Daily Archives: May 24, 2016

6 Fuji X-E2s Images Of The Day — May 24, 2016.

by Anura Guruge

Day 6 with my Fujifilm X-E2s.

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Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge

Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge

Click here for today’s “Lady Slipper” pictures.

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‘Lady Slippers’ Galore In New Hampshire In 2016.

by Anura Guruge

After finding the first one in our yard yesterday, I went ‘Lady Slipper‘ hunting this afternoon,
Fuji X-E2s in hand. Found quite a bit the first place I looked. SMILE.

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Lady Slipper New Hampshire Anura Guruge Fuji X-E2s

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Anura Guruge Fuji X-E2s
Anura Guruge Fuji X-E2s
Anura Guruge Fuji X-E2s
Anura Guruge Fuji X-E2s

See this post for a quick tutorial on New Hampshire’s ‘Lady Slippers‘. The ‘Purple Lilac‘ the Official Flower.

Related posts:
1/ Lady Slipper I.
2/ Lady Slipper II.
3/ First Lady Slipper of 2016.

by Anura Guruge

OBiTALK Forcing A $10 Upgrade To Continue Google Voice Support!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and have a gander.

Click to ENLARGE. Slightly out-of-date but much of it is still in place.

I have been very successfully and gainfully using an OBi110Voice Service Bridge‘ to BOND our landline from TDS with an VoIP service from Google Voice. Basically I can use either the TDS landline or Google Voice to place calls and calls on the TDS landline comes in (as does calls on Google Voice).

Last week the OBi started giving me grief. Yes, I had changed my Google password (after we had our rental car, with electronics, broken into in San Francisco) and OBiTalk, quite correctly, needed the new password. But, even after that it kept on DISCONNECTING my Google Voice service. That was annoying. Then on the 4th day of this palava OBiTalk ADMITTED what it was really up to.

It wanted $10 off me to UPDATE my software and thereby have continued, uninterrupted Google Voice service. I didn’t really have any choice. $10 or NO Google Voice. I, of course, paid — via Amazon Checkout.

Just seemed sneaky and bordering on extortion. Easy way to get $10 per customer. $10 for FREE Google Voice is a bargain. I would have paid that without any problem. Seems a pity that OBi goes about doing this in what comes across as an underhand way!

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Amazon Prime’s “Doctor Thorne” Is Still More Trollope Than Fellowes “Downton”.

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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From Amazon Prime Video.


“Doctor Thorne”, published in 1858, is the 3rd book in this 6-novel collection, the “Chronicles of Barsetshire”. Click to access Amazon listing.

To say that this is BY Julian Fellowes, of “Downton Abbey” fame, is to indulge in some poetic license. As Julian, to his credit, explains prior to the start of Episode 1, “Doctor Thorne” is a book by much-regarded British Victorian-era writer Anthony Trollope [1815 – 1882]. Julian took Trollope’s masterpiece (and all of Trollope’s work is considered as such) and made it into a screenplay. And, of course, Julian, a master himself, did a masterful job. However, even Julian, with all of his magic, cannot take the Trollope out of “Doctor Thorne” — and that is both good and bad.

Prolific Anthony Trollope, who had a day job working for the British postal service, was a Victorian writer — and “Doctor Thorne”, published in 1858, starts off, set in 1830s. Basically that is 90 to a 100 years PRIOR to “Downton Abbey”. Furthermore, Victorian writers, by nature, were DARK and often prone to be lugubrious. And that comes across even with Julian’s deft touch.

Having watched, with great sadness, the very last episode of “Mr. Selfridge” last night, we tried out Episode 1 of “Doctor Thorne”, on Amazon Prime Video (which we subscribe to), as a possible diversion. It wasn’t bad. I had to pause it, often, to explain to the kids what was happening. That was never necessary with “Downton” — and that is a key difference. Trollope tends to be subtle.

I am sure that we will watch all of “Doctor Thorne” and get to love it. I already ordered — in print and in Kindle — everything written by Trollope. This will be my excuse to read Trollope! SMILE. That alone is good. I can’t be a Philistine when it comes to Victorian novels (bar some exceptions, like “Jane Eyre“) all my life.

So just a heads up. Not Julian Fellowes BUT Anthony Trollope.

Got that?


Anthony Trollope.

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>> PBS: “Indian Summers”.

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by Anura Guruge