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Monday, 26 February 2024 Dereel Images for 26 February 2024
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Bruno vomits
Topic: animals Link here

While working in the kitchen this morning, heard the tell-tale sound of a cat vomiting. The result:


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We've seen that before, but I can't recall anything that clear. And it didn't seem to worry Bruno at all.


Another approach to the weeds
Topic: gardening Link here

Despite weeks of weeding, the weeds in the garden are healthier than ever. Today Yvonne took to them with a glyphosate spray. It'll be interesting to see how many survive that.


More Israel-Palestine insights
Topic: history, opinion Link here

I'm continuing my Coursera videos of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Finally I have confirmation of the origin: they're by Asher Susser of the Tel Aviv University, and thus, as I had assumed, from the “other side”. And though there are still no contradictions, once again the emphasis seems different. Palestine was a British mandate, but after the war the British had better things to do, and there are many Jews in the USA. So the USA took over the lead in promoting the Jewish state, something that they have maintained until today.


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Another attempt at Hokkien Mee
Topic: food and drink Link here

My last attempt at Hokkien Mee was less than perfect: I had used a prawn paste that was more like belacan than fresh prawns:


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But I have another kind:


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How does that stack up? Tried it again, in the process discovering that my recipe was significantly inaccurate. The result:


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Is it good enough? I don't think so. I need to rethink things. At least I had an opportunity to update the recipe.


Emergency? Catastrophic!
Topic: general, technology, opinion Link here

Today and (especially) tomorrow are slated to be some of the most dangerous fire days in the year. How do the emergency services help? No better than they have done for the past 15 years. Fortunately the Ballarat Courier sends email notifications, so I get the information that I should have got from VicEmergency.

But I still monitor what VicEmergency has to say, which at least has amusement value. And today, for the first time ever, I received a notification saying something like “Catastrophe”. That's worth looking at, so I selected it and was taken to the app.

Ha, ha, only joking. No catastrophe. No way to find out what it had tried to tell me in the notification. Maybe a bushfire at the Smythes... pony club? Or maybe not:


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Dangerous (dead) animals only 450 km away?


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One thing I did find was how to colour my display:


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After setting that and finding a suitable date (tomorrow), I was able to show my map in tasteful orange:


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I suppose that's almost acceptable if people have been through training to understand the app. As a primary method of communication with Joe Blow it's completely unacceptable.


Mobile phone image quality
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

I've been playing around with a script to make downloading image files from mobile phones less painful. It almost works. And to test it, I took a forgettable photo in my office:


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Well, almost forgettable Look at that noise!


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And to my surprise, the background showed a bokeh that I thought was impossible to achieve with a mobile phone:


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“Everything serves a purpose, even if it's just as a bad example”.


Gmail: now I accept you, now I don't
Topic: technology, photography, opinion Link here

Sent a reply to the Google Hugin user group today. It was both accepted and rejected by Google:


<grahammjantz@gmail.com>: host gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com[142.251.2.26] said:
    550-5.7.26 This mail has been blocked because the sender is
    unauthenticated. 550-5.7.26 Gmail requires all senders to authenticate with
    either SPF or DKIM. 550-5.7.26  550-5.7.26  Authentication results:
    550-5.7.26  DKIM = did not pass 550-5.7.26  SPF [hydra.lemis.com] with ip:
    [45.32.70.18] = did not pass 550-5.7.26  550-5.7.26  For instructions on
    setting up authentication, go to 550 5.7.26
    https://support.google.com/mail/answer/81126#authentication
    bw11-20020a056a00408b00b006e5306d0ff1si2541353pfb.248 - gsmtp (in reply to
    end of DATA command)

Your message was successfully delivered to the destination(s)
listed below. If the message was delivered to mailbox you will
receive no further notifications. Otherwise you may still receive
notifications of mail delivery errors from other systems.
The mail system
<hugin-ptx@googlegroups.com>: delivery via
    gmr-smtp-in.l.google.com[142.251.2.14]:25: 250 2.0.0 OK  1709004304
    ed8-20020ad44ea8000000b0068ee65b011fsi396992qvb.4 - gsmtp

And yes, the second message ended up in the archive. So what is Google thinking? It was the same MTA in each case.


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