Thoughts are with them — in this ANOTHER period of acute suffering for them!
A short, 1.55 minute YouTube video I shot
(and shooting videos is not my thing).
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With Yaling Liu, the Director of the Confucius Institute at UNH.
Bravo & Kudos.
Thank YOU ‘Confucius Institute’ at UNH (Durham).
Thank YOU Drs. Yige Wang & Yaling Liu, the two dedicated, committed and tireless Directors of the ‘Confucius Institute’.
What an exhibition. What a cultural and historical gem & delight for us in New Hampshire.
Over 200 NH students got to see the army & bamboo slips and, moreover, to make some terracotta statues and bamboo slips. How great is that. Something that they will remember and treasure for years to come.
We are so lucky to have them in New Hampshire — and with their tireless commitment to share their wealth of culture, knowledge and hospitality with the locals.
This, as I have already stated, is a FREE event, open to the PUBLIC — until January 30, 2020.
This exhibition is to mark the Chinese New Year 2020.
The Institute bought the statues and the bamboo slips. They will remain, by and large, at UNH — though some statues will be loaned to other universities. That is wonderful.
We had a great time. I knew we would. This is probably the eight or ninth event we have been to. They have all been outstanding.
I was determined that the concerns about the coronavirus will not deter us. We were going to show our support. So, glad we did. Nicest folks ever. Thank YOU.
Now, as you know the UNH is also doing a free event which I have already talked about. That is this. So, you now have two free events. Wow.
4-minute BBC documentary if you are not familiar with this
Terracotta Warriors — the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
The 2020 iteration of the now yearly event being presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.
As ever it is a FREE event, open to the public. We have gone to these nearly every year. Without fail they are extremely good and a great bunch of people. Very friendly. Very hospitable.
This should be GOOD, very good. The UNH Confucius Institute specializes in EXCELLENCE. They never disappoint. That is part of their ethos and it is impressive.
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All her, i.e., Teischan’s (13), work. All I have to do is get the ladder out, find the lasers and bring them out and tell her which extensions cords will suffice. She does the rest all on her own. This is her 3rd year (is it 4th) doing it all on her own. She now knows even how to replace fuses. It is GREAT. I do remember the days when I had to do this.
Don’t tell anyone. OK? We let her stay home today so that she could put up the lights! She is, AGAIN, going to be homeschooled, soon — so, … She wouldn’t have done anything at school. anyway. Today was a day scheduled for ‘goofing’.
More lights to put out. One laser that is not connected and I might have to get a few other ‘illuminations’. We really need a more POWERFUL laser — one that will burn holes in the siding.
Stay tuned. Three weeks to go and Teischan and I have not made an emergency run to Lowes to get more lights!
She starts talking about Christmas in September!
When she was younger we could dictate as to when preparations for Christmas would come. But, starting last year she has taken matters into her own hands. When she was little we waited until at least the first week of December before we started.
For the last couple of years she can do it ALL without help. She can — and will — put out all the lights by herself.
She knows where HER artificial tree is stored and can go get it and set it up by herself.
Last year she set it up on November 17. The previous year it was November 27. At this rate she will have her tree up in October of next year!
She still has to wait for us to get the real trees. But, she will start nagging soon.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
Going apple picking at our ‘local’ (about 7 miles away) ‘Appleview Orchard‘ is a much cherished, must-do annual ritual — which we have faithfully adhered to for at least the last 7-years. Maybe more. Just do a search on ‘Appleview‘ and you will see all the posts, with tons of pictures, from prior years. You will recognize the various points of interest and maybe even notice that my pictures have got slightly better — mainly because I have upgraded lenses and cameras over that time.
Last year we went early — in September. Mid-October, however, is our usual time. This year, for the first time, we did NOT go on a weekend. We have a busy October and Friday was a school holiday in Alton. While we knew that we would miss all the weekend activity, i.e., music, hayrides and apple fritters, we also knew it would be less crowded!
Well, full disclosure. This year, for the first time, we didn’t pick any apples. We bought some and I will confess, that as is my wont, I picked and ate one from a tree — but, I know that Dennis & Mary (the lovely owners) wouldn’t expect anything less from I. [Yes, I did have a long chat with Dennis but didn’t tell him I ate an apple! He knows. We ‘know’ each other.] SMILE. We are cool.
That, permanently borrowed apple, is ALL I ate! The days of me eating 36 apple fritters, 6 servings of apple crisp and a gallon of ice cream, ALAS, are long gone. But, Deanna and Teischan had their customary ice cream and I later found out that a whoopie pie was involved too. I just got in my steps and took pictures.
The farm looks GRAND. Gets better every year. Beautiful foliage.
They are having their ‘AppleFest’ this weekend. Please go. You will love it.
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This was what you could call an impulse sale. I had not been planning to sell this Nikon P900. I had it for 2.5 years and was quite fond of it. It has unparalleled zoom capability and can take some awesome macros. So, I was going to hold onto to it.
But, I was not using it. Last time I used it was in October 2018 — over 6-months ago. Ideally I would have liked to have given it to somebody. But, nobody wants a camera these days — they are quite content with using their smartphone. And as cameras go, this, with its huge zoom, is heavy & bulky.
So, I took some pictures of it, using my Google Pixel 2, and listed it on eBay. Yes, I low-balled the ‘Buy It Now’ price. I did not want to relist it because that costs more money. I just wanted to get it done with. And I did not have to wait long. Definitely less than 2-hours.
Plus, now, eBay nor PayPal hold onto the money you get. It is available — instantly. That is nice.
So, I have sold all my cameras. This time last year I had 3 cameras: Sony a7 II Full Frame, Sony a6500 APSC and this mega-zoom Nikon P900 — in addition to my Google Pixel 2. Now I have no cameras. Yes, I plan to get a Canon EOS RP within the next 2 weeks.
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I was hoping to be at this point — i.e., having NO Sony kit — a bit sooner than now. But, that is OK.
The 90mm and Sony a7 II body both sold on eBay within 90-minutes. So, I had kind of got spoiled.
The 24-240mm zoom lens went the full-distance of 7-days — with the price going up $85 in the last few seconds. I guess others aren’t as fond of that lens as I was. It was my favorite lens.
So, I am all set to get a new Canon EOS RP system. This time, I am not going to get many lenses. At most four — BUT now I can get NEW lenses for under $100. This was the ONLY reason I abandoned Sony. The lenses were expensive and you couldn’t get any good all-in-one zooms.
Wish me luck.
Check Categories ‘Sony’ & ‘Camera Notes’.
I finally did IT. Wow.
I have been saying I am going to sell this, my last remaining Sony, since at least last October. I had said I would sell it when I had taken 20,000 pictures with it. Well, I sailed past that landmark in June 2018.
I had taken 30,455 pictures with it.
I had it for 1 year, 10 months and 3 weeks; i.e., 690-days. I took 30,455 pictures with it during that time. That comes to 44 pictures a day — though I didn’t use it every day. So, I can never be accused of not using it. As I have articulated before I am fed up with the limitations and costs of Sony full-frame lenses. Hence, my parting of ways with Sony.
I still have one last Sony lens for sale — on eBay. I hope it sells.
I do NOT plan to get another camera for at least 3-weeks. No point getting a Full-Frame while I am on crutches. Not practical to hold one and i don’t want to drop it.
Right now it still looks like the recently available Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Full-Frame. But, that could always change,
Check Categories ‘Sony’ & ‘Six Images’.