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Per My Garmin Fenix 5 Plus I Climb More Floors Than 99% Of ‘Other Users’ — 52 Floors A Day.

by Anura Guruge

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102 ‘floors’ climbed on some days.

I live in a 4-story house, which is on the side of 1,450′ mountain. So, it is NOT difficult for I to cover a fair chunk of elevation per day. Plus, I have ALWAYS liked to climb stairs. Whenever possible I will opt to climb stairs than take an escalator or elevator — and it doesn’t matter if I am carrying stuff.

That I am in the 99% percentile, for my age, viz., 65-69, makes me happy. And I get accused that all I do is sit in front of a PC! Well, it can’t be bad … right? If all I do is sit in front of a computer and also manage to average 52 floors climbed a day.

In our house my ‘office’, where I spent much of the day, is on the 4th floor. The family TV room, plus the utility room which has my exercise clothes, are on the bottom floor. So I, go up and down 3 flights of stairs multiple times a day. So, even on the days I do not go running I end up covering well in excess of 10 floors a day.

1,467 floors climbed in a month. Basically, 14,670′. Kind of halfway up Mount Everest.

Yes, I know that there are others that do more than this — but also those that do less.

Enjoy. Happy Holidays. If you are around, I will always be happy to climb stairs with you or hike up a mountain.

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by Anura Guruge

Lake Winnipesaukee, NH Ice-Out 2016 — Ice-Out BEFORE Easter Is Not That Unusual.

by Anura Guruge

2016 Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out,
declared Friday, March 18, 2016,
77 Days into the Year
(while prior record was 82 days).

See this post for all the statistics.

Some have commented that 2016 Ice-Out is before Easter
— 2016 Easter on Sunday, March 27.

This, however, is not that unusual given that
Easter can occur as late as April 25.

27 instances of Ice-Out before Easter
(counting 2016) AND 4 cases when
Ice-Out was ON Easter.

That means that in the 130 years that we have records for,
Ice-Out happened on/before Easter 24% of the time.


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by Anura Guruge

Lake Winnipesaukee, NH Ice-Out 2016 — Friday, March 18; Breaks Old Record By 5 Full Days.

by Anura Guruge

2016 Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out was declared
just before noon on

Friday, March 18, 2016.

77 Days into the year.

Previous (known record), 2010 & 2012, was 82 days in.

Remember Leap Years bring in the dates, post February 29, by one.
So both March 23 & 24 are 82 days into the year depending on Leap Year.


From WMUR. Click to access.

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Beats 2010 & 2012 Record by 5 full days.


Coincidentally, and very coincidentally, 2016 & 2015 ice-outs both on a Friday.

Most have occurred on Thursdays.


Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out Dates for the last 25 years.

You can’t really claim there is a trend at present.


Now the other end. The Latest Ice-Outs Ever.


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by Anura Guruge

Lake Winnipesaukee, NH: Ice-Out For Last 25 Years. Record = 2010 & 2012.

by Anura Guruge

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I have all the dates going back to 1887 — 129 years. Average during that time is April 19 (depending on Leap Years).

But I thought 25 years was a good window.

So BOTH all time records have been in within the last 7 years!

But, please, let us not take this as a definitive sign of Global Warming. Last year and year before we had ice outs close to average.

I am sure that this year, 2016, ice out will set a new record.

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2pm,
Alton Bay. [Click to ENLARGE]


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‘Camera Labs’ Point and Shoot Comparison — An Analysis.

Taken with Sony RX100 II

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by Anura Guruge

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I like ‘Camera Labs‘ and I follow the editor Gordon Laing on Twitter.

Last week I saw that he had done this post on “Best point and shoot camera” with “Gordon’s favourite compact camera right now: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

Here is a ‘thumbnail’. Click on it, or the link above, to access Gordon’s original post.


I have no issues with his choice or his picks. I had myself just got a Sony RX100 II (from BuyDig) after convincing myself that I could not really justify the III or the IV because this was really my 2nd camera — the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (for now) my main.

What surprised me with the choices was the wide variety. Yes, if you carefully read through Gordon’s words you would pick up on SENSOR SIZE and max. resolution. But it occurred to me that I would like to see a real side-by-side comparison of these 12 cameras per the CRITERIA that I look for in a camera (these days).

Per my new regime following the publication of my last book, I do not work on any new books on Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Those 3 days are for me to mess around with my other interests. So yesterday, Saturday, I devoted some time (maybe an hour) to spreadsheet these 12 cameras. It was fun and educational for me.

So here is that spreadsheet (and those you know me know that I live by spreadsheets and I create spreadsheets at the drop of a hat).


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So what struck me the most?

sensorszie2323I am BIG into Sensor Size because in the end, push-comes-to-shove, there is only so much you can do about trying to violate the laws of physics. Bigger sensors will always give you a better resolution image, especially in low light conditions, than a smaller sensor. I have this ‘sensor size’ image, from Wikipedia, handy at all times when I am looking at cameras just to keep me straight. These days I will not consider a camera with a sensor less than 1″.

So only 4 of the 12 cameras suggested by Gordon have sensors 1″ or greater (that being the ‘Four Thirds’ by Panasonic). That has to be taken into account, first and foremost, with any camera comparison. Otherwise you will not be comparing apples with oranges you will be comparing oranges with coconuts.

Megapixels per se don’t bother me that much since I don’t print posters, but I do like to see what the Maximum Resolution is. I really am not fond of cameras that can’t get me close to 5000x3x00.

BUT my next BIGGEST factor is maximum aperture, bearing in mind that none of these cameras offer constant max. aperture. A max. aperture of 3.5 or 3.6, though, of course, ‘livable’ is not great. Having a 1.7/1.8 max aperture cameras against cameras that are at 3.6 is unfair — and the consumer should be warned.

Then there is max. ISO. A max. 1600 or even 3200 camera in 2015/2016 is SAD. Again this should be highlighted.

Two of these cameras, viz. Canon SX60 HS & Nikon L840, maybe even three, i.e., Panasonic LX100, are not exactly compact. Yes, you can see it in the pictures but a heads up should be in order.

Then there is the price. The average price of these 12 cameras is $398. As such the Sony RX100 III is MORE THAN DOUBLE the average price! No wonder it is the top dog! So a BIG variation in price.

Based on MY spreadsheet I would contend that the Canon G7X or G9X would be a BETTER option, especially if price is a factor — PROVIDED you are not wedded to an EVF.

Again, this was primarily for me to understand how these cameras stacked up. But once I did it I was NOT going to NOT share it with YOU.

‘Lily Pond’ Was Ice Free April 16, 2015, So Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out Expected 7 – 10 Days After That.

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by Anura Guruge

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>> 2015:
Already happened 19 times.
>> 2015:
Not even close …
>> 2014 Ice-Out: middle of road.
>> 2014 Ice-Out, April 23.
>> Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out, Analysis.

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Click to ENLARGE. From Google Maps. ‘Lily Pond’ in Gilford, New Hampshire on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee.


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Per the local folk lore ice-out on the BIG Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, usually takes place 7 to 10 days after ice-out on miniscule ‘Lily Pond’, in Gilford, on the perimeter of the Laconia Airport. With Lily Pond clear as of April 16 the current belief is that we should see the Big Lake ‘ice free’ around April 24 – 27. My druthers is that it will be towards the latter part of this range, i.e., April 26, April 27. Maybe even as far as May 1 or May 2.

Yes, a couple of days of wind will expedite matters.

April 26 will be quite late. Ice out on, or after, April 26 has only happened 26 times out of 128. 20% of the time.

April 19, today, is THE average.

May 12 is the longest — on record.

I have seen, in 2001, a May 2 ice-out.

In 19 Out Of 128 Prior Years Lake Winnipesaukee (N.H.) Ice-Out Had Already Happened By April 9.

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by Anura Guruge

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Not even close …
>> 2014 Ice-Out: middle of road.
>> 2014 Ice-Out, April 23.
>> Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out, Analysis.

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Yes, of course, particularly given the the snow last night and the lingering cold temperatures, I invariably devote a few seconds a day thinking about when we might get ice-out on the BIG Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee — especially since I want to work out when I should stop thinking about walking on the ice.

Given that I have an Excel spreadsheet of all the ice-out dates going back 128 years, I just did a quick ‘look’. Things in 2015 are not as bleak as they first appear. We have only had ice-out, by now, in 19 (of the 128) prior years. So that is not bad.

The median day for ice-out (depending on whether it was a leap year or not) is April 16/April 17. So we still have nearly a week.

The average for ice-out is April 19. That is 10 days away.

So now YOU TOO know.

I Would Have Done This ‘Orgasms’ Presentation At UNH For FREE And Made It More Relevant And Helpful As Well.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Click to access yesterday's 'Union Leader' article.

Click to access yesterday’s ‘Union Leader’ article.

I bet she NEVER advocated that everybody has to shoot to average one orgasm for each day of their life by the time they are 45 and then be able to maintain that well into their 60s and beyond.

FOR MEN, this ‘O a-day‘ batting-average is the BEST prevention against prostate woes. For women, it ensures that they have a Mona Lisa type smile on their face.

The math is simple. I am 60 years, 1 month and 5 days old as I write this. That is 21,950 days that I have been on this earth. So, per my, ‘O a-day’ mantra, I need to have had 21,950 orgasms by now. Piece of cake. I am way, way, way over. Last time somebody actually worked it out, which was about 12 years ago, I was already past 40,000. We don’t even have to get into what has transpired since …

I bet that this women cannot in any way or shape match me when it comes to experience with orgasms. It is a kind of religion with me. I had even once contemplated starting a church to help Catholic women with their orgasms. I guess that is how I ended up becoming  a papal historian.

IF I was talking to these College kids I would have impressed upon them that they need to start banking up their orgasms. This is the time that they need to be racking up at least 5 a day.

This women made too light of the matter and stressed the use of toys! Heresy. Orgasms are the most serious things in your life and it is not something to be toyed with. Don’t complicate it. Just learn to enjoy them. Screw the toys. Why do you think we evolved fingers?

Well, I am bummed. They should have asked me. It is not if I haven’t got experience standing up and talking to students or adults.

Anyway, let me take this opportunity again to stress to all: you have to average one ‘O’ per each day of your life by the time you turn 45.

The arithmetic is pretty simple. So go for it. ENJOY. Have a smile on your face. Why do YOU think that I am noted for grinning.

Ten In New Hampshire: Chinese Buffet Restaurants

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

.by Anura Guruge

A series of personal lists to share MY New Hampshire with any interested browser.
The lists are in no particular order per se, other than those that have particular significance to me are likely to be closer to the top. Annotations at the bottom.

Chinese Buffet Restaurants In NH

.1. Great Buffet II — Portsmouth.

.2. Great Buffet — Manchester.

.3. Red Apple — Concord.

.4. New Hong Kong Buffet — Belmont.

.5. Imperial Buffet & Lounge — Claremont.

.6. Shang Hai Restaurant — Laconia.

.7. Sunrise Buffet — Lebanon.

.8. Grand Buffet — Nashua.

.9. Dynasty Restaurant — Rochester.

10. New Keene Buffet — Keene.

— current favorites. — we still go, but not that often.
— we used to frequent often, but not of late.
— have been there at least once.

The ‘Red Apple’ in Concord used to be our ‘go to buffet’. We used to go there at least once a month, on average. Then we just stopped. Not sure why. There was no particular reason. Now tend to go to ‘Great Buffet II’ in Portsmouth if we really hanker a buffet or happen to be in the area and need food. If we are looking for a buffet in Manchester we go to the ‘Great Buffet’ — which as far as I know, is the only bona fide game in town. Though I have not been for at least two years, I have to say that in terms of sheer quality of the food, the ‘Red Apple’ is probably head and shoulders above the others. The ‘Great Buffet II’ is more expansive but the food is at best average.