Daily Archives: April 9, 2015

Easter Lilies In Bloom In New Hampshire (Indoors, Of Course) — Taken With 20 MP Nikon S3600

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by Anura Guruge


A Few Related Easter posts:
>> Easter 2015 egg hunt at the Guruge’s.
>> Easter Sunrise Service Cotton Mountain Church.
>> Easter Google Doodle.
>> 2015: Easter-Passover same weekend.
>> Easter 2014 at the Guruge place.
>> Second Best Ever Easter Joke.
>> Best Ever Easter Joke.
>> 2015 Easter Cakes from Kapruka.

++++ Search ‘Easter’ for MANY other posts >>>>


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These, in contrast to my recent pictures, taken with a $39.90 refurbished Nikon Coolpix S3600 I got my hands on (from buydig.com) yesterday. I think the quality is pretty acceptable. 20.1 MP, and 4.5 MB, in original format. What is a hoot, other than the insane $40 price, is that it is miniscule, 3.8″ x 2.4″ x .7″. Real small. Will easily fit into a pocket. Smaller than my wallet, and that is pretty slim since I never have any money in it. That is basically the reason I ended up with this cute little camera. I got it for Deanna, on impulse, when I got a ‘it is yours for $39.90, free shipping” e-mail offer from buydig.com. She needed a new point-and-shoot. But as soon as it arrived I knew she would not like it. Too small! But perfect for me — as an adjunct for my rather bulky Canon T3i (or whatever is to come). So I ordered Deanna a rather fancy Olympus, from buydig (which arrived today), and kept the Nikon. So that is the story as to how I ended up with a Nikon Coolpix that is smaller than the standard lens on my DSLR. It really is small. Gets lost in my palm and I have small hands.


In 19 Out Of 128 Prior Years Lake Winnipesaukee (N.H.) Ice-Out Had Already Happened By April 9.

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Related posts:
>> 2015:
Not even close …
>> 2014 Ice-Out: middle of road.
>> 2014 Ice-Out, April 23.
>> Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out, Analysis.

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Yes, of course, particularly given the the snow last night and the lingering cold temperatures, I invariably devote a few seconds a day thinking about when we might get ice-out on the BIG Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee — especially since I want to work out when I should stop thinking about walking on the ice.

Given that I have an Excel spreadsheet of all the ice-out dates going back 128 years, I just did a quick ‘look’. Things in 2015 are not as bleak as they first appear. We have only had ice-out, by now, in 19 (of the 128) prior years. So that is not bad.

The median day for ice-out (depending on whether it was a leap year or not) is April 16/April 17. So we still have nearly a week.

The average for ice-out is April 19. That is 10 days away.

So now YOU TOO know.


New Hampshire (N.H.) Comes In 49 Out Of 51 In Terms Of Highest Average Real Estate Property Tax.

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Related posts:
1/ NH 2014 – 2015 tax rates.
2/
N.H. 2013 – 2014 tax rates.

3/ N.H. 2012 – 2013 tax rates.

++++ Search on ‘tax’ for other posts >>>>


For the latest 2014 – 2015 Tax Rates for New Hampshire — CLICK.


I happened to see this article on “MarketWatch” this morning. Obviously it piqued my interest. So we have the 3rd highest property tax rate. The average stated for New Hampshire, viz. $3,649, is 1% BELOW what we pay — but we have an exceedingly modest dwelling. This article and the accompanying tables make interesting reading.

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The data for the “MarketWatch” article came from “wallethub“.
So I went there to get the data I wanted.
This is how the TOP property tax states compare.
N.H. is 3rd from bottom.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. These are the HIGHEST property tax states. The table is from “wallethub.com”. Use link above.


This table, also from “wallethub“, shows in the 2nd column the average cost to register a car.
N.H. comes in joint 41st out of 51.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. This table, 2nd COLUMN, looks at car registration costs. The table is from “wallethub.com”. Use link above.


Is “GoDaddy Pro” For Real?

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Related posts:
>> GoDaddy IPO — April Fool’s Day!
>>
GoDaddy faces competition from Google Domains.
>>
GoDaddy no IPO breaks for customers.
>>
GoDaddy IPO on deckMar. 19, 2015.
>>
GoDaddy IPO filingJune 10, 2014.

++++  Search ‘GoDaddy’ for many, many other posts —>>>


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This arrived via e-mail this morning.

I am by force and nature suspicious of any and all e-mails of this nature. There are too many malicious scams about. So I will NOT click on anything unless I am about 1,200% certain that it is legit.

To begin with I always check the domain name of the sender. In this case it was: e.godaddy.com. That got me on guard. I actually checked e.godaddy.com and it does resolve to Godaddy.com, but that alone does not make me happy.

The “Get Started” button does go to e.godaddy.com — and I am NOT going to risk that.

Plus, I do NOT need anything fancy from GoDaddy — anymore. I now basically have very little with them. They did a wonderful job driving me away


Sorry To Inform You Of The Death Of Elmo Noel Perera, Bishop Emeritus of Galle (Sri Lanka).

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Spectacular Portuguese fortified Galle by the ocean.

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Other Related Posts:
++++ Check Categories ‘Religion‘ & ‘Sri Lanka‘ for many other posts (on sidebar) >>>> 


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From “gcatholic.org” run by my friend Gabriel Chow. Click to ENLARGE and read.


Just had an e-mail from Oswald Thomas Colman Gomis, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Colombo (Sri Lanka) — a longtime family friend. Thought I would share given my Catholic and Sri Lankan readership. The news hasn’t hit all the relevant Catholic Websites as yet. [I sent Gabriel, at gcatholic.org, an e-mail.]

I did NOT know Bishop Elmo Perera. I see, thanks to Gabriel’s outstanding work, that we had 3 bishops all called Perera. Yes, a common name in Sri Lanka (a local variant of the Portuguese ‘Pereira‘ — for pear tree). I actually have cousins named ‘Perera’, and as is not unusual in Sri Lanka, they are Buddhists — i.e., names are not a reliable indicator of religion in Sri Lanka.

Theoretically, if not for the fact that I was adopted and do not know my biological family, Galle is my ‘home town’. I knew Galle well in my youth. Used walk on the ramparts. Now when I see them on TV, when cricket matches are being played in Galle, it makes me very nostalgic. Beautiful part of the world. After Galle there is nothing but Indian ocean all the way to Antarctica. 


April 9, 2015 And It Is Snowing Again In Central New Hampshire — Sacré bleu.

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Related posts:
>> 2014 Ice-Out
: middle of road.
>> Easter 2015
in Alton.
>> Jumping off deck.


++++ Search ‘snow‘ & ‘blizzard‘ for many, many other posts >>>>





First pictures taken with a $39.90 refurbished Nikon Coolpix S3600
that I got yesterday from buydig.com.


While I know and appreciate that we, in Central New Hampshire, can get — and have had — snow fall well into May, this is a bit tedious. We had a lot of snow this year. Over 10 feet I think. This is annoying.

Where, or where is the Global Warming


West Indies v England, Starting April 13, 2015, Heralds A Full Calendar Of Good cricket On Willow Cricket (On Sling TV).

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Other Related posts:wcc2015logo
a/ Host v Host Final?
b/ South Africa did not prevail.

c/ ICC WCC 2015 memorabilia.
d/
Picking SA over NZ in 1st Semi.
e/ SA v SL — match fixing?

f/ SA v SL
1st Quarter Final. … … …

>> Sling TV, DishWorld & Willow Cricket.
>> ICC World Cup 2015 with Roku.
>> Beyond pleased with Roku 3.

>> Getting Roku 3 with DishWorld.

++++ Check Category ‘Cricket’ for many other related posts >>>>

++++ Search ‘Roku’ for many other related posts >>>>


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Click here to access Willow cricket.

Though I got a Roku 3 (with a TP-Link Power Extender Internet connection), in mid-February, so I could get Willow Cricket, I, until this week, never really watched any cricket on Willow because I discovered the ($99) ESPN 2015 package for covering the entire 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. I spent 7 weeks, and probably in excess of 60 hours, watching the World Cup and enjoyed every second of it. It was an exceptional World Cup and ESPN amazed with the slickness of their coverage — with nary a technical or quality issue. Pretty amazing to deliver all those hours of video, over the Internet, seamlessly, with no jitter, jiggles or pixelation. ESPN way exceeded my expectations.

It is only during the last few days that I have finally gone back to Sling TV International (née DishWorld International) to watch Willow. Over the last 3 days I have been watching the SA v WI 3 ODI, from South Africa, ahead of the World Cup. Willow’s coverage, from SuperSports, is good. I will get used to it in time. I am kind of working out the details. Picture quality is good. I am enjoying it — if not the WI batting.

Then I started seeing all their Ads for the forthcoming series. I was blown away. There is going to be an avalanche of cricket coming my way. That the England tour of the West Indies is all Test Matches — April 13 (Antigua), April 21 (Grenada) & May 1 (Barbados) — is pretty exceptional. I guess we have all had a surfeit of ODIs. Fair enough. I am looking forward to some proper cricket in white clothing. I get mesmerized during Tests. I just watch in a trance. I like the ebb and flow. The tactics within tactics. The chess being played on a 22 yard pitch.

Well, I will keep you posted. Not sure what TEN Cricket will be showing during this time. Looks like Willow has signed up all of the plumb series.

Am I glad I got that Roku. Best thing that I have bought in eons.