Monthly Archives: February 2014

Forget The Capstone Pipeline, Lets Have A New Hampshire To California ‘Snow Melt’ Pipeline.

February 8, 2013 blizzard.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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An e-mail from a friend in California, a fellow railway buff, got me thinking. He asked me to ship him some snow to help with the drought. A couple of days earlier I had seen ads on Craigslists with folks selling snow!

Despite all the time I spend every winter shoveling snow I really have never given much thought to the logistics of moving snow across 3,000 miles. I know it can be done — cost the only hurdle. I know that they used to ship ice to places as far away as India.

My initial druthers was to visualize a 5 or 6 mile long train pulling open wagons full of snow. If we stay close to the ‘top’ that much shouldn’t melt and here is the kicker. Nobody, but nobody, can say that there is any environmental danger. Water, bottled water, is more expensive than gas. So we will get to the point when the economics will make this feasible.

Then my friend, who really is an expert on trains, pointed out that transporting snow is not efficient, bulk/weight vs. payload. Much more efficient to just move the water.

BINGO.

PIPELINE.

If we can have all these pipelines for oil and gas, WHY NOT one for water? Would help everybody out. Such a shame that MUCH of this pure snow will eventually end up in the ocean (which according to Al (is he gay) Gore) already has enough glacier melt to keep it well and truly topped up.

I am serious. This is starting to make a lot of sense.

Just remember where you read this first.


Sri Lanka Did Have ‘Representation’ At The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics — Very Cute Metal Tea Caddies With Our Orange Pekoe.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Related posts:
>> Sri Lanka population growth
>>Feb. 11, 2014.
>> Why is Sri Lanka not at Winter Olympics?

>>Feb. 9, 2014.
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Click to access coverage from the Sri Lanka "Sunday Times".

Click to access coverage from the Sri Lanka “Sunday Times”.


Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Medal Count Per Capita [i.e., Population Size] & Relative To Size Of Squad.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Related posts:
>> Jillert Anema whips Kernen’s ass — Feb. 20, 2014.
>> Kernen mocks Indians — Feb. 21, 2014.
>> NBC snubs Valentina Tereshkova — Feb. 10, 2014.
>> Bob Costas with sponsored eyepatch
 — Feb. 9, 2014.
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Click to EXPAND. Another Anura Guruge 2 minute Excel Spreadsheet.

Click to EXPAND. Another Anura Guruge 2 minute Excel Spreadsheet.


During the late 1960s to mid-1980s period when I was living in the U.K., every time the Olympics came around, I would invariably hear the story, whether it be at home, work, a pub or a club, that Great Britain does ‘quite well’ given the relative size of our population compared to those of the bigger nations — albeit this being a period when the U.K. did remarkably well in both the Summer and Winter Olympics thanks to an amazing crop of athletes. So this notion of Olympic performance relative to the size of a country’s population has stayed with me all these years — though I am savvy enough to understand that there are indeed other factors, such as facilities, programs, finances, talent scouting etc., that also play very important roles.

But, all that said I still like to look at medal counts at Olympics ‘per capita’. Well this time I am sharing it with you. There is, of course, enormous germanes to Jillert Anema of Holland putting CNBC, and in particular Joe Kernen right about how well the Netherlands did compared to other countries in terms of their population. Yes, Norway, Slovenia and Austria did better, but Netherlands too is head and shoulders above so many others. The Russia, U.S. comparison is also interesting. I always have to remind myself that Russia doesn’t have that many people given the vastness of their land holdings. Study the table it is always interesting.


CNBC’s Arch-Conservative Joe (Kasey Khan) Kernen Will Be THE Perfect Replacement At CNN For Banished Brit Piers Morgan.

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Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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>> Jillert Anema whips
>> Kernen’s ass
>>Feb. 20, 2014.
>> Kernen mocks Indians
>>Feb. 21, 2014.
>> NBC snubs Valentina Tereshkova
>>Feb. 10, 2014.
>> Bob Costas with sponsored eyepatch
>>Feb. 9, 2014.
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britishhavecomeAs a Brit myself, albet one that has lived in the U.S. for 29 years (and with at least one U.S. wife and 4 kids), it never made sense to me as to why they picked a Brit to replace Larry King. It was a crazy idea from day one. As far as I can tell they still haven’t forgiven us for coming in the first place — though they grudgingly tolerate us because they find us vaguely funny. Poor Piers, who seems like a nice guy (and everybody appears to say so) was on a hiding to nothing. When he took on gun control he was, poor sod, doomed. There is no question the gun lobby and those that wanted him deported won. US 3 Piers 0. That said I think Piers is stiall laughing all the way to the Bank of Scotland and back. Assume he had a platinum clad x-year contract, show or no show.
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From the little I have read it appears that the Americans, quite rightly, want a true, 100% American in this slot to feed them the red meat they desire at this point. I think Joseph (Joe) Kasey Kahn Kernen, of CNBC, the arch-conservative, who probably carries concealed while doing the show, has to the THE perfect replacement. He can follow in Erin Burnett’s dainty little feet (I assume, since I have never really seen them) from CNBC to CNN. Actually that would give us two ex-CNBCers back-to-back though Erin may dread the thought of Kernen anywhere near her — trying, unsuccessfully, to act macho and cool.

I think this is the perfect solution. I don’t watch the CNN 9 -10 pm slot. So I won’t have to see J. K. K. Kernen. That will make me happy. The Americans will love him. He will make fun of Obama, call for Common Core to abolished, a repeal of all background checks, deportation of all non-whites etc. etc. He will be everything that poor Piers wasn’t.

So I am casting my vote for Kasey Khan Kernen as the Larry King replacement.

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Australian Cardinal George Pell, The Head Of The New Vatican ‘Economics’ Czar In 2012 Called Jews Intellectually Inferior!

Cardinal George Pell.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Related posts:
>> Loris Francesco Capovilla … —
>> Feb. 22, 2014.
>> Got Pietro Parolin right …
>>Jan. 12, 2014.
>> February 22, 2014 consistory
>>Oct. 31, 2013.
>> Until created CARDINAL
>> Aug. 31, 2013.
>> Alton, Consistory Central …
>>Oct. 26, 2012.

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The Vatican announcement. Click to access.


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The ‘popes-and-papacy’ post.


George Pell is no saint. If anything he has been embroiled in more controversies than most of the other living cardinals. He has also been implicated, quite badly, in the criminal clergy sex abuse crime spree. So for the pope to appoint him as the new economic/financial czar is TELLING. Though he apologized, as he had to, his statements about the Jews was quite incredible — given that he must know (assuming he has read the Bible) that Jesus was born a Jew, lived as a devout Jew and died a proud and committed Jew. I actually think that this pope, who like most fellow Jesuits has a personality that ‘runs deep’, is sending a message with this appointment. This pope, as I have been saying all along for the last six months, is light, joy and inclusiveness on the outside (where talk is cheap and means nothing more than media soundbites) while still very conservative, calculating and provocative on the inside. This was one of those provocative moves. I think we all know that there are a lot of Jews in very high places in the financial world. I still remember being told when I came over here in 1986 (for the 2nd time around) that (the then) stock, bond and mutual fund tables in the Wall Street Journal were printed ‘back-to-front’ so to speak was to make them easier for the Jewish readers who were used to reading ‘right-to-left’. Even if that wasn’t 100% true to the gist of the matter is still valid. A lot of people who read the WSJ are Jewish. So this is definitely putting the cat among the pigeons. It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Watch this space. I will keep an eye on Pell.


“The Lego Movie” 3D: Was OK, Kind Of Cute, Some Clever Parts BUT, Alas, Disappointing Overall.

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>> Two other Lego movies
>>Feb. 6, 2014.


To say that I love Lego wouldn’t come close to capturing my 22 year relationship with these magical blogs. I am pretty close to the Will Ferrell character ‘The Man Upstairs‘ when it comes to my commitment to this amazing franchise though I would consider it sacrilegious to use Krazy Glue (Kragle) on Legos and I am known to encourage to kids to do their own thing with THEIR Legos (bar the Lego Architecture models that become part of MY collection once Devanee builds them). On the way back from the movie I worked out that I spent over $450 on Lego, just for the two kids, this last Christmas. Hate to think how much I have spent on Legos over the last 22 years. So, Lego doesn’t have to do much to win me over and have me as a fan.

Lego 'Architecture' Big Ben, built by Devanee, that sits right next to my mouse. Click to ENLARGE.

Lego ‘Architecture’ Big Ben, built by Devanee, that sits right next to my mouse. Click to ENLARGE.

So, that I was disappointed with the movie means that they have to have fallen short somewhere.

To make this easy for all let me start with a few bullets so I can easily emphasize the main points as I see them:

>> It was not a ‘Toy Story‘ or ‘Ice Age‘. Certainly not a classic. ‘Puss In Boots’ (2011) kicked this in to oblivion. That was my biggest disappointment. There was no facet of this 3D movie that was superior to those that had come before it in the last few years, even ‘The Lorax” (2012). I think, thanks to Pixar, we have to expect each new computer animated movie to break new ground in terms of the WOW factor. This movie didn’t. Actually there was, in my opinion, no WOW to it at all! Sorry.

Lego 'Friends' Dolphin Cruiser, one of the many 'Friends' sets around the house. Teischan plays with this near my desk. Click to ENLARGE.

Lego ‘Friends’ Dolphin Cruiser, one of the many ‘Friends’ sets around the house. Teischan plays with this near my desk. Click to ENLARGE.

>> Lego ‘Friends‘, probably THE most popular Lego product right now with the girls, did NOT get a looking. That was BAD. I actually, having bought about 10 of the BIG sets, think it is one of their cleverer product lines. IF they had ‘Friends’ we missed it — and that is unlikely since Teischan is a ‘Friends’ expert.

>> Too much gratuitous violence! I don’t associate destroying people with Lego. That was pretty poor.

>> The motivational and inspirational messages in the movie are ‘good’ BUT are too forced and as such come across lame.

>> Loved ‘piece de resistance‘ and ‘Kragle’ — BUT, alas, those were the two cleverest bits in the movie — the distant third being the poking of fun at Duplo at the very end.

Teischan liked it but I don’t think she was that impressed. I am glad we went to the cheaper matinee (because of our schedule) as opposed to a full-price show since I would have been even more dissapointed if I had paid more to see it.

I hear that they are already talking about a sequel. We will not be going to see that. That said, given my commitment to Lego, I have already started collecting the McDonald’s  ‘Lego Movie’ holographic cups. Got two already today!

So here is my take. IF you are into Lego you have no choice: you have to watch this. Don’t pay the extra for the 3D. The 3D isn’t great. Have a feeling that this movie will appeal MOST to 10 to 11 year old boys. That is a shame. I have 3 daughters who all love or loved Lego. They screwed up with this movie BUT they are laughing all the way to the bank. C’est la vie


Unstinted Praise For Mr. Tom Sargent Alton, NH’s Exemplary Town Assessor.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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TomSargentAs far as I know this is NOT meant to be personal and I sure hope not. Mr. Tom Sargent is a credit to Alton and to humanity in general.

As far as I know the ‘agenda’ to have this position eliminated has to do with the desire to dismantle as much of ‘regulatory government intervention’ as possible from Alton. I understand the motives, if not the rationale. All I will say is that, if what I have heard is true, Alton’s loss will be Londonderry’s ‘gain’! I hope that that comes to pass. So, couldn’t we PLEASE just leave Mr. Sargent alone and have his equivalent in Londonderry, who I don’t know, eliminated (though he/she might also be a nice guy).

Since moving to Alton in 2007 I have had various dealings with Mr. Sargent. I have found him to be approachable, cordial, FAIR, REASONABLE and professional at all times. And I say this even though my taxes have gone up steadily since moving to Alton!

Having owned houses in N.H. since 1986, in New Ipswich, New Durham, Meredith, Gilford (x2) and Alton, 66.6% of them waterfront, I have over the years dealt with a number of Town Assessors. None of them have been as ‘easy’ to deal with as Mr. Sargent. I like the fact that he answers the phone if he is in the office. Ditto if you happen to be visiting the Town Hall. If he is not in a meeting and you need to see him, he will typically come out and talk to you even if you don’t have an appointment. He knows his stuff. Given that I do do the comparative NH tax rate tables (the ‘2014’ post visited by over 3,000 folks so far) I kind of know how the land lies.

Though I felt obliged to write this, I don’t think I am that worried that this dumb warrant article will pass next month. I think basic common sense will prevail — independent of Mr. Sargent’s own personal credentials. That the Selectmen don’t recommend it alone should have some weight.

Well, I will keep you posted. This even stupider than Alton trying to ban ‘Common Core‘.


3D Printed Bikinis Made Out Of Plastic! Said To Be Comfortable. Will We See Them On Lake Winnipesaukee?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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1. Going ‘topless’ in NH … — May 8, 2013.
2. String bikinis for Lake Winnipesaukee

>>May 22, 2013.


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I saw this on ‘MarketWatch’ … where it was, quite rightly, presented as a financial story. Then I had to, of course, Google. Click to access WSJ/MarketWatch coverage.

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Kind of a coincidence. Devanee came home on Friday with a (plastic) nut & bolt fabricated on a 3D printer. It has been ‘Careers Day‘ at school and some folks from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (which is actually mainly in Maine) had showed up with 3D Printers. She was all ga-ga about 3D printing. I don’t blame her. I have been ‘thinking’ about 3D printers. They are definitely ‘affordable’ now — though I KNOW that the price of the ‘ink’ (as with all printers) is what will bankrupt me (though that is unlikely to happen since I am fiscally more responsible and smarter than your common or garden Alton elected officials who appear to have made a pastime, of late, of declaring bankruptcy).

Of course the first thing I thought about, going back to the fundamental precepts of ex-Fidelity, ex-Magellan Peter Lynch, was to think about buying stock in 3D Printer companies. [Yes, I owned Magellan for about 20 years starting in 1986. The 1st Mutual Fund (as opposed to UK Unit Trusts) that I bought — thanks to a very smart guy who ‘worked’ for me. This was the 1st year I was in the U.S. (on my 2nd time around). I didn’t have any U.S. investments. This guy, David Shaffer, was a financial genius. One day he gave me a small piece of paper and said here are the first 5 mutual funds you should buy in the U.S. Magellan was at the top of that list. Thank YOU, David. Thank YOU, Peter).

Then I saw this post on MarketWatch in late January — “3-D printer stocks fall sharply led by 3D Systems“. So I haven’t done anything — not that I had any disposable money to buy any stock around that time. But now I will have to keep an eye on these stocks again. What would be perfect is if I can make enough money on the stocks to self-fund a printer and THE INK. Stay tuned.

IF I see any 3D printed bikinis around Lake Winnipesaukee I will let you know.


Shoveling Snow Like A Pro — A Video Tutorial (Albeit From A 60-Year Old Sri Lankan)

February 8, 2013 blizzard.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Click to access YouTube video shot on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Deanna.

Click to access YouTube video shot on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Deanna.


I don’t want any grief about my style or technique. Unless you are 60 or over you shouldn’t even think about commenting. My back is fine — THANK YOU. Probably from all the shoveling I do every winter and have done for twenty years (though not as much as I have been doing in the last 12 or 13 years).

I pick my shovels with the same care that I used to with my skis and cricket bats. I go through at least three shovels a winter. I invariably use these $9 red-handled shovels from Home Depot. I buy one or two every time I see them. Yes, of course, I have a stash. The balance of the shovel is crucial. Just as with a cricket bat you want to be able to pick it up and swing it with the minimum of effort. unlike cricket bats though, heavy shovels are counter-productive. The weight should come from the snow, not the shovel. Hence my preference for these very light shovels. Yes, of course, they break quicker — but at $9 a pop they are disposable.

All that cut bank of snow you see behind me, around the mailbox — I cleared that in about 30 minutes. This is why it cracks me up when I see folks lugging around heavy snow-blowers. For me it is just as quick to hand shovel.

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A Cardinal Creating Consistory Attended By Two Popes — Albeit, Ratzinger, An Ex-. This I Am Very Sure Is A First!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Loris Francesco Capovilla … —
>> Feb. 22, 2014.
>> Got Pietro Parolin right …
>>Jan. 12, 2014.
>> February 22, 2014 consistory
>>Oct. 31, 2013.
>> Until created CARDINAL
>> Aug. 31, 2013.
>> Alton, Consistory Central …
>>Oct. 26, 2012.

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Yes, of course, we have had instances of ex-popes in the past BUT none of them got the ‘royal’ deference that ex-pope Ratzinger is being afforded. [The title that he assumed ‘Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI‘ is incorrect and as such invalid. That is why I refuse to use it. ‘Benedict XVI‘, categorically and canonically, was his PAPAL NAME. When he ceased to be pope he lost that name.]

I am sure this is a first. Two popes at a cardinal creating consistory.

Historic. So please take note.