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Thursday, 19 July 2018 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 19 July 2018
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Blood test results
Topic: health Link here

Into Ballarat early this morning (the only appointment I could get) to discuss the results of last week's blood test. Nothing unexpected, but there are still a couple of anomalies that puzzle Paul: MCV remains above the 80-96 fl at 101 fl, like it has been for years. And both neutrophils and general white blood cell counts are low.

None of this is new, and I went to see a haematologist about this three years ago, without any conclusive results. But Paul wants still more blood tests, thyroid hormones and reticulocytes.


More flash pain
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

Taking the photos of my leveling bases for yesterday started with the Olympus STF-8. Not good. First I accidentally had the camera set to f/22, just too small an aperture for the poor, anaemic flash at 1 m distance:


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But even at apertures that it can satisfy, the results are useless:


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By contrast, with the mecablitz and bounce flash, the lighting worked well:


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Sometimes I wonder what use the thing is. If only there were a sane ring flash for the system. But the mecablitz ring flash looks like it has a number of disadvantages as well.


Where's my ball head?
Topic: general, photography, opinion Link here

A bit more investigation about what happened to the ball head that I bought nearly two weeks ago. Now I have a tracking number, indicating that Auspost has received the shipping details earlier this week. And no more! Let's see what happens tomorrow.


Dinner with Pam and Chris
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We drew our weekly dinner forward from Saturday for Pam Hay's sake:


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Pam brought a cake with her, either Napoléon or Neapolitan—she wasn't sure which:


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After dinner, we looked at some of the myriad photos that Yvonne took today. A number of them were shaky or out of focus, so I tried myself. Not good:


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Clearly the image stabilization on the E-PM2 can't match the E-M1 Mark II.


Friday, 20 July 2018 Dereel Images for 20 July 2018
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Topic: general, animals, gardening, opinion Link here

Pam Hay left this morning and headed north. But first she wanted to see Lucy, the 28-year-old Paso peruano mare that Lorraine Carranza now has. Pam has known Lucy since she was a foal, and she has a colt who is a grandson of hers. So over to say hello:


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I never cease to admire Lorraine's garden. It's always so tidy, and there are some interesting flowers there, like these proteas:


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Taucheo fish
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Yvonne and I have our differences about eating fish. She loves eating fish of any kind, while I find so much of it really boring: fish and chips, for example.

Today, being Friday, Yvonne wanted to eat fish again. What kind? After some discussion we agreed on what I call Tenggiri, but which has other names in English-speaking areas, including Wahoo and Spanish mackerel. It's a nice fish, but how do you cook it? I had this recollection from my youth of fish in a vaguely soya-like sauce with strips of onions. Took a look in “Singapore Food”, by Wendy Hutton, and to my surprise found exactly what I was looking for, titled “Fish in taucheo sauce”.

What's taucheo? A kind of soya bean preparation. What's in the fridge? Taucu, clearly the same thing. Or is it? Wikipedia has a separate page about it. I suspect that this is a regional misunderstanding, probably helped by the langauges, though the Taucheo page refers to it as 黄豆酱and the Tauchu page refers to it as 豆醬. OK, tried it out, and how about that, exactly what I was looking for. I've seldom been so lucky. Here's my recipe.


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