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Will Japan’s Latest Earthquake (Nov. 20) Again Affect Camera Shipments By Sony, Canon, Nikon etc.?

by Anura Guruge

Latest November 20, 2016 earthquake (and Tsunami).


Click to access original Reuters coverage.

Impact of the April 2016 earthquake.


Click to access “Digital Trends” original.

There has been no reports of any crippling damages as yet.

So all could be fine. But even a couple of days worth of delays at the Japanese end could affect Christmas availability.

I will keep an eye and let you know. This is just a heads up.

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by Anura Guruge

Prayer, At Best, Is But A Form Of “Brain Meditation” — And That Is Good.

by Anura Guruge


THINK about what I just said up there (↑).

Prayer, irrespective of who you pray to (and as such its religious connotation), focuses your brain, and thereby ‘centers you’, for a brief period of time. That is MAGIC. Just that short burst of focus is a form of “Brain Meditation“.

So the reason that so many feel GOOD about praying — and do so immediately afterwards — is because they have just indulged in some “Brain Meditation“.

You can achieve the same succor by just doing any other form of “Brain Meditation“.


Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access the “Catholic News Service” original.

As those of you who know me know, I do NOT pray. I do NOT believe in prayer. I think that praying is a superstitious waste of time.

And this from one whose adoptive mother was considered by many, including lots of Western Christians, to possess SUPERNATURAL PRAYING POWERS!

Yep, my adoptive mother, in her latter years, was like a walking-talking ‘Lourdes’. People came to her, often bearing lavish gifts (mainly in the form of expensive chocolates, flowers or pastries), asking her to PRAY on their behalf. I still vividly remember a Director General of UNESCO, a very elegant (and personable) Spaniard, and his wife, coming to visit so that they could ask my mother to PRAY that their son, who was sitting an exam in a few days in order to qualify as a doctor, would do well in the exam. My mother prayed with them and continued to do so afterwards on their behalf. She prayed, unashamedly, to an eclectical pantheon of deities — at least one of them a then living human (Sai Baba). Though she would be mightily offended IF anybody said she was anything but the MOST devout of Buddhists, she when it came to praying, prayed to anyone and anybody that she believed could intercede.

She prayed to the Abrahamic God. She always had a supply of genuine Lourdes Water (which wasn’t that difficult for her given that she lived in Paris (France) and as the extremely indulged wife of a rather rich Ambassador (with multiple pensions) had the resources and contacts to get most things she wanted). She prayed to Hindu gods. She was huge Sai Baba fan who gave Sai Baba a LOT of money over the years.

She believed in prayer. She prayed a LOT. She prayed for me BUT that never worked. Maybe that is when I started to question prayer.

[And there are people, a Catholic bishop here and there and definitely a few Catholic priests, who still pray that I will find my way … ]

To me the pope praying AFTER an earthquake is just STUPID. He should have been praying BEFORE to avoid it from happening.

And PLEASE do not give me grief that you can’t pray to God to micro-manage and intercede. IF so, why the heck was the Pope leading 11,000 in prayer yesterday. Give me a break.

But, as you also know I do not interfere or object to the religious beliefs of others — even if they are totally contrary to what I believe in (which is NOTHING). So I am happy that people pray. They are indulging in some “Brain Meditation” and that is GOOD. I am all in favor. 


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by Anura Guruge

Always Strikes Me As Strange That Popes Can’t Protect Italy From Earthquakes.

by Anura Guruge


From “usatoday.com”. Google for more. Breaking news — today.

The OFFICIAL Titles Held By Pope Francis.

One of them is ‘Vicar of Jesus Christ’.


Vicar, in this context means, ‘Representative’ (or ‘Deputy’).


The list of Earthquakes in Italy since 2000 — from Wikipedia.


To I, it just seems strange — incongruous.

All this praying, Masses and whatever.

Why can’t they keep Earthquakes away from ‘home’.

Shouldn’t God be using them to RATTLE the heathens rather than hurt the poor, long-suffering Italian Catholics?
(And yes, of course, I have not forgotten Japan, China, Nepal and Turkey.)

Just wondering. Just asking.

I wish I had the answer.

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by Anura Guruge

Sony’s Announced Delay In Camera Shipments Could Affect Nikon, Fuji, Pentax etc. IF Sensors Are Involved.

by Anura Guruge


From “DPReview”, June 28, 2016. Click image to access original.

In 2015 it was estimated that Sony owned 40% of the sensor market — with it being known that Nikon, Fuji, Pentax and Olympus (among others) bought some or all of their sensors from Sony. Apple also relies on Sony sensors for the iPhones.

It is not clear from this announcement whether sensor manufacturing has been impacted. If so there could be a domino effect rippling across the whole market. One piece of ‘good news’ is that Apple has cut back on their demand for sensors with iPhones not selling as much as they used to. That could help.

So best to be on your guard over the next 3 months IF you are hoping to get a new camera. There could be delays. Heads up.

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by Anura Guruge

Earthquake In Taiwan, Just Ahead Of The Chinese New Year, On Monday, Will Rattle Superstitious Asians.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access CNN coverage. Google for more.

The Chinese New Year for 2016, ‘Year of the Red Monkey‘, falls on Monday, February 8, 2016.

That an earthquake happened in Taiwan, a couple of days ahead of it, will be viewed by superstitious Asians as some kind of omen — bad luck.

I know. I am Asian too. So just a heads up.

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A Very Soothing Google Doodle For Nepal’s ‘Republic Day 2015’ On May 29 — First Ever Doodle for Nepal.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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by Anura Guruge

Last Google Doodles:
>> U.S. Sally Ride’s 64th.
>> 2015 Eurovision Final.

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Click images to access the Google Doodles.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access original.

This Google Doodle is restricted to Nepal.

As the above explanation points out, in paragraph two, the recent devastating earthquakes played in role in the creation of this Doodle — the FIRST, ever, for Nepal. Nice. Hopefully they will get more in the years to come.

The “prayers to Buddha” mentioned towards the bottom of Google’s 3rd paragraph is a misconception!
Read this May 29, 2015 post for clarification.

All Buddhists, Especially Those In Sri Lanka, Should Be Ashamed Of What Is Happening In Myanmar (Burma).

nepalequake1aa1.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
Θ Extremist Buddhist violence …                Θ Appeal to all Buddhists
Θ Curb Buddhist extremists …                    Θ Curbing the Extremists

∠∠ Buddhists can be funny.                ∠∠ Buddha’s descendants.
∠∠ Blaming earthquake on animal sacrifice.

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Click to access original from U.K. “SkyNews”.

Google ‘refugees’, ‘Myanmar’ or ‘Burmese’ for many, many other articles.

I have over the last year repeatedly spoken out against the misguided, extremely insecure extremist Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The extremist Buddhists in Burma, the inspiration for what is taking place in Sri Lanka, are even worse!

There is hardly any coverage of what is taking place in Myanmar (Burma) these days — with the extremist Buddhists, just like in Sri Lanka, trying to purge the minorities.

In the last 48 hours I have seen headlines talking about “SAVAGE Buddhists”! That a decade ago would have been an oxymoron.

Savage Buddhists?

How could that be. It is a religion of compassion. A religion of tolerance.

I am NOT a Buddhist. But I grew up in an extremely activist Buddhist household. My adopted father, to my shame, became an extremist Buddhist (albeit in his old age) — as are many of my cousins (though age alone cannot be used as an excuse by them).

Growing up Buddhist I thought that tolerance was a virtue. Despite ardency of the Buddhism in our household we had Christians in the family and our BEST friends were Christians and Muslims. This is why extreme Buddhism in Sri Lanka, to me, makes NO SENSE. My adopted father’s BEST FRIEND was Senator Abdul Aziz (who at the time was one of the richest men in Ceylon). Because of kidnapping fears (mainly from the Catholics) I was ONLY allowed to approach two cars, after school, at 1pm — IF my father couldn’t be there because he had been detained at work. One was Uncle Amarasinghe’s car (and he was somebody that my father had gone to school with) and the other was Senator Aziz’s black Peugeot (driven by his wonderful driver). So 40 years hence when I see my adopted father supporting extreme Buddhist monks who advocate violence against Muslims it confuses me.

I have NO patience for extremist Buddhists.

I have already put forth my solution to curb some of their vigor. At a MINIMUM Pakistan, Bangladesh and UAE should REFUSE to play cricket against Sri Lanka. Ideally the cricketing world should do to Sri Lanka what they did to South Africa for ’20’ years. Boycott them until they renounce Buddhist apartheid.

This persecution of non-Buddhists by Buddhists has to stop — Worldwide. It is Wrong. What would the Buddha Say? He was not perfect, BUT I am sure of one thing about him — he would NOT have condoned violence. The notion of ‘savage Buddhists’ would have appalled him. So IF you are a Buddhist cut out this nonsense, not for you, not for me — but for the sake of the Buddha.

Misguided Sri Lankan Buddhist TRY To Blame Animal Sacrifice To The Earthquakes In Nepal!

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by Anura Guruge

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>> 2015 Sri Lanka Vesak stamps.
>> 2014 Vatican Vesakh greeting.
>> 2014 Vesak greeting.
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∠∠ Buddha’s descendants.
∠∠ Buddhists can be funny.

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To be fair this is from the lunatic, Ann Coulter wing of the misguided, extremely insecure extremist Buddhist faction.

The Himalayas — and as such places like Nepal — have major earthquakes BECAUSE of plate tectonics in that region. How do YOU think the Himalayas got pushed UP that high in the first place.

Trying to blame this on animal sacrifice is just plain wrong and crazy.

I am, of course, NOT into animal sacrifice, BUT given that I eat meat, of all types (without restrictions), multiple times a day, most days, I can’t be a hypocrite.

Moreover, all Buddhists are NOT, by a long chalk, vegetarian. So for a FEW Buddhist to take this ‘holier than thou’ line is disingenuous. When I was growing up in Ceylon (pre-Sri Lanka) over than 70% of the Buddhist monks OPENLY ate meat. I know BECAUSE I kept track — at the frequent alms givings that I attended. I was always like that. Keeping track of this stuff — and funnily enough some of the monks knew that I kept track of who ate what.

The earthquakes in Nepal, including today’s major quake, is a great shame. I, an Everest buff, am VERY FOND of Sherpas. But, like them (I hope), I am a realist enough to appreciate that earthquakes, in this instance, real does go with the territory.

Foundation Cracks From NH Earthquake: How I Plan To Tackle Them

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
1/ NH (Lakes Region) Earthquake Of October 16: Foundation Cracks & Earthquake Insurance?Oct. 17, 2012.
2/ Did We Just Have An Earthquake In The Lakes Region, NH at 7:12pm?post at 7:25pm, Oct. 16, 2012 (about 13 minutes AFTER the trembler).
3/ Yes, It Was Indeed An Earthquake In The Lakes Region, NH; 4.5 Off Portland MaineOct. 16, 2012.

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As I stated in my last post, I have lived in NH for 27 years and have owned 6 houses in NH — all of them with poured concrete foundations.

So I am somewhat au fait with foundations, settling and hair line cracks thereof as they relate to houses in NH. Kind of got a crash course when I bought my first house, in New Ispwich, NH, in 1986. I learned some very helpful wisdom such as: ‘if your basement is going to leak, it will happen in the first five years. After that you should be safe‘. Yes, the New Ipswich house, a colonial very similar to what we have in Alton now; both houses were also purchased new, i.e., within a few months of them having been completed. Yes, settling cracks appeared in the New Ipswich house foundation. It was all new to me. ‘Experts’ came. They epoxyed glass slides over the crack, the theory being that the slide would break if the crack separated further. Somewhere along the line I heard that waterproofing might do the trick. I discovered Thompson’s Water Seal.

I am a great believer that if ‘2’ of something fixes a problem, then ’16’ of the same thing should really take care of it.

So over the months I applied many, many, many, many, many liberal coats of Thompson’s to the cracks — yes, probably 16 times more than was stated as the requirement. Must have worked. Never had a leak.

So, Thompson’s and I became inseparable. I would buy it in large quantities. Anytime I thought I might have a potential problem, I applied too many coats of Thompson’s.

This house in Alton had a few leaks. One was in the utility room. Water was coming through the chimney. Applied gallons of Thompson’s didn’t work. Then an ‘expert’ told me that Thompson’s is for kids! Very poor product. That is when I stumbled upon Drylock. I have used it in various form. Liquid, dry and mixing the powder to various consistencies.

So, that is what I am going to try, after I finish up the 12 gallons or so of Thompson’s I still have. I will first coat everything in Thompson’s, then go back with Drylock (and it always amazes me that Drylock makes a water sealant that is water ‘clean-up’. That seems like an oxymoron). If you are lucky I will keep you posted on my progress.

TDS Broadband (Fiber) Internet: Long Outage Last Night In The Lakes Region, NH.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Last post about TDS:
>> Talk About Absurd. TDS Is Making Me Pay $6.89 Tax For A Telephone Line I Do NOT HAVE! — Oct. 4, 2012.

Bang! Right at midnight I lost my TDS Internet connection.

TDS does this to me quite often; twice a month. It is always between midnight and 12:20. I am still working. Yesterday, I was just about to access this blog. Nothing.

Now, anytime after midnight, even if there is even the faintest flicker, I automatically glance down at my Windows 7 icon tray — bottom right. Sure enough, the DREADED Internet down Yellow Triangle. That is the Yellow Triangle of death for me.

Usually they are back within 20 minutes. Not so last night. I am sure they will claim it was related to the earthquake — which was 4 hours 45 minutes earlier.

Basically they are doing maintenance and I appreciate the need for that. I am cool with that.

I have, however, repeatedly asked for but two things, both of which I think are reasonable:

1/ Any chance you can DELAY the maintenance till later in the morning 3am to 4am. I am sure MOST folks really are a sleep by then.

2/ Any chance you can send us an e-mail saying scheduled maintenance tonight.

Nada. Very strange company. I would say the strangest I deal with. The people CANNOT be nicer. It is as if they are trained and trained again to be polite, courteous and helpful. [I have only ever had one TDS rep. who was testy and rude and basically told me I was an idiot.] But, the faceless corporate, i.e., the amalgamation of all those really nice people, does not seem to care about me. I dread getting anything from TDS. It is never good news.

It is funny. I interact with Fidelity, GoDaddy and Bank of America, as much as I do with TDS. With those companies there seems to be a correlation between the folks you talk to and the faceless corporate. Fidelity is a prime example. I have been dealing with them for decades. Invariably the person you are on the phone with represents Fidelity; i.e., there is no disconnect between the rep and the company the rep. works for. Take for example my local TDS techie. Cannot be nicer or more helpful. I sing his praises. But, in this perverse way, he is NOT TDS. TDS is the company that charges taxes on a phone line I don’t have or refuses to listen to me about scheduled maintenance. He can’t fix it and neither can anybody in TDS. It is that faceless corporate.

C’set la vie.