Devanee, The Photographer, With My Canon Rebel T3i, At The Alton (N.H.) Library, “Sky Over Alton” Presentation.

John Bishop who took these pictures.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

by Anura Guruge

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>> Presentation videos.
Taylor Presentation pictures.
>> I make it to NASA.

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All these pictures, bar one above which was taken by Devanee,
were taken by Alton photographer John Bishop.

Devanee and John were having camera ‘wars’ — each taking pictures of the other.

Devanee has taken a shining to my refurbished Canon Rebel T3i ever since I got it in late August of this year. I got her a Samsung Selfie Camera, i.e., a camera with TWO LCD displays, one at the back (per normal) and front at the front for taking selfies (with the guess work), earlier this year. She uses it some but not that often. She probably uses her Google Nexus 7 pad more often as a camera.

But she definitely likes the T3i. She loves taking pictures with it — which is quite interesting since compared to our other cameras this is big, bulky and heavy. But, it appeals to her. She snaps away like there is no tomorrow. When we were in Maine a few weeks ago, and I was playing with a horse, she took the Canon and snapped off about 40 pictures in 5 minutes. I have no problem. I am glad. I have NOW told her that she can have the T3i when I, as was obvious to those around me, will inevitably upgrade to a ‘better’ camera soon. Come on. I only paid $335 for it — refurbished. Now that I got the bug again, after nearly 30 years, the ONLY thing holding me back in terms of getting another camera is money.

Devanee now has proprietary interest in the camera. She refers to it as HER camera — to go along with her car. So since it is ‘her’ camera she insist on taking care of it. She will carry it, in the camera bag, without having to be asked — which is quite a miracle. I don’t have to ever wonder where my camera bag is as we go places. It will be on Devanee’s shoulder. IF this $335 camera will get her into photography I could NOT be happier. It is a great hobby. Even a profession. Plus she is lucky. Through our various contacts and involvements (e.g., Great Waters) she gets to know some REAL photographers — as opposed to her Dad who is still groping around after his long hiatus away from the field. She listens when I talk to these professionals about cameras and photography. So it is good.

The Canon is a tad too heavy for Teischan. So she doesn’t try to use it. [Plus she has her own point-and-shoot that she has stopped using.] She much preferred my old Panasonic DSLR — which I recently gave to Deanna’s sister. Teischan knows the family dynamics. Though he she hasn’t said anything I know what she is thinking. “OK, Devanee can have this old Canon. She will only get it when Dad gets a better, new one. That will be mine!”

IBM Will Continue To Punish Its ‘Poor’ Shareholders; DECLINE Will Persist Mid-Term — It Needs To Layoff 40% Of Workforce.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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From “MarketWatch”, a few minutes ago. The red line is the SPX. Goto for latest.

Today’s disappointing results from IBM, with NO increase in revenues for 10 whole quarters, was no surprise for me. IBM, right now, is in another one of its inevitable down legs. This decline will persist for another 2 to 4 years. Then we will again get a leaner, meaner IBM with much, much less overhead. For us handson veterans of IBM, and that I am, this is just 1995 redux.

The ground is shifting under IBM and yet again IBM was caught napping.

I am not going to go through the entire litany of where and how IBM has failed, miserably, over the last 30 years BUT for those of you who are new to IBM let me just point out that: IBM missed social networking (read Facebook), IBM missed mobile (read Apple), IBM missed search (read Google), IBM missed collaboration (read LinkedIn or, IBM missed networking (read Cisco), IBM missed PCs (read Dell, HP, Microsoft, Lenvo), IBM missed non-proprietary servers (read Oracle, HP).

Now IBM is PAYING GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion to take away its chip business. The SEC and the ‘Feds’ need to investigate this AT ONCE. I contend that there is some hanky-panky. Conflict of interest, backhanders and that kind of naughty stuff. There has to be people at IBM making a bundle out of this deal that does NOT make any sense. Check it out. Ditto Lenvo.

Yes, IBM is screwed. Its software revenue is going down because people are no longer investing as much in IBM mainframes and that was the Cash Cow for both hardware and software revenues.

As I have said in prior posts IBM will do ‘OK’ in cloud, analytics, security etc. BUT they will never be THE dominant player in any of these areas. The culture just does not lend itself to that kind of stuff.

We yet again need MASSIVE, merciless layoffs. 40% has to go.

As I have already said, for the sake of the poor, long suffering shareholders, they have to, TODAY, spinoff the Watson Group so that at least that technology can blossom without getting hampered by IBM’s culture, overheads and naivete. I am also not sure of the ‘new’ CEO. She scares me. Nobody can ever deny that I have not been very fond of all the great ladies that have worked for IBM over the years, BUT I also kind of know, deep down, that IBM still is a very masculine, boy’s club — just like it has been for all of its 100+ years. You have to be an IBMer to understand what I mean. Anywho … I haven’t owned IBM in decades. Just sharing my concerns because I still do care, deeply, about IBM. I would NOT be able to sit here, with my cup of coffee, in sweats, writing this IF not for IBM. IBM made it possible for me to have the lifestyle I now enjoy. As such I will always be grateful to IBM. I wish them nothing but the very best THOUGH I know that mid-term all we will see is more pain and suffering.

U.S. “Butt Plug” Christmas Tree Inflatable To Paris As Bad As Qatar’s Pudendum Shaped Stadium ….

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Click to access original with video at U.K. “Huffington Post”.

How can anyone really claim, with a straight face, that this is supposed to be a Christmas tree.

Of course it was meant to be an ‘UP YOURS’ to the French. That is a shame.

Having been closely associated with France for 18 years, and having lived in Paris for a year, I am well aware that there is no love lost between the French and the Americans. But this was below the belt — really. This was just plain crude. Plus for the very chic, very elegant Place Vendôme. This was really stupid. Did no credit to the U.S. and just inflamed more animosity.

This is crazy. Upsets me. Paris is a beautiful place and the French are ‘OK’ if you interact with them openly. They can even be real nice.

Got My 2014 – 2015 Flu Shot, Trivalent IIV From Novartis At The Alton, N.H., Hannaford Pharmacy By Senate Hopeful Richard Leonard.

flueshotAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

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I got my flu shot, for this winter, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Hannaford Pharmacy. It was a spur of the moment decision, pretty typical of me. Yes, I was going to get a flu shot this year, as I had for the last 3 years, but I hadn’t really thought about when I would get it. Saturday afternoon around 3pm I was at Hannaford with Devanee. I just picked her up after she got back to school from a NH State cross-country meet. We needed some odds and ends. Our friend Richard Leonard, of ‘Miller Farms‘ and hopefully soon a NH Senator, was on duty. They, for a change, were not mobbed. I did need to talk to Richard. Plus we needed a couple of his “Elect Richard Leonard” signs for our yard to keep the Ray Howard signs company. While talking to Richard it occurred to me that I might as well get my flu shot and get it over with.

Richard, as ever, always trying to be helpful, was happy to oblige.norvatis11

For the 3rd time in a row I got my flu shot at Hannafords, in Alton — for the 2nd time Richard Leonard. It really was painless on all fronts.

The last two years I had to pay because I had the stupid, NH Health Plan. This year Anthem, to their credit, paid for it all. Zero cost to me. I am impressed. I have started to have a grudging respect for Anthem. I might even stay with them in 2015.

Getting ‘the shot’ is a BIG change of heart for me. Prior to 2011 I refused to get the shot and have the kids get it. But then in November 2010 I nearly died though much of that had to do with some cavalier treatment I got from Dartmouth-Hitchcock (Concord). [Ironically this afternoon I helped Deanna file a formal complaint about them, to the NH Board of Medicine, about them. I also JUST found that THOUGH they call themselves Dartmouth-Hitchcock they are not really that affiliated with the mothership in Lebanon! Some deception going on here. But that is another story, another post down the road.] I, at the urging of many, a few of them doctors, agreed to get the flu shot after that — plus i am getting up there.

As with last year what I was inoculated with was the Trivalent IIV vaccine. Today I went looking to see what it was all about. See below [click to ENLARGE. From the CDC.] Fingers crossed. Hope this post helps.



Riots Mar Keene, N.H., 2014 Pumpkin Festival — Record Attempt Takes A Back Seat.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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This is BAD!

It is all over National news.

It will be a major setback to what was a hugely successful event.

I am GLAD we couldn’t make it this year because of Devanee’s cross-country State meet. The campus is right there. This would not have been funny for anyone, especially not if you had small children.

This is a shame. Somebody is trying to harm this Festival. I am not happy. I like OUR Pumpkin Festival.

Sunday Morning Update.

Weird and upsetting to hear about the riots on National TV this morning. I am not amused.

This is inexcusable. This is crazy.

WMUR coverage, inimitably and as many of us have grown used to expecting, is patchy, stale and non-incisive.

The “Keene Sentinel“, below, thankfully has much better coverage.

Appears that pumpkin count was WAY DOWN. Just 21,912! That is not good. 72% of the number they had last year. So despite the claim that the Festival went on, unscatched, that was NOT obviously the case. Having been to the Festival I know that the College is right there.


Click to access. BEST COVERAGE of everything to do with Keene … this weekend.


From WMUR. Click to access WMUR. Google for coverage from across the country. Nothing about the world record. Just the riots.

As I Foretold, Conservative Bishops Push-Back On Gays; Francis Gets Eggs Benedict On Face.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Check the above cited posts.

I told YOU.

I said calm down. The Church is full of gays BUT they will NOT change the doctrine.

John Paul II and Benedict XVI over 35 years managed to create,
very successfully, a very homogeneous, VERY conservative
clerical hierarchy.

Think of it like Regan having had the chance to appoint ALL 9 Supreme Court Judges.

Pope Francis is on a very slippery road,

Getting rid of Burke, though the right thing to do,
just created more animosity and enemies.

This pope desperately wants to be Pope John XXIII Mk. II.

But, he doesn’t have the knack, the nouse, the inner-circle
nor the temperament to ever be that.

Yes, he has the autocratic power to just ignore the
bishops and enact whatever he wants.

Alas, the Vatican always has the option of
executing ‘Plan B‘.


From “Fox News” click to access.


From “The Washington Post”. Click to access.


From ‘NCR’. Click to access.


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