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Monday, 17 December 2018 Dereel Images for 17 December 2018
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Nikolai healing
Topic: animals Link here

We really should have taken Nikolai to Pene Kirk when he was injured by the kangaroo last week, but it's too late now. By the looks of it, it'll be quite a while before it's healed:


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Move to IPv6?
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

We've been talking about IPNG IPv6 for decades now, and a while back I decided that I had no specific advantage from it, but the larger headers made it less efficient. But will the lack of advantages persist? If not, it's interesting to note that Aussie Broadband now supports it, according to this thread.


In memoriam: Sue Blake
Topic: general Link here

It's been 8 years today since Sue Blake died, an occurrence that I didn't mention in my diary at the time. But it brings back to many of us how long we have been in this particular rut. The last hacker's barbecue, at which Sue was present, was on 17 April 2010, nearly 9 years ago. Somehow things aren't happening as fast any more.


Tuesday, 18 December 2018 Dereel → Sebastopol → Dereel Images for 18 December 2018
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Last minute Christmas shopping
Topic: general, food and drink, opinion Link here

Nele Kömle and mother Magda Delva along today for a visit. I had promised something like a Christmas dinner, though it was a lunch. First into town to buy a Turducken that ALDI had on special starting today, and also a baguette.

The baguette was fun. First I had to find a parking place, but all I could find was a three-quarter place:

 
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That's my car on the right. I took the photo after leaving the shop, and didn't notice until I got in my car that the owner had entered via the passenger door and was in the process of climbing over the presumably obstructive middle console of her car. If she had waited, I could have let her in.

And the baguette itself: what's it called in Australian? Yvonne said “bread stick”, and when I got there I had ample opportunity to locate the things and their label: “White breadstick”. OK, when it was finally my turn, I asked for a white breadstick. Stick? Who cares about stick? I narrowly escaped the assistant not only grabbing a loaf of concertina bread, but also putting it through their slicer. In the end, I had to point him at them.

It wasn't even done then. On getting home, on the paper round the bread I found:

 
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So where are these loved sourdough baguettes? Not in Sebastopol.


Christmas early this year
Topic: general, opinion Link here

This time I had included a Christmas pudding. Flambéeing the pudding hardly seemed to be worth it. Chris confirmed that it was burning, but not by sight:

 
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Nele's always a little hard to please, and though she had never eaten it before, I couldn't even get her to try a little:

 
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If we ever do this again, I'll at least draw the curtains.

Magda was more adventurous, and to my surprised, even said that she liked it. As Christmas puddings go, it wasn't too bad, though it was a little crumbly:

 
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And as always we had our fun:

 
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I think Christmas will finish early this year. Melanie Bahlo is coming on Friday, more good food, so I think we'll count Christmas by the barbaric way of considering 25 December to be the last day of Christmas instead of the first.


ALDI: Free Christmas fireworks
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

The ALDI Christmas pudding was designed for heating in a microwave oven:


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OK, quickly stick it in the oven and start according to instructions. What's that noise? Fireworks! ALDI has thoughtfully coated the inside of the package with metal foil, which sparked to the housing:

 
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Wasn't that nice of them? A good thing it didn't damage the oven. I wonder what would have happened if I had left it in there for the full three minutes.


Turducken? Turken?
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

The roast that I bought at ALDI this morning was a fresh Turducken, a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. Here an image from Wikipedia:

But I couldn't see any sign of duck in our roast, and the pieces were far too small to be anything stuffed. The whole thing was relatively crumbly. In general, rather disappointing. I had bought another one, deep frozen, which I was going to keep for a suitable time. No, thanks. The best thing about ALDI is that I can bring it back, and that's what I'll do. But it's another indication that we shouldn't rely on ALDI for important meals.


Another IP address change
Topic: technology Link here

More network problems today. Investigation showed:

=== root@eureka (/dev/pts/3) ~ 281 -> ifconfig xl0
xl0: flags=8843 metric 0 mtu 1500
        options=82009
        ether 00:50:da:cf:07:35
        inet 167.179.139.35 netmask 0xfffffc00 broadcast 167.179.139.255
        nd6 options=29
        media: Ethernet autoselect (100baseTX )
        status: active

That's not my external IP address. Well, yes, it is:

Dec 18 10:02:38 eureka dhclient: New IP Address (xl0): 167.179.139.35
Dec 18 10:02:38 eureka dhclient: New Subnet Mask (xl0): 255.255.252.0
Dec 18 10:02:38 eureka dhclient: New Broadcast Address (xl0): 167.179.139.255
Dec 18 10:02:38 eureka dhclient: New Routers (xl0): 167.179.136.1

I wonder how often they intend to change things. It's a real pain.


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