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Saturday, 1 December 2018 Dereel Images for 1 December 2018
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House photo experiments
Topic: photography, general, opinion Link here

How detailed should a panoramic image be? In general I make my weekly house photos from four images taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO. That should give me a raw resolution of 80 MP.

But there's nothing to stop me taking images with a higher resolution, like 8 images (vertically mounted) with the Zuiko Digital ED 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6. That would give me a raw resolution of 160 MP.

Today I tried both:


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They're reduced, of course, but clicking on them shows that the second image (with the 9-18 mm lens set at 10 mm) has slightly more resolution. But the first has 72.5 MP (90% of raw, which seems surprisingly many), while the second has 94.1 MP (59%). Why the discrepancy? Also, expanding them to full size with a couple more clicks shows that there really isn't a big difference in resolution. I suppose that I should try something really high resolution for a comparison.


Handling software support
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Another reply to my tickets with DxO today. The one I entered yesterday (166777) was simply closed. No explanation, no follow-up possible, just assigned to my favourite support person. Had he deliberately closed it? Sent a follow-up ticket. That's 8 tickets in the last week or so, none of which have been closed to my satisfaction.

Also a response from the person responsible for ticket 165481. I had explained:

For what it's worth, the MD5 checksum of the downloaded files is:
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/36) ~ 20 -> md5 DxO_PhotoLab*
MD5 (DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup (1).exe) = 732dd80f53f1e66ca8b8ea3645f35c3e
MD5 (DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup(1).exe) = 732dd80f53f1e66ca8b8ea3645f35c3e

The first is the file I downloaded last week, the second was downloaded by Microsoft "Internet Explorer". Clearly they're the same, so the file is almost certainly correct. Do you have a divergent checksum?

I've downloaded this file three times now, a third time with a program that is easier to use, but which has issues with your certificates:

=== grog@ffm (/dev/pts/1) ~ 3 -> fetch https://download-center.dxo.com/PhotoLab/v2/Win/DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe
Certificate verification failed for /C=FR/ST=Hauts de Seine/L=Boulogne-Billancourt/O=DxO Labs/CN=*.dxo.com
34374366680:error:14090086:SSL routines:ssl3_get_server_certificate:certificate verify failed:/usr/src/crypto/openssl/ssl/s3_clnt.c:1269:
fetch: https://download-center.dxo.com/PhotoLab/v2/Win/DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe: Authentication error
=== grog@ffm (/dev/pts/1) ~ 4 -> fetch --no-verify-peer https://download-center.dxo.com/PhotoLab/v2/Win/DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe
DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe 100% of 330 MB 124 MBps 00m02s
=== grog@ffm (/dev/pts/1) ~ 5 -> md5 DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe
MD5 (DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe) = 732dd80f53f1e66ca8b8ea3645f35c3e
=== grog@ffm (/dev/pts/1) ~ 6 ->

Hopefully the download speed is up to your expectations.

I could say that the response blew my mind:

As we noted in our previous instructions, we do not support the use of dial-up or satellite communications for program downloads because for large files they can often prove to be unreliable. We also recommend using Microsoft's Internet Explorer because it does have extremely good file restart capabilities. The issues you are having with DxO PhotoLab 2 almost always points to an incomplete or corrupted download program file. This is why we suggest that you please re-download and install the program again. The installer program is self-contained and can be downloaded to any computer at any location, placed on a thumb drive, and used to install the program on your primary computer system.

And that's all! It does not address anything; apparently he wants me to download the file yet again! This time I did respond

And how can I download this to your satisfaction? Must I stand up, turn round three times to the left and utter mystical incantations?

But it would be wrong to say that it blew my mind. I have seen all this before, and I had a number of suggestions about how to fix the problem. Things don't seem to have changed in the last 1½ years.

But are they even right that you can install a truncated package and the installer won't notice? That's worth trying out:

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/36) ~ 33 -> mv DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup\(1\).exe DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/36) ~ 34 -> cp DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe  DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup-1.exe
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/36) ~ 35 -> l DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe  DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup-1.exe
-rwxr--r--  1 grog  lemis  346,420,088  1 Dec 11:51 DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup-1.exe
-rwxr--r--  1 grog  lemis  346,420,088 23 Nov 12:31 DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/36) ~ 36 -> truncate -s -1  DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup-1.exe
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/36) ~ 37 -> l DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe  DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup-1.exe
-rwxr--r--  1 grog  lemis  346,420,087  1 Dec 11:51 DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup-1.exe
-rwxr--r--  1 grog  lemis  346,420,088 23 Nov 12:31 DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/36) ~ 38 -> md5 DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe  DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup-1.exe
MD5 (DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup.exe) = 732dd80f53f1e66ca8b8ea3645f35c3e
MD5 (DxO_PhotoLab2_Setup-1.exe) = f5aaa6287835b2098cdf8a0de1faa3ba
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/36) ~ 39 ->

Tried installing that truncated package on euroa. Yes! It installs, and it works! Potentially, of course, the last byte means nothing anyway, but what sloppy programming! How much would it cost to append an MD5 sum at the end of the package and have the installer run MD5 on the rest of the package and compare the two? O tempora! O mores!

On the other hand, my purpose in life is to get the product to work, not to complain. It's like debugging: how do I work around the problems? In principle I should give them as much information as possible, but I get the distinct impression that this support person, at least, doesn't have the attention span to read it all. So maybe one thing at a time, and maybe lie when he said “Use “Internet Explorer” (I didn't)?

But in general I get the impression that support staff are very reluctant to admit any bugs, even to themselves, and even more reluctant to escalate problems. That doesn't improve software quality.


Summer on its way
Topic: gardening Link here

Today's the first day of summer, and gradually various flowers are coming out. Here's the Kniphofia


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And in front of the house we have a Xanthorrhoea that seems to have had some strange experience:


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It should look like this, of course:


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Schweizerschnitzel
Topic: food and drink Link here

Cordon bleu for dinner tonight. I'm sure we've eaten it before, but I have no record.

The big question: how do you cook them? I thought of the alternatives of pan-frying or baking. Strangely, my recipe books had little to say about it. Finally, after searching, I found a recipe in Bonniers Kokbok (Swedish), where they called it „Schweizerschnitzel“ (German, directly after the recipe for „Wienerschnitzel“, which in German is written as two words). All recipes wanted it fried gently in butter, and indeed, that worked well. Now to reconstruct the quantities.


Sunday, 2 December 2018 Dereel
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Power failure
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Another power failure this morning. When? How long? No idea, but short enough not to upset the computers, and from the clocks it seems that it came back at 1:34.


My eyes are dim, I cannot see...
Topic: health, opinion Link here

For decades I have used tiny fonts on my computer windows, using a 6×13 font. Initially the display size was 1024×768 and the resolution was 64 dpi, but despite larger screens I had higher screen resolutions, so the absolute resolution has gone up to as high as 109 dpi, depending on the display. But that still seemed OK.

Now I'm getting older, and I'm finding myself squinting at the screen. Time for a larger font, and and in fact it makes a big difference. Hopefully I won't have to do this too often.


“Internet Explorer”: really better?
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Why does DxO support claim that I should use Microsoft “Internet Explorer” to download archives? Superstition, of course, but superstitions don't come from nowhere. Discussed it on IRC today and came up with some insights:

  1. From carnival: “I think they work something out, decide a reason for why it worked, file it as done and try to use it forever.” And yes, that sounds very likely. “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail".

  2. “We also recommend using Microsoft's Internet Explorer because it does have extremely good file restart capabilities.” That's completely irrelevant, since I didn't need to restart the transmission. But somehow this article sets the tone. It's over 8 years old and describes “Internet Explorer's” improved restart capabilities. That says nothing about the competition, of course. This article does a comparison that's a bit TL;DR, but suggests that Chrome is the best for restarts, and that Apple's “Safari” is the worst (doesn't do range requests at all). with “Internet Explorer” coming second last, much as I would expect.


Monday, 3 December 2018 Dereel
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Plummeting temperatures
Topic: general, opinion Link here

It was warm on Saturday, a top of 33.5°. But that changed rapidly round 21:00:

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Between 20:56:37 and 20:18:07 the temperature dropped from 28.4° to 19.0°, a rate of 0.44° per minute. But that's the broad view; between 20:58:40 and 21:00:42, the temperature dropped by 2.1°, over 1° per minute. That's reminiscent of Black Saturday, where the temperatures dropped by 1.3° per minute over a longer period of time.

+----------+--------------+
| time     | outside_temp |
+----------+--------------+
| 20:56:37 |         28.4 |
| 20:57:38 |         27.7 |
| 20:58:40 |         26.6 |
| 20:59:41 |         25.8 |
| 21:00:42 |         24.5 |
| 21:01:44 |         24.5 |
| 21:02:45 |         23.2 |
| 21:03:47 |         22.7 |
| 21:04:48 |           22 |
| 21:05:50 |         21.7 |
| 21:06:51 |         21.3 |
| 21:07:52 |         20.9 |
| 21:08:54 |         20.6 |
| 21:09:55 |         20.3 |
| 21:10:57 |         20.2 |
| 21:11:58 |         19.8 |
| 21:13:00 |         19.7 |
| 21:14:01 |         19.6 |
| 21:15:02 |         19.4 |
| 21:16:04 |         19.2 |
| 21:17:05 |         19.1 |
| 21:18:07 |           19 |
| 21:19:12 |         18.9 |
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More photo editing investigations
Topic: photography, technology, opinion Link here

I now have a number of programs that can remove the extraneous objects from photos like this one:


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But I haven't done the job. Why not? I don't like the amount of manual intervention needed. All of them require you to mark what you want to remove, and that's very difficult with things like the fences line in front of the horses:

 
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Surely there's be something out there that can identify things like this and select them exactly to the pixel. Off today to look at some more. What I found was:

Potentially the issues here are that the tutorials don't describe what I want, and that in fact one of them could do it for me. But how much time do I have to investigate them?


Emacs font sizes
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

After yesterday's change of font size for my xterms, it was time to do the same for Emacs. But how? Google is my friend: Select Set Default Font from the Options menu (I can hear rms grumble).

And that seemed to work. But not the way I thought. It only applied to one window, and after trying a couple, I couldn't get back to where I started. When I tried it on a second window (from the same Emacs process), I got different results. And when I tried changing things in the first window, it didn't change it there—but in the non-active window instead!

Peter Jeremy tells me that he does it at startup, which makes more sense. But how long will it be before I start an Emacs again? This one has been running for 2 weeks, and others have been running for over a month:

USER         PID  %CPU %MEM      VSZ     RSS TT  STAT STARTED         TIME COMMAND
grog       89218   0.0  0.3   883100  111172 v0  S    26Nov18      4:58.54 /usr/local/bin/emacs -display eureka:0.1 -geometry 110x75-53+0 -font 6x13 (emacs-24.5)

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A photo for Christmas
Topic: photography, general, opinion Link here

Since 2012 we've sent our friends and relatives a Christmas letter with a summary of what we have done in the last 12 months. At the head we've put a photo of us with at least some of our animals, and we've tried to make a different background each time:


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Clearly things are getting more difficult if we don't want to repeat ourselves. Looking at the photos above, we're not getting any better at it, and keeping the animals in position for the portrait is a non-trivial undertaking.

So: what do we do this year. First, where do we take the photo? Yvonne had the idea of doing it in the lounge room on the sofa, which seems reasonable until you realize that Australian houses are too polite to restrict the view of the kitchen area (or install a dedicated kitchen in a house with only 240 m² area), so we get backgrounds like this:


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OK, we have screens. Put them up behind the sofa and we don't have the kitchen. Next, get the animals where we want them:


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Is there a good one? The best I could find is this one:


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Yes, we could take more, but it turns out that though the screen hides the kitchen area, it's quite obtrusive. How about going back outside, giving up on Piccola in the process? That worked better, but composition was still an issue:


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In the end, I think I'll have to either stitch a couple together or start again.


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How many megapixels?
Topic: photography, general, opinion Link here

Digital Photography Review has published test images for the new Canon EOS R and the Nikon Z7. And of course they already have some for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. How do they compare?

One of the key points is the image resolution. The Z7 has a sensor resolution of 46 MP, the EOS R 30 MP, and the E-M1 Mark II 20 MP. But when do you need more than 20 MP? For those situations, the E-M1 offers an 80 MP mode, which blows the others out of the water, at least on paper.

But can the lenses do it? DPReview has images taken with the 45 mm f/1.8 m.Zuiko. And yes, they blow the other two out of the water. Here crops in alphabetical sequence: Canon (245x123 pixels), Nikon (298x138 pixels) and Olympus (348x155 pixels):

 
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These images might be resized and suffer from the browser rendering engine, but they're useful because they're roughly the same size. Native resolution of the crops is:

 
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Clearly the Canon can't measure up to the other two. And I think that the Olympus had the edge over the Nikon, “crop sensor” or not.

But then I checked: this is not a full resolution (80 MP) image from the Olympus, it's the out-of-camera 50 MP JPEG image (more exactly 49,694,400 pixels), barely more than the 45,441,024 pixels of the Nikon Z7. Why is the image better? The Olympus sensor is only a quarter the size of the Nikon sensor. I can only guess that the lens makes the difference. The Olympus image used the M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1.8, and the Nikon used the Nikon 85 mm f/1.8 G, which you'd really expect to be comparable. Could it have been random differences in the setup?

But the real question is: that's not the most that the E-M1 Mark II can do. The equivalent raw image is 80 MP. Would that be better? Or would the lens be the limiting factor?

In passing, it's amusing to look at the cameras and lenses used for these images (Canon, Nikon, Olympus, as tested):


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You could almost assume that “the smaller, the better”.


Permission to publish?
Topic: photography, general, opinion Link here

The photos in the previous article are copyright Digital Photography Review. Their copyright conditions require me to ask for permission to reproduce them.

Is this reproduction? I've included a link to the originals, and I'm just quoting details of their images. It could be argued that that's fair use. But why risk it? Follow their instructions and apply for permission.

I did that over a month ago. The instructions are wrong, and I left a message on their web site to that effect, also asking for permission to publish. Until today I have received no response.

OK, part of copyright ownership is due diligence, which seems to be missing here. I'll assume that this is fair use, and so I've published them. DPR, if you read this, please contact me, preferably by email, whether you agree or disagree.


Thursday, 6 December 2018 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 6 December 2018
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Eye test
Topic: health, opinion Link here

Into Ballarat today for a scheduled eye test. It was interesting for a number of things: much better optical imaging, including views that I think the optometrist couldn't interpret adequately, but which showed my retina in an unusually sharp manner, along with some things that looked like histograms but which she said were indication of the thickness of the retina. I wish I knew what that meant.

Apart from that, the normal eye test. I had been concerned about loss of acuity since my last test, but in fact I got significantly better results than last time, and only marginally different correction needed (+0.25 dioptre cylindrical in the right eye). I think we can do without that, especially as the last prescription was also only marginally different from the results I got 7 years ago.


Signs of the times
Topic: general, opinion Link here

Every time I go to Ballarat I look around to see how bricks and mortar shops are shaping up. And once again I found empty shops in Bridge Mall, the busiest shopping street:


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I didn't really have anything else to do after my eye test, but it seemed that I should look around for something, so up to Bakery Hill to look for external blinds at Ray's Outdoors. Surprise, surprise: the shop had closed down. Had they moved elsewhere? Nothing on the door, but when I got home I found this article: yes, they've closed down many outlets, including Ballarat. Is this an indication of the Internet Revolution, or just a false positive?

On the way back, went down the east end of Bridge St, which used to have lots of restaurants. Now it has a few restaurants and lots of empty premises, unfortunately difficult to photograph: there must have been four restaurants that had closed down. That's not what I would have expected from the Internet Revolution. Are they collateral damage? Or the indication of some other factor?


Bushfire!
Topic: general Link here

It was quite hot today, a top temperature of 37.2°. And the first bushfire of the season, south-east of Buninyong. No direct danger for us, though the power lines for Dereel run that way, but it's disconcerting that it's happening so early.


Garden flowers
Topic: gardening Link here

The weather is good for the flowers in the garden, which is finally beginning to look interesting:


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The flowering grass spike is nearly as big as last years':


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Friday, 7 December 2018 Dereel
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Where is Hengasch?
Topic: multimedia, general, opinion Link here

When watching TV programmes, I very much identify with locations. Some of the films I see clearly show where they were taken, and even feature the location, such as the German series „Notruf Hafenkante“ (which might be roughly translated as “Port emergency”, clearly centred in the port of Hamburg, and „Hubert und Staller“ (the names of the heroes) in Wolfratshausen.

But then there are others that are placed in some location „Mord mit Aussicht“ (“Murder with a view”), which explicitly takes place in some fictive location in the Eifel area of Germany, close to the Belgian border.

But where? I have only established that some scenes were made in Korschenbroich, to the West of Neuss and Düsseldorf, where my brother-in-law used to live. Nowhere near the Eifel.

The names of the locations don't help. Hengasch is the main locality (vaguely obfuscated „Hängarsch“, or “Hanging arse”) in the district of Liebenich („lieber nicht“, or “rather not”). Where are they? In episode 18, Scharfe Bräute, ganze Kerle, at 30:37 into the episode, they show a map:


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OK, Bad Münstereifel really exists. Hengasch is to the east, and Liebenich to the north-east. Drag out a map:

 
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That doesn't show much, does it? In fact, „Hengasch“ in in the middle of a forest, and „Liebenich“ is near a lake, but nothing like what's really there (a couple of houses).

The real issue, though, is: why can't I drop a location marker? That used to be trivial. Now I can't find out how to do it. Can OpenStreetMap do better? Certainly the view is easier to understand:


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Can I drop a marker? Probably, but it requires work to find out how. Why did Google Maps have to change everything?

In passing, it's interesting how much trouble they took to create this map. I've seen this kind of thing before with Rain Shadow, but they didn't go to nearly that much trouble.


No hay!
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

Three months ago we ordered some hay for the coming season, and a couple of days ago I get a message saying that it was ready and that it would be delivered today or tomorrow. She later clarified the number:


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Bloody SMS! But OK, I saw it by chance.

That was two days ago. This evening, while watching TV, an unusual sound came from my office. It proved to be “I'm too polite to speak, so I'll beep: you have an SMS”. And what an SMS!


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OK, the rainfall was low, but surely she wasn't that off in her previous message, which had been after the math. It sounded much more likely that she had sold it elsewhere. Called up and left a message, and got a furious call back: “How dare you complain? You don't have a contract”. Well, in fact, I'm sure that her SMS would stand up in court.

Of course, what's the truth? It's been a bad year. If she had told us a month ago that things weren't looking good, we would have had a chance of finding an alternative. But now we're left high and dry.


Rudy Guiliani, the cyber security expert
Topic: politics, opinion Link here

Rudy Giuliani is a person who has gone down considerably in my esteem since he jumped on the Donald Trump bandwagon. And like his master, he loves to tweet. Recently he tweeted:

 
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Clearly careful typing isn't his thing; he was probably using a mobile telephone, in which case I can understand the problem. But the result here was that he created a URL g-20.in.

Enter Jason Velasquez, a web designer. He tried to follow the URL, but the domain didn't exist. OK, we can fix that.

The link above is from the Washington Post, which only allows a certain number of free views per time frame. There's an alternative (but not quite so good) article in the Guardian.

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In passing, it seems that this kind of lack of attention doesn't just affect right-wing US politicians. The article above (currently) mentions a site g2o.In, which (currently) still doesn't exist.

That would have been funny enough. Twitter doesn't have a provision for modifying tweets, so he would have had to delete it, something that apparently wasn't an option. Clearly he wasn't happy. His first response shows that he didn't understand how Jason was able to exploit the loophole:

Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message. The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed cardcarrying anti-Trumpers. Time Magazine also may fit that description. FAIRNESS PLEASE

And look at those conspiracy theories!

The most interesting thing, though, is that it seems that Giuliani has served as a cybersecurity adviser to Trump. Now doesn't that say something about the calibre of his advisers?


Saturday, 8 December 2018 Dereel Images for 8 December 2018
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Chinese food revisited
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I've gradually been accumulating various fresh raw foods that are approaching their use-by dates: some Hokkien noodles and some fresh doufu.

What can I make with them? One of the reasons I have had them so long (nearly 2 months) was precisely because I wasn't sure. I had bought the doufu for some breakfast idea, probably Korean, but never found a good enough recipe. And while looking, found the noodles, for which similar concerns apply.

The doufu was relatively simple: I found another pack of preparation for Mapo doufu:

 
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But the devil is in the fine print. Well, not even that fine: “HOT”. And what's that other language? Japanese! And indeed it was made in Japan. But the HOT spells death for Yvonne, who hates even the sight of a chili.

A good thing I had the noodles. Again, what recipe? I found one in Wendy Hutton's “Singapore food”, but I didn't like it very much: it claims to be particularly heavy, but I don't see anything to bear it out.

In any case, I made the dishes, both with surprises: the doufu was barely hot at all—I suspect that Yvonne could have eaten it—and the noodle recipe omitted half the ingredients (prepare prawns and pork, but don't incorporate them into the dish; prepare garlic and explicitly discard it). I'll have to think about whether I keep the recipe, but here are the ingredients:

quantity       ingredient       step
500 g       Fresh Hokkien noodles       1
      hot water       1
15 g       Garlic, sliced and fried       2
      oil and lard for frying       2
250 g       Pork, cut finely       3
100 g       Tiger prawns, unshelled       4
150 g       Prawns, shelled       4
2       eggs, whipped       5
250 g       Bean sprouts       6
20 g       Salt       7
100 g       Spring onions       7
      Coriander leaves for garnish       8
  1. Prepare the noodles as instructed (in my case, 2-3 minutes in boiling water). Drain and keep warm.
  2. Slice garlic and fry in fat until lightly browned. Reserve.
  3. Fry the pork in the fat until cooked. Reserve.
  4. Warm the prawns in the microwave oven.
  5. Fry the egg in the fat, breaking into smaller pieces.
  6. Add bean sprouts and fry. I omitted this step (no bean sprouts), but I'm sure it's better with the sprouts.
  7. Add the garlic, pork, prawns and spring onions and mix well. Add noodles, salt and broth and mix again, frying until hot.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Maybe it's worth keeping. Yvonne certainly liked it, but I found it a bit boring. It wasn't until later that I found the Hokkien mee page on Wikipedia, which might have some more interesting ideas.


Sunday, 9 December 2018 Dereel Images for 9 December 2018
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Hay!
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Chris Bahlo has found hay for us, something that I thought would be almost impossible at this time of a bad year:


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Unfortunately they had to collect it themselves, and got caught in a cloudburst on the way back, so they had to dry the upper layers out before stacking:


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And they could only transport 60 bales at a time, meaning four trips. But we have hay! And it's good quality and—for the year—relatively cheap.


Overlaying maps
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Chris came for dinner tonight rather than the usual Saturday: Königsberger Klopse. Talking about maps after dinner, and generally lamenting how difficult it has become to use Google Maps. Somehow got on to this 1889 map of Dereel, which we investigated in great detail:


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I downloaded it three years ago, and to the best of my knowledge it's the only high resolution copy (5120x3598) of the map on the web, as discussed at the time. Chris thought it would be a good idea to overlay it with a modern map. But how? If I had a similarly detailed modern map, I could potentially overlay it using Hugin.

But where do I find a good map? Here's a section from the 1889 map and corresponding selections from the Google Map and OpenStreetmap:

 
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Even the “satellite” (aerial image) view doesn't help much:

 
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The other issue is: how do I get a 5120x3598 resolution map from either of these sources?


Monday, 10 December 2018 Dereel Images for 10 December 2018
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Unloading hay
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Chris Bahlo had kept the second load of hay at her place overnight, and brought it around this morning for unloading. But the doorbell rang a little early. Not Chris at all, but Barry Ryan, the bloke who bought the Kleins Road house and just the man we needed to help:


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He wasn't very amused: he had really come along to ask Chris about a stallion to service his mare. He'll get that too, when the time is right.

The sight of the hay had other consequences, too: Lorraine Carranza saw it and realized that she needed some too. That's the first time we've seen her in a while: she hasn't been in the best of health.


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