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Saturday, 18 August 2018 Dereel Images for 18 August 2018
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Reactions to Trump's bullying
Topic: politics, opinion Link here

On of Donald Trump's worst actions as president of the USA was to cancel US involvement in the JCPOA. US involvement? No, everybody's involvement, at least as far as he can reach. Do business with Iran or do business with us. That's duress, and it's unlikely that China will pay much attention.

Today I read an article showing other problems that this action has caused: Iraq has many business dealings with Iran, at least partially because the US invasion forced them to do. And now they're expected to break them. What can Iraq do? He has the gun.

But it seems that they found a way anyway, to quote this article:

On Monday, Abadi walked back his earlier commitment, saying Iraq would refrain only from conducting business with Iran in U.S. dollars. He said there was no decision yet on whether Iraq would suspend imports of major goods from Iran.

That will probably work. How are the US Americans going to find out what transactions take place? One of the reasons that Daesh survived so long was because of illegal trade. That was a terrorist group, with relatively limited ways to escape observation. When the governments of two bordering countries carry out transactions, who is there to observe them?

More to the point, though, it shows what I think is going to happen anyway: more and more financial transactions will take place without US involvement. This will have the effect that the US currency will lose in importance, along with the rest of the USA. Bravo, Trump!


Roast pork again
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Three months ago we had roast pork, and Chris Bahlo and I really liked it: juicy, tasty and with nice crackling. The rest of the meat proved to be just what I needed for various South-East Asian dishes for breakfast.

But I'm running out of leftovers. OK, another roast. Last time it had been a shoulder roast. This time it was leg (ham), considered to be a better cut. Cooked as last time at 210°, 60 minutes with recirculation and 30 minutes with top heat as well: 90 minutes to get 1.5 kg to 68°.

Not a success. The skin wasn't as crisp as it should have been, and the meat was decidedly firm. Should I have cooked it to a higher temperature? Should I have heated from above for the entire time? I don't know, but if I can persuade Yvonne to do it again (won't be in the immediate future), I'll try shoulder again.


Sunday, 19 August 2018 Dereel
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Object storage migration, continued
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My migration to DigitalOcean continued today, all day long, moving my data from the 21st century. And I continued to get ECONNRESET errors about once a minute. The speeds seemed to be faster, but by evening it still wasn't done.


Power fail?
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Two transient power failures today, at 12:48 and 12:55. They were enough to annoy the UPS and cause the printer to wake up and grumble, but not enough for the ovens to forget the time. How long is that? I'd guess somewhere in the range of ½ second. The real annoyance is the worry that something worse is to come.


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