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Get E-Mail Notifications, From The USPS, Of The Mail That Is To Be Delivered To You That Day!

by Anura Guruge




This is June, so this is NOT an April Fool’s gag. Honest.

A real service from our USPS — yes, the ‘Post Office‘ — for free and for gratis.

It is called ‘Informed Delivery‘. Check it out.

They didn’t have to really do much to offer this service. They already scan all the mail as a part of their first-cut, automated sorting system. They use state-of-the-art OCR (optical character recognition) to pick-out the zip-code. So, extending that to read the rest of the address was not too difficult.

It could be a GREAT help. For a start you can see IF the check is indeed in the mail — way ahead of the mail being delivered.

I like it — THOUGH alas it is not available in my zip though it is SUPPOSED to be! As ever my loss and the price I pay for living in the stick.

But, check it out. Sign-up for it. It will be handy.


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Pluto, The Dwarf Planet, Was Discovered 87-Years Ago, By 24-Year Old Clyde Tombaugh, On February 18, 1930.

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Pages from my 2011 full-color, paperback & e-book “Devanee’s Book of Dwarf Planets” (which folks still buy on occasion). 

I paid a royalty fee to the Lowell Observatory to be able to include the original Clyde Tombaugh plates in the book.



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plutodogThis epic discovery, just 2-weeks after Clyde Tombaugh had turned 24, was a BIG deal. The patience and diligence required to spot a small object that had moved, using the ‘Blink Comparator‘, was monumental. These days this is all done in seconds using computers.

Disney’s ‘Pluto’ was named after the new planet — and came to be 7 months later.

How ‘Pluto’ came to be ‘Pluto’ is also quite a cute story and I narrate it all in THE book.

Pluto‘ is NEVER naked eye visible. So, I can’t ask you to go outside and look for Pluto, But, this about Pluto and Clyde Tombaugh today.

Latest composite, color-enriched image of Pluto from NASA’s ‘New Horizon‘.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day — The Evolution Of The Google Doodles.

by Anura Guruge


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


Things to note:

>> Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a holiday as of 1986.

>> It was celebrated in all 50 States in 2000.

>> First Google Doodle was in 2003. It was rather PLAIN and showed NO image of THE MAN.

>> Nothing in 2004 & 2005.

>> Then yearly, for the last 11 years.

>> They called it “Dr.” Martin Luther King Day though “Dr.” was not in the official holiday title.
They finally got it right in 2014.

>> Dr. King only appeared, for the first time, in 2006. But was missing again till 2009.

>> Since 2011 his image has always been included.


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New, Rather Expensive ($1,699) Pseudo Rangefinder Fujifilm X-Pro2 Leaves Me Cold.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From the DPReview analysis. Use link below to access full, excellent, review. Seeing the LENS in the viewfinder would drive me BATS!

Click here for the, as ever superlative, DPReview
assessment of the Fuji X-Pro2.


Given that I (think) I have convinced myself that my next camera will be a Fuji X-T1 or ITS SUCCESSOR, I spent a lot of time and effort learning about the newly announced Fuji X-Pro2 given that I, like many, believe that the ‘X-T2’ would have similar specs. I have been baffled by the unstinted enthusiasm I have seen for the X-Pro2. I just can’t get it — as I have already said earlier.

It is NOT a rangefinder. It just looks like a rangefinder and as such has all of the FLAWS of a rangefinder WITHOUT the one big advantage of that genre, spot-on ‘image superimposition‘ focusing. Instead the X-Pro2, like the X-Pro1, has this hybrid OVF/EVF — albeit with refinements in the ‘2’. Do NOT get it. Yes, I am the first to admit it. I, since the Apple Mac pioneered this revolutionary concept 3 decades ago, have been a confirmed WYSIWYG guy. I like, at all times, to see exactly what I am getting or hoping to get. Since September 2015 when I switched, irrevocably, to ‘mirrorless‘ I have been in awe of the delights of using EVFs. I like to change WB etc. and see exactly what I can expect. Seeing the lens in my OVF would drive me bats. Plus I want to see the entire image I am shooting, full-frame, in my viewfinder — not within some white lines.

And then another thing I never understood, and could not properly rationalize, BUT has been mentioned in a number of X-Pro1 vs. X-T1 reviews that I have studied. The X-T1, invariably, delivers slightly better image quality than the X-Pro1. Don’t know why and none of the reviewers explained. Of course the X-Pro2, with better specs, should beat the X-T1 for now. But what I wonder is will an ‘X-T2’ with X-Pro2 like specs end up with better picture quality.

I just can’t see myself with an X-Pro2. To I it would be a regressive step. I tried very hard to convince myself that I could like the X-Pro2, BUT I can’t. IF there is to be no X-T2 I would rather get a X-T1, and save myself some serious dough, than get a X-Pro2. So that is where I stand for now. But many of my past claims about what camera I would get next have proved to be invalid. So time will tell. For now I am waiting for a X-T2. 


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Network (Wi-Fi/Ethernet) Speed/Bandwidth Test For Roku With “Speed Test” App.

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>> Roku 4 has nothing for me.
>> ‘My Feed’
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>> No sound on Roku.
>> Beyond pleased with Roku 3.

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This APP really should be a built-in standard feature within the Roku System menu. It is not.

Roku, in its ‘Network’ menu, does NOT provide a speed test/bandwidth test — and one really is handy if you are having loading or image quality issues (as can often be the case with say Sling). I had been using an external speed test whilst promising myself that I will check to see if I can get a Roku ‘App’ [actually a channel].

It is easy enough to find IF you Google it.

It is a PRIVATE channel. So it has to be installed from a PC. You need to be able to logon to your Roku account — i.e., you need to know your password.

Other than that it is easy enough. On the Roku, on the System menu, click ‘Check UPDATES’ to force the Roku to download and install the App.

You will love it.


‘Laconia Multicultural Day’ 2014: The “Black Thunder Singers & Drummers”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> 2014 Multicultural Day Program
>>Aug. 15, 2014.

>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> Shame on Belknap Mill … — Aug. 3, 2013.

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I THINK this is them. I could be wrong. Click to access YouTube video.


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This is definitely them. Click to access Facebook account.


They appear to be the ‘featured’ band for the 2014 Multicultural Day. They have two prime-time performances: 11:00 – 11:30 & 11:45 – 12:15.

For reasons I can’t quite fathom I had assumed, obviously incorrectly, that they were an African ensemble. Well it appears, instead, that they are ‘Native American‘ enactors. Seems good.


‘Laconia Multicultural Day’ 2014, September 6 — The Program Schedule.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access the official Website — which, alas, is a tad short on information even though we but 3 weeks away from the event.



So, today, Friday, August 15, 2014 this is what I got when I clicked on the ‘Program’ HOPING to see a Schedule of the Performances!
C’est la vie.

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Don’t bother going here for the Schedule. Try the Facebook account below.


Luckily I did find a Facebook account with the supposed program. So that was good. Why they can’t also have this on their Website is mystery. Must be a cultural thing in Laconia. 

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Click to access Facebook account. I assume it is semi-official.


Well unlike last year it is back in September. That is good — I think.

Tad early in my opinion, but what do I know.

It used to be the 2nd Saturday of September. I know — because the Highland Games used to be the 3rd Saturday.

But this year it is the first Saturday, albeit with September starting on a Monday.


Comet ISON, C/2012 S1: NASA’s Latest Image, October 25, From Huntsville, AL.

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>> Oct. 28, 2013.

>> Comet ISON looking good —
>> Oct. 21, 2013.

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>> Oct. 16, 2013.
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The comet, as I have reminded you a number of times, is still very far out.

This, at 14″, was a pretty small telescope — though still respectable. The telescope used to discover ISON was 2″ bigger.

IF it survives perihelion, and I think it will, it, on Boxing Day, will be nearly FOUR TIMES CLOSER!

Comet ISON, C/2012 S1: Accomplished Astro-Photographer John Chumack Snaps ISON From Ohio, On October 9.

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Click to access 'space.com' to see the FULL picture and read story.

Click to access ‘space.com’ to see the FULL picture and read story.


Comet ISON, C/2012 S1: Upcoming Dates & Viewing Opportunities.

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Click to ENLARGE. From NASA - Hubble.

Click to ENLARGE. From NASA – Hubble.


Comet ISON prospects, quite literally, are getting brighter by the day.

It is intact and is becoming more ‘active’, i.e., spewing out more gas and dust which is what leads to the coma and tail, by the minute.

Right now it is travelling at more than 10 miles PER SECOND. That is in excess of 38,000 miles per hours. So it is getting closer to the Sun at a very fast clip.

Ameteur astronomers using backyard telescopes are capturing some amazing pictures. Check this one from October 5, from Austria (that is in Europe).

On November 2, 2013, i.e., next week, it will cross Earth’s orbit for the first time, i.e., inbound (towards Sun) crossing. Check this post for orbital diagram.

But, on that day Earth is way off to the right — 112 MILLION miles away, that is 1.2 x the Earth-Sun distance.

So, we will not be able to see Comet ISON, naked eye, on November 2.

The EARLIEST possibility for a potential glimpse is November 17 — some of this also having to do with moonlight getting in the way.

Closer to the 17th, as things become more clear, I will post an update.

Enjoy.

It might not be the ‘Comet of the Century’, but it is still on track to be one heck of a comet.