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‘Period Poverty’ Bill, Spearheaded By Schoolgirl, Becomes New Hampshire Law — Something To Be Proud Of.

by Anura Guruge


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I am SO impressed, so happy. This is so pro-female, pro-children. It is great. I am so proud of her — Caroline Dillion. I do not know her but wish her all the best and hope she goes far. Maybe a FUTURE president. She will be good.

As a father of three daughters, who still lives in a house with three females I surely can relate to this. SMILE.

That there could be kids in the U.S. that don’t have access to these essential products is criminal.

I am so glad that New Hampshire is putting this right.

I have no idea. But, what will it increase my property tax bill by — $10/year. I, for one, am happy to pay. I will even pay more. SMILE.

Reading about this MADE MY DAY!


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by Anura Guruge

As Ever Delectable Easter Cakes For Sri Lanka By ‘Kapruka’.

by Anura Guruge


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Given that I have been a very good customer for well over a decade I get regular e-mail updates from Kapruka to try and tempt me.

I always like looking at their cakes and over the years have shared pictures of them with you. If I could I would share actual cakes with you too but Kapruka cakes are ONLY available for delivery in Sri Lanka.

These cakes remind me of my youth in Ceylon (before it became Sri Lanka in the 1970s). Ceylon, thanks to the British influence, has been famous for its elaborate and rich cakes for years. My adoptive mother made cakes that make these Kapruka cakes, fancy as they be, look pedestrian. She would make, out of cake, large 3D, upright figures.

But enjoy.

Kapruka JUST started a U.S. delivery service BUT that does not cover cakes!


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by Anura Guruge

Sri Lanka Product Delivery Whiz ‘Kapruka’ Starts Fledgling U.S. Delivery Service.

by Anura Guruge


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I have been urging Kapruka, who I have used, very successfully for over 14 years, to start this for years. So I am glad. Very early. Very limited products and I appreciate that they can’t offer the fancy Sri Lankan cakes, in the U.S., at reasonable prices. But a good start.

My Sinhalese is still good enough for me to know that ‘lokubox’ means ‘Big Box’ — ‘Loku’ being ‘big’ (as I know from ‘Loku Amma’ as in ‘big mother’ to refer to elder aunties, i.e., mother’s older, or oldest, sister(s).


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by Anura Guruge

Fujifilm X-Pro 2, Alleged To Be Announced In A Few Weeks, Does Not Make Any Sense.

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by Anura Guruge


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My analysis of ‘Camera Labs’ point-and-shoot.
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Death knell for Lytro Illum.
>> Panasonic’s
new REFOCUS.


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Bought Sony RX100 II.
>> Bought Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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Yes, now that I have CONVINCED myself that my next BIG camera (not counting a ‘GoPro’ equivalent I just bought because the girls want one for Christmas) will the supposed Fuji X-T2 I am, of course, doing my diligence on Fuji and their cameras.

I have done some, though not extensive, research on the X-T1 vs. X-Pro 1. From everything I can see the X-Pro 1 is now a folly. The X-T1 is superior to it in every way other than for the fact that it does NOT look like an old rangefinder and does not have an Optical Viewfinder (OVF). Got that. I have to believe that Fuji no longer sells many X-Pro 1s. That is fine and fair. Most people who want a Fuji X-family camera are probably opting, despite the higher price, for the X-T1.

To bring out a X-Pro 2, especially without 4K video (though that bothers me naught), does not make sense. From my research the ONLY meaningful improvement that the X-Pro 2 will have over the X-Pro 1 is higher resolution — at least 24MP vs. the current 16MP. Yes, of course, that is never to be sneezed at. 16MP is on the low side and 24MP, in 2016, is ‘Goldilocks’.

But the PRIME APPEAL of the X-Pro is its retro look. My contention is that those that like the retro look probably already think that 16MP is way beyond what they need. Lets face it you can take some pretty fine images with 16MP.

The reason I am waiting for the X-T2 is the higher resolution. But as we already discussed the X-T1 is a better camera, technically and in practice, that the X-Pro 1. So a X-T2 makes a lot of sense. Not so a X-Pro 2.

Just like the rather stupid a68 Sony announced last month. Marginal cameras searching for a niche. These Japanese camera manufacturers, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, as I broached upon yesterday, really are in need of some ADULT supervision. Just remember camera companies can go UNDER. Kodak. Polaroid.


Digital Camera Makers Canon, Nikon, Sony et. al. Are ALL LOSING Money!

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> ‘Lunar Mirrorless’
is NOT an Hasselblad. 
>>
My analysis of ‘Camera Labs’ point-and-shoot.
>>
Death knell for Lytro Illum.
>> Panasonic’s
new REFOCUS.

>> Bought Sony RX100 II.
>> Bought Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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Watching the gay abandon with which these Japanese companies roll out extremely marginal digital camera offerings — e.g., Canon Rebel T6i vs T6s — you would NOT realize that they are ALL bleeding money like crazy.

Yes, there is HUGE undisciplined and unrestrained mismanagement. Canon, Nikon and Sony could save MILLIONS of dollars a year IF they would just rationalize their digital camera offerings and concentrate on just providing a few ‘best in class’ products rather than hundreds of hard to differentiate models.

Lets us NOT forget Kodak and Polaroid.

Both of these U.S. companies were iconic pioneering GIANTS. They are basically GONE!

So cameras companies can stumble, badly, and end up in death spirals.

With smartphone cameras eating into digital camera sales on a daily basis I expect a MAJOR shakedown and consolidation of the digital camera market over the next 18 months.

IT HAS TO HAPPEN.

These companies have to play smarter. The current situation is untenable.


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


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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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.