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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Owner’s Manual Now Available.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to download Owner’s Manual, as a PDF, from the Garmin site.




Garmin has yet to announce the availability date for the new Vivoactive 3. The expectation is that it will be in mid-October, i.e., a few weeks from now.

I plan to pre-order it from Amazon. Nothing to lose. Amazon will NOT charge me (or you) till it is shipped. Just means that I (or you) will get it more or less as soon as it starts shipping.

In the meantime the Owner’s Manual is available — as a PDF.

I have downloaded it, already. {Smile}

So can you.


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User Manual For The New Pentax K-70 (English).

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to download 12MB (virus-scanned) PDF.


Interesting that Rioch made this ‘User Manual‘ available the day they announced the Pentax K-70 but did not specify when the camera will be available!


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Pope Francis Is In Cuba Again, Today — 2nd Visit In 5 Months.

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From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to access original.


This visit, or to be more precise ~2 hour stopover enroute to Mexico, has not received much publicity in the U.S.

The purpose of this visit is for an HISTORIC meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church — on neutral ground.

The claim is that the two will sign a joint declaration condemning violence against Christians in the Middle East — now with Russia such a key player in Syria and Iran.

Though not stated they may also discuss the possibility of standardizing when Easter Sunday will be celebrated across the two Churches.

Agreeing on matters further could be prickly since a major stumbling block between what the two Churches believe in is the role of the pope! The Orthodox Church does not believe that the Pope has the right to be the head of Christians on Earth — that being the role of Christ. And then there is the Filioque (‘from the son’) addition in the Nicene creed (and that is BIGGIE).

As far as we have been told Pope Francis will not leave the Airport. There is also no mention whether any of the Castros will be at the airport to greet him.

John Paul II, in 1984, set the precedent for such ‘Airport Only’ stopover meetings when he met with Ronald Reagan at the Fairbanks Airport in Alaska. The two had also met at the airport in Anchorage Alaska 3 years earlier BUT in that instance the pope did visit the City to celebrate a Mass.


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2015 Autumnal Equinox In U.S. East Coast Will Happen, Atypically, During Yom Kippur.

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I am indebted to my ex-colleague at BBN, many decades ago, Larry Denenberg for this information. I would not have worked this out IF not for a detailed e-mail about this by Larry this morning. Larry is also the one, who twice a year, informs me as to when it will be the earliest/latest sunsets in New England — which are NOT necessarily on the same day as the solstice.

Well the Autumnal Equinox for 2015 is at 4:22 EDT on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Yom Kippur, a.k.a ‘Day of Atonement’, the holiest day of the year in Judaism in 2015 begins in the evening of Tuesday, September 22 and end in the evening of Wednesday, September 23. Thus, definitely for the U.S. East Coast the Autumnal Equinox will occur during Yom Kippur.

The time for each and every equinox is FIXED and invariable across the globe. So Autumnal Equinox for 2015, across the World, happens at 08:22 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). That is physics and astronomy and there are no local variants. Not so with Yom Kippur. The timing is based per LOCAL sunset. So Yom Kippur in Alton, New Hampshire starts well ahead of Santa Barbara in California.

Larry doesn’t tell me, explicitly, as to when we last had this, though it appears that there was a good chance that it might have happened in some places on 1947 and possibly 1939. Yom Kippur, per the Gregorian calendar, can fall between September 14 (as happened in 1899 and 2013) and October 14 (as happened in 1967 and will happen again in 2043). So that is quite the spread. Larry, however, does point out that in 2034 the Autumnal Equinox will start at 6:38 PM U.S. Eastern time and as such could coincide with Yom Kippur that starts that evening.

You can try and check Larry’s Website for more information. Larry, like all the others that worked at BBN during my short tenure, is quite the intellectual.


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2015 Autumnal Equinox In New Hampshire Will Be On Wednesday, September 23 at 4:22 AM EDT — Happy Fall.

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Yes, it is a bit late, but not astronomically.
We think of the equinox around the 21st or 22nd.
So 23rd, though early in the morning, is a bit unusual.

It is 8:22 GMT (in Britain).

But enjoy. Here comes Winter. SMILE.


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Happy Fall
for those in the Northern Hemisphere.
(It is Spring for the others).

Alas snow is on its way for us!

But, we in New England will get Foliage
and with luck a (Red as opposed to a Brown) Indian Summer.


eBay PayPal (PYPLV) Split — ‘Ex-Div’ Date Monday, July 20, 2015 — Strictly Dollar-for-Dollar Split

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New PayPal, PVPLV, symbol. Already trading on a nominal basis — till Monday, July 20, 2015. Click to access ‘MarketWatch’ coverage.

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eBay chart. Click to access ‘MarketWatch’ coverage.

The PayPal spinoff from eBay takes place at ‘midnight’ this Friday, July 17, 2015. But the ‘ex-div’ date is July 20.

So you can still buy eBay shares TODAY, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, and get the PayPal spinoff — PYPLV.

PYPLV is ‘trading’ now BUT there are NO shares available. So you are essentially pre-buying the shares!

I owned a few eBay from years back. So I will get some PYPLV on Monday whether I want them or not. I want them. I actually just bought a couple more eBay shares. Way I see it, it is the best way to get into PYPLV.

The split on Monday will be ‘dollar-for-dollar’. Both eBay and PYPLV are trading. So if eBay on Monday is $66 and PYPLV is at $34 — after the split PYPLV will remain (for a few nanoseconds) at $34 and eBay will start off at $32. Essentially OLD $eBay = NEW $eBay + $PYPLV. Got that?


Pope Francis’ Plans To Change The Date For Easter Could Have Many Christians Up In Arms.

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This is HUGE.

This is even bigger than if he issued an edict accepting gay marriage (something he will never do).

It is on a par with if he permitted female Catholic priests. The only thing that could be BIGGER is if he totally abolished all restrictions, sans caveat, on birth control and abortion.

Yes, it is THAT BIG!

The date when Easter Sunday will be celebrated is something that tore the Church apart — Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter her a different ‘formula’ based on a different calendar. Agreeing on a common date for Easter as been a hitherto irreconcilable difference for over 700 years. Yes, 700 years. We are talking a big deal here.

Yes, agreeing on a common date for Easter would go a long way towards healing the schism between West and East Christianity — Western and the Orthodox.

Trying to work out the date for Easter goes back to the 2nd century. This is big potatoes. The calendar that we now use, the Gregorian Calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII (#227) [1572 – 1585], came to be because the Church did not like Easter coming around when there was still snow on the ground in Europe. Easter was meant to fall in Spring.

Agreeing on a date for Easter across all Christian geographies in the 2nd century was a pivotal factor that led to the establishment of the Papacy! Prior to that all Bishops had equal standing including the Bishop of Rome (now the Pope). But in the 2nd century, given Rome’s historic standing as the epicenter of the Roman empire other Bishops, including those from the East, approached him to arbitrate the Easter date issue. Bishops of Rome grasped on that to say that this gave them primacy. Easter was discussed and mandated upon at the very first Ecumenical Council, that of Nicaea in 325. We even had a major controversy with a lovely sounding name Quartodecimanism (Latin for the 14th day).

So IF the pope can get ALL Christians, East & West, to standardize on a common date for Easter Sunday it would be HUGE.

It will make this pope a legend in history. He will surpass John XXIII (#262), John Paul II (#265), Pius X (#258).

This is HUGE.

But it will all depend on what the reconciliation is.

IF the Orthodox agree to adopt the Western date without any caveats it would be HUGE.

There will be dancing on the streets.

There will be calls to Saint the Pope even as he is alive.

But if any concessions are given to the Orthodox all hell will break lose.

Protestants will take umbrage to the Pope messing with THEIR Easter.

Even Catholics would balk.

So heads up. This makes the Pope’s climate control encyclical look trivial.


Google Drive Is Rather Compelling. Easy To Use. A Few Missing Features But Very Useable.



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I have been using it EXCLUSIVELY this week. Have not even tried to access my old GoDaddy Online Storage! Created folders for all my active books on Google drive and uploaded the files. Pretty compelling. I like the interface. I just found that you can even drag-and-drop! Wow.

I am hooked. Don’t really see a need to pay for online storage if I can get 15GB free (for each Gmail account I have).

A few things that are inexplicably missing or are odd.

Though it has a really fancy preview capability and file description pane, there is no way that Google lets you see the file size! This is a known issue that has been repeatedly discussed. Don’t tell me to sort my size. That is not what I want. I like to see the size of the uploaded file since I tend to have a fairly good idea of how big a file should be. So a quick glance at file size can tell me whether the file uploaded OK — and maybe even that I uploaded the right version. Not a showstopper but rather strange to say the least. Appears that there may be a Machiavellian reason for this. This way you never get to see how Google is calculating your space used!

Another very strange but similar quirk. Doesn’t show the DATE that a file was uploaded. Just the time! I kid you not. Very bizarre.

I also have some concerns about security. But, is any Online Storage offering watertight?

But, for now, I am happy.