01 August 2006
Me and the Machine Get Hot
It's summer, it's hot in my room and because the vacation started I'm not in the air conditioned office any more. So the machines have to stand some more heat. Since I'm preparing some stuff and installing some programs on the old PowerBook from my boss, the machine temperature is rising. I noticed the small internal fan spinning on its highest speed, and the lower side of the 'book got really hot. Time for some remedies...
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Avoiding Dangerous Menu Logout
Don't send the server to sleep
With the HelMUG server (running Mac OS X Server 10.4) we once had the problem that one of us wanted to logout through VNC, but slipped onto the "Sleep" menu command in the Apple menu. The server went to sleep as told, and someone had to go to the rackfarm, connect a keyboard and wake the server up. A lot of trouble. Since then I always get half of a heart attack when I have to go to "Log out" through the Apple menu. I've solved that now: I'm avoiding going to the Apple menu at all for logout, I made a small AppleScript...
The script is very simple, actually just one line.
tell application "System Events" to log out
I've saved the script as an "Application", and placed that on my desktop. Now I can safely double click this and then confirm the logout.
09 August 2006
Lying in the Sand
Sunbathing, watching the game from afar
Neon pink and yellow spots jumping in the sun. Thumping sounds as the ball is hit, players shouting and announcing numbers. A little bit of a chill as the sun hides behind a cloud. We are lying in deckchairs on the beach. Slacking in the sun is what we do.
13 August 2006
Under the Moon
Listen to the surf
We've slept our last night on Limnos on the beach, under the moon and the stars. Before falling asleep I was watching the shooting stars. The sleeping bags kept us warm, even the morning dew didn't disturb us. I slept sound and untroubled, but not long enough.
When the sun went up again, we walked back to the village. I saw the sun rise behind the little creek that runs to the beach (when there is rainfall, not now).
From the village the taxi took us to Myrina, where we are now aboard the F/B Παναγια Σουμελα (Panagia Soumela) to take us to Samothraki. I'm not yet really awake and unable to ingest solid food. Breakfast will have to wait and a bed and falling asleep again would be heaven.
15 August 2006
A Day for our tired Feet in Samothraki
Yesterday's mountain day wasn't as successfull as we had hoped. We had started a bit too late and were moving too slow, so we didn't make it all up to the top of the mountain. We reached a nice little spring at about 1000m, had a nice break with cool water and started our way back down. The path down was taxing on our limbs and we were very tired when we arrived on sea level - about 10 hours after we had started out...
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17 August 2006
Schaukelpartie und Weiterfahrt
Abschied von Samothraki - über Kavala nach Thessaloniki
Der gestrige Ausflug wurde doch noch ganz interessant. Am Strand sollten wir abwarten, dass sich das Wetter und die See wieder beruhigen. Doch so kam's nicht und das zweite Anlegen am abgelegenen Strand Βάτο (Vato) musste zur Sicherheit von Boot und Passagieren abgesagt werden. Bei heftigem Seegang und Geschaukele gings weiter. Wir sahen uns spektakuläre Felsformationen und einen Wasserfall an. Die letzte Stunde war den Passagieren das Geschaukele doch zu viel, einigen gings wohl nicht mehr so gut. Mir hat die Achterbahnfahrt Spass gemacht.
Am Abend waren wir dann geschafft und haben es ruhig genommen. Packen mussten wir ja auch noch. Heute morgen dann Zimmer abgeben, frühstücken und nochmal Tavli (Backgammon) spielen... und dann kam auch schon unser Schiff. Mit einem "Peace!"-Hippygruss verabschiedeten wir uns von Samothraki. Jetzt sitzen wir an Deck und lassen uns nach Kavala fahren, mit bedeutend weniger Gewackele.
19 August 2006
Back Home By Night Train
Sleep, lots of sleep
Yesterday evening we boarded the night train from Thessaloniki to Athens. We had booked beds and hoped for a bit of sleep on the train, which was scheduled to leave at 23:45. When we boarded the train it was hot like a furnace, people crowded around the windows. We were quite late, so we hoped for a short wait and then some cooling down due to the driving wind...
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21 August 2006
The Evening before Work starts
Already halfway into it
My vacations are over now. Tomorrow I'm heading back to work. This year my vacation wasn't as relaxing (nothing beats hanging around in Limnos for a month or so in the "relaxing" department), but for a change I went and travelled around a bit.
One part of my vacation plan was to do a few hours of work every day in the little house on the island. Didn't work out, because we were there only a few days, and also because I bulldozed some changes and broke some CSS that was already done. That discouraged me a bit. Lazily doing some easy work on vacation is nice, but having to sort out boring CSS diffs isn't. So the coming week I'll have to find again what I did and repair it. As you can see, my head is already halfway at work.
Ein paar Gedanken zur Hitze
Gut gebraten in Athen
Wenn man von so einer Reise ans Meer wieder nach Athen zurückkommt, dann kommt einem die Hitze doppelt heiss vor. Ist sie auch, denn momentan ist hier die heisseste Zeit des Jahres angesagt und in der Stadt gibt es fast kein entkommen. Das ist ja auch der wichtigste Grund, warum die Stadtbewohner im Sommer ans Meer flüchten. Für alle Nordlicher ein paar Erinnerungen, was Hitze wirklich bedeutet...
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23 August 2006
Evening Swimming at Faliron
Walking the promenade for some fresher air
The last two evenings I went straight from work to the coastline at
Παλαιόν Φάληρον (Palaion Faliron). First reason was a bit of relief from the heat we have
right now in the city. Near the sea there is always a bit of fresh air.
I went for a swim both evenings. Yes, I know, I know, old time Athenians
always tell how bad the water quality is. In my experience the water quality
has improved a lot. The sea isn't really absolutely clean, but in my
opinion it's acceptable. The municipality of Faliron provides fresh
water showers, so after the swim one can wash off the salt and any
remainings of suspected dirt.
Oh to describe what joy a swim in the cool sea brings at the current
temperatures. The body is relieved for some time from the stress of
being boiled and fried alive. I splash around like a little child and
then just float around, soaking up coolness (or disseminate all the
accumulated heat from my body). The refreshened feeling persists all the
time that I still sit at the beach.
After the swim we went for a promenade on the sea-walk from Faliron to my
old neighborhood in Kalamaki. On Monday leaving the beach and going back
next to the road, the heat hit me like a solid wall. It embraces the
body like a python in a cheap horror movie, pulling and tightening.
After a while we descended to another beach and I went for a second
swim. Yesterday evening the temperature must already have been fallen
by a couple of precious degrees and one single swim was enough for me.
(As usual, click on the image for a bigger view.)
Ship Panorama Pics at Wu's
Tall sailing ships
Speaking of montage / panorama pictures, my friend Wu from #bsdcow has some very good montage pictures from "Tall Ships' Races" in A Coruna. I wish I could have seen those ships.