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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 Dereel Images for 22 March 2017
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The rest of the rain
Topic: general Link here

More rain overnight. Between midnight yesterday and 9:00 this morning we had a total of 39.8 mm of rain.


Rani catches a mouse
Topic: animals Link here

Noise from somewhere in the hallway this morning: Rani meowing. Had she got herself locked in somewhere? No, she had found a mouse:


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And as so often, she let it go, and it hid under the sideboard. I pulled it out so that they (Piccola had also joined in the fun) could get behind. After a while, there was no more noise. I don't know whether the mouse escaped or not.


Flash contact covers
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

I've already grumbled about losing the flash contact cover for my new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, and to add to the situation, on Saturday Chris Bahlo broke one of the side clips on the flash shoe cover for the E-PM1:

 
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But then today the same thing happened to me with the shoe on the E-M1 Mark II. And before I could take a photo, the other one broke off too:

 
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Why? I'm not exactly rough with my equipment. But it also begs the question as to the usefulness of these delicate features. The cover fits just as well without them. And I can get a replacement for $1, like I did for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark I, and it has the advantage of being made in one piece:

 
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On the other hand, the cover shouldn't just cover from the top, but horizontally as well. Front and sides are covered by the shoe itself, but the back is a different matter:

 
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Clearly the one in the left does a better job. Is that a reason to buy the original Olympus cover after all? No, the one on the left is the el-cheapo cover. Time to buy a supply of them.


Visiting the West Country
Topic: general, opinion Link here

Callum Gibson and part family are off to the United Kingdom next month—not exactly the time of year I would choose—and will be spending about a week in the West Country. I spent the best part of the time between September 1961 and December 1972 there, including the entire span of my first diary series (1 January 1963 to 1 October 1970). So what can I recommend?

Strangely, not very much. I spent a lot of time on Dartmoor, and I enjoyed places like Clovelly and Cheesewring. And for those who are interested, Exeter Cathedral is well worth visiting. But if I were to go back, it would be to try to revisit my life in the 1960s, nothing (my life) that would interest anybody else.


New backup disk
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Yvonne back from shopping with a new photo backup disk. The 4 TB disk, one of two that I bought a little over 3 years ago, is already nearly full. So once again we bought an 8 TB disk. Last June we bought the first one, for $348. Now the same model is old, and they're selling it at Officeworks for $329.

How do I format it? That (amongst other things) is what this diary is for. And since I've been there before, started of tarring and extracting the entire /Photos file system to it. Last time it took 3½ days, but since then there's more data. Nothing to do in a hurry.


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YABPF
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“YABPF” is the abbreviation I used when checking in my power failure page: “Yet Another Bloody Power Failure”. Today was the latest, at 0:34. Again we only noticed it because the kitchen appliances had reset.


Yet Another Bloody Hot Water Failure
Topic: Stones Road house Link here

The power failure wasn't the only problem we had this morning: the water wasn't hot enough. Went out to the hot water system and confirmed that yes, indeed, the internal circuit breaker had tripped, exactly the same problem that I had almost exactly a year ago. Is the date significant? Only, I think, because it's when sunshine isn't enough to keep the water hot. In each case it could have failed almost any time during the summer, and I'm left wondering whether overvoltage may not have played a role.


Finding online German videos
Topic: multimedia, opinion Link here

Where do you find videos online? YouTube, of course. And many other places of less obvious legality. Either way, things are more complicated if the language isn't English. We've been watching a series, „Der Bergdoktor“, which is interesting mainly for the photography and the location. In the last couple of months a new series has been aired. How do I get hold of it? The possibilities are:

If any of these sites are illegal, it's interesting to note the supposedly reputable companies that advertise there, including Coles and Woolworths.

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Goodbye, good old days
Topic: history, opinion Link here

Today I finished the task I started in January last year: complete entering my diary from 1 April 1966 until the end of the entries on 1 October 1970 (in fact, only until 29 September 1970, since I had done the final two days earlier).

It's been an interesting time. It started with my first independent journey through England and Scotland at the age of 17 (hitch-hiking, no less) and ended just after my 22nd birthday and just before the beginning of my second year at the University of Exeter. I had always looked on it as a mainly happy time, but looking back it doesn't seem nearly as happy at time as I remember. It was certainly fun, but I most certainly wouldn't want to go back there, and I'm glad the entries are over.


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