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Monday, 1 July 2019 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 1 July 2019
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Into Ballarat again
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Into Ballarat today for a number of things. First to Bakery Hill to pick up some wine glasses that I had been offered on Freecycle. The place turned out to be only 130 m from the Dorevitch pathology centre where I have my blood tests done, but I had never noticed it before, nor the Coles supermarket set back from the road. The place is a legal aid centre, and it looks it, with large locked doors with 15 cm thick glass. I wonder what kind of clientele they get.

While in town, also had my hair cut.


New lens
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

My M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 7-14 mm f/2.8 PRO lens, serial number AC8A22385, arrived today, one of the reasons I went to town. Since I was in town, thought of what I could take photos of. Nothing reached out and grabbed me, but then I thought of Sovereign Hill. Now that I can get in for free, there's no reason not to go for 15 minutes or so, so off there on the way home.

7 mm (14 mm “full frame equivalent”) is really very wide for a rectilinear lens. Not overly surprisingly, my photos were more unusual than good:


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But I did get one relatively impressive photo, which after straightening cropped to this:

 
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Of course, a lot is in the cropping:

 
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I suppose that's one of the unavoidable issues with extreme wide angle rectilinear lenses, though I suspect that the subject helped.

And maybe this one isn't so bad either:

 
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Back home, the obligatory three-way comparison with my Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO:

 
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That's the fisheye lens converted to rectilinear, then the fisheye without remapping, and finally the new lens. The fisheye image is much wider, even after conversion to rectilinear coordinates. And surprisingly, there's little in the sharpness between the two, though I was impressed by the sharpness of the new lens. That's not something I usually pay much attention to, but this time it stood out:

 
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Woolworths renovation
Topic: food and drink, general, opinion Link here

Yvonne told me a while back that the Woolworths supermarket in Sebastopol has been renovated. She liked the result, and that I should take a look myself. I was looking for chilies, so in.

Not impressed. It doesn't help that the chilies I found were packaged in their own weight of completely unnecessary plastic, nor that they cost $150 a kilo! But the way they have laid out things means that you have to be about 80 cm tall to easily read the price labels. The trays are angled downwards to the front, and nobody has thought of where to put the labels, so they point downwards too. From my perspective, they're completely invisible:

 
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From the front it's not much better:

 
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You need to go to waist level to see them properly:

 
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Who thinks of these things? Supermarkets and labelling aren't exactly something new.


Video copy: done!
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

The video backup copy that I started completed today at 13:58:12, not quite 48 hours after starting. 5.4 TB, about 31 MB/s. Not spectacular, but of course it's a SMR disk, so it kept taking breaks to rearrange the mess it has collected.


More wine
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Rather to my surprise, a courier delivered the wine that I bought on 20 June today, significantly violating the delivery guarantee of 25 June. “Keenans Bridge”. Tried a bottle in the evening. Not bad; and that's for only $75 per dozen, including delivery and (apparently) storage.


Tuesday, 2 July 2019 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 2 July 2019
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To the cardiologist
Topic: health, opinion Link here

Off with Yvonne to St John of God to talk with Rodney Reddy, a cardiologist: Yvonne has been having various pains that could point to heart issues. The result was good news and bad news. The bad news: yes, some valve insufficiency, but not (yet) very serious. Symptoms would be shortness of breath after exertion (which she doesn't have), but not any chest pains. And that was the good news: whatever the chest pains were, it wasn't the heart, though she has to go through further tests, including an X-ray today and a six hour perfusion test next week. As Yvonne said: this modern medicine is really a pain. In the Good Old Days you developed heart problems, you died, and you were done with it.


End of rein?
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While waiting at St John of God, “Pomegranate”, their in-house magazine, caught my eye. Why “Pomegranate”? I didn't find out. But they were talking about Virtual Reality for operations.

Virtual Reality? I have always associated that with the unreal. To quote Wikipedia:

Virtual reality (VR) is an experience taking place within simulated and immersive environments that can be similar to or completely different from the real world.

They were talking about it as visual assistance for surgeons. They claim that what they were doing was a first, but I think the “first” was really the use of the term in this connection.

But while leafing through the magazine, found this, which hit me in the face:

 
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“Hands over reigns”? Clearly his reign was at an end, but was he also at the end of his tether? I wonder if anybody noticed the spelling error.


Mouldy sourdough
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Started a loaf of bread today. More sourdough problems, mould in the corners:

 
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Time to look for a sourer, more vigorous starter?


Dark crystal
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The wine glasses that I picked up yesterday were brand new, possibly a gift to a since-deceased parent, and quite pretty. These were advertised as being 12 cl, which roughly matches the crystal glasses that we already have that hold 100 ml of wine:

 
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But when I poured a normal glassful of wine, I only got 70 ml. OK, they'll do as sherry glasses, but why does the maker claim 12 cl? Volume full to the brim? No: on checking, I managed to get 106 g of water into one of them. I might have got a few drops more before it overflowed, but never 120 g:

 
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And is that the way you measure wine glasses? It's certainly not the way you measure beer glasses, which are measured (and marked, if they're not too polite) by the volume that they hold when filled normally:

 
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The mark about the number („Eichstrich“ or “Oak stroke”) is the point to which the glass is to be filled, leaving plenty of space for the head. Wine doesn't have a head, of course, but the glasses aren't intended to be filled to the brim.


Another power failure
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