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Sunday, 16 June 2019 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 16 June 2019
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Off to the market
Topic: general, animals, gardening Link here

Yvonne has been wanting to go to the Ballarat Market, which is only open on Sundays, mainly to buy Dutch food. I came along with potential interest in even more bulbs, which seem to be about the only kind of plant that grows reliably in our garden.

The place was almost deserted! In the past, both this hall and the road had stalls on either side:


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Bumped into Julie Donaghy while we were there, and she commented on how much was going on there. It seems that things were even more deserted a couple of weeks ago.

Yvonne found her Dutch food (mainly sweets) and also some dumplings („Knödel halb und halb“), despite my protests that we already had some. At least I got a promise from her that we would soon cook a Sauerbraten to use some of them.

No bulbs at all! But we did find some other plants: a Grevillea robusta, growing up to 30 m high and 20 m wide, an unspecified red-flowering grafted gum, hopefully Corymbia ficifolia, two Grevillea thelemanniana “Covergirl” which claim to be ground cover growing no more than 30 cm high, and two Grevillea olivacea x Grevillea preissii “Sea Spray”. Yvonne wants to plant the last in the spaces left by the dead Hebes, and I want to put the Grevillea thelemannianas in the north garden bed next to the existing Grevillea ground cover. The Grevillea robusta will need careful consideration, probably to the west of the house where we have space. And the Corymbia? It could fit somewhere in the front yard, but we'll have to check.

Also another Salvia microphylla (“Hot lips”), which will probably end up next to the current one, and a Agonis flexuosa “Westland's Burgandii” to satisfy Yvonne's love of interestingly coloured foliage. I have no idea where to put it.

We hadn't brought the dogs with us—Yvonne thought that they might not be allowed in—but that proves not to be the case:

 
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I wonder what the image is intended to mean. “Dogs may urinate here”? “Dogs may not urinate here”?


Monday, 17 June 2019 Dereel Images for 17 June 2019
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Hugin bug on FreeBSD
Topic: technology, photography, opinion Link here

I still haven't resolved the Hugin startup bug that was reported against FreeBSD nearly 2 months ago. It's puzzling: Hugin crashes on startup with one complaint too many. After the usual Gtk bitching and moaning, he gets:

(hugin:6057): Gtk-WARNING **: 19:18:30.940: gtk_window_present_with_time() should not be called with 0, or GDK_CURRENT_TIME as a timestamp, the timestamp should instead be gathered at the time the user initiated the request for the window to be shown
zsh: segmentation fault (core dumped)  hugin

The problem is, nobody else does. Thomas Modes of the Hugin project says that the function gtk_window_present_with_time() isn't called from Hugin, but of course it could be called internally. I've tried various suggestions, none of which seem to help. Standard installation as far as I can see. Library sensitivities? The only different libraries are libboost, hardly likely to cause this kind of problem. Incompatibility between the binary package and his version of FreeBSD? No, he built the package from source, same problem.

OK, he's running FreeBSD 12, and I'm using 11. Time to install a FreBSD 12 system. That itself was enough pain to describe separately. But after installation, Hugin ran as expected. No problems.

What now? Could it be his display hardware or window manager?


FreeBSD under VirtualBox, simplified?
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Installing a FreeBSD system used to be a significant undertaking. 21 years ago I did an all-day tutorial at AUUG 1998 and didn't even finish installing the base system. No way I want to do that again.

The standard way to install a system used to be to get a DVD image and install from that. But who uses DVDs any more? USB? While I was looking, I found a collection of virtual machine images, including one for VirtualBox. Just what I need! Download it and install.

First step: install X, Emacs and Bash.


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WHAT? The virtual machine image was just big enough for the files that it contained. What can you do with that? Added a second “disk” for /usr and moved stuff over there, then tried again:


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What's that? Do we really have problems in the packages repository? OK, mount eureka:/src and build from source. That failed too, with an error that I have never seen before:


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bash: /usr/bin/xargs: cannot execute binary file: Exec format error

Did something go wrong copying /usr to the new “disk”? No, the original one (/old/usr/bin/xargs) was also broken.

How can that happen? I didn't have time to check, but what I see so far suggests that the virtual machine images aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Discovered that I already had a 12-RELEASE DVD image on eureka, so installed from that with no further issues.


Recipes for Sauerbraten
Topic: food and drink, language, opinion Link here

So now Yvonne has accepted that we will cook a Sauerbraten in the near future. What recipe? I have one, but are there others?

Off to ask Google about Sauerbratenrezept (Sauerbraten recipe). No hits! They were all for „Sauerbraten Rezept“. People, that's wrong! You don't tear words apart like that! But it seems to be a case of „Was weiß Duden?“.

Strange how English and German are going in opposite directions in this matter. In English words get put together, like filesystem and dishwasher, while in German the correct „Dateisystem“ is increasingly becoming „Datei System“. I haven't seen „Spül Maschine“ yet, but that's at least because „Spül“ isn't a noun.

And the recipes? Little variation. The one I have wants to have the marinade boiled before marinating, and the others I have seen don't. But the nicest touch was “Preparation time: 30 minutes”, followed by “After a week, take the meat out of the marinade...”.


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