="http://dxo.com/intl/photo/dxo_optics_pro/introduction">DxO
  1787. Optics “Pro”</a>: when I have a large number of images and want to <i>de</i>select one, it
  1788. repositions the view of the images, and I have to reposition.  For <b><i>Every Single
  1789. Image</i></b>.
  1790.      </p>
  1791.  
  1792.      <p>
  1793. How do you describe that?  A video would be good.  So I took a video:
  1794.      </p>
  1795.  
  1796.      <p>
  1797.      <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCx3BFti8ec"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/mCx3BFti8ec/default.jpg" /></a>
  1798.      </p>
  1799.  
  1800.      <p>
  1801. It wasn't until later that I noticed a number of issues, by which time I didn't care any
  1802. more:
  1803.      </p>
  1804.  
  1805.      <ul>
  1806.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1807.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  1808.            The view of the monitor wasn't straight, and that was more irritating than I had
  1809.            expected.
  1810.          </p>
  1811.        </li>
  1812.  
  1813.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1814.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  1815.            There was an amazing amount of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moiré">moiré</a>:
  1816.          </p>
  1817.  
  1818.    <a id="Photo-34" name="Photo-34"
  1819.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170228&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-34">
  1820.          <img alt="This should be Moire.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_34"
  1821.               title="Photo Moire.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1822.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170228/small/Moire.png"
  1823.               width="268" height="252"
  1824.           /></a>
  1825.  
  1826.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  1827.  </p>
  1828.        </li>
  1829.  
  1830.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1831.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  1832.            The video was taken at the default resolution, which proves to be:
  1833.          </p>
  1834.  
  1835.  <div style="text-align:left">
  1836.  <tt>
  1837. VIDEO: &nbsp;[H264] &nbsp;3840x2160 &nbsp;24bpp &nbsp;25.000 fps &nbsp;57575.2 kbps (7028.2 kbyte/s)
  1838.  </tt>
  1839. </div>
  1840.  
  1841.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  1842.    As a result, the 75 second video was 564 MB in size, and it was too big to fit any of my
  1843.    screens.  Maybe that's related to the moiré.
  1844.  </p>
  1845.        </li>
  1846.      </ul>
  1847.  
  1848.      <p>
  1849. That's not a disadvantage of the camera, of course, but it makes me wonder if I really need
  1850. 4K video.  It also shows the importance of careful setup.  It's relatively straightforward
  1851. to reshape a photo, but how do you do it with videos?
  1852.      </p>
  1853.      </div>
  1854.    ]]>
  1855.  </description>
  1856.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1857.  <dc:date>2017-03-01T00:34:47+00:00</dc:date>
  1858. </item>
  1859.  
  1860.            
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  1862. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170301-005015</guid>
  1863. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#D-20170301-005015</link>
  1864. <category>gardening</category>
  1865. <category>Stones</category>
  1866. <category>Road</category>
  1867. <category>house</category>
  1868. <title>Finally!  A Buddleja!</title>
  1869.  <description>
  1870.    <![CDATA[
  1871.    <div align="justify">
  1872.      <p>
  1873. In Kleins Road we had a number
  1874. of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddleja">Buddlejas</a> which flowered from January
  1875. to July.  We took cuttings with us, but none of them survived.  A few months back <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> took some more cuttings and propagated them in pots.  They didn't
  1876. do well, and about half of them died, including—as it turned out—all of the dark
  1877. blue <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddleja_davidii">Buddleja davidii</a>
  1878. cultivars.  Yvonne wanted to plant them in the soil—in the middle of summer!  I was against
  1879. it, but since they weren't doing well, I agreed.
  1880.      </p>
  1881.  
  1882.      <p>
  1883. It was the right choice.  Today, on the last day of summer, we finally have the first
  1884. flowers:
  1885.      </p>
  1886.  
  1887.        <a id="Photo-35" name="Photo-35"
  1888.          href="diary-feb2017.php?dirdate=20170228&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-35">
  1889.          <img alt="This should be Buddleja-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_35"
  1890.               title="Photo Buddleja-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1891.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170228/small/Buddleja-1.jpeg"
  1892.               width="300" height="225"
  1893.           /></a>
  1894.  
  1895.      <p>
  1896. And we've been here nearly two years!
  1897.      </p>
  1898.      </div>
  1899.    ]]>
  1900.  </description>
  1901.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1902.  <dc:date>2017-03-01T00:50:15+00:00</dc:date>
  1903. </item>
  1904.  
  1905.                  
  1906. <item>
  1907. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170301-220319</guid>
  1908. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170301-220319</link>
  1909. <category>general</category>
  1910. <category>history</category>
  1911. <category>photography</category>
  1912. <title>Where was I?  And when?</title>
  1913.  <description>
  1914.    <![CDATA[
  1915.    <div align="justify">
  1916.      <p>
  1917. My playing around with my new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>,
  1918. has subsided sufficiently that I can continue my re-scans of my old slides taken between
  1919. 1969 and 1972.  Many can only be dated by recollection or from the date on the slides.  But
  1920. I found a total of 9 that don't fit into either category: they're mounted in plastic frames
  1921. (which must mean that I did it myself), and I don't recognize any of them.
  1922.      </p>
  1923.  
  1924.      <p>
  1925. Looking at these images and comparing the names of the companies, it seems that this must
  1926. be <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mittenwald">Mittenwald</a>:
  1927.      </p>
  1928.  
  1929.        <a id="Photo-36" name="Photo-36"
  1930.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=19741018&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-36">
  1931.          <img alt="This should be Mittenwald-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_36"
  1932.               title="Photo Mittenwald-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1933.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/19741018/small/Mittenwald-1.jpeg"
  1934.               width="219" height="308"
  1935.           /></a>
  1936.        <a id="Photo-37" name="Photo-37"
  1937.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=19741018&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-37">
  1938.          <img alt="This should be Mittenwald-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_37"
  1939.               title="Photo Mittenwald-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1940.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/19741018/small/Mittenwald-2.jpeg"
  1941.               width="218" height="311"
  1942.           /></a>
  1943.  
  1944.      <p>
  1945. When was I ever in Mittenwald?  It must have been in my German period (1973-1997), which
  1946. doesn't help much to determine the date.  <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> can't recall
  1947. having been there, so it might have been earlier (or it might mean that, like me, she has
  1948. just forgotten it).  We met in <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jul1982.php#25">1982</a>, so I tentatively put
  1949. them at some time in autumn 1980.  But then I saw this photo:
  1950.      </p>
  1951.  
  1952.        <a id="Photo-38" name="Photo-38"
  1953.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=19741018&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-38">
  1954.          <img alt="This should be Castle.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_38"
  1955.               title="Photo Castle.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1956.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/19741018/small/Castle.jpeg"
  1957.               width="310" height="218"
  1958.           /></a>
  1959.  
  1960.      <p>
  1961. That rings a bell, particularly the road tunnel at bottom left.  That's somewhere
  1962. between <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augsburg">Augsburg</a>
  1963. and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinkelsbühl">Dinkelsbühl</a>, a road I took from
  1964. home to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Aerospace_Center">DFVLR</a> in
  1965. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberpfaffenhofen">Oberpfaffenhofen</a> in late 1974.
  1966. The direction shows that I was heading home.  So it's reasonable to assume that it was a
  1967. Friday in mid to late October 1974, and I've put all the photos on <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct1974.php#18">18 October 1974</a>.
  1968.      </p>
  1969.  
  1970.      <p>
  1971. And then I found photos for 1 October.  The same ones, already scanned.  But the quality
  1972. difference makes it clear why I went to the trouble to rescan them:
  1973.      </p>
  1974.  
  1975.        <a id="Photo-39" name="Photo-39"
  1976.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=19741001&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-39">
  1977.          <img alt="This should be mountains-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_39"
  1978.               title="Photo mountains-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1979.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/19741001/small/mountains-3.jpeg"
  1980.               width="219" height="308"
  1981.           /></a>
  1982.        <a id="Photo-40" name="Photo-40"
  1983.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=19741018&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-40">
  1984.          <img alt="This should be Mittenwald-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_40"
  1985.               title="Photo Mittenwald-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1986.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/19741018/small/Mittenwald-2.jpeg"
  1987.               width="218" height="311"
  1988.           /></a>
  1989.  
  1990.      <p>
  1991. Still no idea where the other photos were taken.  The title I put in there last time
  1992. (apparently <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-may2004.php#4">4 May 2004</a>) was
  1993. “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bavaria">Bavaria</a>
  1994. and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy">Italy</a>”, but I have no reason to believe
  1995. that that's accurate.
  1996.      </p>
  1997.      </div>
  1998.    ]]>
  1999.  </description>
  2000.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2001.  <dc:date>2017-03-01T22:03:19+00:00</dc:date>
  2002. </item>
  2003.  
  2004.            
  2005. <item>
  2006. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170301-221937</guid>
  2007. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170301-221937</link>
  2008. <category>photography</category>
  2009. <category>technology</category>
  2010. <category>opinion</category>
  2011. <title>E-M1 Mark II high resolution mode</title>
  2012.  <description>
  2013.    <![CDATA[
  2014.    <div align="justify">
  2015.      <p>
  2016. I took a few photos with the high resolution mode of my new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a> <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php?topics=p#D&#45;20170227&#45;225918">a couple of days ago</a>, but then discovered that, although the camera was set to store only raw images, it
  2017. stored only <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPEG">JPEG</a> images.  To get it to store
  2018. raw images (as well), I needed to tell it all over again.  And there seems to be no way to
  2019. prevent it from storing JPEGs as well.  To quote the “instructions” (page 49, at the top):
  2020.      </p>
  2021.  
  2022.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  2023.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  2024.          Choose from JPEG (50M F or 25M F) and JPEG+RAW modes. When image quality is set to
  2025.  RAW+JPEG, the camera saves a single RAW image (extension ".ORI") before combining it with
  2026.  the high resolution shooting. Pre-combination RAW images can only be played back on the
  2027.  software that comes with this camera.
  2028.        </div>
  2029.      </blockquote>
  2030.  
  2031.      <p>
  2032. This is as inaccurate as ever.  The choice I get is:
  2033.      </p>
  2034.  
  2035.        <a id="Photo-41" name="Photo-41"
  2036.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170302&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-41">
  2037.          <img alt="This should be E-M1-II-High-Res-Menu-2-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_41"
  2038.               title="Photo E-M1-II-High-Res-Menu-2-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2039.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170302/small/E-M1-II-High-Res-Menu-2-detail.jpeg"
  2040.               width="288" height="235"
  2041.           /></a>
  2042.  
  2043.      <p>
  2044. As I've noted, 25 MP is not worth the trouble.  So I set 50 MP F + RAW (not the one shown
  2045. above) and took some more photos.
  2046.      </p>
  2047.  
  2048.      <p>
  2049. The results were interesting for a number of reasons, and I'm still analysing them.  First
  2050. impressions are that high resolution mode doesn't buy you much, possibly because it exceeds
  2051. the capabilities of the lenses.  I took the photos mainly with the <a href="http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/lumix&#45;cameras&#45;video&#45;cameras/lumix&#45;g&#45;lenses/h&#45;x025e.html">Summilux 25/1.4</a>, which <a href="http://www.dxo.com/">DxO</a> gives the
  2052. <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Panasonic/Panasonic&#45;Leica&#45;Summilux&#45;DG&#45;25mm&#45;F14&#45;mounted&#45;on&#45;Olympus&#45;OM&#45;D&#45;E&#45;M1&#45;Mark&#45;II__1136">highest rating</a> of all my lenses.  For comparison purposes I tried the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/products/dslr/mlenses/14&#45;150_40&#45;56/">Olympus M.Zuiko
  2053. Digital ED 14-150 mm f4.0-5.6</a>, which DxO gives a <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Olympus/Olympus&#45;MZUIKO&#45;DIGITAL&#45;ED&#45;14&#45;150mm&#45;F4&#45;56&#45;II&#45;mounted&#45;on&#45;Olympus&#45;OM&#45;D&#45;E&#45;M1&#45;Mark&#45;II__1136">considerably lower rating</a>.  But the results didn't look that much different.
  2054.      </p>
  2055.  
  2056.      <p>
  2057. For the time being, it's interesting to note:
  2058.      </p>
  2059.  
  2060.      <ul>
  2061.        <li class="fullwidth">
  2062.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  2063.            The camera does <i>not</i> generate “a single RAW image”.  It generates two of them:
  2064.          </p>
  2065.  
  2066.  <div style="text-align:left">
  2067.  <tt>
  2068. &#45;rw&#45;rw&#45;r&#45;&#45; &nbsp;2 grog &nbsp;lemis &nbsp;62,564,734 &nbsp;1 Mar 03:55 43010166.ORF
  2069. <br />&#45;rw&#45;rw&#45;r&#45;&#45; &nbsp;2 grog &nbsp;lemis &nbsp;17,122,908 &nbsp;1 Mar 03:55 43010166.ORI
  2070.  </tt>
  2071. </div>
  2072.  
  2073.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  2074.    The names starting with <b>4</b> are a modification from the normal <b>P</b>.  This is
  2075.    the fourth of the cameras I currently have, and I have them sorted in the order in which
  2076.    I bought them.  This makes it easier to see where the image came from, and it avoids
  2077.    potential naming clashes.
  2078.  </p>
  2079.        </li>
  2080.  
  2081.        <li class="fullwidth">
  2082.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  2083.            The <i>.ORI</i> files are <i>not</i> high resolution.  They're perfectly normal raw
  2084.    files at standard resolution, as the size confirms.
  2085.          </p>
  2086.        </li>
  2087.  
  2088.        <li class="fullwidth">
  2089.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  2090.            The <i>.ORF</i> files <i>are</i> high resolution, 80 MP (specifically, 10368 × 7776
  2091.    pixels, or 80.6 MP), a detail not mentioned anywhere in the “instructions”.  By
  2092.    contrast, the resolution of the JPEG that you're forced to accept is only 8160 × 6120
  2093.    pixels (49.9 MP).
  2094.          </p>
  2095.        </li>
  2096.  
  2097.        <li class="fullwidth">
  2098.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  2099.    Contrary to the statement above, <a href="http://dxo.com/intl/photo/dxo_optics_pro/introduction">DxO Optics “Pro”</a> has no
  2100.            difficulty in processing the high resolution images.  It also recognizes the <i>.ORI</i>
  2101.            files without renaming (a trick recommended by <a href="http://www.mirrorlessons.com/">Mathieu Gasquet</a>).
  2102.          </p>
  2103.  
  2104.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  2105.    Somehow I also ended up with
  2106.            20 MP output files with names like <i>43010166_DxO_raw.jpg</i> instead of the
  2107.            usual <i>43010166_DxO.jpg</i>, but I haven't been able to repeat that.
  2108.  </p>
  2109.        </li>
  2110.  
  2111.        <li class="fullwidth">
  2112.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  2113.            Olympus <a href="http://support.olympus&#45;imaging.com/ov3download/index/">“Viewer”
  2114.            3</a> can also process the raw images (as promised), and explains graphically that
  2115.            which the “instructions” have been too polite to do:
  2116.          </p>
  2117.  
  2118.    <a id="Photo-42" name="Photo-42"
  2119.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170301&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-42">
  2120.          <img alt="This should be High-res-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_42"
  2121.               title="Photo High-res-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2122.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170301/small/High-res-1.png"
  2123.               width="643" height="105"
  2124.           /></a>
  2125.  
  2126.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  2127.    The VGA connector emblem above the text “RAW” indicates a high-resolution shot.  In
  2128.    passing it's worth noticing that the orange highlight does not mean that the image will
  2129.    be processed.  For that you need to tick the box at bottom left of the image.
  2130.  </p>
  2131.  
  2132.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  2133.    For some reason “Viewer” reduces the size of the image, though the resolution remains
  2134.    the same.  Here an image processed by DxO, then one processed by “Viewer”:
  2135.  </p>
  2136.  
  2137.            <a id="Photo-43" name="Photo-43"
  2138.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170301&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-43">
  2139.          <img alt="This should be E-M12-25-2-DxO.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_43"
  2140.               title="Photo E-M12-25-2-DxO.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2141.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170301/small/E-M12-25-2-DxO.jpeg"
  2142.               width="300" height="225"
  2143.           /></a>
  2144.            <a id="Photo-44" name="Photo-44"
  2145.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170301&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-44">
  2146.          <img alt="This should be E-M12-25-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_44"
  2147.               title="Photo E-M12-25-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2148.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170301/small/E-M12-25-2.jpeg"
  2149.               width="300" height="225"
  2150.           /></a>
  2151.  
  2152.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  2153.    Potentially there are reasons for this that don't relate to bugs.
  2154.  </p>
  2155.        </li>
  2156.      </ul>
  2157.  
  2158.      <p>
  2159. It has been well documented that Olympus is still working on the high resolution mode.  It
  2160. certainly shows.  In passing, I can now see a reason for the 25 MP images, <i>if</i> the raw
  2161. images stay the same: since the JPEGs are throwaways, you might as well make them as small
  2162. as possible.
  2163.      </p>
  2164.  
  2165.      <p>
  2166. Another indication of the size of the images: <a href="http://www.ashampoo.com/">Ashampoo</a> Photo optimizer refused to look at them: “Information: Assuming load error
  2167. because the image is too big: 10368x7776”.  Bad assumption (and it's not “information”; it's
  2168. an error message).  But how big are big sensors nowadays?
  2169.      </p>
  2170.      </div>
  2171.    ]]>
  2172.  </description>
  2173.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2174.  <dc:date>2017-03-01T22:19:37+00:00</dc:date>
  2175. </item>
  2176.  
  2177.            
  2178. <item>
  2179. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170302-011238</guid>
  2180. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170302-011238</link>
  2181. <category>technology</category>
  2182. <category>opinion</category>
  2183. <title>PayPal timeout</title>
  2184.  <description>
  2185.    <![CDATA[
  2186.    <div align="justify">
  2187.      <p>
  2188. My <a href="http://wwww.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php#D&#45;20170222&#45;231538">message</a> to <a href="http://www.paypal.com/">PayPal</a> on Monday promised a response
  2189.        within 24 hours.  After about 60 hours, I still have no answer, and I'm no longer expecting
  2190.        one.  The money was deducted from my credit card account on Monday, though I don't know
  2191.        whether that was a result of my message or not.  But once again it shows an amazing amount
  2192.        of incompetence.
  2193.      </p>
  2194.      </div>
  2195.    ]]>
  2196.  </description>
  2197.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2198.  <dc:date>2017-03-02T01:12:38+00:00</dc:date>
  2199. </item>
  2200.  
  2201.                  
  2202. <item>
  2203. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170302-231517</guid>
  2204. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170302-231517</link>
  2205. <category>photography</category>
  2206. <category>technology</category>
  2207. <category>opinion</category>
  2208. <title>More high resolution investigations</title>
  2209.  <description>
  2210.    <![CDATA[
  2211.    <div align="justify">
  2212.      <p>
  2213. More investigation of high-resolution mode again today, still without any conclusion.  The
  2214. <a href="http://www.ashampoo.com/">Ashampoo</a> error message is one indication of
  2215. the problem: there <i>are</i> no 80 MP sensors out there, at least not for normal sized
  2216. cameras.  It seems that the largest sensor on a “full-frame” camera is the <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon&#45;eos&#45;5ds&#45;sr">Canon EOS 5DS</a>, with 50 MP.  But
  2217. that review doesn't mention dirty things like real-world image resolution and
  2218. sharpness—after all, that depends more on the lens than on the sensor.
  2219.      </p>
  2220.  
  2221.      <p>
  2222. So I looked at the <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/lenses/brand&#45;panasonic&#45;olympus&#45;sigma/launched&#45;between&#45;1987&#45;and&#45;2017/mount_type&#45;Micro_4_3/focal&#45;from&#45;14&#45;to&#45;150/aperture_max&#45;from&#45;0.95&#45;to&#45;45/amp;viewMode&#45;list/amp;yDataType&#45;/launch_price&#45;from&#45;0&#45;to&#45;13000&#45;usd/lens_zoom&#45;prime/lenses&#45;#hideAdvancedOptions=false&amp;viewMode=list&amp;yDataType=rankDxo">DxO test results for four-thirds</a>.  The sharpest lens on the <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Olympus/OM&#45;D&#45;E&#45;M1&#45;Mark&#45;II">E-M1 Mark II</a> was the
  2223. <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Panasonic/Panasonic&#45;Leica&#45;DG&#45;Nocticron&#45;42&#45;5mm&#45;F12&#45;ASPH&#45;mounted&#45;on&#45;Olympus&#45;OM&#45;D&#45;E&#45;M1&#45;Mark&#45;II__1136">Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2
  2224. ASPH</a> with—wait for it—16 MP!
  2225.      </p>
  2226.  
  2227.      <p>
  2228. That depends on the camera, of course.  It can't go beyond 20 MP on that camera, and on the
  2229. <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Olympus/PEN&#45;EPM1">E-PM1</a> (12 MP sensor)
  2230. it drops to 9 MP.  But how many lenses can get more than 40 MP?  Clearly they need to be
  2231. mounted on a Canon EOS 5DS to get that far, and in fact DxO has 8 lenses with sharpness of
  2232. over 40 MP.  The best is the <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Canon/Canon&#45;EF&#45;300mm&#45;F28L&#45;IS&#45;II&#45;USM&#45;mounted&#45;on&#45;Canon&#45;EOS&#45;5DS&#45;R__1009">Canon EF 300 mm f/2.8 L IS II USM</a>, which also shows that Olympus doesn't have a
  2233. monopoly on long product names.  It produces a very respectable 45 MP on the Canon,
  2234. comparable with the best on the Olympus bodies.  But the other five are a long way behind,
  2235. between 42 and 40 MP.  So I assume that the difference would get bigger on, say, a 60 or 70
  2236. MP sensor.  And basically there's <i>no</i> lens as sharp as an 80 MP sensor.
  2237.      </p>
  2238.  
  2239.      <p>
  2240. My preliminary results show that.  If anything, the results from the <a href="http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/lumix&#45;cameras&#45;video&#45;cameras/lumix&#45;g&#45;lenses/h&#45;x025e.html">Leica Summilux 25 mm f/1.4</a> (first image) are worse than the results from the
  2241.        <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/products/dslr/mlenses/14&#45;150_40&#45;56/">Olympus
  2242.        M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150 mm f4.0-5.6</a>:
  2243.      </p>
  2244.  
  2245.      <div align="left">
  2246.  <a id="Photo-45" name="Photo-45"
  2247.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170301&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-45">
  2248.          <img alt="This should be E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_45"
  2249.               title="Photo E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2250.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170301/small/E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg"
  2251.               width="300" height="225"
  2252.           /></a>
  2253.  <a id="Photo-46" name="Photo-46"
  2254.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170301&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-46">
  2255.          <img alt="This should be E-M12-14-150-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_46"
  2256.               title="Photo E-M12-14-150-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2257.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170301/small/E-M12-14-150-detail-2.jpeg"
  2258.               width="300" height="225"
  2259.           /></a>
  2260.      </div>
  2261.  
  2262.      <p>
  2263. Why?  Is there something wrong with the lens?  Focus problems?  According to DxO, the lens
  2264. should produce about 13 MP on the Olympus, while the 14-150 only manages 5 MP.  But the
  2265. <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Panasonic/Panasonic&#45;Leica&#45;DG&#45;Summilux&#45;15mm&#45;F17&#45;ASPH&#45;mounted&#45;on&#45;Olympus&#45;OM&#45;D&#45;E&#45;M1&#45;Mark&#45;II__1136">Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH</a> gets 15 MP (the third best, behind the
  2266. Nocticron and the <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Olympus/Olympus&#45;MZUIKO&#45;DIGITAL&#45;ED&#45;75mm&#45;F18&#45;mounted&#45;on&#45;Olympus&#45;OM&#45;D&#45;E&#45;M1&#45;Mark&#45;II__1136">Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8</a>).  How does that look?  Here it's on the left,
  2267. with the 25 mm Summilux on the right:
  2268.      </p>
  2269.  
  2270.        <a id="Photo-47" name="Photo-47"
  2271.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170302&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-47">
  2272.          <img alt="This should be E-M12-15-DxO-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_47"
  2273.               title="Photo E-M12-15-DxO-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2274.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170302/small/E-M12-15-DxO-detail-2.jpeg"
  2275.               width="300" height="225"
  2276.           /></a>
  2277.        <a id="Photo-48" name="Photo-48"
  2278.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170301&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-48">
  2279.          <img alt="This should be E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_48"
  2280.               title="Photo E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2281.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170301/small/E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg"
  2282.               width="300" height="225"
  2283.           /></a>
  2284.  
  2285.      <p>
  2286. Basically, there's little to choose between them.  How does the 25 mm Summilux compare with
  2287. the normal resolution image?  Here it's doubled in size, so the browser may confuse the
  2288. issue, but it seems clear that the image quality is significantly better:
  2289.      </p>
  2290.  
  2291.        <a id="Photo-49" name="Photo-49"
  2292.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170301&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-49">
  2293.          <img alt="This should be E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_49"
  2294.               title="Photo E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2295.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170301/small/E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg"
  2296.               width="300" height="225"
  2297.           /></a>
  2298.        <a id="Photo-50" name="Photo-50"
  2299.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170301&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-50">
  2300.          <img alt="This should be E-M12-25-4-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_50"
  2301.               title="Photo E-M12-25-4-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2302.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170301/small/E-M12-25-4-detail-2.jpeg"
  2303.               width="301" height="225"
  2304.           /></a>
  2305.  
  2306.      <p>
  2307. Still, the take-home message is that 80 MP resolution isn't ready for prime time until there
  2308. are lenses that can take advantage of it.
  2309.      </p>
  2310.      </div>
  2311.    ]]>
  2312.  </description>
  2313.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2314.  <dc:date>2017-03-02T23:15:17+00:00</dc:date>
  2315. </item>
  2316.  
  2317.                  
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  2321. <category>photography</category>
  2322. <category>technology</category>
  2323. <category>opinion</category>
  2324. <title>More high-resolution photos</title>
  2325.  <description>
  2326.    <![CDATA[
  2327.    <div align="justify">
  2328.      <p>
  2329. The attempts at high-resolution photos over the last few days have been less than
  2330. satisfactory.  But today I got results that are more than acceptable.  Here a comparison
  2331. with my best results from yesterday:
  2332.      </p>
  2333.  
  2334.        <a id="Photo-51" name="Photo-51"
  2335.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170301&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-51">
  2336.          <img alt="This should be E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_51"
  2337.               title="Photo E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2338.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170301/small/E-M12-25-2-detail-2.jpeg"
  2339.               width="300" height="225"
  2340.           /></a>
  2341.        <a id="Photo-52" name="Photo-52"
  2342.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170303&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-52">
  2343.          <img alt="This should be Hi-res-detail-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_52"
  2344.               title="Photo Hi-res-detail-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2345.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170303/small/Hi-res-detail-3.jpeg"
  2346.               width="424" height="159"
  2347.           /></a>
  2348.  
  2349.      <p>
  2350. What's the difference?  The method.  The first was taken with in-camera high resolution
  2351. mode.  The second (all 300 MP of it at full size) was stitched from about 35 images taken at
  2352. normal resolution with the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/lens/35&#45;100_20/">Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm
  2353. f/2.0</a> set to 100 mm focal length.  Clearly there's no comparison.
  2354.      </p>
  2355.  
  2356.      <p>
  2357. So: in-camera high resolution mode isn't worth the trouble?  It certainly has its
  2358. advantages, and there would be more if (when?) they get hand-held hi-res mode working.  But
  2359. for it to be really useful we need better lenses.
  2360.      </p>
  2361.  
  2362.      <p>
  2363. The disadvantages of the composite images are many.  It took me nearly an hour to take (time
  2364. that could have been spent better looking for a more appropriate subject matter) and another
  2365. hour to stitch (<a href="http://enblend.sourceforge.net"><i>enblend</i></a> alone
  2366. took over 50 minutes).  And the results weren't perfect.
  2367.      </p>
  2368.  
  2369.      <p>
  2370. Part of that problem was the hardware I used.  I don't have <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/photography/entrance&#45;pupils.php">entrance pupil data</a> for the 35-100, and it
  2371. looks like my guess wasn't quite right.  Then there's the question of positioning the camera
  2372. for each image.  My <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/src/fov.c">field of view</a> program tells me
  2373. that the steps are 7° horizontal, 5° vertical.  But how do I set that?  My old, mechanical
  2374. rotator has steps for 5° (too small) and 10° (uselessly too big).  What I need is a
  2375. computer-driven rotator.  They're available, but the ones I've seen have exactly the same
  2376. steps as a mechanical one.  The main difference—I hesitate to call it an advantage—is that
  2377. it rotates automatically at set time intervals.  In other words, useless.
  2378.      </p>
  2379.  
  2380.      <p>
  2381. The final issue is a matter of depth of field.  I took all photos at f/5.6 from a distance
  2382. of 4 m, focused on the printed forms.  At this distance, the depth of field for the 25 mm
  2383. lens is 2.5 m, and the depth of field for the 100 mm lens is 0.14 m.  The results are very
  2384. clear with the writing on the slide boxes, about 38 cm in front of the focus.
  2385.      </p>
  2386.  
  2387.        <a id="Photo-53" name="Photo-53"
  2388.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170301&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-53">
  2389.          <img alt="This should be E-M12-25-2-detail-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_53"
  2390.               title="Photo E-M12-25-2-detail-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2391.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170301/small/E-M12-25-2-detail-3.jpeg"
  2392.               width="351" height="192"
  2393.           /></a>
  2394.        <a id="Photo-54" name="Photo-54"
  2395.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170303&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-54">
  2396.          <img alt="This should be Hi-res-detail-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_54"
  2397.               title="Photo Hi-res-detail-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2398.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170303/small/Hi-res-detail-4.jpeg"
  2399.               width="361" height="187"
  2400.           /></a>
  2401.  
  2402.      <p>
  2403.      </p>
  2404.      </div>
  2405.    ]]>
  2406.  </description>
  2407.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2408.  <dc:date>2017-03-03T22:06:51+00:00</dc:date>
  2409. </item>
  2410.  
  2411.            
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  2415. <category>technology</category>
  2416. <category>opinion</category>
  2417. <title>Snapchat: anathema</title>
  2418.  <description>
  2419.    <![CDATA[
  2420.    <div align="justify">
  2421.      <p>
  2422. So they've floated <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapchat">Snapchat</a>, thus
  2423. proving that I have no idea about social media.  All my life I've been keeping records, and
  2424. maintaining data integrity and uptime.  And here's a company that wants to make money with
  2425. data that self-destructs.  What am I missing?
  2426.      </p>
  2427.      </div>
  2428.    ]]>
  2429.  </description>
  2430.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2431.  <dc:date>2017-03-03T23:18:56+00:00</dc:date>
  2432. </item>
  2433.  
  2434.                  
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  2438. <category>music</category>
  2439. <category>opinion</category>
  2440. <title>New flute</title>
  2441.  <description>
  2442.    <![CDATA[
  2443.    <div align="justify">
  2444.      <p>
  2445. I got my first “concert <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flute">flute</a>” in September
  2446. 1961.  If my recollection is correct, it cost about UK £20 (equivalent to over $1000 in
  2447. today's Australia).  It was a horrible instrument, and I got a much better replacement in
  2448. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jan1964.php#11">January 1964</a>, for a price of 675 DM, equivalent to about
  2449. $2100.  The price difference understates the quality difference: that was the price
  2450. differential between the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom">United
  2451. Kingdom</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany">Germany</a>.
  2452.      </p>
  2453.  
  2454.      <p>
  2455. I still have the second flute, and it still plays well.  But when <a href="http://www.aldi.com.au/">ALDI</a> came up with a special offer, a flute for $149, I
  2456. was curious.  What does it take to build a metal flute?  In olden days making a woodwind
  2457. instrument was very much a handcraft, and it still is
  2458. for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassoon">bassoons</a> in particular.  But the
  2459. modern <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boehm_flute">Boehm flute</a> was designed with
  2460. acoustical principles in mind, and the metal construction makes it amenable to mechanical
  2461. methods.  In particular, tuning is nothing like the headache that it is with other
  2462. instruments.
  2463.      </p>
  2464.  
  2465.      <p>
  2466. The biggest differences, it seems, are simply in the detail of mechanical construction.  How
  2467. do you ensure that the keys close properly?  They have pads that push on the rim of the
  2468. raised holes:
  2469.      </p>
  2470.  
  2471.        <a id="Photo-55" name="Photo-55"
  2472.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-55">
  2473.          <img alt="This should be Flutes-8.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_55"
  2474.               title="Photo Flutes-8.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2475.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Flutes-8.jpeg"
  2476.               width="300" height="225"
  2477.           /></a>
  2478.  
  2479.      <p>
  2480. A simple raised hole, like on my first flute, can quickly cut into the pads, so the opening
  2481. has a rolled profile.  But that seems to be about the only issue.
  2482.      </p>
  2483.  
  2484.      <p>
  2485. So I bought a flute for comparison purposes.  At first glance, it looks pretty much the same
  2486. as my old flute (with tarnished silver):
  2487.      </p>
  2488.  
  2489.        <a id="Photo-56" name="Photo-56"
  2490.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-56">
  2491.          <img alt="This should be Flutes-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_56"
  2492.               title="Photo Flutes-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2493.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Flutes-1.jpeg"
  2494.               width="558" height="121"
  2495.           /></a>
  2496.  
  2497.      <p>
  2498. In particular, the key holes have the turnover (the photo above is of the new flute).  And
  2499. how did it sound?  Terrible!  My flute hasn't been repadded (nor played much) for decades,
  2500. but it was so much better.  But I kept at it, and the new flute got better, and now it's
  2501. reasonably good.  I assume that it has something to do with the pads seating properly.  It's
  2502. still not as good as the old one, and my main question is: why?  What makes the difference?
  2503.      </p>
  2504.  
  2505.      <p>
  2506. About the only real difference I can see are in the details.   The  modern “closed G♯” flute
  2507. has a key for  G that also closes the G♯ key:
  2508.      </p>
  2509.  
  2510.        <a id="Photo-57" name="Photo-57"
  2511.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-57">
  2512.          <img alt="This should be Flutes-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_57"
  2513.               title="Photo Flutes-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2514.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Flutes-4.jpeg"
  2515.               width="312" height="216"
  2516.           /></a>
  2517.  
  2518.      <p>
  2519. From left to right, these are the G key, the G♯ vent and the F♯ vent.  Only the first key is
  2520. allocated to a finger (left ring finger).  When you play G, it closes both G and the G♯
  2521. vent.  To play G♯ you press the side key with your left little finger, which opens a
  2522. corresponding hole on the side, not visible here.  This method was a violation
  2523. of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobald_Boehm">Theobald Boehm's</a> design, which
  2524. required closing both the G and the (open) G♯ key to play G, and it was done because every
  2525. other instrument, both flute and other woodwind, does it that way.
  2526.      </p>
  2527.  
  2528.      <p>
  2529. The problem came with high E: the correct fingering wants the G vent open but the G♯ vent
  2530. closed.  That's easy enough with the open G♯ construction, but with closed G♯ there's no way
  2531. to achieve it.  Unless you have the split E kludge: the G♯ vent is closed both by the G key
  2532. and also by any of the keys of the right hand, as on my flute:
  2533.      </p>
  2534.  
  2535.        <a id="Photo-58" name="Photo-58"
  2536.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-58">
  2537.          <img alt="This should be Flutes-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_58"
  2538.               title="Photo Flutes-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2539.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Flutes-5.jpeg"
  2540.               width="314" height="214"
  2541.           /></a>
  2542.  
  2543.      <p>
  2544. The G♯ vent is no longer rigidly coupled to the G key, and a lever to the right of the G♯
  2545. vent is actuated by the F♯ vent (which in turn is actuated by any of the first 3 right hand
  2546. fingers).  There's also a lever to do it directly, though I don't know what use that is.
  2547. The requires two adjusting screws.
  2548.      </p>
  2549.  
  2550.      <p>
  2551. Apart from that, the keys for the right little finger (E♭, C♯ and C) have rollers on my
  2552. flute, but not on the ALDI flute, with the exception of the C♯ key, which <i>is</i> a
  2553. roller.  That's a “nice to have” rather than a “must have”.  The shape is typical German:
  2554.      </p>
  2555.  
  2556.        <a id="Photo-59" name="Photo-59"
  2557.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-59">
  2558.          <img alt="This should be Flutes-1-detail-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_59"
  2559.               title="Photo Flutes-1-detail-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2560.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Flutes-1-detail-1.jpeg"
  2561.               width="268" height="252"
  2562.           /></a>
  2563.        <a id="Photo-60" name="Photo-60"
  2564.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-60">
  2565.          <img alt="This should be Flutes-1-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_60"
  2566.               title="Photo Flutes-1-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2567.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Flutes-1-detail-2.jpeg"
  2568.               width="277" height="244"
  2569.           /></a>
  2570.  
  2571.      <p>
  2572. On the whole, though, there's not much difference.  I <i>did</i> notice difficulties playing
  2573. high E, but they weren't insurmountable.
  2574.      </p>
  2575.      </div>
  2576.    ]]>
  2577.  </description>
  2578.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2579.  <dc:date>2017-03-04T22:11:51+00:00</dc:date>
  2580. </item>
  2581.  
  2582.            
  2583. <item>
  2584. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170304-230603</guid>
  2585. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170304-230603</link>
  2586. <category>food</category>
  2587. <category>and</category>
  2588. <category>drink</category>
  2589. <category>opinion</category>
  2590. <title>“Roast” beef and “Rösti”</title>
  2591.  <description>
  2592.    <![CDATA[
  2593.    <div align="justify">
  2594.      <p>
  2595. Roast beef for dinner tonight.  Or was it?  We spent several days finding a good cut of
  2596. beef: the butcher at <a href="http://www.coles.com.au/">Coles</a> sold <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> a <a href="http://www.beeffoodservice.com/recipecut.aspx?id=230">blade roast</a>, which
  2597. sounded decidedly second-rate.  Yvonne went back to <a href="http://www.woolworths.com.au/">Woolworths</a>, where the butcher also recommended
  2598. blade, but grudgingly gave her a more
  2599. expensive <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rump_steak">rump</a> roast.
  2600.      </p>
  2601.  
  2602.      <p>
  2603. So I cooked it sous-vide (at 53°), and it came out looking as insipid as usual.  This time I
  2604. let it cool down for 30 minutes and then seared it in an iron pan on the induction cooker.
  2605. And how about that, in less than a minute it was nicely browned:
  2606.      </p>
  2607.  
  2608.        <a id="Photo-61" name="Photo-61"
  2609.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-61">
  2610.          <img alt="This should be Roast-beef.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_61"
  2611.               title="Photo Roast-beef.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2612.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Roast-beef.jpeg"
  2613.               width="301" height="225"
  2614.           /></a>
  2615.  
  2616.      <p>
  2617. The trouble paid off: it was one of the tenderest roast beefs I can recall eating.
  2618.      </p>
  2619.  
  2620.      <p>
  2621. One of the accompaniments was what Yvonne somewhat loosely
  2622. called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rösti">rösti</a>, really
  2623. deep-frozen <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_browns">hash browns</a>.  They
  2624. weren't so happy with the iron pan:
  2625.      </p>
  2626.  
  2627.        <a id="Photo-62" name="Photo-62"
  2628.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-62">
  2629.          <img alt="This should be Hash-browns.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_62"
  2630.               title="Photo Hash-browns.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2631.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Hash-browns.jpeg"
  2632.               width="301" height="224"
  2633.           /></a>
  2634.  
  2635.      <p>
  2636. Iron's a poor conductor of heat, and the induction cooker appears not only to be rather
  2637. aggressive, but also to heat only in a circle round the outside, thus the uneven browning.
  2638. On a gas cooker they browned nicely and evenly.
  2639.      </p>
  2640.      </div>
  2641.    ]]>
  2642.  </description>
  2643.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2644.  <dc:date>2017-03-04T23:06:03+00:00</dc:date>
  2645. </item>
  2646.  
  2647.            
  2648. <item>
  2649. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170304-231258</guid>
  2650. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170304-231258</link>
  2651. <category>photography</category>
  2652. <category>opinion</category>
  2653. <title>A camera for Chris</title>
  2654.  <description>
  2655.    <![CDATA[
  2656.    <div align="justify">
  2657.      <p>
  2658. Chris Bahlo is thinking of buying a camera, and asked my opinion.  I lent her the <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/slrs/oly_epm1/review">E-PM1</a> to try out,
  2659. though I think she's really looking at something like the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/index.html#anc01">OM-D series</a>—<i>if</i> she buys Olympus.  Of course, a great recommendation for Olympus is the
  2660. availability of a lot of equipment for free loan.
  2661.      </p>
  2662.  
  2663.      <p>
  2664. What's the difference between the various models?  Time to explain image stabilization, and
  2665. to investigate it.  I've heard of people taking still shots of up to 6 s shutter speed, but
  2666. so far I hadn't tried it out.  Did so today.  Results are acceptable if you look at only a
  2667. small image.  Here two images taken at 2.5 s and 1.3 s:
  2668.      </p>
  2669.  
  2670.        <a id="Photo-63" name="Photo-63"
  2671.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-63">
  2672.          <img alt="This should be Chris-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_63"
  2673.               title="Photo Chris-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2674.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Chris-1.jpeg"
  2675.               width="223" height="301"
  2676.           /></a>
  2677.        <a id="Photo-64" name="Photo-64"
  2678.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-64">
  2679.          <img alt="This should be Yvonne-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_64"
  2680.               title="Photo Yvonne-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2681.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Yvonne-1.jpeg"
  2682.               width="300" height="224"
  2683.           /></a>
  2684.  
  2685.      <p>
  2686. But enlarge them and it's clear that they're nothing like sharp:
  2687.      </p>
  2688.  
  2689.        <a id="Photo-65" name="Photo-65"
  2690.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-65">
  2691.          <img alt="This should be Chris-1-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_65"
  2692.               title="Photo Chris-1-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2693.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Chris-1-detail.jpeg"
  2694.               width="233" height="289"
  2695.           /></a>
  2696.  
  2697.      <p>
  2698. And of course you have to keep the subject still too:
  2699.      </p>
  2700.  
  2701.        <a id="Photo-66" name="Photo-66"
  2702.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-66">
  2703.          <img alt="This should be Chris-Yvonne-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_66"
  2704.               title="Photo Chris-Yvonne-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2705.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Chris-Yvonne-3.jpeg"
  2706.               width="300" height="224"
  2707.           /></a>
  2708.        <a id="Photo-67" name="Photo-67"
  2709.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-67">
  2710.          <img alt="This should be Yvonne-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_67"
  2711.               title="Photo Yvonne-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2712.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Yvonne-2.jpeg"
  2713.               width="300" height="224"
  2714.           /></a>
  2715.  
  2716.      <p>
  2717. All in all, I don't really see a bit difference from the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">E-M1 Mark I</a>.  But both seem to
  2718. be better than the E-PM1.
  2719.      </p>
  2720.  
  2721.      <p>
  2722. By contrast, the E-PM1 seems to manage somewhere round 1/8 s (first image).  The second, at
  2723. 1 s, is clearly unsharp even at small sizes:
  2724.      </p>
  2725.  
  2726.        <a id="Photo-68" name="Photo-68"
  2727.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-68">
  2728.          <img alt="This should be Dessert-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_68"
  2729.               title="Photo Dessert-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2730.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Dessert-2.jpeg"
  2731.               width="301" height="225"
  2732.           /></a>
  2733.        <a id="Photo-69" name="Photo-69"
  2734.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170304&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-69">
  2735.          <img alt="This should be Dessert-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_69"
  2736.               title="Photo Dessert-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2737.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170304/small/Dessert-1.jpeg"
  2738.               width="301" height="225"
  2739.           /></a>
  2740.  
  2741.      <p>
  2742.      </p>
  2743.      </div>
  2744.    ]]>
  2745.  </description>
  2746.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2747.  <dc:date>2017-03-04T23:12:58+00:00</dc:date>
  2748. </item>
  2749.  
  2750.            
  2751. <item>
  2752. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170304-232627</guid>
  2753. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170304-232627</link>
  2754. <category>food</category>
  2755. <category>and</category>
  2756. <category>drink</category>
  2757. <title>Things that go “chick” in the night</title>
  2758.  <description>
  2759.    <![CDATA[
  2760.    <div align="justify">
  2761.      <p>
  2762. Since getting <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Animals/Rani.php">Rani</a> we've been
  2763. continually keeping an eye on random noises in the kitchen.  Today it happened again:
  2764. “Click!”.   But
  2765. then we realized that both cats had retired to the garage (which, for some reason, they
  2766. really love), and the dogs were all accounted for.  But the “Click!” continued.  Out to take
  2767. a look and discovered that the noise was coming from
  2768. some <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick_pea">chick peas</a> that I was soaking in a
  2769. saucepan.  I never realized that they made a noise.  But the name seems to have nothing to
  2770. do with the noise they make.
  2771.      </p>
  2772.      </div>
  2773.    ]]>
  2774.  </description>
  2775.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2776.  <dc:date>2017-03-04T23:26:27+00:00</dc:date>
  2777. </item>
  2778.  
  2779.                  
  2780. <item>
  2781. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170305-223137</guid>
  2782. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170305-223137</link>
  2783. <category>general</category>
  2784. <title>Fixing generators</title>
  2785.  <description>
  2786.    <![CDATA[
  2787.    <div align="justify">
  2788.      <p>
  2789. <a href="http://www.powercor.com.au/">Powercor</a> has Yet Another scheduled outage
  2790. on Tuesday, this time for a mammoth 6 hours.  Why?  There really should be some kind of
  2791. compensation for that kind of outage, even if scheduled.  It would encourage them to limit
  2792. the outage time.
  2793.      </p>
  2794.  
  2795.      <p>
  2796. But clearly I'll need at least one generator to tide over that length of outage.  And
  2797. neither runs.  Why not?  Various people have told me that it's because the petrol is stale.
  2798. And the generators themselves have warnings written all over them:
  2799.      </p>
  2800.  
  2801.        <a id="Photo-70" name="Photo-70"
  2802.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-70">
  2803.          <img alt="This should be Generators-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_70"
  2804.               title="Photo Generators-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2805.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Generators-5.jpeg"
  2806.               width="283" height="239"
  2807.           /></a>
  2808.        <a id="Photo-71" name="Photo-71"
  2809.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-71">
  2810.          <img alt="This should be Generators-5-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_71"
  2811.               title="Photo Generators-5-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2812.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Generators-5-detail.jpeg"
  2813.               width="534" height="126"
  2814.           /></a>
  2815.  
  2816.      <p>
  2817. Ignoring the “why?” for the moment, the immediate question is “how do I get the petrol out
  2818. of the thing?”.  The only convenient place to drain the thing is from the petrol feed:
  2819.      </p>
  2820.  
  2821.        <a id="Photo-72" name="Photo-72"
  2822.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-72">
  2823.          <img alt="This should be Generators-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_72"
  2824.               title="Photo Generators-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2825.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Generators-3.jpeg"
  2826.               width="300" height="225"
  2827.           /></a>
  2828.  
  2829.      <p>
  2830. But how do I get it out?  It's relatively low, and 15 l is quite a bit of petrol.  I had to
  2831. raise it to drain it:
  2832.      </p>
  2833.  
  2834.        <a id="Photo-73" name="Photo-73"
  2835.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-73">
  2836.          <img alt="This should be Generators-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_73"
  2837.               title="Photo Generators-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2838.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Generators-1.jpeg"
  2839.               width="301" height="225"
  2840.           /></a>
  2841.  
  2842.      <p>
  2843. Borrowed a canister from Chris Bahlo, bought some petrol hose, and drained it.  The tank was
  2844. only half full, but it took over half an hour.  Finally drained, a little new petrol in the
  2845. tank, and tried again.  No difference.  Of course there was still a little petrol in the
  2846. feed lines.  Shook the generator back and forth a bit to mix it, and it ran!  So yes, the
  2847. petrol was the issue.
  2848.      </p>
  2849.  
  2850.      <p>
  2851. But why?  This doesn't happen with petrol left in cars.  <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php#D&#45;20170214&#45;233745">Last month</a> I had considered that maybe
  2852. the more volatile components would evaporate, making it less flammable.  That's still a
  2853. possibility, but there's also the consideration that the petrol may absorb moisture.  Either
  2854. way, it's probably due to the petrol cap mechanism, and it's a real pain.  It means that, to
  2855. do it right, you need to keep the tanks drained and anticipate the next outage so that you
  2856. have the 10 minutes or so that you need to fill the tanks.  And the lack of sensible
  2857. draining methods is a real omission under the circumstances.
  2858.      </p>
  2859.  
  2860.      <p>
  2861. The generators are covered in warning labels, and while taking the photos I noticed this
  2862. one:
  2863.      </p>
  2864.  
  2865.        <a id="Photo-74" name="Photo-74"
  2866.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-74">
  2867.          <img alt="This should be Generators-6.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_74"
  2868.               title="Photo Generators-6.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2869.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Generators-6.jpeg"
  2870.               width="222" height="303"
  2871.           /></a>
  2872.  
  2873.      <p>
  2874. I've never seen that before.  I'm pretty sure that nobody uses it.  I certainly don't.
  2875.      </p>
  2876.      </div>
  2877.    ]]>
  2878.  </description>
  2879.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2880.  <dc:date>2017-03-05T22:31:37+00:00</dc:date>
  2881. </item>
  2882.  
  2883.            
  2884. <item>
  2885. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170305-231123</guid>
  2886. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170305-231123</link>
  2887. <category>history</category>
  2888. <category>opinion</category>
  2889. <title>Reading in the Internet era</title>
  2890.  <description>
  2891.    <![CDATA[
  2892.    <div align="justify">
  2893.      <p>
  2894. When I was younger I read a lot of books, but somehow I no longer have time.  But in the
  2895. process of entering my diaries for the time round 1970, I ran into an interesting
  2896. coincidence: my house mate had been dealing in drugs, and <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jul1970.php#1">when
  2897. he moved out</a>, he locked the house from inside (clearly he didn't leave on the best of
  2898. terms), so we (my girlfriend Sue Fortescue and myself) couldn't get in.  We had to call in
  2899. the police to help us enter.  Under the circumstances, it sounded like a good idea to report
  2900. his drug activities before we were dragged in to any investigation.  <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jul1970.php#4">Subsequently</a> we were called into the police station in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okehampton">Okehampton</a> to make a statement, during
  2901. which they demonstrated their meagre collection of drug samples and left us with the
  2902. impression that they were rather provincial and enjoying the diversion from more normal
  2903. constabulary duties.
  2904.      </p>
  2905.  
  2906.      <p>
  2907. Coincidentally, <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jul1970.php#2">at the same time</a> I was reading a newly
  2908. published book, “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_on_the_Strand">The House on
  2909. the Strand</a>”, by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphne_du_Maurier">Daphne du
  2910. Maurier</a>, which was set not far away
  2911. in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tywardreath">Tywardreath</a>.  The book also
  2912. involved drugs, though somewhat different ones from the ones that Chris had been peddling.
  2913. And I had some recollection of an interaction with the
  2914. police—in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Launceston,_Cornwall">Launceston</a>?
  2915. Probably worth looking at again.
  2916.      </p>
  2917.  
  2918.      <p>
  2919. So on Friday <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> brought a copy from the library, and for
  2920. the first time in years I have been reading a novel.  The experience was very different: the
  2921. drugs are almost coincidental, and the real topic of the book is time travel to the 13th
  2922. century.  It's based on firm geography and history, and with the aid of the web I followed
  2923. up lots of trails.  The description of the roads was such that I could follow them on Google
  2924. Maps' Street View—and note that since the book was written, 48 years ago, two of the roads
  2925. had become one-way streets.  And the 13th century persons of the novel really existed.
  2926. There's even a family tree in the book, but now there's an amazing amount of information
  2927. about them online, I suspect more than du Maurier was able to find when researching the
  2928. book.  And then there were references to places
  2929. like <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bere_Ferrers">Bere Ferrers</a>, only 13 km from
  2930. where my sister had lived
  2931. in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horrabridge">Horrabridge</a>.
  2932.      </p>
  2933.  
  2934.      <p>
  2935. As a result, it's relatively slow going.  But it's much more interesting than the first
  2936. time.
  2937.      </p>
  2938.      </div>
  2939.    ]]>
  2940.  </description>
  2941.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2942.  <dc:date>2017-03-05T23:11:23+00:00</dc:date>
  2943. </item>
  2944.  
  2945.      
  2946.      
  2947. <item>
  2948. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170305-232905</guid>
  2949. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170305-232905</link>
  2950. <category>gardening</category>
  2951. <title>Garden work?</title>
  2952.  <description>
  2953.    <![CDATA[
  2954.    <div align="justify">
  2955.      <p>
  2956. Autumn is gradually coming, and some flowers need trimming.  Had a go at cutting down
  2957. spent <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canna_(plant)">Cannas</a>, but didn't get very
  2958. far.
  2959.      </p>
  2960.      </div>
  2961.    ]]>
  2962.  </description>
  2963.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2964.  <dc:date>2017-03-05T23:29:05+00:00</dc:date>
  2965. </item>
  2966.  
  2967.            
  2968. <item>
  2969. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170306-012046</guid>
  2970. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170306-012046</link>
  2971. <category>food</category>
  2972. <category>and</category>
  2973. <category>drink</category>
  2974. <category>opinion</category>
  2975. <title>Fake tagine again</title>
  2976.  <description>
  2977.    <![CDATA[
  2978.    <div align="justify">
  2979.      <p>
  2980. Another fake tagine this evening, based on an <a href="http://www.aldi.com/">ALDI</a> paste, this time “sundried tomato and cinnamon”.  The instructions ask for “two or three
  2981. chicken breasts”, alternatively 300 g diced lamb.  As I noted <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;jun2016.php#D&#45;20160617&#45;033643">last time</a>, a chicken breast typically
  2982. weighs 250 g, so the relationship is ridiculous.  I took 300 g of chicken thigh.
  2983.      </p>
  2984.  
  2985.      <p>
  2986. This time I only stretched it by adding 275 g of
  2987. cooked <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick_peas">chick peas</a> (the ones that
  2988. irritated us with their noise <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php#D&#45;20170304&#45;232627">last
  2989. night</a>).  It wasn't really enough, and we were left wondering what these sauces really
  2990. buy us.  If we do it right with vegetables and pulses, what do we need the sauce for?
  2991.      </p>
  2992.      </div>
  2993.    ]]>
  2994.  </description>
  2995.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2996.  <dc:date>2017-03-06T01:20:46+00:00</dc:date>
  2997. </item>
  2998.  
  2999.                  
  3000. <item>
  3001. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170306-215857</guid>
  3002. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170306-215857</link>
  3003. <category>technology</category>
  3004. <category>opinion</category>
  3005. <title>NBN satellite performance</title>
  3006.  <description>
  3007.    <![CDATA[
  3008.    <div align="justify">
  3009.      <p>
  3010. Call early this morning from Mark Hofmaier in  <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beulah,_Victoria">Beulah</a>, asking about
  3011. <a href="http://www.nbnco.com.au/">National Broadband Network</a> satellite: he had
  3012. read some online document of mine and extracted a phone number.  It seems that he
  3013. transferred to “SkyMuster™” from mobile broadband, and he's very dissatisfied with the
  3014. performance.
  3015.      </p>
  3016.  
  3017.      <p>
  3018. How credible is this information?  He's not a technical person, but if the performance
  3019. difference hits him, then it's significant.  Of course it's not necessarily NBN's fault: it
  3020. could be his RSP (<a href="http://www.bordernet.com.au/">Bordernet</a>).  It's
  3021. interesting enough that I'd be interested in seeing how he gets on.  Left him with
  3022. instructions to run <a href="http://speedtest.net/">Speedtest</a> and confront the
  3023. RSP with the results if they're bad (< 60% download speed, < 2 Mb/s upload, > 1 s latency).
  3024.      </p>
  3025.  
  3026.      <p>
  3027. In the process, checked whether he could get fixed wireless.  He's some distance from
  3028. Beulah, but he has a 20 m high tower that was once used for something else.  Would that
  3029. help?  Took a look at the coverage map and noted:
  3030.      </p>
  3031.  
  3032.        <a id="Photo-75" name="Photo-75"
  3033.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-75">
  3034.          <img alt="This should be NBN-rollout.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_75"
  3035.               title="Photo NBN-rollout.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3036.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/NBN-rollout.png"
  3037.               width="294" height="230"
  3038.           /></a>
  3039.  
  3040.      <p>
  3041. Those circular areas are coverage for fixed wireless.  They remind me
  3042. of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSM">GSM</a> coverage maps, which are limited by
  3043. the protocol timing to exactly 30 km from the tower (implying a 100 ms round trip time).
  3044. NBN have made it difficult to use the map, but it seems that the radius of the circles is
  3045. roughly 14 km, which <a href="http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/highlights_from_the__fixed_wireless_discussion__nbn___thread">this page</a> confirms.  That's bad news not only for Mark, but also for Chris Bahlo too
  3046. if she wants a connection with
  3047. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Clear,_Victoria">Cape Clear</a> tower.
  3048.      </p>
  3049.  
  3050.      <p>
  3051. In passing, Mark told me that he collects old cars, including the Packard that his father
  3052. bought new in 1925.  He confirmed that there's no problem starting them after leaving petrol
  3053. in the tanks for years at a time—up to 10 years.
  3054.      </p>
  3055.      </div>
  3056.    ]]>
  3057.  </description>
  3058.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3059.  <dc:date>2017-03-06T21:58:57+00:00</dc:date>
  3060. </item>
  3061.  
  3062.            
  3063. <item>
  3064. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170306-230316</guid>
  3065. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170306-230316</link>
  3066. <category>photography</category>
  3067. <category>animals</category>
  3068. <category>opinion</category>
  3069. <title>Arena photography</title>
  3070.  <description>
  3071.    <![CDATA[
  3072.    <div align="justify">
  3073.      <p>
  3074. Over to Chris Bahlo's place today to help with some photography.  She wants to set up a
  3075. camera on a tripod and take video without manual intervention.  Tried that and discovered
  3076. that it's just possible with the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/lens/9&#45;18_40_56/index.html">Zuiko Digital
  3077. ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6</a> set to 9 mm.  Took 10 minutes which she'll look at and presumably
  3078. publish.  It's certainly clear that it was taken without manual intervention.
  3079.      </p>
  3080.  
  3081.      <p>
  3082. While there, did another couple of experiments.  The arena is difficult for exposure because
  3083. it's partly closed, but in some directions lots of light comes in.  In the past I've seen
  3084. underexposed images, so I tried the various alternatives: “ESP” (weighted over the whole
  3085. frame) and centre-weighted.  To my surprise, there was almost no difference:
  3086.      </p>
  3087.  
  3088.        <a id="Photo-76" name="Photo-76"
  3089.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-76">
  3090.          <img alt="This should be Horses-7.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_76"
  3091.               title="Photo Horses-7.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3092.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Horses-7.jpeg"
  3093.               width="302" height="223"
  3094.           /></a>
  3095.        <a id="Photo-77" name="Photo-77"
  3096.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-77">
  3097.          <img alt="This should be Horses-8.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_77"
  3098.               title="Photo Horses-8.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3099.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Horses-8.jpeg"
  3100.               width="302" height="223"
  3101.           /></a>
  3102.  
  3103.      <p>
  3104. The first was taken with “ESP”, the second centre-weighted.  But both received the same
  3105. exposure.
  3106.      </p>
  3107.  
  3108.      <p>
  3109. Another couple showed some difference, ⅓ EV:
  3110.      </p>
  3111.  
  3112.        <a id="Photo-78" name="Photo-78"
  3113.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-78">
  3114.          <img alt="This should be Horses-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_78"
  3115.               title="Photo Horses-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3116.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Horses-4.jpeg"
  3117.               width="302" height="223"
  3118.           /></a>
  3119.        <a id="Photo-79" name="Photo-79"
  3120.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-79">
  3121.          <img alt="This should be Horses-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_79"
  3122.               title="Photo Horses-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3123.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Horses-3.jpeg"
  3124.               width="302" height="223"
  3125.           /></a>
  3126.  
  3127.      <p>
  3128. Here the first is clearly lighter, probably better exposed.  But it was taken with “ESP”,
  3129. which I would have expected to be worse.
  3130.      </p>
  3131.  
  3132.      <p>
  3133. I originally stopped using “ESP” after some disastrous exposures in the open air <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;jun2010.php#D26&#45;2">nearly 7 years ago</a>, which I attributed to
  3134. interference by the sky:
  3135.      </p>
  3136.  
  3137.        <a id="Photo-80" name="Photo-80"
  3138.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20100626&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-80">
  3139.          <img alt="This should be dog-training-66-orig.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_80"
  3140.               title="Photo dog-training-66-orig.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3141.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20100626/small/dog-training-66-orig.jpeg"
  3142.               width="300" height="225"
  3143.           /></a>
  3144.  
  3145.      <p>
  3146. Maybe it's time to reconsider.  After all, there must be some reason why it's default, and
  3147. maybe they have improved the algorithm since the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympus_E&#45;30">E-30</a>.
  3148.      </p>
  3149.  
  3150.      <p>
  3151. Another thing to try was the new, improved “continuous autofocus with tracking” system, one
  3152. of the great advantages of the new camera over the Mark I.  Chris longed a horse, so I set
  3153. focus on its head.  Almost immediately it moved to its hindquarters, and when it disappeared
  3154. behind her, it fixed on her and stayed there.  Some “tracking”.  Maybe it works better in
  3155. other situations, but here it's as good as useless.
  3156.      </p>
  3157.  
  3158.      <p>
  3159. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-aug1992.php#3">25 years ago</a> my <a href="http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Pentax_Z&#45;1/PZ&#45;1">Pentax Z1</a> had some form of
  3160. autofocus with tracking.  I never used it—with film it would have been far too expensive,
  3161. and I didn't have much opportunity anyway—but you'd think that things would have got better
  3162. by now.
  3163.      </p>
  3164.      </div>
  3165.    ]]>
  3166.  </description>
  3167.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3168.  <dc:date>2017-03-06T23:03:16+00:00</dc:date>
  3169. </item>
  3170.  
  3171.            
  3172. <item>
  3173. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170306-232422</guid>
  3174. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170306-232422</link>
  3175. <category>gardening</category>
  3176. <category>opinion</category>
  3177. <title>Mystery flower</title>
  3178.  <description>
  3179.    <![CDATA[
  3180.    <div align="justify">
  3181.      <p>
  3182. Chris Bahlo has this growing amongst the weeds in her veggie patch:
  3183.      </p>
  3184.  
  3185.        <a id="Photo-81" name="Photo-81"
  3186.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-81">
  3187.          <img alt="This should be Flower-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_81"
  3188.               title="Photo Flower-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3189.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Flower-2.jpeg"
  3190.               width="300" height="225"
  3191.           /></a>
  3192.        <a id="Photo-82" name="Photo-82"
  3193.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170306&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-82">
  3194.          <img alt="This should be Flower-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_82"
  3195.               title="Photo Flower-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3196.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170306/small/Flower-3.jpeg"
  3197.               width="300" height="225"
  3198.           /></a>
  3199.  
  3200.      <p>
  3201. What is it?  A chili, maybe?
  3202.      </p>
  3203.      </div>
  3204.    ]]>
  3205.  </description>
  3206.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3207.  <dc:date>2017-03-06T23:24:22+00:00</dc:date>
  3208. </item>
  3209.  
  3210.            
  3211. <item>
  3212. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-021507</guid>
  3213. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-021507</link>
  3214. <category>food</category>
  3215. <category>and</category>
  3216. <category>drink</category>
  3217. <category>opinion</category>
  3218. <title>Reheating roast beef</title>
  3219.  <description>
  3220.    <![CDATA[
  3221.    <div align="justify">
  3222.      <p>
  3223. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php#D&#45;20170304&#45;230603">Saturday's roast</a> was very
  3224. tender, and we greatly enjoyed it.  The only problem was: nearly half was left.  But what a
  3225. good way to start a good rump steak.
  3226.      </p>
  3227.  
  3228.      <p>
  3229. Cut a couple of slices and warmed them up gently in the microwave oven (110 W) to 40°, and
  3230. then seared them in the cast-iron grill pan.  The result?  OK, but not nearly as juicy nor
  3231. as tender as on Saturday.  I can think of two possibilities: either the heating in the
  3232. microwave oven was uneven, causing the temperature on one side to rise considerably beyond
  3233. the 40°, or the searing itself heated the meat more than I had expected.  Next time I try
  3234. this, I won't pre-heat it, just let it reach room temperature.
  3235.      </p>
  3236.      </div>
  3237.    ]]>
  3238.  </description>
  3239.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3240.  <dc:date>2017-03-07T02:15:07+00:00</dc:date>
  3241. </item>
  3242.  
  3243.                  
  3244. <item>
  3245. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-212424</guid>
  3246. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-212424</link>
  3247. <category>general</category>
  3248. <category>opinion</category>
  3249. <title>Planned power outage</title>
  3250.  <description>
  3251.    <![CDATA[
  3252.    <div align="justify">
  3253.      <p>
  3254. Yet Another planned <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/powercor/power&#45;failures.php#bottom">power outage</a> today, 6 hours of it.  That's at least the fifth since the beginning of last year, and
  3255. they account for the majority of interruptions.  At least this time we were prepared, unlike
  3256. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php#D&#45;20170209&#45;221126">last time</a>.  Power went out
  3257. at 9:18, and the generator started on first pull.  That kept the machines in my office
  3258. running.  But elsewhere in the house we weren't so well off.  <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a>'s machine, <i>lagoon</i>, isn't on a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uninterruptible_power_supply">UPS</a>, so I had to shut
  3259. it down, reconnect it, and start it again.  All in all, with laying cables through the
  3260. house, it took me 15 minutes.
  3261.      </p>
  3262.  
  3263.      <p>
  3264. How do you eat breakfast without power?  The coffee machine won't work, and neither will the
  3265. induction cooker or the electric kettle.  But gas will, another argument for gas in our
  3266. environment.  So the only real issue was that I had to drink tea instead of coffee.  We
  3267. started cooking, and after about 5 minutes the power came back.  “Only” 1 hour, 59 minutes.
  3268. I wish I had known that earlier.  More powering down <i>lagoon</i>—which hadn't been
  3269. used—and tidying up.  Another 10 minutes.
  3270.      </p>
  3271.  
  3272.      <p>
  3273. I wish they'd finally get their maintenance done.
  3274.      </p>
  3275.      </div>
  3276.    ]]>
  3277.  </description>
  3278.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3279.  <dc:date>2017-03-07T21:24:24+00:00</dc:date>
  3280. </item>
  3281.  
  3282.            
  3283. <item>
  3284. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-214244</guid>
  3285. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-214244</link>
  3286. <category>photography</category>
  3287. <category>opinion</category>
  3288. <title>A camera for Chris</title>
  3289.  <description>
  3290.    <![CDATA[
  3291.    <div align="justify">
  3292.      <p>
  3293. So Chris has decided that she'd like a <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em5mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II</a>.
  3294. Problem: her budget.  She wants to spend round $500, but the E-M5 Mark II body sells for
  3295. well over $800 new.  And there are almost no used models on the market, probably a good
  3296. sign.
  3297.      </p>
  3298.  
  3299.      <p>
  3300. We're watching one auction, but what's the alternative?  The <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em10mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II</a> sells starting at just over $500 new.  Once again there are no used cameras on the market,
  3301. but it's clear that they'd be in Chris' price range.  The question is: is the difference for
  3302. the E-M5 Mark II worth it?
  3303.      </p>
  3304.  
  3305.      <p>
  3306. There are plenty of camera compare sites, like <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side&#45;by&#45;side?products=oly_em10ii&amp;products=oly_em5ii&amp;products=oly_em1">this one</a>, in which I've also compared the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">Olympus OM-D E-M1</a>.  They give a
  3307. certain amount of information, but how much?  And how accurate is it?  The E-M5 Mark II had
  3308. a high-resolution mode, which I suspect will interest Chris even less than <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php#D&#45;20170301&#45;221937">it did me</a>.
  3309.      </p>
  3310.  
  3311.      <p>
  3312. The E-M10 Mark II has “5-axis image stabilization (yaw/pitch/roll/vertical/horizontal)”,
  3313. while the others just have 5-axis stabilization.  A difference?  Only in the text.
  3314. Potentially the E-M5 Mark II stabilization is better, but I won't find the differences here.
  3315. And it seems that only the E-M1 has phase detect autofocus, which surprises me.  Viewfinder
  3316. coverage varies widely: 1.23× for the E-M10 Mark II, 1.48× for the E-M5 Mark II, and only
  3317. 0.74× for the E-M1.  That's can't be right.  And with “drive mode” (an old, worn-out magic
  3318. word for “image sequence mode” or some such), the E-M10 Mark II doesn't seem to figure at
  3319. all: they have just left out the details.  On the positive side, the E-M10 Mark II has a
  3320. built-in flash.
  3321.      </p>
  3322.  
  3323.      <p>
  3324. Round about here, it's clear that the comparison isn't very useful.  There are more
  3325. similarities than differences.  Is there anything in the E-M5 Mark II that Chris really
  3326. needs?  It looks like more reading of the “instructions” is in order.
  3327.      </p>
  3328.      </div>
  3329.    ]]>
  3330.  </description>
  3331.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3332.  <dc:date>2017-03-07T21:42:44+00:00</dc:date>
  3333. </item>
  3334.  
  3335.            
  3336. <item>
  3337. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-221853</guid>
  3338. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-221853</link>
  3339. <category>general</category>
  3340. <category>opinion</category>
  3341. <title>Draining generators</title>
  3342.  <description>
  3343.    <![CDATA[
  3344.    <div align="justify">
  3345.      <p>
  3346. A surprising amount of discussion on IRC today about my generator problems.  Some of it
  3347. suggested that they hadn't read what I had written here, like claims that petrol in cars
  3348. would keep for years.  Peter Jeremy came up with the idea that I could siphon off the
  3349. petrol, though this would not avoid having to lift the generator:
  3350.      </p>
  3351.  
  3352.        <a id="Photo-83" name="Photo-83"
  3353.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170307&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-83">
  3354.          <img alt="This should be Generator-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_83"
  3355.               title="Photo Generator-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3356.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170307/small/Generator-1.jpeg"
  3357.               width="223" height="303"
  3358.           /></a>
  3359.        <a id="Photo-84" name="Photo-84"
  3360.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170307&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-84">
  3361.          <img alt="This should be Generator-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_84"
  3362.               title="Photo Generator-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3363.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170307/small/Generator-2.jpeg"
  3364.               width="300" height="225"
  3365.           /></a>
  3366.  
  3367.      <p>
  3368. And why siphon?  One advantage that Peter mentioned was that it would be faster with a
  3369. thicker hose.  But I still need a hose, and how do I prime it?  Sucking petrol is not my
  3370. idea of fun.  And it's no faster to get started than to connect a hose to the petrol tap:
  3371.      </p>
  3372.  
  3373.        <a id="Photo-85" name="Photo-85"
  3374.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170307&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-85">
  3375.          <img alt="This should be Generator-6.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_85"
  3376.               title="Photo Generator-6.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3377.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170307/small/Generator-6.jpeg"
  3378.               width="225" height="300"
  3379.           /></a>
  3380.        <a id="Photo-86" name="Photo-86"
  3381.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170307&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-86">
  3382.          <img alt="This should be Generator-6-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_86"
  3383.               title="Photo Generator-6-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3384.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170307/small/Generator-6-detail.jpeg"
  3385.               width="266" height="253"
  3386.           /></a>
  3387.  
  3388.      <p>
  3389. The lower hose is the normal petrol feed.  It's touching the tap, but not connected.
  3390.      </p>
  3391.  
  3392.      <p>
  3393. In passing, it's interesting how little petrol I used.  I filled the tank until it was just
  3394. above the filter in the filler, and it was still above that level when we were finished:
  3395.      </p>
  3396.  
  3397.        <a id="Photo-87" name="Photo-87"
  3398.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170307&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-87">
  3399.          <img alt="This should be Generator-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_87"
  3400.               title="Photo Generator-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3401.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170307/small/Generator-4.jpeg"
  3402.               width="300" height="225"
  3403.           /></a>
  3404.  
  3405.      <p>
  3406. It looks as if the tank would last for at least 12 hours.
  3407.      </p>
  3408.      </div>
  3409.    ]]>
  3410.  </description>
  3411.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3412.  <dc:date>2017-03-07T22:18:53+00:00</dc:date>
  3413. </item>
  3414.  
  3415.      
  3416. <item>
  3417. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-221853</guid>
  3418. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-221853</link>
  3419. <category>photography</category>
  3420. <category>opinion</category>
  3421. <title>First E-M1 Mark II problem</title>
  3422.  <description>
  3423.    <![CDATA[
  3424.    <div align="justify">
  3425.      <p>
  3426. While taking the generator photos, discovered something disturbing:
  3427.      </p>
  3428.  
  3429.        <a id="Photo-88" name="Photo-88"
  3430.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170308&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-88">
  3431.          <img alt="This should be E-M1-Mark-II-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_88"
  3432.               title="Photo E-M1-Mark-II-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3433.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170308/small/E-M1-Mark-II-2.jpeg"
  3434.               width="300" height="225"
  3435.           /></a>
  3436.  
  3437.      <p>
  3438. It's not immediately obvious, but the cap on the contact for the flash cable is missing:
  3439.      </p>
  3440.  
  3441.        <a id="Photo-89" name="Photo-89"
  3442.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170308&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-89">
  3443.          <img alt="This should be E-M1-Mark-II-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_89"
  3444.               title="Photo E-M1-Mark-II-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3445.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170308/small/E-M1-Mark-II-5.jpeg"
  3446.               width="300" height="225"
  3447.           /></a>
  3448.  
  3449.      <p>
  3450. How did that happen?  The same thing happened with the previous camera, but there I had an
  3451. explanation: I used it a lot of the time, and I misplaced it.  Here I not only didn't use it
  3452. at all, ever, but I had intended to be very careful about not losing it.
  3453.      </p>
  3454.  
  3455.      <p>
  3456. OK, it's gone.  How do I replace it?  My guess is that Olympus is not the place to go.  On
  3457. <a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/">eBay</a> I found a number of caps for Nikon
  3458. cameras.  Do they fit?  A question to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/252144171835266/">Facebook group</a> brought no
  3459. certainty (yet), but a surprising number of people who had lost theirs too.  Another bad
  3460. design detail, as one claimed?
  3461.      </p>
  3462.      </div>
  3463.    ]]>
  3464.  </description>
  3465.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3466.  <dc:date>2017-03-07T22:18:53+00:00</dc:date>
  3467. </item>
  3468.  
  3469.            
  3470. <item>
  3471. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-224329</guid>
  3472. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170307-224329</link>
  3473. <category>history</category>
  3474. <category>opinion</category>
  3475. <title>Exploring Tywardreath</title>
  3476.  <description>
  3477.    <![CDATA[
  3478.    <div align="justify">
  3479.      <p>
  3480. I'm still taking my time reading ,
  3481. “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_on_the_Strand">The House on the
  3482. Strand</a>”, by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphne_du_Maurier">Daphne du
  3483. Maurier</a>.  It really describes the countryside in amazing detail, even to the extent that
  3484. I could determine the <a href="https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/50%C2%B020'34.0%22N%2b4%C2%B040'49.[email protected],&#45;4.682716,901m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d50.342765!4d&#45;4.680522">location of his house</a>.  But Google Maps gives no name to the property.  Time to look
  3485. at other maps?  The Wikipedia page
  3486. for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tywardreath">Tywardreath</a> links to a <a href="https://tools.wmflabs.org/os/coor_g/?pagename=Tywardreath&amp;params=SX084544_region%3AGB_scale%3A25000">map page</a> with many different maps, including the
  3487. British <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordnance_Survey">Ordnance Survey</a> maps,
  3488. which are now online.  And they show more detail (and, I'm sure, accuracy) than Google Maps,
  3489. including confirming my guess about <a href="https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmaps/50.3410152285,&#45;4.6772611910,17">Kilmarth</a>, the property where the hero resides.  Sadly it seems that access is only a 7 day free
  3490. trial.
  3491.      </p>
  3492.  
  3493.      <p>
  3494. And then there are also the historical Ordnance Survey maps, such as <a href="http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/maps/series?xCenter=2996892.7814997&amp;yCenter=2723739.9318476&amp;scale=63360&amp;viewScale=181417.4208&amp;mapLayer=nineteenth&amp;subLayer=first_edition&amp;title=Ordnance%20Survey%20and%20Ordnance%20Survey%20of%20Scotland%20First%20Series&amp;download=true">this relatively well-hidden one</a> from 1856.  Following that
  3495. round <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devon">Devon</a> was fascinating.  Spellings
  3496. were very different in those days; in the 1809
  3497. map, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horrabridge">Horrabridge</a> is spelt
  3498. “Harrowbridge”, Crapstone is spelt “Crapstown”,
  3499. and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yelverton,_Devon">Yelverton</a> isn't even marked
  3500. (a tradition that Google Maps <a href="https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/50%C2%B020'34.0%22N%2B4%C2%B040'49.[email protected],&#45;4.0742068,13.25z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d50.342765!4d&#45;4.680522">tries to continue</a>).  Two of the big houses I knew, Netherton and Grimstone, are also
  3501. marked, something that is no longer the case: Grimstone is even marked as “Hr. Grimson” and
  3502. “Lr. Grimson”.  Clearly there are many more interesting discoveries to be made.
  3503.      </p>
  3504.  
  3505.      <p>
  3506. The book was relatively interesting <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jul1970.php#2">last time I read it</a>.
  3507. With the background information now available to me, it's really fascinating.
  3508.      </p>
  3509.      </div>
  3510.    ]]>
  3511.  </description>
  3512.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3513.  <dc:date>2017-03-07T22:43:29+00:00</dc:date>
  3514. </item>
  3515.  
  3516.                  
  3517. <item>
  3518. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170308-214732</guid>
  3519. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170308-214732</link>
  3520. <category>history</category>
  3521. <title>More anniversaries</title>
  3522.  <description>
  3523.    <![CDATA[
  3524.    <div align="justify">
  3525.      <p>
  3526. In my calendar today:
  3527.      </p>
  3528.  
  3529.      <div style="text-align:left">
  3530.  <tt>
  3531. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar1997.php#8">Mar&nbsp;&nbsp;8</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Greg returns to Australia, 1997
  3532.  </tt>
  3533. </div>
  3534.  
  3535.      <p>
  3536. How time flies!  As if that wasn't enough, today was also the 100th anniversary of the
  3537. (beginning of the) <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_Revolution">February
  3538. Revolution</a>.  What's really sobering is that 20% of that time passed since my return to
  3539. Australia.
  3540.      </p>
  3541.      </div>
  3542.    ]]>
  3543.  </description>
  3544.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3545.  <dc:date>2017-03-08T21:47:32+00:00</dc:date>
  3546. </item>
  3547.  
  3548.            
  3549. <item>
  3550. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170308-224936</guid>
  3551. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170308-224936</link>
  3552. <category>general</category>
  3553. <title>More generator stuff</title>
  3554.  <description>
  3555.    <![CDATA[
  3556.    <div align="justify">
  3557.      <p>
  3558. The issues with the generators have aroused more interest that I would have expected.  Mail
  3559. exchange with Jim Dillon today, who pointed me to various tools for pumping petrol out of
  3560. the tank.  That's all well and good, but my real issue is that I have to do it in the first
  3561. place, with the corollary that, in an emergency, I first need to fill the tank.  Jim came up
  3562. with another idea: <a href="https://seafoamsales.com/">Sea Foam</a>.  I had already
  3563. thought of some kind of petrol additive to make up for the stale petrol, but it's not quite
  3564. clear which of their products would achieve this.
  3565.      </p>
  3566.      </div>
  3567.    ]]>
  3568.  </description>
  3569.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3570.  <dc:date>2017-03-08T22:49:36+00:00</dc:date>
  3571. </item>
  3572.  
  3573.            
  3574. <item>
  3575. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170308-225547</guid>
  3576. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170308-225547</link>
  3577. <category>technology</category>
  3578. <category>opinion</category>
  3579. <title>How high is that tower?</title>
  3580.  <description>
  3581.    <![CDATA[
  3582.    <div align="justify">
  3583.      <p>
  3584. A while back Chris Bahlo sent me the URL of a rather puzzling <a href="https://web.acma.gov.au/rrl/assignment_range.search">topographic display system</a> for radio tower coverage.  You enter your location (say, 29 Stones Road Dereel), a distance
  3585. (say 25 km), click on “Run Enquiry”, and it shows what communication towers are in the area.
  3586. You can then click on “Elevation Profile” against one of them and get an graphic of the
  3587. terrain and signal path:
  3588.      </p>
  3589.  
  3590.        <a id="Photo-90" name="Photo-90"
  3591.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170308&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-90">
  3592.          <img alt="This should be Elevation-4.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_90"
  3593.               title="Photo Elevation-4.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3594.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170308/small/Elevation-4.png"
  3595.               width="597" height="113"
  3596.           /></a>
  3597.  
  3598.      <p>
  3599. OK, there's land (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enfield_State_Forest">Enfield State
  3600. Forest</a>) in the way, so this won't work.  But it's not what I'm looking for.  How does it
  3601. look from Chris Bahlo's house (-37.820416, 143.724643) to the <a href="http://www.nbnco.com.au/">National Broadband Network</a> radiation tower 2.5 km away?
  3602.      </p>
  3603.  
  3604.        <a id="Photo-91" name="Photo-91"
  3605.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170308&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-91">
  3606.          <img alt="This should be Elevation-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_91"
  3607.               title="Photo Elevation-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3608.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170308/small/Elevation-1.png"
  3609.               width="601" height="112"
  3610.           /></a>
  3611.  
  3612.      <p>
  3613. Clearly no go.  At first sight.  But look where they've put the base of the tower: at 324 m
  3614. it's lower than the ground level at Chris' place (332 m).  That's clearly wrong, and nearly
  3615. every attempt has shown a bug like this.  The first example is one of the few that worked.
  3616. Have
  3617. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Communications_and_Media_Authority">ACMA</a>
  3618. people not noticed?
  3619.      </p>
  3620.      </div>
  3621.    ]]>
  3622.  </description>
  3623.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3624.  <dc:date>2017-03-08T22:55:47+00:00</dc:date>
  3625. </item>
  3626.  
  3627.                  
  3628. <item>
  3629. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170310-021453</guid>
  3630. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170310-021453</link>
  3631. <category>general</category>
  3632. <category>opinion</category>
  3633. <title>Still more generator stuff</title>
  3634.  <description>
  3635.    <![CDATA[
  3636.    <div align="justify">
  3637.      <p>
  3638. The discussion on generators continues.  Eddie Purcell sent me a link to this video:
  3639.      </p>
  3640.  
  3641.      <p>
  3642.      <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AKKuuXUM6I"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/5AKKuuXUM6I/default.jpg" /></a>
  3643.      </p>
  3644.  
  3645.      <p>
  3646. That's about a generator that won't start, not quite my situation: even with stale fuel it
  3647. starts.  But then it splutters and stops.  On the other hand, the generator shown is almost
  3648. identical to mine (and, they say, a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda">Honda</a>
  3649. clone).  And one of the things they show is how to drain the carburettor, which could
  3650. accumulate moisture.
  3651.      </p>
  3652.  
  3653.      <p>
  3654. Is that maybe the real reason for the problem?  <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php#D&#45;20170305&#45;223137">On Sunday</a> I noted
  3655. that the generator still didn't run smoothly when I replaced the petrol, and assumed that it
  3656. was the stale petrol still in the line (and carburettor).  Clearly whatever was there didn't
  3657. want to run well, but maybe it was just what was there, not what was in the tank.  Next time
  3658. I'll try draining the carb and see if that does the trick.
  3659.      </p>
  3660.  
  3661.      <p>
  3662. Also mail from Rylee Lewis, who suggests using <a href="https://www.goldeagle.com/product/sta&#45;bil&#45;fuel&#45;stabilizer">STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer</a>, (“Keeps fuel fresh for up to 24 months during storage”, ”Eliminates the need to drain
  3663. fuel prior to storage”).  That sounds like just the trick.  That link also comes up with
  3664. <a href="https://www.goldeagle.com/tips&#45;tools/lawn&#45;mower&#45;storage&#45;why&#45;draining&#45;fuel&#45;tank&#45;mistake">some plausible reasons</a> not to drain the tank.
  3665.      </p>
  3666.  
  3667.      <p>
  3668. Rylee also suggests that if the petrol in the tank gets stale, that I shouldn't use the
  3669. tank: just connect up to a canister.  Also an idea worth following.  Now I need to decide
  3670. which suggestion to follow first.  I think the simplest is probably to drain the carb.
  3671.      </p>
  3672.      </div>
  3673.    ]]>
  3674.  </description>
  3675.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3676.  <dc:date>2017-03-10T02:14:53+00:00</dc:date>
  3677. </item>
  3678.  
  3679.            
  3680. <item>
  3681. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170310-022800</guid>
  3682. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170310-022800</link>
  3683. <category>politics</category>
  3684. <category>opinion</category>
  3685. <title>Liberty blacked out</title>
  3686.  <description>
  3687.    <![CDATA[
  3688.    <div align="justify">
  3689.      <p>
  3690. The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump">Donald Trump</a> jokes are
  3691. gradually subsiding, not only because people are realizing that Trump is no joke.  But
  3692. yesterday, on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women's_Day">International
  3693. Women's Day</a>, it seems that the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning&#45;mix/wp/2017/03/08/the&#45;statue&#45;of&#45;liberty&#45;went&#45;dark&#45;overnight&#45;and&#45;the&#45;timing&#45;was&#45;just&#45;too&#45;perfect/">lights went out</a> on
  3694. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA">US</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty">Statue
  3695. of Liberty</a>.
  3696.      </p>
  3697.  
  3698.      <p>
  3699. Yes, it turned out to be a coincidence—so they say.  But it was certainly an appropriate one.
  3700.      </p>
  3701.      </div>
  3702.    ]]>
  3703.  </description>
  3704.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3705.  <dc:date>2017-03-10T02:28:00+00:00</dc:date>
  3706. </item>
  3707.  
  3708.            
  3709. <item>
  3710. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170310-023311</guid>
  3711. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170310-023311</link>
  3712. <category>gardening</category>
  3713. <title>Summer comes in March</title>
  3714.  <description>
  3715.    <![CDATA[
  3716.    <div align="justify">
  3717.      <p>
  3718. Not many plants died in late spring and early summer, before I got the irrigation system
  3719. working properly.  But they certainly seemed to have suffered.  Now
  3720. some <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladiolus">gladioli</a> have just started
  3721. flowering:
  3722.      </p>
  3723.  
  3724.        <a id="Photo-92" name="Photo-92"
  3725.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170309&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-92">
  3726.          <img alt="This should be Gladiolus-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_92"
  3727.               title="Photo Gladiolus-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3728.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170309/small/Gladiolus-1.jpeg"
  3729.               width="225" height="300"
  3730.           /></a>
  3731.  
  3732.      <p>
  3733. The roses are also looking as good as they have in the summer:
  3734.      </p>
  3735.  
  3736.        <a id="Photo-93" name="Photo-93"
  3737.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170310&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-93">
  3738.          <img alt="This should be Roses-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_93"
  3739.               title="Photo Roses-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3740.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170310/small/Roses-1.jpeg"
  3741.               width="300" height="225"
  3742.           /></a>
  3743.        <a id="Photo-94" name="Photo-94"
  3744.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170310&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-94">
  3745.          <img alt="This should be Roses-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_94"
  3746.               title="Photo Roses-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3747.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170310/small/Roses-2.jpeg"
  3748.               width="300" height="225"
  3749.           /></a>
  3750.  
  3751.      <p>
  3752. But on a closer look, they have somehow been found
  3753. by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphid">aphids</a>:
  3754.      </p>
  3755.  
  3756.      <div align="left">
  3757.        <a id="Photo-95" name="Photo-95"
  3758.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170309&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-95">
  3759.          <img alt="This should be Aphids-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_95"
  3760.               title="Photo Aphids-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3761.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170309/small/Aphids-2.jpeg"
  3762.               width="300" height="225"
  3763.           /></a>
  3764.        <a id="Photo-96" name="Photo-96"
  3765.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170309&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-96">
  3766.          <img alt="This should be Aphids-2-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_96"
  3767.               title="Photo Aphids-2-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3768.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170309/small/Aphids-2-detail.jpeg"
  3769.               width="403" height="168"
  3770.           /></a>
  3771.        <a id="Photo-97" name="Photo-97"
  3772.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170309&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-97">
  3773.          <img alt="This should be Aphids-12.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_97"
  3774.               title="Photo Aphids-12.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3775.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170309/small/Aphids-12.jpeg"
  3776.               width="300" height="225"
  3777.           /></a>
  3778.        <a id="Photo-98" name="Photo-98"
  3779.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170309&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-98">
  3780.          <img alt="This should be Aphids-12-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_98"
  3781.               title="Photo Aphids-12-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3782.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170309/small/Aphids-12-detail.jpeg"
  3783.               width="333" height="203"
  3784.           /></a>
  3785.      </div>
  3786.  
  3787.      <p>
  3788. I wonder where they came from.
  3789.      </p>
  3790.      </div>
  3791.    ]]>
  3792.  </description>
  3793.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3794.  <dc:date>2017-03-10T02:33:11+00:00</dc:date>
  3795. </item>
  3796.  
  3797.                  
  3798. <item>
  3799. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170311-012132</guid>
  3800. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170311-012132</link>
  3801. <category>general</category>
  3802. <category>animals</category>
  3803. <title>Visiting Eureka Village</title>
  3804.  <description>
  3805.    <![CDATA[
  3806.    <div align="justify">
  3807.      <p>
  3808. Off today to the <a href="http://aged&#45;care&#45;services.findthebest.com.au/l/941/Eureka&#45;Village&#45;Hostel">Eureka Village
  3809. Hostel</a> and the <a href="http://aged&#45;care&#45;services.findthebest.com.au/l/1013/Geoffrey&#45;Cutter&#45;Centre">Geoffrey
  3810. Cutter Centre</a> with <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Nikolai.php">Nikolai</a>, <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Animals/Sasha.php">Sasha</a> and <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a>.
  3811. Once again many people weren't there, but somehow we managed 50 minutes anyway, and by the
  3812. time I got across the road to GCC, <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> was almost done.
  3813.      </p>
  3814.  
  3815.            </div>
  3816.    ]]>
  3817.  </description>
  3818.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3819.  <dc:date>2017-03-11T01:21:32+00:00</dc:date>
  3820. </item>
  3821.  
  3822.            
  3823. <item>
  3824. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170311-012427</guid>
  3825. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170311-012427</link>
  3826. <category>photography</category>
  3827. <title>More cameras for Chris</title>
  3828.  <description>
  3829.    <![CDATA[
  3830.    <div align="justify">
  3831.      <p>
  3832. The auction we had been looking at for the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em5mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II</a> brought more than we were prepared to pay.  So Chris Bahlo still doesn't have a camera.  I'm
  3833. not overly unhappy: after recommending it, it occurred to me that we have had issues with
  3834. every <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_Four_Thirds_system">Micro Four
  3835. Thirds system</a> body so far, so buying a second-hand one is probably not the best of ideas.
  3836.      </p>
  3837.  
  3838.      <p>
  3839. But does she really need a E-M5 Mark II?  I started thinking about this <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php?topics=p#D&#45;20170307&#45;214244">on Tuesday</a>, but now it's more
  3840. important.  Tuesday's comparisons showed at very least that there were errors in the
  3841. <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side&#45;by&#45;side?products=oly_em10ii&amp;products=oly_em5ii&amp;products=oly_em1">comparison page</a>.  The real questions are: how does the autofocus and image
  3842. stabilization compare?  Today I found <a href="http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/roundup/cameracomparison&#45;roundup/olympus&#45;om&#45;d&#45;e&#45;m10&#45;ii&#45;vs&#45;e&#45;m5&#45;ii&#45;vs&#45;e&#45;m1&#45;71307
  3843. ">this page</a>, which seems marginally better.  It was written before the introduction
  3844. of the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">E-M1 Mark II</a>. but also includes the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">E-M1</a>, which is more useful than I expected.
  3845.      </p>
  3846.  
  3847.      <p>
  3848. Regarding autofocus, it seems that only the E-M1 (both models) can handle phase detection
  3849. autofocus.  That's a pity for the others, but not a reason to choose one over the other.
  3850.      </p>
  3851.  
  3852.      <p>
  3853. And image stabilization?  Once again the details are fuzzy:
  3854.      </p>
  3855.  
  3856.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  3857.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  3858.          While Olympus claims that the systems inside both the E-M1 and EM10 II are effective by up
  3859.          to a maximum four stops, the E-M5 II promises five.
  3860.        </div>
  3861.      </blockquote>
  3862.  
  3863.      <p>
  3864. How do they come up with “four stops” and “five stops”?  It sounds more like a convenient
  3865. number than anything with a solid technical foundation.  Still, I haven't had any problems
  3866. with the stabilization of the E-M1, so that should be enough.
  3867.      </p>
  3868.      </div>
  3869.    ]]>
  3870.  </description>
  3871.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3872.  <dc:date>2017-03-11T01:24:27+00:00</dc:date>
  3873. </item>
  3874.  
  3875.            
  3876. <item>
  3877. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170311-020137</guid>
  3878. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170311-020137</link>
  3879. <category>photography</category>
  3880. <category>opinion</category>
  3881. <title>Cameras: grey, custom or official?</title>
  3882.  <description>
  3883.    <![CDATA[
  3884.    <div align="justify">
  3885.      <p>
  3886. So it's beginning to look like Chris Bahlo will buy a new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em10mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II</a>,
  3887. which start at $499.  By contrast, the cheapest <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em5mk2/">E-M5 Mark II</a> costs $799, 60%
  3888. more.  But the cheapest E-M1 Mark II with Australian warranty (2 years) costs $680, and the
  3889. cheapest E-M5 Mark II with Australian warranty costs $1080.  That's a big difference.
  3890.      </p>
  3891.  
  3892.      <p>
  3893. So looking more carefully at the cheapest E-M10 Mark IIs, it seems that <a href="https://www.eglobaldigitalcameras.com.au/">eGlobal</a> is the cheapest—only $499.  But
  3894. that is exclusive of shipping, which
  3895. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dereel">Dereel</a> costs $52.90!  But that seems
  3896. strongly dependent on location;
  3897. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat">Ballarat</a> it only costs $19, and Chris
  3898. can prove a Ballarat address.  Still, that takes it to $518, more than the $510 of the next
  3899. cheapest, which has free shipping and an SD card into the bargain.
  3900.      </p>
  3901.  
  3902.      <p>
  3903. So, take them?  Wait, there are different warranty conditions.  Neither has an Olympus
  3904. Australia warranty, but the eGlobal warranty is 2 years, done in Australia.  The other one
  3905. is only 12 months and requires you to send the thing
  3906. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong">Hong Kong</a>.  In case of a warranty
  3907. claim, the eGlobal offer suddenly looks better.  In addition I've heard personal
  3908. recommendations from people who have used their warranty service.
  3909.      </p>
  3910.      </div>
  3911.    ]]>
  3912.  </description>
  3913.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3914.  <dc:date>2017-03-11T02:01:37+00:00</dc:date>
  3915. </item>
  3916.  
  3917.            
  3918. <item>
  3919. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170311-022131</guid>
  3920. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170311-022131</link>
  3921. <category>photography</category>
  3922. <category>opinion</category>
  3923. <title>Viewfinder magnification</title>
  3924.  <description>
  3925.    <![CDATA[
  3926.    <div align="justify">
  3927.      <p>
  3928. The <a href="http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/roundup/cameracomparison&#45;roundup/olympus&#45;om&#45;d&#45;e&#45;m10&#45;ii&#45;vs&#45;e&#45;m5&#45;ii&#45;vs&#45;e&#45;m1&#45;71307
  3929. ">camera comparison page</a> also explains the strangenesses about the reported
  3930. viewfinder scale.  The problem with viewfinders is: how do you measure magnification?  In
  3931. the good old days, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentax_Spotmatic">Pentax
  3932. Spotmatic</a> had a 100% viewfinder: put the standard <a href="http://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/Super&#45;Takumar&#45;50mm&#45;F1.4&#45;Early.html">50 mm
  3933. lens</a> on it, and the view through the viewfinder is at the same scale as the direct
  3934. view out of the other eye.
  3935.      </p>
  3936.  
  3937.      <p>
  3938. But that only works for the standard lens.  Use a wide-angle lens and it's smaller.  Use a
  3939. telephoto lens and it's larger.  Now we have different size sensors, and the standard lens
  3940. is a zoom, so there are even more variations.  It seems that the manufacturers (Olympus, at
  3941. any rate) have standardized on an unspecified focal length and either “natural” or “35 mm
  3942. equivalent” magnifications.  Empirically it seems that the E-M1 has 100% magnification at a
  3943. focal length of 32 mm.  At 25 mm (the equivalent of the “standard” 50 mm for 35 mm cameras),
  3944. that would be a magnification of about 0.78×.  And the specs for the E-M1 give a
  3945. magnification of 0.74, which matches relatively well.
  3946.      </p>
  3947.  
  3948.      <p>
  3949. But what about the E-M10 with 1.23× and the E-M10 with 1.48×?  Do they really have that big
  3950. a viewfinder?  No, it's all <del>damn lies</del> a matter of definition.
  3951.      </p>
  3952.  
  3953.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  3954.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  3955.          Magnification on the viewfinders of both the E-M1 and E-M5 II is 1.48x, which equates to
  3956.          0.74x in 35mm terms – roughly the same as certain full-frame DSLRs.
  3957.        </div>
  3958.      </blockquote>
  3959.  
  3960.      <p>
  3961. Sorry, I don't buy that.  What they're saying is that these are the magnifications with a 50
  3962. mm lens.  But what relevance does that have?  So the E-M5 has the same angle as the E-M1,
  3963. and the E-M10 is a little smaller.  I think Chris can live with that.
  3964.      </p>
  3965.  
  3966.      <p>
  3967. In passing, having looked at the Spotmatic again (and confirmed the magnification): the real
  3968. issue isn't magnification but angle of view of the viewfinder.  And the angle of view of the
  3969. Spotmatic viewfinder (horizontal 40°, diagonal 47°, vertical 27°) is about as big as is
  3970. comfortable.  On the other hand, wouldn't it be less confusing to specify viewfinders in
  3971. terms of the angle of view?
  3972.      </p>
  3973.      </div>
  3974.    ]]>
  3975.  </description>
  3976.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3977.  <dc:date>2017-03-11T02:21:31+00:00</dc:date>
  3978. </item>
  3979.  
  3980.                  
  3981. <item>
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  3983. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170312-004141</link>
  3984. <category>general</category>
  3985. <title>Another power failure</title>
  3986.  <description>
  3987.    <![CDATA[
  3988.    <div align="justify">
  3989.      <p>
  3990. Once again it was <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> who told me that we had had a brief
  3991. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/powercor/power&#45;failures.php#bottom">power failure</a> in the night,
  3992. only noticeable because the kitchen device clocks had reset.  From that I know that the
  3993. power came back at 0:19, but the only indication of the duration was that the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uninterruptible_power_supply">UPSs</a> didn't have any
  3994. problems.
  3995.      </p>
  3996.      </div>
  3997.    ]]>
  3998.  </description>
  3999.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4000.  <dc:date>2017-03-12T00:41:41+00:00</dc:date>
  4001. </item>
  4002.  
  4003.            
  4004. <item>
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  4006. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170312-004241</link>
  4007. <category>gardening</category>
  4008. <title>Aphids, two days later</title>
  4009.  <description>
  4010.    <![CDATA[
  4011.    <div align="justify">
  4012.      <p>
  4013. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php#D&#45;20170310&#45;023311">Two days ago</a> I found a whole
  4014. lot of aphids on my roses, so they quickly received a treating
  4015. with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrethrum">pyrethrum</a>.  And now?  Here before
  4016. and after:
  4017.      </p>
  4018.  
  4019.      <div align="left">
  4020.  <a id="Photo-99" name="Photo-99"
  4021.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170309&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-99">
  4022.          <img alt="This should be Aphids-12-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_99"
  4023.               title="Photo Aphids-12-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4024.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170309/small/Aphids-12-detail.jpeg"
  4025.               width="333" height="203"
  4026.           /></a>
  4027.  <a id="Photo-100" name="Photo-100"
  4028.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170311&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-100">
  4029.          <img alt="This should be Aphids-6.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_100"
  4030.               title="Photo Aphids-6.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4031.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170311/small/Aphids-6.jpeg"
  4032.               width="300" height="225"
  4033.           /></a>
  4034.  <a id="Photo-101" name="Photo-101"
  4035.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170311&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-101">
  4036.          <img alt="This should be Aphids-6-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_101"
  4037.               title="Photo Aphids-6-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4038.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170311/small/Aphids-6-detail.jpeg"
  4039.               width="311" height="217"
  4040.           /></a>
  4041.      </div>
  4042.  
  4043.      <p>
  4044.      </p>
  4045.      </div>
  4046.    ]]>
  4047.  </description>
  4048.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4049.  <dc:date>2017-03-12T00:42:41+00:00</dc:date>
  4050. </item>
  4051.  
  4052.            
  4053. <item>
  4054. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170312-010033</guid>
  4055. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170312-010033</link>
  4056. <category>history</category>
  4057. <category>general</category>
  4058. <category>opinion</category>
  4059. <title>Personal DNA sequencing</title>
  4060.  <description>
  4061.    <![CDATA[
  4062.    <div align="justify">
  4063.      <p>
  4064. A few years ago I looked at personal genome sequencing services, which at the time meant
  4065. <a href="http://www.23andme.com/">23andme</a>.  They offered two interesting
  4066. services: ancestry information and health screening.  Or they had offered them.  At the time
  4067. they had just had difficulties with the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA">US</a>
  4068. authorities, which were concerned that they were overstepping the mark reserved for
  4069. qualified medical practitioners.  And just for ancestry the $99 seemed too much.
  4070.      </p>
  4071.  
  4072.      <p>
  4073. As a sideline to reading “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_on_the_Strand">The
  4074. House on the Strand</a>”, by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphne_du_Maurier">Daphne
  4075. du Maurier</a>, I discovered many of the historical figures in genealogy web sites, such as
  4076. <a href="https://www.geni.com/people/Sir&#45;Otto&#45;de&#45;Bodrugan&#45;Lord&#45;of&#45;Trevelyn/6000000006964012616">Otto de Bodrugan</a>.  It also includes a <a href="https://www.geni.com/family&#45;tree/index/6000000006964012616">family tree</a> far beyond
  4077. what du Maurier had at her disposal.  And following through the sites, I discovered that
  4078. there are many free genealogy sites, and all of them use DNA information to locate people.
  4079.      </p>
  4080.  
  4081.      <p>
  4082. That sounds interesting, so I followed up, and ran into completely impossible information on
  4083. <a href="http://www.23andme.com/">23andme</a>, which promised optional medical
  4084. information too.  How much does it cost?  $99?  $149?
  4085. $199?  Every time I tried to compare, one of them hid from me.
  4086.      </p>
  4087.  
  4088.      <p>
  4089. Finally I found what I was looking for.  It seems that medical information <i>is</i>
  4090. available in some countries, including the USA, but not in Australia.  The difference in
  4091. price reflects this: $149 for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autosome">autosomal</a>
  4092. analysis (about 600,000 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-nucleotide_polymorphism">SNPs</a>), and $199 for
  4093. the same tests with reports on the results.
  4094.      </p>
  4095.  
  4096.      <p>
  4097. But they're no longer the only ones.  I followed up a number, all of which have more
  4098. advertising than substance on their web sites.  <a href="https://www.familytreedna.com/products">FamilyTreeDNA</a> has one of the better
  4099. overviews.  Autosomal tests for $79 (no health-related SNPs, it
  4100. seems).  <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y_chromosome">Y chromosome</a> tests for
  4101. between $169 (37 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y-STR">markers</a>) and $359 (111
  4102. markers).  <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrion">Mitochondrial</a> tests for
  4103. between $79 and $199.  All prices additive for a grand total of $546, still without
  4104. health-related SNPs.
  4105.      </p>
  4106.  
  4107.      <p>
  4108. Clearly my $99 no longer gets all the information available.  How important is the expensive
  4109. stuff?  And why <i>is</i> it so expensive?  It seems that you pay about 0.03¢ per autosomal
  4110. SNP, but between $3 and $4.50 per Y chromosome marker.
  4111. I need to follow up on the techniques.  And of
  4112. course there are metasites too, like <a href="http://www.genie1.com.au/blog/58&#45;which&#45;dna&#45;testing&#45;company">Genie1</a>, and <a href="https://isogg.org/">ISOGG</a> has a <a href="https://isogg.org/wiki/Autosomal_DNA_testing_comparison_chart">comparison chart </a> that gives an overview, but also raises more questions than it answers.  Quite a can of
  4113. worms.
  4114.      </p>
  4115.      </div>
  4116.    ]]>
  4117.  </description>
  4118.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4119.  <dc:date>2017-03-12T01:00:33+00:00</dc:date>
  4120. </item>
  4121.  
  4122.            
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  4125. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170312-012252</link>
  4126. <category>food</category>
  4127. <category>and</category>
  4128. <category>drink</category>
  4129. <category>opinion</category>
  4130. <title>Slow cooked pot roast</title>
  4131.  <description>
  4132.    <![CDATA[
  4133.    <div align="justify">
  4134.      <p>
  4135. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php?topics=k#D&#45;20170304&#45;230603">Last week</a> we had a
  4136. roast beef, cooked sous-vide.  It was excellent, but at least in part because we bought a
  4137. second cut of meat: the first one that had been sold to <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> was a <a href="http://www.beeffoodservice.com/recipecut.aspx?id=230">blade roast</a>, not exactly a choice cut.
  4138.      </p>
  4139.  
  4140.      <p>
  4141. But of course we still had that piece of meat.  What should I do with it?  Pot roast seems
  4142. to be the answer, and what better method than in our sous-vide cooker, which doubles as a
  4143. “slow cooker”.  Off to look for recipes, marvelling once again at some recipes, like
  4144. <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/perfect&#45;pot&#45;roast&#45;slow&#45;cooker&#45;239829?scaleto=6.0&amp;st=null&amp;mode=metric">this one</a>, which combines silly <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/recipes/measures.php#volumetric">volumetric measurements of solids</a> with stupid conversions.  How do I measure 354.88
  4145. ml baby carrots to the nearest 10 μl?  Where do I find a 42.52 g envelope of dry vegetable soup mix?
  4146.      </p>
  4147.  
  4148.      <p>
  4149. Ultimately I adapted <a href="http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/22764/slow&#45;cooker&#45;rosemary&#45;roast&#45;beef.aspx">this
  4150. recipe</a>, leaving out suggestions like boiling sliced mushrooms for 8 hours, and adding
  4151. many more vegetables:
  4152.      </p>
  4153.  
  4154.            <table summary="Ingredients">
  4155.        <tr>
  4156.          <td align="right"><b>quantity</b></td>
  4157.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4158.          <td><b>ingredient</b> </td>
  4159.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4160.          <td><b>step</b> </td>
  4161.        </tr>
  4162.  
  4163.       <tr>
  4164.          <td valign="top" align="right">160 g</td>
  4165.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4166.          <td valign="top" align="left">onion</td>
  4167.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4168.          <td valign="top" align="right">1</td>
  4169.       </tr>
  4170.  
  4171.       <tr>
  4172.          <td valign="top" align="right">12 g</td>
  4173.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4174.          <td valign="top" align="left">garlic</td>
  4175.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4176.          <td valign="top" align="right">1</td>
  4177.       </tr>
  4178.  
  4179.       <tr>
  4180.          <td valign="top" align="right">15 g</td>
  4181.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4182.          <td valign="top" align="left">flour</td>
  4183.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4184.          <td valign="top" align="right">1</td>
  4185.       </tr>
  4186.  
  4187.       <tr>
  4188.          <td valign="top" align="right"></td>
  4189.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4190.          <td valign="top" align="left">beef dripping</td>
  4191.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4192.          <td valign="top" align="right">1</td>
  4193.       </tr>
  4194.       <tr>
  4195.         <td>
  4196.         </td>
  4197.       </tr>
  4198.  
  4199.       <tr>
  4200.          <td valign="top" align="right">1100 ml</td>
  4201.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4202.          <td valign="top" align="left">chicken stock, salted</td>
  4203.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4204.          <td valign="top" align="right">2</td>
  4205.       </tr>
  4206.  
  4207.       <tr>
  4208.          <td valign="top" align="right">25 g</td>
  4209.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4210.          <td valign="top" align="left">tomato purée</td>
  4211.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4212.          <td valign="top" align="right">2</td>
  4213.       </tr>
  4214.       <tr>
  4215.         <td>
  4216.         </td>
  4217.       </tr>
  4218.  
  4219.       <tr>
  4220.          <td valign="top" align="right">285 g</td>
  4221.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4222.          <td valign="top" align="left">turnips</td>
  4223.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4224.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  4225.       </tr>
  4226.  
  4227.       <tr>
  4228.          <td valign="top" align="right">325 g</td>
  4229.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4230.          <td valign="top" align="left">potatoes</td>
  4231.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4232.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  4233.       </tr>
  4234.  
  4235.       <tr>
  4236.          <td valign="top" align="right">150 g</td>
  4237.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4238.          <td valign="top" align="left">parsnip</td>
  4239.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4240.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  4241.       </tr>
  4242.  
  4243.       <tr>
  4244.          <td valign="top" align="right">180 g</td>
  4245.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4246.          <td valign="top" align="left">carrot</td>
  4247.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4248.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  4249.       </tr>
  4250.       <tr>
  4251.         <td>
  4252.         </td>
  4253.       </tr>
  4254.  
  4255.       <tr>
  4256.          <td valign="top" align="right">1100 g</td>
  4257.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4258.          <td valign="top" align="left">blade roast</td>
  4259.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4260.          <td valign="top" align="right">4</td>
  4261.       </tr>
  4262.  
  4263.       <tr>
  4264.          <td valign="top" align="right"></td>
  4265.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4266.          <td valign="top" align="left">salt</td>
  4267.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4268.          <td valign="top" align="right">4</td>
  4269.       </tr>
  4270.  
  4271.       <tr>
  4272.          <td valign="top" align="right"></td>
  4273.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4274.          <td valign="top" align="left">pepper</td>
  4275.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4276.          <td valign="top" align="right">4</td>
  4277.       </tr>
  4278.  
  4279.       <tr>
  4280.          <td valign="top" align="right"></td>
  4281.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4282.          <td valign="top" align="left">flour</td>
  4283.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4284.          <td valign="top" align="right">4</td>
  4285.       </tr>
  4286.  
  4287.       <tr>
  4288.          <td valign="top" align="right"></td>
  4289.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4290.          <td valign="top" align="left">beef dripping</td>
  4291.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4292.          <td valign="top" align="right">4</td>
  4293.       </tr>
  4294.       <tr>
  4295.         <td>
  4296.         </td>
  4297.       </tr>
  4298.  
  4299.       <tr>
  4300.          <td valign="top" align="right"></td>
  4301.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4302.          <td valign="top" align="left">bouquet garni</td>
  4303.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4304.          <td valign="top" align="right">5</td>
  4305.       </tr>
  4306.  
  4307.       <tr>
  4308.          <td valign="top" align="right"></td>
  4309.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4310.          <td valign="top" align="left">sprig of rosemary</td>
  4311.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4312.          <td valign="top" align="right">5</td>
  4313.       </tr>
  4314.       <tr>
  4315.         <td>
  4316.         </td>
  4317.       </tr>
  4318.  
  4319.       <tr>
  4320.          <td valign="top" align="right">20 g</td>
  4321.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4322.          <td valign="top" align="left">gravy mix</td>
  4323.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4324.          <td valign="top" align="right">6</td>
  4325.       </tr>
  4326.  
  4327.       <tr>
  4328.          <td valign="top" align="right">200 ml</td>
  4329.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4330.          <td valign="top" align="left">water</td>
  4331.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4332.          <td valign="top" align="right">6</td>
  4333.       </tr>
  4334.       <tr>
  4335.         <td>
  4336.         </td>
  4337.       </tr>
  4338.      </table>
  4339.  
  4340.      <ol>
  4341.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4342.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  4343.            Finely chop onions and fry in dripping until glazed.  Add crushed garlic, cook until
  4344.            uniform.  Add flour and fry until lightly browned.
  4345.          </div>
  4346.        </li>
  4347.  
  4348.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4349.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  4350.    Add purée to the stock and bring to the boil.  Stir in onion mixture until uniform.
  4351.          </div>
  4352.        </li>
  4353.  
  4354.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4355.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  4356.            Clean vegetables and cut into large pieces (about 2 to 4).
  4357.          </div>
  4358.        </li>
  4359.  
  4360.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4361.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  4362.            Salt and pepper the beef, then flour and sear in dripping until superficially brown.
  4363.          </div>
  4364.        </li>
  4365.  
  4366.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4367.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  4368.    Put in slow cooker with vegetables
  4369.            and cook on “low” for 8 hours.
  4370.          </div>
  4371.        </li>
  4372.  
  4373.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4374.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  4375.            Shortly before serving prepare a gravy and mix in some of the broth from the roast.
  4376.          </div>
  4377.        </li>
  4378.      </ol>
  4379.  
  4380.      <p>
  4381. One of the things that interested me was what ”low” (or “high”, for that matter) means.  As
  4382. a sous-vide cooker, there's a thermostat that tries to keep the temperature to the nearest
  4383. degree.  Slow cookers predate that sort of thing.  Does it just heat at a fixed rate the
  4384. whole time?  It seems not: I heard the heater relay click on and off.  And the meat
  4385. gradually settled round 66° or so, probably not a bad temperature for the cut of meat (I did
  4386. the roast last week at 53°).
  4387.      </p>
  4388.  
  4389.      <p>
  4390. But things didn't quite work out the way I expected.  An hour before completion the
  4391. vegetables were still hard, so I boiled them for 30 minutes.  And they were still hard!
  4392. It's almost as if the slow cooking toughened them.
  4393.      </p>
  4394.  
  4395.      <p>
  4396. And the meat, la pièce de la résistance?  Resistant.  In fact, just plain tough.  Along with
  4397. the undercooked vegetables, a pretty average disaster.
  4398.      </p>
  4399.  
  4400.      <p>
  4401. What went wrong?  I still don't understand.  I could blame it on the cut, but it didn't look
  4402. bad.  And the cooking temperature looked right.  In any case, not something that I would
  4403. want to repeat.
  4404.      </p>
  4405.      </div>
  4406.    ]]>
  4407.  </description>
  4408.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4409.  <dc:date>2017-03-12T01:22:52+00:00</dc:date>
  4410. </item>
  4411.  
  4412.            
  4413. <item>
  4414. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170312-014929</guid>
  4415. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170312-014929</link>
  4416. <category>photography</category>
  4417. <category>opinion</category>
  4418. <title>OM-D E-M1 Mark II charge problems</title>
  4419.  <description>
  4420.    <![CDATA[
  4421.    <div align="justify">
  4422.      <p>
  4423. I still only have one battery for my <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>.
  4424. It's a severely hi-tech device, along with serial number and charge information shown in
  4425. percent.  No cheap $10 replacements here: the batteries cost $100 each, and I'm waiting for
  4426. a special offer.
  4427.      </p>
  4428.  
  4429.      <p>
  4430. In the meantime, I've been watching the charge percentage gradually dwindle.  In the
  4431. afternoon it was round 30%, after about 580 photos—not bad considering the 440 that Olympus
  4432. claim.  But in the evening the battery indicator suddenly started flashing red.  That was
  4433. quick.  After turning the camera off for a while and then turning it back on again, it was
  4434. showing 20% again.  So much for precise charge information.
  4435.      </p>
  4436.  
  4437.      <p>
  4438. OK, charge it.  Where's the charger?  I know exactly where it should have been, but it
  4439. wasn't there.  Spent nearly 2 hours looking for it, without success.  All the other chargers
  4440. were there, including ones from cameras we no longer use.  Finally, after going
  4441. to bed, it occurred to me: I had lent the <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Olympus/PEN&#45;EPM1">E-PM1</a> to Chris Bahlo last week,
  4442. and given her a charger and data cable.  But the charger for the E-PM1 was still there.  So
  4443. hopefully the charger for the E-M1 Mark II (dammit, what a silly name!) is at Chris' place.
  4444.      </p>
  4445.      </div>
  4446.    ]]>
  4447.  </description>
  4448.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4449.  <dc:date>2017-03-12T01:49:29+00:00</dc:date>
  4450. </item>
  4451.  
  4452.                  
  4453. <item>
  4454. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-004743</guid>
  4455. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-004743</link>
  4456. <category>general</category>
  4457. <title>Nothing doing</title>
  4458.  <description>
  4459.    <![CDATA[
  4460.    <div align="justify">
  4461.      <p>
  4462. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> off
  4463. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton,_Victoria">Hamilton</a> with Chris Bahlo
  4464. today to pick up a stallion.  Somehow I never get much done when she's gone.  Even the dogs
  4465. are subdued.
  4466.      </p>
  4467.      </div>
  4468.    ]]>
  4469.  </description>
  4470.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4471.  <dc:date>2017-03-13T00:47:43+00:00</dc:date>
  4472. </item>
  4473.  
  4474.            
  4475. <item>
  4476. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-004947</guid>
  4477. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-004947</link>
  4478. <category>photography</category>
  4479. <category>opinion</category>
  4480. <title>E-M1/2 firmware upgrade</title>
  4481.  <description>
  4482.    <![CDATA[
  4483.    <div align="justify">
  4484.      <p>
  4485. A first <a href="http://cs.olympus&#45;imaging.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/e1/">firmware update</a> is available for the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>:
  4486. “Stability of RAW file formation has been improved”, whatever that may mean.  On <a href="http://www.facebook.com/">Facebook</a> I discovered that people had had trouble with
  4487. the update, because the (Microsoft-based) software had difficulty recognizing the camera.
  4488. So I updated it first (to revision 2.1.3) and had no real trouble.
  4489.      </p>
  4490.  
  4491.      <p>
  4492. But why is this stuff so slow?  It took the best part of 10 minutes, much of it waiting
  4493. while the camera (apparently) did nothing.  And some of the instructions are confusing: you
  4494. need to check boxes to tell the software what it should already know (for example, that you
  4495. have power cycled the camera, which, in true Microsoft fashion, is necessary).  On the
  4496. positive side, it now saves and restores all camera settings.
  4497.      </p>
  4498.  
  4499.      <p>
  4500. The name of the camera is really silly.  It even causes trouble with
  4501. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EXIF">EXIF</a> data: the model name (tag
  4502. 272/<tt>0x110</tt>) is truncated to “E-M1MarkII”, which suggests that the full name doesn't
  4503. fit.  But the <a href="http://www.cipa.jp/std/documents/e/DC&#45;008&#45;2012_E.pdf">specification</a> clarifies that the length of the string is “Any”, so it's probably for
  4504. compatibility with some software.  But I'm increasingly finding that it's far too long.
  4505. E-M1/2?  E-M1-2?  E-M1/2?  E-M12?  They all look ugly.
  4506.      </p>
  4507.  
  4508.      <p>
  4509. Why do people come up with such unwieldy model names?
  4510.      </p>
  4511.      </div>
  4512.    ]]>
  4513.  </description>
  4514.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4515.  <dc:date>2017-03-13T00:49:47+00:00</dc:date>
  4516. </item>
  4517.  
  4518.            
  4519. <item>
  4520. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-012101</guid>
  4521. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-012101</link>
  4522. <category>photography</category>
  4523. <category>opinion</category>
  4524. <title>Aftermarket batteries for E-PM12</title>
  4525.  <description>
  4526.    <![CDATA[
  4527.    <div align="justify">
  4528.      <p>
  4529. Finally aftermarket <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/accessory/battery/index.html">BLH-1
  4530. batteries</a> are showing up for the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>.
  4531. Once again there are two kinds: the “fully decoded” ones that work with the camera's
  4532. charger, and from my point of view are thus preferable, and the ones that come with their
  4533. own charger.
  4534.      </p>
  4535.  
  4536.      <p>
  4537. The decoded ones come from EXpro, and so far I've only found them in
  4538. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom">United Kingdom</a>, from seller
  4539. directcal.  At $32 odd they're only a third of the price of the Olympus part.  But they want
  4540. $145 (£90) postage!  That's 50% more than the price of the battery, and completely
  4541. ridiculous.  Why do people do this?  I suspect that at least part of it is based on
  4542. <a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/">eBay</a> recommendations.
  4543.      </p>
  4544.  
  4545.      <p>
  4546. Surprisingly, the non-decoded ones are not much cheaper.  I can get two and a somewhat
  4547. strange looking double charger for $48, but with free postage:
  4548.      </p>
  4549.  
  4550.      <a href="http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/hS0AAOSwol5YwkWG/s-l1600.jpg">
  4551.      <img alt=""
  4552.          title=".  Click to see in original size."
  4553.          src="http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/hS0AAOSwol5YwkWG/s-l1600.jpg"
  4554.          width="300"
  4555.          /></a>
  4556.      <p>
  4557. Until I have confirmation that they even work with the camera, I think I'll leave them well
  4558. alone.
  4559.      </p>
  4560.      </div>
  4561.    ]]>
  4562.  </description>
  4563.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4564.  <dc:date>2017-03-13T01:21:01+00:00</dc:date>
  4565. </item>
  4566.  
  4567.                  
  4568. <item>
  4569. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-223450</guid>
  4570. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-223450</link>
  4571. <category>food</category>
  4572. <category>and</category>
  4573. <category>drink</category>
  4574. <category>opinion</category>
  4575. <title>Penang laksa, next attempt</title>
  4576.  <description>
  4577.    <![CDATA[
  4578.    <div align="justify">
  4579.      <p>
  4580. It has been <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;jan2017.php#D&#45;20170118&#45;004228">nearly 2 months</a> since I tried an <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laksa#Asam_laksa">asam
  4581. laksa</a> for breakfast.  And I still had the remains of the paste in the fridge, clearly
  4582. needing action.  So today I tried again, less based on the experience I made then than on
  4583. the <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/recipes/curry&#45;laksa.php">curry laksa</a> that I made <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;jan2017.php#D&#45;20170122&#45;223937">a few days later</a>:
  4584.      </p>
  4585.  
  4586.            <table summary="Ingredients">
  4587.        <tr>
  4588.          <td align="right"><b>quantity</b></td>
  4589.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4590.          <td><b>ingredient</b> </td>
  4591.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4592.          <td><b>step</b> </td>
  4593.        </tr>
  4594.  
  4595.       <tr>
  4596.          <td valign="top" align="right">125 g</td>
  4597.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4598.          <td valign="top" align="left">Richmond asam laksa paste</td>
  4599.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4600.          <td valign="top" align="right">1</td>
  4601.       </tr>
  4602.  
  4603.       <tr>
  4604.          <td valign="top" align="right">1000 ml</td>
  4605.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4606.          <td valign="top" align="left">water</td>
  4607.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4608.          <td valign="top" align="right">1</td>
  4609.       </tr>
  4610.  
  4611.       <tr>
  4612.          <td valign="top" align="right">250-300 g</td>
  4613.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4614.          <td valign="top" align="left">noodles</td>
  4615.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4616.          <td valign="top" align="right">1</td>
  4617.       </tr>
  4618.       <tr>
  4619.         <td>
  4620.         </td>
  4621.       </tr>
  4622.  
  4623.       <tr>
  4624.          <td valign="top" align="right">125 g</td>
  4625.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4626.          <td valign="top" align="left">hoki fillet, cut in cubes</td>
  4627.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4628.          <td valign="top" align="right">2</td>
  4629.       </tr>
  4630.       <tr>
  4631.         <td>
  4632.         </td>
  4633.       </tr>
  4634.  
  4635.       <tr>
  4636.          <td valign="top" align="right">100 g</td>
  4637.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4638.          <td valign="top" align="left">cucumber, sliced</td>
  4639.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4640.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  4641.       </tr>
  4642.  
  4643.       <tr>
  4644.          <td valign="top" align="right">80 g</td>
  4645.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4646.          <td valign="top" align="left">cooked prawns</td>
  4647.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4648.          <td valign="top" align="right">3</td>
  4649.       </tr>
  4650.       <tr>
  4651.         <td>
  4652.         </td>
  4653.       </tr>
  4654.  
  4655.       <tr>
  4656.          <td valign="top" align="right"></td>
  4657.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4658.          <td valign="top" align="left">mint</td>
  4659.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4660.          <td valign="top" align="right">4</td>
  4661.       </tr>
  4662.  
  4663.       <tr>
  4664.          <td valign="top" align="right"></td>
  4665.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4666.          <td valign="top" align="left">Thai basil</td>
  4667.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4668.          <td valign="top" align="right">4</td>
  4669.       </tr>
  4670.       <tr>
  4671.         <td>
  4672.         </td>
  4673.       </tr>
  4674.      </table>
  4675.  
  4676.      <ol>
  4677.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4678.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  4679.            Bring the water and paste to the boil and then add the noodles until hot.
  4680.          </div>
  4681.        </li>
  4682.  
  4683.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4684.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  4685.    Add fish and cook.
  4686.          </div>
  4687.        </li>
  4688.  
  4689.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4690.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  4691.            Arrange noodles, cucumber and prawns in bowl and pour <i>half</i> the soup over them.
  4692.            Keep the other half for “next time”.
  4693.          </div>
  4694.        </li>
  4695.  
  4696.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4697.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  4698.            Garnish with mint and basil.
  4699.          </div>
  4700.        </li>
  4701.      </ol>
  4702.  
  4703.        <a id="Photo-102" name="Photo-102"
  4704.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170313&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-102">
  4705.          <img alt="This should be Asam-laksa-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_102"
  4706.               title="Photo Asam-laksa-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4707.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170313/small/Asam-laksa-1.jpeg"
  4708.               width="278" height="242"
  4709.           /></a>
  4710.  
  4711.      <p>
  4712. I should have read the previous diary entry before cooking, There I had noted that the soup
  4713. wasn't strong enough, but this time I had diluted it even more, and had to add
  4714. some <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambal_ulek">sambal ulek</a> to improve the
  4715. taste.
  4716.      </p>
  4717.  
  4718.      <p>
  4719. What do I do next time (after finishing the other half)?  Nothing, I think.  Somehow it
  4720. doesn't taste as good as the curry laksa, a marked difference from my opinion in my
  4721. childhood, and probably due to the specific ingredients.
  4722.      </p>
  4723.      </div>
  4724.    ]]>
  4725.  </description>
  4726.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4727.  <dc:date>2017-03-13T22:34:50+00:00</dc:date>
  4728. </item>
  4729.  
  4730.            
  4731. <item>
  4732. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-225128</guid>
  4733. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-225128</link>
  4734. <category>animals</category>
  4735. <title>Next horse exchange</title>
  4736.  <description>
  4737.    <![CDATA[
  4738.    <div align="justify">
  4739.      <p>
  4740. Chris Bahlo over today with Samba, who will stay here a while after weaning her foal Valeta.
  4741. Not happy, of course, but she had almost no milk, so it was clearly time.
  4742.      </p>
  4743.      </div>
  4744.    ]]>
  4745.  </description>
  4746.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4747.  <dc:date>2017-03-13T22:51:28+00:00</dc:date>
  4748. </item>
  4749.  
  4750.            
  4751. <item>
  4752. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-225458</guid>
  4753. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170313-225458</link>
  4754. <category>photography</category>
  4755. <category>animals</category>
  4756. <category>opinion</category>
  4757. <title>High speed photography</title>
  4758.  <description>
  4759.    <![CDATA[
  4760.    <div align="justify">
  4761.      <p>
  4762. Chris and <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> are exhibiting at the next <a href="https://www.rurallifestyleexpo.org.au/">Rural Lifestyle Expo</a> in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat">Ballarat</a> the weekend after next.
  4763. They had hoped to be able to show Valeta, Samba's foal, but she's not reliable enough yet.
  4764. So they did a bit of work with Carlotta, and I took the opportunity to use the 60 image per
  4765. second feature of my new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>.
  4766.      </p>
  4767.  
  4768.      <p>
  4769. The results?  In three minutes I took four sequences and a total of 274 images, totalling
  4770. not quite 5 GB of raw data.  As feared, it's a completely different order of magnitude.  But
  4771. there are focus issues:
  4772.      </p>
  4773.  
  4774.      <div align="left">
  4775.  <a id="Photo-103" name="Photo-103"
  4776.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170313&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-103">
  4777.          <img alt="This should be Chris-Carlotta-2-19.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_103"
  4778.               title="Photo Chris-Carlotta-2-19.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4779.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170313/small/Chris-Carlotta-2-19.jpeg"
  4780.               width="300" height="225"
  4781.           /></a>
  4782.  <a id="Photo-104" name="Photo-104"
  4783.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170313&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-104">
  4784.          <img alt="This should be Chris-Carlotta-2-20.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_104"
  4785.               title="Photo Chris-Carlotta-2-20.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4786.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170313/small/Chris-Carlotta-2-20.jpeg"
  4787.               width="300" height="225"
  4788.           /></a>
  4789.  <a id="Photo-105" name="Photo-105"
  4790.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170313&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-105">
  4791.          <img alt="This should be Chris-Carlotta-2-21.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_105"
  4792.               title="Photo Chris-Carlotta-2-21.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4793.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170313/small/Chris-Carlotta-2-21.jpeg"
  4794.               width="300" height="225"
  4795.           /></a>
  4796.  <a id="Photo-106" name="Photo-106"
  4797.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170313&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-106">
  4798.          <img alt="This should be Chris-Carlotta-2-22.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_106"
  4799.               title="Photo Chris-Carlotta-2-22.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4800.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170313/small/Chris-Carlotta-2-22.jpeg"
  4801.               width="300" height="225"
  4802.           /></a>
  4803.      </div>
  4804.  
  4805.      <p>
  4806. And in which sequence were the photos taken?  At 13:06:36 I took 22 images, named
  4807. <i>Chris-Carlotta-2-1</i> to <i>Chris-Carlotta-2-22</i>.  How do you sort them?  By time, in
  4808. principle.  But camera storage uses <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table">FAT</a> file
  4809. system, with timestamps precise only to 1 second.  So the fallback is to order by name.  And
  4810. there's a basic bug in my sorting method: <i>Chris-Carlotta-2-3</i> comes
  4811. after <i>Chris-Carlotta-2-22</i>.  What I really need is a way to set the sub-second part of
  4812. the timestamp, but there's no way to find that.  Instead I need to find a different
  4813. numbering scheme; clearly it will work with <i>Chris-Carlotta-2-01</i> and so on, but how
  4814. many leading 0s should I put in?
  4815.      </p>
  4816.  
  4817.      <p>
  4818. There's a lot more to say, but the more I look at the images, the more questions there are.
  4819. I first need to analyse them more.
  4820.      </p>
  4821.      </div>
  4822.    ]]>
  4823.  </description>
  4824.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4825.  <dc:date>2017-03-13T22:54:58+00:00</dc:date>
  4826. </item>
  4827.  
  4828.                  
  4829. <item>
  4830. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170314-232829</guid>
  4831. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170314-232829</link>
  4832. <category>history</category>
  4833. <category>opinion</category>
  4834. <title>Memory: then and now</title>
  4835.  <description>
  4836.    <![CDATA[
  4837.    <div align="justify">
  4838.      <p>
  4839. In <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jul1970.php#2">early July 1970</a> I read a newly published book,
  4840. “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_on_the_Strand">The House on the
  4841. Strand</a>”, by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphne_du_Maurier">Daphne du
  4842. Maurier</a>, set in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornwall">Cornwall</a>, not far to
  4843. the west of where I lived (in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow,_Devon">Bow</a> in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devon">Devon</a>).  The book was quite
  4844. interesting, and at the time it seemed relevant: I had had a housemate who proved to be
  4845. dealing in drugs, and the book also related to drugs.  I had some recollection of an
  4846. interaction with the police, maybe
  4847. in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Launceston,_Cornwall">Launceston</a>.  So I got it
  4848. out of the library and spent the <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php#D&#45;20170305&#45;231123">last 10 days</a> reading it.
  4849.      </p>
  4850.  
  4851.      <p>
  4852. Finally I'm done.  The book itself was about memory and history: set in 1969, the
  4853. hallucinogenic drugs took the protagonist back to the same place between 1328 and 1349.  And
  4854. my memories of the content of the book?  Very sketchy.  Yes, Launceston gets a mention in
  4855. the book, in the same sentence as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okehampton">Okehampton</a> (the nearest real town to Bow).  But the action happens in and
  4856. around <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tywardreath">Tywardreath</a>, on the south
  4857. coast of Cornwall, and described in such detail that I could follow it on an <a href="https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmaps/50.3410152285,&#45;4.6772611910,17">Ordnance
  4858. Survey map</a> to within 10 metres.
  4859.      </p>
  4860.  
  4861.      <p>
  4862. My recollection was that it was on the north-east coast of Cornwall.  Why?  My memories are
  4863. very much geographical in nature, and the difference between the coasts is all the more
  4864. difficult to explain given that I lived only a few kilometres away:
  4865.      </p>
  4866.  
  4867.      <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m40!1m12!1m3!1d324496.9822849481!2d-4.588505880010104!3d50.55030266129607!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m25!3e0!4m5!1s0x486b864acb1afef3%3A0xc81a66176147b88f!2sBude%2C+United+Kingdom!3m2!1d50.826636!2d-4.543678!4m5!1s0x486c4d4f2db3a09f%3A0x4589ee6921bdf808!2sBow%2C+United+Kingdom!3m2!1d50.801234!2d-3.813396!4m5!1s0x486b65b8e5be9b95%3A0x7acbad0172dabe89!2sTywardreath%2C+Par%2C+UK!3m2!1d50.357681899999996!2d-4.691745!4m5!1s0x486b6993554c131b%3A0xbba62700c300c745!2sMevagissey%2C+United+Kingdom!3m2!1d50.2702259!2d-4.787523!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sau!4v1489535084720" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  4868.  
  4869.      <p>
  4870. Why did I think north coast?  The book has a map, and it shows Tywardreath (a place that I
  4871. don't know otherwise) not far
  4872. from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mevagissey">Mevagissey</a>.  I don't know
  4873. Mevagissey either, but it's the home town of Gillian Gwilliam, with her husband Russell,
  4874. friends of my father in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuching">Kuching</a>.
  4875. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-sep1968.php#23">Just before my 20th birthday</a> they invited us to dinner,
  4876. and I discovered that Gillian was born in Mevagissey (which Russell, slightly the worse for
  4877. drink, kept calling “Fishy-wishy”).  So I was well aware of the location.
  4878.      </p>
  4879.  
  4880.      <p>
  4881. I can only assume that the primitive map in my current copy of the book wasn't present in
  4882. the version that I read—the introduction, written decades later, certainly wasn't—and that I
  4883. had simply guessed the location of Tywardreath, not least because it didn't seem very
  4884. important at the time.
  4885.      </p>
  4886.  
  4887.      <p>
  4888. And the police?  He didn't have any trouble with the police.  At one point he had to visit
  4889. the police in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liskeard">Liskeard</a> (strangely, since
  4890. the station in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Austell">St Austell</a> is closer
  4891. and bigger), but that was all.  Could I have confused Liskeard and Launceston?  Not a hope.
  4892. I knew Liskeard, having spent time nearby in <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-apr1966.php#2">April 1966</a> and passed through several times on the way
  4893. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth">Plymouth</a>, and I knew that it was
  4894. closer to the south coast.  Interestingly, I didn't really know Launceston in 1970—that
  4895. happened a year or two later—but the fact remains that I was somehow left with the
  4896. impression that the protagonist had been in trouble with the police, and he hadn't.
  4897.      </p>
  4898.  
  4899.      <p>
  4900. The real thing, though, is: how much can you rely on memories?  In other cases, I have
  4901. photographic evidence, like the day I was driving somewhere
  4902. near <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris">Paris</a> and saw a sign
  4903. “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noisy-le-Sec">Noisy</a> Automobiles”.  I had a very
  4904. clear recollection of the surroundings: it was a garage off to the left, on the other side
  4905. of a dual carriageway, with no other traffic.  But in fact things were nothing like my
  4906. memory, as this relatively recently discovered photo shows:
  4907.      </p>
  4908.  
  4909.        <a id="Photo-107" name="Photo-107"
  4910.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=19740801&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-107">
  4911.          <img alt="This should be Noisy-Automobiles-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_107"
  4912.               title="Photo Noisy-Automobiles-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4913.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/19740801/small/Noisy-Automobiles-1.jpeg"
  4914.               width="321" height="210"
  4915.           /></a>
  4916.        <a id="Photo-108" name="Photo-108"
  4917.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=19740801&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-108">
  4918.          <img alt="This should be Noisy-Automobiles-1-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_108"
  4919.               title="Photo Noisy-Automobiles-1-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4920.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/19740801/small/Noisy-Automobiles-1-detail.jpeg"
  4921.               width="422" height="160"
  4922.           /></a>
  4923.  
  4924.      <p>
  4925. All in all, memories are surprisingly unreliable.
  4926.      </p>
  4927.      </div>
  4928.    ]]>
  4929.  </description>
  4930.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4931.  <dc:date>2017-03-14T23:28:29+00:00</dc:date>
  4932. </item>
  4933.  
  4934.            
  4935. <item>
  4936. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170315-000753</guid>
  4937. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170315-000753</link>
  4938. <category>music</category>
  4939. <category>opinion</category>
  4940. <title>New flute: no thanks</title>
  4941.  <description>
  4942.    <![CDATA[
  4943.    <div align="justify">
  4944.      <p>
  4945. Playing around again with the flute that I bought <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php#D&#45;20170304&#45;221151">a couple of weeks ago</a>.  Yes, it's not
  4946. as bad as it seemed at first, but it's still nowhere near as good as my old flute, which
  4947. also has a much fuller tone.  I'm also not convinced that it's in tune, though there are
  4948. adjustments (with the cork, for example) that might improve that situation.
  4949.      </p>
  4950.  
  4951.      <p>
  4952. But why?  What is it about a metal pipe with holes in it that makes such a big difference?
  4953. The pads?  Possibly, but you'd think that pad technology had also improved in the last 50
  4954. years.  In any case, it goes back—that was pretty much what I had intended anyway—but it was
  4955. an interesting experience.
  4956.      </p>
  4957.      </div>
  4958.    ]]>
  4959.  </description>
  4960.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4961.  <dc:date>2017-03-15T00:07:53+00:00</dc:date>
  4962. </item>
  4963.  
  4964.            
  4965. <item>
  4966. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170315-001217</guid>
  4967. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170315-001217</link>
  4968. <category>multimedia</category>
  4969. <category>opinion</category>
  4970. <title>TV: enough!</title>
  4971.  <description>
  4972.    <![CDATA[
  4973.    <div align="justify">
  4974.      <p>
  4975. Once again the recording of <a href="http://www.dw.de/">German News</a> from
  4976. <a href="http://www.sbs.com.au/">SBS</a> failed today: <a href="http://www.mythtv.org/">MythTV</a> hung itself up.
  4977.      </p>
  4978.  
  4979.      <p>
  4980. Why?  The log messages say little of interest.  But somehow this whole system is so fragile
  4981. and difficult to use that I just can't be bothered any more.  It doesn't help that there's
  4982. very little to see on TV, and that more and more content is becoming available on line.
  4983. Somehow it's all just too much trouble.  Moved the computer into the dining room, mainly
  4984. because there's space there, and it reduces the optical load in the lounge room.
  4985.      </p>
  4986.      </div>
  4987.    ]]>
  4988.  </description>
  4989.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4990.  <dc:date>2017-03-15T00:12:17+00:00</dc:date>
  4991. </item>
  4992.  
  4993.                  
  4994. <item>
  4995. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170315-234148</guid>
  4996. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170315-234148</link>
  4997. <category>photography</category>
  4998. <category>animals</category>
  4999. <category>opinion</category>
  5000. <title>Low light revisited</title>
  5001.  <description>
  5002.    <![CDATA[
  5003.    <div align="justify">
  5004.      <p>
  5005. I really don't know why the cats so love the garage, but they spend a lot of time in it,
  5006. usually on top of the cars.  Time for some photos with my new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>:
  5007.      </p>
  5008.  
  5009.        <a id="Photo-109" name="Photo-109"
  5010.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170315&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-109">
  5011.          <img alt="This should be Piccola-Rani.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_109"
  5012.               title="Photo Piccola-Rani.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5013.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170315/small/Piccola-Rani.jpeg"
  5014.               width="223" height="301"
  5015.           /></a>
  5016.        <a id="Photo-110" name="Photo-110"
  5017.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170315&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-110">
  5018.          <img alt="This should be Rani-Piccola.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_110"
  5019.               title="Photo Rani-Piccola.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5020.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170315/small/Rani-Piccola.jpeg"
  5021.               width="223" height="302"
  5022.           /></a>
  5023.  
  5024.      <p>
  5025. On the whole that wasn't bad for the relatively low lighting in the garage, though the wide
  5026. aperture meant that I could get only one cat in focus at a time (and thus presents an
  5027. opportunity for focus merging).  But what happens when I turn the light off?  Then there's
  5028. only a sliver of light through the door (behind me in all these images).  And then the
  5029. exposure dropped from 1/20s at ISO 24°/200 to 0.3 s at 39°/6400:
  5030.      </p>
  5031.  
  5032.        <a id="Photo-111" name="Photo-111"
  5033.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170315&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-111">
  5034.          <img alt="This should be Piccola-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_111"
  5035.               title="Photo Piccola-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5036.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170315/small/Piccola-1.jpeg"
  5037.               width="302" height="223"
  5038.           /></a>
  5039.  
  5040.      <p>
  5041. And the focus wasn't quite right; it was a little behind the cat, as the fur and the
  5042. reflections of the eyes show:
  5043.      </p>
  5044.  
  5045.        <a id="Photo-112" name="Photo-112"
  5046.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170315&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-112">
  5047.          <img alt="This should be Piccola-1-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_112"
  5048.               title="Photo Piccola-1-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5049.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170315/small/Piccola-1-detail.jpeg"
  5050.               width="207" height="325"
  5051.           /></a>
  5052.  
  5053.      <p>
  5054. It should have focused on the (closer) eye.  Why not?  Not because it's a cat; that works.
  5055. With dogs (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borzoi">Borzois</a>, anyway) it doesn't.
  5056. More reading the “instructions” (both the lines and between them) needed.  And yes, despite
  5057. <a href="http://dxo.com/intl/photo/dxo_optics_pro/introduction">DxO Optics “Pro”</a>, the noise is visible.
  5058.      </p>
  5059.  
  5060.      <p>
  5061. But why stop there?  How does the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark I</a> compare?  The first one was a catastrophe:
  5062.      </p>
  5063.  
  5064.        <a id="Photo-113" name="Photo-113"
  5065.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170315&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-113">
  5066.          <img alt="This should be Piccola-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_113"
  5067.               title="Photo Piccola-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5068.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170315/small/Piccola-4.jpeg"
  5069.               width="302" height="224"
  5070.           /></a>
  5071.  
  5072.      <p>
  5073. No, that wasn't the camera's fault.  I had it set to 24°/200 ISO, so the exposure was 13 s,
  5074. not surprisingly too long for a hand-held shot.  But there was an issue that a more sensible
  5075. 36°/3200 ISO (with 0.8 s exposure) couldn't handle: I couldn't focus.  The <a href="http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/lumix&#45;cameras&#45;video&#45;cameras/lumix&#45;g&#45;lenses/h&#45;x025e.html">same lens</a> with the Mark II focused easily, but here it was mainly guesswork.
  5076.      </p>
  5077.  
  5078.      <p>
  5079. But 36° and 39° aren't the end of the road.  Both cameras go to 45°/25,000 ISO if you ask
  5080. them.  How does that compare?  Here Mark I, then Mark II, looking at the windscreen wiper to
  5081. the left of <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Piccola.php">Piccola's</a> head:
  5082.      </p>
  5083.  
  5084.        <a id="Photo-114" name="Photo-114"
  5085.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170315&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-114">
  5086.          <img alt="This should be Piccola-6-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_114"
  5087.               title="Photo Piccola-6-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5088.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170315/small/Piccola-6-detail.jpeg"
  5089.               width="300" height="225"
  5090.           /></a>
  5091.        <a id="Photo-115" name="Photo-115"
  5092.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170315&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-115">
  5093.          <img alt="This should be Piccola-3-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_115"
  5094.               title="Photo Piccola-3-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5095.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170315/small/Piccola-3-detail.jpeg"
  5096.               width="300" height="225"
  5097.           /></a>
  5098.  
  5099.      <p>
  5100. The crop is the same, but the sensor resolution is different, thus the different size.
  5101. Still, there's not much in it.  Can I pretend that the Mark II has less noise?  No, if
  5102. anything it's more.  Is it sharper?  Yes, maybe.
  5103.      </p>
  5104.  
  5105.      <p>
  5106. In summary, the one thing that stands out by the comparisons is that on the Mark II focus
  5107. still works at these levels
  5108. (-2.7 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposure_value">EV</a>).  Now to find out why it
  5109. didn't detect the eyes.
  5110.      </p>
  5111.      </div>
  5112.    ]]>
  5113.  </description>
  5114.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5115.  <dc:date>2017-03-15T23:41:48+00:00</dc:date>
  5116. </item>
  5117.  
  5118.            
  5119. <item>
  5120. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170316-010857</guid>
  5121. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170316-010857</link>
  5122. <category>photography</category>
  5123. <category>opinion</category>
  5124. <title>The joys of Leica</title>
  5125.  <description>
  5126.    <![CDATA[
  5127.    <div align="justify">
  5128.      <p>
  5129. Read an interesting <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/opinion/4118757797/a&#45;german&#45;in&#45;japan&#45;leica&#45;m10&#45;shooting&#45;experience?ref_=pe_1674010_132618830">hands-on experience</a> with the new <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/products/leica/slrs/leica_m10">Leica M10</a>, their latest
  5130. flagship.  For years I've marvelled
  5131. that <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leica_Camera">Leica</a> still makes cameras that
  5132. lack most of the features of modern digital cameras, that they charge the earth for them,
  5133. and that they still sell anything.
  5134.      </p>
  5135.  
  5136.      <p>
  5137. The review basically says the same thing.  Yes, it's well made and nice to use.  But why
  5138. have a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangefinder">rangefinder</a>?  The article
  5139. gives that impression, but in fact it does have a viewfinder display, like cheap cameras,
  5140. and even an optional plug-in electronic viewfinder like the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/accessory/optical/vf4.html">Olympus VF-4</a>, something that only the cheaper Olympus cameras need.
  5141.      </p>
  5142.  
  5143.      <p>
  5144. And does it really not have autofocus, or are the reviews inaccurate?  With the exception of
  5145. the sensor resolution (24 MP compared to 16), it doesn't seem to offer very much that
  5146. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne's</a> <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/epm2/">Olympus E-PM2</a> doesn't have.
  5147. But that camera cost $300 with lens.  The M10 body will cost in the order of USD $6600
  5148. (about AUD 8,700), and the cheapest lens (Summarit-M 50/2,4) will put you back another
  5149. $1,800/$2,400.  And after reading the review, I still don't see the point.
  5150.      </p>
  5151.      </div>
  5152.    ]]>
  5153.  </description>
  5154.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5155.  <dc:date>2017-03-16T01:08:57+00:00</dc:date>
  5156. </item>
  5157.  
  5158.                  
  5159. <item>
  5160. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170316-235709</guid>
  5161. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170316-235709</link>
  5162. <category>photography</category>
  5163. <category>opinion</category>
  5164. <title>Goodbye, Four Thirds system</title>
  5165.  <description>
  5166.    <![CDATA[
  5167.    <div align="justify">
  5168.      <p>
  5169. It's been <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-aug2007.php#23">nearly 10 years</a> since I bought my first serious
  5170. digital camera, an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympus_E-510">Olympus E-510</a>.
  5171. Since then I've been using the same system—or have I?  The E-510 was a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Thirds_system">Four Thirds system</a> camera, and
  5172. since the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">OM-D E-M1</a> in <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;dec2013.php?topics=p#D&#45;20131203&#45;220026">December 2013</a> the cameras (now four of them) have been <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_Four_Thirds_system">Micro Four Thirds system</a>.
  5173. But they're compatible, and I still have 7 Four Thirds lenses.
  5174.      </p>
  5175.  
  5176.      <p>
  5177. But they belong to an older age.  The Four Thirds system is <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/articles/9877975278/olympus&#45;brings&#45;down&#45;the&#45;curtain&#45;on&#45;the&#45;four&#45;thirds&#45;system">officially dead</a>, for some definition of “official”, in the process breaking dozens of
  5178. links in this diary: Olympus doesn't believe in dead systems, and the old link <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/products/dslr/e510/">http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/products/dslr/e510/</a> is now dead and gone.
  5179.      </p>
  5180.  
  5181.      <p>
  5182. The demise of the system is not a real problem: there are issues with focusing the lenses on
  5183. MFT bodies, as Chris Bahlo, whose <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em10mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II</a> arrived today, will soon experience.  But it would have been nice if they had retained some
  5184. of the more interesting FT lenses, such as the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/lens/14&#45;35_20swd/index.html">Zuiko Digital
  5185. ED 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD</a>, in an MFT mount.
  5186.      </p>
  5187.      </div>
  5188.    ]]>
  5189.  </description>
  5190.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5191.  <dc:date>2017-03-16T23:57:09+00:00</dc:date>
  5192. </item>
  5193.  
  5194.            
  5195. <item>
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  5197. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170317-001058</link>
  5198. <category>photography</category>
  5199. <title>Remote control cable connections</title>
  5200.  <description>
  5201.    <![CDATA[
  5202.    <div align="justify">
  5203.      <p>
  5204. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php#D&#45;20170226&#45;211013">Last month</a> I discovered that
  5205. the new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D
  5206. E-M1 Mark II</a> doesn't have the same remote control connection as the previous
  5207. <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark
  5208. I</a>, for the relatively good reason that the USB connector has changed.  I established
  5209. that the new cable is simpler, a straightforward 2.5 mm audio connector, the image here from
  5210. the <a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/">eBay</a> seller who supplied mine:
  5211.      </p>
  5212.  
  5213.      <a href="http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/IZsAAOSwPCVX6JOI/s-l500.jpg">
  5214.      <img alt=""
  5215.          title=".  Click to see in original size."
  5216.          src="http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/IZsAAOSwPCVX6JOI/s-l500.jpg"
  5217.          width="300"
  5218.          /></a>
  5219.      <p>
  5220. Last month I wasn't able to establish the wiring.  But now it has arrived and works with the
  5221. remote control.  So I tried shorting contacts, and things worked as I expected: if I short
  5222. the contact closest to the plug (presumably common) to the middle contact, the camera
  5223. focuses.  If I short to the contact at the end (right in the image above), it releases the
  5224. shutter, even if the middle contact isn't shorted.  So it doesn't need any power.
  5225.      </p>
  5226.      </div>
  5227.    ]]>
  5228.  </description>
  5229.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5230.  <dc:date>2017-03-17T00:10:58+00:00</dc:date>
  5231. </item>
  5232.  
  5233.            
  5234. <item>
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  5236. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170317-001903</link>
  5237. <category>photography</category>
  5238. <category>animals</category>
  5239. <category>opinion</category>
  5240. <title>More high-speed images</title>
  5241.  <description>
  5242.    <![CDATA[
  5243.    <div align="justify">
  5244.      <p>
  5245. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> is surprisingly happy about my new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>:
  5246. the high-speed images are interesting for analysis of horse gait patterns.  I still haven't
  5247. analysed the photos I took on <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php?topics=p#D&#45;20170313&#45;225458">Tuesday</a>, but today Yvonne
  5248. asked me to take some more, so I went out and took a couple of short sequences with S-AF+MF
  5249. focus mode and mechanical shutter (only 15 shots per second).  And nevertheless I managed
  5250. 162 images!  I didn't process them myself; I let Yvonne do that, and the ones she likes are
  5251. on her <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/photos/Photos.php?dirdate=20170316">photo page for today</a>.  It seems that some also had focus issues, but since I need to analyse Tuesday's photos,
  5252. I'll do it all at once.
  5253.      </p>
  5254.      </div>
  5255.    ]]>
  5256.  </description>
  5257.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5258.  <dc:date>2017-03-17T00:19:03+00:00</dc:date>
  5259. </item>
  5260.  
  5261.            
  5262. <item>
  5263. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170317-003024</guid>
  5264. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170317-003024</link>
  5265. <category>general</category>
  5266. <category>opinion</category>
  5267. <title>New verandahs</title>
  5268.  <description>
  5269.    <![CDATA[
  5270.    <div align="justify">
  5271.      <p>
  5272. Troy Hose has just about completed the structure for Chris' new verandah:
  5273.      </p>
  5274.  
  5275.        <a id="Photo-116" name="Photo-116"
  5276.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170316&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-116">
  5277.          <img alt="This should be Verandah-1-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_116"
  5278.               title="Photo Verandah-1-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5279.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170316/small/Verandah-1-detail.jpeg"
  5280.               width="347" height="195"
  5281.           /></a>
  5282.  
  5283.      <p>
  5284. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> wants something similar, but I'd rather have something
  5285. in steel.  The real question, though, is: what do we want?  Yvonne doesn't really care about
  5286. the verandah in front of the living room, and maybe we'll postpone that indefinitely.  But
  5287. she wants something to the south of the house to let the dogs dry in winter.  And before we
  5288. do that we need to consider how to use the space at all.  Somehow things haven't worked out
  5289. the way I had expected 2 years ago.  Here's the current view (180°), taken on <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#11">Saturday</a>:
  5290.      </p>
  5291.  
  5292.        <a id="Photo-117" name="Photo-117"
  5293.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170311&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-117">
  5294.          <img alt="This should be house-looking-south.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_117"
  5295.               title="Photo house-looking-south.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5296.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170311/small/house-looking-south.jpeg"
  5297.               width="575" height="118"
  5298.           /></a>
  5299.  
  5300.      <p>
  5301. The entrance to the house is on the extreme left, behind the hot water supply, and Yvonne
  5302. wants to put a rood over the area between the house and the shed.  But we have the air
  5303. conditioner there, which doesn't want a roof, and it's a pretty small area.  On the other
  5304. hand, the dog run is on the extreme left (with the little shed).  How do we rearrange
  5305. things?
  5306.      </p>
  5307.      </div>
  5308.    ]]>
  5309.  </description>
  5310.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5311.  <dc:date>2017-03-17T00:30:24+00:00</dc:date>
  5312. </item>
  5313.  
  5314.            
  5315. <item>
  5316. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170317-003853</guid>
  5317. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170317-003853</link>
  5318. <category>photography</category>
  5319. <category>technology</category>
  5320. <category>opinion</category>
  5321. <title>Focus merging: finally!</title>
  5322.  <description>
  5323.    <![CDATA[
  5324.    <div align="justify">
  5325.      <p>
  5326. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php#D&#45;20170315&#45;234148">Yesterday</a> I took two photos
  5327. of the cats in the garage, each with one cat in focus:
  5328.      </p>
  5329.  
  5330.        <a id="Photo-118" name="Photo-118"
  5331.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170315&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-118">
  5332.          <img alt="This should be Piccola-Rani-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_118"
  5333.               title="Photo Piccola-Rani-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5334.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170315/small/Piccola-Rani-detail.jpeg"
  5335.               width="366" height="185"
  5336.           /></a>
  5337.        <a id="Photo-119" name="Photo-119"
  5338.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170315&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-119">
  5339.          <img alt="This should be Rani-Piccola-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_119"
  5340.               title="Photo Rani-Piccola-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5341.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170315/small/Rani-Piccola-detail.jpeg"
  5342.               width="371" height="182"
  5343.           /></a>
  5344.  
  5345.      <p>
  5346. How do I get them both in focus?  Clearly a task for <a href="http://www.projects&#45;software.com/focus">FOCUS Projects</a>.  Tried that and, surprise,
  5347. surprise (really), it worked!  Well, mainly: once again I find that it had changed the
  5348. gradation, and <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Piccola.php">Piccola's</a> face is somewhat
  5349. dark:
  5350.      </p>
  5351.  
  5352.        <a id="Photo-120" name="Photo-120"
  5353.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170315&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-120">
  5354.          <img alt="This should be Piccola-Rani_Rani-Piccola.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_120"
  5355.               title="Photo Piccola-Rani_Rani-Piccola.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5356.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170315/small/Piccola-Rani_Rani-Piccola.jpeg"
  5357.               width="224" height="302"
  5358.           /></a>
  5359.  
  5360.      <p>
  5361. Still, an indication that the stuff isn't completely useless.  And in the process it seems
  5362. to have done a good job of merging two images taken hand-held from not exactly the same
  5363. position.
  5364.      </p>
  5365.      </div>
  5366.    ]]>
  5367.  </description>
  5368.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5369.  <dc:date>2017-03-17T00:38:53+00:00</dc:date>
  5370. </item>
  5371.  
  5372.                  
  5373. <item>
  5374. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170318-012153</guid>
  5375. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170318-012153</link>
  5376. <category>technology</category>
  5377. <category>photography</category>
  5378. <category>opinion</category>
  5379. <title>USB 3.0 for all</title>
  5380.  <description>
  5381.    <![CDATA[
  5382.    <div align="justify">
  5383.      <p>
  5384. The second-last of the accessories for my new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a> arrived today: a USB 3.0 hub.  Not quite the way I expected (images courtesy of seller):
  5385.      </p>
  5386.  
  5387.      <a href="http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/sigAAOSwA3dYgcz8/s-l500.jpg">
  5388.      <img alt=""
  5389.          title=".  Click to see in original size."
  5390.          src="http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/sigAAOSwA3dYgcz8/s-l500.jpg"
  5391.          width="300"
  5392.          /></a>
  5393.      <p>
  5394. What I had ordered looks like this:
  5395.      </p>
  5396.  
  5397.      <a href="http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/bu8AAOSwopRYgcz8/s-l500.jpg">
  5398.      <img alt=""
  5399.          title=".  Click to see in original size."
  5400.          src="http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/bu8AAOSwopRYgcz8/s-l500.jpg"
  5401.          width="300"
  5402.          /></a>
  5403.      <p>
  5404. Missing three ports!  That can be sorted out, of course, but in the meantime I can play with
  5405. it.
  5406.      </p>
  5407.  
  5408.      <p>
  5409. But where are the USB 3.0 ports on the motherboard?  The connectors are usually blue, but
  5410. not in this case.  Where's the motherboard manual?  What motherboard is it, even?  Spent
  5411. more time than I had expected looking for the information.  It proved to be an <a href="http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87%20Pro4/">Asrock Z87 Pro4</a>, and the manual is
  5412. available via that page.  And how about that, it contains a nice overview of the
  5413. connections:
  5414.      </p>
  5415.  
  5416.        <a id="Photo-121" name="Photo-121"
  5417.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170317&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-121">
  5418.          <img alt="This should be eureka-motherboard-connections.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_121"
  5419.               title="Photo eureka-motherboard-connections.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5420.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170317/small/eureka-motherboard-connections.png"
  5421.               width="550" height="469.75088967972"
  5422.           /></a>
  5423.  
  5424.      <p>
  5425. But looking at the motherboard, all the USB connections were on the USB 3.0 ports.  Why was
  5426. I only getting 40 MB/s (USB 2)?  Discussion on IRC, showing the advantage of keeping records
  5427. (eat your heart out, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/">Facebook</a>):
  5428. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2014.php#23">three years ago</a> Callum Gibson had the same problem.  It
  5429. was just after my first installation of the current <i>eureka</i> motherboard, and at the
  5430. time I still remembered the pain, which I had discovered <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2014.php?topics=c#D&#45;20140203&#45;003003">the month before</a>.  It looks as
  5431. if USB 3.0 is disabled in the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFI">UEFI</a> setup.
  5432. I'll wait until I have to reboot before I do anything about that.  That looks like being
  5433. soon enough: the <a href="http://www.freebsd.org/">FreeBSD</a> ports collection has
  5434. decided that my installation (<a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;nov2015.php#D&#45;20151125&#45;232654">less
  5435. than 18 months ago</a>) is too old, and refuses to install any more ports.
  5436.      </p>
  5437.      </div>
  5438.    ]]>
  5439.  </description>
  5440.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5441.  <dc:date>2017-03-18T01:21:53+00:00</dc:date>
  5442. </item>
  5443.  
  5444.            
  5445. <item>
  5446. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170318-015947</guid>
  5447. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170318-015947</link>
  5448. <category>photography</category>
  5449. <category>technology</category>
  5450. <title>Olympus configuration save files</title>
  5451.  <description>
  5452.    <![CDATA[
  5453.    <div align="justify">
  5454.      <p>
  5455. The <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1
  5456. Mark II</a> has a useful new feature: it can save the camera configuration, and does so
  5457. when upgrading firmware.  Time to investigate in more detail.  The first thing to note is
  5458. that it only works for the E-M1 Mark II: if I try with the E-M1 Mark I, I get this
  5459. information:
  5460.      </p>
  5461.  
  5462.        <a id="Photo-122" name="Photo-122"
  5463.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170317&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-122">
  5464.          <img alt="This should be Olympus-homepage.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_122"
  5465.               title="Photo Olympus-homepage.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5466.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170317/small/Olympus-homepage.png"
  5467.               width="328" height="206"
  5468.           /></a>
  5469.  
  5470.      <p>
  5471.      </p>
  5472.  
  5473.        <a id="Photo-123" name="Photo-123"
  5474.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170317&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-123">
  5475.          <img alt="This should be Olympus-homepage-detail.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_123"
  5476.               title="Photo Olympus-homepage-detail.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5477.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170317/small/Olympus-homepage-detail.png"
  5478.               width="617" height="109"
  5479.           /></a>
  5480.  
  5481.      <p>
  5482. Isn't that helpful?  No, it's singularly useless.  What is the “Olympus homepage”?  And who
  5483. in his right mind expects to find anything of use there?  If they have to refer to the web
  5484. site, then they should give a short, relevant URL.  But of course there's nothing more to
  5485. say: the first sentence says it all, modulo maybe a list of the cameras for which the
  5486. function <i>is</i> supported.
  5487.      </p>
  5488.  
  5489.      <p>
  5490. The E-M1 Mark II is clearly one.  Yes, I can save the configuration to a file, with names
  5491. like <i>C:\Users\grog\AppData\Local\OLYMPUS\CameraSettings\E-M1MarkII_BHUA20626.set</i>
  5492. or <i>C:\Users\grog\AppData\Local\OLYMPUS\CameraSettings\E-M1MarkII_20170317.set</i>.  The
  5493. first was the version saved by the firmware update, and it contains the camera serial
  5494. number.  The second clearly contains today's date.
  5495.      </p>
  5496.  
  5497.      <p>
  5498. And what's in them?  Junk.  There's something like
  5499. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_number_(programming)">magic number</a> at the beginning, but
  5500. it's all binary:
  5501.      </p>
  5502.  
  5503.      <div style="text-align:left">
  5504.  <tt>
  5505. <code><font color="blue">=== [email protected] (/dev/pts/31)</font> <font color="red">~/Photography/Settings</font> <font color="blue">363</font> &#45;&gt; <b><tt>hexdump &#45;C E&#45;M1MarkII_20170317.set |less</tt></b></code>
  5506. <br />00000000 &nbsp;4f 4c 4d 59 74 00 00 00 &nbsp;02 00 00 00 45 2d 4d 31 &nbsp;|OLMYt.......E&#45;M1|
  5507. <br />00000010 &nbsp;4d 61 72 6b 49 49 00 00 &nbsp;00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 &nbsp;|MarkII..........|
  5508. <br />00000020 &nbsp;00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 &nbsp;00 00 00 00 42 48 55 41 &nbsp;|............BHUA|
  5509. <br />00000030 &nbsp;32 30 36 32 36 00 00 00 &nbsp;00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 &nbsp;|20626...........|
  5510. <br />00000040 &nbsp;00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 &nbsp;00 00 00 00 32 30 31 37 &nbsp;|............2017|
  5511. <br />00000050 &nbsp;2f 30 33 2f 31 37 20 30 &nbsp;33 3a 30 35 3a 31 37 00 &nbsp;|/03/17 03:05:17.|
  5512. <br />00000060 &nbsp;00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 &nbsp;00 00 00 00 31 31 30 30 &nbsp;|............1100|
  5513. <br />00000070 &nbsp;0f 00 00 00 22 6f 28 12 &nbsp;37 1d 31 6a 95 bf fc bb &nbsp;|....&quot;o(.7.1j.¿ü»|
  5514. <br />00000080 &nbsp;32 a9 2a 04 79 b6 58 cc &nbsp;e8 73 93 51 d0 98 47 d9 &nbsp;|2©*.y¶XÌès.QÐ.GÙ|
  5515. <br />00000090 &nbsp;d9 72 25 6c de b6 00 bd &nbsp;7e b2 ab 7a e2 fd 38 31 &nbsp;|Ùr%lÞ¶.½~²«zâý81|
  5516. <br />000000a0 &nbsp;3b 26 d1 56 d4 c5 27 04 &nbsp;17 37 63 92 f9 bb b3 03 &nbsp;|;&ÑVÔÅ'..7c.ù»³.|
  5517. <br />
  5518.  </tt>
  5519. </div>
  5520.  
  5521.      <p>
  5522. What a pity.  It would have been nice to have it in some marginally human-readable format
  5523. (even <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML">XML</a>).  That way configurations could be
  5524. edited off-line, and people could write programs to compare and validate the configurations.
  5525. But Olympus' choice of format doesn't surprise me.
  5526.      </p>
  5527.      </div>
  5528.    ]]>
  5529.  </description>
  5530.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5531.  <dc:date>2017-03-18T01:59:47+00:00</dc:date>
  5532. </item>
  5533.  
  5534.                  
  5535. <item>
  5536. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-010914</guid>
  5537. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-010914</link>
  5538. <category>photography</category>
  5539. <category>opinion</category>
  5540. <title>Panorama blend strangeness</title>
  5541.  <description>
  5542.    <![CDATA[
  5543.    <div align="justify">
  5544.      <p>
  5545. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/stones&#45;road/exterior.php">House photo</a> day again today, like every
  5546. Saturday, hardly worth mentioning.  But today I had a couple of issues processing the
  5547. photos.  The first time I tried to stitch this view, the preview showed completely
  5548. inconsistent intensities: only the centre was normal, and the images got darker towards the
  5549. edge.   But when I tried again, it was normal:
  5550.      </p>
  5551.  
  5552.        <a id="Photo-124" name="Photo-124"
  5553.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-124">
  5554.          <img alt="This should be house-from-ssw-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_124"
  5555.               title="Photo house-from-ssw-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5556.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/house-from-ssw-2.jpeg"
  5557.               width="430" height="157"
  5558.           /></a>
  5559.  
  5560.      <p>
  5561. I wasn't able to fix the other one:
  5562.      </p>
  5563.  
  5564.        <a id="Photo-125" name="Photo-125"
  5565.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-125">
  5566.          <img alt="This should be e-from-house.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_125"
  5567.               title="Photo e-from-house.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5568.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/e-from-house.jpeg"
  5569.               width="470" height="143"
  5570.           /></a>
  5571.        <a id="Photo-126" name="Photo-126"
  5572.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-126">
  5573.          <img alt="This should be e-from-house-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_126"
  5574.               title="Photo e-from-house-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5575.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/e-from-house-detail.jpeg"
  5576.               width="290" height="232"
  5577.           /></a>
  5578.  
  5579.      <p>
  5580. How did that irregularity arise?  I take these images including the sun by taking two
  5581. photos, one with the sun obscured, the other showing the sun:
  5582.      </p>
  5583.  
  5584.        <a id="Photo-127" name="Photo-127"
  5585.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-127">
  5586.          <img alt="This should be e-from-house-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_127"
  5587.               title="Photo e-from-house-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5588.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/e-from-house-3.jpeg"
  5589.               width="300" height="225"
  5590.           /></a>
  5591.        <a id="Photo-128" name="Photo-128"
  5592.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-128">
  5593.          <img alt="This should be e-from-house-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_128"
  5594.               title="Photo e-from-house-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5595.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/e-from-house-2.jpeg"
  5596.               width="300" height="225"
  5597.           /></a>
  5598.  
  5599.      <p>
  5600. I then mask my hand out of the first image, and nearly everything out of the second image.
  5601. It's not immediately apparent, but the second image has some flare.
  5602.      </p>
  5603.  
  5604.      <p>
  5605. So the fact that there are problems in this area are probably related.  But how?  Looking at
  5606. the preview, it seems that I cut it rather fine:
  5607.      </p>
  5608.  
  5609.        <a id="Photo-129" name="Photo-129"
  5610.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-129">
  5611.          <img alt="This should be pano-overlap-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_129"
  5612.               title="Photo pano-overlap-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5613.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/pano-overlap-1.png"
  5614.               width="329" height="206"
  5615.           /></a>
  5616.        <a id="Photo-130" name="Photo-130"
  5617.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-130">
  5618.          <img alt="This should be pano-overlap-1-detail.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_130"
  5619.               title="Photo pano-overlap-1-detail.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5620.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/pano-overlap-1-detail.png"
  5621.               width="346" height="195"
  5622.           /></a>
  5623.  
  5624.      <p>
  5625. The blue area corresponds to what I left of the second image.  Could it be
  5626. that <i>enfuse</i> had trouble because there was not enough overlap?  Tried widening the
  5627. area:
  5628.      </p>
  5629.  
  5630.        <a id="Photo-131" name="Photo-131"
  5631.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-131">
  5632.          <img alt="This should be pano-overlap-2.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_131"
  5633.               title="Photo pano-overlap-2.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5634.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/pano-overlap-2.png"
  5635.               width="329" height="206"
  5636.           /></a>
  5637.        <a id="Photo-132" name="Photo-132"
  5638.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-132">
  5639.          <img alt="This should be pano-overlap-2-detail.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_132"
  5640.               title="Photo pano-overlap-2-detail.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5641.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/pano-overlap-2-detail.png"
  5642.               width="343" height="197"
  5643.           /></a>
  5644.  
  5645.      <p>
  5646. But it didn't make any difference.  This isn't the only image that I did that way; there
  5647. were several today alone, and all the others worked.  For the moment I can just take note of
  5648. the fact and wonder why it didn't work.
  5649.      </p>
  5650.      </div>
  5651.    ]]>
  5652.  </description>
  5653.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5654.  <dc:date>2017-03-19T01:09:14+00:00</dc:date>
  5655. </item>
  5656.  
  5657.            
  5658. <item>
  5659. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-015101</guid>
  5660. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-015101</link>
  5661. <category>photography</category>
  5662. <category>opinion</category>
  5663. <title>E-M1 Mark II customization</title>
  5664.  <description>
  5665.    <![CDATA[
  5666.    <div align="justify">
  5667.      <p>
  5668. Taking the <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/stones&#45;road/exterior.php">house photos</a> requires a
  5669. number of non-standard settings: manual focus, manual exposure, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High&#45;dynamic&#45;range_imaging">HDR</a> bracketing, turning
  5670. off image stabilization.  Just the thing that Olympus' “Myset” was designed for.  But the
  5671. implementation (switching between the different settings) was so complicated that it wasn't
  5672. worth it, and I gave up on it <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;jan2014.php#D&#45;20140105&#45;012315">very
  5673. early on</a>.
  5674.      </p>
  5675.  
  5676.      <p>
  5677. The <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1
  5678. Mark II</a> has a different system: instead of 4 “Mysets”, it has 3 “custom settings”,
  5679. selected simply by the mode dial.  Otherwise the idea is the same, and the reduction in
  5680. number is probably because of mechanical considerations on the dial.
  5681.      </p>
  5682.  
  5683.      <p>
  5684. How do you set them?  One of the things that the Mysets didn't have was exposure mode
  5685. (<b>P</b>/<b>A</b>/<b>S</b>/<b>M</b>), which Olympus calls “shooting mode”: you still needed
  5686. to set the mode dial for that.  Clearly you can't do that with the new system.  Instead you
  5687. set the mode dial while <i>storing</i> the settings, and the mode is recalled when you set
  5688. the corresponding position.
  5689.      </p>
  5690.  
  5691.      <p>
  5692. Apart from that, a
  5693. certain <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_least_astonishment">POLA</a>
  5694. issue: I had the <b>Fn</b> lever (Olympus-speak) to the right of the viewfinder set to
  5695. position 2 (alter <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_balance">white balance</a>/ISO
  5696. settings), and when I tried to adjust the exposure I adjusted the ISO setting instead.  Only
  5697. the menu popup didn't appear, and it took me a while to understand.
  5698.      </p>
  5699.  
  5700.      <p>
  5701. Further investigation shows
  5702. another <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_least_astonishment">POLA</a>
  5703. violation: in <b>P</b>, <b>A</b> and <b>S</b> modes, when the <b>Fn</b> lever is in position
  5704. 2, the front wheel changes the ISO setting and the rear wheel changes the white balance
  5705. setting.  But in <b>M</b> mode, there is no white balance setting, ISO moves to the back
  5706. wheel, and the front wheel is “exposure compensation”.
  5707.      </p>
  5708.  
  5709.      <p>
  5710. Why?  And what does “exposure compensation” mean when you're using manual exposure?  You set
  5711. shutter speed and aperture, and the exposure system obligingly tells you how it thinks that
  5712. it compares to correct exposure:
  5713.      </p>
  5714.  
  5715.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  5716.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  5717.          The exposure determined by the aperture value and shutter speed you have set and the
  5718.  difference from the suitable exposure measured by the camera are displayed on the monitor.
  5719.        </div>
  5720.      </blockquote>
  5721.  
  5722.      <p>
  5723. “Exposure compensation” just doesn't make sense, and (as usual) neither does the explanation
  5724. in the “instructions”:
  5725.      </p>
  5726.  
  5727.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  5728.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  5729.          Difference between exposure setting and exposure with exposure compensation
  5730.        </div>
  5731.      </blockquote>
  5732.  
  5733.      <p>
  5734. That's what it does without the lever.  Clearly there was nothing for it: I had to try it
  5735. out.  And as far as I could tell, the function doesn't exist: turning the front wheel
  5736. doesn't do anything at all.  That makes sense, but it doesn't explain why the ISO function
  5737. changes wheels exactly in this situation.  It wasn't until I read the instructions more
  5738. carefully that I discovered:
  5739.      </p>
  5740.  
  5741.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  5742.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  5743.          When [AUTO] is selected for [ISO], exposure compensation can be adjusted.
  5744.        </div>
  5745.      </blockquote>
  5746.  
  5747.      <p>
  5748. And how about that, then (and only then) it works as almost described.  The aperture and
  5749. shutter settings remain the same, but the ISO sensitivity is changed.  Is there a use for
  5750. this functionality?  I still need to decide, but one way or another it's hardly “manual” any
  5751. more.
  5752.      </p>
  5753.      </div>
  5754.    ]]>
  5755.  </description>
  5756.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5757.  <dc:date>2017-03-19T01:51:01+00:00</dc:date>
  5758. </item>
  5759.  
  5760.            
  5761. <item>
  5762. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-015201</guid>
  5763. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-015201</link>
  5764. <category>gardening</category>
  5765. <title>Garden flowers in early autumn</title>
  5766.  <description>
  5767.    <![CDATA[
  5768.    <div align="justify">
  5769.      <p>
  5770. It's autumn, but you couldn't tell from the temperatures.  Today we had a maximum
  5771. temperature of 33.2°, and the <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/garden/Flowers&#45;20170318.php">flowers in the garden</a> still look as they did in summer.  But it's clear that things
  5772. are going to change, so I'm particularly looking at longer-lasting plants such as bushes and
  5773. trees.  Our <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulownia_kawakamii">Paulownia
  5774. kawakamii</a> hasn't quite taken off at the racing pace of trees from nurseries, but it's
  5775. looking quite healthy, and it has certainly increased greatly in size in the last 18 months:
  5776.      </p>
  5777.  
  5778.      <div align="left">
  5779.  <a id="Photo-133" name="Photo-133"
  5780.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20151011&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-133">
  5781.          <img alt="This should be Paulownia.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_133"
  5782.               title="Photo Paulownia.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5783.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20151011/small/Paulownia.jpeg"
  5784.               width="225" height="300"
  5785.           /></a>
  5786.  <a id="Photo-134" name="Photo-134"
  5787.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20151024&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-134">
  5788.          <img alt="This should be Paulownia.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_134"
  5789.               title="Photo Paulownia.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5790.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20151024/small/Paulownia.jpeg"
  5791.               width="300" height="225"
  5792.           /></a>
  5793.  <a id="Photo-135" name="Photo-135"
  5794.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-135">
  5795.          <img alt="This should be Paulownia.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_135"
  5796.               title="Photo Paulownia.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5797.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/Paulownia.jpeg"
  5798.               width="225" height="300"
  5799.           /></a>
  5800.      </div>
  5801.  
  5802.      <p>
  5803. The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpobrotus">Carpobrotus</a> in the island in the
  5804. middle of the driveway has also increased considerably in size since being planted only
  5805. three months ago:
  5806.      </p>
  5807.  
  5808.        <a id="Photo-136" name="Photo-136"
  5809.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20161218&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-136">
  5810.          <img alt="This should be House-entrance-2-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_136"
  5811.               title="Photo House-entrance-2-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5812.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20161218/small/House-entrance-2-detail.jpeg"
  5813.               width="374" height="181"
  5814.           /></a>
  5815.        <a id="Photo-137" name="Photo-137"
  5816.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170319&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-137">
  5817.          <img alt="This should be Entrance-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_137"
  5818.               title="Photo Entrance-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5819.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170319/small/Entrance-2.jpeg"
  5820.               width="300" height="225"
  5821.           /></a>
  5822.  
  5823.      <p>
  5824. The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksia_integrifolia">Banksia integrifolia</a> is
  5825. also considerably larger, and the older tree fern seems to be persisting rather than
  5826. thriving:
  5827.      </p>
  5828.  
  5829.        <a id="Photo-138" name="Photo-138"
  5830.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-138">
  5831.          <img alt="This should be Banksia.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_138"
  5832.               title="Photo Banksia.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5833.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/Banksia.jpeg"
  5834.               width="225" height="300"
  5835.           /></a>
  5836.        <a id="Photo-139" name="Photo-139"
  5837.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-139">
  5838.          <img alt="This should be Tree-fern.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_139"
  5839.               title="Photo Tree-fern.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5840.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/Tree-fern.jpeg"
  5841.               width="300" height="225"
  5842.           /></a>
  5843.  
  5844.      <p>
  5845. The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddleja">Buddlejas</a> are also flowering, and
  5846. have grown considerably:
  5847.      </p>
  5848.  
  5849.        <a id="Photo-140" name="Photo-140"
  5850.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-140">
  5851.          <img alt="This should be Buddleja-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_140"
  5852.               title="Photo Buddleja-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5853.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/Buddleja-1.jpeg"
  5854.               width="300" height="225"
  5855.           /></a>
  5856.        <a id="Photo-141" name="Photo-141"
  5857.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-141">
  5858.          <img alt="This should be Buddleja-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_141"
  5859.               title="Photo Buddleja-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5860.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/Buddleja-2.jpeg"
  5861.               width="300" height="225"
  5862.           /></a>
  5863.  
  5864.      <p>
  5865. And the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_laxum">Solanum laxum</a>,
  5866. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum">Tropaeolum</a> and
  5867. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senna">Senna</a> in front of the water tanks are
  5868. all doing well:
  5869.      </p>
  5870.  
  5871.      <div align="left">
  5872.  <a id="Photo-142" name="Photo-142"
  5873.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-142">
  5874.          <img alt="This should be Tropaeolum-Solanum.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_142"
  5875.               title="Photo Tropaeolum-Solanum.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5876.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/Tropaeolum-Solanum.jpeg"
  5877.               width="300" height="225"
  5878.           /></a>
  5879.  <a id="Photo-143" name="Photo-143"
  5880.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-143">
  5881.          <img alt="This should be Solanum-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_143"
  5882.               title="Photo Solanum-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5883.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/Solanum-2.jpeg"
  5884.               width="300" height="225"
  5885.           /></a>
  5886.  <a id="Photo-144" name="Photo-144"
  5887.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170318&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-144">
  5888.          <img alt="This should be Senna.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_144"
  5889.               title="Photo Senna.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5890.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170318/small/Senna.jpeg"
  5891.               width="225" height="300"
  5892.           /></a>
  5893.      </div>
  5894.      </div>
  5895.    ]]>
  5896.  </description>
  5897.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5898.  <dc:date>2017-03-19T01:52:01+00:00</dc:date>
  5899. </item>
  5900.  
  5901.            
  5902. <item>
  5903. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-024526</guid>
  5904. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-024526</link>
  5905. <category>photography</category>
  5906. <category>opinion</category>
  5907. <title>Olympus E-M10 Mark II: first impressions</title>
  5908.  <description>
  5909.    <![CDATA[
  5910.    <div align="justify">
  5911.      <p>
  5912. Chris Bahlo over for dinner this evening, bringing a box of cat litter that proved to
  5913. contain two cameras: my old <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/slrs/oly_epm1/review">Olympus E-PM1</a> and
  5914. her new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em10mk2/">Olympus OM-D
  5915. E-M10 Mark II</a>.  It's the first time I have seen the latter, and the immediate
  5916. impression is how small it is; it's only barely larger than the E-PM1, and initially I had
  5917. difficulty with the tiny controls.  But that is, after all, an advantage.  I hope Chris will
  5918. be happy with it.
  5919.      </p>
  5920.      </div>
  5921.    ]]>
  5922.  </description>
  5923.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5924.  <dc:date>2017-03-19T02:45:26+00:00</dc:date>
  5925. </item>
  5926.  
  5927.                  
  5928. <item>
  5929. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-224827</guid>
  5930. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-224827</link>
  5931. <category>photography</category>
  5932. <category>technology</category>
  5933. <category>opinion</category>
  5934. <title>DxO for Chris</title>
  5935.  <description>
  5936.    <![CDATA[
  5937.    <div align="justify">
  5938.      <p>
  5939. Now that Chris Bahlo has her new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em10mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II</a>,
  5940. she can do with software for it.  Yes, she
  5941. has <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photoshop">Photoshop</a>, but geometry correction
  5942. in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Camera_Raw">Adobe Camera Raw</a> is a little
  5943. haphazard, and coincidentally <a href="http://dxo.com/intl/photo/dxo_optics_pro/introduction">DxO Optics “Pro”</a> version 9
  5944. is <a href="http://www.dxo.com/us/digitalcamerauk">available for free</a> (current
  5945. version is 11).  A good thing about DxO is that you can get up-to-date correction modules
  5946. for older versions too.  So I went looking, and discovered that the offer had expired at the
  5947. end of last month.
  5948.      </p>
  5949.  
  5950.      <p>
  5951. So what does it do if I apply for an activation key now?  It works.  Chris was coming over
  5952. here anyway, so she brought her (Microsoft) laptop, and we downloaded both <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Rant/windows.php">“Windows”</a> and Apple versions before they changed their minds,
  5953. and confirmed that she could activate the former.  Next to show her round the basic
  5954. functions.  How do you read in photos from the camera?  It doesn't seem to have that
  5955. function.  Gradually I begin to understand the <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Rant/bad&#45;language.php#import">“import”</a> functions on these cameras: there's nothing like it in the Microsoft space.
  5956. For this time she copied stuff manually, but once again I'm left with the impression of
  5957. utmost poverty of the Microsoft interface.
  5958.      </p>
  5959.      </div>
  5960.    ]]>
  5961.  </description>
  5962.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5963.  <dc:date>2017-03-19T22:48:27+00:00</dc:date>
  5964. </item>
  5965.  
  5966.            
  5967. <item>
  5968. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-225540</guid>
  5969. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-225540</link>
  5970. <category>food</category>
  5971. <category>and</category>
  5972. <category>drink</category>
  5973. <category>opinion</category>
  5974. <title>More baked bean issues</title>
  5975.  <description>
  5976.    <![CDATA[
  5977.    <div align="justify">
  5978.      <p>
  5979. Yesterday I made more <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/recipes/baked&#45;beans.php">baked beans</a>.
  5980. Based on my difficulties keeping the temperature constant on previous occasions, I cooked
  5981. them in the sous-vide cooker:
  5982.      </p>
  5983.  
  5984.        <a id="Photo-145" name="Photo-145"
  5985.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170319&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-145">
  5986.          <img alt="This should be Baked-beans-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_145"
  5987.               title="Photo Baked-beans-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5988.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170319/small/Baked-beans-2.jpeg"
  5989.               width="312" height="216"
  5990.           /></a>
  5991.  
  5992.      <p>
  5993. One problem is that the temperature setting only goes to 90°.  Is that enough?  The first
  5994. bean I tried, after only 90 minutes, was almost cooked.  But then others weren't cooked even
  5995. after hours.  After about 5 hours I let it be and turned the thing off, but even the
  5996. residual heat didn't help much, and this morning some were still hard.  Gave them a few
  5997. hours in the oven, which may have helped.
  5998.      </p>
  5999.  
  6000.      <p>
  6001. Why am I suddenly having so much difficulty?  This time I made a double portion with two 375
  6002. bags of different age (but both not expired).  Could it be that the older ones were already
  6003. too old?  Next time I'll try a different brand.
  6004.      </p>
  6005.      </div>
  6006.    ]]>
  6007.  </description>
  6008.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6009.  <dc:date>2017-03-19T22:55:40+00:00</dc:date>
  6010. </item>
  6011.  
  6012.            
  6013. <item>
  6014. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-225543</guid>
  6015. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-225543</link>
  6016. <category>technology</category>
  6017. <category>opinion</category>
  6018. <title>25 years of BSD</title>
  6019.  <description>
  6020.    <![CDATA[
  6021.    <div align="justify">
  6022.      <p>
  6023. Seen in my calendar today:
  6024.      </p>
  6025.  
  6026.      <div style="text-align:left">
  6027.  <tt>
  6028. <a href="/grog/diary&#45;mar1992.php#19">Mar 19</a> &nbsp;Greg installs BSD/386 0.3.1, 1992
  6029.  </tt>
  6030. </div>
  6031.  
  6032.      <p>
  6033. Twenty-five years!  I suppose it's an indication of the robustness of the platform that I
  6034. have changed very little in my desktop environment since then.
  6035.      </p>
  6036.      </div>
  6037.    ]]>
  6038.  </description>
  6039.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6040.  <dc:date>2017-03-19T22:55:43+00:00</dc:date>
  6041. </item>
  6042.  
  6043.            
  6044. <item>
  6045. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-225731</guid>
  6046. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170319-225731</link>
  6047. <category>animals</category>
  6048. <category>opinion</category>
  6049. <title>Swallows come and go</title>
  6050.  <description>
  6051.    <![CDATA[
  6052.    <div align="justify">
  6053.      <p>
  6054. More calendar entries:
  6055.      </p>
  6056.  
  6057.      <div style="text-align:left">
  6058.  <tt>
  6059. 19 mar &nbsp;Pour saint Joseph,
  6060. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;L'hirondelle va et vient.
  6061. <br />Mar 19 &nbsp;Swallows return to Capistrano
  6062. <br />
  6063.  </tt>
  6064. </div>
  6065.  
  6066.      <p>
  6067. What's so special about swallows today?  Google searches reveal
  6068. that <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Joseph">St Joseph</a> is the patron saint
  6069. of many countries,
  6070. including <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China">China</a>,
  6071. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croatia">Croatia</a>,
  6072. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico">Mexico</a>,
  6073. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korea">Korea</a>,
  6074. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austria">Austria</a>,
  6075. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium">Belgium</a>,
  6076. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru">Peru</a>,
  6077. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines">Philippines</a>
  6078. and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viet_Nam">Viet Nam</a> (the current Wikipedia
  6079. order).  Does the proverb relate to one of the francophone countries in that list?  In
  6080. addition, there are many repetitions of the swallows, some with different words, some with
  6081. different saints' days.  But it seems that there was once quite a tradition of observing the
  6082. migration of swallows.
  6083.      </p>
  6084.      </div>
  6085.    ]]>
  6086.  </description>
  6087.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6088.  <dc:date>2017-03-19T22:57:31+00:00</dc:date>
  6089. </item>
  6090.  
  6091.                  
  6092. <item>
  6093. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170320-230615</guid>
  6094. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170320-230615</link>
  6095. <category>photography</category>
  6096. <category>opinion</category>
  6097. <title>Sensor dust?</title>
  6098.  <description>
  6099.    <![CDATA[
  6100.    <div align="justify">
  6101.      <p>
  6102. One of the great advantages of the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/">Olympus E series</a> is the automatic
  6103. sensor cleaning that occurs every time the camera is powered up.  But how well does it work?
  6104. The dust doesn't go away, it just gets moved, hopefully off the sensor.
  6105.      </p>
  6106.  
  6107.      <p>
  6108. For some time I've noted artefacts on my macro photos, particularly those taken at a small
  6109. aperture.  Today I had to take a photo of the incorrect USB hub that I received <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php#D&#45;20170318&#45;012153">on Friday</a>.  The first attempt showed
  6110. noticeable blobs in the background:
  6111.      </p>
  6112.  
  6113.        <a id="Photo-146" name="Photo-146"
  6114.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170320&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-146">
  6115.          <img alt="This should be USB-4-port-hub-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_146"
  6116.               title="Photo USB-4-port-hub-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6117.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170320/small/USB-4-port-hub-1.jpeg"
  6118.               width="300" height="224"
  6119.           /></a>
  6120.  
  6121.      <p>
  6122. Where did they come from?  The background isn't perfectly clean, and smaller spots are also
  6123. visible.  But I had to do something.  The image above was taken at f/22.  What did it look
  6124. like at f/5.6?  Took a number of other images, and discovered that, sure enough, the
  6125. artefacts are related to the aperture.  Here images taken at f/5.6, f/16 and f/22.  The
  6126. smaller dots are on the background:
  6127.      </p>
  6128.  
  6129.      <div align="left">
  6130.  <a id="Photo-147" name="Photo-147"
  6131.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170320&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-147">
  6132.          <img alt="This should be USB-4-port-hub-2-orig-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_147"
  6133.               title="Photo USB-4-port-hub-2-orig-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6134.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170320/small/USB-4-port-hub-2-orig-detail.jpeg"
  6135.               width="220" height="306"
  6136.           /></a>
  6137.  <a id="Photo-148" name="Photo-148"
  6138.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170320&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-148">
  6139.          <img alt="This should be USB-4-port-hub-4-orig-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_148"
  6140.               title="Photo USB-4-port-hub-4-orig-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6141.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170320/small/USB-4-port-hub-4-orig-detail.jpeg"
  6142.               width="245" height="276"
  6143.           /></a>
  6144.  <a id="Photo-149" name="Photo-149"
  6145.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170320&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-149">
  6146.          <img alt="This should be USB-4-port-hub-5-orig-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_149"
  6147.               title="Photo USB-4-port-hub-5-orig-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6148.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170320/small/USB-4-port-hub-5-orig-detail.jpeg"
  6149.               width="237" height="286"
  6150.           /></a>
  6151.      </div>
  6152.  
  6153.      <p>
  6154. The originals were done with my specific settings, but it seems to be related to the
  6155. microcontrast setting.  With the <a href="http://dxo.com/intl/photo/dxo_optics_pro/introduction">DxO</a> standard settings, the
  6156. original (f/22) image looks like this (second image):
  6157.      </p>
  6158.  
  6159.        <a id="Photo-150" name="Photo-150"
  6160.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170320&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-150">
  6161.          <img alt="This should be USB-4-port-hub-5-orig-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_150"
  6162.               title="Photo USB-4-port-hub-5-orig-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6163.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170320/small/USB-4-port-hub-5-orig-detail.jpeg"
  6164.               width="237" height="286"
  6165.           /></a>
  6166.        <a id="Photo-151" name="Photo-151"
  6167.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170320&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-151">
  6168.          <img alt="This should be USB-4-port-hub-5-orig-standard-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_151"
  6169.               title="Photo USB-4-port-hub-5-orig-standard-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6170.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170320/small/USB-4-port-hub-5-orig-standard-detail.jpeg"
  6171.               width="237" height="286"
  6172.           /></a>
  6173.  
  6174.      <p>
  6175. The spots are still visible, but they're much less obvious.  So, do they come from dust on
  6176. the sensor?  It doesn't really make sense: then the size wouldn't depend nearly as much on
  6177. the aperture.  Dust on the lens?  That's much more likely, but I didn't see any.  Something
  6178. to keep my eye on.
  6179.      </p>
  6180.      </div>
  6181.    ]]>
  6182.  </description>
  6183.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6184.  <dc:date>2017-03-20T23:06:15+00:00</dc:date>
  6185. </item>
  6186.  
  6187.            
  6188. <item>
  6189. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170320-233923</guid>
  6190. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170320-233923</link>
  6191. <category>animals</category>
  6192. <category>opinion</category>
  6193. <title>High altitude cat</title>
  6194.  <description>
  6195.    <![CDATA[
  6196.    <div align="justify">
  6197.      <p>
  6198. We thought that managed to keep <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Animals/Rani.php">Rani</a> from jumping onto the lounge room furniture, but far from it.  She found a way onto the
  6199. cabinet in the corner via the rocking chair in front of it:
  6200.      </p>
  6201.  
  6202.        <a id="Photo-152" name="Photo-152"
  6203.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170321&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-152">
  6204.          <img alt="This should be Lounge-room-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_152"
  6205.               title="Photo Lounge-room-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6206.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170321/small/Lounge-room-1.jpeg"
  6207.               width="225" height="300"
  6208.           /></a>
  6209.  
  6210.      <p>
  6211. But what I didn't expect was to find her walking over the curtain rail from one cabinet to
  6212. another:
  6213.      </p>
  6214.  
  6215.        <a id="Photo-153" name="Photo-153"
  6216.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170320&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-153">
  6217.          <img alt="This should be Rani-6.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_153"
  6218.               title="Photo Rani-6.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6219.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170320/small/Rani-6.jpeg"
  6220.               width="302" height="223"
  6221.           /></a>
  6222.  
  6223.      <p>
  6224. We have three cabinets, with windows and curtains between each of them, so she can now walk
  6225. around the lounge room just below ceiling level.
  6226.      </p>
  6227.      </div>
  6228.    ]]>
  6229.  </description>
  6230.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6231.  <dc:date>2017-03-20T23:39:23+00:00</dc:date>
  6232. </item>
  6233.  
  6234.                  
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  6236. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170321-225455</guid>
  6237. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170321-225455</link>
  6238. <category>general</category>
  6239. <category>opinion</category>
  6240. <title>Autumn with a vengeance</title>
  6241.  <description>
  6242.    <![CDATA[
  6243.    <div align="justify">
  6244.      <p>
  6245. The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumnal_equinox">Autumnal equinox</a> occurred
  6246. last night at 21:28, and it was as if the flood gates opened.  Overnight we had 10 mm of
  6247. rain, and in the afternoon another 24 mm within the space of an hour.  The known wet area
  6248. round the house entrance was wetter than I have ever seen before:
  6249.      </p>
  6250.  
  6251.        <a id="Photo-154" name="Photo-154"
  6252.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170321&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-154">
  6253.          <img alt="This should be House-entrance.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_154"
  6254.               title="Photo House-entrance.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6255.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170321/small/House-entrance.jpeg"
  6256.               width="367" height="184"
  6257.           /></a>
  6258.  
  6259.        <a id="Photo-155" name="Photo-155"
  6260.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170321&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-155">
  6261.          <img alt="This should be House-entrance-6.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_155"
  6262.               title="Photo House-entrance-6.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6263.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170321/small/House-entrance-6.jpeg"
  6264.               width="300" height="225"
  6265.           /></a>
  6266.  
  6267.      <p>
  6268. Not a serious issue; we have an effluent pump under the green cover to the right (first
  6269. image) or left (second image) of the column.  It had been turned off for the summer.  Just
  6270. turn it on, and it ran.
  6271.      </p>
  6272.  
  6273.      <p>
  6274. But no water came out!  Off to look for temporary alternatives, including a second pump,
  6275. conveniently supplied with a double output connector that needed to be cut in two to fit a
  6276. hose to it.  Finally got that done, and out to connect it up.  But there was no need; the
  6277. pump had finally done its job, and I was just in time for the last few seconds of clean-up.
  6278.      </p>
  6279.  
  6280.      <p>
  6281. What happened?  The connector might have given me the clue: it contained a spider web that I
  6282. first needed to remove.  Quite possibly the same occurred at the end of the drain pipe from
  6283. the installed pump.  Next year I should plug it up during the summer.
  6284.      </p>
  6285.      </div>
  6286.    ]]>
  6287.  </description>
  6288.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6289.  <dc:date>2017-03-21T22:54:55+00:00</dc:date>
  6290. </item>
  6291.  
  6292.            
  6293.      
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  6296. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170322-224927</link>
  6297. <category>general</category>
  6298. <title>The rest of the rain</title>
  6299.  <description>
  6300.    <![CDATA[
  6301.    <div align="justify">
  6302.      <p>
  6303.        More rain overnight.  Between midnight yesterday and 9:00 this morning we had a total of
  6304.        39.8 mm of rain.
  6305.      </p>
  6306.      </div>
  6307.    ]]>
  6308.  </description>
  6309.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6310.  <dc:date>2017-03-22T22:49:27+00:00</dc:date>
  6311. </item>
  6312.  
  6313.            
  6314. <item>
  6315. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170322-230701</guid>
  6316. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170322-230701</link>
  6317. <category>animals</category>
  6318. <title>Rani catches a mouse</title>
  6319.  <description>
  6320.    <![CDATA[
  6321.    <div align="justify">
  6322.      <p>
  6323.        Noise from somewhere in the hallway this morning: <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Animals/Rani.php">Rani</a> meowing.  Had she got herself locked in
  6324.        somewhere?  No, she had found a mouse:
  6325.      </p>
  6326.  
  6327.        <a id="Photo-156" name="Photo-156"
  6328.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170322&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-156">
  6329.          <img alt="This should be Rani-mouse-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_156"
  6330.               title="Photo Rani-mouse-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6331.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170322/small/Rani-mouse-1.jpeg"
  6332.               width="300" height="225"
  6333.           /></a>
  6334.  
  6335.      <p>
  6336.        And as so often, she let it go, and it hid under the sideboard.  I pulled it out so that
  6337.        they (<a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Piccola.php">Piccola</a> had also joined in the fun)
  6338.        could get behind.  After a while, there was no more noise.  I don't know whether the mouse
  6339.        escaped or not.
  6340.      </p>
  6341.      </div>
  6342.    ]]>
  6343.  </description>
  6344.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6345.  <dc:date>2017-03-22T23:07:01+00:00</dc:date>
  6346. </item>
  6347.  
  6348.      
  6349.      
  6350. <item>
  6351. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170322-231206</guid>
  6352. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170322-231206</link>
  6353. <category>photography</category>
  6354. <category>opinion</category>
  6355. <title>Flash contact covers</title>
  6356.  <description>
  6357.    <![CDATA[
  6358.    <div align="justify">
  6359.      <p>
  6360.        I've <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php?topics=p#D&#45;20170307&#45;221853">already grumbled</a> about losing the flash contact cover for my new <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>,
  6361.        and to add to the situation, <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php?topics=p#D&#45;20170319&#45;024526">on Saturday</a> Chris Bahlo broke
  6362.        one of the side clips on the flash shoe cover for the <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Olympus/PEN&#45;EPM1">E-PM1</a>:
  6363.      </p>
  6364.  
  6365.        <a id="Photo-157" name="Photo-157"
  6366.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170323&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-157">
  6367.          <img alt="This should be Flash-shoe-cover-E-PM1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_157"
  6368.               title="Photo Flash-shoe-cover-E-PM1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6369.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170323/small/Flash-shoe-cover-E-PM1.jpeg"
  6370.               width="278" height="242"
  6371.           /></a>
  6372.  
  6373.      <p>
  6374.        But then today the same thing happened to me with the shoe on the E-M1 Mark II.  And before
  6375.        I could take a photo, the other one broke off too:
  6376.      </p>
  6377.  
  6378.        <a id="Photo-158" name="Photo-158"
  6379.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170323&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-158">
  6380.          <img alt="This should be Flash-shoe-cover-E-M1-II-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_158"
  6381.               title="Photo Flash-shoe-cover-E-M1-II-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6382.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170323/small/Flash-shoe-cover-E-M1-II-1.jpeg"
  6383.               width="254" height="266"
  6384.           /></a>
  6385.  
  6386.      <p>
  6387.        Why?  I'm not exactly rough with my equipment.  But it also begs the question as to the
  6388.        usefulness of these delicate features.  The cover fits just as well without them.  And I can
  6389.        get a replacement for $1, like I did for the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark I</a>, and
  6390.        it has the advantage of being made in one piece:
  6391.      </p>
  6392.  
  6393.        <a id="Photo-159" name="Photo-159"
  6394.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170323&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-159">
  6395.          <img alt="This should be Flash-shoe-cover-generic.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_159"
  6396.               title="Photo Flash-shoe-cover-generic.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6397.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170323/small/Flash-shoe-cover-generic.jpeg"
  6398.               width="252" height="268"
  6399.           /></a>
  6400.  
  6401.      <p>
  6402.        On the
  6403.        other hand, the cover shouldn't just cover from the top, but horizontally as well.  Front
  6404.        and sides are covered by the shoe itself, but the back is a different matter:
  6405.      </p>
  6406.  
  6407.        <a id="Photo-160" name="Photo-160"
  6408.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170323&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-160">
  6409.          <img alt="This should be E-M1-II-flash-cover-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_160"
  6410.               title="Photo E-M1-II-flash-cover-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6411.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170323/small/E-M1-II-flash-cover-4.jpeg"
  6412.               width="321" height="210"
  6413.           /></a>
  6414.        <a id="Photo-161" name="Photo-161"
  6415.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170323&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-161">
  6416.          <img alt="This should be E-M1-II-flash-cover-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_161"
  6417.               title="Photo E-M1-II-flash-cover-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6418.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170323/small/E-M1-II-flash-cover-5.jpeg"
  6419.               width="302" height="223"
  6420.           /></a>
  6421.  
  6422.      <p>
  6423.        Clearly the one in the left does a better job.  Is that a reason to buy the original Olympus
  6424.        cover after all?  No, the one on the left is the el-cheapo cover.  Time to buy a supply of
  6425.        them.
  6426.      </p>
  6427.      </div>
  6428.    ]]>
  6429.  </description>
  6430.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6431.  <dc:date>2017-03-22T23:12:06+00:00</dc:date>
  6432. </item>
  6433.  
  6434.            
  6435. <item>
  6436. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170322-234126</guid>
  6437. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170322-234126</link>
  6438. <category>general</category>
  6439. <category>opinion</category>
  6440. <title>Visiting the West Country</title>
  6441.  <description>
  6442.    <![CDATA[
  6443.    <div align="justify">
  6444.      <p>
  6445.        Callum Gibson and part family are off to
  6446.        the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom">United Kingdom</a> next month—not
  6447.        exactly the time of year I would choose—and will be spending about a week in
  6448.        the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Country">West Country</a>.  I spent the best
  6449.        part of the time between September 1961 and December 1972 there, including the entire span
  6450.        of my first diary series (<a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jan1963.php#1">1 January 1963</a> to <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct1970.php#1">1 October 1970</a>).  So what can I recommend?
  6451.      </p>
  6452.  
  6453.      <p>
  6454.        Strangely, not very much.  I spent a lot of time
  6455.        on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dartmoor">Dartmoor</a>, and I enjoyed places
  6456.        like <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clovelly">Clovelly</a>
  6457.        and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheesewring">Cheesewring</a>.  And for those who
  6458.        are interested, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exeter_Cathedral">Exeter Cathedral</a>
  6459.        is well worth visiting.  But if I were to go back, it would be to try to revisit my life in
  6460.        the 1960s, nothing (my life) that would interest anybody else.
  6461.      </p>
  6462.      </div>
  6463.    ]]>
  6464.  </description>
  6465.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6466.  <dc:date>2017-03-22T23:41:26+00:00</dc:date>
  6467. </item>
  6468.  
  6469.            
  6470. <item>
  6471. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170323-003944</guid>
  6472. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170323-003944</link>
  6473. <category>technology</category>
  6474. <title>New backup disk</title>
  6475.  <description>
  6476.    <![CDATA[
  6477.    <div align="justify">
  6478.      <p>
  6479.        <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> back from shopping with a new photo backup disk.  The
  6480.        4 TB disk, one of two that I bought <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;nov2013.php#D&#45;20131125&#45;205352">a little over 3 years ago</a>, is already nearly full.  So once again we bought an 8 TB
  6481.        disk.  <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;jun2016.php#D&#45;20160628&#45;002411">Last June</a> we bought
  6482.        the first one, for $348.  Now the same model is old, and they're selling it at <a href="http://www.officeworks.com.au/">Officeworks</a> for $329.
  6483.      </p>
  6484.  
  6485.      <p>
  6486.        How do I format it?  That (amongst other things) is what <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;jun2016.php#D&#45;20160628&#45;002411">this diary</a> is for.  And since I've been
  6487.        there before, started of tarring and extracting the entire <i>/Photos</i> file system to it.
  6488.        Last time it took 3½ days, but since then there's more data.  Nothing to do in a hurry.
  6489.      </p>
  6490.      </div>
  6491.    ]]>
  6492.  </description>
  6493.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6494.  <dc:date>2017-03-23T00:39:44+00:00</dc:date>
  6495. </item>
  6496.  
  6497.                  
  6498. <item>
  6499. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170323-223814</guid>
  6500. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170323-223814</link>
  6501. <category>general</category>
  6502. <title>YABPF</title>
  6503.  <description>
  6504.    <![CDATA[
  6505.    <div align="justify">
  6506.      <p>
  6507.        “YABPF” is the abbreviation I used when checking in my <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/powercor/power&#45;failures.php#bottom">power failure</a> page: “Yet Another Bloody
  6508.        Power Failure”.  Today was the latest, at 0:34.  Again we only noticed it because the
  6509.        kitchen appliances had reset.
  6510.      </p>
  6511.      </div>
  6512.    ]]>
  6513.  </description>
  6514.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6515.  <dc:date>2017-03-23T22:38:14+00:00</dc:date>
  6516. </item>
  6517.  
  6518.            
  6519. <item>
  6520. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170323-223818</guid>
  6521. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170323-223818</link>
  6522. <category>food</category>
  6523. <category>and</category>
  6524. <category>drink</category>
  6525. <category>language</category>
  6526. <title>Hiens beans?</title>
  6527.  <description>
  6528.    <![CDATA[
  6529.    <div align="justify">
  6530.      <p>
  6531. I'm still not happy with my <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/recipes/baked&#45;beans.php">baked beans</a>,
  6532. so it seemed a good idea to compare with the commercial offerings.  Today I ate
  6533. “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_Baked_Beans">Heinz Beanz</a>”, apparently meant
  6534. to rhyme.  It was interesting for a number of reasons: they sauce was particularly sticky,
  6535. almost certainly artificial, the beans themselves were considerably smaller, but
  6536. nevertheless unpleasantly floury, and the sauce was almost tasteless.  And of course it had
  6537. sugar in it.  I'm considerably encouraged by my own results, which taste much better.
  6538.      </p>
  6539.      </div>
  6540.    ]]>
  6541.  </description>
  6542.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6543.  <dc:date>2017-03-23T22:38:18+00:00</dc:date>
  6544. </item>
  6545.  
  6546.            
  6547. <item>
  6548. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170323-223941</guid>
  6549. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170323-223941</link>
  6550. <category>Stones</category>
  6551. <category>Road</category>
  6552. <category>house</category>
  6553. <title>Yet Another Bloody Hot Water Failure</title>
  6554.  <description>
  6555.    <![CDATA[
  6556.    <div align="justify">
  6557.      <p>
  6558.        The power failure wasn't the only problem we had this morning: the water wasn't hot enough.
  6559.        Went out to the hot water system and confirmed that yes, indeed, the internal circuit
  6560.        breaker had tripped, exactly the same problem that I had <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2016.php#D&#45;20160330&#45;231023">almost exactly a year ago</a>.  Is the date
  6561.        significant?  Only, I think, because it's when sunshine isn't enough to keep the water hot.
  6562.        In each case it could have failed almost any time during the summer, and I'm left wondering
  6563.        whether overvoltage may not have played a role.
  6564.      </p>
  6565.      </div>
  6566.    ]]>
  6567.  </description>
  6568.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6569.  <dc:date>2017-03-23T22:39:41+00:00</dc:date>
  6570. </item>
  6571.  
  6572.            
  6573. <item>
  6574. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170323-224351</guid>
  6575. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170323-224351</link>
  6576. <category>multimedia</category>
  6577. <category>opinion</category>
  6578. <title>Finding online German videos</title>
  6579.  <description>
  6580.    <![CDATA[
  6581.    <div align="justify">
  6582.      <p>
  6583.        Where do you find videos online?  <a href="http://www.youtube.com/">YouTube</a>, of
  6584.        course.  And many other places of less obvious legality.  Either way, things are more
  6585.        complicated if the language isn't English.  We've been watching a series, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Bergdoktor_(2008)">„Der Bergdoktor“</a>, which is
  6586.        interesting mainly for the photography and the location.  In the last couple of months a new
  6587.        series has been aired.  How do I get hold of it?  The possibilities are:
  6588.      </p>
  6589.  
  6590.      <ul>
  6591.        <li class="fullwidth">
  6592.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  6593.            Watch online from the <a href="https://www.zdf.de/serien/der&#45;bergdoktor/">ZDF
  6594.            Mediathek</a>.  The problem here is that the image quality is considerably worse than
  6595.            the original, they're only available until June this year, and there's no obvious way to
  6596.            download the episodes.
  6597.          </p>
  6598.        </li>
  6599.  
  6600.        <li class="fullwidth">
  6601.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  6602.            <a href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=der%2bbergdoktor%2bstaffel%2b10">YouTube</a> seems to have all episodes, again with a maximum resolution of 480p.
  6603.          </p>
  6604.        </li>
  6605.  
  6606.        <li class="fullwidth">
  6607.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  6608.            Find it at <a href="https://www.fernsehserien.de/suche/der%20bergdoktor">fernsehserien.de</a>, which finds not only the current series, but also an <a href="https://www.fernsehserien.de/der&#45;bergdoktor&#45;1992">older series with the same name</a>.  But there's no online access; it just tells you how to access it (DVD and Bluray),
  6609.            with the information that this year's series will appear on DVD on 21 April for 20,99 €.
  6610.            But who uses DVD any more?  Again it's low resolution.
  6611.          </p>
  6612.        </li>
  6613.  
  6614.        <li class="fullwidth">
  6615.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  6616.            <a href="http://www.giga.de/extra/tv&#45;serien/specials/der&#45;bergdoktor&#45;im&#45;legalen&#45;kostenlosen&#45;online&#45;stream&#45;sehen/">www.giga.de</a> has information, but it's 9 months old
  6617.          </p>
  6618.        </li>
  6619.  
  6620.        <li class="fullwidth">
  6621.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  6622.            Then there's a site called <a href="https://serienstream.to/">https://serienstream.to/</a> with a
  6623.            marginally usable search function (it finds „Der Bergdoktor“, but not „Bergdoktor“).
  6624.            And it has most episodes, including 1 to 4 (out of 7) of series 10, available via
  6625.            various access services.
  6626.          </p>
  6627.  
  6628.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  6629.            Is it legal?  There's nothing there to suggest that it isn't.  After
  6630.            all, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZDF">ZDF</a> has it online, and that's
  6631.            definitely legal.  But actually accessing the files is a real pain.  Some offer a
  6632.            download service.  But the interface is appalling: lots of advertisements, including
  6633.            gratuitous pornography.  There are at least 5 access services:
  6634.          </p>
  6635.  
  6636.          <ul>
  6637.            <li class="fullwidth">
  6638.              <p class="list2width">
  6639.                <a href="https://openload.co/f/Z8YhR7X&#45;gto">openload</a>, available only for
  6640.                episode 1.  After much messing around, and maybe random sequences of clicks, I was
  6641.                able to download the episode.  It's absolutely unbearable, but the others make it
  6642.                look good.
  6643.              </p>
  6644.            </li>
  6645.  
  6646.            <li class="fullwidth">
  6647.              <p class="list2width">
  6648.                <a href="http://streamcloud.eu/9vrlhqymdm3y/.html">streamcloud</a>, the one
  6649.                with the pornography.  After dozens of clicks and at least as many advertising
  6650.                popups, it finally produced a stream.  But no download link, so not worth the
  6651.                trouble.  One of the popups proves to be JavaScript source code proves to be
  6652.                <a href="http://adrunnr.com/?placement=404502&amp;redirectwTJ60NR858KF5A541K3GSUDO">JavaScript source code</a>.
  6653.              </p>
  6654.            </li>
  6655.  
  6656.            <li class="fullwidth">
  6657.              <p class="list2width">
  6658.                <a href="https://vivo.sx/82618e6d28">Vivo</a> offers free download, but
  6659.                nearly all it does is produce one advertising site after another.  On one occasion I
  6660.                got as far as being offered a download link, but that took me to <a href="http://usenet.nl/">usenet.nl</a>, which offered me a free trial subscription
  6661.                (no information what it costs after the first week), and wanted a credit card
  6662.                number.  No, sorry, you're not nearly trustworthy enough.  Goodbye usenet.nl,
  6663.                goodbye Vivo.
  6664.              </p>
  6665.            </li>
  6666.  
  6667.            <li class="fullwidth">
  6668.              <p class="list2width">
  6669.                <a href="http://watchers.to/lv3n4lfwdyn5">watchers</a> required multiple
  6670.                presses on the “Download” button and  produced no less than
  6671.                6 advertising screens, after which a subtle change showed that a file was available
  6672.                for download.  And how about that, it worked.  But the “normal resolution” file
  6673.                seems to be something like 320i.  Even a DVD would do better.
  6674.              </p>
  6675.            </li>
  6676.  
  6677.            <li class="fullwidth">
  6678.              <p class="list2width">
  6679.                <a href="https://www.flashx.tv/43b239fe1e84fd8bfaf1a787c5c74bd1.jsp">FlashX</a>.  This didn't work at all with ad blockers, and without it (finally) led me to
  6680.                <a href="http://usenet.nl/">usenet.nl</a> again.  Another one dead in the
  6681.                water.
  6682.              </p>
  6683.            </li>
  6684.          </ul>
  6685.  
  6686.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  6687.    On the whole, there's nothing on any of these sites that is worth the trouble: it's much
  6688.    easier to go to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/">YouTube</a>.
  6689.  </p>
  6690.        </li>
  6691.      </ul>
  6692.  
  6693.      <p>
  6694.        If any of these sites are illegal, it's interesting to note the supposedly reputable
  6695.        companies that advertise there, including <a href="https://www.aussie&#45;prizes.com/cgi&#45;bin/wingame.pl?partner_pk=617&amp;wingame_pk=58&amp;sub_id=1884&#45;&amp;sub_id_postback=102a90cf26260ec7486a6b8096ac9f">Coles</a> and <a href="https://www.oz&#45;offers.com/_static/_supload/bba/Prelander/Wingame/59/OZ_offers_Woolworths_PK220/OO_WW_PK220.html?offer_id=2720&amp;aff_id=1750&amp;url_id=8632&amp;aff_sub=1546177&#45;3180484476&#45;0&amp;aff_sub2=14903206473029758298188613611065230">Woolworths</a>.
  6696.      </p>
  6697.      </div>
  6698.    ]]>
  6699.  </description>
  6700.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6701.  <dc:date>2017-03-23T22:43:51+00:00</dc:date>
  6702. </item>
  6703.  
  6704.            
  6705. <item>
  6706. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170324-024608</guid>
  6707. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170324-024608</link>
  6708. <category>history</category>
  6709. <category>opinion</category>
  6710. <title>Goodbye, good old days</title>
  6711.  <description>
  6712.    <![CDATA[
  6713.    <div align="justify">
  6714.      <p>
  6715. Today I finished the task I started in January last year: complete entering my diary from
  6716. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-apr1966.php#1">1 April 1966</a> until the end of the entries on <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct1970.php#1">1 October 1970</a> (in fact, only until <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-sep1970.php#29">29 September 1970</a>, since I had
  6717. done the final two days earlier).
  6718.      </p>
  6719.  
  6720.      <p>
  6721. It's been an interesting time.  It started with my first independent journey
  6722. through <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England">England</a>
  6723. and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland">Scotland</a> at the age of 17
  6724. (hitch-hiking, no less) and ended just after my 22nd birthday and just before the beginning
  6725. of my second year at
  6726. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Exeter">University of Exeter</a>.  I
  6727. had always looked on it as a mainly happy time, but looking back it doesn't seem nearly as
  6728. happy at time as I remember.  It was certainly fun, but I most certainly wouldn't want to go
  6729. back there, and I'm glad the entries are over.
  6730.      </p>
  6731.      </div>
  6732.    ]]>
  6733.  </description>
  6734.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6735.  <dc:date>2017-03-24T02:46:08+00:00</dc:date>
  6736. </item>
  6737.  
  6738.                  
  6739. <item>
  6740. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170324-220742</guid>
  6741. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170324-220742</link>
  6742. <category>general</category>
  6743. <title>Still no hot water</title>
  6744.  <description>
  6745.    <![CDATA[
  6746.    <div align="justify">
  6747.      <p>
  6748. The hot water situation didn't improve after resetting the circuit breaker <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;mar2017.php#D&#45;20170323&#45;223941">yesterday</a>: I had turned the power off
  6749. before opening it, and forgot to turn it on again.  Nevertheless, and despite lack of sun,
  6750. the water was (barely) enough to shower.
  6751.      </p>
  6752.      </div>
  6753.    ]]>
  6754.  </description>
  6755.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6756.  <dc:date>2017-03-24T22:07:42+00:00</dc:date>
  6757. </item>
  6758.  
  6759.            
  6760. <item>
  6761. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170324-221123</guid>
  6762. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170324-221123</link>
  6763. <category>general</category>
  6764. <category>animals</category>
  6765. <title>Eureka Village again</title>
  6766.  <description>
  6767.    <![CDATA[
  6768.    <div align="justify">
  6769.      <p>
  6770. As every other Friday, to the <a href="http://aged&#45;care&#45;services.findthebest.com.au/l/941/Eureka&#45;Village&#45;Hostel">Eureka Village
  6771. Hostel</a> and the <a href="http://aged&#45;care&#45;services.findthebest.com.au/l/1013/Geoffrey&#45;Cutter&#45;Centre">Geoffrey
  6772. Cutter Centre</a> with <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Nikolai.php">Nikolai</a>, <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Animals/Sasha.php">Sasha</a> and <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> today.  It's getting clear that <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Nikolai.php">Nikolai</a> is
  6773. not enjoying it much any more, and it seems that <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Animals/Sasha.php">Sasha</a> is also enjoying it less.  We had planned to
  6774. continue until the end of the year, but we're now wondering if we can hold it out that long.
  6775.      </p>
  6776.  
  6777.            </div>
  6778.    ]]>
  6779.  </description>
  6780.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6781.  <dc:date>2017-03-24T22:11:23+00:00</dc:date>
  6782. </item>
  6783.  
  6784.            
  6785. <item>
  6786. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170324-222044</guid>
  6787. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170324-222044</link>
  6788. <category>technology</category>
  6789. <title>Network problems</title>
  6790.  <description>
  6791.    <![CDATA[
  6792.    <div align="justify">
  6793.      <p>
  6794. In the course of the day had a number of intermittent problems with network connections,
  6795. initially between <i>tiwi</i> (TV computer, in the lounge room) and <i>eureka</i> (main
  6796. machine).  Why?  Typically it's a switch, and I have two between the machines.  The one in
  6797. the pantry has given me trouble before, so I power cycled it, to no avail.  The switch in
  6798. the office seemed to be working, but it had slipped back from its position between monitors
  6799. 1 and 2, probably thanks to <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Animals/Rani.php">Rani</a>.
  6800.      </p>
  6801.  
  6802.      <p>
  6803. When I pulled it forward, things worked.  Aha!  Poor connection?  But it failed again later,
  6804. and no amount of further jiggling helped.  Changed the cable, used a different port, and it
  6805. failed again—once.  It's now working, but I suspect that I haven't seen the last of this.
  6806. It got me thinking just how many potential points of failure there are between the two
  6807. computers: two interface cards, 2 switches, 6 cables, 10 connectors.  And two of the cables
  6808. have been installed into the house by my favourite electrician, Jim Lannen.
  6809.      </p>
  6810.  
  6811.      <p>
  6812. How I love intermittent failures!  They're all the more fun when there are two of them.
  6813.      </p>
  6814.      </div>
  6815.    ]]>
  6816.  </description>
  6817.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6818.  <dc:date>2017-03-24T22:20:44+00:00</dc:date>
  6819. </item>
  6820.  
  6821.                  
  6822. <item>
  6823. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170326-223729</guid>
  6824. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170326-223729</link>
  6825. <category>animals</category>
  6826. <category>general</category>
  6827. <title>Ballarat Rural Lifestyle Expo</title>
  6828.  <description>
  6829.    <![CDATA[
  6830.    <div align="justify">
  6831.      <p>
  6832. Off into <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat">Ballarat</a> today to the
  6833. <a href="https://www.rurallifestyleexpo.org.au/">Ballarat Rural Lifestyle Expo</a>:
  6834.      </p>
  6835.  
  6836.        <a id="Photo-162" name="Photo-162"
  6837.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170325&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-162">
  6838.          <img alt="This should be Rural-lifestyle-expo-pano-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_162"
  6839.               title="Photo Rural-lifestyle-expo-pano-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6840.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170325/small/Rural-lifestyle-expo-pano-2.jpeg"
  6841.               width="506" height="133"
  6842.           /></a>
  6843.  
  6844.      <p>
  6845. That's not exactly my thing, but Chris Bahlo and <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> were
  6846. exhibiting a couple of horses (Keldan and Samba):
  6847.      </p>
  6848.  
  6849.      <p>
  6850.      <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruSky1IsEJk"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ruSky1IsEJk/default.jpg" /></a>
  6851.      </p>
  6852.  
  6853.      <p>
  6854. But of course there was space for fun:
  6855.      </p>
  6856.  
  6857.      <div align="left">
  6858.  <a id="Photo-163" name="Photo-163"
  6859.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170325&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-163">
  6860.          <img alt="This should be Rural-lifestyle-expo-137-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_163"
  6861.               title="Photo Rural-lifestyle-expo-137-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6862.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170325/small/Rural-lifestyle-expo-137-detail.jpeg"
  6863.               width="306" height="221"
  6864.           /></a>
  6865.  <a id="Photo-164" name="Photo-164"
  6866.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170325&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-164">
  6867.          <img alt="This should be Rural-lifestyle-expo-141-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_164"
  6868.               title="Photo Rural-lifestyle-expo-141-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6869.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170325/small/Rural-lifestyle-expo-141-detail.jpeg"
  6870.               width="231" height="293"
  6871.           /></a>
  6872.  <a id="Photo-165" name="Photo-165"
  6873.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170325&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-165">
  6874.          <img alt="This should be Rural-lifestyle-expo-151-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_165"
  6875.               title="Photo Rural-lifestyle-expo-151-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6876.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170325/small/Rural-lifestyle-expo-151-detail.jpeg"
  6877.               width="343" height="197"
  6878.           /></a>
  6879.      </div>
  6880.  
  6881.      <p>
  6882. In passing saw some of the smallest <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V8">V8</a> cars
  6883. and engines that I have ever seen:
  6884.      </p>
  6885.  
  6886.      <div align="left">
  6887.  <a id="Photo-166" name="Photo-166"
  6888.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170325&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-166">
  6889.          <img alt="This should be Rural-lifestyle-expo-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_166"
  6890.               title="Photo Rural-lifestyle-expo-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6891.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170325/small/Rural-lifestyle-expo-3.jpeg"
  6892.               width="300" height="225"
  6893.           /></a>
  6894.  <a id="Photo-167" name="Photo-167"
  6895.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170325&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-167">
  6896.          <img alt="This should be Rural-lifestyle-expo-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_167"
  6897.               title="Photo Rural-lifestyle-expo-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6898.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170325/small/Rural-lifestyle-expo-4.jpeg"
  6899.               width="300" height="225"
  6900.           /></a>
  6901.  <a id="Photo-168" name="Photo-168"
  6902.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170325&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-168">
  6903.          <img alt="This should be Rural-lifestyle-expo-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_168"
  6904.               title="Photo Rural-lifestyle-expo-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6905.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170325/small/Rural-lifestyle-expo-5.jpeg"
  6906.               width="300" height="225"
  6907.           /></a>
  6908.      </div>
  6909.  
  6910.      <p>
  6911. Also spoke with the people from <a href="http://www.breaze.org.au/">BREAZE</a>, who
  6912. confirmed that the prices for batteries for solar electricity storage still haven't dropped
  6913. as far as we would like.
  6914.      </p>
  6915.  
  6916.      <p>
  6917. And the usual random stuff that you also see at a fair:
  6918.      </p>
  6919.  
  6920.      <div align="left">
  6921.  <a id="Photo-169" name="Photo-169"
  6922.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170325&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-169">
  6923.          <img alt="This should be Rural-lifestyle-expo-43.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_169"
  6924.               title="Photo Rural-lifestyle-expo-43.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6925.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170325/small/Rural-lifestyle-expo-43.jpeg"
  6926.               width="300" height="225"
  6927.           /></a>
  6928.  <a id="Photo-170" name="Photo-170"
  6929.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170325&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-170">
  6930.          <img alt="This should be Rural-lifestyle-expo-13-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_170"
  6931.               title="Photo Rural-lifestyle-expo-13-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6932.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170325/small/Rural-lifestyle-expo-13-detail.jpeg"
  6933.               width="277" height="244"
  6934.           /></a>
  6935.      </div>
  6936.  
  6937.      <p>
  6938.      </p>
  6939.        <a id="Photo-171" name="Photo-171"
  6940.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170325&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-171">
  6941.          <img alt="This should be Rural-lifestyle-expo-pano-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_171"
  6942.               title="Photo Rural-lifestyle-expo-pano-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  6943.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170325/small/Rural-lifestyle-expo-pano-1.jpeg"
  6944.               width="623" height="108"
  6945.           /></a>
  6946.  
  6947.      <p>
  6948.      </p>
  6949.      </div>
  6950.    ]]>
  6951.  </description>
  6952.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6953.  <dc:date>2017-03-26T22:37:29+00:00</dc:date>
  6954. </item>
  6955.  
  6956.                  
  6957. <item>
  6958. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170327-010703</guid>
  6959. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170327-010703</link>
  6960. <category>photography</category>
  6961. <title>E-M1 Mark II battery life</title>
  6962.  <description>
  6963.    <![CDATA[
  6964.    <div align="justify">
  6965.      <p>
  6966. In preparation for today's trip, recharged the (only) battery of my <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>.
  6967. It was at 38% charge, but I've experienced that the last 30% seem to disappear without a
  6968. trace.  The “<a href="http://cs.olympus&#45;imaging.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/manual/omd/man_em1m2_e.pdf">instructions</a>” carefully avoid mentioning the useful capacity of the battery (or even
  6969. the model number), but the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/spec.html">online specifications</a> state that it's a BLH-1 good for 440 shots, or up to 950 under “Olympus testing
  6970. conditions based on CIPA test standards” that are not described in more detail.
  6971.      </p>
  6972.  
  6973.      <p>
  6974. So it was a bit of a surprise to find that I had taken a total of 917 shots on the one
  6975. battery, including a number of video clips.  It seems reasonable to assume that I could end
  6976. up with over 1000 per charge.
  6977.      </p>
  6978.      </div>
  6979.    ]]>
  6980.  </description>
  6981.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  6982.  <dc:date>2017-03-27T01:07:03+00:00</dc:date>
  6983. </item>
  6984.  
  6985.            
  6986. <item>
  6987. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170326-231603</guid>
  6988. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170326-231603</link>
  6989. <category>general</category>
  6990. <category>animals</category>
  6991. <title>Visiting Nele</title>
  6992.  <description>
  6993.    <![CDATA[
  6994.    <div align="justify">
  6995.      <p>
  6996. Off today with <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> (of course), Chris Bahlo and Margaret
  6997. Swan to visit Nele Kömle in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garvoc">Garvoc</a>.  I had
  6998. never been there before, and the others not frequently.
  6999.      </p>
  7000.      </div>
  7001.    ]]>
  7002.  </description>
  7003.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7004.  <dc:date>2017-03-26T23:16:03+00:00</dc:date>
  7005. </item>
  7006.  
  7007.            
  7008. <item>
  7009. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170326-231734</guid>
  7010. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170326-231734</link>
  7011. <category>general</category>
  7012. <category>technology</category>
  7013. <category>opinion</category>
  7014. <title>Facebook: cooling down?</title>
  7015.  <description>
  7016.    <![CDATA[
  7017.    <div align="justify">
  7018.      <p>
  7019. A couple of years ago, the local <a href="http://www.facebook.com/">Facebook</a> groups were full of activity, as I have commented over the years.  But it seems to be
  7020. cooling down lately.  In the past if there were a fire or a car accident, the Facebook group
  7021. would be full of it, including lots of inaccurate and inappropriate informaation.  But on
  7022. the way to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garvoc">Garvoc</a>, Chris Bahlo was talking
  7023. about indications she had seen of an accident involving a school bus about 4 weeks ago.
  7024. Silence.  But clearly something had happened:
  7025.      </p>
  7026.  
  7027.        <a id="Photo-172" name="Photo-172"
  7028.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170326&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-172">
  7029.          <img alt="This should be Crashed-car-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_172"
  7030.               title="Photo Crashed-car-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7031.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170326/small/Crashed-car-1.jpeg"
  7032.               width="301" height="225"
  7033.           /></a>
  7034.        <a id="Photo-173" name="Photo-173"
  7035.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170326&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-173">
  7036.          <img alt="This should be Crashed-car-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_173"
  7037.               title="Photo Crashed-car-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7038.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170326/small/Crashed-car-3.jpeg"
  7039.               width="306" height="221"
  7040.           /></a>
  7041.  
  7042.      <p>
  7043. Did the passengers survive?  Strangely, the cabin was barely damaged, but I don't like the
  7044. breakage pattern on the windscreen.
  7045.      </p>
  7046.      </div>
  7047.    ]]>
  7048.  </description>
  7049.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7050.  <dc:date>2017-03-26T23:17:34+00:00</dc:date>
  7051. </item>
  7052.  
  7053.      
  7054.            
  7055. <item>
  7056. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170326-232231</guid>
  7057. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170326-232231</link>
  7058. <category>general</category>
  7059. <category>technology</category>
  7060. <category>opinion</category>
  7061. <title>GPS navigators revisited</title>
  7062.  <description>
  7063.    <![CDATA[
  7064.    <div align="justify">
  7065.      <p>
  7066. Of course I used my GPS navigator to get
  7067. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garvoc">Garvoc</a>, and it got us there.  Chris
  7068. Bahlo was second-guessing with her mobile phone and <a href="https://www.google.com.au/maps/dir/29%2bStones%2bRoad,%2bDereel%2bVIC%2b3352,%2bAustralia/466%2bGarvoc&#45;Laang%2bRd,%2bGarvoc%2bVIC%2b3265/@&#45;38.290667,143.043029,10.25z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x6ad3e769bf9855bb:0x78d20d55c494c09b!2m2!1d143.7517292!2d&#45;37.8009345!1m5!1m1!1s0x6ad2a4151409d795:0x80d898c41ad3fa1f!2m2!1d142.812214!2d&#45;38.3386038">Google Maps</a>, which suggested a very different way.  But total time was about 1¼
  7069. hours.
  7070.      </p>
  7071.  
  7072.      <p>
  7073. On the way back, we asked Nele, who suggested a different way.  Total time was (now more
  7074. carefully measured) 1 hour, 18 minutes, not different enough to give one way or the other
  7075. the advantage.  But the real problem was that I really have no idea how we went: there's
  7076. just no overview.  I had thought that we had gone down
  7077. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princes_Highway">Princes Highway</a>
  7078. from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camperdown,_Victoria">Camperdown</a>
  7079. to <a href="http://www.victorianplaces.com.au/laang">Laang</a>, but on the way back we went
  7080. through <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terang">Terang</a>, on that road, and I was
  7081. sure we didn't go there on the way to Nele's.  Looking at the map on a real display after
  7082. getting home, it seems that we did, but the itinerary was nothing like I thought it was.
  7083. And why does this <b><i>stupid</i></b> software not even show a compass direction?
  7084.      </p>
  7085.  
  7086.      <p>
  7087. Yes, you can get an overview by pressing and touching and swiping several times, but that's
  7088. not appropriate when you're driving a car.  It should be a single press, and maybe there are
  7089. ways to merge both a detail view and an overview into one (somewhat distorted) map.  I like
  7090. to think of it as a “fried egg” projection: the yolk is enlarged to show detail, the white
  7091. (periphery) at a smaller scale.
  7092.      </p>
  7093.      </div>
  7094.    ]]>
  7095.  </description>
  7096.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7097.  <dc:date>2017-03-26T23:22:31+00:00</dc:date>
  7098. </item>
  7099.  
  7100.            
  7101. <item>
  7102. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170326-233407</guid>
  7103. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170326-233407</link>
  7104. <category>politics</category>
  7105. <category>opinion</category>
  7106. <title>Trump: no scientist</title>
  7107.  <description>
  7108.    <![CDATA[
  7109.    <div align="justify">
  7110.      <p>
  7111. I must confess a considerable amount
  7112. of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude">Schadenfreude</a> that <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump">Donald Trump</a>'s <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Health_Care_Act_of_2017">American</a> (and not
  7113. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act">Affordable</a>) Health Care Act failed.  To <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the&#45;press&#45;office/2017/03/24/remarks&#45;president&#45;trump&#45;health&#45;care&#45;bill">quote</a> Trump: “It's imploding, and soon will explode, and it's not going to be
  7114. pretty.”.
  7115.      </p>
  7116.  
  7117.      <p>
  7118. This isn't “fake news”, or something that he is (justifiably) ashamed of: as the URL shows,
  7119. it's in an official release from <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/">The US White
  7120. House</a>.
  7121.      </p>
  7122.  
  7123.      <p>
  7124. What have the US Americans let themselves in for?
  7125.      </p>
  7126.      </div>
  7127.    ]]>
  7128.  </description>
  7129.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7130.  <dc:date>2017-03-26T23:34:07+00:00</dc:date>
  7131. </item>
  7132.  
  7133.            
  7134. <item>
  7135. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170327-005707</guid>
  7136. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170327-005707</link>
  7137. <category>photography</category>
  7138. <category>opinion</category>
  7139. <title>Understanding autofocus, part 4711</title>
  7140.  <description>
  7141.    <![CDATA[
  7142.    <div align="justify">
  7143.      <p>
  7144. Took some videos  today.  Not good.  Horses running in circles seem to be obvious candidates for continuous
  7145. autofocus with tracking, but I've <i>never</i> got it to work.  I took <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;jun2017.php#D&#45;20170326&#45;223729">yesterday's</a> video with the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1/">E-M1 Mark I</a> after complete
  7146. failure with the <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">E-M1
  7147. Mark II</a>.  Today wasn't much better.  I turned resolution down from 4K to 1080p, but
  7148. once the horse changed direction, the focus didn't, and it was left hanging in the top
  7149. right-hand corner, and sometimes it disappeared altogether.  And if anybody is standing in
  7150. the middle of the arena, it <i>always</i> catches it, completely forgetting the horse.
  7151.      </p>
  7152.  
  7153.      <p>
  7154. Maybe C-AF without tracking will do better.  But whatever it is, we're a long way from
  7155. perfection.
  7156.      </p>
  7157.      </div>
  7158.    ]]>
  7159.  </description>
  7160.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7161.  <dc:date>2017-03-27T00:57:07+00:00</dc:date>
  7162. </item>
  7163.  
  7164.                  
  7165. <item>
  7166. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-013858</guid>
  7167. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-013858</link>
  7168. <category>food</category>
  7169. <category>and</category>
  7170. <category>drink</category>
  7171. <category>opinion</category>
  7172. <title>Baked bean comparison</title>
  7173.  <description>
  7174.    <![CDATA[
  7175.    <div align="justify">
  7176.      <p>
  7177. I had some of the “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_Baked_Beans">Heinz Beanz</a>”
  7178. left over today, so I ate them alongside my own.  There's really quite a difference after
  7179. all:
  7180.      </p>
  7181.  
  7182.        <a id="Photo-174" name="Photo-174"
  7183.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170327&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-174">
  7184.          <img alt="This should be Baked-beans-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_174"
  7185.               title="Photo Baked-beans-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7186.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170327/small/Baked-beans-detail.jpeg"
  7187.               width="321" height="210"
  7188.           /></a>
  7189.  
  7190.      <p>
  7191. Mine aren't normally that dry, but the real issue is in the taste, of course.  Now I'm happy
  7192. that mine are better.
  7193.      </p>
  7194.      </div>
  7195.    ]]>
  7196.  </description>
  7197.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7198.  <dc:date>2017-03-28T01:38:58+00:00</dc:date>
  7199. </item>
  7200.  
  7201.            
  7202. <item>
  7203. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-014153</guid>
  7204. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-014153</link>
  7205. <category>food</category>
  7206. <category>and</category>
  7207. <category>drink</category>
  7208. <category>opinion</category>
  7209. <title>Sourdough problems</title>
  7210.  <description>
  7211.    <![CDATA[
  7212.    <div align="justify">
  7213.      <p>
  7214. Time for another loaf of bread.  Since changing our diet, we're eating less bread, so I'm
  7215. baking less often.  And it shows.  I had a couple of starters going back to <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2016.php#30">30 October 2016</a>, and they hadn't weathered well:
  7216.      </p>
  7217.  
  7218.        <a id="Photo-175" name="Photo-175"
  7219.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170327&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-175">
  7220.          <img alt="This should be Sourdough-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_175"
  7221.               title="Photo Sourdough-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7222.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170327/small/Sourdough-5.jpeg"
  7223.               width="300" height="225"
  7224.           /></a>
  7225.        <a id="Photo-176" name="Photo-176"
  7226.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170327&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-176">
  7227.          <img alt="This should be Sourdough-8.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_176"
  7228.               title="Photo Sourdough-8.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7229.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170327/small/Sourdough-8.jpeg"
  7230.               width="300" height="225"
  7231.           /></a>
  7232.  
  7233.      <p>
  7234. Why?  I hadn't had that kind of problem before, though I had kept starters for longer.  But
  7235. even the most recent starter (<a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2017.php#13">13 February 2017</a>) seemed to have some
  7236. growth on the surface:
  7237.      </p>
  7238.  
  7239.      <div align="left">
  7240.  <a id="Photo-177" name="Photo-177"
  7241.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170327&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-177">
  7242.          <img alt="This should be Sourdough-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_177"
  7243.               title="Photo Sourdough-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7244.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170327/small/Sourdough-1.jpeg"
  7245.               width="300" height="225"
  7246.           /></a>
  7247.  <a id="Photo-178" name="Photo-178"
  7248.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170327&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-178">
  7249.          <img alt="This should be Sourdough-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_178"
  7250.               title="Photo Sourdough-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7251.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170327/small/Sourdough-2.jpeg"
  7252.               width="300" height="225"
  7253.           /></a>
  7254.  <a id="Photo-179" name="Photo-179"
  7255.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170327&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-179">
  7256.          <img alt="This should be Sourdough-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_179"
  7257.               title="Photo Sourdough-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7258.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170327/small/Sourdough-4.jpeg"
  7259.               width="300" height="225"
  7260.           /></a>
  7261.      </div>
  7262.  
  7263.      <p>
  7264. Is that dangerous?  For all I know it could be some of the organisms that make up the
  7265. starter.  I decided to use it, but removed the surface first.  And by evening it had risen
  7266. nicely and smelt good, so I'm not overly concerned.
  7267.      </p>
  7268.      </div>
  7269.    ]]>
  7270.  </description>
  7271.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7272.  <dc:date>2017-03-28T01:41:53+00:00</dc:date>
  7273. </item>
  7274.  
  7275.            
  7276. <item>
  7277. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-014221</guid>
  7278. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-014221</link>
  7279. <category>general</category>
  7280. <category>opinion</category>
  7281. <title>Weather: temperature drop</title>
  7282.  <description>
  7283.    <![CDATA[
  7284.    <div align="justify">
  7285.      <p>
  7286. It's the end of March, but the daytime temperatures were both in the early 30s.  Until
  7287. nearly midday today, anyway.  In the half hour from 11:41 the temperature dropped from 30.1°
  7288. to 26.0°, and in the 15 minutes after that it dropped from 26° to 21°, an average of 0.4°
  7289. per minute.  In the 4½ minutes from 12:15:28 it was 2.9°, or 0.64° per minute.  And by 15:03
  7290. the temperature was down to 13.9°, a drop of 16.2° in a little over 3 hours, and the
  7291. difference between hot and cool:
  7292.      </p>
  7293.  
  7294.      <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Day/20170327/temperatures-2017-03-27-big.png">
  7295.          <img alt="Click to see larger image" title="Click to see larger image"
  7296.            src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Day/20170327/temperatures-2017-03-27-small.png"            height="250" width="375"          /></a>
  7297.  
  7298.      <div style="text-align:left">
  7299.  <tt>
  7300. mysql> <b>select time, outside_temp from observations where date = "2017&#45;03&#45;27";</b>
  7301. <br />+&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;+&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;+
  7302. <br />| time &nbsp; &nbsp; | outside_temp |
  7303. <br />+&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;+&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;+
  7304. <br />| 11:41:36 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 30.1 |
  7305. <br />
  7306. <br />| 12:15:28 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 26 |
  7307. <br />| 12:16:29 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 25.3 |
  7308. <br />| 12:18:06 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 24.4 |
  7309. <br />| 12:19:07 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 23.9 |
  7310. <br />| 12:20:09 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 23.1 |
  7311. <br />
  7312. <br />| 12:30:40 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 21 |
  7313. <br />
  7314. <br />| 15:03:01 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 13.9 |
  7315. <br />
  7316.  </tt>
  7317. </div>
  7318.      </div>
  7319.    ]]>
  7320.  </description>
  7321.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7322.  <dc:date>2017-03-28T01:42:21+00:00</dc:date>
  7323. </item>
  7324.  
  7325.            
  7326. <item>
  7327. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-021656</guid>
  7328. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-021656</link>
  7329. <category>photography</category>
  7330. <category>opinion</category>
  7331. <title>The Leica mystique, continued</title>
  7332.  <description>
  7333.    <![CDATA[
  7334.    <div align="justify">
  7335.      <p>
  7336. Some years ago I bought a <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/mlens/bcl1580/index.html">body cap lens</a> for <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a>'s <a href="http://asia.olympus&#45;imaging.com/product/dslr/epm2/">Olympus E-PM2</a>.  It had a few
  7337. advantages: it had its own “lens cap”, it didn't require focusing, it was small and it was
  7338. cheap.  But the image quality was, not surprisingly, less than spectacular.
  7339.      </p>
  7340.  
  7341.      <p>
  7342. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leica_Camera">Leica</a> also produced something
  7343. similar decades ago: a <a href="https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/search?Ntt=summaron%2028mm&amp;N=0&amp;InitialSearch=yes&amp;sts=ma&amp;typedValue=&amp;Top%2bNav&#45;Search=">Summaron 28 mm f/5.6</a>, also designed to be small rather then high performance.  The
  7344. focal length is pretty much equivalent, and it has one stop more light.  I read a <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/samples/6109442385/leica&#45;summaron&#45;28mm&#45;f5&#45;6&#45;samples?ref_=pe_1674010_132618830">review</a> that called it an “incredibly slim pancake“.  The images showed that it has
  7345. considerable vignetting.  It's difficult to compare image quality, but this is an old lens
  7346. designed for small size rather than high quality.
  7347.      </p>
  7348.  
  7349.      <p>
  7350. So how does it compare with the body cap lens?  One stop more aperture, a real diaphragm
  7351. (stopping down to f/22), but no built-in lens cap and much bigger.  For the purpose it's not
  7352. really as good, and I can't see any other reason for a lens of this kind.  But <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/articles/3804675692/leicas&#45;summaron&#45;28mm&#45;f5&#45;6&#45;is&#45;old&#45;fashioned&#45;fun?ref_=pe_1674010_132618830">dpreview</a> and <a href="http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2016/12/09/the&#45;new&#45;leica&#45;28&#45;summaron&#45;f5&#45;6&#45;lens&#45;review/">Steve Huff</a> were both ecstatic.  DPreview even put the vignetting as an advantage.  I
  7353. don't understand why.
  7354.      </p>
  7355.  
  7356.      <p>
  7357. So far, of course, I haven't mentioned the biggest disadvantage: the price, currently USD
  7358. $2,500, roughly 70 times the price of the body cap lens.  In the past I have wondered
  7359. whether the 50 mm f/1.4 Summilux for the M series is really so the 8 times better than my
  7360. <a href="http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/lumix&#45;cameras&#45;video&#45;cameras/lumix&#45;g&#45;lenses/h&#45;x025e.html">25/1.4</a> that the price differential would indicate.  In that case, though, the 50 m
  7361. lens really does have features that the 25 mm one doesn't.  In the case of the Summmaron,
  7362. about the only justification for the price appears to be the name of the manufacturer.  I
  7363. wonder how many they will sell.
  7364.      </p>
  7365.      </div>
  7366.    ]]>
  7367.  </description>
  7368.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7369.  <dc:date>2017-03-28T02:16:56+00:00</dc:date>
  7370. </item>
  7371.  
  7372.                        
  7373. <item>
  7374. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-231937</guid>
  7375. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-231937</link>
  7376. <category>history</category>
  7377. <category>technology</category>
  7378. <title>Research Unix 8th, 9th and 10th editions available</title>
  7379.  <description>
  7380.    <![CDATA[
  7381.    <div align="justify">
  7382.      <p>
  7383. Good news on the <a href="http://www.tuhs.org/">Unix Heritage Society</a> mailing
  7384. list today: the later editions of Research Unix (8th, 9th and 10th editions) are now
  7385. <a href="http://www.tuhs.org/Archive/Distributions/Research/">available</a> under
  7386. <a href="https://media&#45;bell&#45;labs&#45;com.s3.amazonaws.com/pages/20170327_1602/statement%20regarding%20Unix%203&#45;7&#45;17.pdf">relatively liberal conditions</a>:
  7387.      </p>
  7388.  
  7389.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  7390.  <center class="listitemwidth">
  7391.    Statement Regarding Research Unix Editions 8, 9, and 10
  7392.  </center>
  7393.  
  7394.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  7395.    Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. (“ALU-USA”), on behalf of itself and Nokia Bell Laboratories
  7396.    agrees, to the extent of its ability to do so, that it will not assert its copyright
  7397.    rights with respect to any non-commercial copying, distribution, performance, display or
  7398.    creation of derivative works of Research Unix® Editions 8, 9, and 10. The foregoing does
  7399.    not (i) transfer ownership of, or relinquish any, intellectual property rights
  7400.    (including patent rights) of Nokia Corporation, ALU-USA or any of their affiliates, (ii)
  7401.    grant a license to any patent, patent application, or trademark of Nokia Corporation,
  7402.    ALU-USA. or any of their affiliates, (iii) g rant any third -party rights or licenses,
  7403.    or (iv) grant any rights for commercial purposes. Neither ALU-USA. nor Nokia Bell
  7404.    Laboratories will furnish or provided support for Research Unix Editions 8, 9, and 10,
  7405.    and make no warranties or representations here under, including but not limited to any
  7406.    warranty or representation that Research Unix Editions 8, 9, and 10 does not infringe
  7407.    any third party intellectual property rights or that Research Unix Editions 8, 9, and 10
  7408.    is fit for any particular purpose.
  7409.  </p>
  7410.        </div>
  7411.      </blockquote>
  7412.  
  7413.      <p>
  7414. Much discussion, of course, and also the first output from a running system:
  7415.      </p>
  7416.  
  7417.      <div style="text-align:left">
  7418.  <tt>
  7419. login: <b>root</b>
  7420. <br />Welcome to Eighth Edition Unix. &nbsp; You may be sure that it
  7421. <br />is suitably protected by ironclad licences, contractual agreements,
  7422. <br />living wills, and trade secret laws of every sort. &nbsp;A trolley car is
  7423. <br />certain to grow in your stomach if you violate the conditions
  7424. <br />under which you got this tape. &nbsp;Consult your lawyer in case of any doubt.
  7425. <br />If doubt persists, consult our lawyers.
  7426. <br />
  7427. <br />Please commit this message to memory. &nbsp;If this is a hardcopy terminal,
  7428. <br />tear off the paper and affix it to your machine. &nbsp;Otherwise
  7429. <br />take a photo of your screen. &nbsp;Then delete /etc/motd.
  7430. <br />
  7431. <br />Thank you for choosing Eighth Edition Unix. &nbsp;Have a nice day.
  7432. <br />
  7433.  </tt>
  7434. </div>
  7435.      </div>
  7436.    ]]>
  7437.  </description>
  7438.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7439.  <dc:date>2017-03-28T23:19:37+00:00</dc:date>
  7440. </item>
  7441.  
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  7445. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-mar2017.php#D-20170328-232350</link>
  7446. <category>general</category>
  7447. <category>technology</category>
  7448. <title>Replacing the rain gauge</title>
  7449.  <description>
  7450.    <![CDATA[
  7451.    <div align="justify">
  7452.      <p>
  7453. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary&#45;feb2017.php#D&#45;20170221&#45;010510">A month ago</a> I discovered
  7454. that the rain gauge in my new weather station wasn't working.  OK, contact
  7455. the <del>vendor</del> seller and get him to send a replacement.
  7456.      </p>
  7457.  
  7458.      <p>
  7459. That happened, but there were some details that I didn't like.  Left the replacement, right
  7460. the original:
  7461.      </p>
  7462.  
  7463.      <div align="left">
  7464.  <a id="Photo-180" name="Photo-180"
  7465.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170328&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-180">
  7466.          <img alt="This should be Rain-gauge-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_180"
  7467.               title="Photo Rain-gauge-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7468.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170328/small/Rain-gauge-1.jpeg"
  7469.               width="287" height="236"
  7470.           /></a>
  7471.  <a id="Photo-181" name="Photo-181"
  7472.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170328&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-181">
  7473.          <img alt="This should be Rain-gauge-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_181"
  7474.               title="Photo Rain-gauge-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7475.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170328/small/Rain-gauge-2.jpeg"
  7476.               width="323" height="208"
  7477.           /></a>
  7478.  <a id="Photo-182" name="Photo-182"
  7479.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170328&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-182">
  7480.          <img alt="This should be Rain-gauge-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_182"
  7481.               title="Photo Rain-gauge-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7482.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170328/small/Rain-gauge-3.jpeg"
  7483.               width="297" height="227"
  7484.           /></a>
  7485.  <a id="Photo-183" name="Photo-183"
  7486.          href="diary-mar2017.php?dirdate=20170328&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-183">
  7487.          <img alt="This should be Rain-gauge-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_183"
  7488.               title="Photo Rain-gauge-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  7489.               src="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos/20170328/small/Rain-gauge-4.jpeg"
  7490.               width="225" height="300"
  7491.           /></a>
  7492.      </div>
  7493.  
  7494.      <p>
  7495. The “new” gauge is clearly an older model (note the missing spirit level in the top), and
  7496. it's second hand: the difference in colour is due to sunlight, and the dirt in the bucket
  7497. mechanism speaks for itself.  What do I do?  I can complain and get him to send me a new
  7498. one, but maybe a partial refund will be more appropriate.
  7499.      </p>
  7500.  
  7501.      <p>
  7502. Does it work?  After installation, operated the bucket mechanism manually, four times.  That
  7503. should have registered 1.2 mm, but my weather pages showed no rainfall.  Looking at the
  7504. database was interesting, though:
  7505.      </p>
  7506.  
  7507.      <div style="text-align:left">
  7508.  <tt>
  7509. mysql> <b>select time, outside_temp, rain from observations where date = "2017&#45;03&#45;28";</b>
  7510. <br />+&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;+&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;+&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;+
  7511. <br />| time &nbsp; &nbsp; | outside_temp | rain |
  7512. <br />+&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;+&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;+&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;&#45;+
  7513. <br />...
  7514. <br />| 16:13:28 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 24.2 | &nbsp; &nbsp;0 |
  7515. <br />| 16:14:29 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 24.4 | &nbsp;1.2 |
  7516. <br />| 16:15:31 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 24.5 | &#45;1.2 |
  7517. <br />| 16:16:32 | &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 24.4 | &nbsp; &nbsp;0 |
  7518. <br />
  7519.  </tt>
  7520. </div>
  7521.  
  7522.      <p>
  7523. Where did that -1.2 mm come from?  How can the thing count backwards?  Tried again, and it
  7524. seemed to work.  Now to wait for some rain.
  7525.      </p>
  7526.      </div>
  7527.    ]]>
  7528.  </description>
  7529.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  7530.  <dc:date>2017-03-28T23:23:50+00:00</dc:date>
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