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  21. <category>food</category>
  22. <category>and</category>
  23. <category>drink</category>
  24. <category>opinion</category>
  25. <title>New laksa surprise</title>
  26.  <description>
  27.    <![CDATA[
  28.    <div align="justify">
  29.      <p>
  30. Tried one of my new <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laksa">laksa</a> pastes today,
  31. from <a href="http://www.benmartgroup.com/">BenMart</a>:
  32.      </p>
  33.  
  34.        <a id="Photo-0" name="Photo-0"
  35.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181021&amp;imagesizes=2#Photo-0">
  36.          <img alt="This should be DeliBen-Curry-laksa-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_0"
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  41.  
  42.      <p>
  43. The instructions are <i>very</i> similar to the <a href="http://www.suntracofood.com/teans-gourmet/">Teans Gourmet</a> laksa (second image),
  44. almost to the point of plagiarism:
  45.      </p>
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  63.  
  64.      <p>
  65. One thing was very different, though.  Nearly all these pastes come in a foil package that
  66. has to be squeezed out.  But this time the content came out more quickly:
  67.      </p>
  68.  
  69.        <a id="Photo-3" name="Photo-3"
  70.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181025&amp;imagesizes=1112#Photo-3">
  71.          <img alt="This should be oops-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_3"
  72.               title="Photo oops-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
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  76.        <a id="Photo-4" name="Photo-4"
  77.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181025&amp;imagesizes=11112#Photo-4">
  78.          <img alt="This should be oops-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_4"
  79.               title="Photo oops-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
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  83.  
  84.      <p>
  85. That's the first time I've seen a second foil packet inside the first, and I can't see any
  86. good reason for it.
  87.      </p>
  88.  
  89.      <p>
  90. Apart from that, it tasted pretty much the same.  Good to know that I have an alternative.
  91.      </p>
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  95.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  96.  <dc:date>2018-10-26T01:29:00+00:00</dc:date>
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  103. <category>gardening</category>
  104. <category>opinion</category>
  105. <title>More frost damage</title>
  106.  <description>
  107.    <![CDATA[
  108.    <div align="justify">
  109.      <p>
  110. It's been remarkably cold overnight the last couple of nights.  My weather station recorded
  111. lows of 0.3° and 0.7°, and it seems that
  112. our <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulownia_kawakamii">Paulownia kawakamii</a>
  113. recorded even lower temperatures:
  114.      </p>
  115.  
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  123.  
  124.      <p>
  125. That's nothing to do with the soil.  We saw exactly the same thing after frosts <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2017.php#D-20171107-003704">last year</a>:
  126.      </p>
  127.  
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  130.          <img alt="This should be Paulownia-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_6"
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  135.  
  136.      <p>
  137.      </p>
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  140.  </description>
  141.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  142.  <dc:date>2018-10-26T01:44:50+00:00</dc:date>
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  148. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181026-014857</link>
  149. <category>technology</category>
  150. <category>general</category>
  151. <category>opinion</category>
  152. <title>Maintaining contacts, the modern way</title>
  153.  <description>
  154.    <![CDATA[
  155.    <div align="justify">
  156.      <p>
  157. We're planning for a visit from Ruth Viebrock next month.  Time to write down her contact
  158. details.  Where?  <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181015-011415">A couple of
  159. weeks ago</a> I discovered <a href="http://contacts.google.com/">Google Contacts</a>, which has the advantage of syncing to all my participating phones, one of the few
  160. occasions where I really want everything the same everywhere.
  161.      </p>
  162.  
  163.      <p>
  164. OK, off to find Google Contacts.  Last time I was told to select “Contacts” at the top left
  165. of a <a href="http://www.gmail.com/">GMail</a> window, which proved to mean top
  166. right.  But this time I thought that I could find them without the help of my diary, which
  167. proved to be incorrect.  Finally I found them via a Google Search: <a href="http://contacts.google.com/">http://contacts.google.com/</a>.
  168.      </p>
  169.  
  170.      <p>
  171. OK, add a new contact.  How?  There's a menu on the left of the page, but it's too polite to
  172. tell you everything you need; you first need to click on the “More” in the middle.  Then you
  173. get:
  174.      </p>
  175.  
  176.        <a id="Photo-7" name="Photo-7"
  177.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=11111112#Photo-7">
  178.          <img alt="This should be Google-Contacts-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_7"
  179.               title="Photo Google-Contacts-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  180.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Google-Contacts-1.png"
  181.               width="159" height="426"
  182.           /></a>
  183.  
  184.      <p>
  185. Where's “add new contact”?  I couldn't find it.  On IRC, Andrew Perry explained to me the
  186. error of my ways.  Ah, I'm looking in the wrong place.  See that big
  187. red <span style="color:red"></span> at bottom right, about 35 cm from the others?  Click on
  188. that.
  189.      </p>
  190.  
  191.      <p>
  192. Obvious!  At least to people with modern brain damage.  Why do they do these things?  Surely
  193. even today it must violate all principles of user interface design.  Maybe it's a result of
  194. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)">Android</a> brain
  195. rot.
  196.      </p>
  197.  
  198.      <p>
  199. OK, start entering the details:
  200.      </p>
  201.  
  202.        <a id="Photo-8" name="Photo-8"
  203.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181025&amp;imagesizes=111111112#Photo-8">
  204.          <img alt="This should be Google-Contacts-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_8"
  205.               title="Photo Google-Contacts-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  206.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181025/small/Google-Contacts-1.png"
  207.               width="358" height="188"
  208.           /></a>
  209.        <a id="Photo-9" name="Photo-9"
  210.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181025&amp;imagesizes=1111111112#Photo-9">
  211.          <img alt="This should be Google-Contacts-1-detail.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_9"
  212.               title="Photo Google-Contacts-1-detail.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  213.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181025/small/Google-Contacts-1-detail.png"
  214.               width="544" height="124"
  215.           /></a>
  216.  
  217.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  218.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  219.          The “Photo Editor” at bottom right is a “watermark” from a trial version of <a href="https://www.movavi.com/photo-editor/">movavi photo editor</a>.  See <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181026-021148">below</a>.
  220.        </div>
  221.      </blockquote>
  222.  
  223.      <p>
  224. It's too polite to show the entire email address!  While trying to correct it, I clicked
  225. outside the window.  That got its attention: Cancel or Save?  No, I want to continue.
  226. Cancel or Save?  Dammit, maybe “Cancel” means something else.  No, it meant cancel, and I
  227. had to start all over again.  And “Save” means save.  If I accidentally hit anywhere outside
  228. the entry window before I'm done, I have to save it (potentially syncing to all my
  229. “devices”) and then edit it.  I still haven't found out how to display the entire email
  230. address.
  231.      </p>
  232.  
  233.      <p>
  234. Next, where's the address?  Ah, again too polite to suggest that.  Press MORE:
  235.      </p>
  236.  
  237.        <a id="Photo-10" name="Photo-10"
  238.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181025&amp;imagesizes=11111111112#Photo-10">
  239.          <img alt="This should be Google-Contacts-2.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_10"
  240.               title="Photo Google-Contacts-2.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  241.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181025/small/Google-Contacts-2.png"
  242.               width="255" height="265"
  243.           /></a>
  244.  
  245.      <p>
  246. All sorts of silly things like “Phonetic middle” and “Suffix”.  What do they even mean?  How
  247. do you write <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet">IPA</a> on a horrible glass keyboard?  And why?
  248.      </p>
  249.  
  250.      <p>
  251. Ah, just teasing.  There's still MORE (MORE!).  And finally I was able to enter the address,
  252. which left a lasting impression:
  253.      </p>
  254.  
  255.        <a id="Photo-11" name="Photo-11"
  256.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181025&amp;imagesizes=111111111112#Photo-11">
  257.          <img alt="This should be Google-Contacts-4.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_11"
  258.               title="Photo Google-Contacts-4.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  259.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181025/small/Google-Contacts-4.png"
  260.               width="444" height="152"
  261.           /></a>
  262.  
  263.      <p>
  264. It took me a long time to find out how to get rid of that suggestion window (all suggestions
  265. wrong): refresh window.
  266.      </p>
  267.  
  268.      <p>
  269. Last week I thought that I had finally found a use for Google services.  Maybe I have, but
  270. they're certainly not making it easy for me.
  271.      </p>
  272.  
  273.      <p>
  274. Why does it seem that I always complain about “modern” software?  More to the point, why
  275. does everybody else accept it?  I can only imagine that it's lack of imagination on their
  276. part.
  277.      </p>
  278.      </div>
  279.    ]]>
  280.  </description>
  281.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  282.  <dc:date>2018-10-26T01:48:57+00:00</dc:date>
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  288. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181026-021148</link>
  289. <category>photography</category>
  290. <category>technology</category>
  291. <category>opinion</category>
  292. <title>movavi photo editor</title>
  293.  <description>
  294.    <![CDATA[
  295.    <div align="justify">
  296.      <p>
  297. I'm still looking for software to edit the kangaroo photos that I took <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-aug2018.php#D-20180815-023551">two months ago</a>.  I tried one of the
  298. many emails from <a href="http://www.zoner.com/">Zoner</a> explaining how to do it,
  299. but the issue there is that they have moved to a subscription model, which is just too
  300. expensive.
  301.      </p>
  302.  
  303.      <p>
  304. Never mind, I have a license for the predecessor version 18.  Try the suggestions there.
  305. But I couldn't make head or tail of their instructions; they seemed to be completely
  306. unrelated to the software.  After half an hour without being able to locate the tools that
  307. they described, I gave up, not for the first time: I came to a similar conclusion <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-sep2018.php?topics=p#D-20180907-063112">6 weeks ago</a>.
  308.      </p>
  309.  
  310.      <p>
  311. That's really puzzling.  Zoner produce quite a few documents about how to do things, so why
  312. can't they write manuals that make it clear how to use the basic product?  Part of the
  313. problem, I think, is poor menu structure, an issue that is becoming more apparent to me in
  314. various products.  In Zoner's case, it's about the only explanation that I can find for
  315. their continual change in user interface.
  316.      </p>
  317.  
  318.      <p>
  319. Recently I saw a video about another product, <a href="https://www.movavi.com/mac-photo-editor/">movavi Photo Editor</a> (a name that seems
  320. to suggest an assembler language instruction), which seems to offer a number of functions.
  321. So today I downloaded it, and how about that, parts of it are excellent.  It's not really
  322. that different from <a href="https://inpaint.en.softonic.com/">inpaint</a>, but
  323. somehow things were a little easier.  Here before, with Inpaint, and with movavi:
  324.      </p>
  325.  
  326.      <div align="left">
  327.  <a id="Photo-12" name="Photo-12"
  328.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20180814&amp;imagesizes=1111111111112#Photo-12">
  329.          <img alt="This should be Kangaroos-47.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_12"
  330.               title="Photo Kangaroos-47.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  331.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20180814/small/Kangaroos-47.jpeg"
  332.               width="300" height="225"
  333.           /></a>
  334.  <a id="Photo-13" name="Photo-13"
  335.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20180814&amp;imagesizes=11111111111112#Photo-13">
  336.          <img alt="This should be Kangaroos-47-tidied.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_13"
  337.               title="Photo Kangaroos-47-tidied.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  338.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20180814/small/Kangaroos-47-tidied.png"
  339.               width="300" height="226"
  340.           /></a>
  341.  <a id="Photo-14" name="Photo-14"
  342.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20180814&amp;imagesizes=111111111111112#Photo-14">
  343.          <img alt="This should be Kangaroos-47-movavi.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_14"
  344.               title="Photo Kangaroos-47-movavi.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  345.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20180814/small/Kangaroos-47-movavi.jpeg"
  346.               width="300" height="225"
  347.           /></a>
  348.      </div>
  349.  
  350.      <p>
  351. Of course, being a Microsoft-space program, it has its quirks.  It decides to downshift the
  352. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Rant/bad-language.php#folder">“folder”</a> name, and then it can't save the
  353. file, or even come up with an intelligible explanation for the problem.  But I can work
  354. around that.  It also offers an automatic photo enhancement similar to that of <a href="http://www.ashampoo.com/">Ashampoo</a> Photo Optimizer, which continues to irritate,
  355. so it might be worth the price that they are asking.
  356.      </p>
  357.      </div>
  358.    ]]>
  359.  </description>
  360.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  361.  <dc:date>2018-10-26T02:11:48+00:00</dc:date>
  362. </item>
  363.  
  364.                  
  365. <item>
  366. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181026-235143</guid>
  367. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181026-235143</link>
  368. <category>multimedia</category>
  369. <category>opinion</category>
  370. <title>Horrifying films</title>
  371.  <description>
  372.    <![CDATA[
  373.    <div align="justify">
  374.      <p>
  375. I get various feeds describing popular “TV” films and series, including one from <a href="http://www.imdb.com/">Internet Movie Database</a>, a somewhat US-centric but very
  376. useful site.  And I suppose the users' favourites are not their fault.  But what horror!
  377.      </p>
  378.  
  379.        <a id="Photo-15" name="Photo-15"
  380.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111112#Photo-15">
  381.          <img alt="This should be Horror.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_15"
  382.               title="Photo Horror.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  383.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Horror.png"
  384.               width="322" height="209"
  385.           /></a>
  386.        <a id="Photo-16" name="Photo-16"
  387.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111112#Photo-16">
  388.          <img alt="This should be IMDB-2.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_16"
  389.               title="Photo IMDB-2.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  390.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/IMDB-2.png"
  391.               width="303" height="223"
  392.           /></a>
  393.  
  394.      <p>
  395. <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6763664/">The Haunting of Hill House</a>.
  396. <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1844624/">American Horror Story</a>.
  397. <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1520211/">The Walking Dead</a>.  Even the old
  398. <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115341/">Sabrina, the Teenage Witch</a> (“Comedy, Family, Fantasy”) has morphed into the <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7569592/">Chilling Adventures of Sabrina</a> (“Drama,
  399. Fantasy, Horror”).
  400.      </p>
  401.  
  402.      <p>
  403. Why these horrifying films?  Why are they popular?  They don't reflect the content on
  404. European TV.  Australian TV tends in that direction, but presumably only because of the
  405. strong US influence here.  Somehow that doesn't make a very positive statement about modern
  406. life in the USA.
  407.      </p>
  408.      </div>
  409.    ]]>
  410.  </description>
  411.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  412.  <dc:date>2018-10-26T23:51:43+00:00</dc:date>
  413. </item>
  414.  
  415.            
  416. <item>
  417. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181027-000945</guid>
  418. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181027-000945</link>
  419. <category>gardening</category>
  420. <title>More garden work</title>
  421.  <description>
  422.    <![CDATA[
  423.    <div align="justify">
  424.      <p>
  425. Mick the gardener along today and did quite a bit of tidying up.  In the process, found some
  426. interesting leaves growing between
  427. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia">Euphorbia</a> that he planted
  428. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jul2018.php#D-20180714-015539">three months ago</a>:
  429.      </p>
  430.  
  431.      <div align="left">
  432.  <a id="Photo-17" name="Photo-17"
  433.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111112#Photo-17">
  434.          <img alt="This should be Mystery-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_17"
  435.               title="Photo Mystery-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  436.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Mystery-4.jpeg"
  437.               width="300" height="225"
  438.           /></a>
  439.  <a id="Photo-18" name="Photo-18"
  440.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111112#Photo-18">
  441.          <img alt="This should be Mystery-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_18"
  442.               title="Photo Mystery-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  443.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Mystery-1.jpeg"
  444.               width="300" height="225"
  445.           /></a>
  446.  <a id="Photo-19" name="Photo-19"
  447.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111112#Photo-19">
  448.          <img alt="This should be Mystery-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_19"
  449.               title="Photo Mystery-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  450.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Mystery-3.jpeg"
  451.               width="300" height="225"
  452.           /></a>
  453.      </div>
  454.  
  455.      <p>
  456. Mick thought that they were remains of
  457. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus_syriacus">Hibiscus syriacus</a> that he
  458. had removed to plant it, but of course the leaves are completely different.  It didn't occur
  459. to me until later that they're
  460. probably <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinca_minor">Vinca minor</a> that stowed away
  461. during the transplant.
  462.      </p>
  463.  
  464.      <p>
  465. The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_(plant)">irises</a> in the trough round the
  466. “verandah” are starting to flower:
  467.      </p>
  468.  
  469.        <a id="Photo-20" name="Photo-20"
  470.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111112#Photo-20">
  471.          <img alt="This should be Iris-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_20"
  472.               title="Photo Iris-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  473.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Iris-2.jpeg"
  474.               width="300" height="225"
  475.           /></a>
  476.  
  477.      <p>
  478. They're surprisingly hard to see.  Maybe we should consider placing them elsewhere.  And the
  479. established roses, which I have neglected to prune, are back in flower already after
  480. finishing <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-sep2018.php#D-20180902-015300">early last month</a>:
  481.      </p>
  482.  
  483.      <div align="left">
  484.  <a id="Photo-21" name="Photo-21"
  485.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111112#Photo-21">
  486.          <img alt="This should be Roses-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_21"
  487.               title="Photo Roses-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  488.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Roses-1.jpeg"
  489.               width="300" height="225"
  490.           /></a>
  491.  <a id="Photo-22" name="Photo-22"
  492.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111112#Photo-22">
  493.          <img alt="This should be Roses-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_22"
  494.               title="Photo Roses-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  495.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Roses-2.jpeg"
  496.               width="300" height="225"
  497.           /></a>
  498.  <a id="Photo-23" name="Photo-23"
  499.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111112#Photo-23">
  500.          <img alt="This should be Roses-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_23"
  501.               title="Photo Roses-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  502.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Roses-3.jpeg"
  503.               width="300" height="225"
  504.           /></a>
  505.      </div>
  506.  
  507.      <p>
  508. Our first real <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clematis">Clematis</a> flower has
  509. appeared, still not overly good:
  510.      </p>
  511.  
  512.        <a id="Photo-24" name="Photo-24"
  513.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181027&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111112#Photo-24">
  514.          <img alt="This should be Clematis-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_24"
  515.               title="Photo Clematis-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  516.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181027/small/Clematis-1.jpeg"
  517.               width="300" height="225"
  518.           /></a>
  519.  
  520.      <p>
  521. And the other plant is at least showing some effort:
  522.      </p>
  523.  
  524.        <a id="Photo-25" name="Photo-25"
  525.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181027&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111112#Photo-25">
  526.          <img alt="This should be Clematis-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_25"
  527.               title="Photo Clematis-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  528.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181027/small/Clematis-2.jpeg"
  529.               width="300" height="225"
  530.           /></a>
  531.  
  532.      <p>
  533. The tomato seedlings that I planted out into pots <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-sep2018.php#D-20180925-021556">a month ago</a> are growing like fury.  I
  534. hadn't planned to plant them outside until
  535. after <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_Cup_Day">Melbourne Cup Day</a>, but
  536. one of them has fallen over, and so it seemed best to plant it outside:
  537.      </p>
  538.  
  539.        <a id="Photo-26" name="Photo-26"
  540.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181027&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111112#Photo-26">
  541.          <img alt="This should be Tomatoes.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_26"
  542.               title="Photo Tomatoes.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  543.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181027/small/Tomatoes.jpeg"
  544.               width="225" height="300"
  545.           /></a>
  546.  
  547.      <p>
  548. If it gets bitten by the frost, there are 11 others waiting for a total of 3 or 4 places.
  549. And even for this one, there are volunteers from last year waiting (on the left).
  550.      </p>
  551.      </div>
  552.    ]]>
  553.  </description>
  554.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  555.  <dc:date>2018-10-27T00:09:45+00:00</dc:date>
  556. </item>
  557.  
  558.            
  559. <item>
  560. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181027-001553</guid>
  561. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181027-001553</link>
  562. <category>animals</category>
  563. <title>New dogs</title>
  564.  <description>
  565.    <![CDATA[
  566.    <div align="justify">
  567.      <p>
  568. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> back home from Chris Bahlo's place this afternoon with
  569. a surprise:
  570.      </p>
  571.  
  572.        <a id="Photo-27" name="Photo-27"
  573.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111112#Photo-27">
  574.          <img alt="This should be Lost-dogs-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_27"
  575.               title="Photo Lost-dogs-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  576.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Lost-dogs-5.jpeg"
  577.               width="225" height="300"
  578.           /></a>
  579.        <a id="Photo-28" name="Photo-28"
  580.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181026&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111112#Photo-28">
  581.          <img alt="This should be Lost-dogs-9.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_28"
  582.               title="Photo Lost-dogs-9.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  583.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181026/small/Lost-dogs-9.jpeg"
  584.               width="300" height="225"
  585.           /></a>
  586.  
  587.      <p>
  588. “Daddy, they followed me home, may I keep them?”?  No, she had seen them wandering down the
  589. road, and had collected them to ensure that they didn't get run over.  She had left a card
  590. on the door of the suspected owners, and they soon showed up and collected them, before I
  591. could fight my way through a combination of <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/firefox"><i>firefox</i></a> not wanting to show me any directory structure and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/">Facebook</a> choking on the size of the photos.
  592.      </p>
  593.      </div>
  594.    ]]>
  595.  </description>
  596.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  597.  <dc:date>2018-10-27T00:15:53+00:00</dc:date>
  598. </item>
  599.  
  600.            
  601. <item>
  602. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181027-001926</guid>
  603. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181027-001926</link>
  604. <category>general</category>
  605. <category>technology</category>
  606. <category>opinion</category>
  607. <title>Your appliances are available.  Install webmail.</title>
  608.  <description>
  609.    <![CDATA[
  610.    <div align="justify">
  611.      <p>
  612. Email from <a href="http://www.appliancesonline.com.au/">Appliances Online</a> today:
  613.      </p>
  614.  
  615.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  616.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  617.          Good News! We were able to source your items earlier than originally indicated.
  618.        </div>
  619.  
  620.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  621.  If you wish to keep your delivery date of 21 Nov 2018 then please disregard this email.
  622. </div>
  623.  
  624.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  625.  If you would like to schedule your delivery date earlier than originally selected, then
  626.  please choose one of the following options:
  627. </div>
  628.  
  629. <ol>
  630.  <li>
  631.    Change delivery date to 2018-10-29
  632.  </li>
  633.  
  634.  <li>
  635.    Change delivery date to 2018-10-31
  636.  </li>
  637. </ol>
  638.  
  639.        <div class="listitemwidth">
  640.  Simply click on the date you wish to select, this will pre populate an email that you can
  641.  then simply send to have your delivery date moved
  642. </div>
  643.      </blockquote>
  644.  
  645.      <p>
  646. “Simply click on the date”?  Yes, it was a link to a web-style mail.  What did it do?
  647. Nothing, of course.  I don't need no steenking web mail.  Well, it seems, in this case I do,
  648. but most certainly not by choice.  Sent off a message to the support number and also faked
  649. an email with the parameters (which included the only mention of the order number).  But the
  650. date I want, <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#29">29 October 2018</a>, is Monday, and this message arrived at
  651. 16:10 on a Friday.  What hope do I have?
  652.      </p>
  653.      </div>
  654.    ]]>
  655.  </description>
  656.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  657.  <dc:date>2018-10-27T00:19:26+00:00</dc:date>
  658. </item>
  659.  
  660.            
  661. <item>
  662. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181027-002552</guid>
  663. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181027-002552</link>
  664. <category>technology</category>
  665. <category>opinion</category>
  666. <title>WhatsApp portability</title>
  667.  <description>
  668.    <![CDATA[
  669.    <div align="justify">
  670.      <p>
  671. Ruth Viebrock had another question for me: how does she access
  672. her <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WhatsApp">WhatsApp</a> messaging system when she's
  673. in Australia and using a
  674. different <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subscriber_identity_module">SIM</a>?
  675.      </p>
  676.  
  677.      <p>
  678. How do I know?  But I felt a slight responsibility: after all, WhatsApp grew up inside the
  679. <a href="http://www.freebsd.org/">FreeBSD</a> project.  Did some asking around and
  680. came to the conclusion that the documentation doesn't want to address the issue.  But one of
  681. the people on IRC, one with a fantasy nick, tells me that you can do it.  The problem is
  682. that the user ID is tied to the phone number—not a good idea for a component that isn't
  683. fixed to the phone—but you can log in from other numbers, though you have to keep ignoring
  684. the nagging.  We'll see how well that works.  Maybe I should install WhatsApp just for the
  685. fun of it (and the opportunity for grumbling).
  686.      </p>
  687.  
  688.            </div>
  689.    ]]>
  690.  </description>
  691.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  692.  <dc:date>2018-10-27T00:25:52+00:00</dc:date>
  693. </item>
  694.  
  695.                  
  696. <item>
  697. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181028-020031</guid>
  698. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181028-020031</link>
  699. <category>language</category>
  700. <category>technology</category>
  701. <category>opinion</category>
  702. <title>Google Translate: improving?</title>
  703.  <description>
  704.    <![CDATA[
  705.    <div align="justify">
  706.      <p>
  707. Chris Bahlo is now well on her way to becoming a mediaeval knight, and one of the things she
  708. needs is a helmet (“chicken”, it seems) with a motto on it.
  709.      </p>
  710.  
  711.      <p>
  712. There are plenty of birds, but what motto?  And in what language?  Latin seems possible, but
  713. I thought that <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_High_German">Middle High
  714. German</a> would be more appropriate.  In the process, came up with some ideas that we put
  715. against <a href="http://translate.google.com/">Google Translate</a>.  To my
  716. surprise, it handled them pretty well, a far cry from my <a href="http://wwww.lemis.com/grog/diary-jan2016.php#D-20160123-013907">previous experience</a> nearly 3 years ago.
  717.      </p>
  718.  
  719.      <p>
  720. OK, try to translate that page again.  And how about that, still not good (and “Mar” (for
  721. “March”) still gets translated as „Beschädigen“, and now they have also translated “15” (and
  722. only “15”) into words:
  723.      </p>
  724.  
  725.        <a id="Photo-29" name="Photo-29"
  726.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181027&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-29">
  727.          <img alt="This should be Google-translate-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_29"
  728.               title="Photo Google-translate-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  729.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181027/small/Google-translate-1.png"
  730.               width="237" height="284"
  731.           /></a>
  732.  
  733.      <p>
  734. But at least it's intelligible, though the two translations of “select” use a different
  735. number.  Can it be that this kind of ad-hoc translation really has a future?  It would
  736. probably further contribute to linguistic poverty: fewer and fewer people would learn
  737. grammar, and thus various alternate usages would gradually disappear.
  738.      </p>
  739.      </div>
  740.    ]]>
  741.  </description>
  742.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  743.  <dc:date>2018-10-28T02:00:31+00:00</dc:date>
  744. </item>
  745.  
  746.                  
  747. <item>
  748. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181029-011725</guid>
  749. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181029-011725</link>
  750. <category>food</category>
  751. <category>and</category>
  752. <category>drink</category>
  753. <category>general</category>
  754. <category>opinion</category>
  755. <title>Rearranging the pantry</title>
  756.  <description>
  757.    <![CDATA[
  758.    <div align="justify">
  759.      <p>
  760. It's been <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181017-021620">nearly 2 weeks</a> since we went to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne">Melbourne</a>,and I still
  761. haven't got round to putting everything in its place.  We just have too much stuff.  I've
  762. been trying to rearrange the pantry for some time now, and it's proving quite resistant.
  763. We've only been here for 3½ years, but it's already overfull.  Here after removing some of
  764. the stuff we use less frequently:
  765.      </p>
  766.  
  767.        <a id="Photo-30" name="Photo-30"
  768.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181028&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-30">
  769.          <img alt="This should be pantry.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_30"
  770.               title="Photo pantry.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  771.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181028/small/pantry.jpeg"
  772.               width="336" height="201"
  773.           /></a>
  774.  
  775.      <p>
  776. Where do I put the stuff we don't need that often?  And how do I avoid things like this?
  777.      </p>
  778.  
  779.        <a id="Photo-31" name="Photo-31"
  780.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181028&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-31">
  781.          <img alt="This should be pantry-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_31"
  782.               title="Photo pantry-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  783.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181028/small/pantry-detail.jpeg"
  784.               width="245" height="276"
  785.           /></a>
  786.  
  787.      <p>
  788.      </p>
  789.      </div>
  790.    ]]>
  791.  </description>
  792.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  793.  <dc:date>2018-10-29T01:17:25+00:00</dc:date>
  794. </item>
  795.  
  796.            
  797. <item>
  798. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181029-014407</guid>
  799. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181029-014407</link>
  800. <category>photography</category>
  801. <title>Photos of tight spaces</title>
  802.  <description>
  803.    <![CDATA[
  804.    <div align="justify">
  805.      <p>
  806. Do I like the photo of the pantry above?
  807.      </p>
  808.  
  809.        <a id="Photo-32" name="Photo-32"
  810.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181028&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-32">
  811.          <img alt="This should be pantry.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_32"
  812.               title="Photo pantry.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  813.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181028/small/pantry.jpeg"
  814.               width="336" height="201"
  815.           /></a>
  816.  
  817.      <p>
  818. No, not really.  But how do I do it better?  There's a basic limit on how wide an angle you
  819. can take, and this definitely exceeds it.  I spent some time trying to improve it with
  820. different projections, but nothing seems to work.
  821.      </p>
  822.      </div>
  823.    ]]>
  824.  </description>
  825.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  826.  <dc:date>2018-10-29T01:44:07+00:00</dc:date>
  827. </item>
  828.  
  829.            
  830. <item>
  831. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181029-024724</guid>
  832. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181029-024724</link>
  833. <category>food</category>
  834. <category>and</category>
  835. <category>drink</category>
  836. <category>opinion</category>
  837. <title>ALDI scales</title>
  838.  <description>
  839.    <![CDATA[
  840.    <div align="justify">
  841.      <p>
  842. We have had three different kitchen scales for some time: one measuring to 50 g in 0.01 g
  843. increments, one measuring to 1 kg in 0.1 g increments, and one measuring to 10 kg in 1 g
  844. increments.  I had to replace the 50 g scale <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181019-010543">recently</a> because there are indications
  845. that the electronics are giving up the ghost.  And now, after <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jun2004.php#27">14 years</a>, the power switch of the 10 kg scale has disintegrated.  Time for another
  846. replacement.
  847.      </p>
  848.  
  849.      <p>
  850. As it happened, <a href="http://www.aldi.com.au/">ALDI</a> had something similar on
  851. special—5 kg by 1 g—and <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> picked one up yesterday, for
  852. the proud price of $6.99, considerably less than the $99.87 that I paid for the last one.
  853.      </p>
  854.  
  855.      <p>
  856. And what's it like?  It's the one on the left.  It looks nicer, and the weighing surface is
  857. marginally bigger, which is an advantage:
  858.      </p>
  859.  
  860.        <a id="Photo-33" name="Photo-33"
  861.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-33">
  862.          <img alt="This should be Kitchen-scales-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_33"
  863.               title="Photo Kitchen-scales-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  864.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Kitchen-scales-4.jpeg"
  865.               width="301" height="225"
  866.           /></a>
  867.  
  868.      <p>
  869. But where's the on-off switch?  There isn't one!  I suppose that's one less thing to go
  870. wrong.  To turn it on you annoy the weighing surface, and it turns off by itself after a
  871. while.  But I don't like leaving things turned on longer than necessary, and clearly this
  872. setup requires it to be ”on” all the time to detect the motion of the weighing surface.
  873.      </p>
  874.  
  875.      <p>
  876. Then today I tried weighing something with it, less than 24 hours after getting it.  And the
  877. readings were all over the place!  That's not the first time I've had this issue, though
  878. it's the first time in a long time.  It worked again later, but how can I trust a device
  879. that doesn't always show the correct information?  I'm reminded of the German word for
  880. scale, „Waage“, pronounced exactly the same way as „vage“, meaning vague.
  881.      </p>
  882.  
  883.      <p>
  884. OK, it goes back, but while taking the photos I found a clue:
  885.      </p>
  886.  
  887.        <a id="Photo-34" name="Photo-34"
  888.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-34">
  889.          <img alt="This should be Kitchen-scales-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_34"
  890.               title="Photo Kitchen-scales-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  891.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Kitchen-scales-2.jpeg"
  892.               width="218" height="309"
  893.           /></a>
  894.        <a id="Photo-35" name="Photo-35"
  895.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-35">
  896.          <img alt="This should be Kitchen-scales-2-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_35"
  897.               title="Photo Kitchen-scales-2-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  898.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Kitchen-scales-2-detail.jpeg"
  899.               width="295" height="229"
  900.           /></a>
  901.  
  902.      <p>
  903. The battery is already flat!  And it's a
  904. non-rechargeable <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CR_2032">CR 2032</a> battery.
  905. Potentially this battery wasn't the freshest when installed, but why take the risk?  As I
  906. say, one of the best things about ALDI is that you can take things back if you don't like
  907. them.
  908.      </p>
  909.      </div>
  910.    ]]>
  911.  </description>
  912.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  913.  <dc:date>2018-10-29T02:47:24+00:00</dc:date>
  914. </item>
  915.  
  916.                  
  917. <item>
  918. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181030-012042</guid>
  919. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181030-012042</link>
  920. <category>technology</category>
  921. <category>general</category>
  922. <category>opinion</category>
  923. <title>Appliances offline: where's my stove?</title>
  924.  <description>
  925.    <![CDATA[
  926.    <div align="justify">
  927.      <p>
  928. Almost as expected, I received no reply from <a href="http://www.appliancesonline.com.au/">Appliances Online</a> about today's delivery.
  929. OK, let's check the order status.  Log in to the site.  What was the password again?
  930. Looking in my list, I discovered that I didn't have a saved password for the email address I
  931. use with them, just an old one with my generic email address.  Try logging in with that.
  932.      </p>
  933.  
  934.      <p>
  935. Fool!  That's not only an old, worn-out magic word, it's too short and doesn't contain some
  936. of the required characters.  OK, forgot password.  Sorry, we don't know your new email
  937. address.  Never mind that we sent you a message to it a couple of days ago.
  938.      </p>
  939.  
  940.      <p>
  941. Called up on the phone and was finally connected with <i>mumble</i>, whose name proved to be
  942. Raphael.  Mobile number from which I ordered, please?  I don't order from no steenking
  943. mobile phone.  Oh, OK, landline number please...  Order number, please?  Sorry, wasn't
  944. included in the message I received.  Email address?  OK, he found it, and confirmed that it
  945. would be delivered on Wednesday.  Why did the system not let me log in?  Ah, it seems that I
  946. don't need a password to order things, only to check the order status.  Otherwise ring us.
  947.      </p>
  948.  
  949.      <p>
  950. OK, but why wasn't I informed about the change of delivery date?  Why didn't I get a reply
  951. to my mail
  952. to <a href="mailto:[email protected]/"><tt>[email protected]</tt></a>?
  953. “Ah, something must have gone wrong sending it.  It never reached us”:
  954.      </p>
  955.  
  956.      <div style="text-align:left">
  957.  <tt>
  958. Oct 26 07:32:30 www postfix/qmgr[70084]: 734A21B72837: from=&lt;[email protected]&gt;, size=2811, nrcpt=2 (queue active)
  959. <br />Oct 26 07:32:31 www postfix/smtp[78051]: 734A21B72837: to=&lt;[email protected]&gt;, relay=aspmx.l.google.com[209.85.232.26]:25, delay=1.4, delays=0.34/0/0.45/0.62, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (250 2.0.0 OK 1540539151 a20&#45;v6si7347103qtj.202 &#45; gsmtp)
  960. <br />Oct 26 07:32:31 www postfix/smtp[78051]: 734A21B72837: to=&lt;[email protected]&gt;, relay=aspmx.l.google.com[209.85.232.26]:25, delay=1.4, delays=0.34/0/0.45/0.62, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (250 2.0.0 OK 1540539151 a20&#45;v6si7347103qtj.202 &#45; gsmtp)
  961. <br />Oct 26 07:32:31 www postfix/qmgr[70084]: 734A21B72837: removed
  962. <br />Oct 26 07:35:17 www postfix/qmgr[70084]: 1DC461B72837: from=&lt;[email protected]&gt;, size=998, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
  963. <br />Oct 26 07:35:17 www postfix/smtp[78128]: 1DC461B72837: to=&lt;[email protected]&gt;, relay=aspmx.l.google.com[209.85.232.26]:25, delay=0.65, delays=0.32/0.01/0.08/0.23, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (250 2.0.0 OK 1540539317 i68&#45;v6si4386617qkf.268 &#45; gsmtp)
  964. <br />Oct 26 07:35:17 www postfix/qmgr[70084]: 1DC461B72837: removed
  965.  </tt>
  966. </div>
  967.  
  968.      <p>
  969. In passing, it's interesting that they run their mail via Google.
  970.      </p>
  971.  
  972.      <p>
  973. Somehow this is all too messy.  Why should I bother buying from Appliances Online?  Asked
  974. for a call back from their web people.  Yes, will come.  It didn't.  About the only thing
  975. that did come was a manually prepared message confirming that the item would arrive on
  976. Wednesday.
  977.      </p>
  978.  
  979.      <p>
  980. Seriously, why buy from these people?  I'm not sure that I will again.
  981.      </p>
  982.      </div>
  983.    ]]>
  984.  </description>
  985.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  986.  <dc:date>2018-10-30T01:20:42+00:00</dc:date>
  987. </item>
  988.  
  989.            
  990. <item>
  991. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181030-014305</guid>
  992. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181030-014305</link>
  993. <category>general</category>
  994. <category>history</category>
  995. <category>photography</category>
  996. <category>animals</category>
  997. <title>Sir Christiane rides again</title>
  998.  <description>
  999.    <![CDATA[
  1000.    <div align="justify">
  1001.      <p>
  1002. Chris Bahlo over with a horse (Rev) and her new suit of armour this afternoon.  She and
  1003. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> insisted on donning it in some of the worst light I've
  1004. seen in a long while: mixed sun and dark shade, with strongly diverging white balance.
  1005.      </p>
  1006.  
  1007.      <p>
  1008. Most of the effort was in putting the stuff on:
  1009.      </p>
  1010.  
  1011.      <div align="left">
  1012.  <a id="Photo-36" name="Photo-36"
  1013.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-36">
  1014.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_36"
  1015.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1016.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-2.jpeg"
  1017.               width="225" height="300"
  1018.           /></a>
  1019.  <a id="Photo-37" name="Photo-37"
  1020.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-37">
  1021.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_37"
  1022.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1023.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-5.jpeg"
  1024.               width="225" height="301"
  1025.           /></a>
  1026.  <a id="Photo-38" name="Photo-38"
  1027.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-38">
  1028.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-10.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_38"
  1029.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-10.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1030.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-10.jpeg"
  1031.               width="224" height="300"
  1032.           /></a>
  1033.  <a id="Photo-39" name="Photo-39"
  1034.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-39">
  1035.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-13.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_39"
  1036.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-13.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1037.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-13.jpeg"
  1038.               width="300" height="225"
  1039.           /></a>
  1040.  <a id="Photo-40" name="Photo-40"
  1041.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-40">
  1042.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-19.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_40"
  1043.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-19.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1044.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-19.jpeg"
  1045.               width="225" height="300"
  1046.           /></a>
  1047.  <a id="Photo-41" name="Photo-41"
  1048.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-41">
  1049.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-35.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_41"
  1050.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-35.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1051.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-35.jpeg"
  1052.               width="300" height="225"
  1053.           /></a>
  1054.  <a id="Photo-42" name="Photo-42"
  1055.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-42">
  1056.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-47.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_42"
  1057.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-47.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1058.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-47.jpeg"
  1059.               width="300" height="225"
  1060.           /></a>
  1061.  <a id="Photo-43" name="Photo-43"
  1062.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-43">
  1063.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-52.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_43"
  1064.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-52.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1065.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-52.jpeg"
  1066.               width="225" height="300"
  1067.           /></a>
  1068.      </div>
  1069.  
  1070.      <p>
  1071. But finally it was done, and off she set:
  1072.      </p>
  1073.  
  1074.      <div align="left">
  1075.  <a id="Photo-44" name="Photo-44"
  1076.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-44">
  1077.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-103.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_44"
  1078.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-103.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1079.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-103.jpeg"
  1080.               width="225" height="301"
  1081.           /></a>
  1082.  <a id="Photo-45" name="Photo-45"
  1083.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-45">
  1084.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-131.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_45"
  1085.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-131.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1086.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-131.jpeg"
  1087.               width="225" height="300"
  1088.           /></a>
  1089.  <a id="Photo-46" name="Photo-46"
  1090.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-46">
  1091.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-134.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_46"
  1092.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-134.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1093.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-134.jpeg"
  1094.               width="225" height="300"
  1095.           /></a>
  1096.  <a id="Photo-47" name="Photo-47"
  1097.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-47">
  1098.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-144.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_47"
  1099.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-144.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1100.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-144.jpeg"
  1101.               width="225" height="300"
  1102.           /></a>
  1103.  <a id="Photo-48" name="Photo-48"
  1104.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181029&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-48">
  1105.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Chris-146.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_48"
  1106.               title="Photo Sir-Chris-146.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1107.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181029/small/Sir-Chris-146.jpeg"
  1108.               width="225" height="300"
  1109.           /></a>
  1110.      </div>
  1111.  
  1112.      <p>
  1113.      <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0dG88frUQs"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/T0dG88frUQs/default.jpg" /></a>
  1114.      </p>
  1115.  
  1116.      <p>
  1117.      </p>
  1118.      </div>
  1119.    ]]>
  1120.  </description>
  1121.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1122.  <dc:date>2018-10-30T01:43:05+00:00</dc:date>
  1123. </item>
  1124.  
  1125.                  
  1126. <item>
  1127. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181030-225138</guid>
  1128. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181030-225138</link>
  1129. <category>food</category>
  1130. <category>and</category>
  1131. <category>drink</category>
  1132. <title>Microwave oven efficiency</title>
  1133.  <description>
  1134.    <![CDATA[
  1135.    <div align="justify">
  1136.      <p>
  1137. Lately I've had the impression that our microwave oven is not as powerful as it used to be.
  1138. There's a special for a new one this week.  Should I buy it?  First I need to know whether
  1139. the thing is really weakening.
  1140.      </p>
  1141.  
  1142.      <p>
  1143. How do you do that?  It's an 1100 W unit, so it's easy to calculate the time it needs to
  1144. heat things.  200 g of water heated through 25° requires 200 × 25 × 4.19 J, or 20.95 kJ.  At
  1145. 1100 W that should take about 19 s.  OK, put 200 g of water into a thin plastic container
  1146. (“negligible” thermal capacity) and try it out.  Here's what I got with three different
  1147. microwave ovens:
  1148.      </p>
  1149.  
  1150.      <table summary="Automatically generated table">
  1151.       <tr>
  1152.          <td valign="top" align="left">Oven</td>
  1153.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1154.          <td valign="top" align="right">Power</td>
  1155.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1156.          <td valign="top" align="right">Weight</td>
  1157.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1158.          <td valign="top" align="right">Time</td>
  1159.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1160.          <td valign="top" align="right">Start</td>
  1161.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1162.          <td valign="top" align="right">End</td>
  1163.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1164.          <td valign="top" align="right">Power</td>
  1165.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1166.          <td valign="top" align="right">Efficiency</td>
  1167.       </tr>
  1168.  
  1169.       <tr>
  1170.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  1171.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1172.          <td valign="top" align="right">(W)</td>
  1173.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1174.          <td valign="top" align="right">(g)</td>
  1175.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1176.          <td valign="top" align="right">(s)</td>
  1177.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1178.          <td valign="top" align="right">Temp</td>
  1179.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1180.          <td valign="top" align="right">Temp</td>
  1181.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1182.          <td valign="top" align="right">(W)</td>
  1183.       </tr>
  1184.  
  1185.       <tr>
  1186.          <td valign="top" align="left">Panasonic</td>
  1187.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1188.          <td valign="top" align="right">1100</td>
  1189.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1190.          <td valign="top" align="right">200</td>
  1191.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1192.          <td valign="top" align="right">30</td>
  1193.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1194.          <td valign="top" align="right">21.8</td>
  1195.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1196.          <td valign="top" align="right">48</td>
  1197.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1198.          <td valign="top" align="right">733</td>
  1199.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1200.          <td valign="top" align="right">66%</td>
  1201.       </tr>
  1202.  
  1203.       <tr>
  1204.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  1205.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1206.          <td valign="top" align="right">300</td>
  1207.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1208.          <td valign="top" align="right">199</td>
  1209.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1210.          <td valign="top" align="right">120</td>
  1211.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1212.          <td valign="top" align="right">28</td>
  1213.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1214.          <td valign="top" align="right">63</td>
  1215.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1216.          <td valign="top" align="right">244</td>
  1217.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1218.          <td valign="top" align="right">81%</td>
  1219.       </tr>
  1220.  
  1221.       <tr>
  1222.          <td valign="top" align="left">ALDI new</td>
  1223.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1224.          <td valign="top" align="right">900</td>
  1225.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1226.          <td valign="top" align="right">204</td>
  1227.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1228.          <td valign="top" align="right">60</td>
  1229.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1230.          <td valign="top" align="right">24</td>
  1231.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1232.          <td valign="top" align="right">58</td>
  1233.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1234.          <td valign="top" align="right">484</td>
  1235.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1236.          <td valign="top" align="right">54%</td>
  1237.       </tr>
  1238.  
  1239.       <tr>
  1240.          <td valign="top" align="left">ALDI old</td>
  1241.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1242.          <td valign="top" align="right">700</td>
  1243.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1244.          <td valign="top" align="right">204</td>
  1245.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1246.          <td valign="top" align="right">60</td>
  1247.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1248.          <td valign="top" align="right">25</td>
  1249.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1250.          <td valign="top" align="right">59</td>
  1251.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1252.          <td valign="top" align="right">484</td>
  1253.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  1254.          <td valign="top" align="right">69%</td>
  1255.       </tr>
  1256.    </table>
  1257.  
  1258.      <p>
  1259. This wasn't overly surprising, but it did give me some interesting insights:
  1260.      </p>
  1261.  
  1262.      <ul>
  1263.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1264.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  1265.            The real-life efficiency of a microwave oven is only about 70%.  That's less than I had
  1266.            expected.
  1267.          </div>
  1268.        </li>
  1269.  
  1270.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1271.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  1272.            There's nothing obviously wrong with the Panasonic oven.
  1273.          </div>
  1274.        </li>
  1275.  
  1276.        <li class="fullwidth">
  1277.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  1278.            There <i>is</i> something obviously wrong with the new <a href="http://www.aldi.com.au/">ALDI</a> oven (the one with the convection and grill
  1279.            functions).  Despite the claimed power output of 900 W (from 1600 W input), the
  1280.            effective power is only 484 W, or 54% of the claimed output and 30% of the input power.
  1281.            Maybe things like the grill element reduce the efficiency.
  1282.          </div>
  1283.        </li>
  1284.      </ul>
  1285.      </div>
  1286.    ]]>
  1287.  </description>
  1288.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1289.  <dc:date>2018-10-30T22:51:38+00:00</dc:date>
  1290. </item>
  1291.  
  1292.            
  1293. <item>
  1294. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181031-003305</guid>
  1295. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181031-003305</link>
  1296. <category>gardening</category>
  1297. <category>photography</category>
  1298. <title>More sun orchids</title>
  1299.  <description>
  1300.    <![CDATA[
  1301.    <div align="justify">
  1302.      <p>
  1303. Walking the dogs today, I came across a surprising number
  1304. of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelymitra_pauciflora">Thelymitra pauciflora</a>
  1305. (sun orchids).  I spent most of last spring looking for them, but didn't find any worth
  1306. talking about.  Back with much photo equipment and got some reasonable shots:
  1307.      </p>
  1308.  
  1309.        <a id="Photo-49" name="Photo-49"
  1310.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181030&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-49">
  1311.          <img alt="This should be Thelymitra-pauciflora-13.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_49"
  1312.               title="Photo Thelymitra-pauciflora-13.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1313.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181030/small/Thelymitra-pauciflora-13.jpeg"
  1314.               width="300" height="225"
  1315.           /></a>
  1316.        <a id="Photo-50" name="Photo-50"
  1317.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181030&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-50">
  1318.          <img alt="This should be Thelymitra-pauciflora-13-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_50"
  1319.               title="Photo Thelymitra-pauciflora-13-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1320.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181030/small/Thelymitra-pauciflora-13-detail.jpeg"
  1321.               width="260" height="260"
  1322.           /></a>
  1323.  
  1324.      <p>
  1325. That's still not as many (too many?) as I found two years ago:
  1326.      </p>
  1327.  
  1328.        <a id="Photo-51" name="Photo-51"
  1329.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20161120&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-51">
  1330.          <img alt="This should be Thelymitra-pauciflora-8.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_51"
  1331.               title="Photo Thelymitra-pauciflora-8.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1332.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20161120/small/Thelymitra-pauciflora-8.jpeg"
  1333.               width="225" height="300"
  1334.           /></a>
  1335.  
  1336.      <p>
  1337. But I prefer the photo.  Now to find more flowering at once, and get a photo that includes
  1338. everything in focus.
  1339.      </p>
  1340.      </div>
  1341.    ]]>
  1342.  </description>
  1343.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1344.  <dc:date>2018-10-31T00:33:05+00:00</dc:date>
  1345. </item>
  1346.  
  1347.            
  1348. <item>
  1349. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181031-011532</guid>
  1350. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181031-011532</link>
  1351. <category>general</category>
  1352. <title>Goodbye Audrey Schaedel</title>
  1353.  <description>
  1354.    <![CDATA[
  1355.    <div align="justify">
  1356.      <p>
  1357. Email from my cousin Sandy Semmens, née Schaedel: her mother Audrey, my aunt, died on 30
  1358. August.  She must have been 92, and she had been in a bad way for some time, but it's still
  1359. sad to see people go.  My father was the first, <a href="http://wwww.lemis.com/grog/diary-apr2009.php#D8-10">nearly 10 years ago</a>, followed
  1360. by Max <a href="http://wwww.lemis.com/grog/diary-jun2018.php#D-20180620-011542">earlier this year</a>.  That just leaves Freda, who will be 94 next January.  Hopefully
  1361. she will make it.
  1362.      </p>
  1363.      </div>
  1364.    ]]>
  1365.  </description>
  1366.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1367.  <dc:date>2018-10-31T01:15:32+00:00</dc:date>
  1368. </item>
  1369.  
  1370.                        
  1371. <item>
  1372. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181101-003600</guid>
  1373. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181101-003600</link>
  1374. <category>technology</category>
  1375. <category>opinion</category>
  1376. <title>Modern error reporting</title>
  1377.  <description>
  1378.    <![CDATA[
  1379.    <div align="justify">
  1380.      <p>
  1381. I run a program called <a href="http://www.mediathekview.de/">MediathekView</a>,
  1382. which allows me to download German TV programmes.  It uses a programme list that needs to be
  1383. reloaded from time to time, at least daily.  And it won't do it automatically.
  1384.      </p>
  1385.  
  1386.      <p>
  1387. Lately I've been having difficulties.  After a long time I get a typical modern message:
  1388.      </p>
  1389.  
  1390.        <a id="Photo-52" name="Photo-52"
  1391.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181101&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-52">
  1392.          <img alt="This should be Klapperlos.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_52"
  1393.               title="Photo Klapperlos.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1394.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181101/small/Klapperlos.png"
  1395.               width="471" height="143"
  1396.           /></a>
  1397.  
  1398.      <p>
  1399. “Loading the film list didn't work”.
  1400.      </p>
  1401.  
  1402.      <p>
  1403. Well, thanks for details.  You want details?  We have details, we're just too polite to
  1404. vomit all over your screen.  But start it from an <i>xterm</i> and we're much more detailed:
  1405.      </p>
  1406.  
  1407.      <div style="text-align:left">
  1408.  <tt>
  1409. . &nbsp;Alte Liste erstellt am: 06.10.2018, 17:15
  1410. <br />. &nbsp; &nbsp;Anzahl Filme: 251125
  1411. <br />. &nbsp; &nbsp;Anzahl Neue: 20436
  1412. <br />. &nbsp;Filmliste laden (auto)
  1413. <br />. &nbsp;Filmliste laden von: https://rtr.mdthk.de/Filmliste&#45;akt.xz
  1414. <br />. &nbsp;Liste Filme lesen von: https://rtr.mdthk.de/Filmliste&#45;akt.xz
  1415. <br />!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  1416. <br />java.net.SocketTimeoutException: timeout
  1417. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okio.Okio$4.newTimeoutException(Okio.java:227)
  1418. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okio.AsyncTimeout.exit(AsyncTimeout.java:284)
  1419. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okio.AsyncTimeout$2.read(AsyncTimeout.java:240)
  1420. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okio.RealBufferedSource.indexOf(RealBufferedSource.java:325)
  1421. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okio.RealBufferedSource.indexOf(RealBufferedSource.java:314)
  1422. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okio.RealBufferedSource.readUtf8LineStrict(RealBufferedSource.java:210)
  1423. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http1.Http1Codec.readResponseHeaders(Http1Codec.java:189)
  1424. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.CallServerInterceptor.intercept(CallServerInterceptor.java:67)
  1425. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.RealInterceptorChain.proceed(RealInterceptorChain.java:92)
  1426. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.connection.ConnectInterceptor.intercept(ConnectInterceptor.java:45)
  1427. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.RealInterceptorChain.proceed(RealInterceptorChain.java:92)
  1428. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.RealInterceptorChain.proceed(RealInterceptorChain.java:67)
  1429. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.cache.CacheInterceptor.intercept(CacheInterceptor.java:93)
  1430. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.RealInterceptorChain.proceed(RealInterceptorChain.java:92)
  1431. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.RealInterceptorChain.proceed(RealInterceptorChain.java:67)
  1432. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.BridgeInterceptor.intercept(BridgeInterceptor.java:93)
  1433. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.RealInterceptorChain.proceed(RealInterceptorChain.java:92)
  1434. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.RetryAndFollowUpInterceptor.intercept(RetryAndFollowUpInterceptor.java:120)
  1435. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.RealInterceptorChain.proceed(RealInterceptorChain.java:92)
  1436. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.internal.http.RealInterceptorChain.proceed(RealInterceptorChain.java:67)
  1437. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.RealCall.getResponseWithInterceptorChain(RealCall.java:179)
  1438. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okhttp3.RealCall.execute(RealCall.java:63)
  1439. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at mSearch.filmlisten.FilmlisteLesen.processFromWeb(FilmlisteLesen.java:245)
  1440. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at mSearch.filmlisten.FilmlisteLesen.readFilmListe(FilmlisteLesen.java:207)
  1441. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at mediathek.filmlisten.ImportFilmliste.urlLaden(ImportFilmliste.java:207)
  1442. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at mediathek.filmlisten.ImportFilmliste.access$200(ImportFilmliste.java:33)
  1443. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at mediathek.filmlisten.ImportFilmliste$FilmeImportierenAutoThread.suchenAktListe(ImportFilmliste.java:134)
  1444. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at mediathek.filmlisten.ImportFilmliste$FilmeImportierenAutoThread.run(ImportFilmliste.java:94)
  1445. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:748)
  1446. <br />Caused by: java.net.SocketTimeoutException: Read timed out
  1447. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at java.net.SocketInputStream.socketRead0(Native Method)
  1448. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at java.net.SocketInputStream.socketRead(SocketInputStream.java:116)
  1449. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at java.net.SocketInputStream.read(SocketInputStream.java:171)
  1450. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at java.net.SocketInputStream.read(SocketInputStream.java:141)
  1451. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at sun.security.ssl.InputRecord.readFully(InputRecord.java:465)
  1452. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at sun.security.ssl.InputRecord.read(InputRecord.java:503)
  1453. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at sun.security.ssl.SSLSocketImpl.readRecord(SSLSocketImpl.java:983)
  1454. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at sun.security.ssl.SSLSocketImpl.readDataRecord(SSLSocketImpl.java:940)
  1455. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at sun.security.ssl.AppInputStream.read(AppInputStream.java:105)
  1456. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okio.Okio$2.read(Okio.java:138)
  1457. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;at okio.AsyncTimeout$2.read(AsyncTimeout.java:236)
  1458. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;... 26 more
  1459. <br />
  1460. <br />* Fehlernr: 945123641
  1461. <br />* Exception: timeout
  1462. <br />* Fehler(MSearch): FilmlisteLesen.processFromWeb
  1463. <br />
  1464.  </tt>
  1465. </div>
  1466.  
  1467.      <p>
  1468. <i>Sigh</i> When will people give useful error messages?  It's a timeout with a positively
  1469. bizarre error number.  But at least it gives me the URL of the film list: <a href="https://rtr.mdthk.de/Filmliste-akt.xz">https://rtr.mdthk.de/Filmliste-akt.xz</a>.  How about trying it manually?
  1470.      </p>
  1471.  
  1472.      <div style="text-align:left">
  1473.  <tt>
  1474. <code><font color="blue">=== [email protected] (/dev/pts/29)</font> <font color="red">/var/tmp</font> <font color="blue">82</font> &#45;&gt; <b><tt>fetch https://rtr.mdthk.de/Filmliste&#45;akt.xz</tt></b></code>
  1475. <br />Filmliste&#45;akt.xz &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;100% of &nbsp; 23 MB &nbsp;736 kBps 00m33s
  1476. <br />
  1477.  </tt>
  1478. </div>
  1479.  
  1480.      <p>
  1481. And that has worked every time that I have tried it, at quite reasonable speeds.  Has the
  1482. author of <i>MediathekView</i> written his own fragile download code?  The good news is that
  1483. there is a provision for loading from a local file, so I can work around this bug.
  1484.      </p>
  1485.      </div>
  1486.    ]]>
  1487.  </description>
  1488.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1489.  <dc:date>2018-11-01T00:36:00+00:00</dc:date>
  1490. </item>
  1491.  
  1492.            
  1493. <item>
  1494. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181101-004648</guid>
  1495. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181101-004648</link>
  1496. <category>technology</category>
  1497. <category>opinion</category>
  1498. <title>Android: ask the experts</title>
  1499.  <description>
  1500.    <![CDATA[
  1501.    <div align="justify">
  1502.      <p>
  1503. Somehow I still don't know how to make the right gestures at an Android device.  The more I
  1504. try, the more I think that a raised middle finger is the appropriate gesture.  Today I tried
  1505. to call <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> (in town), and, as almost always, got her
  1506. voice mail.  And then the phone said “beep beep”.
  1507.      </p>
  1508.  
  1509.      <p>
  1510. Why?  A message?  Where are the messages hidden?  There are always a couple on the home
  1511. screen:
  1512.      </p>
  1513.  
  1514.        <a id="Photo-53" name="Photo-53"
  1515.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-53">
  1516.          <img alt="This should be Android-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_53"
  1517.               title="Photo Android-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1518.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Android-1.jpeg"
  1519.               width="189" height="357"
  1520.           /></a>
  1521.  
  1522.      <p>
  1523. But none of them were relevant.  OK, we have IRC.  Peter Jeremy says:
  1524.      </p>
  1525.  
  1526.      <div style="text-align:left">
  1527.  <tt>
  1528. Try <a href="Rant/bad&#45;language.php#swipe">swiping</a> down from the top. &nbsp;That should show all the outstanding
  1529. <br /> &nbsp;notifications.
  1530.  </tt>
  1531. </div>
  1532.  
  1533.      <p>
  1534. OK, the phone already belongs to me, so I can't swipe it.  Deal a stinging blow?  No, I
  1535. think they mean “wipe”.  Do that, and I get:
  1536.      </p>
  1537.  
  1538.        <a id="Photo-54" name="Photo-54"
  1539.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-54">
  1540.          <img alt="This should be Android-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_54"
  1541.               title="Photo Android-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1542.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Android-2.jpeg"
  1543.               width="200" height="337"
  1544.           /></a>
  1545.  
  1546.      <p>
  1547. A settings screen?  No, of course not; that's the link at bottom right.  What is it?  It's
  1548. too polite to have a title, and nobody else could tell me either, though it seems to be a
  1549. standard screen.  Settings summary?  Who knows?
  1550.      </p>
  1551.  
  1552.      <p>
  1553. One of the reasons that I bought this phone was because in the past I had issues with
  1554. Samsung's user interface, and this one has an absolutely standard Google Android interface.
  1555. And people <i>still</i> can't tell me how to use it.
  1556.      </p>
  1557.  
  1558.      <p>
  1559. While I was doing this, I got a call from Yvonne.  Answer the call?  The display was
  1560. different, and I pressed on the symbol.  Once again the call was rejected, presumably
  1561. because it didn't like my gestures.  This is all fine and good for people who have found out
  1562. how to make the correct gestures, but it seems that it's still so difficult that they can't
  1563. describe to others it how to do it.
  1564.      </p>
  1565.  
  1566.      <p>
  1567. In the meantime, a message <i>did</i> arrive, telling me that Yvonne had tried to call me
  1568. and failed.  Was that the “beep beep”, significantly in advance of the message itself?
  1569.      </p>
  1570.  
  1571.      <p>
  1572. Android places (far too much) stock on voice misinterpretation systems.  Why can't it speak
  1573. instead of beeping?  That really can't be the slightest problem.  But it got me to thinking
  1574. about enabling voice input.  Tried that, and ended up with a double display, with a modified
  1575. date, but still with a time without seconds, which seem to no longer be modern:
  1576.      </p>
  1577.  
  1578.        <a id="Photo-55" name="Photo-55"
  1579.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-55">
  1580.          <img alt="This should be Android-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_55"
  1581.               title="Photo Android-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1582.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Android-4.jpeg"
  1583.               width="191" height="355"
  1584.           /></a>
  1585.  
  1586.      <p>
  1587. How did that happen?  I couldn't get rid of it, and when I asked it, I got this:
  1588.      </p>
  1589.  
  1590.        <a id="Photo-56" name="Photo-56"
  1591.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-56">
  1592.          <img alt="This should be Android-5-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_56"
  1593.               title="Photo Android-5-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1594.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Android-5-detail.jpeg"
  1595.               width="507" height="133"
  1596.           /></a>
  1597.        <a id="Photo-57" name="Photo-57"
  1598.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-57">
  1599.          <img alt="This should be Android-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_57"
  1600.               title="Photo Android-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1601.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Android-5.jpeg"
  1602.               width="189" height="356"
  1603.           /></a>
  1604.  
  1605.      <p>
  1606. In fact, the voice recognition was surprisingly good, but of course the one word that could
  1607. have made the difference (“this”) was rendered as “us”.  And the answer was completely
  1608. useless.  Until proof of the contrary, I think that's inherent in the fuzziness of voice
  1609. input.
  1610.      </p>
  1611.  
  1612.      <p>
  1613. So why the double display?  Quite possibly it's intentional.  After all, we're living in
  1614. modern times.
  1615.      </p>
  1616.      </div>
  1617.    ]]>
  1618.  </description>
  1619.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1620.  <dc:date>2018-11-01T00:46:48+00:00</dc:date>
  1621. </item>
  1622.  
  1623.            
  1624. <item>
  1625. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181101-011539</guid>
  1626. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181101-011539</link>
  1627. <category>food</category>
  1628. <category>and</category>
  1629. <category>drink</category>
  1630. <title>Dish washer fail</title>
  1631.  <description>
  1632.    <![CDATA[
  1633.    <div align="justify">
  1634.      <p>
  1635. Fresh out of the dish washer today:
  1636.      </p>
  1637.  
  1638.        <a id="Photo-58" name="Photo-58"
  1639.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-58">
  1640.          <img alt="This should be Dirty-frying-pan.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_58"
  1641.               title="Photo Dirty-frying-pan.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1642.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Dirty-frying-pan.jpeg"
  1643.               width="305" height="221"
  1644.           /></a>
  1645.  
  1646.      <p>
  1647. How did that happen?  I've seen it before, and after some consideration it seems to be a
  1648. situation that modern dish washers can't handle.  The pan had been used for refrying beans
  1649. (<a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/recipes/frijoles.php"><i>frijoles refritos</i></a>), which requires
  1650. lard, and it seems that the temperatures and detergent in modern dish washers don't handle
  1651. that well.
  1652.      </p>
  1653.      </div>
  1654.    ]]>
  1655.  </description>
  1656.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1657.  <dc:date>2018-11-01T01:15:39+00:00</dc:date>
  1658. </item>
  1659.  
  1660.            
  1661. <item>
  1662. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181101-011820</guid>
  1663. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181101-011820</link>
  1664. <category>gardening</category>
  1665. <category>opinion</category>
  1666. <title>Dying herbs</title>
  1667.  <description>
  1668.    <![CDATA[
  1669.    <div align="justify">
  1670.      <p>
  1671. The herbs in the garden are doing differntly well.  <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-sep2018.php#D-20180922-015239">Over a month ago</a> I had noted that
  1672. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil">basil</a> plant was not looking good, while
  1673. one planted from seed was doing better.  A month on and my suspicions are confirmed:
  1674.      </p>
  1675.  
  1676.        <a id="Photo-59" name="Photo-59"
  1677.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-59">
  1678.          <img alt="This should be Basil-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_59"
  1679.               title="Photo Basil-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1680.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Basil-2.jpeg"
  1681.               width="300" height="225"
  1682.           /></a>
  1683.        <a id="Photo-60" name="Photo-60"
  1684.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-60">
  1685.          <img alt="This should be Basil-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_60"
  1686.               title="Photo Basil-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1687.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Basil-1.jpeg"
  1688.               width="300" height="225"
  1689.           /></a>
  1690.  
  1691.      <p>
  1692. That patch in the middle of the first photo, near the dripper head, is all that's left of
  1693. the basil.  The one grown from seed is still small, but it looks healthy.  That's the last
  1694. time I buy basil in pots unless I want to eat it immediately.
  1695.      </p>
  1696.  
  1697.      <p>
  1698. More surprising, though, was the fate of a self-seeded dill plant.  One seems to be almost
  1699. completely dead (second image), while another, almost next to it, is doing fine:
  1700.      </p>
  1701.  
  1702.      <div align="left">
  1703.  <a id="Photo-61" name="Photo-61"
  1704.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-61">
  1705.          <img alt="This should be Dill-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_61"
  1706.               title="Photo Dill-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1707.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Dill-3.jpeg"
  1708.               width="337" height="201"
  1709.           /></a>
  1710.  <a id="Photo-62" name="Photo-62"
  1711.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-62">
  1712.          <img alt="This should be Dill-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_62"
  1713.               title="Photo Dill-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1714.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Dill-2.jpeg"
  1715.               width="300" height="225"
  1716.           /></a>
  1717.  <a id="Photo-63" name="Photo-63"
  1718.          href="diary-oct2018.php?dirdate=20181031&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-63">
  1719.          <img alt="This should be Dill-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_63"
  1720.               title="Photo Dill-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1721.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181031/small/Dill-1.jpeg"
  1722.               width="308" height="220"
  1723.           /></a>
  1724.      </div>
  1725.  
  1726.      <p>
  1727. Why did that happen?  It's no great loss.  The stuff pops up all over the place.  But what
  1728. happened to it?
  1729.      </p>
  1730.      </div>
  1731.    ]]>
  1732.  </description>
  1733.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1734.  <dc:date>2018-11-01T01:18:20+00:00</dc:date>
  1735. </item>
  1736.  
  1737.                  
  1738. <item>
  1739. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181102-014823</guid>
  1740. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181102-014823</link>
  1741. <category>general</category>
  1742. <category>opinion</category>
  1743. <title>ARPAnet and the dangers of daylight saving time</title>
  1744.  <description>
  1745.    <![CDATA[
  1746.    <div align="justify">
  1747.      <p>
  1748. I've recently become aware of a number of people who strongly object
  1749. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time">daylight saving time</a>.
  1750. OK, I'm not a great fan, but there are many other things I'd rather grumble about.
  1751.      </p>
  1752.  
  1753.      <p>
  1754. But then, a couple of days ago was the <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct1969.php#30">49th anniversary</a> of the day I wrote my first program.  For some reason, people found it more interesting that
  1755. it was also the day that the first two datagrams were transmitted across
  1756. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARPANET">ARPANET</a>.
  1757.      </p>
  1758.  
  1759.      <p>
  1760. Or was it?  The documentation states that it happened on 29 October 1969, at 22:30.  What
  1761. time zone?  US <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Time_Zone">Pacific Time</a>.
  1762. DST or no DST?  Nowadays it would be DST, since the transition is the first Sunday in
  1763. November.  But was it like that at the time?  Spent quite a bit of time
  1764. reading <i>/usr/src/contrib/tzdata/northarmerica</i> and watching my eyes go funny, and came
  1765. to the conclusion: yes, standard time.  In 1969 (and, it seems, until as recently as 2006),
  1766. DST ended on the last Sunday in October:
  1767.      </p>
  1768.  
  1769.      <div style="text-align:left">
  1770.  <tt>
  1771. # Rule &nbsp;NAME &nbsp; &nbsp;FROM &nbsp; &nbsp;TO &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;TYPE &nbsp; &nbsp;IN &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;ON &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;AT &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;SAVE &nbsp; &nbsp;LETTER/S
  1772. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1918 &nbsp; &nbsp;1919 &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Mar &nbsp; &nbsp; lastSun 2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;1:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;D
  1773. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1918 &nbsp; &nbsp;1919 &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Oct &nbsp; &nbsp; lastSun 2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;0 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; S
  1774. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1942 &nbsp; &nbsp;only &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Feb &nbsp; &nbsp; 9 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;1:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;W # War
  1775. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1945 &nbsp; &nbsp;only &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Aug &nbsp; &nbsp; 14 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;23:00u &nbsp;1:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;P # Peace
  1776. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1945 &nbsp; &nbsp;only &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Sep &nbsp; &nbsp; lastSun 2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;0 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; S
  1777. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1967 &nbsp; &nbsp;2006 &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Oct &nbsp; &nbsp; lastSun 2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;0 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; S
  1778. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1967 &nbsp; &nbsp;1973 &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Apr &nbsp; &nbsp; lastSun 2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;1:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;D
  1779. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1974 &nbsp; &nbsp;only &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Jan &nbsp; &nbsp; 6 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;1:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;D
  1780. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1975 &nbsp; &nbsp;only &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Feb &nbsp; &nbsp; 23 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;1:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;D
  1781. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1976 &nbsp; &nbsp;1986 &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Apr &nbsp; &nbsp; lastSun 2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;1:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;D
  1782. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1987 &nbsp; &nbsp;2006 &nbsp; &nbsp;&#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Apr &nbsp; &nbsp; Sun&gt;=1 &nbsp;2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;1:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;D
  1783. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;2007 &nbsp; &nbsp;max &nbsp; &nbsp; &#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Mar &nbsp; &nbsp; Sun&gt;=8 &nbsp;2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;1:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;D
  1784. <br />Rule &nbsp; &nbsp;US &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;2007 &nbsp; &nbsp;max &nbsp; &nbsp; &#45; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Nov &nbsp; &nbsp; Sun&gt;=1 &nbsp;2:00 &nbsp; &nbsp;0 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; S
  1785. <br />
  1786.  </tt>
  1787. </div>
  1788.  
  1789.      <p>
  1790. And the last Sunday in October 1969 was <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct1969.php#26">26 October 1969</a>.  Some
  1791. discussion on the <a href="https://minnie.tuhs.org//pipermail/tuhs/2018-October/015092.html">TUHS mailing list</a>, where people repeated their dislike of DST.  But <a href="https://minnie.tuhs.org//pipermail/tuhs/2018-October/015116.html">this message</a> still contained <a href="https://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1999-38.html">an
  1792. interesting example</a> of the dangers of getting your DST wrong
  1793.      </p>
  1794.      </div>
  1795.    ]]>
  1796.  </description>
  1797.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1798.  <dc:date>2018-11-02T01:48:23+00:00</dc:date>
  1799. </item>
  1800.  
  1801.            
  1802. <item>
  1803. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181102-021136</guid>
  1804. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181102-021136</link>
  1805. <category>photography</category>
  1806. <category>gardening</category>
  1807. <category>opinion</category>
  1808. <title>Focus stacked macros: the pain</title>
  1809.  <description>
  1810.    <![CDATA[
  1811.    <div align="justify">
  1812.      <p>
  1813. Off down the road again today to take some more photos of
  1814. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelymitra_pauciflora">Thelymitra pauciflora</a>.
  1815. It wasn't easy: it was windier than I had expected, my footstool proved to be so low that it
  1816. was almost no help:,
  1817.      </p>
  1818.  
  1819.        <a id="Photo-64" name="Photo-64"
  1820.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181101&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-64">
  1821.          <img alt="This should be Thelymitra-photos-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_64"
  1822.               title="Photo Thelymitra-photos-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1823.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181101/small/Thelymitra-photos-1.jpeg"
  1824.               width="300" height="225"
  1825.           /></a>
  1826.        <a id="Photo-65" name="Photo-65"
  1827.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181101&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-65">
  1828.          <img alt="This should be Thelymitra-photos-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_65"
  1829.               title="Photo Thelymitra-photos-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1830.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181101/small/Thelymitra-photos-2.jpeg"
  1831.               width="300" height="225"
  1832.           /></a>
  1833.  
  1834.      <p>
  1835. The barely visible pair of Thelymitra in the middle of the second image show the problem.
  1836. In addition, I ran into significant technical problems:
  1837. I <i>really</i>, <b><i>really</i></b> want to be able to tell the camera to take a series of
  1838. images over a focus range, not just a fixed number, which might be too many or too few.  And
  1839. to help that, I need <i>much</i> better support from the camera.
  1840. “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focus_peaking">Focus peaking</a>” is an excellent
  1841. idea, but for some reason it pretty much doesn't work <i>at all</i> when you're close to 1:1
  1842. magnification.  And then there's this stupid bug in the <a href="http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a> firmware: when the external viewfinder is connected, the camera switches off focus stacking,
  1843. so I continually had to disconnect it before taking the photos.
  1844.      </p>
  1845.  
  1846.      <p>
  1847. Back home with 240 odd photos (about 5 GB), but wasn't able to get any useful results before
  1848. evening.
  1849.      </p>
  1850.      </div>
  1851.    ]]>
  1852.  </description>
  1853.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1854.  <dc:date>2018-11-02T02:11:36+00:00</dc:date>
  1855. </item>
  1856.  
  1857.            
  1858. <item>
  1859. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181102-021939</guid>
  1860. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181102-021939</link>
  1861. <category>technology</category>
  1862. <title>CJ's computer problems, next installment</title>
  1863.  <description>
  1864.    <![CDATA[
  1865.    <div align="justify">
  1866.      <p>
  1867. CJ Ellis along towards evening.  He hadn't called or sent email: his entire electronic
  1868. infrastructure was offline, he said.  <a href="http://www.aussiebroadband.com.au/">Aussie Broadband</a> had cancelled his service because he had accidentally replied to a
  1869. spam message, so his <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VoIP">VoIP</a> service didn't
  1870. work any more either.  And his computer continually displayed pornographic images that he
  1871. couldn't get rid of.
  1872.      </p>
  1873.  
  1874.      <p>
  1875. OK, first things first.  Contacted Aussie Broadband.  No, the service was still intact.  OK,
  1876. fire up the machine.  Indeed, as soon as I started <a href="http://chrome.google.com/"><i>chrome</i></a>, up popped multiple very pornographic images like
  1877. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lernaean_Hydra">Hydra</a>: as soon as you closed on,
  1878. another popped up in its place.  Installed <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/firefox"><i>firefox</i></a> and confirmed that this was some configuration of his <i>chrome</i>.
  1879. Some time, when I have the time, I suppose I should reinstall that for him.  Probably it
  1880. would make more sense to reinstall the whole system from an image I took a while back.
  1881.      </p>
  1882.  
  1883.      <p>
  1884. The other issue: his machine runs <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Rant/windows.php">Microsoft “Windows”</a> 7.  It has 2 GB of memory:
  1885.      </p>
  1886.  
  1887.        <a id="Photo-66" name="Photo-66"
  1888.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181101&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-66">
  1889.          <img alt="This should be DIMM.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_66"
  1890.               title="Photo DIMM.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1891.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181101/small/DIMM.jpeg"
  1892.               width="536" height="126"
  1893.           /></a>
  1894.  
  1895.      <p>
  1896. And that is clearly too little.  The poor little thing is swapping its heart out.  Now where
  1897. did I have a spare DIMM?  What kind is it, anyway?  Do I really have to count the contacts?
  1898.      </p>
  1899.      </div>
  1900.    ]]>
  1901.  </description>
  1902.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1903.  <dc:date>2018-11-02T02:19:39+00:00</dc:date>
  1904. </item>
  1905.  
  1906.                  
  1907. <item>
  1908. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181103-010931</guid>
  1909. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181103-010931</link>
  1910. <category>technology</category>
  1911. <category>opinion</category>
  1912. <title>Downloading film list: correction</title>
  1913.  <description>
  1914.    <![CDATA[
  1915.    <div align="justify">
  1916.      <p>
  1917. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181101-003600">A couple of days ago</a> I
  1918. discovered that I couldn't download <a href="http://www.mediathekview.de/">MediathekView's</a> file list using the internal download function: it timed out
  1919. repeatedly.  But using <i>fetch</i> worked fine, so I decided to do that instead.
  1920.      </p>
  1921.  
  1922.      <p>
  1923. But things aren't that simple.  Today <i>fetch</i> timed out repeatedly for over an hour.
  1924. So I tried it with the internal downloader.  It worked immediately!  So whatever the issue
  1925. is, it's not as simple as bugs in the internal downloader.
  1926.      </p>
  1927.      </div>
  1928.    ]]>
  1929.  </description>
  1930.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1931.  <dc:date>2018-11-03T01:09:31+00:00</dc:date>
  1932. </item>
  1933.  
  1934.            
  1935. <item>
  1936. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181103-012852</guid>
  1937. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181103-012852</link>
  1938. <category>photography</category>
  1939. <category>gardening</category>
  1940. <category>opinion</category>
  1941. <title>More Thelymitras</title>
  1942.  <description>
  1943.    <![CDATA[
  1944.    <div align="justify">
  1945.      <p>
  1946. Spent quite some time trying to process <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181102-021136">yesterday's</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelymitra">Thelymitra</a> flowers, with very
  1947. limited success:
  1948.      </p>
  1949.  
  1950.        <a id="Photo-67" name="Photo-67"
  1951.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181101&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-67">
  1952.          <img alt="This should be Thelymitra-pauciflora-4-DMap.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_67"
  1953.               title="Photo Thelymitra-pauciflora-4-DMap.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1954.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181101/small/Thelymitra-pauciflora-4-DMap.jpeg"
  1955.               width="300" height="225"
  1956.           /></a>
  1957.        <a id="Photo-68" name="Photo-68"
  1958.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181101&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-68">
  1959.          <img alt="This should be Thelymitra-pauciflora-7-DMap.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_68"
  1960.               title="Photo Thelymitra-pauciflora-7-DMap.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  1961.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181101/small/Thelymitra-pauciflora-7-DMap.jpeg"
  1962.               width="300" height="225"
  1963.           /></a>
  1964.  
  1965.      <p>
  1966. That's all I got out of a total of 240 images: only four in total (the other two look very
  1967. similar), and even those don't bear much looking at.
  1968.      </p>
  1969.  
  1970.      <p>
  1971. What went wrong?  Mainly the wind, but also getting things in focus.  Even the close-up
  1972. isn't as good as it should be: the tip of the petal at the bottom isn't completely in focus,
  1973. nor is the back of the flower.  In this case, clearly I needed not only a better start focus
  1974. point, but also more steps.  There should really be more help from the camera.  And why
  1975. doesn't <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focus_peaking">focus peaking</a> work at these
  1976. distances?
  1977.      </p>
  1978.  
  1979.      <p>
  1980. On the positive side, I found some more, much more accessible flowers in front of our own
  1981. property.  But it was far too windy—we had winds of up to 33 km/h and gusts of up to 48
  1982. km/h.  Tomorrow?  Then it will be cooler, so the flowers will probably shrivel up and die.
  1983.      </p>
  1984.      </div>
  1985.    ]]>
  1986.  </description>
  1987.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  1988.  <dc:date>2018-11-03T01:28:52+00:00</dc:date>
  1989. </item>
  1990.  
  1991.            
  1992. <item>
  1993. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181103-015906</guid>
  1994. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181103-015906</link>
  1995. <category>general</category>
  1996. <title>Installing the new cooktops</title>
  1997.  <description>
  1998.    <![CDATA[
  1999.    <div align="justify">
  2000.      <p>
  2001. Now that we have the new gas and induction cooktops, it's time to install them.  I had been
  2002. recommended Mike Simpson (“Mike for odd jobs”, phone 0419 935 147), who proves to do mainly
  2003. joinery, and definitely no plumbing, electrical or painting work.  He charges round $80 just
  2004. to come out here, but today he was prepared to do it for free—just to take a look, and
  2005. definitely not to install the cooktops.
  2006.      </p>
  2007.  
  2008.      <p>
  2009. He showed up and spent some time investigating.  The good news: it's straightforward.  The
  2010. less good news: he can't do it for at least 2 weeks.  I was also left wondering whether it
  2011. would even work the way we planned it, with a single hole for both cooktops.  The <a href="https://www.bosch-home.com.au/productlist/cooking-baking/cooktops/induction-cooktops/PIJ611BB1E?breadcrumb=inductionhobs">Bosch cooktop</a> has clips on either side to hold it in place.  How can that work if
  2012. there's nothing to clip to on the one side?
  2013.      </p>
  2014.      </div>
  2015.    ]]>
  2016.  </description>
  2017.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2018.  <dc:date>2018-11-03T01:59:06+00:00</dc:date>
  2019. </item>
  2020.  
  2021.                  
  2022. <item>
  2023. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181104-005954</guid>
  2024. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181104-005954</link>
  2025. <category>gardening</category>
  2026. <title>Wildflowers and orchids</title>
  2027.  <description>
  2028.    <![CDATA[
  2029.    <div align="justify">
  2030.      <p>
  2031. The weather has changed completely in the last couple of days.  On Thursday the temperature
  2032. reached 32.8° and didn't drop below 20° after 8:00.  Today the temperatures ranged from 9°
  2033. to 18°.  And not surprisingly,
  2034. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelymitra_pauciflora">Thelymitra pauciflora</a>
  2035. were no longer flowering.  While searching for them, though, I found at least a dozen plants
  2036. at the north-east corner of our plot of land.  Have they all finished flowering?  I'll keep
  2037. my eyes open.
  2038.      </p>
  2039.  
  2040.      <p>
  2041. Further south, there are plenty of wildflowers, but how do you catch them in a photo?
  2042.      </p>
  2043.  
  2044.        <a id="Photo-69" name="Photo-69"
  2045.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181103&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-69">
  2046.          <img alt="This should be Nature-strip-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_69"
  2047.               title="Photo Nature-strip-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2048.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181103/small/Nature-strip-1.jpeg"
  2049.               width="566" height="119"
  2050.           /></a>
  2051.  
  2052.      <p>
  2053. It's not until you enlarge it greatly (this is a 52 MP image) that you see what you would
  2054. see with the naked eye:
  2055.      </p>
  2056.  
  2057.      <div align="left">
  2058.  <a id="Photo-70" name="Photo-70"
  2059.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181103&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-70">
  2060.          <img alt="This should be Nature-strip-1-0-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_70"
  2061.               title="Photo Nature-strip-1-0-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2062.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181103/small/Nature-strip-1-0-detail.jpeg"
  2063.               width="338" height="200"
  2064.           /></a>
  2065.  <a id="Photo-71" name="Photo-71"
  2066.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181103&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-71">
  2067.          <img alt="This should be Nature-strip-1-1-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_71"
  2068.               title="Photo Nature-strip-1-1-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2069.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181103/small/Nature-strip-1-1-detail.jpeg"
  2070.               width="317" height="213"
  2071.           /></a>
  2072.  <a id="Photo-72" name="Photo-72"
  2073.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181103&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-72">
  2074.          <img alt="This should be Nature-strip-1-1-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_72"
  2075.               title="Photo Nature-strip-1-1-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2076.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181103/small/Nature-strip-1-1-detail-2.jpeg"
  2077.               width="308" height="220"
  2078.           /></a>
  2079.      </div>
  2080.  
  2081.      <p>
  2082. The white flowers are <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burchardia_umbellata">Burchardia
  2083. umbellata</a> (or “Milkmaids”), and the violet flowers are, I
  2084. think, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thysanotus_patersonii">Thysanotus
  2085. patersonii</a>, also called Twining Fringe Lily.  The problem is that there is no fringe.
  2086. Could it be something else?
  2087.      </p>
  2088.      </div>
  2089.    ]]>
  2090.  </description>
  2091.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2092.  <dc:date>2018-11-04T00:59:54+00:00</dc:date>
  2093. </item>
  2094.  
  2095.            
  2096. <item>
  2097. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181104-010757</guid>
  2098. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181104-010757</link>
  2099. <category>food</category>
  2100. <category>and</category>
  2101. <category>drink</category>
  2102. <category>opinion</category>
  2103. <title>Air fried hash browns</title>
  2104.  <description>
  2105.    <![CDATA[
  2106.    <div align="justify">
  2107.      <p>
  2108. Rather against my will, <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> wanted to
  2109. serve <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_browns">hash browns</a> with the <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/recipes/pepper-steak-sauce.php">pepper steaks</a> this evening.  How should we
  2110. prepare them?  Another task for the digital air fryer.  But how do I arrange them?  Put them
  2111. flat and they'll only get done on one side.  But that wasn't an option: the basket was too
  2112. small.  In the end, tried them in different orientations, and all worked.  Here before,
  2113. after, and in the serving dish (Yvonne had tastefully turned the pale side downwards):
  2114.      </p>
  2115.  
  2116.      <div align="left">
  2117.  <a id="Photo-73" name="Photo-73"
  2118.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181103&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-73">
  2119.          <img alt="This should be Hash-browns-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_73"
  2120.               title="Photo Hash-browns-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2121.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181103/small/Hash-browns-1.jpeg"
  2122.               width="304" height="222"
  2123.           /></a>
  2124.  <a id="Photo-74" name="Photo-74"
  2125.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181103&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-74">
  2126.          <img alt="This should be Hash-browns-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_74"
  2127.               title="Photo Hash-browns-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2128.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181103/small/Hash-browns-2.jpeg"
  2129.               width="301" height="224"
  2130.           /></a>
  2131.  <a id="Photo-75" name="Photo-75"
  2132.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181103&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-75">
  2133.          <img alt="This should be Hash-browns-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_75"
  2134.               title="Photo Hash-browns-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2135.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181103/small/Hash-browns-3.jpeg"
  2136.               width="301" height="225"
  2137.           /></a>
  2138.      </div>
  2139.  
  2140.      <p>
  2141.      </p>
  2142.      </div>
  2143.    ]]>
  2144.  </description>
  2145.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2146.  <dc:date>2018-11-04T01:07:57+00:00</dc:date>
  2147. </item>
  2148.  
  2149.            
  2150. <item>
  2151. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181104-011553</guid>
  2152. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181104-011553</link>
  2153. <category>animals</category>
  2154. <category>opinion</category>
  2155. <title>The sadness of this world</title>
  2156.  <description>
  2157.    <![CDATA[
  2158.    <div align="justify">
  2159.      <p>
  2160. Nikolai, in a typical pose:
  2161.      </p>
  2162.  
  2163.        <a id="Photo-76" name="Photo-76"
  2164.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181103&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-76">
  2165.          <img alt="This should be Nikolai-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_76"
  2166.               title="Photo Nikolai-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2167.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181103/small/Nikolai-1.jpeg"
  2168.               width="286" height="236"
  2169.           /></a>
  2170.  
  2171.      <p>
  2172.      </p>
  2173.      </div>
  2174.    ]]>
  2175.  </description>
  2176.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2177.  <dc:date>2018-11-04T01:15:53+00:00</dc:date>
  2178. </item>
  2179.  
  2180.                  
  2181. <item>
  2182. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181105-005313</guid>
  2183. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181105-005313</link>
  2184. <category>photography</category>
  2185. <category>animals</category>
  2186. <category>opinion</category>
  2187. <title>Sir Christiane rides again</title>
  2188.  <description>
  2189.    <![CDATA[
  2190.    <div align="justify">
  2191.      <p>
  2192. Chris Bahlo has been coming here to go riding for a simple reason: she needs somebody to
  2193. help her to put on her armour.  For me, it was a chance to try out new autofocus settings.
  2194. Kev Russell on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/468478533526103/">M43 Tech
  2195. Talk</a> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/">Facebook</a> group had made a
  2196. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/468478533526103/permalink/711738319200122/">post</a> suggesting the use of “small” focus points on the <a href="http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II</a>,
  2197. so I tried that.
  2198.      </p>
  2199.  
  2200.      <p>
  2201. This time things were interesting for reasons not related to photography.  Chris had
  2202. mechanical issues with her armour, and <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> needed to fix
  2203. them (<a href="https://youtu.be/oWOyaWG1ZqE">https://youtu.be/oWOyaWG1ZqE</a> and <a href="https://youtu.be/jM7LN0D6WKo">https://youtu.be/jM7LN0D6WKo</a>):
  2204.      </p>
  2205.  
  2206.        <a id="Photo-77" name="Photo-77"
  2207.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181104&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-77">
  2208.          <img alt="This should be Chris-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_77"
  2209.               title="Photo Chris-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2210.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181104/small/Chris-1.png"
  2211.               width="229" height="295"
  2212.           /></a>
  2213.        <a id="Photo-78" name="Photo-78"
  2214.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181104&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-78">
  2215.          <img alt="This should be Chris-2.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_78"
  2216.               title="Photo Chris-2.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2217.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181104/small/Chris-2.png"
  2218.               width="246" height="275"
  2219.           /></a>
  2220.  
  2221.      <p>
  2222. She returned again later for more adjustments.  The cord is electric fence wiring, though we
  2223. considered that cable ties probably would have done better:
  2224.      </p>
  2225.  
  2226.        <a id="Photo-79" name="Photo-79"
  2227.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181104&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-79">
  2228.          <img alt="This should be Sir-Christiane-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_79"
  2229.               title="Photo Sir-Christiane-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2230.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181104/small/Sir-Christiane-2.jpeg"
  2231.               width="225" height="300"
  2232.           /></a>
  2233.  
  2234.      <p>
  2235. Finally she was off, and I had the opportunity to compare my focus tracking:
  2236.      </p>
  2237.  
  2238.      <p>
  2239.      <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgvBu1-VFbg"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/CgvBu1-VFbg/default.jpg" /></a>
  2240.      </p>
  2241.  
  2242.      <p>
  2243. Nope, I'm still losing focus, though I kept the focus point on the horse throughout the
  2244. clip.  In addition, the exposure compensation is jerky.  I haven't seen that before.  Could
  2245. that be due to the <a href="http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/products/dslr/mlenses/14-150_40-56/">M.Zuiko Digital ED
  2246. 14-150 mm f/4.0-5.6 </a> that I used on this occasion?
  2247.      </p>
  2248.  
  2249.      <p>
  2250. Also took <a href="https://youtu.be/07qaMhsfZhA">another failed focus attempt</a>.
  2251.      </p>
  2252.      </div>
  2253.    ]]>
  2254.  </description>
  2255.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2256.  <dc:date>2018-11-05T00:53:13+00:00</dc:date>
  2257. </item>
  2258.  
  2259.            
  2260. <item>
  2261. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181105-022701</guid>
  2262. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181105-022701</link>
  2263. <category>gardening</category>
  2264. <category>photography</category>
  2265. <category>opinion</category>
  2266. <title>Fringe lily?  Chocolate lily?</title>
  2267.  <description>
  2268.    <![CDATA[
  2269.    <div align="justify">
  2270.      <p>
  2271. While writing up <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181104-005954">yesterday's
  2272. article</a> on the wildflowers, I found a discrepancy between what I considered
  2273. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thysanotus_patersonii">Thysanotus patersonii</a>
  2274. (twining fringe lily) and what I had.  On Google image search I found a photo that exactly
  2275. matched my flowers:
  2276.      </p>
  2277.  
  2278.        <a id="Photo-80" name="Photo-80"
  2279.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20141011&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-80">
  2280.          <img alt="This should be Thysanotus-patersonii-6.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_80"
  2281.               title="Photo Thysanotus-patersonii-6.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2282.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20141011/small/Thysanotus-patersonii-6.jpeg"
  2283.               width="300" height="225"
  2284.           /></a>
  2285.  
  2286.      <p>
  2287. Unfortunately, it proved that I had taken it myself, even in exactly the same place.  And
  2288. closer examination shows that the “fringe lily” is called that because of the fringes on the
  2289. petals, which are missing here.
  2290.      </p>
  2291.  
  2292.      <p>
  2293. Further investigation suggested that it might instead be
  2294. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichopogon_strictus">Dichopogon strictus</a>, for
  2295. some reason called a “chocolate lily”:
  2296.      </p>
  2297.  
  2298.      <a href="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b7/Arthropodium_strictum.jpg/1280px-Arthropodium_strictum.jpg">
  2299.      <img alt=""
  2300.          title=".  Click to see in original size."
  2301.          src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b7/Arthropodium_strictum.jpg/1280px-Arthropodium_strictum.jpg"
  2302.          width="300"
  2303.          /></a>
  2304.      <p>
  2305. OK, time for some focus stacked images, this time in a more controlled environment than
  2306. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181102-021136">last time</a>.  Much work, and
  2307. once again failure!  Firstly, I didn't get enough shots (<b><i>WHY</i></b> can't Olympus
  2308. supply better aids to decide on start and end focus?):
  2309.      </p>
  2310.  
  2311.        <a id="Photo-81" name="Photo-81"
  2312.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181104&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-81">
  2313.          <img alt="This should be Dichopogon-strictus-5-DMap.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_81"
  2314.               title="Photo Dichopogon-strictus-5-DMap.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2315.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181104/small/Dichopogon-strictus-5-DMap.jpeg"
  2316.               width="300" height="225"
  2317.           /></a>
  2318.        <a id="Photo-82" name="Photo-82"
  2319.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181104&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-82">
  2320.          <img alt="This should be Dichopogon-strictus-6-DMap.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_82"
  2321.               title="Photo Dichopogon-strictus-6-DMap.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2322.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181104/small/Dichopogon-strictus-6-DMap.jpeg"
  2323.               width="300" height="225"
  2324.           /></a>
  2325.  
  2326.      <p>
  2327. Apart from that, of course, the photo was taken from the wrong angle, which only occurred to
  2328. after it was all finished.  I really need to spend a lot more time setting up these images.
  2329.      </p>
  2330.      </div>
  2331.    ]]>
  2332.  </description>
  2333.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2334.  <dc:date>2018-11-05T02:27:01+00:00</dc:date>
  2335. </item>
  2336.  
  2337.            
  2338. <item>
  2339. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181105-024423</guid>
  2340. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181105-024423</link>
  2341. <category>language</category>
  2342. <category>opinion</category>
  2343. <title>Buy Britannica!</title>
  2344.  <description>
  2345.    <![CDATA[
  2346.    <div align="justify">
  2347.      <p>
  2348. A while back I signed up with <a href="http://www.britannica.com/">Encyclopædia
  2349. Britannica</a> in the hope of getting some interesting suggestions.  Instead I got
  2350. marginally disguised spam.  But today's message was the limit:
  2351.      </p>
  2352.  
  2353.      <div style="text-align:left">
  2354.  <tt>
  2355. Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2018 18:40:47 &#45;0600
  2356. <br />From: Britannica &lt;[email protected]&gt;
  2357. <br />Subject: Who did Ben Franklin consider deranged?
  2358.  </tt>
  2359. </div>
  2360.  
  2361.      <p>
  2362. Interestingly, the content didn't refer
  2363. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin">Benjamin Franklin</a> at all.
  2364. But how should I parse it?  Who considered Ben Franklin to be deranged?  Good-bye,
  2365. Britannica.
  2366.      </p>
  2367.      </div>
  2368.    ]]>
  2369.  </description>
  2370.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2371.  <dc:date>2018-11-05T02:44:23+00:00</dc:date>
  2372. </item>
  2373.  
  2374.                  
  2375. <item>
  2376. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181106-014231</guid>
  2377. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181106-014231</link>
  2378. <category>multimedia</category>
  2379. <category>photography</category>
  2380. <category>opinion</category>
  2381. <title>Extracting frames from videos</title>
  2382.  <description>
  2383.    <![CDATA[
  2384.    <div align="justify">
  2385.      <p>
  2386. Yesterday's video clips contained some interesting individual frames.  They
  2387. were <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080p">1080p</a>, so the resultant images would
  2388. be quite acceptable.  But how do I extract them?  It's not the first time: I did exactly the
  2389. same thing <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-aug2018.php?topics=a#D-20180830-030450">two months
  2390. ago</a>.  But how?  I forgot to write it down.
  2391.      </p>
  2392.  
  2393.      <p>
  2394. While pondering the issue, I received one of these horrible spams from <a href="http://www.ashampoo.com/">Ashampoo</a>: video optimizer, for a special low price.
  2395. I've had lots of issues with Ashampoo recently, and I'm seriously considering changing to
  2396. some other software—if I can find something that's not equally painful.  Still, it might be
  2397. what I'm looking for, at least for today, so I downloaded it.
  2398.      </p>
  2399.  
  2400.      <p>
  2401. And <i>once again</i> I ran into a hang entering data.  I was offered an extension of the 10
  2402. day free trial to 30 days—just enter my customer email address.  But once again it hung, and
  2403. I had to shoot it down.  But it didn't want to know: when I tried to restart it, it claimed
  2404. to be already running, no matter what the Task Manager might say:
  2405.      </p>
  2406.  
  2407.        <a id="Photo-83" name="Photo-83"
  2408.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181105&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-83">
  2409.          <img alt="This should be Ashampoo-Schroedinger.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_83"
  2410.               title="Photo Ashampoo-Schroedinger.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2411.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181105/small/Ashampoo-Schroedinger.png"
  2412.               width="500" height="404.84429065744"
  2413.           /></a>
  2414.  
  2415.      <p>
  2416. What's the problem here?  I've established that their support department, though
  2417. well-meaning, doesn't know how to escalate things, but my guess is that this is related to
  2418. the fact that I access my Microsoft box
  2419. via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_desktop">remote desktop</a>, and there's
  2420. some bug that the developers aren't finding out about.  But life's too short for that kind
  2421. of thing, so today I just took screen shots of the frames I wanted.  I probably should spend
  2422. some time investigating video processing software.
  2423.      </p>
  2424.      </div>
  2425.    ]]>
  2426.  </description>
  2427.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2428.  <dc:date>2018-11-06T01:42:31+00:00</dc:date>
  2429. </item>
  2430.  
  2431.            
  2432. <item>
  2433. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181106-015502</guid>
  2434. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181106-015502</link>
  2435. <category>photography</category>
  2436. <category>technology</category>
  2437. <category>opinion</category>
  2438. <title>DxO PhotoLab 2</title>
  2439.  <description>
  2440.    <![CDATA[
  2441.    <div align="justify">
  2442.      <p>
  2443. For a couple of months now I've been investigating various ways to remove the artefacts from
  2444. this image:
  2445.      </p>
  2446.  
  2447.        <a id="Photo-84" name="Photo-84"
  2448.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20180814&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-84">
  2449.          <img alt="This should be Kangaroos-47.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_84"
  2450.               title="Photo Kangaroos-47.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2451.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20180814/small/Kangaroos-47.jpeg"
  2452.               width="300" height="225"
  2453.           /></a>
  2454.  
  2455.      <p>
  2456. On <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-sep2018.php?topics=p#D-20180912-043902">11 September</a> I
  2457. tried <a href="https://inpaint.en.softonic.com/">Inpaint</a>, and on <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php?topics=p#D-20181026-021148">25 October</a> I tried <a href="https://www.movavi.com/mac-photo-editor/">movavi Photo Editor</a>.  Both sort of
  2458. worked, but they were fiddly: they don't offer any help to recognizing areas that I want to
  2459. mark.
  2460.      </p>
  2461.  
  2462.      <p>
  2463. And now <a href="http://www.dxo.com/">DxO</a> has brought out another release of
  2464. <a href="http://dxo.com/intl/photography/photo-software/dxo-photolab">PhotoLab</a>.
  2465. What are the features?  What are the differences?  Is it worth paying $70 for the upgrade?
  2466. In principle I've been relatively happy with DxO, but documentation is not their forte.
  2467. Spent some time looking at their videos, which are more geared towards advertising, and it
  2468. seems that it can do the same things as Inpaint and movavi.  Tried it out and discovered one
  2469. serious issue: one of the functions is assigned to <b>Alt-left button</b>.  But that's
  2470. already used by my window manager.  Not DxO's problem, of course, but it's a concern: the
  2471. first time in over 20 years that I've run into this kind of conflict.
  2472.      </p>
  2473.  
  2474.      <p>
  2475. Still, I was able to mark things.  How do I then delete them?  I still don't know.  It's
  2476. certainly not <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Rant/bad-language.php#intuitive">“intuitive”</a>, and once
  2477. again I couldn't find the manual.  Why don't they have videos showing the details and not
  2478. just the result?  This is exactly the situation where it would be a good idea.
  2479.      </p>
  2480.      </div>
  2481.    ]]>
  2482.  </description>
  2483.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2484.  <dc:date>2018-11-06T01:55:02+00:00</dc:date>
  2485. </item>
  2486.  
  2487.            
  2488. <item>
  2489. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181106-022319</guid>
  2490. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181106-022319</link>
  2491. <category>gardening</category>
  2492. <category>opinion</category>
  2493. <title>Tomatoes: time to go</title>
  2494.  <description>
  2495.    <![CDATA[
  2496.    <div align="justify">
  2497.      <p>
  2498. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-sep2018.php#D-20180925-021556">Six weeks ago</a> I planted some
  2499. tomato seedlings into pots to wait
  2500. for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_Cup_Day">Melbourne Cup Day</a>:
  2501.      </p>
  2502.  
  2503.        <a id="Photo-85" name="Photo-85"
  2504.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20180925&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-85">
  2505.          <img alt="This should be Tomato-seedlings-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_85"
  2506.               title="Photo Tomato-seedlings-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2507.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20180925/small/Tomato-seedlings-1.jpeg"
  2508.               width="300" height="225"
  2509.           /></a>
  2510.        <a id="Photo-86" name="Photo-86"
  2511.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20180925&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-86">
  2512.          <img alt="This should be Tomato-seedlings-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_86"
  2513.               title="Photo Tomato-seedlings-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2514.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20180925/small/Tomato-seedlings-2.jpeg"
  2515.               width="300" height="225"
  2516.           /></a>
  2517.  
  2518.      <p>
  2519. Cup Day is tomorrow, and the twelve seedlings have not been idle:
  2520.      </p>
  2521.  
  2522.        <a id="Photo-87" name="Photo-87"
  2523.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181105&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-87">
  2524.          <img alt="This should be Tomatoes-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_87"
  2525.               title="Photo Tomatoes-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2526.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181105/small/Tomatoes-2.jpeg"
  2527.               width="301" height="225"
  2528.           /></a>
  2529.        <a id="Photo-88" name="Photo-88"
  2530.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181105&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-88">
  2531.          <img alt="This should be Tomatoes-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_88"
  2532.               title="Photo Tomatoes-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2533.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181105/small/Tomatoes-3.jpeg"
  2534.               width="225" height="300"
  2535.           /></a>
  2536.  
  2537.      <p>
  2538. Time to plant some and give the rest away.  <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> and Chris
  2539. Bahlo are off to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garvoc">Garvoc</a> tomorrow to pick
  2540. up a horse from Nele Kömle, so we'll send four plants for Nele.  Chris only wants one, but
  2541. it looks like we can get rid of two more with Pene Kirk.
  2542.      </p>
  2543.      </div>
  2544.    ]]>
  2545.  </description>
  2546.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2547.  <dc:date>2018-11-06T02:23:19+00:00</dc:date>
  2548. </item>
  2549.  
  2550.                  
  2551. <item>
  2552. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181107-022818</guid>
  2553. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181107-022818</link>
  2554. <category>general</category>
  2555. <category>technology</category>
  2556. <category>opinion</category>
  2557. <title>Another bloody power failure!</title>
  2558.  <description>
  2559.    <![CDATA[
  2560.    <div align="justify">
  2561.      <p>
  2562. This morning was a day to trim my beard.  Grabbed the trimmer, idly wondering whether it was
  2563. worth fixing the old one that had suddenly just decided not to run any more.  Clearly a
  2564. wiring issue, but why bother fixing them when they're so cheap...
  2565.      </p>
  2566.  
  2567.      <p>
  2568. Plugged in the trimmer.  Nothing.  Exactly the same symptoms.  Power failure?  No, other
  2569. things were running, including the water pump.  But on checking, discovered eventually that
  2570. the circuit breaker for one circuit had tripped.  Damn!  Why did that happen?
  2571.      </p>
  2572.  
  2573.      <p>
  2574. And, of course, it was the one circuit to which <i>eureka</i> was connected.  I didn't have
  2575. it on the main <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uninterruptible_power_supply">UPS</a> circuits because that UPS keeps fluctuating (switching on and off based on the
  2576. power input?), and that causes the second-in-line UPS to beep, so I had moved it to the
  2577. other circuit.  If it had been on the primary UPS circuit, nothing would have happened.
  2578.      </p>
  2579.  
  2580.      <p>
  2581. Fortunately, this time the <i>fsck</i> went smoothly, and an hour later I was back online.
  2582. But I'm left wondering: my decision to use
  2583. standard <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_File_System">UFS</a>
  2584. (without <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journaling_file_system">journaling</a>) was
  2585. based on the assumption that I would almost never have a crash.  And that's just not the
  2586. case.
  2587.      </p>
  2588.  
  2589.      <p>
  2590. So what do I do?  Everybody tells me to migrate
  2591. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZFS">ZFS</a>.  But that scares me, and it seems to
  2592. require ridiculous compute resources.  Maybe
  2593. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network-attached_storage">NAS</a> box?  Clearly
  2594. things can't go on like this.
  2595.      </p>
  2596.      </div>
  2597.    ]]>
  2598.  </description>
  2599.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2600.  <dc:date>2018-11-07T02:28:18+00:00</dc:date>
  2601. </item>
  2602.  
  2603.            
  2604. <item>
  2605. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181107-023610</guid>
  2606. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181107-023610</link>
  2607. <category>photography</category>
  2608. <category>technology</category>
  2609. <category>opinion</category>
  2610. <title>Ashampoo examined more carefully</title>
  2611.  <description>
  2612.    <![CDATA[
  2613.    <div align="justify">
  2614.      <p>
  2615. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181106-014231">Yesterday's</a> fun with
  2616. <a href="http://www.ashampoo.com/">Ashampoo</a> video optimizer had me wondering.
  2617. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jun2017.php#D-20170605-013048">In the past</a> I had noticed
  2618. stuff like that, where characters echo at about one every 30 seconds.  So today I tried
  2619. again.  And sure enough, to get my extended trial period took me 27 minutes before my cut
  2620. and paste had echoed and I was allowed to click on the <b>Next</b> button.  And after that,
  2621. another 4 minutes before the application actually started.
  2622.      </p>
  2623.  
  2624.      <p>
  2625. Then it seemed to react normally.  But can I be bothered?  Not today.  Peter Jeremy pointed
  2626. me to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FFmpeg">FFmpeg</a>, which can extract stills
  2627. from videos.  That's the second recommendation.  I should take a look.
  2628.      </p>
  2629.      </div>
  2630.    ]]>
  2631.  </description>
  2632.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2633.  <dc:date>2018-11-07T02:36:10+00:00</dc:date>
  2634. </item>
  2635.  
  2636.            
  2637. <item>
  2638. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181107-052409</guid>
  2639. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181107-052409</link>
  2640. <category>gardening</category>
  2641. <title>More tomatoes</title>
  2642.  <description>
  2643.    <![CDATA[
  2644.    <div align="justify">
  2645.      <p>
  2646. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> off to see Nele Kömle today, as planted, taking five
  2647. tomato plants with her, four for Nele and one for Chris Bahlo.  Now I only had six left
  2648. over, two for Pene Kirk.  One was already planted, and I planted two more.
  2649.      </p>
  2650.  
  2651.      <p>
  2652. Here's the one that I planted <a href="http://wwww.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181027-000945">a week ago</a>, and
  2653. now:
  2654.      </p>
  2655.  
  2656.        <a id="Photo-89" name="Photo-89"
  2657.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181027&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-89">
  2658.          <img alt="This should be Tomatoes.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_89"
  2659.               title="Photo Tomatoes.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2660.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181027/small/Tomatoes.jpeg"
  2661.               width="225" height="300"
  2662.           /></a>
  2663.        <a id="Photo-90" name="Photo-90"
  2664.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181107&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-90">
  2665.          <img alt="This should be Tomatoes-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_90"
  2666.               title="Photo Tomatoes-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2667.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181107/small/Tomatoes-1.jpeg"
  2668.               width="300" height="225"
  2669.           /></a>
  2670.  
  2671.      <p>
  2672. It's not clear how much the plant has changed; I'd guess that it has grown.  But what's very
  2673. clear are other plants around it.  I counted no less than 17 volunteer descendents of last
  2674. year's plant.  What do I do with them?
  2675.      </p>
  2676.  
  2677.      <p>
  2678. Here the new ones:
  2679.      </p>
  2680.  
  2681.        <a id="Photo-91" name="Photo-91"
  2682.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181107&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-91">
  2683.          <img alt="This should be Tomatoes-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_91"
  2684.               title="Photo Tomatoes-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2685.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181107/small/Tomatoes-3.jpeg"
  2686.               width="225" height="300"
  2687.           /></a>
  2688.        <a id="Photo-92" name="Photo-92"
  2689.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181107&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-92">
  2690.          <img alt="This should be Tomatoes-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_92"
  2691.               title="Photo Tomatoes-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2692.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181107/small/Tomatoes-5.jpeg"
  2693.               width="225" height="300"
  2694.           /></a>
  2695.  
  2696.      <p>
  2697. Also planted one of the snow pea plants that Petra Gietz gave us, but they still look very
  2698. fragile:
  2699.      </p>
  2700.  
  2701.        <a id="Photo-93" name="Photo-93"
  2702.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181107&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-93">
  2703.          <img alt="This should be Snow-peas.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_93"
  2704.               title="Photo Snow-peas.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2705.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181107/small/Snow-peas.jpeg"
  2706.               width="300" height="225"
  2707.           /></a>
  2708.  
  2709.      <p>
  2710.      </p>
  2711.      </div>
  2712.    ]]>
  2713.  </description>
  2714.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2715.  <dc:date>2018-11-07T05:24:09+00:00</dc:date>
  2716. </item>
  2717.  
  2718.                  
  2719. <item>
  2720. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181107-024601</guid>
  2721. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181107-024601</link>
  2722. <category>photography</category>
  2723. <category>opinion</category>
  2724. <title>The demise of the Micro Four Thirds system?</title>
  2725.  <description>
  2726.    <![CDATA[
  2727.    <div align="justify">
  2728.      <p>
  2729. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-sep2018.php#D-20180902-025829">A couple of months ago</a> Tony
  2730. and Chelsea Northrup produced a discussion of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYYaQz83etY">MIRRORLESS WARS</a>, in which they
  2731. predicted the demise of
  2732. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_Four_Thirds_system">Micro Four Thirds
  2733. system</a>.  That wasn't enough: they have now produced a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjXSnNMZ0PU">second one</a> titled “Micro Four-Thirds
  2734. is DEAD”.
  2735.      </p>
  2736.  
  2737.      <p>
  2738. Is he right?  First I need to hear what he has to say, so I watched the entire clip.
  2739. There's some interesting stuff, but not enough for a blow-by-blow discussion.  In many
  2740. respects I can't agree with his arguments.
  2741.      </p>
  2742.  
  2743.      <p>
  2744. One of the big ones is “A manufacturer will not tell you when he's going to stop production
  2745. of a product”, and he points to Panasonic's introduction of the new <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/news/9159684748/panasonic-developing-two-full-frame-mirrorless-cameras-with-leica-l-mount">Lumix S</a> series, still under development.  Why would they jump into that market if
  2746. they weren't thinking of stopping production of the Micro Four Thirds system?
  2747.      </p>
  2748.  
  2749.      <p>
  2750. Well, their CEO made that clear: there's an opportunity.  He expects that Micro Four Thirds
  2751. will continue to be the mainstay of their camera production.  And the fact that they're
  2752. bringing out a <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/news/9248867492/panasonic-is-developing-a-10-25mm-f1-7-lens-for-micro-four-thirds">10-25 mm f/1.7 zoom</a> lens—the world's fastest zoom—lends weight to that claim.
  2753.      </p>
  2754.  
  2755.      <p>
  2756. Then Tony goes on to state that the reason for smaller sensors in the first place was just
  2757. because the sensors themselves were so expensive to make that they were a significant part
  2758. of the camera price, and now that has changed.  Is he right?  He could be, but I didn't know
  2759. that.  When I chose the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Thirds_system">Four
  2760. Thirds system</a> in <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-may2007.php#27">2007</a>, that was not a factor.
  2761. Innovation was.
  2762.      </p>
  2763.  
  2764.      <p>
  2765. But Tony says that small sensors produce bad results.  He also says that mobile phone
  2766. cameras produce surprisingly good results.  Which is it to be?  Four Thirds has a quarter of
  2767. the area of a full frame sensor.  The <a href="https://www.dxomark.com/xiaomi-mi-mix-3-camera-review/">current best mobile phone
  2768. camera</a> on <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/">DxOMark</a>'s site is the Xiaomi
  2769. Mi MIX 3 with a 1/2.55 sensor, about 8.7% of the size of a Four Thirds sensor.
  2770.      </p>
  2771.  
  2772.      <p>
  2773. The other thing that Tony doesn't appear to understand is that sensor performance is
  2774. dependent on pixel size, not sensor dimensions.  The Four Thirds sensor has an area of 224.9
  2775. mm², so a 20 MP sensor will have pixels of 11.2 μm².  A full frame sensor has an area of
  2776. (frequently marginally less than) 864 mm², so a 45.7 MP sensor like on
  2777. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_Z7">Nikon Z7</a> would have a pixel size of
  2778. 18.9 μm².  Not as big a difference as it might seem.  On the other hand, the Xiaomi pixels,
  2779. despite the relatively low resolution of 12 MP, has pixels about 1.62 μm² in size.
  2780.      </p>
  2781.  
  2782.      <p>
  2783. And then he gets on to lens sizes.  Micro Four Thirds lenses are no smaller than full frame
  2784. lenses, he says.  To prove his point, he drags out an Olympus 300 mm f/4 and a Nikon 600 mm
  2785. f/4.  This image from the <a href="https://www.43rumors.com/tony-northrup-believes-micro-four-thirds-is-dead/">43rumours</a> discussion:
  2786.      </p>
  2787.  
  2788.        <a id="Photo-94" name="Photo-94"
  2789.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181106&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-94">
  2790.          <img alt="This should be Northrup-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_94"
  2791.               title="Photo Northrup-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2792.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181106/small/Northrup-1.png"
  2793.               width="347" height="195"
  2794.           /></a>
  2795.  
  2796.      <p>
  2797. Huh?  What has he been smoking?  Oh, no, you can't compare an f/4 full frame lens with a
  2798. Micro Four Thirds f/4 lens.  There's this thing about equivalent aperture.  You need to
  2799. compare it with an f/8 lens.
  2800.      </p>
  2801.  
  2802.      <p>
  2803. Sorry, Tony, but this is <b><i>stupid</i></b>.  I'll write a separate rant on the subject,
  2804. but basically there are two ways to measure aperture: by the amount of light it lets in (the
  2805. standard method) or by the relative depth of field.  And for reasons I really don't
  2806. understand, some people use the depth-of-field criterion.  In this case, it seems that Tony
  2807. is saying that depth of field (or rather, lack of it) is more important than exposure.
  2808.      </p>
  2809.  
  2810.      <p>
  2811. Sure, shallow depth of field can be useful in composition, but for me it's been the bane of
  2812. my life.  I see the increased depth of field of Micro Four Thirds cameras as an advantage.
  2813. It certainly is in the case of long telephoto photography.  But never mind, that goes
  2814. against Tony's argument.  He says that to compare the cameras, you need to compare full
  2815. frame lenses with Micro Four Thirds lenses with half the aperture (for example, 50 mm f/2.8
  2816. FF with 25 mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds).  And there's the problem: there are effectively no
  2817. 50 mm f/2.8 full frame lenses.
  2818.      </p>
  2819.  
  2820.      <p>
  2821. I did a bit of comparison and came up with
  2822. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_R">Canon EOS R</a> with a Canon TSE 135 mm
  2823. f/4 and an <a href="http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D
  2824. E-M10 Mark II)</a> with an <a href="http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/product/dslr/mlens/75_18/index.html">M.Zuiko Digital ED
  2825. 75 mm f/1.8</a>, which, according to Tony, would correspond to a full frame 150 mm f/3.4,
  2826. both larger “equivalent aperture” and equivalent focal length, so it should be bigger than
  2827. the Canon lens (<a href="https://camerasize.com/compact/#799.676.5,720.346,ha,t">here</a>), and then the <a href="http://www.dpreview.com/products/sigma/lenses/sigma_50_2p8_macro">Sigma 50 mm f/2.8 EX
  2828. DG</a> with the <a href="http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/lumix-cameras-video-cameras/lumix-g-lenses/h-x025e.html">Leica Summilux 25 mm f/1.4</a> (<a href="https://camerasize.com/compact/#799.256.5,720.352,ha,t">here</a>):
  2829.      </p>
  2830.  
  2831.        <a id="Photo-95" name="Photo-95"
  2832.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181106&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-95">
  2833.          <img alt="This should be Oly-Canon-lens.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_95"
  2834.               title="Photo Oly-Canon-lens.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2835.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181106/small/Oly-Canon-lens.png"
  2836.               width="250" height="269"
  2837.           /></a>
  2838.        <a id="Photo-96" name="Photo-96"
  2839.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181106&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-96">
  2840.          <img alt="This should be Oly-Canon-lens-2.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_96"
  2841.               title="Photo Oly-Canon-lens-2.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2842.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181106/small/Oly-Canon-lens-2.png"
  2843.               width="282" height="239"
  2844.           /></a>
  2845.  
  2846.      <p>
  2847. Yup, when Tony's right, he's right.  This time he's wrong even according to his own strange
  2848. standards.
  2849.      </p>
  2850.  
  2851.      <p>
  2852. The next point that Tony makes is a good one: research and development for new equipment is
  2853. expensive, and to be amortized it needs large sales figures.  So now that Panasonic has gone
  2854. the full frame way, it's clear that they'll give up on Micro Four Thirds within 12 months.
  2855. Never mind what the CEOs say about relative market, never mind the fact that they've spread
  2856. their costs by going along with Leica and Sigma.
  2857.      </p>
  2858.  
  2859.      <p>
  2860. And Olympus is going down a “lonely path” with Micro Four Thirds.  They're too expensive.
  2861. The <a href="http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/product/dslr/em1mk2/">Olympus OM-D E-M1
  2862. Mark II</a> costs (US) $2000, but it can't keep up with the <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/slrs/sony_a7iii">Sony A7 III</a>, which costs
  2863. the same.
  2864.      </p>
  2865.  
  2866.      <p>
  2867. OK, we can check what other people think about that.  <a href="https://www.imaging-resource.com/cameras/olympus/e-m1-ii/vs/sony/a7-iii/">Here</a> is
  2868. a good comparison.  Summarizing (my choice):
  2869.      </p>
  2870.  
  2871.      <table summary="Automatically generated table">
  2872.       <tr>
  2873.          <td valign="top" align="left">Camera</td>
  2874.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  2875.          <td valign="top" align="left">E-M1 Mark II</td>
  2876.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  2877.          <td valign="top" align="left">A7 III</td>
  2878.       </tr>
  2879.  
  2880.       <tr>
  2881.          <td valign="top" align="left">Price (B&amp;H)</td>
  2882.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  2883.          <td valign="top" align="left">$1,599</td>
  2884.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  2885.          <td valign="top" align="left">$1,998</td>
  2886.       </tr>
  2887.  
  2888.       <tr>
  2889.          <td valign="top" align="left">Better lens selection</td>
  2890.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  2891.          <td valign="top" align="left">•</td>
  2892.       </tr>
  2893.  
  2894.       <tr>
  2895.          <td valign="top" align="left">Still frame rate</td>
  2896.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  2897.          <td valign="top" align="left">60.6 f/s</td>
  2898.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  2899.          <td valign="top" align="left">9.9 f/s</td>
  2900.       </tr>
  2901.  
  2902.       <tr>
  2903.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  2904.       </tr>
  2905.    </table>
  2906.  
  2907.      <p>
  2908. So it's not really clear that the A7 III is the Olympus killer, and his price claims don't
  2909. hold out.
  2910.      </p>
  2911.  
  2912.      <p>
  2913. But no, Micro Four Thirds will be dead within 5 years.  That's why Olympus has not started
  2914. on any alternative route, of course.  And if small sensors are no longer worthwhile,
  2915. what's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujifilm">Fujifilm</a> doing?
  2916.      </p>
  2917.  
  2918.      <p>
  2919. Of course there have been other people who disagree.  <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaU2jZNLqd8&amp;amp;">This rebuttal</a> by Joseph Ellis goes
  2920. into some detail about his claims.
  2921.      </p>
  2922.  
  2923.      <p>
  2924. First, the dangers of mobile phones: that battle is over.  Mobile phones won.  Micro Four
  2925. Thirds is still here.
  2926.      </p>
  2927.  
  2928.      <p>
  2929. Then, Tony is far too fixated on sensors.  The mobile phone battle shows that pretty much
  2930. any sensor is good enough, and the difference in quality between individual sensors is no
  2931. longer what it was.
  2932.      </p>
  2933.  
  2934.      <p>
  2935. Instead there are other factors, like weather sealing (in that connection, it's interesting
  2936. to note that the EOS R is barely weather sealed, despite its considerably higher price) and
  2937. multishot functionality like <a href="https://learnandsupport.getolympus.com/learn-center/photography-tips/settings/pro-capture-mode">Pro Capture Mode</a>.  He didn't mention it, but things
  2938. like <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focus_stacking">focus stacking</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-dynamic-range_imaging">HDR</a> mode also come to
  2939. mind.
  2940.      </p>
  2941.  
  2942.      <p>
  2943. Other aspects that he mentioned are what I have experienced, that users of long telephoto
  2944. lenses are migrating to smaller cameras because they're easier to use, and that Olympus, in
  2945. particular, is very innovative, while the big brands are quite conservative.  That rings
  2946. true: that's one of the main reasons I got started with Olympus in the first place.
  2947.      </p>
  2948.  
  2949.      <p>
  2950. Regarding “equivalent aperture”, he notes that there's a real epidemic
  2951. of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh">bokeh</a> (a word that I hadn't heard of
  2952. before the beginning of this century, and which the <a href="http://www.oed.com/">OED</a> still doesn't know), and that it's “the enemy of good composition”.  But without
  2953. bokeh (which the US Americans seem to pronounce in two different ways), Tony's main size
  2954. argument falls even flatter.
  2955.      </p>
  2956.  
  2957.      <p>
  2958. And maybe he sums the whole issue up with the statement that the Northrups need to produce
  2959. something to please their (far too prominent) sponsors: “They've got to create articles that
  2960. make some buzz and stir things up”
  2961.      </p>
  2962.  
  2963.      <p>
  2964. That's probably the best summary of the whole thing.  It's a pity, though, since it won't
  2965. help sales of Micro Four Third cameras.
  2966.      </p>
  2967.      </div>
  2968.    ]]>
  2969.  </description>
  2970.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  2971.  <dc:date>2018-11-07T02:46:01+00:00</dc:date>
  2972. </item>
  2973.  
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  2978. <category>gardening</category>
  2979. <title>Wonders of Jalapa</title>
  2980.  <description>
  2981.    <![CDATA[
  2982.    <div align="justify">
  2983.      <p>
  2984. Other plants that are coming up in the garden include
  2985. some <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirabilis_jalapa">Mirabilis jalapa</a>, which
  2986. stowed away in a pot plant:
  2987.      </p>
  2988.  
  2989.        <a id="Photo-97" name="Photo-97"
  2990.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181107&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-97">
  2991.          <img alt="This should be Mirabilis-jalapa-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_97"
  2992.               title="Photo Mirabilis-jalapa-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  2993.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181107/small/Mirabilis-jalapa-1.jpeg"
  2994.               width="300" height="225"
  2995.           /></a>
  2996.  
  2997.      <p>
  2998. They're not the only ones.  Around one of the pots I found this:
  2999.      </p>
  3000.  
  3001.        <a id="Photo-98" name="Photo-98"
  3002.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181107&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-98">
  3003.          <img alt="This should be Mirabilis-jalapa-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_98"
  3004.               title="Photo Mirabilis-jalapa-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3005.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181107/small/Mirabilis-jalapa-2.jpeg"
  3006.               width="300" height="225"
  3007.           /></a>
  3008.  
  3009.      <p>
  3010. That's many small plants.  I think I'll leave them there until they finish flowering, and
  3011. then dig out the bulbs.
  3012.      </p>
  3013.      </div>
  3014.    ]]>
  3015.  </description>
  3016.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3017.  <dc:date>2018-11-08T04:16:29+00:00</dc:date>
  3018. </item>
  3019.  
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  3024. <category>animals</category>
  3025. <title>Cockatoos!</title>
  3026.  <description>
  3027.    <![CDATA[
  3028.    <div align="justify">
  3029.      <p>
  3030. There are plenty
  3031. of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulphur-crested_cockatoo">Sulphur-crested
  3032. cockatoos</a> in Victoria, but they normally don't come very close.  But a couple of days
  3033. ago, one flew past me so close that I thought he would hit me.  And today, while walking the
  3034. dogs, I saw this:
  3035.      </p>
  3036.  
  3037.        <a id="Photo-99" name="Photo-99"
  3038.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181107&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-99">
  3039.          <img alt="This should be Cockatoo-2-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_99"
  3040.               title="Photo Cockatoo-2-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3041.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181107/small/Cockatoo-2-detail.jpeg"
  3042.               width="216" height="314"
  3043.           /></a>
  3044.        <a id="Photo-100" name="Photo-100"
  3045.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181107&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-100">
  3046.          <img alt="This should be Cockatoo-12-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_100"
  3047.               title="Photo Cockatoo-12-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3048.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181107/small/Cockatoo-12-detail.jpeg"
  3049.               width="249" height="272"
  3050.           /></a>
  3051.  
  3052.      <p>
  3053. That was just at the entrance to the driveway, and the bird was one of two or three, only
  3054. about 6 m away.  They seemed to be interested in the bark of the tree, or maybe some
  3055. secretion.  I wonder if we'll see more of them.
  3056.      </p>
  3057.      </div>
  3058.    ]]>
  3059.  </description>
  3060.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3061.  <dc:date>2018-11-08T04:30:55+00:00</dc:date>
  3062. </item>
  3063.  
  3064.                  
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  3068. <category>general</category>
  3069. <title>Welcome Ruth</title>
  3070.  <description>
  3071.    <![CDATA[
  3072.    <div align="justify">
  3073.      <p>
  3074. Ruth Viebrock arrived today almost as planned.  We had spent some time looking at <a href="http://www.flightradar24.com/">flightradar24</a>, which disagreed with the flight
  3075. schedule.  Of course the (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways">British
  3076. Airways</a>) schedule was wrong: BA7410,
  3077. leaving <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_International_Airport">HKG</a> at
  3078. 18:05 yesterday and arriving
  3079. at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_Airport">MEL</a> this morning at 6:35.
  3080. Problem: it was code shared with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qantas">Qantas</a>
  3081. QF30, leaving HKG at 19:00 and arriving at 7:30.  How do people make such a mess?
  3082.      </p>
  3083.  
  3084.      <p>
  3085. In fact, she took off at 19:29 arrived at 7:07, though British Airways reported completely
  3086. different times, but too late to catch the 7:45 shuttle
  3087. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat">Ballarat</a>, so <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> went off to meet the next bus at 10:35.  Not there: there had been a pileup on
  3088. the freeway, they had to take a deviation, and the staff member at the station had no idea
  3089. when they would arrive (or of much else, it appears).  But she ended up arriving only about
  3090. 10 minutes late.
  3091.      </p>
  3092.      </div>
  3093.    ]]>
  3094.  </description>
  3095.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3096.  <dc:date>2018-11-09T02:20:06+00:00</dc:date>
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  3098.  
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  3103. <category>animals</category>
  3104. <title>Australian animals for Ruth</title>
  3105.  <description>
  3106.    <![CDATA[
  3107.    <div align="justify">
  3108.      <p>
  3109. Ruth is overjoyed to be in a place that she previously only knew from photos.  And being an
  3110. animal lover, of course she wanted to see Australian animals.  The first one we encountered
  3111. was while walking the dogs:
  3112.      </p>
  3113.  
  3114.        <a id="Photo-101" name="Photo-101"
  3115.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181108&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-101">
  3116.          <img alt="This should be Snake-2-detail-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_101"
  3117.               title="Photo Snake-2-detail-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3118.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181108/small/Snake-2-detail-1.jpeg"
  3119.               width="538" height="125"
  3120.           /></a>
  3121.        <a id="Photo-102" name="Photo-102"
  3122.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181108&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-102">
  3123.          <img alt="This should be Snake-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_102"
  3124.               title="Photo Snake-2-detail-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3125.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181108/small/Snake-2-detail-2.jpeg"
  3126.               width="344" height="196"
  3127.           /></a>
  3128.  
  3129.      <p>
  3130. A black snake (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudechis">Pseudechis</a>)!  I don't
  3131. know when I last saw one.  It must be well over 10 years ago.  But they're very poisonous,
  3132. and we gave it a wide berth.
  3133.      </p>
  3134.  
  3135.      <p>
  3136. Later on Ruth saw some kangaroos at a distance in our paddocks, so she has the definite
  3137. feeling of being in Australia.
  3138.      </p>
  3139.      </div>
  3140.    ]]>
  3141.  </description>
  3142.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3143.  <dc:date>2018-11-09T03:29:16+00:00</dc:date>
  3144. </item>
  3145.  
  3146.            
  3147. <item>
  3148. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181109-034254</guid>
  3149. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181109-034254</link>
  3150. <category>photography</category>
  3151. <category>opinion</category>
  3152. <title>Tony Northrup again</title>
  3153.  <description>
  3154.    <![CDATA[
  3155.    <div align="justify">
  3156.      <p>
  3157. To my surprise, people on IRC were relatively interested in <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181107-024601">yesterday's article</a> on the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_Four_Thirds_system">Micro Four Thirds system</a>.
  3158. I knew that Jashank Jeremy has one, and by extension Peter Jeremy supports the system.  And
  3159. it seems that Daniel O'Connor also bought one for his daughter
  3160. (a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC-GM5">Panasonic Lumix
  3161. DMC-GM5</a>), and has also invested in a couple of lenses.  So clearly they're interested,
  3162. but it's also an indication that the system is popular.  I may have influenced Jashank with
  3163. his purchase, but Daniel didn't even buy the same brand.
  3164.      </p>
  3165.  
  3166.      <p>
  3167. Some discussion on IRC, in which (for once) everybody agreed with me, and one overriding
  3168. concept came out of the discussion: Tony Northrup is fixated on sensor size, to a point
  3169. where his other arguments don't make sense.  R&amp;D costs?  The best way to reduce them is
  3170. for makers to cooperate, and that's exactly what Micro Four Thirds does.  Nearly all new
  3171. full-frame mirrorless cameras (Nikon, Canon) continue the old line of one maker, one system.
  3172.      </p>
  3173.  
  3174.      <p>
  3175. I need to think about this more and update my article.
  3176.      </p>
  3177.      </div>
  3178.    ]]>
  3179.  </description>
  3180.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3181.  <dc:date>2018-11-09T03:42:54+00:00</dc:date>
  3182. </item>
  3183.  
  3184.            
  3185. <item>
  3186. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181109-042538</guid>
  3187. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181109-042538</link>
  3188. <category>general</category>
  3189. <category>technology</category>
  3190. <category>opinion</category>
  3191. <title>Activating a SIM card for Ruth</title>
  3192.  <description>
  3193.    <![CDATA[
  3194.    <div align="justify">
  3195.      <p>
  3196. One of the first things we wanted to do for Ruth was to activate
  3197. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIM_card_">SIM card </a> for her telephone.  OK,
  3198. finally a use for the free <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vodafone">Vodafone</a> SIM
  3199. that I got with my new phone.
  3200.      </p>
  3201.  
  3202.      <p>
  3203. The first thing you need to do is to activate it, of course.  The recommended way is “Insert
  3204. the SIM into your device, switch it on and follow the prompts”.  OK, insert, switch on.
  3205. Nothing exciting happens.
  3206.      </p>
  3207.  
  3208.      <p>
  3209. Is that because there's no coverage?  Or does it expect to be put into
  3210. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_3">Nokia 3</a>?  I could try activation
  3211. online, but that way madness lies.  Instead I took the <a href="http://www.aldi.com.au/">ALDI</a> SIM that I had bought for this eventuality and put
  3212. it into the phone.  All OK, please activate.  This time I tried the online method and was
  3213. asked to provide a credit card number so that they could deduct a random sum to be used as a
  3214. password, then to be refunded.
  3215.      </p>
  3216.  
  3217.      <p>
  3218. Been there, done that.  It takes for ever.  So I tried the phone approach instead (2534,
  3219. free call, works even when not activated).  Connected to &lt;mumble&gt;.  How do you spell
  3220. that?  &lt;mumble&gt;&lt;mumble&gt;&lt;mumble&gt;.  Lee?  No, finally it turned out to be
  3221. Fay.  I don't have any issue with outsourcing phone support services to countries where
  3222. English is not the main language, but I wish they'd choose people whom I could understand.
  3223.      </p>
  3224.  
  3225.      <p>
  3226. The first thing that she wanted was a “Security PIN”.  I've never heard of one of those
  3227. before on this service; maybe it's because I avoid phone contact.  She wasn't very helpful,
  3228. and finally I gave up and decided to bite the bullet and deduct the sum from my credit card.
  3229.      </p>
  3230.  
  3231.      <p>
  3232. But that didn't work.  Something went wrong (!), as they said.
  3233.      </p>
  3234.  
  3235.        <a id="Photo-103" name="Photo-103"
  3236.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181108&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-103">
  3237.          <img alt="This should be ALDImobile-2.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_103"
  3238.               title="Photo ALDImobile-2.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3239.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181108/small/ALDImobile-2.png"
  3240.               width="395" height="171"
  3241.           /></a>
  3242.  
  3243.      <p>
  3244. What?  They're too polite to say.  Tried again.  Same thing.  Different browser.  Another
  3245. different browser.  Another system.  Always the same thing.
  3246.      </p>
  3247.  
  3248.      <p>
  3249. Dammit, call them up again, and this time &lt;mumble&gt;'s name proved to be Marly.  Some
  3250. script again.  I asked to be connected to a supervisor, but no, she could help me.  I had to
  3251. ask three times and threaten to complain to the <a href="http://www.tio.com.au/">TIO</a> before I was finally connected to Martin, who was in fact quite helpful.  The
  3252. reason for this business in the first place was a discrepancy between my name on the driver
  3253. license (GREGORY P LEHEY) and on my account (Greg Lehey).  And the deduction didn't work
  3254. because the last &lt;mumble&gt; had cancelled the order.  And yes, I need to do the
  3255. deduction, but he can do that for me.  That involved resetting my password, but that's not
  3256. an issue.
  3257.      </p>
  3258.  
  3259.      <p>
  3260. Only the deduction didn't show up on my account.  That's not surprising, but it means
  3261. waiting until tomorrow before I can continue.
  3262.      </p>
  3263.      </div>
  3264.    ]]>
  3265.  </description>
  3266.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3267.  <dc:date>2018-11-09T04:25:38+00:00</dc:date>
  3268. </item>
  3269.  
  3270.                  
  3271. <item>
  3272. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-002822</guid>
  3273. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-002822</link>
  3274. <category>gardening</category>
  3275. <title>Spring planting</title>
  3276.  <description>
  3277.    <![CDATA[
  3278.    <div align="justify">
  3279.      <p>
  3280. Mick the gardener along today, this time with the task of planting many plants in the
  3281. garden—in fact, so many that I wasn't sure where to put them all.  We put
  3282. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus_rosa-sinensis">Hibiscus rosa-sinensis</a>
  3283. in the bed on the north side of the house.  Both required to be propped up:
  3284.      </p>
  3285.  
  3286.        <a id="Photo-104" name="Photo-104"
  3287.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-104">
  3288.          <img alt="This should be Hibiscus-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_104"
  3289.               title="Photo Hibiscus-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3290.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Hibiscus-1.jpeg"
  3291.               width="224" height="300"
  3292.           /></a>
  3293.        <a id="Photo-105" name="Photo-105"
  3294.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-105">
  3295.          <img alt="This should be Hibiscus-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_105"
  3296.               title="Photo Hibiscus-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3297.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Hibiscus-2.jpeg"
  3298.               width="225" height="300"
  3299.           /></a>
  3300.  
  3301.      <p>
  3302. The second one also looks rather unhappy:
  3303.      </p>
  3304.  
  3305.        <a id="Photo-106" name="Photo-106"
  3306.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-106">
  3307.          <img alt="This should be Hibiscus-2-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_106"
  3308.               title="Photo Hibiscus-2-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3309.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Hibiscus-2-detail.jpeg"
  3310.               width="264" height="255"
  3311.           /></a>
  3312.  
  3313.      <p>
  3314. Mike didn't water any of the plants, so I did it later; hopefully it will recover.
  3315.      </p>
  3316.  
  3317.      <p>
  3318. Then there were the couple of creepers that I had grown from cuttings.  Unfortunately I
  3319. don't know what each is, so we'll have to wait for them to flower:
  3320.      </p>
  3321.  
  3322.        <a id="Photo-107" name="Photo-107"
  3323.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-107">
  3324.          <img alt="This should be Creeper-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_107"
  3325.               title="Photo Creeper-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3326.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Creeper-1.jpeg"
  3327.               width="225" height="300"
  3328.           /></a>
  3329.        <a id="Photo-108" name="Photo-108"
  3330.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-108">
  3331.          <img alt="This should be Creeper-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_108"
  3332.               title="Photo Creeper-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3333.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Creeper-2.jpeg"
  3334.               width="225" height="300"
  3335.           /></a>
  3336.  
  3337.      <p>
  3338. The first one is barely visible at the right side of the arch.
  3339.      </p>
  3340.  
  3341.      <p>
  3342. In front of the second creeper we did a second attempt at a row
  3343. of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canna_(plant)">Cannas</a>, since the first ones
  3344. (surprisingly) didn't do very well:
  3345.      </p>
  3346.  
  3347.        <a id="Photo-109" name="Photo-109"
  3348.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-109">
  3349.          <img alt="This should be Cannas.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_109"
  3350.               title="Photo Cannas.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3351.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Cannas.jpeg"
  3352.               width="300" height="225"
  3353.           /></a>
  3354.  
  3355.      <p>
  3356. Then a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelargonium">Pelargonium</a> that <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> had found somewhere:
  3357.      </p>
  3358.  
  3359.        <a id="Photo-110" name="Photo-110"
  3360.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-110">
  3361.          <img alt="This should be Pelargonium.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_110"
  3362.               title="Photo Pelargonium.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3363.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Pelargonium.jpeg"
  3364.               width="300" height="225"
  3365.           /></a>
  3366.  
  3367.      <p>
  3368. It, too, is looking surprisingly unhappy, but I'm sure that it will recover.
  3369.      </p>
  3370.  
  3371.      <p>
  3372. And finally some more tomatoes, not quite in the order in which I had wanted them:
  3373.      </p>
  3374.  
  3375.        <a id="Photo-111" name="Photo-111"
  3376.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-111">
  3377.          <img alt="This should be Tomatoes.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_111"
  3378.               title="Photo Tomatoes.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3379.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Tomatoes.jpeg"
  3380.               width="300" height="225"
  3381.           /></a>
  3382.  
  3383.      <p>
  3384.      </p>
  3385.      </div>
  3386.    ]]>
  3387.  </description>
  3388.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3389.  <dc:date>2018-11-10T00:28:22+00:00</dc:date>
  3390. </item>
  3391.  
  3392.            
  3393. <item>
  3394. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-003000</guid>
  3395. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-003000</link>
  3396. <category>animals</category>
  3397. <category>general</category>
  3398. <category>opinion</category>
  3399. <title>Nikolai to the vets again</title>
  3400.  <description>
  3401.    <![CDATA[
  3402.    <div align="justify">
  3403.      <p>
  3404. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/Albums/Nikolai.php">Nikolai</a> has been biting himself on the behind
  3405. for a while, for no obvious reason.  Today off to see Pene Kirk, in the process introducing
  3406. her to Ruth and getting rid of the last of our tomato plants.
  3407.      </p>
  3408.  
  3409.      <p>
  3410. We couldn't find much wrong with Niko, so Pene shaved the area and put on some cortisone
  3411. ointment, which will hopefully do the trick:
  3412.      </p>
  3413.  
  3414.        <a id="Photo-112" name="Photo-112"
  3415.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-112">
  3416.          <img alt="This should be Nikolai-and-Pene-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_112"
  3417.               title="Photo Nikolai-and-Pene-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3418.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Nikolai-and-Pene-5.jpeg"
  3419.               width="225" height="300"
  3420.           /></a>
  3421.  
  3422.      <p>
  3423. Took a different way back, despite <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne's</a> objections, to
  3424. show Ruth a little more of the countryside.
  3425. In <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berringa">Berringa</a> I couldn't find my way home:
  3426.      </p>
  3427.  
  3428.        <a id="Photo-113" name="Photo-113"
  3429.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-113">
  3430.          <img alt="This should be Lost-in-Berringa-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_113"
  3431.               title="Photo Lost-in-Berringa-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3432.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Lost-in-Berringa-1.jpeg"
  3433.               width="469" height="144"
  3434.           /></a>
  3435.        <a id="Photo-114" name="Photo-114"
  3436.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-114">
  3437.          <img alt="This should be Lost-in-Berringa-1-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_114"
  3438.               title="Photo Lost-in-Berringa-1-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3439.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Lost-in-Berringa-1-detail.jpeg"
  3440.               width="222" height="304"
  3441.           /></a>
  3442.  
  3443.      <p>
  3444. For once I didn't have my GPS navigator with me, and I wasn't really sure where we were.
  3445. Followed the sign to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dereel">Dereel</a> and ended up
  3446. in a little track far too reminiscent of Westons Road in Dereel on <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jul2014.php#D-20140705-002400">4 July 2014</a>, where we ended up like
  3447. this:
  3448.      </p>
  3449.  
  3450.        <a id="Photo-115" name="Photo-115"
  3451.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20140704&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-115">
  3452.          <img alt="This should be Wedged-car.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_115"
  3453.               title="Photo Wedged-car.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3454.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20140704/small/Wedged-car.jpeg"
  3455.               width="300" height="225"
  3456.           /></a>
  3457.  
  3458.      <p>
  3459. Managed to turn around, and then I asked my phone, which really helped, though it's still
  3460. fiddlier than with a real navigator.  It seems that somebody had rotated the signpost.
  3461.      </p>
  3462.  
  3463.      <p>
  3464. Past Mount Misery Creek Bridge again, which, I was going to say, has further declined (like
  3465. I did the last couple of times), but in fact there's not much difference.  Here <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2017.php#D-20171015-015141">this time last year</a> and then today:
  3466.      </p>
  3467.  
  3468.        <a id="Photo-116" name="Photo-116"
  3469.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20171014&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-116">
  3470.          <img alt="This should be Misery-Creek-bridge.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_116"
  3471.               title="Photo Misery-Creek-bridge.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3472.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20171014/small/Misery-Creek-bridge.jpeg"
  3473.               width="301" height="224"
  3474.           /></a>
  3475.        <a id="Photo-117" name="Photo-117"
  3476.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-117">
  3477.          <img alt="This should be Misery-Creek-Bridge.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_117"
  3478.               title="Photo Misery-Creek-Bridge.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3479.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Misery-Creek-Bridge.jpeg"
  3480.               width="300" height="225"
  3481.           /></a>
  3482.  
  3483.      <p>
  3484. Then looking for spider orchids (a term that I haven't been able to uniquely identify,
  3485.        probably a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caladenia_atrovespa">Caladenia
  3486.        atrovespa</a> or <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caladenia_attingens">Caladenia
  3487.        attingens</a>) where I had found them <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2016.php#D-20161112-234021">two years ago</a>.
  3488.      </p>
  3489.  
  3490.        <a id="Photo-118" name="Photo-118"
  3491.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20161112&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-118">
  3492.          <img alt="This should be Caladenia-tentaculata-14.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_118"
  3493.               title="Photo Caladenia-tentaculata-14.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3494.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20161112/small/Caladenia-tentaculata-14.jpeg"
  3495.               width="225" height="300"
  3496.           /></a>
  3497.  
  3498.      <p>
  3499. We found almost nothing.  I had assumed that it was because it was earlier in the year last
  3500. time I was there, but in fact it was on 12 November.  The difference must be the dryness
  3501. this year.
  3502.      </p>
  3503.  
  3504.      <p>
  3505. About the only things I did find were these:
  3506.      </p>
  3507.  
  3508.      <div align="left">
  3509.  <a id="Photo-119" name="Photo-119"
  3510.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-119">
  3511.          <img alt="This should be Wildflowers-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_119"
  3512.               title="Photo Wildflowers-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3513.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Wildflowers-1.jpeg"
  3514.               width="300" height="225"
  3515.           /></a>
  3516.  <a id="Photo-120" name="Photo-120"
  3517.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-120">
  3518.          <img alt="This should be Wildflowers-4.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_120"
  3519.               title="Photo Wildflowers-4.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3520.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Wildflowers-4.jpeg"
  3521.               width="300" height="225"
  3522.           /></a>
  3523.  <a id="Photo-121" name="Photo-121"
  3524.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-121">
  3525.          <img alt="This should be Wildflowers-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_121"
  3526.               title="Photo Wildflowers-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3527.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Wildflowers-2.jpeg"
  3528.               width="300" height="225"
  3529.           /></a>
  3530.  <a id="Photo-122" name="Photo-122"
  3531.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-122">
  3532.          <img alt="This should be Wildflowers-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_122"
  3533.               title="Photo Wildflowers-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3534.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Wildflowers-3.jpeg"
  3535.               width="300" height="225"
  3536.           /></a>
  3537.  <a id="Photo-123" name="Photo-123"
  3538.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-123">
  3539.          <img alt="This should be Wildflowers-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_123"
  3540.               title="Photo Wildflowers-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3541.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Wildflowers-5.jpeg"
  3542.               width="300" height="225"
  3543.           /></a>
  3544.      </div>
  3545.  
  3546.      <p>
  3547. What are they?  No idea.
  3548.      </p>
  3549.      </div>
  3550.    ]]>
  3551.  </description>
  3552.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3553.  <dc:date>2018-11-10T00:30:00+00:00</dc:date>
  3554. </item>
  3555.  
  3556.            
  3557. <item>
  3558. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-013850</guid>
  3559. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-013850</link>
  3560. <category>general</category>
  3561. <category>technology</category>
  3562. <category>opinion</category>
  3563. <title>ALDImobile activation, day 2</title>
  3564.  <description>
  3565.    <![CDATA[
  3566.    <div align="justify">
  3567.      <p>
  3568. First thing in the morning I checked my bank account for the promised deduction from
  3569. <a href="http://www.aldimobile.com.au/">ALDImobile</a>.  Nothing.  There was other
  3570. activity, but not from ALDImobile.
  3571.      </p>
  3572.  
  3573.      <p>
  3574. Dammit, what now?  Nothing for it, I had to brave their phone help service.  This time
  3575. &lt;mumble&gt;'s name proved to be Ann.  Why is it so difficult to understand these names?
  3576. I have <i>never</i> been able to understand them when they announce themselves, and I almost
  3577. invariably need them to spell it for me.
  3578.      </p>
  3579.  
  3580.      <p>
  3581. She, too, went through her script and wanted me to do the same thing I had tried twice
  3582. before.  Once again I got fed up and asked for a supervisor, and once again she insisted
  3583. that she could help.
  3584.      </p>
  3585.  
  3586.      <p>
  3587. Finally she put me through.  This time <del>&lt;mumble&gt;</del> proved to be called Ethel,
  3588. and how about that, she was able to perform the activation there and then!  Another change
  3589. of password, of course, which, compared to the previous one, suggests that their generated
  3590. passwords consist of 4 random digits, initials of customer in capitals, two lower case
  3591. letters and a <b>?</b>.  For me, the two lower case letters were <b>am</b> in each case, for
  3592. something like <b>0815GLam?</b>.
  3593.      </p>
  3594.  
  3595.      <p>
  3596. Finally through.  The moral of the story?
  3597.      </p>
  3598.  
  3599.      <ul>
  3600.        <li class="fullwidth">
  3601.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  3602.    When signing up for ALDImobile, make sure you specify your name exactly as stated on the
  3603.            ID document (driver license).
  3604.          </div>
  3605.        </li>
  3606.  
  3607.        <li class="fullwidth">
  3608.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  3609.            If you do have issues, don't rely on the automatic deduction from credit card.  Start
  3610.            again with a new account.
  3611.          </div>
  3612.        </li>
  3613.  
  3614.        <li class="fullwidth">
  3615.          <div class="listitemwidth">
  3616.            If you have to contact their telephone support, don't put up with the “consultants” once
  3617.            they get stuck in a loop.  Demand to be connected to a supervisor; they can really help.
  3618.          </div>
  3619.        </li>
  3620.      </ul>
  3621.      </div>
  3622.    ]]>
  3623.  </description>
  3624.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3625.  <dc:date>2018-11-10T01:38:50+00:00</dc:date>
  3626. </item>
  3627.  
  3628.            
  3629. <item>
  3630. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-015559</guid>
  3631. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-015559</link>
  3632. <category>gardening</category>
  3633. <title>New Melaleuca</title>
  3634.  <description>
  3635.    <![CDATA[
  3636.    <div align="justify">
  3637.      <p>
  3638. Walking the dogs today I saw an interesting plant:
  3639.      </p>
  3640.  
  3641.        <a id="Photo-124" name="Photo-124"
  3642.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-124">
  3643.          <img alt="This should be Melaleuca.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_124"
  3644.               title="Photo Melaleuca.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3645.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Melaleuca.jpeg"
  3646.               width="300" height="225"
  3647.           /></a>
  3648.        <a id="Photo-125" name="Photo-125"
  3649.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-125">
  3650.          <img alt="This should be Melaleuca-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_125"
  3651.               title="Photo Melaleuca-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3652.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Melaleuca-detail.jpeg"
  3653.               width="369" height="183"
  3654.           /></a>
  3655.  
  3656.      <p>
  3657. What is it?  From the kind of flower, it has to be
  3658. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melaleuca">Melaleuca</a> or
  3659. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistemon">Callistemon</a>.  I was just surprised
  3660. to find it there, where we've been past hundreds of times before.
  3661.      </p>
  3662.      </div>
  3663.    ]]>
  3664.  </description>
  3665.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3666.  <dc:date>2018-11-10T01:55:59+00:00</dc:date>
  3667. </item>
  3668.  
  3669.            
  3670. <item>
  3671. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-015934</guid>
  3672. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-015934</link>
  3673. <category>food</category>
  3674. <category>and</category>
  3675. <category>drink</category>
  3676. <category>opinion</category>
  3677. <title>Overflowing ice</title>
  3678.  <description>
  3679.    <![CDATA[
  3680.    <div align="justify">
  3681.      <p>
  3682. Freezing chicken stock in small pieces is the only way to go.  It's easy to portion and easy
  3683. to thaw out.  Today I froze 5 pieces of about 200 g each.  But this one was interesting:
  3684.      </p>
  3685.  
  3686.        <a id="Photo-126" name="Photo-126"
  3687.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-126">
  3688.          <img alt="This should be Frozen-stock-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_126"
  3689.               title="Photo Frozen-stock-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3690.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Frozen-stock-1.jpeg"
  3691.               width="300" height="225"
  3692.           /></a>
  3693.        <a id="Photo-127" name="Photo-127"
  3694.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181109&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-127">
  3695.          <img alt="This should be Frozen-stock-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_127"
  3696.               title="Photo Frozen-stock-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3697.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181109/small/Frozen-stock-2.jpeg"
  3698.               width="300" height="225"
  3699.           /></a>
  3700.  
  3701.      <p>
  3702. How did that happen?  The left hand side was facing the door of the freezer, where it's
  3703. clearly not quite as cold.  So as the liquid on the right froze, it pushed its way out of
  3704. the left hand side and over the edge.
  3705.      </p>
  3706.      </div>
  3707.    ]]>
  3708.  </description>
  3709.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3710.  <dc:date>2018-11-10T01:59:34+00:00</dc:date>
  3711. </item>
  3712.  
  3713.                  
  3714. <item>
  3715. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-003730</guid>
  3716. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-003730</link>
  3717. <category>photography</category>
  3718. <category>general</category>
  3719. <title>Camera crash!</title>
  3720.  <description>
  3721.    <![CDATA[
  3722.    <div align="justify">
  3723.      <p>
  3724. While taking my <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/stones-road/exterior.php">house photos</a> this
  3725. morning, something terrible happened: while I was carrying the tripod over my shoulder, with
  3726. the camera overhead, the panorama bracket parted company with the tripod, and the whole
  3727. assembly, including camera, lens and remote control, fell to the ground, taking a couple of
  3728. photos on the way:
  3729.      </p>
  3730.  
  3731.        <a id="Photo-128" name="Photo-128"
  3732.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-128">
  3733.          <img alt="This should be crash-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_128"
  3734.               title="Photo crash-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3735.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/crash-1.jpeg"
  3736.               width="225" height="300"
  3737.           /></a>
  3738.        <a id="Photo-129" name="Photo-129"
  3739.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-129">
  3740.          <img alt="This should be crash-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_129"
  3741.               title="Photo crash-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3742.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/crash-2.jpeg"
  3743.               width="225" height="300"
  3744.           /></a>
  3745.  
  3746.      <p>
  3747. $3000 worth of photographic equipment!  How much damage?
  3748.      </p>
  3749.  
  3750.      <p>
  3751. The obvious things were that the remote control lost its battery cover and batteries (seen
  3752. on the photos above), and the rail lost an adjusting screw.  Nothing obvious at all on the
  3753. camera or lens!
  3754.      </p>
  3755.  
  3756.      <p>
  3757. Further examination showed that the adjusting screw is held in place with a clip, and the
  3758. rail and remote control weren't damaged.  And the camera?  After careful examination, all I
  3759. could find was this:
  3760.      </p>
  3761.  
  3762.        <a id="Photo-130" name="Photo-130"
  3763.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-130">
  3764.          <img alt="This should be Viewfinder-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_130"
  3765.               title="Photo Viewfinder-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3766.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Viewfinder-5.jpeg"
  3767.               width="300" height="225"
  3768.           /></a>
  3769.  
  3770.      <p>
  3771. The rubber cup round the viewfinder had been pulled to one side on the left,showing the clip
  3772. underneath.  After replacing it, it was a little crumpled:
  3773.      </p>
  3774.  
  3775.        <a id="Photo-131" name="Photo-131"
  3776.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-131">
  3777.          <img alt="This should be Viewfinder-8.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_131"
  3778.               title="Photo Viewfinder-8.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3779.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Viewfinder-8.jpeg"
  3780.               width="300" height="225"
  3781.           /></a>
  3782.  
  3783.      <p>
  3784. And that was all!  Even that went away after a while.  How lucky can you be?  Took many more
  3785. photos, and clearly there's nothing wrong inside the camera.  But I'll certainly check the
  3786. tripod mount three times in future.
  3787.      </p>
  3788.      </div>
  3789.    ]]>
  3790.  </description>
  3791.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3792.  <dc:date>2018-11-12T00:37:30+00:00</dc:date>
  3793. </item>
  3794.  
  3795.            
  3796. <item>
  3797. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-005401</guid>
  3798. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-005401</link>
  3799. <category>photography</category>
  3800. <category>technology</category>
  3801. <category>opinion</category>
  3802. <title>More Hugin strangenesses</title>
  3803.  <description>
  3804.    <![CDATA[
  3805.    <div align="justify">
  3806.      <p>
  3807. Processing my <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/stones-road/exterior.php">house photos</a> has got a
  3808. lot easier since I created my batch scripts.  Now I do a <i>make pto</i> and just have to do
  3809. minor adjustments before the scripts continue.  But from time to time I get really strange
  3810. results.  Here the house from the entrance:
  3811.      </p>
  3812.  
  3813.        <a id="Photo-132" name="Photo-132"
  3814.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-132">
  3815.          <img alt="This should be Hugin-1.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_132"
  3816.               title="Photo Hugin-1.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3817.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Hugin-1.png"
  3818.               width="346" height="195"
  3819.           /></a>
  3820.  
  3821.      <p>
  3822. Why is it upside-down?  Tried various things, but somehow they didn't work.  In the end I
  3823. edited the project file with <a href="http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/"><i>Emacs</i></a>, changing the orientation of the individual images.  Here one of them:
  3824.      </p>
  3825.  
  3826.      <div style="text-align:left">
  3827.  <tt>
  3828. &#45;&#45;&#45; Hugin/house&#45;from&#45;entrance.pto~ &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;2018&#45;11&#45;10 12:20:00.222276000 +1100
  3829. <br />+++ Hugin/house&#45;from&#45;entrance.pto &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 2018&#45;11&#45;12 12:03:35.190438000 +1100
  3830. <br />@@ &#45;5,13 +5,13 @@
  3831. <br />
  3832. <br />&nbsp;# image lines
  3833. <br />&nbsp;#&#45;hugin &nbsp;cropFactor=2.00308
  3834. <br />&#45;i w5182 h3885 f3 v126.811512466541 Ra0 Rb0 Rc0 Rd0 Re0 Eev11.9366378213403 Er1 Eb1 <b>r178.950393178411</b> p4.12238129606885 y&#45;75.5161071842899 TrX0 TrY0 TrZ0 Tpy0 Tpp0 j0 a0 b&#45;0.0331988153129906 c0 d&#45;3.63558774910979 e83.9426169915306 g0 t0 Va1 Vb0 Vc0 Vd0 Vx0 Vy0 &nbsp;Vm5 n"C/house&#45;from&#45;entrance&#45;0.tiff"
  3835. <br />+i w5182 h3885 f3 v126.811512466541 Ra0 Rb0 Rc0 Rd0 Re0 Eev11.9366378213403 Er1 Eb1 <b>r0</b> p4.12238129606885 y&#45;75.5161071842899 TrX0 TrY0 TrZ0 Tpy0 Tpp0 j0 a0 b&#45;0.0331988153129906 c0 d&#45;3.63558774910979 e83.9426169915306 g0 t0 Va1 Vb0 Vc0 Vd0 Vx0 Vy0 &nbsp;Vm5 n"C/house&#45;from&#45;entrance&#45;0.tiff"
  3836. <br />
  3837.  </tt>
  3838. </div>
  3839.  
  3840.      <p>
  3841. That gave me this:
  3842.      </p>
  3843.  
  3844.        <a id="Photo-133" name="Photo-133"
  3845.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-133">
  3846.          <img alt="This should be Hugin-2.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_133"
  3847.               title="Photo Hugin-2.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3848.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Hugin-2.png"
  3849.               width="346" height="195"
  3850.           /></a>
  3851.  
  3852.      <p>
  3853. They're the right way up, but the positions are wrong.  But running another alignment fixed
  3854. that:
  3855.      </p>
  3856.  
  3857.        <a id="Photo-134" name="Photo-134"
  3858.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-134">
  3859.          <img alt="This should be Hugin-3.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_134"
  3860.               title="Photo Hugin-3.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3861.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Hugin-3.png"
  3862.               width="346" height="195"
  3863.           /></a>
  3864.  
  3865.      <p>
  3866. But why does this even happen?
  3867.      </p>
  3868.      </div>
  3869.    ]]>
  3870.  </description>
  3871.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3872.  <dc:date>2018-11-12T00:54:01+00:00</dc:date>
  3873. </item>
  3874.  
  3875.            
  3876. <item>
  3877. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-010725</guid>
  3878. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-010725</link>
  3879. <category>animals</category>
  3880. <category>general</category>
  3881. <title>The three riders</title>
  3882.  <description>
  3883.    <![CDATA[
  3884.    <div align="justify">
  3885.      <p>
  3886. A visitation from three riders this afternoon:
  3887.      </p>
  3888.  
  3889.        <a id="Photo-135" name="Photo-135"
  3890.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181110&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-135">
  3891.          <img alt="This should be Three-riders-6.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_135"
  3892.               title="Photo Three-riders-6.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3893.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181110/small/Three-riders-6.jpeg"
  3894.               width="301" height="224"
  3895.           /></a>
  3896.  
  3897.      <p>
  3898. Why three?  It seems that in this case, at any rate, there are <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse">four</a> of all good
  3899. things.
  3900.      </p>
  3901.  
  3902.      <p>
  3903. The background: Margaret Swan has lent Keldan (on the right) to Ruth for the duration of her
  3904. stay here, and they had brought them over from Chris Bahlo's place.
  3905.      </p>
  3906.      </div>
  3907.    ]]>
  3908.  </description>
  3909.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3910.  <dc:date>2018-11-12T01:07:25+00:00</dc:date>
  3911. </item>
  3912.  
  3913.            
  3914. <item>
  3915. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-010825</guid>
  3916. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-010825</link>
  3917. <category>food</category>
  3918. <category>and</category>
  3919. <category>drink</category>
  3920. <title>Dinner for seven</title>
  3921.  <description>
  3922.    <![CDATA[
  3923.    <div align="justify">
  3924.      <p>
  3925. Chris Bahlo along for dinner today as usual on a Saturday.  Christmas tide is with us, of
  3926. course, and has been for about a month, and we had bought various deep-frozen poultry
  3927. specialties.  Today had a stuffed turkey roast, with cranberry and apple filling, enough for
  3928. 7 portions.  It was quite boring, but that didn't stop it from going away.  Between the 3½
  3929. of us (<a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> hardly eats anything) we nearly finished it.
  3930. Not to be repeated.
  3931.      </p>
  3932.      </div>
  3933.    ]]>
  3934.  </description>
  3935.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  3936.  <dc:date>2018-11-12T01:08:25+00:00</dc:date>
  3937. </item>
  3938.  
  3939.                  
  3940. <item>
  3941. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-012257</guid>
  3942. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-012257</link>
  3943. <category>animals</category>
  3944. <category>photography</category>
  3945. <title>Ballarat Bird World again</title>
  3946.  <description>
  3947.    <![CDATA[
  3948.    <div align="justify">
  3949.      <p>
  3950. Off this morning with Ruth to visit the <a href="http://www.ballaratbirdworld.com.au/">Ballarat Bird World</a> for the first time in a while; we've been there three times
  3951. before, all in the relatively short period of time <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-may2010.php#D9-11">9 May 2010</a> to <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2011.php#D-20110211-223604">11 Februrary 2011</a>.
  3952.      </p>
  3953.  
  3954.      <p>
  3955. It's an interesting place, but they have always had financial problems, and now they're only
  3956. open on the weekend.  It used to be run by an old married couple, but it seems that the wife
  3957. died about a year ago, and now the children are taking over the place.  Interestingly, on
  3958. checking the web site, I find that the old pair were Paul and Joan Sperber
  3959. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomen_est_omen">nomen est omen</a>?  Sperber is
  3960. German for sparrow hawk).  Our car repairman at Ballarat Automotive is also called Paul
  3961. Sperber.  And so is one of old Paul's sons.  What are the chances that there are three Paul
  3962. Sperbers in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat">Ballarat</a>?  Could it be that
  3963. Paul Jr. and Lisa are taking over the operation, or could it be Edward, Paul Jr's younger
  3964. brother?
  3965.      </p>
  3966.  
  3967.            
  3968.      <p>
  3969. Hopefully they'll be able to make a go of it; there was almost nobody there today.  And for
  3970. the first time we couldn't go into
  3971. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatoo">cockatoo</a> cage, but <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> had her fun with
  3972. a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Mitchell's_cockatoo">Major Mitchell</a>:
  3973.      </p>
  3974.  
  3975.      <p>
  3976. Went through rather faster than I had expected: I had brought my <a href="http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/lumix-cameras-video-cameras/lumix-g-lenses/h-rs100400e.html">Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 mm f/4.0-6.3</a> with me to get some photos of the birds in
  3977.        the aviary, but there seemed to be very few there.  Were they hiding, or are there really
  3978.        only about 10 in total?
  3979.      </p>
  3980.  
  3981.      <p>
  3982. In any case, I was quite happy with the results:
  3983.      </p>
  3984.  
  3985.      <div align="left">
  3986.  <a id="Photo-136" name="Photo-136"
  3987.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181111&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-136">
  3988.          <img alt="This should be Ballarat-Bird-World-23.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_136"
  3989.               title="Photo Ballarat-Bird-World-23.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3990.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181111/small/Ballarat-Bird-World-23.jpeg"
  3991.               width="300" height="225"
  3992.           /></a>
  3993.  <a id="Photo-137" name="Photo-137"
  3994.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181111&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-137">
  3995.          <img alt="This should be Ballarat-Bird-World-28.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_137"
  3996.               title="Photo Ballarat-Bird-World-28.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  3997.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181111/small/Ballarat-Bird-World-28.jpeg"
  3998.               width="300" height="225"
  3999.           /></a>
  4000.  <a id="Photo-138" name="Photo-138"
  4001.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181111&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-138">
  4002.          <img alt="This should be Ballarat-Bird-World-32.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_138"
  4003.               title="Photo Ballarat-Bird-World-32.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4004.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181111/small/Ballarat-Bird-World-32.jpeg"
  4005.               width="300" height="225"
  4006.           /></a>
  4007.  <a id="Photo-139" name="Photo-139"
  4008.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181111&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-139">
  4009.          <img alt="This should be Ballarat-Bird-World-37.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_139"
  4010.               title="Photo Ballarat-Bird-World-37.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4011.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181111/small/Ballarat-Bird-World-37.jpeg"
  4012.               width="300" height="225"
  4013.           /></a>
  4014.      </div>
  4015.  
  4016.      <p>
  4017. In particular, the depth of field was about what I would expect.  Thinking back
  4018. to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Northrup">Tony Northrup's</a> claims
  4019. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php?topics=p#D-20181107-024601">a few days ago</a>, I'd
  4020. like to know which Nikon lens he would have used to get these results.  The last photo was
  4021. taken at 1/25 s, focal length 400 mm (full frame equivalent 800 mm).  What lenses of that
  4022. focal length are available for Nikon?  I looked at this <a href="http://wwww.lemis.com/grog/diary-sep2018.php#D-20180907-061852">a couple of months
  4023. ago</a>: the <a href="https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/camera-lenses/2205/af-s-nikkor-800mm-f%252f5.6e-fl-ed-vr.html">AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR</a> (“surprisingly compact” at 4.59 kg) for only USD
  4024. $17,000.  Clearly an absolute specialist lens.  At least it has image stabilization (which
  4025. Nikon calls “vibration reduction”), so it's not clear that it couldn't also have taken this
  4026. photo.  But who can carry a lens like that around with him?
  4027.      </p>
  4028.      </div>
  4029.    ]]>
  4030.  </description>
  4031.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4032.  <dc:date>2018-11-12T01:22:57+00:00</dc:date>
  4033. </item>
  4034.  
  4035.            
  4036. <item>
  4037. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-020028</guid>
  4038. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-020028</link>
  4039. <category>technology</category>
  4040. <category>opinion</category>
  4041. <title>Hey Google!  Botanical Gardens!</title>
  4042.  <description>
  4043.    <![CDATA[
  4044.    <div align="justify">
  4045.      <p>
  4046. We were finished at <a href="http://www.ballaratbirdworld.com.au/">Ballarat Bird
  4047. World</a> earlier than I had expected.  What now?  Off to the <a href="https://ballaratbotanicalgardens.com.au/">Botanical Gardens</a>?  How do we get there?
  4048. It's on the other side of town, and though I could find my way with no difficulty, I
  4049. couldn't think of an optimum way.  I hadn't learnt from my experience <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181110-003000">on Friday</a>, and I still didn't have my
  4050. GPS navigator with me.  OK, what's Google good for?  Hey, Google, take me to the Botanical
  4051. Gardens.
  4052.      </p>
  4053.  
  4054.      <p>
  4055. It didn't say very much, but showed me a map.  In which direction should I set off?  It was
  4056. too polite to assume that I didn't know.  In this case I did, of course: we were in a dead
  4057. end street, so there was only one way to go.  After that I got quite reasonable
  4058. instructions.  Hey, Google, thank you.  After some consideration, “You're welcome”.
  4059.      </p>
  4060.  
  4061.      <p>
  4062. Ruth sees this as proof that mobile telephones are the way to go.  That's significantly
  4063. overstating the case, especially since the directions weren't optimal.  In particular, the
  4064. lack of a map is a nuisance.  I had it in my pocket, but even if I had mounted it on the
  4065. dashboard, the map would be too small to be useful.  Still, it's definitely useful.
  4066.      </p>
  4067.      </div>
  4068.    ]]>
  4069.  </description>
  4070.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4071.  <dc:date>2018-11-12T02:00:28+00:00</dc:date>
  4072. </item>
  4073.  
  4074.            
  4075. <item>
  4076. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-020838</guid>
  4077. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-020838</link>
  4078. <category>gardening</category>
  4079. <title>Botanical Gardens again</title>
  4080.  <description>
  4081.    <![CDATA[
  4082.    <div align="justify">
  4083.      <p>
  4084. To the <a href="https://ballaratbotanicalgardens.com.au/">Botanical Gardens</a>,
  4085. also for the first time in a while.  Down the Prime Ministers' avenue, where it seems
  4086. that <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Abbott">Tony Abbott</a> so shocked the
  4087. sculptor that he gave up; at least the past two prime ministers are not yet there.  And by
  4088. comparison, the days of Honest John seem positively nostalgic:
  4089.      </p>
  4090.  
  4091.        <a id="Photo-140" name="Photo-140"
  4092.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181111&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-140">
  4093.          <img alt="This should be Ruth-Johnnie-Howard-Yvonne-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_140"
  4094.               title="Photo Ruth-Johnnie-Howard-Yvonne-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4095.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181111/small/Ruth-Johnnie-Howard-Yvonne-2.jpeg"
  4096.               width="304" height="222"
  4097.           /></a>
  4098.  
  4099.      <p>
  4100. In the <a href="http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/120409">Statuary
  4101. Pavilion</a>, found another Ruth:
  4102.      </p>
  4103.  
  4104.        <a id="Photo-141" name="Photo-141"
  4105.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181111&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-141">
  4106.          <img alt="This should be Two-Ruths-3.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_141"
  4107.               title="Photo Two-Ruths-3.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4108.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181111/small/Two-Ruths-3.jpeg"
  4109.               width="222" height="303"
  4110.           /></a>
  4111.  
  4112.      <p>
  4113. The <a href="http://www.fbbg.org.au/">Friends</a> were selling plants again, and in
  4114. to say hello.  Yvonne Curbach was there, of course, and I introduced Ruth, discovering that
  4115. Yvonne isn't Dutch after all: she's Indonesian, and though her first language is Dutch, she
  4116. doesn't like Holland much.  Also saw Lorraine Powell.  And of course we bought some plants
  4117. (now $8!): a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuchsia_triphylla">Fuchsia triphylla</a>
  4118. and a more normal <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuchsia">Fuchsia</a>.
  4119.      </div>
  4120.    ]]>
  4121.  </description>
  4122.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4123.  <dc:date>2018-11-12T02:08:38+00:00</dc:date>
  4124. </item>
  4125.  
  4126.            
  4127. <item>
  4128. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-020848</guid>
  4129. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-020848</link>
  4130. <category>gardening</category>
  4131. <category>opinion</category>
  4132. <title>Burnt leaves and weeding</title>
  4133.  <description>
  4134.    <![CDATA[
  4135.    <div align="justify">
  4136.      <p>
  4137.  
  4138. Back home planted the normal Fuchsia in front of the house:
  4139.      </p>
  4140.  
  4141.        <a id="Photo-142" name="Photo-142"
  4142.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181112&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-142">
  4143.          <img alt="This should be Fuchsias.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_142"
  4144.               title="Photo Fuchsias.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4145.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181112/small/Fuchsias.jpeg"
  4146.               width="300" height="225"
  4147.           /></a>
  4148.  
  4149.      <p>
  4150. That's the Fuchsia triphylla on the left.
  4151.      </p>
  4152.  
  4153.      <p>
  4154. Also noted with mild concern the way the leaves of the newly planted tomatoes
  4155. and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus_rosa-sinensis">Hibiscus rosa-sinensis</a>
  4156. have gone white:
  4157.      </p>
  4158.  
  4159.        <a id="Photo-143" name="Photo-143"
  4160.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181112&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-143">
  4161.          <img alt="This should be Tomato.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_143"
  4162.               title="Photo Tomato.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4163.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181112/small/Tomato.jpeg"
  4164.               width="225" height="300"
  4165.           /></a>
  4166.        <a id="Photo-144" name="Photo-144"
  4167.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181112&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-144">
  4168.          <img alt="This should be Hibiscus-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_144"
  4169.               title="Photo Hibiscus-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4170.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181112/small/Hibiscus-1.jpeg"
  4171.               width="225" height="300"
  4172.           /></a>
  4173.  
  4174.      <p>
  4175. But there's good new growth on the Hibiscus, the buds are looking a lot happier, and I
  4176. expect to see some flowers soon:
  4177.      </p>
  4178.  
  4179.        <a id="Photo-145" name="Photo-145"
  4180.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181112&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-145">
  4181.          <img alt="This should be Hibiscus-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_145"
  4182.               title="Photo Hibiscus-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4183.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181112/small/Hibiscus-2.jpeg"
  4184.               width="300" height="225"
  4185.           /></a>
  4186.  
  4187.      <p>
  4188. Ruth agrees with me that it's probably too much sunlight for the old leaves.
  4189.      </p>
  4190.  
  4191.      <p>
  4192. Ruth also showed another very positive trait.  She loves weeding:
  4193.      </p>
  4194.  
  4195.        <a id="Photo-146" name="Photo-146"
  4196.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181111&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-146">
  4197.          <img alt="This should be Ruth-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_146"
  4198.               title="Photo Ruth-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4199.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181111/small/Ruth-2.jpeg"
  4200.               width="300" height="225"
  4201.           /></a>
  4202.  
  4203.      <p>
  4204. She's welcome here.
  4205.      </p>
  4206.      </div>
  4207.    ]]>
  4208.  </description>
  4209.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4210.  <dc:date>2018-11-12T02:08:48+00:00</dc:date>
  4211. </item>
  4212.  
  4213.            
  4214. <item>
  4215. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-023900</guid>
  4216. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-023900</link>
  4217. <category>food</category>
  4218. <category>and</category>
  4219. <category>drink</category>
  4220. <category>opinion</category>
  4221. <title>Blow-dry Wiener Schnitzel </title>
  4222.  <description>
  4223.    <![CDATA[
  4224.    <div align="justify">
  4225.      <p>
  4226. <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/recipes/wiener-schnitzel.php">Wiener Schnitzel</a> for dinner today.
  4227. Once again I tried some of them in the “digital air fryer”.  And once again they tasted
  4228. better than the ones that were just deep fried.  The down side is that the basket only has
  4229. enough space for three small Schnitzel, and without fat you can't layer them.  But it's
  4230. worth thinking of alternatives.
  4231.      </p>
  4232.      </div>
  4233.    ]]>
  4234.  </description>
  4235.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4236.  <dc:date>2018-11-12T02:39:00+00:00</dc:date>
  4237. </item>
  4238.  
  4239.                  
  4240. <item>
  4241. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181113-013627</guid>
  4242. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181113-013627</link>
  4243. <category>gardening</category>
  4244. <title>Braving the elements</title>
  4245.  <description>
  4246.    <![CDATA[
  4247.    <div align="justify">
  4248.      <p>
  4249. We have planted some of our <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_pea">snow pea</a>
  4250. plants, but they still look very delicate.  Now, however, the ones still in the house are
  4251. starting to flower.  To my surprise, it wasn't even the first flower.  There's also a pod on
  4252. the plant:
  4253.      </p>
  4254.  
  4255.        <a id="Photo-147" name="Photo-147"
  4256.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-147">
  4257.          <img alt="This should be Snow-peas-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_147"
  4258.               title="Photo Snow-peas-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4259.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Snow-peas-5.jpeg"
  4260.               width="300" height="225"
  4261.           /></a>
  4262.        <a id="Photo-148" name="Photo-148"
  4263.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-148">
  4264.          <img alt="This should be Snow-peas-6.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_148"
  4265.               title="Photo Snow-peas-6.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4266.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Snow-peas-6.jpeg"
  4267.               width="300" height="225"
  4268.           /></a>
  4269.  
  4270.      <p>
  4271. Time to plant them?  No, it seems.  The ones that I planted three days ago have not exactly
  4272. improved, and neither have the creepers:
  4273.      </p>
  4274.  
  4275.      <div align="left">
  4276.  <a id="Photo-149" name="Photo-149"
  4277.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-149">
  4278.          <img alt="This should be Snow-peas-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_149"
  4279.               title="Photo Snow-peas-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4280.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Snow-peas-1.jpeg"
  4281.               width="225" height="300"
  4282.           /></a>
  4283.  <a id="Photo-150" name="Photo-150"
  4284.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-150">
  4285.          <img alt="This should be Snow-peas-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_150"
  4286.               title="Photo Snow-peas-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4287.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Snow-peas-2.jpeg"
  4288.               width="225" height="300"
  4289.           /></a>
  4290.  <a id="Photo-151" name="Photo-151"
  4291.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-151">
  4292.          <img alt="This should be Creeper-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_151"
  4293.               title="Photo Creeper-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4294.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Creeper-2.jpeg"
  4295.               width="225" height="300"
  4296.           /></a>
  4297.      </div>
  4298.  
  4299.      <p>
  4300. Why?  And what can I do about it?
  4301.      </p>
  4302.      </div>
  4303.    ]]>
  4304.  </description>
  4305.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4306.  <dc:date>2018-11-13T01:36:27+00:00</dc:date>
  4307. </item>
  4308.  
  4309.                  
  4310. <item>
  4311. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181114-021821</guid>
  4312. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181114-021821</link>
  4313. <category>animals</category>
  4314. <title>The four horsemen, finally</title>
  4315.  <description>
  4316.    <![CDATA[
  4317.    <div align="justify">
  4318.      <p>
  4319. Nele Kömle showed up this morning, primarily to do something with Chris Bahlo, but of course
  4320. they didn't miss the opportunity to go riding.  Finally we have
  4321. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse">Four
  4322. Horse(wo)men</a>:
  4323.      </p>
  4324.  
  4325.        <a id="Photo-152" name="Photo-152"
  4326.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-152">
  4327.          <img alt="This should be Four-riders-22.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_152"
  4328.               title="Photo Four-riders-22.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4329.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Four-riders-22.jpeg"
  4330.               width="300" height="225"
  4331.           /></a>
  4332.  
  4333.      <p>
  4334. We didn't get round to assigning names.  In principle Chris should be war, but she was in
  4335. civvies today.  Then there are questions of colour, which are more complicated than I
  4336. realized.  But there was no white (grey) horse, and assigning the colours red, black and
  4337. “pale” to the others is difficult enough.
  4338.      </p>
  4339.      </div>
  4340.    ]]>
  4341.  </description>
  4342.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4343.  <dc:date>2018-11-14T02:18:21+00:00</dc:date>
  4344. </item>
  4345.  
  4346.            
  4347. <item>
  4348. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181114-022341</guid>
  4349. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181114-022341</link>
  4350. <category>technology</category>
  4351. <category>opinion</category>
  4352. <title>The joys of GPS tracking</title>
  4353.  <description>
  4354.    <![CDATA[
  4355.    <div align="justify">
  4356.      <p>
  4357. Ruth took her mobile phone with her riding and recorded the track with an app called
  4358. <a href="http://www.runtastic.com/">Runtastic</a>.  She showed it to me on her
  4359. phone, and the map didn't look bad.  I asked her to send me the log.  How do you do that?
  4360. How, indeed?  Despite the obvious contradiction, mobile phones are surprisingly isolated.
  4361. But no, she found a way to send it to me as an email:
  4362.      </p>
  4363.  
  4364.      <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  4365.        <div>
  4366.      <div style="text-align:left">
  4367.  <tt>
  4368. Ruth hat ein runtastisches Reiten über 5,83 km in 48m 18s absolviert
  4369. <br />
  4370. <br />https://www.runtastic.com/sport&#45;sessions/4a6e4acc&#45;5caa&#45;4360&#45;9c66&#45;7f3cea9b75ff?sharing_token=5bea382f3b90413c285a589b&amp;share_locale=de&amp;utm_content=session.runtastic.riding&amp;utm_source=runtastic.lite&amp;utm_medium=gplus.android&amp;utm_campaign=user_generated_sharing
  4371. <br />
  4372. <br />Von meinem Xperia™ von Sony&#45;Smartphone gesendet
  4373. <br />
  4374.  </tt>
  4375. </div>
  4376.        </div>
  4377.      </blockquote>
  4378.  
  4379.      <p>
  4380. Why didn't I look at the HTML version? Why, didn't I look at the HTML version?  That was
  4381. HTML, but they were too polite to put the link in an <b>a</b> tag.
  4382.      </p>
  4383.  
  4384.      <p>
  4385. OK, paste the <a href="https://www.runtastic.com/en/users/7f5abc7f-134d-30fd-cbb6-83df3a7dbb3d/sport-sessions/4a6e4acc-5caa-4360-9c66-7f3cea9b75ff?sharing_token=5bea382f3b90413c285a589b&amp;amp;utm_campaign=user_generated_sharing&amp;amp;utm_content=session.runtastic.riding&amp;amp;utm_medium=gplus.android&amp;amp;utm_source=runtastic.lite">link</a> into a browser.  “You're not allowed to see this map.  Log in or sign up”.  No,
  4386. sorry, Runtastic, I don't want anything to do with you.  I just want to see the log, which
  4387. is Ruth's private property.
  4388.      </p>
  4389.  
  4390.      <p>
  4391. Is it on her phone?  It's almost worth searching for.  But in the meantime I went to put up
  4392. my track log for <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-012257">Sunday</a>.
  4393. I've done this on several occasions using <a href="http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/">GPS
  4394. Visualizer</a> and then saved the route as a Google Map.  But no, that was yesterday.  Now
  4395. I need an <a href="http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/misc/google_api_keys.html">API key</a>.
  4396.      </p>
  4397.  
  4398.      <p>
  4399. What a pain!  The signup took me the best part of 30 minutes (admittedly much longer because
  4400. I collected screen shots and tried out various things that no sane person would do).
  4401.      </p>
  4402.  
  4403.      <p>
  4404. The first time round, the web site hung after I pressed (presumably the
  4405. wrong) <b>CONTINUE</b> button:
  4406.      </p>
  4407.  
  4408.        <a id="Photo-153" name="Photo-153"
  4409.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-153">
  4410.          <img alt="This should be Google-maps-2.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_153"
  4411.               title="Photo Google-maps-2.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4412.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Google-maps-2.png"
  4413.               width="307" height="219"
  4414.           /></a>
  4415.  
  4416.      <p>
  4417. After that, things seemed to go around in circles.  I seemed to get this page several times
  4418. with slightly different reactions:
  4419.      </p>
  4420.  
  4421.        <a id="Photo-154" name="Photo-154"
  4422.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-154">
  4423.          <img alt="This should be Google-maps-3.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_154"
  4424.               title="Photo Google-maps-3.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4425.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Google-maps-3.png"
  4426.               width="317" height="213"
  4427.           /></a>
  4428.        <a id="Photo-155" name="Photo-155"
  4429.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-155">
  4430.          <img alt="This should be Google-maps-5.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_155"
  4431.               title="Photo Google-maps-5.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4432.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Google-maps-5.png"
  4433.               width="315" height="215"
  4434.           /></a>
  4435.  
  4436.      <p>
  4437. And then it wanted my credit card number (“just checking”):
  4438.      </p>
  4439.  
  4440.        <a id="Photo-156" name="Photo-156"
  4441.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-156">
  4442.          <img alt="This should be Google-maps-6.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_156"
  4443.               title="Photo Google-maps-6.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4444.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Google-maps-6.png"
  4445.               width="388" height="174"
  4446.           /></a>
  4447.  
  4448.      <p>
  4449. Sorry, Google, I really don't trust you.  But it's documented here that you want the number
  4450. (be careful not to lose it!).  So I entered my credit card number the way it is on the
  4451. credit card, with spaces after every group of four digits.  And like always (web programmers
  4452. seem to live in an alternate universe), it flagged “credit card number invalid”.
  4453.      </p>
  4454.  
  4455.      <p>
  4456. This time, however, it proved that it was right.  I had a typo in the number.  Fix that, and
  4457. it accepted the card number with spaces.  One point to Google.  It seems that it checks
  4458. whatever inbuilt validity checks there are in credit card numbers
  4459. (checksum?  <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclic_redundancy_check">CRC</a>?).
  4460.      </p>
  4461.  
  4462.      <p>
  4463. But it still wasn't happy:
  4464.      </p>
  4465.  
  4466.        <a id="Photo-157" name="Photo-157"
  4467.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-157">
  4468.          <img alt="This should be Google-maps-10.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_157"
  4469.               title="Photo Google-maps-10.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4470.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Google-maps-10.png"
  4471.               width="540" height="125"
  4472.           /></a>
  4473.  
  4474.      <p>
  4475.  
  4476. OK, Google, what does “optional” mean?  Deduct one point from Google.  So I gave it my
  4477. answer-only phone number and was finally presented with:
  4478.      </p>
  4479.  
  4480.        <a id="Photo-158" name="Photo-158"
  4481.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-158">
  4482.          <img alt="This should be Google-maps-11.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_158"
  4483.               title="Photo Google-maps-11.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4484.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Google-maps-11.png"
  4485.               width="379" height="178"
  4486.           /></a>
  4487.  
  4488.      <p>
  4489. 10 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/API">APIs</a>!  I'm reminded of <a href="https://xkcd.com/927/">xkcd</a>:
  4490.      </p>
  4491.  
  4492.      <img alt="Image"
  4493.          title="Image"
  4494.          src="https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/standards.png"
  4495.        />
  4496.  
  4497.      <p>
  4498. But then it was done, and finally I was presented with:
  4499.      </p>
  4500.  
  4501.        <a id="Photo-159" name="Photo-159"
  4502.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181113&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-159">
  4503.          <img alt="This should be Google-maps-14.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_159"
  4504.               title="Photo Google-maps-14.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4505.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181113/small/Google-maps-14.png"
  4506.               width="640" height="105"
  4507.           /></a>
  4508.  
  4509.      <p>
  4510. There was no option to reply. Clearly it doesn't want to know much about me.
  4511.      </p>
  4512.  
  4513.      <p>
  4514. And finally I have my <a href="https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/ballarat-bird-world-and-botanical-gardens-11-november-2018-30502471">map</a>, except that I can no longer embed it in a web page (or if I can, they've done a
  4515. good job of hiding it):
  4516.      </p>
  4517.  
  4518.        <a id="Photo-160" name="Photo-160"
  4519.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181111&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-160">
  4520.          <img alt="This should be track.png.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_160"
  4521.               title="Photo track.png.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4522.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181111/small/track.png"
  4523.               width="287" height="235"
  4524.           /></a>
  4525.  
  4526.      <p>
  4527. It's not clear what the purpose of the apple symbol at bottom left is, but it doesn't
  4528. produce a menu.  Apart from that, the map doesn't seem to be very accurate either.  But I
  4529. suppose that's what you get for having your GPS receiver in your shirt pocket.  And the
  4530. straight line in the middle of the noose?  “Sorry, forgot where I was” on the part of the
  4531. phone.
  4532.      </p>
  4533.  
  4534.      <p>
  4535. <i>Sigh</i>
  4536.      </p>
  4537.      </div>
  4538.    ]]>
  4539.  </description>
  4540.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4541.  <dc:date>2018-11-14T02:23:41+00:00</dc:date>
  4542. </item>
  4543.  
  4544.            
  4545. <item>
  4546. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181114-025458</guid>
  4547. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181114-025458</link>
  4548. <category>politics</category>
  4549. <category>opinion</category>
  4550. <title>Sex party next weekend?</title>
  4551.  <description>
  4552.    <![CDATA[
  4553.    <div align="justify">
  4554.      <p>
  4555. While walking the dogs, got a strange phone call.  In fact, any call on my mobile phone is
  4556. strange.  I've forgotten the name of the caller, but he said that he was from
  4557. the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reason_Party_(Australia)">Reason Party</a>.  What?
  4558. Oh, how about a sex party?  Do I know that?  No, at any rate not as a political party.
  4559.      </p>
  4560.  
  4561.      <p>
  4562. It seems that somebody has put me down as a sympathizer or similar, and he didn't just want
  4563. me to vote for them: he wanted me to help on election day (next Saturday).  He had my phone
  4564. number (obviously) and my canonical email address.  I asked him to send me some information,
  4565. but I didn't receive any.
  4566.      </p>
  4567.      </div>
  4568.    ]]>
  4569.  </description>
  4570.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4571.  <dc:date>2018-11-14T02:54:58+00:00</dc:date>
  4572. </item>
  4573.  
  4574.                  
  4575. <item>
  4576. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181114-221658</guid>
  4577. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181114-221658</link>
  4578. <category>general</category>
  4579. <category>opinion</category>
  4580. <title>Another circuit breaker trip</title>
  4581.  <description>
  4582.    <![CDATA[
  4583.    <div align="justify">
  4584.      <p>
  4585. Once again this morning the circuit breaker for the kitchen (and much of the house) had
  4586. tripped.  Now that <i>eureka</i> is on a different circuit, it's no longer as serious as I
  4587. had feared.  But what is it?  Last time I had suspected the bore pump, but it's definitely
  4588. not that, and the other pump is on a different circuit.
  4589.      </p>
  4590.      </div>
  4591.    ]]>
  4592.  </description>
  4593.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  4594.  <dc:date>2018-11-14T22:16:58+00:00</dc:date>
  4595. </item>
  4596.  
  4597.            
  4598. <item>
  4599. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181116-003258</guid>
  4600. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181116-003258</link>
  4601. <category>food</category>
  4602. <category>and</category>
  4603. <category>drink</category>
  4604. <category>opinion</category>
  4605. <title>New caquelon</title>
  4606.  <description>
  4607.    <![CDATA[
  4608.    <div align="justify">
  4609.      <p>
  4610. Ruth's been here for nearly a week now, but today was the first real opportunity that we had
  4611. to inaugurate the new caquelon that she brought with her (to replace the old one that we
  4612. damaged <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-aug2018.php#D-20180830-033009">a couple of months ago</a>:
  4613.      </p>
  4614.  
  4615.        <a id="Photo-161" name="Photo-161"
  4616.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181114&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-161">
  4617.          <img alt="This should be Ruth-Yvonne-fondue-5.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_161"
  4618.               title="Photo Ruth-Yvonne-fondue-5.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  4619.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181114/small/Ruth-Yvonne-fondue-5.jpeg"
  4620.               width="300" height="225"
  4621.           /></a>
  4622.  
  4623.      <p>
  4624. The fondue tasted as good as ever, but the differences in the caqlelons were clear: on the
  4625. old one, the réligieuse looked more like a
  4626. monk's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonsure">tonsure</a>, because the base wasn't
  4627. perfectly flat.  It also took some lifting.  The new one (still) has a perfectly flat and
  4628. smooth base, so the réligieuse was too, and it was easy to remove.
  4629.      </p>
  4630.  
  4631.      <p>
  4632. The most interesting thing, though, was the recipe booklet included with the caquelon.  Some
  4633. of the recipes look pretty bizarre, but the first one („Fondue - das Traditionelle“ / «
  4634. Fondue - La traditionelle ») was surprising because it was almost identical to our own.
  4635. That might seem obvious, but there's so much junk out there that the similarity is amazing.
  4636.      </p>
  4637.  
  4638.      <p>
  4639. By way of illustration, the first few Google hits I have for <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=cheese%2bfondue%2brecipe">cheese fondue recipe</a>.  All
  4640. recipes are for four people unless otherwise noted:
  4641.      </p>
  4642.  
  4643.      <ol>
  4644.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4645.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  4646.            <a href="https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/swisscheesefondue_8925">BBC</a>:
  4647.          </p>
  4648.  
  4649.  <table summary="Automatically generated table">
  4650.       <tr>
  4651.          <td valign="top" align="left">1 clove</td>
  4652.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4653.          <td valign="top" align="left">garlic, halved</td>
  4654.       </tr>
  4655.  
  4656.       <tr>
  4657.          <td valign="top" align="left">290ml/½ pint</td>
  4658.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4659.          <td valign="top" align="left">white wine</td>
  4660.       </tr>
  4661.  
  4662.       <tr>
  4663.          <td valign="top" align="left">1 tsp</td>
  4664.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4665.          <td valign="top" align="left">lemon juice</td>
  4666.       </tr>
  4667.  
  4668.       <tr>
  4669.          <td valign="top" align="left">225g/8oz</td>
  4670.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4671.          <td valign="top" align="left">emmental cheese grated</td>
  4672.       </tr>
  4673.  
  4674.       <tr>
  4675.          <td valign="top" align="left">225g/8oz</td>
  4676.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4677.          <td valign="top" align="left">gruyère cheese grated</td>
  4678.       </tr>
  4679.  
  4680.       <tr>
  4681.          <td valign="top" align="left">1 tsp</td>
  4682.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4683.          <td valign="top" align="left">cornflour</td>
  4684.       </tr>
  4685.  
  4686.       <tr>
  4687.          <td valign="top" align="left">1 tbsp</td>
  4688.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4689.          <td valign="top" align="left">kirsch (optional)</td>
  4690.       </tr>
  4691.    </table>
  4692.  
  4693.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  4694.    Apart from the use of obsolete units (with a sting in the tail for US readers: the ½
  4695.    pint is the Imperial pint, round 20% more than the US Customary pint, and theoretically
  4696.    capable of ruining the dish), the choice of cheese is not just suboptimal, it's
  4697.    wrong: <i>never</i> use <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmental_cheese">Emmental
  4698.    cheese</a> in a fondue.  And even for US readers, the quantity of wine is too much.  For
  4699.    450 g of cheese you need between 200 and 225 ml of wine.  I won't comment on other
  4700.    details of the recipe, like boiling the little Kirsch with the fondue to completely
  4701.    destroy the flavour.  And the quantities are <i>far</i> too small for the claimed 4
  4702.    people.  You need about 200 g of cheese per person (though at home we use a little over
  4703.    300 g total because <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> doesn't eat much).
  4704.  </p>
  4705.        </li>
  4706.  
  4707.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4708.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  4709.    <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/classic-cheese-fondue">Sandra
  4710.    Bernard's classic <b><i>French</i></b> cheese fondue</a> (an attribution presumably
  4711.    made by <a href="http://www.sbs.com.au/">SBS</a>, who are good at these things)
  4712.    is better: 800 g <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gruyère_cheese">Gruyère
  4713.    cheese</a>, but nothing else, and 375 ml of wine to go with it.  But only one kind of
  4714.    cheese?  Possible, not ideal.
  4715.          </p>
  4716.  
  4717.    <table summary="Automatically generated table">
  4718.       <tr>
  4719.          <td valign="top" align="left">1</td>
  4720.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4721.          <td valign="top" align="left">garlic clove</td>
  4722.       </tr>
  4723.  
  4724.       <tr>
  4725.          <td valign="top" align="left">800 g</td>
  4726.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4727.          <td valign="top" align="left">Gruyère cheese (or a cheese with a sweet, fruity flavour)</td>
  4728.       </tr>
  4729.  
  4730.       <tr>
  4731.          <td valign="top" align="left">375 ml</td>
  4732.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4733.          <td valign="top" align="left">dry white wine</td>
  4734.       </tr>
  4735.  
  4736.       <tr>
  4737.          <td valign="top" align="left">1 tbsp</td>
  4738.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4739.          <td valign="top" align="left">cornflour</td>
  4740.       </tr>
  4741.  
  4742.       <tr>
  4743.          <td valign="top" align="left">4 tbsp</td>
  4744.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4745.          <td valign="top" align="left">Kirschwasser (cherry liqueur)</td>
  4746.       </tr>
  4747.    </table>
  4748.  
  4749.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  4750.    Still, this one looks reasonably OK, just different from ours.
  4751.  </p>
  4752.        </li>
  4753.  
  4754.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4755.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  4756.    <a href="https://myfoodstory.com/easy-cheese-fondue-recipe/">This recipe</a>    turns me off even before I read the recipe itself:
  4757.          </p>
  4758.  
  4759.  <blockquote class="fullwidth">
  4760.            <p class="listitemwidth">
  4761.              Easy cheese fondue recipe with white wine is a perfect gourmet appetizer that you can
  4762.              make at home!
  4763.            </p>
  4764.  </blockquote>
  4765.  
  4766.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  4767.    The ingredients are similar to the first:
  4768.  </p>
  4769.  
  4770.  <table summary="Automatically generated table">
  4771.       <tr>
  4772.          <td valign="top" align="left">1</td>
  4773.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4774.          <td valign="top" align="left">Garlic Clove, grated</td>
  4775.       </tr>
  4776.  
  4777.       <tr>
  4778.          <td valign="top" align="left">1 cup</td>
  4779.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4780.          <td valign="top" align="left">dry White Wine</td>
  4781.       </tr>
  4782.  
  4783.       <tr>
  4784.          <td valign="top" align="left">200 grams / .4 pounds</td>
  4785.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4786.          <td valign="top" align="left">Emmentaler cheese (at room temperature)</td>
  4787.       </tr>
  4788.  
  4789.       <tr>
  4790.          <td valign="top" align="left">200 grams / .4 pounds</td>
  4791.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4792.          <td valign="top" align="left">Gruyère cheese (at room temperature)</td>
  4793.       </tr>
  4794.  
  4795.       <tr>
  4796.          <td valign="top" align="left">50 grams / .1 pound</td>
  4797.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4798.          <td valign="top" align="left">Smoked Cheddar (at room temperature)</td>
  4799.       </tr>
  4800.  
  4801.       <tr>
  4802.          <td valign="top" align="left">2 tablespoons</td>
  4803.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4804.          <td valign="top" align="left">Cornstarch</td>
  4805.       </tr>
  4806.  
  4807.       <tr>
  4808.          <td valign="top" align="left">1 tablespoon fresh</td>
  4809.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4810.          <td valign="top" align="left">Lemon Juice</td>
  4811.       </tr>
  4812.    </table>
  4813.  
  4814.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  4815.    By comparison with the BBC recipe, it uses even less cheese (assuming 4 people), but
  4816.    then they want to eat this heavy dish as an <i>appetizer</i>.  A good fondue is pretty
  4817.    much the opposite.  Emmental again, and <i>smoked cheddar</i>!  Certainly not
  4818.    traditionel.
  4819.  </p>
  4820.        </li>
  4821.  
  4822.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4823.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  4824.    OK, maybe looking for English-language recipes is a bad idea.  How about French?
  4825.    <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=recette%2bfondue%2bfromage&amp;amp;oq=recette%2bfondue%2bfromage%2bsuisse">recette fondue fromage</a>?  <a href="https://www.ricardocuisine.com/en/recipes/5436-swiss-cheese-fondue-the-best">This
  4826.    one</a> is convenient because, although it's originally in French, there's an English
  4827.    translation.  On the other hand, even the French version contains cups and spoons and
  4828.    things, making it less plausible.  It wants:
  4829.          </p>
  4830.  
  4831.  <table summary="Automatically generated table">
  4832.       <tr>
  4833.          <td valign="top" align="left">2 small</td>
  4834.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4835.          <td valign="top" align="left">garlic cloves, lightly crushed</td>
  4836.       </tr>
  4837.  
  4838.       <tr>
  4839.          <td valign="top" align="left">14 oz (400 g)</td>
  4840.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4841.          <td valign="top" align="left">cave-aged Gruyère cheese, grated</td>
  4842.       </tr>
  4843.  
  4844.       <tr>
  4845.          <td valign="top" align="left">3.5 oz (100 g)</td>
  4846.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4847.          <td valign="top" align="left">Emmentaler Swiss cheese, grated</td>
  4848.       </tr>
  4849.  
  4850.       <tr>
  4851.          <td valign="top" align="left">3.5 oz (100 g)</td>
  4852.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4853.          <td valign="top" align="left">Swiss Vacherin cheese, grated</td>
  4854.       </tr>
  4855.  
  4856.       <tr>
  4857.          <td valign="top" align="left">4 tsp</td>
  4858.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4859.          <td valign="top" align="left">cornstarch</td>
  4860.       </tr>
  4861.  
  4862.       <tr>
  4863.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  4864.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4865.          <td valign="top" align="left">Freshly ground black pepper, to taste</td>
  4866.       </tr>
  4867.  
  4868.       <tr>
  4869.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  4870.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4871.          <td valign="top" align="left">Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste</td>
  4872.       </tr>
  4873.  
  4874.       <tr>
  4875.          <td valign="top" align="left">1 1/4 cups (310 ml)</td>
  4876.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4877.          <td valign="top" align="left">Riesling (or other dry white wine)</td>
  4878.       </tr>
  4879.  
  4880.       <tr>
  4881.          <td valign="top" align="left">4 tsp (20 ml)</td>
  4882.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4883.          <td valign="top" align="left">Kirsch (optional)</td>
  4884.       </tr>
  4885.  
  4886.       <tr>
  4887.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  4888.       </tr>
  4889.    </table>
  4890.  
  4891.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  4892.    Emmental again!  But mercifully not too much.
  4893.    And <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacherin#Vacherin_Fribourgeois">Vacherin</a>,
  4894.    certainly not a bad idea.  And for my taste a little too much wine, but the traditions
  4895.    vary.
  4896.  </p>
  4897.        </li>
  4898.  
  4899.        <li class="fullwidth">
  4900.          <p class="listitemwidth">
  4901.            <a href="https://www.marmiton.org/recettes/recette_fondue-au-fromage-suisse_64710.aspx">This
  4902.            one</a> (for six people) looks good at first sight:
  4903.          </p>
  4904.  
  4905.  <table summary="Automatically generated table">
  4906.       <tr>
  4907.          <td valign="top" align="left">400 g</td>
  4908.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4909.          <td valign="top" align="left">de gruyère suisse</td>
  4910.       </tr>
  4911.  
  4912.       <tr>
  4913.          <td valign="top" align="left">200 g</td>
  4914.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4915.          <td valign="top" align="left">d'appenzeller</td>
  4916.       </tr>
  4917.  
  4918.       <tr>
  4919.          <td valign="top" align="left">200 g</td>
  4920.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4921.          <td valign="top" align="left">de vacherin Fribourgeois (à ne pas confondre avec le Vacherin Mont-d'Or)</td>
  4922.       </tr>
  4923.  
  4924.       <tr>
  4925.          <td valign="top" align="left">200 g</td>
  4926.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4927.          <td valign="top" align="left">de tilsit</td>
  4928.       </tr>
  4929.  
  4930.       <tr>
  4931.          <td valign="top" align="left">30 cl</td>
  4932.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4933.          <td valign="top" align="left">de vin blanc sec</td>
  4934.       </tr>
  4935.  
  4936.       <tr>
  4937.          <td valign="top" align="left">1 cuillère à café</td>
  4938.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4939.          <td valign="top" align="left">de maïzena</td>
  4940.       </tr>
  4941.  
  4942.       <tr>
  4943.          <td valign="top" align="left">5 cl</td>
  4944.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4945.          <td valign="top" align="left">de kirsch</td>
  4946.       </tr>
  4947.    </table>
  4948.  
  4949.  <p class="listitemwidth">
  4950.    No garlic.  No lemon juice.  And four different cheeses!  Three of them are classics
  4951.    (and this is the first mention
  4952.    of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appenzeller_cheese">Appenzeller cheese</a>),
  4953.    but <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilsit_cheese">Tilsit cheese</a>?  If there's
  4954.    one thing I've learnt about fondue in the last 45 years, it's that <i>only</i> cheeses
  4955.    from Switzerland and
  4956.    the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jura_(departement)">Jura</a> are suitable.  I
  4957.    wouldn't risk 1 kg of cheese on the Tilsit being an improvement.  Also, this recipe has
  4958.    the lowest ratio of wine to cheese yet, only 300 ml of wine for 1 kg of cheese.
  4959.  </p>
  4960.        </li>
  4961.      </ol>
  4962.  
  4963.      <p>
  4964. So it should be clear how little I expected the recipe from the caquelon to match our own.
  4965. But we have, for four portions, slightly adjusted for normal portions and cheese type, and
  4966. guessing some of the quantities, like “clove of garlic“:
  4967.      </p>
  4968.  
  4969.      <table summary="Automatically generated table">
  4970.       <tr>
  4971.          <td valign="top" align="left">Ingredient</td>
  4972.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4973.          <td valign="top" align="left">Groggy</td>
  4974.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4975.          <td valign="top" align="left">Stöckli</td>
  4976.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4977.          <td valign="top" align="left">Recipe 1</td>
  4978.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4979.          <td valign="top" align="left">Recipe 2</td>
  4980.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4981.          <td valign="top" align="left">Recipe 3</td>
  4982.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4983.          <td valign="top" align="left">Recipe 4</td>
  4984.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4985.          <td valign="top" align="left">Recipe 5</td>
  4986.       </tr>
  4987.  
  4988.       <tr>
  4989.          <td valign="top" align="left">Garlic</td>
  4990.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4991.          <td valign="top" align="left">15 g</td>
  4992.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4993.          <td valign="top" align="left">15 g</td>
  4994.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4995.          <td valign="top" align="left">5 g</td>
  4996.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4997.          <td valign="top" align="left">5 g</td>
  4998.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  4999.          <td valign="top" align="left">5 g</td>
  5000.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5001.          <td valign="top" align="left">7 g</td>
  5002.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5003.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5004.       </tr>
  5005.  
  5006.       <tr>
  5007.          <td valign="top" align="left">Cornflour </td>
  5008.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5009.          <td valign="top" align="left">20g</td>
  5010.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5011.          <td valign="top" align="left">20 g</td>
  5012.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5013.          <td valign="top" align="left">225 g</td>
  5014.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5015.          <td valign="top" align="left">15 g</td>
  5016.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5017.          <td valign="top" align="left">20 g</td>
  5018.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5019.          <td valign="top" align="left">15 g</td>
  5020.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5021.          <td valign="top" align="left"> 10 g</td>
  5022.       </tr>
  5023.  
  5024.       <tr>
  5025.          <td valign="top" align="left">Gruyère</td>
  5026.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5027.          <td valign="top" align="left">600 g</td>
  5028.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5029.          <td valign="top" align="left">600 g</td>
  5030.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5031.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5032.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5033.          <td valign="top" align="left">800 g</td>
  5034.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5035.          <td valign="top" align="left">200 g</td>
  5036.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5037.          <td valign="top" align="left">400 g</td>
  5038.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5039.          <td valign="top" align="left"> 400 g</td>
  5040.       </tr>
  5041.  
  5042.       <tr>
  5043.          <td valign="top" align="left">Appenzell</td>
  5044.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5045.          <td valign="top" align="left">200 g </td>
  5046.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5047.          <td valign="top" align="left">200 g</td>
  5048.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5049.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5050.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5051.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5052.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5053.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5054.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5055.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5056.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5057.          <td valign="top" align="left"> 200 g</td>
  5058.       </tr>
  5059.  
  5060.       <tr>
  5061.          <td valign="top" align="left">Vacherin</td>
  5062.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5063.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5064.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5065.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5066.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5067.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5068.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5069.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5070.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5071.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5072.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5073.          <td valign="top" align="left">100 g</td>
  5074.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5075.          <td valign="top" align="left"> 200 g</td>
  5076.       </tr>
  5077.  
  5078.       <tr>
  5079.          <td valign="top" align="left">Ememntal</td>
  5080.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5081.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5082.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5083.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5084.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5085.          <td valign="top" align="left">225 g</td>
  5086.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5087.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5088.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5089.          <td valign="top" align="left">200 g</td>
  5090.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5091.          <td valign="top" align="left">100 g</td>
  5092.       </tr>
  5093.  
  5094.       <tr>
  5095.          <td valign="top" align="left">Tilsit</td>
  5096.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5097.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5098.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5099.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5100.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5101.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5102.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5103.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5104.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5105.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5106.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5107.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5108.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5109.          <td valign="top" align="left">200 g</td>
  5110.       </tr>
  5111.  
  5112.       <tr>
  5113.          <td valign="top" align="left">Cheddar</td>
  5114.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5115.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5116.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5117.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5118.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5119.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5120.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5121.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5122.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5123.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5124.       </tr>
  5125.  
  5126.       <tr>
  5127.          <td valign="top" align="left">Wine </td>
  5128.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5129.          <td valign="top" align="left">370 ml</td>
  5130.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5131.          <td valign="top" align="left">350 ml</td>
  5132.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5133.          <td valign="top" align="left">290 ml</td>
  5134.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5135.          <td valign="top" align="left">375 g</td>
  5136.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5137.          <td valign="top" align="left">238 ml</td>
  5138.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5139.          <td valign="top" align="left">310 ml</td>
  5140.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5141.          <td valign="top" align="left">300 ml</td>
  5142.       </tr>
  5143.  
  5144.       <tr>
  5145.          <td valign="top" align="left">Lemon juice</td>
  5146.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5147.          <td valign="top" align="left">20 ml</td>
  5148.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5149.          <td valign="top" align="left">20 ml</td>
  5150.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5151.          <td valign="top" align="left">5 ml</td>
  5152.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5153.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5154.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5155.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5156.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5157.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5158.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5159.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5160.       </tr>
  5161.  
  5162.       <tr>
  5163.          <td valign="top" align="left">Kirsch</td>
  5164.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5165.          <td valign="top" align="left">60 ml</td>
  5166.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5167.          <td valign="top" align="left">50 ml</td>
  5168.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5169.          <td valign="top" align="left">15 ml</td>
  5170.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5171.          <td valign="top" align="left">80 ml</td>
  5172.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5173.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5174.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5175.          <td valign="top" align="left">20 ml</td>
  5176.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5177.          <td valign="top" align="left">50 ml</td>
  5178.       </tr>
  5179.  
  5180.       <tr>
  5181.          <td valign="top" align="left">Ratio cheese/wine</td>
  5182.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5183.          <td valign="top" align="left">2.16</td>
  5184.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5185.          <td valign="top" align="left">2.3</td>
  5186.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5187.          <td valign="top" align="left">1.55 </td>
  5188.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5189.          <td valign="top" align="left">2.13</td>
  5190.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5191.          <td valign="top" align="left">1.68</td>
  5192.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5193.          <td valign="top" align="left">2.58</td>
  5194.          <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
  5195.          <td valign="top" align="left">3.33</td>
  5196.       </tr>
  5197.  
  5198.       <tr>
  5199.          <td valign="top" align="left"></td>
  5200.       </tr>
  5201.    </table>
  5202.  
  5203.      <p>
  5204. Clearly there's room for differences in the recipes, and also for individual taste.  My own
  5205. recipe has changed from a ratio of 4:1 Gruyère to Appenzeller to a ratio of 3:1.  On the
  5206. whole, recipe 2 doesn't look too bad, though you need a very good single cheese.  And
  5207. Vacherin is an excellent fondue cheese, but we can't get it here (though I suggested it to
  5208. Kevin Teather of the <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-oct2018.php#D-20181017-021620">last month</a>).  And many recipes suggest pepper and nutmeg, though I find that they only help if the
  5209. cheese is second-rate.  And the difference in wine:cheese ratios (2:1!) is amazing.
  5210.      </p>
  5211.      </div>
  5212.    ]]>
  5213.  </description>
  5214.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5215.  <dc:date>2018-11-16T00:32:58+00:00</dc:date>
  5216. </item>
  5217.  
  5218.                        
  5219. <item>
  5220. <guid isPermaLink='true'>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181116-014701</guid>
  5221. <link>http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181116-014701</link>
  5222. <category>general</category>
  5223. <category>photography</category>
  5224. <category>opinion</category>
  5225. <title>Sovereign Hill again</title>
  5226.  <description>
  5227.    <![CDATA[
  5228.    <div align="justify">
  5229.      <p>
  5230. Off to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat">Ballarat</a> today to meet CJ Ellis,
  5231. dressed up in his costume, and
  5232. visit <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_Hill">Sovereign Hill</a> again.
  5233. Things didn't start off well.  When we got there, I discovered that I had no footwear.
  5234. Never mind, this has happened before; that's why I keep a spare pair of thongs in the back
  5235. of the car.  Dug for them: not there!  And while doing so, I managed to turf my camera out
  5236. of the car and on to the parking lot.  Two dropped (same) cameras in <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-nov2018.php#D-20181112-003730">less than a week</a>!  And this time there
  5237. was no panorama head to protect it, and it sustained damage:
  5238.      </p>
  5239.  
  5240.        <a id="Photo-162" name="Photo-162"
  5241.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181116&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-162">
  5242.          <img alt="This should be Camera-damage-1.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_162"
  5243.               title="Photo Camera-damage-1.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5244.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181116/small/Camera-damage-1.jpeg"
  5245.               width="306" height="220"
  5246.           /></a>
  5247.        <a id="Photo-163" name="Photo-163"
  5248.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181116&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-163">
  5249.          <img alt="This should be Camera-damage-2.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_163"
  5250.               title="Photo Camera-damage-2.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5251.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181116/small/Camera-damage-2.jpeg"
  5252.               width="300" height="225"
  5253.           /></a>
  5254.  
  5255.      <p>
  5256. The lens was (mercifully) again untouched, the camera still works, and the marks look pretty
  5257. superficial.  The camera <i>still</i> works, but I should really stop dropping the thing.
  5258.      </p>
  5259.  
  5260.      <p>
  5261. In to buy tickets, while <a href="http://www.lemis.com/yvonne/">Yvonne</a> went off looking for footwear
  5262. for me.  It was definitely necessary.  There are some places where I can walk barefoot with
  5263. few problems, but Sovereign Hill is not one of them.  By the time Yvonne got back, we hadn't
  5264. got very far, but I really couldn't continue much further.
  5265.      </p>
  5266.  
  5267.        <a id="Photo-164" name="Photo-164"
  5268.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-164">
  5269.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-50.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_164"
  5270.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-50.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5271.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-50.jpeg"
  5272.               width="221" height="305"
  5273.           /></a>
  5274.        <a id="Photo-165" name="Photo-165"
  5275.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-165">
  5276.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-50-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_165"
  5277.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-50-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5278.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-50-detail.jpeg"
  5279.               width="267" height="253"
  5280.           /></a>
  5281.  
  5282.      <p>
  5283. Met Yvonne at the entrance.  By the time we got back, CJ was panning for gold for Ruth:
  5284.      </p>
  5285.  
  5286.      <div align="left">
  5287.  <a id="Photo-166" name="Photo-166"
  5288.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-166">
  5289.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-31.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_166"
  5290.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-31.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5291.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-31.jpeg"
  5292.               width="300" height="225"
  5293.           /></a>
  5294.  <a id="Photo-167" name="Photo-167"
  5295.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-167">
  5296.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-32.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_167"
  5297.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-32.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5298.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-32.jpeg"
  5299.               width="300" height="225"
  5300.           /></a>
  5301.  <a id="Photo-168" name="Photo-168"
  5302.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-168">
  5303.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-35.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_168"
  5304.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-35.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5305.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-35.jpeg"
  5306.               width="300" height="225"
  5307.           /></a>
  5308.      </div>
  5309.  
  5310.      <p>
  5311. On up the hill.  It's been <a href="http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2009.php#D9-10">nearly 10 years</a> since we were last here, and things have changed—for the better.  They now have a school,
  5312. full of schoolchildren.  And with CJ dressed the way he was, he was welcomed, and he told a
  5313. story about wanting a school for his nieces who would shortly arrive by ship from the Old
  5314. Country:
  5315.      </p>
  5316.  
  5317.      <div align="left">
  5318.  <a id="Photo-169" name="Photo-169"
  5319.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-169">
  5320.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-36.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_169"
  5321.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-36.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5322.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-36.jpeg"
  5323.               width="305" height="221"
  5324.           /></a>
  5325.  <a id="Photo-170" name="Photo-170"
  5326.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-170">
  5327.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-39.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_170"
  5328.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-39.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5329.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-39.jpeg"
  5330.               width="300" height="225"
  5331.           /></a>
  5332.  <a id="Photo-171" name="Photo-171"
  5333.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-171">
  5334.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-41.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_171"
  5335.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-41.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5336.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-41.jpeg"
  5337.               width="225" height="300"
  5338.           /></a>
  5339.      </div>
  5340.  
  5341.      <!-- https://youtu.be/UksH0ZTXB-Y -->
  5342.  
  5343.      <p>
  5344.      <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UksH0ZTXB-Y"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/UksH0ZTXB-Y/default.jpg" /></a>
  5345.      </p>
  5346.        <a id="Photo-172" name="Photo-172"
  5347.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-172">
  5348.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-43.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_172"
  5349.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-43.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5350.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-43.jpeg"
  5351.               width="225" height="300"
  5352.           /></a>
  5353.  
  5354.      <p>
  5355. On to see CJ's favourites, the old steam machinery:
  5356.      </p>
  5357.  
  5358.        <a id="Photo-173" name="Photo-173"
  5359.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-173">
  5360.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-60.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_173"
  5361.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-60.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5362.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-60.jpeg"
  5363.               width="303" height="223"
  5364.           /></a>
  5365.        <a id="Photo-174" name="Photo-174"
  5366.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-174">
  5367.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-79.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_174"
  5368.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-79.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5369.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-79.jpeg"
  5370.               width="306" height="221"
  5371.           /></a>
  5372.  
  5373.      <p>
  5374. By then it was lunch time, and CJ disappeared by himself while we looked round the main
  5375. street:
  5376.      </p>
  5377.  
  5378.        <a id="Photo-175" name="Photo-175"
  5379.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-175">
  5380.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-54.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_175"
  5381.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-54.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5382.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-54.jpeg"
  5383.               width="225" height="300"
  5384.           /></a>
  5385.  
  5386.      <p>
  5387. CJ had wanted to take us to see the wheel wrights after lunch, but the girls decided
  5388. differently and went to see the gold pouring instead, in light that was barely visible.  I
  5389. missed having the right lens with me, and was limited to the <a href="http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/lumix-cameras-video-cameras/lumix-g-lenses/h-h020ae.html">Panasonic Lumix G 20 mm f/1.7</a> from
  5390. my <a href="https://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/slrs/oly_epm1/review">E-PM1</a>:
  5391.      </p>
  5392.  
  5393.        <a id="Photo-176" name="Photo-176"
  5394.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-176">
  5395.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-121.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_176"
  5396.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-121.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5397.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-121.jpeg"
  5398.               width="303" height="223"
  5399.           /></a>
  5400.  
  5401.      <p>
  5402. It would have been a good use for the barely used <a href="http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/product/dslr/mlens/45_18/index.html">M.Zuiko 45 mm
  5403. f/1.8</a> or the <a href="http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/product/dslr/mlens/75_18/index.html">M.Zuiko 75 mm
  5404. f/1.8</a>.  Next time.
  5405.      </p>
  5406.  
  5407.      <p>
  5408. Then down Red Hill mine and got rather more photos than last time:
  5409.      </p>
  5410.  
  5411.      <div align="left">
  5412.  <a id="Photo-177" name="Photo-177"
  5413.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-177">
  5414.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-182.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_177"
  5415.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-182.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5416.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-182.jpeg"
  5417.               width="223" height="303"
  5418.           /></a>
  5419.  <a id="Photo-178" name="Photo-178"
  5420.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-178">
  5421.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-183.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_178"
  5422.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-183.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5423.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-183.jpeg"
  5424.               width="223" height="303"
  5425.           /></a>
  5426.  <a id="Photo-179" name="Photo-179"
  5427.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-179">
  5428.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-184.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_179"
  5429.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-184.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5430.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-184.jpeg"
  5431.               width="223" height="303"
  5432.           /></a>
  5433.  <a id="Photo-180" name="Photo-180"
  5434.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-180">
  5435.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-195.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_180"
  5436.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-195.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5437.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-195.jpeg"
  5438.               width="303" height="223"
  5439.           /></a>
  5440.  <a id="Photo-181" name="Photo-181"
  5441.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-181">
  5442.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-195-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_181"
  5443.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-195-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5444.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-195-detail.jpeg"
  5445.               width="259" height="261"
  5446.           /></a>
  5447.      </div>
  5448.  
  5449.      <p>
  5450. The last image was taken with the E-PM1 at 36°/3200 ISO, clearly more than it can really
  5451. sustain.
  5452.      </p>
  5453.  
  5454.      <p>
  5455. Finally a trooper came along to check the mining licenses.  It was a bit tame compared with
  5456. last time, where Carola was clapped in irons:
  5457.      </p>
  5458.  
  5459.        <a id="Photo-182" name="Photo-182"
  5460.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20090209&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-182">
  5461.          <img alt="This should be sovereign-hill-28.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_182"
  5462.               title="Photo sovereign-hill-28.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5463.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20090209/small/sovereign-hill-28.jpeg"
  5464.               width="300" height="225"
  5465.           /></a>
  5466.  
  5467.      <p>
  5468. About the only excitement was when one of the volunteers, a somewhat overweight woman,
  5469. slipped in front of the trooper round about here:
  5470.      </p>
  5471.  
  5472.        <a id="Photo-183" name="Photo-183"
  5473.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-183">
  5474.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-211.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_183"
  5475.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-211.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5476.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-211.jpeg"
  5477.               width="225" height="300"
  5478.           /></a>
  5479.  
  5480.      <p>
  5481. She confirmed that it wasn't part of the act, and I had to help her up.  The trooper then
  5482. sent her off to have herself looked at, before talking to the others and setting off in
  5483. pursuit of an errant miner:
  5484.      </p>
  5485.  
  5486.      <div align="left">
  5487.  <a id="Photo-184" name="Photo-184"
  5488.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-184">
  5489.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-215.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_184"
  5490.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-215.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5491.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-215.jpeg"
  5492.               width="304" height="223"
  5493.           /></a>
  5494.  <a id="Photo-185" name="Photo-185"
  5495.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-185">
  5496.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-222-detail.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_185"
  5497.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-222-detail.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5498.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-222-detail.jpeg"
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  5500.           /></a>
  5501.      </div>
  5502.  
  5503.      <p>
  5504. We finally found him in the main street, having grabbed somebody, though it's not clear that
  5505. they were miners:
  5506.      </p>
  5507.  
  5508.        <a id="Photo-186" name="Photo-186"
  5509.          href="diary-nov2018.php?dirdate=20181115&amp;imagesizes=1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111112#Photo-186">
  5510.          <img alt="This should be Sovereign-Hill-225.jpeg.  Is it missing?" border="0" id="Photo_186"
  5511.               title="Photo Sovereign-Hill-225.jpeg.  Click to redisplay larger version of image."
  5512.               src="https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20181115/small/Sovereign-Hill-225.jpeg"
  5513.               width="302" height="223"
  5514.           /></a>
  5515.  
  5516.      <p>
  5517. And then we had had enough for the day.  We're not as young as we used to be.  If it weren't
  5518. for the high entry fees, it would be nice to spread it over several days.  Still, Ruth was
  5519. very pleasantly surprised; I think she had not been very enthusiastic
  5520.      </p>
  5521.  
  5522.      <p>
  5523. As we were leaving, CJ asked me how old I was.  In principle he knows: 10 years younger than
  5524. he.  But it seems that I'm entitled to a “Pioneer Pass”, a service so secret that I couldn't
  5525. find any useful reference to it on the web site.  It's available to people of the age of 70
  5526. or over who live in or near <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballarat">Ballarat</a>
  5527. (post code areas 3350 to 3358; we're in 3352).  And it entitles the bearer to unlimited free
  5528. entrance to Sovereign Hill and the <a href="http://www.goldmuseum.com.au/">Gold
  5529. Museum</a>.  Filled out the form and was issued immediate access.  Now if only he had told
  5530. me that before we entered!
  5531.      </p>
  5532.  
  5533.      <p>
  5534. The good news is, of course, that I can go back and take specific photos whenever I want.
  5535. That could be quite worthwhile.
  5536.      </p>
  5537.      </div>
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  5539.  </description>
  5540.  <dc:creator>Greg Lehey</dc:creator>
  5541.  <dc:date>2018-11-16T01:47:01+00:00</dc:date>
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