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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 18 June 2019
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Physiotherapy again
Topic: health Link here

Into Ballarat today for yet another physiotherapy session. Things are looking better, and just as well: it seems that my medical insurance thinks that it's time to stop paying for my treatment, and today I had to pay a whopping $5.60 instead of the usual $2.60.


New light fittings
Topic: Stones Road house, general, opinion Link here

It's been four weeks since Mike Simpson installed the cooktops. The next step is finishing off the electrical installation, and true to form, I've been dragging my heels.

One more consideration: how much light do we need in the kitchen? And from where? We bought a light for the other side of the kitchen island (the continuation of the hallway) months ago:


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But now I'm wondering whether I shouldn't put two in. Somehow lighting is particularly dingy since the advent of LED lighting. So I picked up another one at Bunnings, also looking for strip lighting for below the overhead cabinets to the left and right of the range hood:

 
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But I couldn't find anything even remotely suitable. This one looked best, but the more I look at it, the less I like it:

 
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Why is this all so difficult?


Compound nouns revisited
Topic: language, opinion Link here

Mail from Harald Arnesen today, referring to yesterday's article on German spelling. It seems that Norwegian is going the same way as German in this matter, and there's even a web site devoted to this matter. Unfortunately I discover that my understanding of Norwegian is even worse than I thought, and I can't make much sense of it. But it seems that meanings change as a result of tearing nouns apart: “Ananasringer” is a fairly clear word meaning, well, „Ananasringe“ in German: rings of pineapple fruit. But “Ananas ringer” translates into English as, well, “pineapple rings” (on the phone). Somehow these problems don't translate well. As usual, Google Translate makes a real cat's breakfast of it:

In the past year, a completely new way of mistreating the Norwegian language has become more and more common, namely, hyphenation , or special writing as it is actually called. Words such as dining room turn into eating living room , lamb's leg becomes lame thighs and cough juice turns into cough juice . We at the AMO believe such language vandalism should be fought with all legal means, since special writing can make a text difficult to read, can lead to misunderstandings and is a step closer to an even stronger assimilation of our language.

Of course, there are other ways to change meanings. German hyphenation rules are very different from those in English, and a long time ago I learnt an important consequence: „Urinstinkt“ (basic instinct) hyphenates as „Urin-stinkt“ (“urine stinks”). Other that I have come across are „Schweinelende“ → „Schwein-elende“ (“pork loin” → “miserable swine”), and recently „Klößen“ (dative plural of „Klöße“, dumplings), written alternatively (only if you don't have the right letters to hand) as “Kloessen”. That can hyphenate to „Klo-essen“, “toilet food”. Admittedly that's incorrect hyphenation, but I've seen it, apparently unintentional.


Wednesday, 19 June 2019 Dereel Images for 19 June 2019
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Winter: time for Hibiscus
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

We're coming up to the middle of winter, and it is gradually getting cooler, but it's still quite sunny. And today the “Uncle Max” Hibiscus rosa-sinensis in the garden came into flower:

 
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It's not much to look at as the flowers go—the clone in the lounge room looks much better:

 
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But still it's good to see it doing this well at this time of year.


Image stabilization limits
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

While taking photos of the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, ran into low light conditions. What to do? Trust the image stabilization (camera and lens together), or set the sensor to higher sensitivity? Why not both?

 
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The first was at 1/8 s and 200/24° ISO, while the second was at 1/125 s and 3200/36° ISO. Not much to choose from, right?

Well, wrong. Looking in more detail, they look like:

 
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That's actually rather disappointing for the image stabilizer. My old rule of thumb from the 35 mm days was “minimum shutter speed 1/f, where f is the focal length. This photo was taken at 100 mm focal length, so that would imply a minimum speed without stabilization of 1/200 s. Modify by 5½ stops of stabilization and you get ¼ or ⅕ s, slower than this shutter speed. And it wasn't the only attempt at that speed.


eBay guaranteed delivery
Topic: food and drink, technology, opinion Link here

Bought some more wine online today, and got the usual confirmation. Well, relatively usual:

Guaranteed delivery:
Tue, 25 Jun

Your order has been processed. Please expect it in 7-10 working days if you live within metropolitan areas or at least 14 working days if you live in Australian regional centres and outside metropolitan capital cities.

It'll be interesting to see what happens, and what recourse I have if the guarantee has to come into operation.


Finding Enfield State Forest
Topic: general, animals, opinion Link here

Walked the dogs to the very northern end of Stones Road today, about 1 km away. It peters out into two gates:

 
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I had taken note of the one on the right before:

 
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What's the quotation?

65:10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place
      for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.

Nothing that rings a bell, though the relationship is clear.

More to the point, though, the fire track on the other side of the other (open) gate seems to be new. Where does it lead?


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It's barely recognizable on that photo that there's a house or similar at the far left:

 
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And that's not on Stones Road: it's on Peppermint Track, which I only know from my visits to Misery Creek Road. I wonder if I can get through there, and if I'm allowed to.


Air-fried chicken skewers revisited
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

I've tried “air-fried” chicken skewers a number of times, most recently six weeks ago. On that occasion I decided to do them for 20 minutes at 230° “next time”.

That's definitely too much:

 
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Maybe 15 minutes next time, still at 230°?


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