Daily Archives: December 17, 2017

Very First Powered Flight Took Place This Day 114-Years Ago — Courtesy Of The Wright Brothers.

by Anura Guruge


First flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 17, 1903, Orville Wright (younger brother) piloting,
Wilbur Wright (older brother) running at wingtip.


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December 17, 1903.

This has to be treated as one of the most significant dates of the 20th century and a red-letter day in all of human history.

The day we mastered powered flight and took to the skies. We haven’t stopped since then.

It seems ironic that this very day, 114-years later, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world’s busiest airplane terminal, was crippled by a power failure as if to remind us how much we now rely on air transport.

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They had chosen Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, for its consistent breeze and its forgiving, sandy beaches.

Who was piloting the plane had been determined by a coin toss.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — December 17, 2017.

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NO post-processing whatsoever.

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nature's ice sculpture New Hampshire Anura Guruge Sony a7 II


The also rans:







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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ 2017 Movie: Lavishly Produced, Easy To Enjoy.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the IMDb.com page for the movie.


The trailer on YouTube.



We had not been to the movies (at a theatre) since August, when we went to see ‘Dunkirk‘. Given that we didn’t have much planned for the Saturday we decided to rectify it. None of us are “Star War” fans — though I have seen most, if not all of them. We were also not in the mood to see “Coco“. So, with I in the lead, we decided to see “Murder on the Orient Express“.

We knew the story line — and I am quite au fait with fellow Brit Agatha Christie. What I was eager to see was the cinematography. I knew it would be lavish — and I was not disappointed. Not sure how much of it was computer generated, but it is very artistic, dramatic, luxuriant and easy on the eye. Great humor and the recreation of Da Vinci’sLast Supper” setting, in a tunnel, is brilliant.

All together a good experience. Lingers with you. Very clever. Made me want to read the book!

We saw the movie at our ‘local’ — the “Regal 10” in Concord, about 40 minutes from home. They had a police presence. I, being who I am, had to go up to the policeman — who was very pleasant — and inquire why. They were expecting long lines for “Star Wars”. So, they were just being careful. Interesting.


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