23 August 2021

village view

Early morning walks

We have been getting up early to beat the sun and walk for a few kilometers each morning. Today there was a nice full moon over the village, with the sun on the other side. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to mess around composing the photo, as I wasn't alone and we had to get back early; otherwise I would have tried a few different exposures. As it is, I improved it a little in Darktable.

I've been using OsmAnd to trace our routes - I'm still learning how to use that application properly, but yesterday learned how one can add GPX traces, in order to plan a route.

This is all training for our walk in France.

Cabinet reshuffle

Looking in from outside, it's interesting to read how in post-colonial Britain, Sajid Javid has been replaced by Rishi Sunak and that Alok Sharma was promoted to business secretary.

The Sheltering Sky

Reading The Sheltering Sky of Paul Bowles. It's interesting and well-written. The characters are racist and sexist, of course; I haven't a clue whether that reflects the views of the author, because we aren't intended to admire them.

Seen This

I've joined a French microblog community called SeenThis with an active community of bloggers who share interesting articles. It's on quite a high level. Unlike my French. But it does include a translation engine for when I get stuck, and I'm strictly trawling, rather than actively participating.

The Sea of Trees

Auroville has a movie theatre which seems to specialize in films no one ever heard of. But the screenings are free, the place is airconditioned, and sometimes there are real gems. Tonight's offering was "A Sea of Trees", which is about a man who goes to commit suicide in a Japanese forest that is a popular suicide spot. A special film.


Appam - They brought me this for breakfast and it was the first time I'd had it. It's quite vegan (made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk.  South India has a wide range of breakfast possibilities.  (https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/appam-recipe-kerala-appam/)


Most Indians are very kind. Like today I forgot my new phone at a tea house, and someone came calling after me to give it back to me.

Sometimes people will really go out of their way to be helpful. Once I arrived in a small town in a tribal area and hadn't a clue how to get to a friend who lived somewhere in a nearby village. It was early morning and raining. So I sat down in a tea house and people started talking to me. Someone knew where my friend lived. He asked me to wait, went to borrow someone's scooter, and took me there himself. It was about 20 minutes away. He wouldn't accept any money either.

Libreoffice Endnotes

This book that I'm preparing for reprinting has two kinds of endnotes, one set goes at the end of each chapter and another is collected in an appendix. I'm not sure how to handle that second set in LibreOffice. There seem to be some third party extensions, but I don't think this is their purpose. They are intended to help researchers in handling citations and bibliographies. They do seem interesting in themselves though. The one that I downloaded is called Zotero, and it is in the Debian repositories. I could imagine that this could be a powerful tool for writers and researchers.

But I'm still stuck with this problem of the endnotes. 🙁

The mosques are the biggest noise makers, in this particular place ( sometimes it's the temples), blasting out their call to prayer, in a language no one here understands, now at 4:45 a.m. But sometimes I already sleep through it. So many centuries of reminding people, at all hours of the day and night, of their duties and responsibilities, and still there are beggars in the streets, corrupt governments, filth, either visible or unseen, wars, the destruction of the earth. Bas, bikafi, I'll go back to sleep.