In last night's entry posted the old family name, Suwała. Shortly
thereafter, it occurred to me that I had to switch the log's HTML header
to use the UTF-8 character set by default, instead of ISO-8859-1. I post
to the log via PGP-crypted mail. I was expecting something to break
along the way, if not in the MIME encoding, then somewhere along the
procmail piping, but it didn't. I'm generally impressed by how well
UTF-8 works at this point. No need for funny encoding types or
ampersand-notation; I could easily insert Russian or Japanese throughout
my text. До свидания.
] | posted @ 20:45 | link
Today was a calm, cloudy day, with one 10 minute spurt of very heavy
rain. Of course, it was when I was driving. The photo shows how it was,
with the wipers going full speed. In fact, the EXIF data tells me that
the exposure time was a 1/100 of a second. It's remarkable how quickly
the rain was coming down. I probably should have been paying more
attention to the road...
The highlight of the evening was my grandfather giving a history
lesson on the family roots. This is a subject I greatly enjoy, and he
has done extremely meticulous research into our ancestry. Last time he
was here, we mapped a detailed family tree, and scanned in all available
photos, dating back to the very beginnings of photography. At that
point, I had cleaned up many of the photos, and they were archived on
CD. This was 1996/7. Now, I plan to scan all his notes and create a
proper archive that can be distributed throughout the family.
The most interesting point of the discussion tonight was that my
roots have been traced back to 1644. It is believed that our family name
originated around then, as Suwała. The name has evolved since
then, as names tend to, but remains true to its original meaning.
] | posted @ 03:33 | link