Daily Archives: January 14, 2016

“Shake Shack” Adds Chicken To The Menu With “Chick’n Shack” — Yes, Yes, Yes.

by Anura Guruge


Though I have only, as yet, managed to eat at a ‘Shake Shack‘ once, and that was a couple of weeks ago when we were in New York, I have been shareholder of the ‘SHAK‘ since more or less the IPO — and today, as I heard on CNBC, with SHAK the bell ringers for the market open, was the one year anniversary. With the stock in the dumps (even more so than others) I am all in favor of anything to further improve the financials though to be fair the financials are not bad and from what we saw, the restaurants are mobbed.

I am in SHAK for the long haul. I am now writing options against the shares and that alone is beneficial. But adding chicken to go with the vegetarian ‘Shroom Burger is good. Love it. Can’t wait to go again.

I am happy. 

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The Science Behind Female Breasts — Especially Their Movement.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access U.K. “Daily Mail” original from Jan. 13, 2015.


I know it is hard to believe given the amount of coverage that I give them, BUT I, notwithstanding the obvious assets of some of my past companions, am not really a ‘breast man‘. Honest. Ask Deanna. But due to an incident that took place 44 years ago I have always had a passing interest in the motion of female breasts. And now I am CRUSHED.

When women are jogging the breasts perform a ‘Figure 8′ motion? Is that really true? It has taken us this long to discover this? Why does this concern me so much?breastmotionchart

Well this ‘Figure 8’ claims destroys one of my few worthwhile contributions to science and education!

Yes. Way back when I was 18 I came up with a memorable discovery that helped many get through the intricacies of college level physics.

It had to do with ‘Simple Harmonic Motion‘ — a very important, and basic type of motion in nature. I was taught and used to think of it as the ‘path travelled by an object accelerating relative to fixed point’ . 1971. University College of Swansea. I am in a physics class in a large auditorium. Lecturer was teaching us ‘Simple Harmonic Motion’. You may also find this hard to believe but I was somewhat of a character and comedian in those days (unlike the sober, staid, serious soul I am now). So he is standing up talking about ‘acceleration relative to a fixed point’ when I raise my hand and blurt out … ‘you mean just like the path traversed by the nipple of a girl running topless on the beach’. The other kids, as was invariably the case whenever I said anything, started laughing.

The lecturer stopped, of course, in his tracks. Then his face lit up. He started laughing saying: ‘Very Good. Very Good. Yes, exactly. Great definition. We should all use it’. From then on for the next 3 years I was, among other things (including the claim that I spent 70% of my time in Swansea horizontal), notorious for my knowledge of ‘Simple Harmonic Motion’.

But  ‘Figure 8’ motion is not SHM UNLESS, of course, I can come up with a way to way that it is 2nd Degree SHM — on two planes — horizontal and vertical.

Anywho … check it out IF you have any interest in female breasts and the science behind them.


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Pope Francis Is Treating Rome’s Poor To The Circus — Today.

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Click images to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access ‘Vatican Radio’ original.


Click image to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original. This announcement INCLUDES the story about the song that will be sung to Pope Francis.

Click here to access ‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS) original.

This is GOOD. Creative. This Pope, Francis, sure can think outside of the box. Note that the pope will not be attending.

Far cry from December 2010 when there was ‘outrage’ when four topless acrobats from a circus entertained Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Yes, of course, I covered it.

The December 2010 topless incident.

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‘Revels North’ Kids Program On ‘Silk Road’ A Welcome Opportunity In The Northeast.

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Click to access the ‘Revels North’ Webpage for this program, with dates etc.

I was taken back and delighted when I saw this, in the form of an e-mail, this morning. Kids in the Northeast, particularly in NH, could do with ALL the EXPOSURE they can to the wide world beyond the borders of their state (or in some cases their town). This is why I am such a big advocate of the Laconia ‘Multicultural Day‘.

Learning about the ‘Silk Road‘ could sure inspire kids to explore their wonderlust. The ‘Silk Road’ has it all: adventure, history, culture, art, music, romance. Yes, I have a soft spot in my heart of the ‘Silk Road’ — other than the fact that the ‘Silk Road’ also traversed through Ceylon, by birthplace. In 1983 when UNESCO started its grand ‘Silk Road’ program, my adoptive father, by then a 15 year old and Director-level official with UNESCO, was part of the team. As it happened the Ceylon (by then Sri Lanka) part of the UNESCO kick-off was scheduled for August 1983. I happened to be in Sri Lanka at the time. So given that my adoptive father and mother were also there, from Paris, as was the Director General (who I had met many times in Paris), we attended many of the events. Somewhere in this house there is also a lavishly produced UNESCO book, published in 1983, for the ‘Silk Road’. So ..

This GRAND. I am happy. Bravo.


UNESCO ‘Silk Road’ Home page with the ‘Sri Lanka’ flag highlighted. Click to access.

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New Hampshire Night Sky January 2016: Bright ‘Star’, Low To The East Is Jupiter.

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It is in the treeline around 10:30 pm and continues to ascend during the night … into the morning. Hard to miss if you are up and about, looking at the sky around 11pm or later. Enjoy.

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‘6 images for the day’ — January 14, 2016 + 6 Bonus From Philadelphia.

by Anura Guruge

Back to 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.

Plenty of snow on the ground Wednesday, January 13,
when I took the top 6 pictures.

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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