Daily Archives: May 8, 2020

Panasonic SLASHES The Price Of Some Cameras, e.g., ZS200, By As Much As $200!

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the Amazon listing for THIS Panasonic camera.



This dramatic & drastic price cut happened yesterday.

I heard about it because I got a friendly e-mail from eBay.

Yes, the Panasonic ZS200 is going to be my next camera. I actually have one on order.

NO, I am NOT going to get screwed.

I am getting it at the new price — and HOPEFULLY with a discount on TOP of that. SMILE.

I, as often, have contacts & ‘friends’.

I will keep you posted. I have not been chasing the order down because I am not in a hurry.

Rather finish one book I am writing before it arrives. That way I will have more time to spend on the camera.

Glad I kind of waited.

The price cut was by Panasonic.


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When It Comes To COVID-19 Deaths Among ‘Over 60s’ — We Should Also Have Obesity, Diabetes & Smoking Stats.

by Anura Guruge

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Yes, every death is tragic. Too many have died already — some, probably, needlessly.

While I appreciate that this is NOT EASY we really should be getting more data so that we can all get a better handle on this.

Yes, I talk as one who is 67.

So, I am at HIGH-RISK.

I want to be able to BETTER gauge my risk — based on known risk factors.

This point was driven home when I was watching a TV segment about the unacceptable level of deaths in nursing homes. They were showing pictures from nursing homes — kind of as background.

I was struck by the number of folks that were obese. I hadn’t really given that much thought. But, as you gte holder it obviously becomes harder to exercise — and, moreover, you start losing the rationale for watching your diet. I get that.

So, my 1st question: Is the real risk factor AGE or OBESITY? Do we know that.

Let me couch it another way: Is an obese 60-year old at more risk than a spry, active, 70-year old?

Wouldn’t you like to know?

I would, for obvious reasons.

That is my ONLY point in this post. I would like to see more data.

Not just ‘x% were over 60‘ … but, more like, ‘x% over 60 & non-obese‘ etc.

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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — May 8, 2020.

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

a red acorn Anura Guruge Google Pixel 4

The also rans:

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My Secret, Open-Air Study In The Woods.

by Anura Guruge

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Pretty cool. No electricity nor any protection from the elements! That is a problem.

I can’t — & as such I don’t — write on a laptop. I need a desktop with a BIG screen & a big keyboard. That is going to be a problem. Great place to read — provided it is not too cold or raining!


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‘Alaska’ By James A. Michener — Not One Of His Best; Maybe His Worst!

by Anura Guruge

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I was real disappointed. Felt like a major let down.

You could tell that he was TIRED. I knew that he must have been OLD when he wrote it. But, I did NOT check ‘HOW OLD’ until I finished. Now it is much clearer. He was 81 when he finished.

81-years old. Probably took him 2- to 3-years to write it. So, was writing it when he was in his late 70s.

ALAS, it shows. You can feel his tiredness!

Great shame.

This book has put me OFF Michener! I am upset by that.

But, then again I may have READ way TOO MUCH Michener — in too short of a time.

6 in two-years.

Three of them ‘Hawaii’, ‘The Covenant‘ & ‘Alaska’ huge, ‘1,000’-page books.

I loved ‘The Covenant’ & learnt much from ‘Hawaii’ — as I had done with with other books, such as ‘Texas’ & ‘Chesapeake Bay’.

Not so with ‘Alaska’.

Very superficial.

Very disappointing. I feel cheated.

In a way I feel sorry for him. I can, also, relate. I am 66. I KNOW that I am not writing ‘as well’ or with the ‘proficiency’ I did 10-years ago. And I have another decade to go to get to Michener’s age when he wrote ‘Alaska’. YIKES!

The ‘Michener Corner’ in my study.
Separate from all the other books.

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by Anura Guruge