# How Would YOU Solve This ‘Brain Game’ In The February 2020 “Reader’s Digest”?

by Anura Guruge

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Full disclosure. I love mathematical puzzles like these. In my late teens & early 20s (way before there was an ‘online‘, never mind a Web) I used to buy IQ test books and do all the puzzles for fun. I still do them, though not that often anymore, albeit now on the Web. So, with this one I knew what I needed to be looking for.

Then I noticed something incongruous in a puzzle of this nature. There was a perfectly valid and obvious sequence for the numbers on the apex of the triangles: 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

But, I knew that that was TOO easy.

So, I worked out, quite quickly what the ‘pattern’ was. Pretty obvious from the first triangle. 8+3 = 11 & ’22’ is 11*2. Easy enough to validate that against the others.

So, as for the triangle in question. 8+9=17. 68÷17 –> –> wait for it. Wait for it. 68÷17= 4.

So, could I have cheated and just used the easy 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 sequence at the top without bothering to do all the sums (though it wasn’t hard)?

Amused I.

Hence why I wanted to share it with you.

What do YOU think?

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# Fairly Decent Article On ‘PAIN’ In The January 2020 Issue Of ‘National Geographic’.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. January 2020 issue.

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#### I have covered this same ground in my book.

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### “Their pain is not a symptom; it is a disease — one caused by a malfunctioning nervous system”.

That malfunctioning of the nervous system is ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) — the topic of my book.

So, I am delighted that this article HIGHLIGHTS this very crucial aspect of chronic pain — where pain itself is the disease.

Some folks deal with pain better than others. Some can modulate their pain.

This is another topic dear to I. I talk about this in my ‘Central Pain’ book as well as in my books about ‘Brain Meditation’. Yes, you can teach yourself to handle pain — and do so better than others.

As is inevitable with all ‘National Geographic‘ articles there is a lot of ‘fluff’, ‘futures’ & ‘gratuitous color’. But, the key messages make up for that.

The author, who appears Indian, pussyfoots, shamelessly, around the opioid issue. Touches upon it multiple times BUT avoids taking the issue to its conclusion. NatG does not want to offend anyone!

The article also is way too generous when it comes to doctors. Again it tries not to offend anyone. So many doctors have NO CLUE when it comes to pain. I really do mean that. They are completely clueless.

But, if you can SKIM through this article. If nothing else you should learn that ‘pain can be THE disease — not just a symptom’.

Happy Holidays.

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# Fitbit Charge 3 Might Have A Synching Issue.

by Anura Guruge

I was sent a Fitbit Charge 3 for evaluation last week along with the Polar Vantage V.

I haven’t spent much time with the Charge 3 because I have had my hands full with the Polar Vantage V.

Did, however, pair it to an Android phone. Pairing worked fine. Then discovered that I can’t SYNC it!

So, removed it from the phone and paired it AGAIN. Still can’t synch.

A little bird has told me that this might be a KNOWN issue — at Fitbit!

I am a bit put out. I will, of course, keep you posted.

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# National Geographic, March 2018, Slips In A Topless ‘Tribal’ Picture Pinning It On Paul McCartney.

by Anura Guruge

March 2018 ‘National Geographic’.

Front pages — “From the Editor“.

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Click to ENLARGE. This was the interviews — “From the Editor”.

It was cute, at multiple levels, and brought a wry smile to my lips. Paul McCartney, you dirty dog.

January 1965. I must have seen that too, in Ceylon. I would have been 11, Paul 22.

Did he keep that January 1965 issue this long? Mary McCartney, in the photo credit, is his mother.

You just would have thought Paul would have seen quite a few OTHER breasts. Interesting.

As far as I can tell this is the first Topless in National Geographic since June 2016 — and this one, in the scheme of things, is pretty innocuous. But, I wanted to make sure that I did document it.

Interesting interview. I think I knew that he was a vegetarian.

I also think that I might be able to manage “Meat Free Monday“. Maybe I will start next week.

Gallery of the National Geographic topless pictures since 2014.
Chronological order.

March 2018 issue.

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# Nikon D500 EN-EL15 Battery: There Is A Known Issue With Li-ion1 Versions.

by Anura Guruge

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As I explained in this “First Pictures with Nikon D500” post the supposedly fully-charged battery in my rented D500 died after I had formatted a SD card, checked some menu options and took 14 pictures. That is a pretty short battery life for any camera.

The response I got when I called up “LensRental“, my rental company, was quite illuminating. I spoke with a Tech who immediately said that there were SOME known battery issues with the Nikon D500. They immediately went about shipping out a new battery (and a charger) that is supposedly arriving Saturday via USPS Priority Mail. [We will wait and see.] I had not seen any references to this D500 battery issue in my research.

But I started Googling while still on the phone with the Tech — and you can do the same.

The above “DPReview” post (as ever) said everything of import that I needed to know. Sure enough I had an EN-EL15 Li-ion01‘ battery as opposed to an ‘Li-ion20‘. Hhmmm.

So just letting you know. Check your battery.

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# First Pictures With My Rented Nikon D500 — August 12, 2016.

by Anura Guruge

Originals at 5568 x 3712.
These reduced to 1600 x 1067.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

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The supposedly fully charged battery died after I took 14 pictures!

Appears that it is a known problem BUT one that I missed.

LensRental” from whom I rented the Nikon D500 sending me a new battery and charger! Not good.

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# ‘National Geographic’ In December 2015 Issue, Featuring ‘Virgin Mary’, Includes Another Topless ‘Tribal’ Picture.

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by Anura Guruge

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December 2015 issue.

In the feature article about the Virgin Mary
“The World’s Most Powerful Woman” — pages 48 – 49.

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This is the 4th topless picture that NatG has published in 2015.

All the females (as is invariably the case) have been highly tanned.
I, from old habits, call them ‘tribal’.
Interesting that I can’t remember seeing topless pictures
of pale skinned women. Not that I care.

Interesting that this picture actually was in the
Virgin Mary‘ article.

The prior two topless pictures appeared in the issue
featuring the pope.

Coincidence.

As anybody familiar with this blog will know, have no compunctions about
female toplessness or nudity.

So I have no problems whatsoever about NatG.

If anything I am kind of glad.
As I mentioned in the very first post on this topic,
this to so many of us is NatG NOSTALGIA.
NatG used to have much, much more topless pictures
I know the first topless pictures I saw were in NatG
in the 1950s, when living in Ceylon.

IF you are wondering why I obliterated
the topless on two pictures shown here it had
NOTHING to do with censorship or prudity.
In those two pictures I am just NOT sure how old
Nudity/topless is one thing BUT I will not be party
to any that cross important ‘borders’.

This might be a last Hurrah now that conservative Fox News
own NatG.

Gallery of the National Geographic topless pictures since 2014.
Reverse chronological order.

Yes, I am indeed keeping count because NatG, for the longest time, due to some false sense of propriety, stopped printing pictures of topless tribal women — its well known hallmark, for long, in its ‘early days’.

As far as I can see these are #3 & #4 since January 2014 — though I might have missed some, despite my efforts to read each and every issue cover-to-cover. The prior two are at the very top of this post with links.

Have a chuckle. It is good for you.

# ‘National Geographic’ In August 2015 Issue, Featuring Pope, Sneaks Two More Topless Tribal Pictures.

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by Anura Guruge

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August 2015 issue.

“The Last Rites of the Jade Sea” article — page 60.

I, as anybody familiar with this blog will know, have no compunctions about female toplessness.
If anything I have no problems with it, at all, at all.

I resorted to some censorship here because I am not sure
I am not taking any chances!

I am surprised National Geographic was not a bit more careful.

Yes, I am indeed keeping count because NatG, for the longest time, due to some false sense of propriety, stopped printing pictures of topless tribal women — its well known hallmark, for long, in its ‘early days’.

As far as I can see these are #3 & #4 since January 2014 — though I might have missed some, despite my efforts to read each and every issue cover-to-cover. The prior two are at the very top of this post with links.

Have a chuckle. It is good for you.

See ANOTHER in the December 2015 issue … click.

# My May 2013 Post On Alton Central School (ACS) Board And Bullying Issue Getting Widespread Attention!

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About a month ago I noticed a sudden SPIKE in the interest in this post — which kind of surprised me since, like most things related to ACS other than building renovation, nobody in Alton appears to give a damn about ACS-related matters whether it be Common Core, Strategic Plan involvement, lack of safety glass in the school, Destination Imagination (DI), etc. etc.

The hits have continued daily and I know that MOST are not from within NH. That a kind, gentle lady, a fellow author, commented on it from Nevada shows that this post is getting widespread attention. And I am glad — though it does NOT help us in Alton, N.H. per se.

I, despite my best efforts, have failed miserably in trying to get a modicum of accountability from this outlandishly arrogant, ‘gag the public’, and totally dysfunctional, School Board. Well now at least others can see what I have had to contend with. That is some consolation. If nothing else I will document the charade in my vain, but probably now incorrect, belief that ‘the pen‘ has some might.

Contrary to what some think this blog is read around the world and most of my hits are from OUTSIDE New Hampshire — which delights me no end given that I really am, in the end, a bona fide denizen of the world. Scroll down and check the flag counter at the bottom of the sidebar. Click on it. You might learn something. This site has been visited from 185 countries.

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This is my world coverage in the last 365 days.

And here is the kicker.
This is NOT my most popular blog!

That remains popes-and-papacy
that has racked up 227,630 hits
though I haven’t posted on it, on a regular basis, since March!

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