Daily Archives: January 6, 2016

Mount Everest Was Not Summited At All In 2015!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access U.K. Daily Mail original.

Click here to access U.K. Daily Mail original.

I was shocked when I saw this news story yesterday during my daily, near religious reading of the U.K. “Daily Mail“.

As far as I was concerned summiting Everest had become somewhat of a joke — with all the fixed ladders, ropes and carved in steps, not to mention the armies of professional guides at hand, making it such that it was like taking a crowded elevator.

Per the Guinness Book of World Records 234 climbers summited Everest in ONE DAY in 2012! That, of course, is a record! The total for 2012, however, is said to have been 547. So 43% of those that summited in 2012 did it in one day. It must have been sure packed up at the top.

658 summited in 2013, but only 106 in 2014, though that included a 13-year old girl, the youngest female to do so.

From what I can see Everest has been KNOWN to have been summited 6,977 times.

Of course it was the earthquakes in 2015 that precluded Everest being climbed all the way to the top. I don’t think it was a bad thing. They need to rethink the granting of climbing permits and tourists rights. Yes, Nepal needs the money but it would be such a shame to devalue and demean the Everest experience and relevance.

Related Posts:
>> Mount Everest — NatG II.
>> Mount Everest — NatG I.
>> Sherpa revolt petulant?
>> Google Doodle for 1st known ascent.

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by Anura Guruge

Taking Selfies My Way — Part V.

by Anura Guruge

These were taken at the Times Square, New York City,
H&M” apparel store,
with my Sony RX100 Mk II, while Deanna and the girls shopped.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

The rather spectacular “H&M” store in Times Square.

Related Posts:
>> Taking Selfies My Way — Part I.
>> Taking Selfies My Way — Part II.
>> Taking Selfies My Way — Part III.
>> Taking Selfies My Way — Part IV.

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by Anura Guruge

NO Surprise That DISH’s Sling TV Continues To Struggle — Riddled With Technical Problems & Pitiful Customer Support.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to READ “The Street” article from today.


Click image to read article in “Motherboard” from yesterday.

I have now had ‘Sling TV‘ on my Roku 3 for nearly 11 months. I got Sling TV so that I could watch cricket on Willow and UK OneWorld Sports.

I have had NOTHING but trouble with Sling TV — including yet another episode of video loading errors last night.

Sling TV is an unmitigated nightmare.

What makes it worse is that ‘they’ — Sling TV management and customer support — know about the problems and do NOTHING about it.

Why do I stick with Sling TV? It is the only way I can currently have access to UK OneWorld Sports, and in the Summer, THEY have exclusive rights to English Test Matches. That is it.

If it was just Willow I would GLADLY pay the $4/month extra and get Willow directly on the Roku.

So the above articles make eminent sense. IF you have any sense DO NOT subscribe to Sling TV. Sling TV will drive you to distraction.

‘We’, i.e., those that subscribe to the International Sports Package, supposedly already have the new User Interface — as of early December. Trust me, it SUCKS. Sucks big time. It is devoid of program information! I kid you not. You have to click on each program to see what it is.

So, do yourself a HUGE favor and stay away from Sling TV. You will THANK ME for this advice.

Happy New Year.

The Roku, other than for Sling TV, is an absolute JOY — especially with Amazon Prime, Sky News, PBS, Acorn etc.

Related posts:
>> Sling TV video loading errors.
>> Sling TV video playback issues.
>> Cricket with Sling TV.

by Anura Guruge

2016 Philadelphia Mummers Parade, The “Fancy Division” — YouTube Video Photomontage.

by Anura Guruge


Read about us at the 2016 Philadelphia Mummers Parade in this post & check out pictures from the “Fancy Division” in this post.

Photomontage of 39 pictures taken by I of the “Fancy Division” in the 2016 Philadelphia Mummers Parade made into a video and set to music ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to befit the New Year’s Day theme. Pictures taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, from the south side of City Hall Square.

I have 640 pictures of the parade taken with the FZ1000! So I am trying to share them with YOU in batches.

Related Posts:
>> 2016 ‘Mummers Parade’ 2 YouTube videos.
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Philadelphia ‘Zooballoon’.
Running up “Rocky Steps”.
Orangutan at Philadelphia zoo.

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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — January 6, 2016 + 6 Bonus From New York City.

by Anura Guruge

Taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

We went to New York City & Philadelphia for a week
December 28, 2015 to January 3, 2016.
Appears I took 2,618 pictures with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
not counting those that I took with the Sony RX100 MkII and 
the thousand or so taken by Deanna and Devanee with their cameras.

Over the next few weeks I will share some of these images with you
as bonus pictures.

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by Anura Guruge