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TDS Internet Down In Alton/Barnstead — AGAIN — December 14 – 15, 2017.

by Anura Guruge



Since I have both Metrocast and TDS internet I did not notice that TDS was down till around 10:10pm on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Spent a few minutes double, triple checking my network at home.

Then called TDS. Got the infamous “hello manJamaica Call Center! After 30 minutes he grudgingly admitted we had an outage in the area.

Since then I have seen on — Twitter and Facebook — that I am not alone.

There is no “ETA” for when it will be fixed. It could be the COLD. I kid you not. Most likely one of the computers at a Central Office (CO) froze because TDS is pretty cheap about keeping their buildings heated.

So, a heads up.

I will keep you posted though I am going to bed soon. {Smile}


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Olympic Medals At Rio 2016 Per Population Of Country.

by Anura Guruge


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The medals table for Rio 2016 in terms of TOTAL MEDALS per country — for 10 medals and up. Click to ENLARGE.


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TOTAL MEDALS relative to the POPULATION of the country. Very different. #1, #2 & #3 in terms of ‘totals’ come towards the bottom of the table.


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GOLD MEDALS relative to the POPULATION of the country. Very different. #1, #2 & #3 in terms of ‘GOLDS’ — the ranking you are most used to seeing. But when population is factored in they come towards the bottom of the table.


I used to have a very British father-in-law who was passionate and knowledgeable about sports — in particular football, cricket, rugby, Formula 1 and the Olympics. I used to spend a lot of time talking and watching sports with him. We would even call each other up on the phone to talk cricket and he used to take me to football games (he a Bristol City Season Ticket holder) and I would take him to cricket matches, especially Tests and World Cups at Lord’s. He, whenever, the Olympics (whether Summer or Winter) or the Commonwealth Games came up, would maintain, unwaveringly, that “it was a percentage game”. He was totally convinced that countries with large populations stood a better chance at winning medals than countries with smaller populations since the larger countries, obviously, had a bigger catchment pool. To be fair to him this argument does have some merit.

I think of his contention every time the Olympics come around.

The medal numbers in Rio are, of course, skewed because so many of the Russian athletes were banned because of the doping scandal. If their whole contingent had been able to participate — doping, notwithstanding, Russia would have had more medals.

But I, remembering “Walt’s sage saying”, always try to work out whether it is indeed but a percentage game.

And as my two tables above confirm — IT IS NOT!

Yes, Jamaica is an exception — thanks to Usain Bolt.

But you have the likes of New Zealand, Denmark, Croatia etc.

This medals/population is a very sobering table to consider.

The achievements of U.S. & China — and even my own Great Britain — don’t look as impressive from this perspective.

And it begs the question. What is WRONG with India? A population nearly as big as China, and nearly 4x greater than that of the U.S. and they can only win 2 medals — one silver in women’s badminton & one bronze women’s 58kg freestyle wrestling. Does not make sense. Ditto for Pakistan. No medals! I won’t even mention Sri Lanka. 21 million people and no medals.

Study these tables. They do tell an important story.


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Please Let Me Help YOU Celebrate ‘Boxing Day’ — An Adorable Adjunct To Christmas.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access a VERY informative YouTube video.


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Click to access a YouTube video of ‘Boxing Day’ by U.S. ABC News.


Boxing Day‘, December 26, without fail, every year,
the day after Christmas
is a cherished holiday celebrated in many countries,
Great Britain, Canada, Australia, South Africa,
New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Jamaica,
Zimbabwe, Bermuda etc. etc.

It is a holiday that I adore.

So as I do each year, I SHARE it with YOU.


by Anura Guruge


TDS Internet & Phone Outage, Alton, New Hampshire, August 25 – 26, 2015 — Down For 12 Hours!

 

As I pointed out v. early this morning I noticed the TDS outage just after 10 pm when I went to watch my daily dose of cricket via my Roku 3. I had hoped it would be a short outage. I was wrong. At 11 pm I had to start my ‘3rd shift’ of working — though my latest book was all done. I have 75Mbps MetroCast for my work. So that was good — BUT then an hour later it went down too! For 40 minutes I had BOTH TDS and MetroCast down. I am sure there was a connection. It might have been in the common backbone — possibly outside of NH.

The TDS outage, which also affected my TDS landline, continued well past 1pm. I had a very unsatisfactory interaction with TDS’ Jamaican Call Center just prior to that. The only good news from that was that I got a ‘Trouble Ticket Number’.

TDS was still down at 8:10 am this morning. I called TDS again. Having a Trouble Ticket Number expedited matters. They FINALLY told me that the problem had to do with ‘my area’ and that technicians had been sent to fix it.

At 10 am we got a call saying it BUT I already knew that. SMILE.

So just an update.

Tri-Nation Series: ESPN CricInfo Claims To Have A Free Highlights Video Of Chris Gayle (West Indies) Destroying Sri Lanka In Jamaica.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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ESPN CricInfo video page

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With ESPN, as we are all beginning to appreciate, to our loss, there is ‘theory’ and then there is ‘practice’ — with no apparent connection between the two. This morning’s (i.e., June 29, 2013) CricInfo video page claims that there is a free ‘Highlights: West Indies defeats Sri Lanka comfortably led by Chris Gayle’s brilliant century and a four-wicket haul by Sunil Narine (03:54) | Jun 29, 2013’. Well I clicked on it till I was blue in the face and that takes some doing given my tan — even during this rainy, gloomy June in New England (thanks to my tanning lights).

Nothing. The video shows as 0:00/0:00. That means it hasn’t been uploaded. It is very frustrating. The ICC should be deprived of their collective balls for giving these TV rights to bloody ESPN.

I like watching Chris Gayle and over the last 6 months (using my 80 hour recorded cache from TEN cricket) I had watched a lot of Chris Gayle. He is something else. I was lucky enough to have seen the likes of Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Collis King. [Yes, I was there and saw his 86 at the 1979 World Cup, my abiding memory being Viv applauding him, with genuine appreciation, when we was finally out).

None of them had the physical dimensions and strength of Chris, never mind that railway sleeper that he uses as a bat. I often wonder how Viv and Gordon would have fared if they also had modern, super-heavy bats — they, in their time, resorting to the latest and greatest of that era such as the scoop bat and the Jumbo. Chris’ technique, however, always amuses me. His technique at times is worse than mine, and like him I too could hit the ball, a very long way, if it was just right — it was all the other balls that were my undoing, as is the case with Chris. Interesting that he is allowed to get away with it. But, when he clicks he sure does click.

While waiting for ESPN to load the video you may want to check out the photo gallery. There are some good pictures. This picture cracked me up:

And here here is one of Gayle.

Tri-Nations Series: West Indies (WI), Sri Lanka (SL) & India (Ind) Starts In Jamaica, WI and ESPN, Again, Steals Coverage.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access ESPN CricInfo.

Click to access ESPN CricInfo.

 


A rerun of the sad and sorry situation that us in North America faced with the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2013 — the big difference this time being that ICC-cricket.com is NOT showing any free videos of the series. Bummer. So we are totally at the mercy of bloody ESPN.

Volkswagen’s Super Bowl XLVII ‘Jamaican’ Ad. Is Racist! What I Expect From German Car Makers.

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Click to access ‘The Washington Times’ article and video. Video also available on YouTube.


Yes, I know. So many don’t even know about the Berlin 1936 Olympics and the snubbing of U.S. hero Jesse Owens.

I vowed never to buy a German car in 1982 after my first visit to Liverpool, England. You could still see empty blocks from the German bombing 40 years earlier. I have been steadfast. I have never bought one and will openly criticize those that do. Right now there are plenty of U.S., Korean or British alternatives. The new Buicks, Fords, Chryslers and Lincolns look much more compelling to me than a bloody German car. If you want high-end, go Cadillac or Jag. Buy Italian. They were always harmless. They never bombed anyone other than themselves.

This ad. just confirms what I have always known. And I won’t even talk about the time when a bloody German tourist, just jumped into my moored boat at Meredith harbor to get a picture. I treated him to a verbal diatribe, without once using a swear word, that had all those standing on the dock shocked. He ran.

This ad is offensive. Jamaicans rock. Usain Bolt is Jamican. Bob Marley is Jamaican. Michael Holding is Jamican. This ad is pure German.

Do you know that story: ‘No, no maan. My tattoo doesn’t say “Wendy”. You crazy, maan? Mine says: “Welcome to Jamaica and have a nice day”‘.

You do know that story, right? The man from Chicago that has his new wife’s name, ‘Wendy‘, tattooed onto his pecker before going on their honeymoon to Jamaican clothing optional resort and meeting a Jamaican who also had ‘Wy‘ showing on his flaccid pecker. Well, that is the keyword when it comes to German cars: flaccid. [P.S., My father, or more to the point his wife owns a Mercedes, and I tell my father off about that. But, my father isn’t British and he, having grown up under British rule of Ceylon, isn’t (to my amusement), that fond of the British — though my mother, an anglophile, insisted that I had a full British upbringing, cocooned in British books and culture.]