Daily Archives: March 9, 2016

More Bad News For Carbs. Now Thought To Cause Lung Cancer!

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from March 7, 2016.

Click image to ENLARGE and enjoy here.


I dramatically cut back on carbs 3 years and 2 months ago. So for the last 38 months I have had NO bread (of any type or color), no rice (whatsoever), no bagels, no muffins, no donuts, no pizza (other than a few pizza bites), no pasta, no cakes, no pies, no ice cream, no puddings, no desserts! Yes, I lost some weight.

That is NOT to say I do not ingest carbs. That would be impossible. Plus I worked out that I need some amount of carbs, if nothing else to keep my digestive tract somewhat appeased (though I can tell you (for free) that low carb diets wreak havoc on your stomach especially when you are old (as am I)). I still have my mandatory, medicinal DAILY glass of red wine. That has carbs. I eat Activia yogurt (because it is supposed to help with my stomach). That has lots of carbs. I eat one cup of oatmeal a day — again for my stomach (along with quite a bit of Metamucil). So I do ingest a fair amount of carbs and of late I am PUTTING ON WEIGHT, however hard I try. C’est la vie.

Not sure whether I believe this study. But wanted to share it with you for what it is worth.

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by Anura Guruge

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 & LX100 Sensor & White Balance Appear To Be Affected By The Cold.

by Anura Guruge

Recent examples from very cold days.
In each case I had to use Manual White Balance.

Given that I live in New Hampshire (year round (at least for now)) and I am trying to take at least 6 photographs a day, without fail, for my “6 Images a Day” series, I use both my Panasonics, the Lumix FZ1000 & the Lumix LX100, in whatever temperature it is outside. Yes, I know that there must be a temperature rating for these cameras — BUT I haven’t checked. My rationale is that IF I am outside then my camera should be able to be outside with I.

OK. I just checked.
32°F (0°C) to 104°F (40°C).
That seems rather conservative.

I could be VERY WRONG but I have noticed that the cold — and by that I mean below 32°F (0°C) — seems to affect the Lumix sensors and in particular White Balance. In the cold everything literally has ‘cold’ greyish tint. I am forced to MANUALLY juggle White Balance and I am not very good at that. IF I can find some white I know, quite well, as to set a ‘Custom WB Setting’ by pointing at the white and hitting ‘set’. Today I broke down and ordered some White Balance cards! For $9 I can afford it and the layard more than anything else was the clincher. I can carry the cards with me.


Click to access Amazon product page. I did NOT spend much time looking around. They all seemed to be in the $9 range — and I liked the lanyard. I will let you know when I get the cards.

I did a quick Google and found some evidence that maybe others too have seen this ‘affected by the cold’. Well I guess Panasonic’s stock answer will be that I am using it outside of spec. I will have to check the specs for the Fuji X-T2 — more than likely my next camera. Just wanted to share this with you all. 

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by Anura Guruge

Very Cool Google Doodle March 9, 2016, Total Solar Eclipse In Southern Pacific.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the Google Doodle.

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

Google’s blurb for this Doodle.

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


Yet another Google Doodle with a
VERY strange reach.
Why it is being shown in Turkey
is anybody’s guess.



Last Google Doodles:
>> International Women’s Day 2016.
Leap Day.

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by Anura Guruge

If The Samsung NX500 Is Indeed Discontinued Then $798 Is Still Too Much For It.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘B&H’ product page for the Samsung NX500.

Rumors have been around since September 2015 that Samsung’s camera division, despite the critically acclaimed Samsung NX1, was on the skids and that Samsung was looking for a buyer.

On Tuesday morning a number of camera rumor Websites were reporting that mega-distributor “B&H” had the Samsung NX500 marked as discontinued. I checked Cameta Camera and BuyDig.com. Neither of them have the NX500.

The NX500 is still listed on Amazon, by Samsung for one, at $797.99 with a 16-50mm kit lens. IF Samsung is discontinuing this camera, the baby brother of the much more expensive NX1, this is still too expensive. I have never considered the NX500 because it does not have a viewfinder — electronic or optical. And I wouldn’t get a camera at this price bracket without a viewfinder.

If it is indeed discounted the price will probably drop, quite quickly, by another $200. When it gets close to $500 it would be tempting to revisit it since it does have one heck of an impressive 28.2 MP APS-C sensor (though I keep on hearing that all the current Samsungs have autofocus issues).

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by Anura Guruge

“Our Better Half”: An ‘Audio Blog’ On Over 50s Sex & Sexuality By Author Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access “Ourbetterhalf.Net” Website
with all the podcasts.

Click on images to ENLARGE and glance through here.


This is Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh’s
rather cool Website. Check it out.
Click on image.


Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh found me through my “Orgasms 101” book — and I am so glad. We are going to explore the possibility of me doing a small podcasts based on the ‘0ver 50’ stuff I talked about in the book. Of course, as ever, you will be the first to hear about it. In the meantime check out the two Websites above.

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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — March 9, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

by Anura Guruge

All the pictures taken with my (still new)
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.

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

See this post for more details.

Search on “Mummers” for complete series.

For the second time in this ‘6 Images of the Day‘ series,
started in October 2015, I have combined images
from two cameras. These images are from the Lumix FZ1000.

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by Anura Guruge