Daily Archives: January 28, 2018

This Is Why I Do NOT Share My Fitness Tracking Data Or Use Strava.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access CNN original. Google “fitness tracking” for more.

As soon as you start sharing your fitness data your privacy is shot.

While I am not that much of a private person, I prefer people not to know where I am — when I am out and about.

I don’t carry a ‘cell’ with me when I run. So, there is absolutely no way that my GPS data can get to the ‘cloud’ in real time.

But, I am going to checkout this ‘heatmap’. There can’t be too many fitness trackers out in the boonies where I live.

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by Anura Guruge

Full Moon Over “Mirror Lake”, NH, By Polymath Richard (‘Dick’) Byrd, Esq. Of ‘Wolfeboro’, NH.

by Anura Guruge

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Over the last month or so I have posted photos, articles and a poem by Dick Byrd: lawyer, software entrepreneur, painter, poet, photographer, raconteur, Photoshop maestro, philosopher, writer, race car driver, mechanic & all-round-nice-guy.

Given his Photoshop wizardry, I always ask Dick as to how much Photoshop is there in a given picture — in this case, Full moon over ‘Mirror Lake’, that being where Dick currently lives, waterfront (though he has sold his place and moving ‘soon’).

This is what he said about this picture:
“Below is a photo of the moon setting over Mirror Lake in the evening from my kayak.

I photographed the shot of the moon and also the shot of the horizon over the trees while I was in my kayak.  BUT, I used Photoshop to put the two photos together.

I’m concerned that I made the moon just a little too big.  I wanted the “huge-Moon” affect you do get when the moon is close to the horizon, but I might have overdone it.  What do you think?

 It is also difficult to know just how much light glint to put in the water.  I did just a little of that.  I might try to improve on it.”

This should set you up for this Wednesday’s rare Blue Moon Supermoon and partial eclipse.

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by Anura Guruge

Taking Selfies My Way — Part XXII, Our ‘Recycling’ Center (aka ‘Dump’) — January 28, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

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Wasn’t one of my best. We were in a hurry. So, didn’t have time to do it right. Sorry!

Second time taking selfies with the Google Pixel 2 phone I got for Christmas 2017.

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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — January 28, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my new Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

Frozen Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire Anura Guruge Google Pixel 2

The also rans:

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Did YOU Hear That ‘Cape Town’, South Africa Is Going To Run Out Of Water This April — “Day Zero”?

by Anura Guruge

The imposingly picturesque “Cape Town”, South Africa — with its iconic Table Mountain.

Click to access the “Huffpost” coverage. Google for more.

Click for “Bloomberg” coverage. Google for more.

South Africa is one of my favorite cricket teams. I never miss any of their games on Willow — my 24×7 cricket channel on Roku. Plus, I usually read any news I see about SA.

So, I was very surprised the other day when I came across this “Day Zero” story. I Googled and read a couple of articles to make sure I got the drift.


Earlier in the month I had watched the 1st Test Match, SA vs. India, from Cape Town. The ground looked lush and everybody seemed happy and prosperous. No indication, whatsoever, that they were all staring at an abyss.

Yes, a 3-year drought. I guess some are hoping for non-stop rains in the next 2-months to avert this disaster.

4 million people.

This could be serious. Very serious.

You would have thought that SA, not a poor country by any means, could have done more. I guess water can be shipped in. Not sure how much water they have in the entire country. It is not a small country.

I will keep you posted.

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by Anura Guruge