Daily Archives: April 2, 2016

Revels (Cambridge) Christmas 2016 Revels Will Be “Acadian/Cajun Celebration of the Winter Solstice”

by Anura Guruge

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Use this link to access the Revels (Cambridge) Website for event.


OK, I will confess to a slight sense of trepidation. Revels (North) “Early Appalachian Christmas” in 2013 proved to be somewhat subdued. OK, Revels (Cambridge) — the maestros — are not doing ‘Appalachian’ per se and they have, sensibly, grafted on Cajun which will, of course, be lively and uplifting. I am sure they will pull it off. In 2016 the plan is to JUST go to Revels Cambridge — rather than to BOTH Cambridge and Dartmouth, and pay the ‘big bucks’ for REAL good seats though the seats we had last Christmas were not bad at all. Actually they were quite good.

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British Sci-Fi Favorite “Doctor Who”, Seasons 1 – 8 Now On Amazon Prime Video (For Free).

by Anura Guruge


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Thought it was the only thing going on many Saturday or Sunday nights on British TV during my time there (1969 to 1985) I was never a Doctor Who fan. I kind of grew out of Sci-Fi fairly early on in my life. But I get a feeling that the kids may like it. We have Amazon Prime so it will be available for free. 

Just wanted to make sure YOU knew about it. Enjoy — it is your cuppa of BritishT’.

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Amazon’s Wi-Fi “Press To Order” ‘DASH’ Buttons Are Real — No April Fool’s Joke (Now 100+)

by Anura Guruge


It has Wi-Fi inside. Wi-Fi setup using an Android or iOS APP. Neat.


Amazon’s explanation as to how it works. It is there with each DASH button. Click to ENLARGE and study here.


Click to ENLARGE and goggle. Copy this short URL to access Amazon page: goo.gl/KFq1uu

amazondashtrojanAmazon, intentionally or otherwise, announced these DASH buttons on March 31, 2015 — just ahead of April Fool’s Day. So many, including I, thought that it was meant to be an April Fool’s joke.

Not so. Appears that Amazon is very serious about them. Cute and clever. Makes sense. Not that we would ever need any. We are kind of better organized. But I have no issues with them, especially as an Amazon shareholder. Very innovative.

The DASH buttons are FREE after the 1st order. Yes, you get the $4.95 back when you click the button for the 1st time. How can YOU lose?

Way to go AMAZON. Am I glad I own Amazon shares? You betcha.

Now if they would combine Trojan orders with same day Drone delivery AMZN shares will get to $1,000/share.

by Anura Guruge

The Unique Beauty Of Cricket: Ramdin Voids Catch, Chris Gayle Celebrates With Afghanistan Victors.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access official ICC video of West Indies Denesh Ramdin saying ‘NO’ to a catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT.


Click image for YouTube video of West Indies Chris Gayle dancing with the Afghan players after they defeated the West Indies. Classic …

I really do not think you see this level of sportsmanship in any other sport. No wonder we have the adage “it is just not cricket” to describe ‘bad behavior’ (of the Donald Trump kind).

Earlier this year, as I documented, we had British National Hero Ian Botham wiping a tear from his eye when (black) South African youngster Temba Bavuma score his maiden century in Tests — against England. Where else would you see that. A national hero shedding a tear when somebody in the other team scores a century against their country. That was brilliant.

Then Denesh Ramdin indicating that it was NOT a fair catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT. There are NO REVIEWS in T20. It would have been a done deal. Even if they saw it on replays after nothing would have been said or done. It was all legit. But Ramdin voided the catch. Yes, we have seen West Indies players not say anything in other ‘questionable catch’ situations — but this was nice. Yes, I know that the outcome of this match did not matter. The West Indies had already qualified for the Semi Finals. But it was grand. Made my day.

And then to have Chris Gayle helping the victorious Afghan players celebrate. Meant a LOT to them and you could tell that. Here was a cricket superstar, from the opposition, sharing their joy. Yes, Chris Gayle did NOT play in the match — and as I just said the outcome of this match did not matter. But it was another lovely gesture. And even greater … The commentators (echoing the views of the fans) applauded. Nobody misinterpreted it as Chris Gayle not being loyal to his team. We all knew that this WAS CRICKET.


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by Anura Guruge

MetrcoCast Internet (105 Mbps) Outage April 1, 2016, in Alton, New Hampshire, Around 4pm.

by Anura Guruge

metrocastlogo2016About a 30 to 40 minute outage Friday, April 1, 2016 (yes, April Fool’s Day) around Alton & Barnstead, New Hampshire. Started getting jerky response and page load failures BEFORE the service completely went down. From my experience it last approximately from 4pm to 4:40pm. Put a call through to MetroCast. By the time they called back (per their callback feature) Internet service, at a full 110 Mbps, per gstnetworks.net, was up and running. They admitted that there had been a problem and that they had been unaware of it for 20 minutes.

Just documenting it here (now) for the record (so that I can just search this blog for outages). There is (and has always been) method to my apparent madness.

Coincidentally or otherwise TDS was holding their “TDS TV” open house in Alton at the same time. Strange? 


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‘6 images for the day’ — April 2, 2016.

by Anura Guruge

With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

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Two Sony RX10 III Sample Images, Untouched JPEGs, Gives Me Pause.

by Anura Guruge

These two ‘Out of the Camera’ (OCC) JPEGs, by famous U.S. photographer Steve Huff, using a pre-release Sony RX10 III, at the U.S. announcement on March 30, 2016, in San Francisco, gave me pause for thought. There were, of course, other images in the set, by Steve Huff, that were very good.

A crop from a Steve Huff image.


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This is at 600mm zoom and the seal looks OK. Just not impressed with how the rocks in the background look. Not, in my opinion, a depth of field (DOF) issue. A tad to fuzzy for my liking. That would bother me.

Another crop from a Steve Huff image.


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Yes, I am sure that it could have been easily fixed with Exposure Compensation, but I don’t like amount of shadow on her face.  I would have deleted this image!

In the case of the Sony RX10 III I have to always compare it to my own Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 given that I know it so well. Some of Steve Huff’s pictures are superb and way beyond my capabilities. But I am just looking at the camera, the senor and the optics. I will keep on looking. Just wanted to share.

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by Anura Guruge