Daily Archives: February 7, 2016

Eversource (PSNH) Power Outage February 5, 2016 & MetrcoCast Internet Outage February 7 in Alton, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


If nothing else I try to keep track of power and Internet outages, in Alton, New Hampshire, for my ‘record’ and edification.

Friday, February 5, 2016 was when we had the ‘unexpected’ (i.e., less than 12 hours notice) ‘big’ snowstorm — kind of the first of 2016 (after our unusually long stretch of above normal temperatures). There was an Eversource (nee PSNH) power outage around 9:30 am, that lasted for about 75 minutes, in Alton. We rolled out and hooked up the generators. To be fair as far as I can remember, and per my records (i.e., blog posts) this was the first time we had to hook up the generators since the 23-hour power outage at Thanksgiving 2014!

So to be fair to Eversource that is not bad. 435 days without a major outage. That is pretty good.

P1030476I try to roll out the generators ‘once a month’ and run them for about 1/2 hour. Folks tell me that this good. And I have done this for 6 years. So just two weeks ago I had gone through the ‘warm up’ drill. When doing so I recalled that I had not had to hook the generators up in a long time — 1 year 2 months.

So that was the Eversore (as I call them) outage. February 5, 2016.

Today, Superbowl Sunday, February 7, 2016 MetroCast had an Internet outage around 1:45pm. Actually two. The first a short blip followed by a full-blown outage. It was probably down for 30 minutes. I don’t know. I left, went and had my ‘brunch’ and watched cricket, South Africa vs. England 2nd ODI on Willow, via my Roku 3, using our TDS connection. When I finished brunch and came up I saw that all the lights were flashing on my Motorola Surfboard. So I knew MetroCast was back up. Working fine now. So another heads up.


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2016 Chinese New Year, ‘Year Of The Red Monkey’, February 8th.

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2016 Chinese New Year Google Doodles — For China & Vietnam — Featuring Red Monkeys.

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Click IMAGES to access the Google Doodle.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Descriptions provided by Google
& the reach of each Doodle.
That it is NOT worldwide makes NO sense at all.
There are Chinese on all continents.

Click to ENLARGE and read here.
Use above links to access originals.





Last Google Doodles:
>> Frederick Douglas.
>> Amrita Sher-Gil.

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‘6 images for the day’ — February 7, 2016 + 6 Bonus Ahead Of Primary, Concord, N.H.

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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.

I was in Concord, New Hampshire,
Saturday morning, Feb. 6, 2016.
Concord is buzzing ahead of the Primary on Feb. 9.
VIBES Gourmet Burger” & “Buzza Bar”
as I have mentioned is co-owned by a good friend of ours.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.








From the breathtakingly Amazing Philadelphia Museum of Art.







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High-End Mirrorless Cameras, Year End 2015 — 1st Cut Comparison.

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I am calling it ‘1st-cut’ BECAUSE it is incomplete. I really had grand plans for this. I wanted to have columns for Image Stabilization (IS), Auto Focus points etc. I ran out of time. Plus the motivation rapidly went south when I came to the realization that I have my heart and mind set on Fuji X-T1 (or T2 if there is going to be one). So it was ‘why spend more time (which I am in such short supply of’ when I already knew what I planned to get.

Plus now with my Sony RX100 II sold (and already more than halfway to California (via USPS)) what I have to do is determine what high-end, mirrorless compact I need to get as my second camera. So I need to put together a spreadsheet for that. But I enjoy it.

Anyway I wanted to share this because some of you will find it useful.


Another comparison I did in November 2015 of the ‘Camera Labs’ point-and-shoot recommendation.


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