Tag Archives: Darwin

If You Really Want A ‘Storm Glass’ But Balk At The $149 Hammacher Schlemmer Version.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access their catalogue entry.

From Amazon, and I think this looks even cooler and at $25 you couldn’t go wrong. Click to ENLARGE.

Another from Amazon, and it looks pretty classy too. $10 more than the other. Click to ENLARGE.

Or you could make your own in a test tube. Click image to access original.

As I have mentioned previously I continue to get e-mails from dear Hammacher Schlemmer though I have not bought anything from them for years. They, however, quite astutely, have stopped sending me the printed catalogue and that is a shame because we all enjoyed looking through it.

So, today I got this e-mail promoting the ‘HMS Beagle‘ (as in Darwin) Storm Glass. I am a sucker for anything related to the ‘Beagle’ and had to have a look. It looked neat but I knew that there was no way I would spend $150 on one. So, tonight, when I had some time I get Googling and Amazoning. From prior experience I knew that you could typically find H-S offerings, for considerably less, at Amazon.

I didn’t find the ‘Beagle’ version, but there are quite a few other variants at Amazon for much, much less money. A few look even cooler though you will not have the ‘Beagle’ bragging rights.

I also then found this article on how they work and how you could build your own.

So, I wanted to share what I found in case you too might be interested in a ‘Storm Glass’.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Amazon Adventure’ (2017) IMAX Movie: Even Better Than What The Title Connotes.

by Anura Guruge

We saw this yesterday, in IMAX, at the Boston “Museum of Science“.

I bought the tickets, just based on the title (and the time of the showing (1pm)) without reading the description. With two kids in tow I knew I couldn’t go too far astray with that title.

Well, it was NOT the typical Amazon river adventure drama that you would expect — though it had its fair share of drama and action.

It has to do with the finding of EVIDENCE to support Darwin’s (then revolutionary) ‘Theory of Evolution‘.

I was somewhat familiar with one the protagonists of the story — Alfred Russel Wallace, though I only knew of his work in Asia and not the Amazon.

Knew nothing of Henry Walter Bates. Now I know and I am glad I was exposed to him via this movie.

Good movie. I recommend it — highly.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Walter_Bates

The Longwing Butterflies of Amazon
that helped show that species do evolve.

Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.

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>> Lion.

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by Anura Guruge

Most Despicable Man (Alive) In New Hampshire Today: Robert Dellinger of Sunapee, N.H.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Click for WMUR video and coverage.

Click for WMUR video and coverage.

Click for, as ever, outstanding coverage from MY, U.K. 'Daily Mail'.

Click for, as ever, outstanding coverage from MY, U.K. ‘Daily Mail’.

As a devout believer in Darwin, I am all in favor of drunk/impaired drivers killing themselves — AS LONG AS they don’t harm anyone else or damage private property. I just wish that there were universal laws that enabled municipalities to go after them for damages and police/EMT expenses.

I also have no problem with people that want to kill themselves doing so — again provided they don’t physically harm others, cause damage to the property of others. Again, I wish municipalities can recoup the enormous costs they incur when these idiots kill themselves. I still remember this incident from when I was living on Varney Point in Gilford. It was in the Spring of 2006. Tesichan was a few months old. As was my wont those days I was walking her, in her front facing ‘backpack’, when EVERY SINGLE fire truck and police car in Gilford screamed into Varney Point with sirens blaring and lights agog. The leading fire truck screeched to a stop next to me, nearly running me over, forcing me to jump off the road, and asked me if I knew where so-and-so lived. Took me a second to place the name. They didn’t even wait for me to respond. Some trucks were going up the hill, police cars were screaming down Varney Point, Right. Why? Some guy had hung himself. Well, as they all admitted to me afterwards, sheepishly, it was too late to do anything by the time they came storming into Varney Point nearly killing me and Teischan. Gravity, as it invariably does, had won the day. I kind of knew the guy. I had spoken to him once — told me that he had a busted front light in his car. But, if that is what he wanted to do, that was fine with me — just don’t cause further collateral damage. That is what God gave us … right? Free will. Just don’t harm others — at least physically.

This guy Robert Dellinger is a disgrace to humanity. Couldn’t he have jumped off a bridge?

What hits close to home, as did the ‘nearly run over’ in Gilford, was that we were on that very same stretch of road, in Lebanon, 12 hours earlier.

Rich guys claiming depression and celebrities with addiction just aggravates me. Losers, in my book.

I really hope they throw the book at Robert Dellinger and he gets to enjoy an active social life in prison.

Then we also have this from Texas. Did you see this? Amazing. 

Click to access. Google for the other 100 stories. Amazing. Bloody amazing.

Click to access. Google for the other 100 stories. Amazing. Bloody amazing.

Wow. Reading these stories you get the feeling that it must be hard to be rich. Thank God I never had to deal with that.