Daily Archives: January 21, 2016

The Supposed New 9th Planet, The Latest ‘Planet X’, Might Actually Be A ‘Binary Dwarf’.

by Anura Guruge


Check out this 2:10 minute YouTube video by the ‘Science Magazine’ for the QUICKEST & BEST introduction to this supposed 9th planet — the NEW ‘Planet X’.

CoverJPGIn astronomy a ‘binary’ object is an object made up of two objects orbiting around each other. Pluto in reality is a BINARY DWARF; Charon its largest moon in essence a twin rather than a moon per se. So Pluto-Charon is a Double Dwarf.

My feeling is that this new Planet X, if there is one, will also be a Double Dwarf rather than a single planet.

In case YOU are wondering why I might even know anything about this, do NOT forget that I have written a book about “Dwarf Planets” not to mention Comets and Asteroids.

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Explore World’s Largest Model Railway With Google Maps.

by Anura Guruge


Today’s search page has a Google Footnote that will take you there. Just invoke Google search. OK?


The footnote link will take you to this ‘title’ page. You could get there by clicking this image too. So when the Footnote is no longer there, JUST click this image to get STARTED. OK?


You are next taken to this MAP of the model railway … with the usual Google Map PINS … 9 of them. Those are the areas you can EXPLORE. Click on a PIN.


Here is one of the scenes. Note the usual Google Maps ‘street view’ arrows. Use them. This is fun. Wish they mapped the ENTIRE set and not just 9 subsections. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge

Top 25 Hotels In The U.S. Per “Tripadvisor” Traveler’s Choice.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the complete list at “tripadvisor”.

I contribute reviews and photos to “tripadvisor” though I can never rationalize to myself as to why I do so other than for purely egotistical reasons. I have actually done 49 reviews and am just one review away from being classed a ‘Top Contributor‘. But that is all I get. Seems somehow wrong. You would think that they would give you some kind of travel points. But c’est la vie. But, also to be fair, I do use the site, albeit not that often, to check out recommendations, especially in terms of places to eat.

As for this list of hotels, suffice to say that I have not stayed at any of them and probably unlikely to ever do. But you might find it useful.

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Sumptuous Virtual Tour Of The Queen’s “Buckingham Palace” By U.K. Government.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the virtual tour of 4 rooms in Buckingham Palace, provided by the U.K. Government.

I gather Google was involved in producing this lavish, annotated, 360° tour. Of course they are only showing a very limited subset of a subset of this huge, rambling Palace — for obvious reasons (security the paramount concern). I was impressed. Wanted to make sure you knew about it.


This is the U.K. government’s official Website for the “British Monarchy”. The virtual tour is provided through this Website. Click image to access the Website. Enjoy.

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‘6 images for the day’ — January 21, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

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.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

These are from Philadelphia’s famed New Year’s Day
Mummers Parade“.

See this post for more details.

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