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Saturday, 20 July 2019 Dereel Images for 20 July 2019
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Moon landing: jumping the gun
Topic: history, general, opinion Link here

On radio news today I heard that various people round Australia were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon.

Why today? The anniversary is tomorrow, as I knew at the time. Checking brought me to this Apollo 11 timeline, which confirmed: landing at 20:17:39 GMT on 20 July 1969. That was 4:17:39 in Kuching (where I was at the time) and 6:17:39 here in Eastern Australia. Interestingly, the time I found (and didn't refer to) when I entered the diary (1 November 2016) was 4:17:40. I'm more inclined to believe nasa.gov.


Cold!
Topic: health, opinion Link here

Yvonne still not feeling at all well today. The main cause seems to have been a cold that she picked up earlier in the week, and which has (hopefully) now fully developed, but clearly yesterday's skin treatment didn't help. She stayed in bed all day and ate nothing, and the dogs and cat kept her company:


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What terrible things colds must be!


New dog walk route
Topic: general, animals, gardening, opinion Link here

Walking the dogs by myself, of course, and decided to go up Spearys Road, past where Lorraine Carranza lives. We've been there before, but at a time when we didn't walk such distances regularly. Noted with amazement that the neighbour across the road from Lorraine has installed 16 solar panels (presumably for electricity) facing south-east, on the shed to the north-east of the driveway:

 
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Those light strips are not the panels, which must have been installed later, but that's where they're located. Now why did they put them there? They can only get any sunlight before about 10:00 in the morning, and the north-west roof of the house would have been far more suited.

Didn't get very far beyond there: it's very muddy.

 
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But I found an interesting plant that I can't identify:

 
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Towards analemma
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

I'm still thinking about photos of an Analemma, like this one that I considered last week:

The first thing, which I didn't manage last week, is getting a good image of the sun. Clearly it needs much less exposure than the surroundings, but we can do that: just merge two images taken at different exposures.

But photos into the sun are ideal for flare and diffraction artefacts:

 
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Which lens should I use? And at what aperture? I have four to choose from: the Zuiko Digital ED 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6, the Zuiko Digital ED 8 mm f/3.5 fisheye lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14 mm f/2.8 PRO and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO. If I continue with my plan to buy a DSLR to avoid sensor damage, I'll be limited to the first two. Tried them all out on the E-PM1, again with less than stellar results. The photo above was taken with the 7-14 mm, and these with the 9-10, 8 mm FT fisheye and 8 mm μFT fisheye PRO:

 
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Ultimately there's small choice in rotten apples. Whichever I choose, I'll have to tidy up the image to make it into a circle again.


Useless historical TV series
Topic: multimedia, opinion Link here

Yvonne stayed in bed this evening, so I tried to watch some of the historical TV series that she doesn't like. After a couple of attempts, I think that I agree with her. The Tudors has so little to do with history that I had difficulty finding a relationship; the second episode appears to refer to the Field of the Cloth of Gold, but it's so vague that I can't be sure. What it does resemble is all these other horribly violent shows that come from the USA, though it seems that other countries are responsible for it as well.

OK, try Harlots. That's fiction, of course, but it is supposed to take place in 18th century London. Unfortunately, it's boring. And why are there so many rich black people in it? That doesn't seem the slightest bit plausible. At least there's no significant violence, at least in the half episode that I was able to stomach.

Leonardo? This one is from the United Kingdom, but it's even more violent than the US American ones. And historical relevance seems to be irrelevant to the plot.

What a pity! A well-thought-out historical series would be quite interesting. It seems that there's another Leonardo coming out this year. Will it be any better? I have little hope.


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Moon landing anniversary
Topic: history Link here

The people who jumped the gun on the anniversary of the moon landing yesterday were either in the minority, or they joined the people who celebrated it today. One particularly interesting page was “Apollo 11 in Real Time”, which showed the landing as it happened, even with a (now useless) synchronization 50 years to the second after it happened.


We don't need no steenking computers
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

I've been thinking of uploading some panoramas of places round here but outside the Street View range to Google Maps. I've seen plenty of them, but how do you upload? The map pages are too polite to assume that I don't know, but with a bit of googling I found this thread. Simple: you can't. You need a mobile phone to do it!

O tempora! O mores! There are two basic but very serious issues:

  1. The only way to do it is with the wrong tool. A mobile phone is, well, a mobile phone: it's for when you're moving around, and it's for making phone calls. Sure, you can do other things with it if you can put up with the smart (pain), but that's really only a substitute for the real thing.
  2. The software that runs on the phones is so incompatible with real computers that it's a serious issue just to provide the same functionality on both platforms. That's a declaration of technical bankruptcy.

I really don't know what to say.


Android and computers: bridging the gap
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

While looking for something else, came across scrcpy, a program that can display Android screens on a real computer, and access them with keyboard and mouse, something that I've been looking for for a long time. It's even in the FreeBSD ports collection. So installed it, started it, and got “an error message”:

=== grog@teevee (/dev/pts/5) ~ 1 -> scrcpy
adb: error: failed to get feature set: no devices/emulators found
ERROR: "adb push" returned with value 1

That's not what the instructions said. It looks like I'm going to have to go beyond RTFM to UTSL. But it also looks as if it might be worth it.


Yvonne still sick
Topic: health, general, opinion Link here

Yvonne's cold has really disabled her, and she spent today in bed as well. That's been nearly a week, and she's only just getting over the worst of it.


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