Daily Archives: November 11, 2014

There Is A FREE HBO Preview On DirecTV Right Now, Just For Veterans Day. Will Finish At Midnight!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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It is to ensure that everybody gets a chance to see this concert, “Concert for Valor“, being performed at the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Nice touch. Just wish they had given us more of a heads up. I just happened to stumble upon it, serendipitously, this afternoon. I did manage to record some shows.

Just sharing with you so that you can, if you see this in time, jump on it.

Hope you had a good Veterans Day … Remembrance Day … Poppy Day.

Huge £50,000 Enid Blyton “Noddy” Memorabilia Sale Makes Me Kind Of Sad But Also Happy.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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From the U.K. “Daily Mail”, my favorite newspaper, ever, that I try to read, religiously, every day, online — typically on my Pad, lying in bed, drinking coffee, listening to CNBC.

Growing up in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, in the late 1950s and early 960s, Enid Blyton dominated my life. I had the complete set of Noddy books and those were the books that were read to me most often and as such the books that I started to read (when I was three). I was a precocious bugger to be sure. I could read both Sinhalese and English at three and would read books in either language one after the other — as my fancy took me. But I read mainly English books — and most of all Enid Blyton books. I had all of the Enid Blyton books. So Enid Blyton was a big part of my life. Not sure what memorabilia I had other than the books. Yes, I once bought Matthew, my son, a Noddy car. But none of my kids, to my chagrin, took to Noddy though I did try to get them hooked. Maybe it is a British thing.

Yes, I would like to get some Noddy stuff — not that I need it. I regret that I no longer have a complete set of Noddy books. All my Enid Blyton books were given to relatives when we left Ceylon in 1967.

I will have to look around. Just thought I will let you know about this auction IF you happen not to read the U.K. press.

Australia Starts Celebrating “Remembrance Day” 2014.

Anura Guruge, November 10, 2014, wearing Red Poppy, from Canada for Remembrance Day, Poppy Day.<Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013...br style=”color: #ffffff;” />

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1/ Buying Tower of London poppy. 
      >> Boris Johnson selling poppies.
2/ The Tower of London poppies.          >> Canada’s Harper cancels China.
3/ Will NOT ship till Jan. 2015.                 >> U.K. ‘spies’ create Red Poppy.
4/ Tower of London crowds.                    >> Canadians start 2014 poppies.
5/ Prince Harry hops on bus.                   >> 2014 Poppy Pin collection.
6/ Canada’s #Poppyproud.                      >> 2014 ‘Watch’ has begun.
7/ 2014 Poppy Day Song (Single).          >> Canada’s #HowIRemember.
8/ 2014 Remembrance Day, Australia.  >> 7 facts about the ‘Red Poppy’.
9/ True value of a ‘Red Poppy’.               >> Tower of London extension?
A/ Retaining Canadian Poppy.                >> Birmingham Flash Mob.
B/ The Queen with poppies.                    >> Remembrance Sunday.
C/ London Remembrance Sunday.      >> Ottawa 2014 Remembrance.
D/ Wearing my Canadian Red Poppy.

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From Australian “ABC News”. They kick off the day of Remembrance for all of us in the British Commonwealth.

A Very Smart Google Doodle For U.S. 2014 Veterans Day.

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vetday2014thmb1aLast Google Doodle:
>> Fall of Berlin Wall: 25th anniversary.
Music for 2014 “Day of the Dead”.

∋∋ “Explore the Pyramids of Giza” Google Footnote — Oct. 1, 2014.

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Click here to access Google Doodle.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

Google has always done a Veterans Day
Doodle since 2007.
Not sure why they didn’t do ones before.

The Veterans Day Doodle only appears in the U.S.


Remembrance Day Google Doodles
for Canada 2003 — 2009.


I Am Glad That Obama Is Trying To Make Net Neutrality A Part Of His Legacy, But There Is Still A Lot Of Inequality.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



by Anura Guruge

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Net Neutrality should be Obama’s legacy — Jan. 17, 2014.
>> Net Neutrality is dead – Jan. 15, 2014.


Click to access YouTube video of PBS coverage, from November 10, 2014, of Obama’s new, ‘I want this to be a part of my legacy’ push for Net Neutrality.

9 months, 3 weeks and 4 days ago I did a post urging Obama to make Net Neutrality a part of his legacy — alongside Obamacare. On November 10 Obama appears to have heeded my call. Not that surprising. After the drubbing at the 2014 Mid-Term elections he now knows, indubitably, that his legacy will be start-crossed and controversial. Net Neutrality, though it is anti-American in a way, is an easy ‘home run’ for him to try an attempt.

I am glad.

I believe in Net Neutrality though 99% of the time in all other scenarios I ardently believe that people should be able to pay for differentiated service. Yes, I used to fly first class. I pay more to get front row seats. Yes, I pay more to get the maximum Internet bandwidth I can — actually I pay for two separate lines, each at max bandwidth, to maximize the bandwidth I can get. So I am willing to pay for better/faster service in most cases BUT I don’t think that differentiated service is RIGHT for the Internet. That said I would NOT mind a scenario where EVERYBODY is made to pay some kind of usage-based fee! I am a strong believer that there is way, way, way too much profligate wastage of Internet bandwidth and storage because there is no usage-based charge per se. It is the only flat-rate utility in the country. Some mind not understand what an usage-based fee means when it comes to the Internet. Lets take 2 customers, A & B. They both pay $25/month to get a 15 Mbps bandwidth connection to their house. Customer A uses 90% of that 15 Mbps bandwidth for 16 hours a day, while customer B only uses 25% of the bandwidth, intermittently, over a 8 hour period. But both pay the same $25/month flat fee. Even a miniscule $0.00001 charge per megabyte of data sent or received will significantly change Internet usage patterns. Yes, those with not-unlimited Mobile plans know what this is all about.

Net Neutrality, however, is not the only way Internet service providers penalize one segment of the market vs. another. A BIG way they do so is by limiting the max. bandwidth available in certain markets. I, for example, living in rural New Hampshire, can, as yet, ONLY get 15 Mbps of dedicated Internet bandwidth per connection. Cable modem bandwidth, can be higher, but is shared between multiple consumers and as such will fluctuate with the level of usage by ALL the consumers sharing that bandwidth. There are other markets in the U.S., even Southern New Hampshire, where you can get much higher bandwidths per connection. This also needs to be rectified.