Daily Archives: July 28, 2015

Sony DSC RX10 II: Taking Another Look At The Understated Zoom & EVF.

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by Anura Guruge

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** Sony’s
2 new cameras: A7 RII & RX10 II.

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I am still, in between trying get my 24th book done, struggling mightily as to what I should about getting my next camera. Given that the goal is to get it for my birthday, as my treat to myself, I have about 3 weeks before I have to pull the trigger.

I thought I had managed to convince myself that I will get the Canon G3X. But, the more I think about it the more I come to the conclusion that I really despise the look of that camera and will really hate owning it. Seems beyond masochistic to spend $1,240 on a camera that I am really going to dislike. Plus masochism has never had that much appeal to me, my life full of pain without me having to resort to self-infliction.

By far the MAIN reason I was trying to convince myself to get the G3X was the 25x optical zoom. That would be nice.

But what about the new, as yet STILL NOT AVAILABLE, Sony RX10 II?

I have found out that the 200mm, 8.3 x optical zoom, is a bit of a misnomer. Sure. If you want to be technical and pedantic, that is all you get, 8.3x, in terms of genuine, bona fide optical zoom. BUT, the Sony offers a ‘Clear Image Zoom‘ and a ‘Digital Zoom‘. With the ‘Clear Image Zoom’ you get 16x, albeit with a reduced pixel count. And with ‘Digital Zoom’ you can get up to 33x. Yes, the G3x also has ‘Digital Zoom’ and that will get you 100x. I could live with 16x. That around a 400mm equivalent. That is more than I have ever had in anything other than a ‘point-and-shoot’.

But the G3X is ugly and you have that god-awful external Electronic Viewfinder (EVF).

That is something else with the Sony RX10 II. It has a 2,359,296 dot resolution EVF. By far one of the highest in the market. That is a HUGE consideration.

So …

Sony RX10 II vs. Canon G3X?

I have noticed one thing. Sony’s documentation is beyond scanty and shabby! Yikes.

Healthcare.gov (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare Confesses To Yet Another Cock-up.

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by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE and read.

I got this letter on Monday, July 27, 2015.

Healthcare.gov was IMPACTED by a frigging problem? So what is bloody new here.

Healthcare.gov, ACA, ObamaBLOODYCare, has been an abortion. I was so looking forward to getting insurance through ACA. Now I hate it. Hate it with a passion. Hate it probably even more than your common or garden Tea Partyer.

I got whacked a 88% IRS Tax Penalty in April 2015 — IRS saying I paid too little for ObamaBLOODYCare. That was the last bloody straw.

I am not going to do anything about this bleeding letter. Why bother trying to see IF they can reduce my premiums. I will get whacked at bloody tax time.

I can’t wait for Donald Trump to become president just to have ObamaCare repealed.

‘Blue Moon’ On Friday, July 31, 2015 Will Be The Last In A Blue Moon.

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by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE and enjoy. NOD = National Orgasm Day.

To be fair a ‘Blue Moon‘ can mean one of three things:

1. Second full moon within the same calendar month.

2. Third full moon during an astronomical season that has four full moons; an astronomical season in this context being the 3-month period between an equinox and a solstice, e.g., 3-months between the March Spring Equinox and the June Summer Solstice.

3. When the moon, due to atmospherical conditions, appears blue.

All three are RARE events. An astronomical season is but three months. So to get 4 full moons does not happen that often. DITTO for two full moons in the same month and ‘red’, ‘orange’, ‘silver’ and ‘gray’ moons are much more common that blue-tinted moons.

So the phrase, ‘Blue Moon’, as I talked about in this post, is also used to mean something that happens rarely.

The last two full moons in a month happened in September 2012. Nearly 3 years ago.

Friday’s July 31, 2015 Blue Moon is the last, for us in EASTERN U.S. till beyond 2020. Yes, that is it for over 5 years. Time zones to the WEST of us will have them in May 2016, May 2018 and October 2020. But not in Eastern U.S. All has to do with the timing of the 2nd full moon.

Third full moon in an astronomical season will happen May 2016, May 2019, August 2021 and August 2024.

Plus, July 31, 2015 is “National Orgasm Day“!

It has to the first time NOD has happened in a Blue Moon. Wow.