The tomato at bottom left is almost charred, while the one at top left is barely cooked.
This was done on my induction cooker with a cheap, thin frying pan, which thus conducts heat
to the food faster than across the base. It's almost impossible to know how the tomatoes
are cooking until you turn them over.
Does this mean that the thin pans are no good? No, not necessarily. The thinness also
means that they heat up much more quickly. From cold, they're too hot too touch literally
in a matter of seconds. And the unevenness doesn't make any difference for boiling (think
cooking pasta), and it's acceptable for frying when there's a fair amount of food in the
pan. But in this case I'm going to have to stick to thicker pans, and hopefully find a more
evenly heating cooker.
Once again I was done far faster than Yvonne, and over to
complete her visit with her.
This marks a year since we started the visits. The dogs are really not enjoying it overly. From the
beginning we wondered whether Borzois had
the right temperament to do this kind of work, and gradually we're coming to the conclusion
that they don't. We should plan some kind of exit.
Today I became aware of a new way to fake URLs:
use Unicode. For example, https://www.xn--80ak6aa92e.com leads to a site whose URL displays as
https://www.аррӏе.com/. It takes a lot of looking to realize that the а is Cyrillic
а (0x430), not Latin a (0x61). The worrying thing is that it's really
difficult to protect yourself against this stuff. The description at the link describes
some of the issues.
The Dereel Camera Crew had planned a trip
to the Enfield Wetlands today
to take photos. I've been through Enfield hundreds of times, but I wasn't aware of any
wetlands, and neither is Google. All I knew was that I should bring both telephoto and
macro lenses, suggesting birds and insects or flowers.
Down to the Dereel Hall at 14:00 to find
it closed, and nobody at all outside. Talked to some blokes at the Men's Shed, and then a car arrived: Lorraine
Carranza, trying to get rid of some of her copious harvest of chestnuts.
Off to Enfield on the off chance that I might find somebody or something to photograph.
Neither worked. The State
Park is full of Epacris
impressa at this time of year:
But that's all. Drove down numerous unmade roads and found nothing that we don't have just
round the corner from our house. Back to find that they had implicitly cancelled the
meeting. Somehow people seem to be losing interest.
The failure of my helicopter photos on Tuesday had me wondering, and I set off doing some comparisons. How about that:
the combination of Zuiko Digital
ED 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 and EC-20 2×
teleconverter does not focus at all with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II! I tried
it with other cameras (E-M1 and E-PM1), where it
focussed with its usual glacial speed, but with the E-M1 Mark II it didn't even try. It's
only this combination: the Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm
f/2.0 works fine, though it's not clear what use a 70-200 mm f/4 weighing nearly 2 kg
Yet another reason to replace it. And the clear replacement is a lens that they call the
LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S., in other words a
Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3. Strangely, the cheapest price I could find
anywhere in the world was in Sydney with
eGlobaL. They're asking
$1,628, compared to a list price of $2,200. And in
the USA the list price is $1,800, or a little
over $2,380 at current exchange rates. Once Australia was expensive, but now it seems to be
one of the cheapest places to buy equipment.
About the only issue is that I had to find an address where they would send it without
ridiculous surcharges, effectively
meaning Ballarat. So once again Chris
Bahlo (who conveniently came for dinner) gets involved, now that she's working at the
prestigious Centre for eResearch and Digital
In the last few months we've seen a surprising number
of millipedes, more than for years.
They're an exotic species, and they have no natural enemies
in Australia. Even the cats may play
with them, but they're clearly not edible.
We were talking about them in the evening—Chris Bahlo hates the crunchy noise they make when
you tread on them—but when she left, they were waiting for her:
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