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Saturday, 19 May 2018 Dereel Images for 19 May 2018
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A day in the kitchen
Topic: food and drink Link here

Somehow I seem to have spent the entire day in the kitchen today, tidying up and cooking. I had planned to make both ayam lemak and chicken curry, but somehow I didn't find time, and I ended up making only ayam lemak from all of the chicken. Why is it so tiring?


Bravo Erdoğan!
Topic: politics, opinion Link here

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not my favourite politician. It takes the likes of Rodrigo Duterte, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Donald Trump to keep him from the bottom of my list. But today he did something that was long overdue: compare the State of Israel to the Nazi régime. To quote Haaretz:

"There is no difference at all between the persecution inflicted on the Jews in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality faced by our brothers in Gaza", Erdogan [sic] said.

"The children of people who were tortured in concentration camps in every way during World War II unfortunately today resort to methods against innocent Palestinians that are in no way inferior to those of the Nazis."

Yes, that's significantly overstating the case. But in each case they killed innocent people in flagrant violation of human rights. What Israel needs to do now is to prove that they're not like the Nazis. And to do that, they need to step back from the tactics they've been using in recent decades. But what do we get? From The Times of Israel :

Erdogan, who supports the Hamas terror group that rules Gaza, ...

It's a matter of opinion whether Hamas is a terrorist group or not. They are the legitimate government of the Gaza Strip. They also have a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which comes closer to the definition of terrorists. But who has heard of them? No, it's Hamas that's normally mentioned. And I haven't been able to find anything that shows specific support by Erdoǧan for Hamas.

In passing, it's shameful that the government of Australia has joined the USA in opposing an investigation into the human rights abuses. But of course they're probably worried about the possibility of an investigation of human rights in their tropical gulags.


Sunday, 20 May 2018 Dereel
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Still more housework
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Somehow the housework isn't letting up. Another 3 dish washer loads (5 since yesterday morning) are probably one way to measure the amount of work that I did, and there was enough left over in the evening for a sixth load. Thank God it's not always like this.


The 18 minute umount
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Time for another photo backup today, as usual with Yvonne waiting impatiently for it to finish. And it took its time: instead of the usual 15 minutes it took 25. And then I had the same thing I saw last weekend: it hung after the final df:

That's exactly what happened on Tuesday. On that occasion I had suspected that it was something to do with umount flushing buffers, but I didn't see any activity. Today I took another look. Yes, umount was running. The disk was no longer mounted, but there was I/O activity, quite a bit in fact: round 150 32 kB transfers per second, 4.8 MB/s, probably enough to saturate the slow external disk. OK, that makes sense—up to a point. After 3 minutes I was puzzled, but given that I had a panic last time, I let it run.

18 minutes! That's over 5 GB of I/O! Why? In each case, I had deleted about 150 GB of temporary files, and the rsync process had to remove them on the backup. But that's a lot of metadata.

Tuesday's panic was related to soft updates. Why? Why should the backup disk run with soft updates? But it was:

/dev/da2p1 on /photobackup (ufs, local, noatime, soft-updates, writes: sync 6 async 0, reads: sync 1 async 0)

Time to reconsider.


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