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My 1st “PhotoShop”: Before and After — See What You Think.

by Anura Guruge


As I proudly point out daily in my “The Picture of the Day” post, I do NOT believe in post-processing (i.e., ‘Photoshopping’).

To I, the pleasure and challenge of taking pictures is to capture what I can to the best of what I can — given the equipment I am using. It is like my running. It is test of my abilities. A discipline. Altering reality after the event has NO appeal to I — since that is not what real-life is all about.

Anywho … I have a friend who urges me incessantly that I should Photoshop — as he does with all of his pictures. Actually I have two friends like this, though the other does not ‘urge’ me to do as he does.

Well, I took this picture (i.e., the ‘Before’) yesterday, at the ‘Wolfeboro Inn‘, at a breakfast meeting. It was the simple table arrangement and the white/gray is the table cloth. It was a round table and there was probably 10 people seated around it — including my ‘Photoshop friend’. I too the picture with my Google Pixel 2 and I don’t think anybody even noticed. I liked it. I was THRILLED with it. To I, it could not be bettered.

But, for the heck of it I asked my friend to Photoshop it. He did so, GLADLY, in seconds.

Well, I knew I could better him — though I do NOT have ‘Photoshop’ or even an equivalent since I don’t need them — and will not use them. So instead, I used Photoshop.

What do YOU think? I hope YOU like my ‘Photoshop’ better. {Smile}


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The BEFORE.

The original taken by I.


The AFTER (i.e., Photoshopped) by my friend.

These were his comments: “Here is my Photoshop modifications.  Your flower was dark around the center and brighter around the outdside.  I much brightened the center and increased contrast there. See if you think it is an improvement.”


MY AFTER. “Photoshopped” in Powerpoint.


I really hope YOU like my AFTER.

Good news, I do NOT plan to do anymore photoshopping. This was enough.


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by Anura Guruge

Will Australian Cardinal George Pell Be The Next Pope — After Francis?

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by Anura Guruge


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>> Schism post family synod.
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>> Need to start working on ‘Next Pope’ again?

>> Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — THE book.

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Cardinal George Pell.

One way or another, just going on what Pope Francis himself has repeatedly said about his ‘2 to 3 year life span’ and the possibility of him retiring (à la Benedict XVI), I have a distinct feeling that we will have a new pope, post Francis, in the next 18 months.

So, it falls upon me, as “Mr. Next Pope“, to start working on this again, though I had hoped for a longer break.

Australian Cardinal George Pell (74 years in age), though controversial in his own right (for his handling of sex abuse in Australia and being outspoken about both Benedict & Francis), is now seen, increasingly, as the ‘Leader of the Opposition’ — though ironically, Francis has also given him significant power (over Vatican budgets and finances) as a ‘trusted’ member of his ‘inner cabinet’.

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Cardinal Carlo Caffarra.

My initial druthers had been that AFTER the Francis experiment, which has NOT worked out that well, that the cardinals will become even more introspective, batten down the Vatican hatches and decide to go back to the ‘ways of the old’ — i.e., an European pope, if NOT an Italian pope. Basically avoid another EXOTIC. And Pell, from Oceania (as the Vatican characterizes that part of the Pacific), is definitely an EXOTIC. But he does seems to have a following as exemplified by this recent letter of ‘no-confidence’ to Francis signed by 13 other cardinals.  13 cardinals is 66 votes short of the 2/3 majority that Pell would need to be elected pope. That is a fair chunk of cardinals that have to get behind him. But what is fascinating about the list of 13 is that it includes INFLUENTIAL names from all continents, and some with real clout, e.g., New York’s Dolan, Canada’s Collins, South Africa’s Fox Napier, Europe’s Müller. These folks can definitely rustle up votes from their colleagues.

At 74 Pell is YOUNG. The trend is towards OLDER, i.e., past 75, popes in the hope they don’t rule for decades and decades now that life expectancies are long.

I see that , in their infamous ‘Next Pope’ betting, has my 2013 #1 papabile, Canada’s Marc Ouellet at #2. But Marc is even younger! Philippines’ Tagle is but a wet dream. Not for another 20 years.

Here is a name to think about, 77 year old Italian Carlo Caffarra. His conservative credentials are impeccable. 


Google Doodle (Animated) To “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” Douglas Adams’ 61st Birthday.

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Anura Guruge


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Click to access it on March 11, 2013. I will update this link after the birthday.

Click to access it … it is still here, at the Google Doodle archive even after March 11, 2013.

Click here to get to this Google Doodle after its appearance on March 11, 2013.


What appears at the Google Doodle archive … replete with Google provided write-up on Douglas Adams.

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To say I am still a HUGE fan of Douglas would not capture my deep-seated, profound relationship with this AMAZING man.

He was beyond genius. A rare, alas fleeting, talent.

When the Doodle said ’61st birthday’ by heart skipped a beat.
He tragically died so young. Aged 49, in 2001. I was distressed.

We were contemporaneous and compatriots, though alas I never met him.
I became a ‘Hitchhiker’ with the 1981 BBC TV show. I have it on DVD.
Both my older kids got to love it and I think Devanee has seen it once.

I have read all his books and I am sure I have nearly all of them

I often use Hitchhiker phrases and most don’t have any idea what I am talking about.

Just recently I signed off an e-mail to my papal blog regulars with what I told them was a biblical reference:
Goodbye and Thanks for all the fish‘.

Thank YOU, Douglas. You were the Man.

Thank YOU, Google. You made my day.