Daily Archives: February 18, 2016

2016 ‘Leap Day’, February 29 Will Fall On A Monday — A Favorite Day For Leap Days.

by Anura Guruge


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I don’t know if you ever thought about it but calendars (through their very nature) repeat themselves — i.e., you have years where the dates fall on the same days of the week (which means that January 1 on both years fell on the same day of the week). As the above image shows the calendar for 2016 is the same as that for 1988. So if you had a 1988 calendar you could reuse it, sans any issues, this year. For 2017 you could reuse that of 1989.

Basically, typically within OUR lifetime, calendars repeat every 28 years BUT this is NOT always the case. That has to do with the ‘NO LEAP DAY on century years that are NOT divisible by 400’ caveat. [That meant that there were NO February 29s in 1900, 1800 or 1700 since those century years are not divisible (exactly) by 400. But there was a February 29 in 2000, because it was divisible. Same in 1600. 2100, 2200 & 2300 will NOT contain Leap Days. 2400 will. Bit confusing … right?]

Once the 400 year rule is factored in our Gregorian Calendar (after the pope) TOTALLY repeats itself, without exceptions to do with Leap Years, every 400 years. During these 400 year cycles there will always be 97 Leap Years and as such 97 Leap Days.

15 of those 97 Leap Days will fall on a Monday, as is the case this year and WAS in 1988, 1960, 1932 & 1904.

BUT if you go back 28 years from 1904, i.e., to 1876, February 29 was on a Tuesday. That was because 1900 was a Century Year (i.e., divisible by 100) BUT was not divisible by 400.

15 Leap Days will also fall on a Wednesday. But only 13 will fall on a Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday, and 14 on Friday or Saturday. Isn’t that cool?


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I Ordered A Panasonic Lumix LX100, In Silver, From BuyDig.com (And Fate Played A Role).

by Anura Guruge


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As is always the case I do a lot of intense agonizing before I buy a camera. It is always a compromise and I just like to really have a good handle on what compromises I am accepting. I had gravitated towards the Panasonic Lumix LX100 over 2 weeks ago when I stumbled upon the newly announced and not as yet available Panasonic Lumix ZS100. The ZS100, which is a smaller version of my heavily used Panasonic FZ1000, really intrigued me to the point that I went off and created a ZS100 blog (and I have had 560 hits in 10 days (which is a blast)).

I really struggled with the LX100. The 12.8MP resolution really, really bugged me. That said I will never be requiring ‘HUGE’, 11″x14″ prints off pictures I take off that camera (I hope). 99.5% of all pictures I take I use online, severely downsampled. Yes, it is better to start off with more Megapixels BUT for what I need the difference will be marginal.

People just RAVE about the image quality from the LX100 and that is my paramount requirement.

Plus it has a very nice (if a tad short (i.e., 75mm)) f1.7 to 2.8 Leica lens. That f1.7 was the final clincher. I have had f1.8 lenses in the past and they are a joy.

And then the TOTAL MANUAL controls. That is what I really want. I want to be able to instantaneously change exposure compensation, shutter speed or aperture without having to press buttons and then turn things. This is also the reason that I will be replacing the FZ1000 by September. I am going to get a Fuji X-T1 (or X-T2, if there is one) with full manual controls. Getting the LX100 will give me a chance to make sure that I will indeed enjoy the manual controls.

So that is that. If there is an LX200 in June I will upgrade. SMILE. That is a given. As I did with the Sony RX100 II will sell it on eBay.

So despite the ZS100 it seems I was fated to get the LX100 from the first time I read a review about it.


Fate then intervened again and I kind of feel that that was good.

I was going to get the LX100 from Cameta Camera because they offered a keenly priced KIT.

But, of late, I have been buying most of my electronics from BuyDig (and their sales-master Ray Messiah). The BuyDig kit was not as competitively priced. This morning I went to Cameta to order the KIT! They had run out of Silver LX100s! They had (at least) one at 1am this morning. Now it was gone.

I wanted this LX100 in silver to go with the whole retro-look. So I called Ray Messiah. He understood where I was coming from. So, as was the case with the Sony RX100 II I bought from Ray I got the LX100 at a discount. Wasn’t a huge discount, but a discount nonetheless. I feel safer and happier getting it from BuyDig. So that is the story of the LX100. Yes, of course, I will share pictures with you.


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March 14, 2016 “PI Day” Of THE Century — The Only One In Your Lifetime.

by Anura Guruge


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March 14, celebrated as ‘Pi Day‘, hopefully with real pies, happens each and every year on 3/143.14 the first three digits of π.

IF you wanted to be lax about it last year was special too = 3/14/15 BUT that did NOT sit well with mathematicians because π to five decimal places isn’t really 3.1415. That is because the next digit in this infinite sequence is ‘9’. So IF we are going to be mathematical, as we have to be in this case, π stated in five digits is 3.1416. Bingo.

No to be fair this ONLY works IF you still think of years in dates in 2-digits. I ceased to be a 2-digit man in 1998 with Y2K looming. Since then, as you may have noticed, I always spell out my years in 4 digits (because 2-digits no longer make sense).

But it is cute.

So you get it, right? Next 3/14/16 will be in March 2116. Hundred years from now. That is a long time.


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‘6 images for the day’ — February 18, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

by Anura Guruge


With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

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NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.








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

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