Daily Archives: February 26, 2016

The Honesty Of New Englanders Tend To Be Astounding.

by Anura Guruge

axspro11I got the kids a GoPro-like action camera kit, an ‘ASX ActionPro-X‘, as a ‘family present’ for Christmas. Though it was received with excitement it stayed unused — partly because we have so many other cameras around.

Yesterday we went skiing at Loon. Devanee wanted to take the ‘GoPro’, I was fine with that provided she used it. She was going to use it with the head-strap.

Once we were there it fell on me to wear it. I did not use the waterproof case. Just snapped it onto the ‘cradle’ and screwed that onto the head-harness. We did one run with the camera. At the bottom I look it off and looked around to see if Deanna was around so that I could give her the camera to keep. Deanna was not skiing. She wasn’t around so I decided to do another run with the camera. Same routine. Got down to the bottom and went to take the camera off to give it to Deanna.

Camera was missing!

Harness still on my head but no camera or cradle. It had come unscrewed. I immediately retraced my steps. Went on the lift and skied back the trail. No signs of the ASX. I was bit bummed but was not devastated. It was an action camera. Teischan, to her credit, went on her own and checked, unsuccessfully.

About an hour later, on a whim, I asked the ski lift operator if somebody had handed in a ‘GoPro’.

To my amazement and delight she said “Yes, but it is not a GoPro”. I told her it was an ‘AXS’ (which was close enough).

WOW. I was impressed and humbled. It was a fully functional action camera. Somebody could have just pocketed it.


Second time that somebody in New Hampshire has handed in a camera that I misplaced. The last time was 15 years ago, at UNH in Durham, at a ‘Destination Imagination‘ workshop. There were around 00 people there. The camera was a Nikon DSLR worth around $500. Somebody handed it in. I was amazed BUT had believed, in the back of my mind, that somebody would hand it in. I was right.

Yes, we have lost at least 3 other digital compact cameras in the interim. But we are not sure where we lost them. Somebody could have handed in those too BUT we are not sure where to go asking.

But the ‘GoPro’ at Loon was HUMBLING.

New Englanders. 

by Anura Guruge

Skiing At Loon Mountain, New Hampshire On February 25, 2016.

by Anura Guruge

Pictures and videos taken by Deanna
with her Olympus Stylus SZ-16.
Images reduced to 1024 x 768
for publication here.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

24 second YouTube video.


Click to access YouTube video.

Thanks to their participation in the school ski program both kids are big into skiing. Every year they nag me to take them skiing. In my old age, given that I am a 62-year old born in equatorial Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), I am at best a (very) warm-weather skier. Yes, it is true that I used to be a rabid, manic skier who was even known to ski one day, at Waterville Valley, when the temperature was BELOW 0°F (and at that point it doesn’t matter whether you are talking Celsius or Fahrenheit). Plus now I have a mortal fear that I would break something important. 40 years ago I broke all my knuckles on ski poles — but I don’t care about knuckles. Breaking my leg would be inconvenient.

I had not skied the last two years. Teischan did her 1st school ski program this year and was very anxious for a ‘family ski’. So I relented — provided it was warm.

So yesterday, Thursday, February 25, 2016, in the midst of the February 1-week school vacation, we headed up to Loon. I have been skiing at Loon since 1986 — 30 years. I used to ski a LOT at Loon. Devanee likes Loon (as opposed to Gunstock) too — though this was Teischan’s first time skiing at Loon, though she is no stranger to Loon because of our annual visits to the ‘Highland Games‘. Yes, we knew the weather forecast. It was going to be warm and then RAIN late afternoon. Half a day skiing is fine with me and this was ‘OK’.

We got to Loon at 10:20 am. It was foggy (from the melting snow) and gray. I thought something MAJORLY had gone wrong. Loon was EMPTY. The main car park, between the two lodges, had, max., 40 cars! It was empty. And that was the theme for the day. EMPTY.

At noon the clouds and fog dissipated and for two hours we got to ski under bright blue skies. It was so warm I had to take my gloves off. Conditions were NOT bad. Yes, there were some slushy patches but they were easy to see and avoid. It wasn’t hard to ski. I skied mainly with the kids. I think I only did 3 runs on my own. That was OK. Skied quite a bit with Teischan. It started to rain just before 3pm. Teischan and I skied a bit in the rain (which was frozen in the main). Arond 3:15pm we gave up. But we had got a fair amount of skiing since there were NO lines, whatsoever. No lines. Amazing. I love that. Nothing nicer than skiing right upto the gate and getting on. I think there were less than 100 people skiing on the mountain all together! Wow. And it was school vacation. I gather it had been quiet the day before also.

Loon continues to impress BAR for the prices. Cost us $215 for what was 1/2 days skiing — I rented skis (HEAD (which were great) and Teischan got boots and skis. Teischan’s lift ticket was only $10 since we had a coupon from the school ski program. If not for that it would have been another $30 – $40 more. Rentals, fully automated, is a snap. Good equipment. Liked the HEAD skis. No effort required. They turn when you think about turning!

It was a GOOD day followed by an AMAZING late lunch at the INCREDIBLEGypsy Café‘ — a separate post on that coming later today (with luck).

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by Anura Guruge

U.S. Prisons Do Not Permit Inmates To ‘Spank the Monkey’? That Is Insane and Inhuman.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from February 25, 2016.

Click image to ENLARGE and goggle, in wonder, here.


When I saw this I was amazed. I gather, from the article, that any and sexual activity by inmates is prohibited by law. But we all know it happens. BUT trying to ban masturbation?

Even popes have acknowledged, however obliquely, that this is something very hard for males to abstain from.

The vows of celibacy taken by Catholic monks to do prohibit them from masturbating. Ask one and they, after beating around the bush, will sheepishly admit that they can do so.

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by Anura Guruge

IRS Should, And Could, DENY Whether Donald Trump Is Being Currently Audited — Without Violating Law?

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘USA Today’ story. Google for many, many more.

Yes, the IRS has privacy laws, as it should, to stop it from divulging information about taxpayers and their status.

BUT from what I can see the IRS, or for that matter any agency, can DENY A FALSEHOOD without compromising privacy laws — especially IF it impugns your integrity.

This is a matter of National importance.

IF Trump is not being audited the President or the Attorney General on behalf of the IRS should make a statement that “per the IRS Trump is not being currently audited”.

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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — February 26, 2016 + 6 Bonus From Boston Chinese New Year.

by Anura Guruge

All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

Boston Chinatown on Sunday, February 21, 2016
for the Chinese New Year Dragon Parades
& Dim Sum at ‘China Pearl’
as is our yearly tradition.
Series started on Feb. 22, 2016.

These, like the above, were also taken in Boston
with my new Lumix LX100.

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by Anura Guruge