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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 Dereel
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Nikolai on the mend
Topic: animals Link here

Nikolai had a rough night of it, and this morning he still wasn't looking much better. But he gradually picked up in the course of the day and ate his food. He's still licking the wound on his shoulder, and it looks like it'll be several days before he's back to normal, but at least we don't need to cart him off to Pene for the moment.


Luminar revisited
Topic: photography, technology, opinion Link here

About 18 months ago, it seems, I installed Luminar on dischord, my Microsoft box. It clearly didn't leave much of an impression: I didn't even mention it here. There's a lot of photo software out there, but the lack of mention at least meant that I didn't find it really terrible.

But then Chris Baker, on the M43 Tech Talk on Facebook, came up with the idea that it was a good alternative to DxO PhotoLab. While that's unlikely, it occurred to me that it might be worth looking at again.

Starting Luminar told me that there was a new version available. OK, install that and see what happens. About the most surprising thing was that it didn't ask for a license key. Do I have one? I would have expected to have taken an evaluation copy.

Next, how to use it? They have a whole series of tutorials, mainly for Apple, it seems. Took a look at the overview, and then at the program. I couldn't see much similarity! And I certainly couldn't find any way to do things. They must have changed the user interface between making the video and bringing out the version I tried (1.0.0.6, as the Microsoft Control Panel tells me; I couldn't even find a way to ask for help on the Luminar screen).

Should I bother? Once upon a time it was normal for programs to require a lot of reading before you could use them at all. But once upon a time it was also normal to get an overview of the features. What I get now from https://skylum.com/ is:

The new Luminar harnesses the power of Artificial Intelligence and brings you the best user experience to create meaningful, incredible images faster than ever.

OK, if they're incredible, I won't believe it. Why should I bother? Follow the invisible link above the hype and I end up at https://skylum.com/luminar. More hype:

Conveniently browse, rate, group your photos and much more…
With Luminar Libraries your photos will be the center of attention. A beautiful Interface offers a sleek canvas to enjoy all your images without extra distractions.

Dammit, what can it do? Can it even process raw images? I don't want to browse, rate or group my photos. I have much easier to use ways for that. And I don't care about attention; I have the web for that. Can it process photos? So far they haven't said anything about that.

I suppose I'll look a little more deeply, but so far there's nothing that makes it look attractive.


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Rain!
Topic: general, opinion Link here

It doesn't rain much in the summer, but there are exceptions. Today we had nearly 20 mm of rain, much of it in a couple of hours between 9:30 and 11:30. And the result was clear in the flooding in front of the house:


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And of course the water tanks were overflowing:

 
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To Pene after all
Topic: animals Link here

Yvonne was worried about Nikolai's wounds, and applied ointment and wanted to bandage it up. I wasn't at all happy about that—what if it's poisonous? And isn't it a good idea to let him lick the wound? No, it seems that Pene Kirk didn't think so.

OK, contact Pene again and see what she thought of it. Take him over and show him to her Yvonne had thought that we would have trouble getting him into the car, but as soon as he heard the tailgate open, he came running and was in the car as if nothing had happened to him. Pene thought that he should have been stitched at the time, but now it's too late. Antibiotics and a T-shirt:

 
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Certainly he's looking perkier.


Understanding online content
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

I hate Facebook! Somehow I can never find things on it. I receive emails for events that I haven't been able to completely understand, but I really need to follow the link from the email to find what it refers to it. Why is it so obscure?

Today we had a case in point: Yvonne had sent Pene Kirk a “Personal Message” about Nikolai, and attached a link to the photos. But Pene hadn't understood the link, and thus didn't see the photos. Nothing serious on this occasion, but this is the kind of issue that could have serious implications.


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