Daily Archives: March 20, 2016

Do NOT Get A Home Inflate Helium Latex Balloon Kit Without ‘Hi-Float’ Balloon Treatment.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Kits do NOT include ‘Hi-Float’. Repeat. Do NOT include ‘Hi-Float’. Buy it separately. Otherwise a total waste of money and PRECIOUS Helium.


A ‘High-Float’ product page from Amazon. About the BEST price and it is Prime. Click to access.

Teischan had a Pre-Birthday party and sleepover Friday/Saturday — her birthday being this coming week. She wanted lots of balloons and so Deanna bought one of those Home Inflate kits, at Walmart, when she went shopping for the party supplies. We had bought one quite a few years ago and it had been quite a hit. At around $40 Deanna figured that it was a bargain given the 50 balloons included — at 80 cents a balloon.

These balloons, as it CLEARLY states on the box, lasted around 8 hours.

They pathetically deflated after that. And it says that on the box. Very clearly and both Teischan and Deanna had seen it.

This confused and UPSET me. I had discovered to my horror, 4 years ago, that the World was running out of Helium!


My 2012 post on this blog. Click to read.


An article from 2015 I just found. Click image to access.

So it bad enough that we are using precious Helium for party tricks BUT WORSE that we lose that Helium within 1/3 of a day!

I knew something was not right. Latex balloons you buy at supermarkets etc. last 3 to 4 days, if not longer (and yes, Mylar balloons lasts even longer).

So, as ever, I Googled.

That is when I discovered ‘Hi-Float‘. Now it ALL makes sense. The latex balloons have to be sealed.

Got it? Just trying to make sure that we all get more for our money and the best out of the Helium we have. (Yes, I know it is the 2nd most abundant element in the Universe BUT we haven’t yet figured out how to extract Helium from outer space).

by Anura Guruge

Panasonic Lumix LX100 — One Month Review With 2,300 Pictures Taken.

by Anura Guruge

Just a random sampling of 6 pictures
taken with my LX100 during the last 2 week.

Click to ENLARGE.

It has been exactly a month since I got my Panasonic Lumix LX100. I have enjoyed using it. Exactly what I wanted — a camera with full manual control with dedicated dials for Exposure Compensation and Shutter Speed. It has taken some great pictures — though I am still learning how to use it and haven’t had the time to read the instruction manual nor the book I got from Amazon! But, to be fair much of the camera’s operation is similar to that of my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 so I did have a head start. I have, as it says in the title, taken 2,300 usable photographs with it — and that is with me NOT using it everyday since I also use the FZ100.

This camera is a keeper. Deanna has already indicated that she will have it when I, as is inevitable, will decide to upgrade.

I got a great deal on the camera. In the end I ended up paying just $630 for the camera (along with a throwaway kit). I might get another $13 off that also because the credit card I used has a ‘Price Rewind’ feature and I think I can find a camera on Amazon for $617. For $630 it was one heck of a bargain — but then again I get these discounts because I go through a lot of cameras. I think this was the 5th or 6th camera I have bought since August 2015, though I only keep 2 cameras at any one time (not counting the cameras that Deanna and the kids have).

My only major concern about the LX100 is the White Balance. But I can live with that. It is also produces funky colors and gets a tad temperamental when I use it outside in cold weather BUT to be fair the specs. do say that the operating temperature is ABOVE freezing — and I do use it when it is colder than that (which is not unusual for New Hampshire winter).

Yes, I would like slightly more zoom (and I try not to use Digital Zoom). The electronic viewfinder (EVF) leaves a bit to be desired. Though I don’t articulate my LCD that often it would be nice to have the capability.

Yes, there is talk of a follow-up, i.e., the Panasonic LX200. Would I get it. Probably … because I am a sucker for new technology. SMILE.

But for now DEFINITELY ‘Two Thumbs’ up. A keeper. A winner. Thanks Panasonic.

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by Anura Guruge

“Mortdecai” — The 2015 Movie A Mindless But Enjoyable Little Romp Especially If You Are Into Classic British Farce.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘imdb.com’ listing for movie.

Most nights, between around 9:15 pm to 10:15 pm Deanna and I watch a movie. This is also when I have my dinner. Since we are talking, at most, an hour we never ever finish a movie in one go. Usually takes us 2 to 3 nights to see one from start to finish. Then to complicate matters, earlier in the evening, starting at 6pm we have our ‘Family TV’ hour. Not all the time (since that is also when we watch “Downton Abbey” etc.) we watch movies during that slot too. So we can have two movies going over multiple evenings — with the kids finishing “Out of Africa” last night.

Well we, i.e., Deanna and I, watched “Mortdecai” the last couple of nights. I had found it on Amazon Prime. It was fun. Deanna laughed out loud, quite a bit and that is always a good sign. Amusing. The mimicked accents a bit hard to follow at times. But a jolly Classic British romp, exquisitely filmed.

If you haven’t seen it check it out. Not great, but not half bad. You will have fun. 

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by Anura Guruge

Olympus Should Not Wait Until ‘Photokina’ To Announce OM-D E-M1 Mk. II.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘New Camera’. Use link below to access original.

Click to read whole story from ‘New Camera‘.

‘Photokina’ 2016 is towards the end of September. If Olympus waits till then to announce the REFRESH for the OM-D E-M1 it would be a full 3 years since the first model was unveiled. If at all possible Olympus should bring forward the announcement to give Fuji X-T2 aspirants, I among those, a very competitive Micro Four-Thirds alternative. Next to Fuji the Olympus OM-D line is my next favorite in terms of extensive direct control — though I am getting increasingly fond of my Panasonic Lumix LX100.

I would seriously look at the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk. II. My only reservation would be the Sensor Size. But the exceptional Image Stabilization of the Olympus, even without ‘Dual IS’ is a major consideration. The new Olympus PEN-F looks real attractive and has enough control wheels at the back to keep me entertained BUT all the reviews I read say that it is unbalanced, in terms of weight, with anything other than small (light) prime lenses — and the one type of lens I am UNLIKELY to use are primes. I am a zoom guy. It actually got me looking at Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk IIs. Refurbished Mk Is are available for $350 directly from Olympus. Tempting.

Fun, fun … fun. 

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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — March 20, 2016 + 6 Bonus From Halfmoon Lake, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge

All the pictures taken with my
soon to be 1-month old

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.

Halfmoon Lake“, Alton, N.H.
is ‘our lake’ in that we have beach rights to it.

Teischan wanted to go down to the beach,
with her sleepover friends, even though
it was 26°F. We made 2 trips.
I took them down on the second.

These images are from the Lumix FZ1000.

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by Anura Guruge