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The Ladies In ‘Hidden Figures’ Gets A Road At NASA Named In Their Honor (Though, Alas, Obliquely).

by Anura Guruge


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One of my favorite movies. It was SO uplifting, humbling and inspiring. What a story.

I am glad that NASA is trying to make amends. The initial indignities they lived through were inexcusable. Yes, in the movie, there is the great scene when they take down the ‘whites only’ sign in the ladies restroom. So, NASA now is taking things a bit further. That is good.

But, I am NOT thrilled that the road is named ‘Hidden Figures‘. Hhmmm. That is the name of a book/movie. It only refers to these three AMAZING ladies obliquely.

Yes, I would have preferred to have seen their names — and to have had this honor bestowed when all three were alive — though Katherine Johnson is still alive, at 100! And yes, Katherine Johnson does have a NASA facility named after her, albeit again but this year.

What about the other two. They need to be honored and remembered too.

But, better than nothing. So, another small step.

If you haven’t seen it, please watch the movie. I have seen it twice already. You will be  glad you did. A wonderful story. Still very relevant.


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by Anura Guruge


Another Accident Involving The “Chart Room Restaurant” Outside Of ‘Acadia National Park’ — March 1, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


From the outstanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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“The Chart Room” is a well-known landmark just a few miles prior to the MAIN Hulls Cove entrance to the Acadia National Park. Click to ENLARGE. Created by Anura Guruge.



Thursday, March 1, 2018.

This was NOT a serious accident, unlike the one in September 14, 2017, that killed an elderly pedestrian in “Chart Room Restaurant” parking lot.

This was ahead of the approaching storm and as far as I can tell there was no bad weather involved.

For the Island, Mount Desert, this is a busy stretch of road. I do NOT think the restaurant was open. Not much open up there this time of year.


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by Anura Guruge


Elderly Pedestrian Killed Just Outside ‘Acadia National Park’, September 12, 2017 — “Chart Room Restaurant” Parking Lot.

by Anura Guruge


From the outstanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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“The Chart Room” is a well-known landmark just a few miles prior to the MAIN Hulls Cove entrance to the Acadia National Park. Click to ENLARGE. Created by Anura Guruge.



As far as I know, and as far as I can tell, this is the only fatal accident anywhere close to Acadia National Park in 2017 — so far. The prior major accident, on July 11, 2017, was non-fatal. Prior to that was the motorcycle crash, on Cadillac Mountain, September 4, 2016.

To be fair this was NOT inside the Park but it is as close to the Park as you can get without actually being inside. As you can see in the report, Park Rangers were at the accident to handle traffic.

Well known landmark. Hard to miss. Always crowded.

We were, of course, at Acadia over the Labor Day Weekend, this year — as we have since 2013. Traffic was crazy a couple of times BUT no accidents as far as I heard.


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Non-Fatal Car Crash At ‘Acadia National Park’ July 7, 2017 — 7 In Honda Odyssey, Minor Injuries.

by Anura Guruge


From the oustanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

Anura Guruge Acadia National Park July 7 2017 car crash Honda Odyssey

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Anura Guruge Acadia Park accident map

Where the accident happened, 0.5 miles south of the entrance to Cadillac Mountain Road. Van was heading northbound towards Bar Harbor.


We had been there just 10-days earlier — in a 7-seater van, in our case a Nissan Quest as opposed to a Honda Odyssey.

I feel for them. Great testimonial Honda that they plunged 30′ feet down an embankment and only the 60-old driver suffered any injuries and even those were slight. Good job they didn’t hurt or kill anyone. Falling asleep at the wheel — just after noon! Possible that they got up early that morning to drive up from Boxborough, Mass., and that he was tired. Not good.


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So Pleased At The Paucity Of Political Signs Littering Alton Ahead Of Tuesday’s Elections. Thank You.

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Did you notice?

I had noticed and I was glad. There are hardly any political signs this year. How refreshing.

Yes, of course the main proponent of these resource squandering signs is not running for office. If he was, we would have had pesky red on white signs popping up all over Alton since Christmas.

I applaud all the candidates for showing restraint and common sense.

2012 was the watershed year for political signs. Here on outwards I hope candidates will appreciate that signage does not win elections.

If the President was elected on the basis of displayed signs, Mittens would have won by a landslide.

As some of you know I slog up Prospect Mountain Road quite a few times a week, huffing, puffing, wheezing and coughing. Well there were a number of houses that had signs out. NOT a single one of those candidates won! As some of you also know I have an annoying habit of being ‘cute’. As it happened, I was puffing up the hill the day after the election when I saw a person taking down all of his signs. So I go up to him and ask, innocently as I can: “Did any of these folks win?” He thinking that I had not heard the news went onto patiently explain to me (the village idiot) as to the outcome of the election and what an injustice had been done. I never told him that Devanee and I, after spending 10 hours campaigning on our feet on the day, stayed up till 2:30 am watching the results on TV and celebrating. This guy still thinks I had no idea who had won the election — not even the President! No idea that I was on the phone with the Laconia Obama HQs at 11:15 making sure that THEY had heard that we had won.

The day of the NH Primary we drove from Alton to Belmont to stock up on our stash of sparklers and noise makers. We wanted to celebrate if Jane Cormier won. Driving through Alton and both Gilmantons was an eye-opener. I counted the signs. Jane was ‘outsigned‘ 8 to 1. But, if I recall, she was (like) 78% to 22%. So, obviously, the signs didn’t make much of a difference. Yes, the kids put on quite a show the next evening.

Lets hope that this a sign of things to come. The end of the resource squandering political signs. Trust me, making those plastic signs burns up a lot of energy. In today’s social networking word you don’t need yard signs. What you need is visibility on the Web. Virtual signs.

So lets applaud all the candidates and wish Steve Miller & Lorring Carr all the best — though Mr. Carr is already a lock.

I Met A Man From MA On Prospect Mountain, Alton, NH, Looking For ‘Ragged Mountain’ Ski Resort On His GPS. He Was 40 Miles Out!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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‘Ragged Mountain’ marked by the ‘A’. ‘Prospect Mountain’ by my hand drawn arrow. That is quite a miss for a GPS. Click to ENLARGE.

I was on my run this morning, sans Maya (who Deanna had taken to the beach), up Prospect Mountain Road. I hear a car pull up behind me and stop. Sign of the times, but when this happens I always expect the worst. Does not happen often. Maybe 3 times a year and I run up that hill most days.

It was a father and son. The son was probably 13. They had MA plates. He was clutching his phone, with GPS on it. He wanted to know where ‘Ragged Mountain‘ ski resort was. I couldn’t place it immediately BUT I knew it wasn’t around here. I have never skied Ragged so was not really familiar with it. He kept on saying that it was ‘right here’ per the GPS. I felt bad for him. I remember taking Matthew skiing and rushing to get there as early as possible. I assured him that Ragged wasn’t even close and that he was better off going to Gunstock. So agreed. I gave him rough directions. He turned around and headed back towards Rte 28. I told him that he could be at Gunstock in 30 minutes.  I hope he made it. He could have got there by 10:30.

That is the problem with GPS. I love GPS. As somebody who has worked with computers since 1969, I think that GPS is the epitome of computer technology at its very, very best. The amount of computation that is taking place, unbeknownst to the user is staggering. It is incredibly clever. But, as with any computer application it can only work with the data it has, in this case mapping data for the region. GIGO. Garbage In, Garbage Out. NH is not a state that is that well mapped by GPS, Google Maps or anything else. That said, the likes of Google and the good GPS companies do have enough data to do a good job — provided you don’t rely on them for directions. Just the maps. I got my first GPS in 1998 or 1998. It was big, heavy and in black-and-white. It worked well. In those days, pre-9/11, you could take GPSs on planes. It was amazing to use a GPS on a plane. We now have GPS, multiple different APPS, on the two Google Nexus 7 Android pads the kids have. We use it. They work well for us. But, I am still a map person.

Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH per Google Maps -- Street View.

Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH per Google Maps — Street View.

We Are Now A ‘FitBit Ultra’ Couple — NOT!

The exact ‘blue’ and ‘pink’ FitBits we have.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


No, no, to every ones amazement, especially Deanna’s sister who was adamant we would not last a year, we are still together, BUT I ditched my FitBit Ultra 33 days after Deanna gave it to me. It just won’t Synch and that drives me nuts. So here is one post of my frustrations with FitBit on October 5, 2012. I will write another post as to how and why I finally dumped it. Thanks.


It was my 59th birthday on Tuesday (which was the excuse for the whale watch and Dim Sum). In addition to a British style garden gnome (given that I got very nostalgic when we watched ‘Gnomeo and Juliet‘) which was very cute and 100% accurate (though made in China), I, to my surprise, also got a ‘blueFitBit Ultra. Wow.

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Last year, because she found a free 12 month offer, I was getting ‘Maxium‘. It was never a magazine I was ever partial to. To me it is a compromise magazine for nerds in glasses who are petrified of girls. But, I was delighted to find that it actually had some decent articles and reviews — especially on high-tech nerdy gizmos. That is how I found the FitBit.

After her back surgery Deanna was back to exercising and the FitBit looked neat. It is basically a fancy, electronic, USB-equipped [i.e., plugs into a PC] pedometer — on steroids. I looked it up; it was available from Amazon and I got it for her for Christmas 2011. She loves it. Over the Summer she has been uttering phrases along the lines that it is her most treasured possession! It never leaves her side. She even sleeps with it — because it monitors sleep patterns (another rationale for getting one for her). She lost it earlier in the Summer. She was beside herself. We looked everywhere. I told her to get another one. Three or four days later she found it among her clothes. We still have a few scares, especially after we have been to the beach — the kids very used to the cry: ‘have you seen my FitBit’.

Though I run around 2 miles, up a steep hill (Prospect Mountain Road) wearing weights, 5 to 6 days a week and swam nearly every day during the Summer (including this Monday, though the water is now noticeably cold), not to mention going up and down the 3 flights of staircases we have in this 4 story house more than most because my ‘office’ is on the 4th floor, Deanna loves to accuse me of being sedentary! So getting me a FitBit was a way for her to see how physically idle I really am. So yesterday was the first day I wore it. I don’t know how it gets calibrated because there is no calibration process, e.g., measuring your average stride. So, just like a computer mouse it must have a few small accelerometers that measure movement. Yesterday evening we both took two short. controlled walks to see if our 2 FitBits measured the same number of steps. They seem to. Going out we kind of walked independently, though we were supposed to walk the same. Per the FitBits we were 10 steps out, I taking more. Coming back Deanna made sure she matched me step-for-step. FitBits matched!

So all the data is available to see on the FitBit by pressing the one and only button it has. But, you can also have it uploaded into your account at FitBit.com. I am having problems getting my FitBit to synch. Could be the USB connection. Since I am loath to install ANY non-mission critical software on my work PC, I installed the FitBit software on one of my backup computers — this one running Windows XP so I can use FrontPage 2003 for my Web updates. So, this is what it has for me for yesterday, September 5, 2012:


I am not 100% sure, as yet, about the veracity of the figures. I am not sure I really traveled, using my feet, 4.15 miles. Yes, I ran ~2.25 miles. Floors climbed is a calculated height based on angle of elevation and something like 10′ rise. Running up the hill fudges that number. Climbing up to the top of the Seattle Space Needle doesn’t impress me. I used to regularly climb to the 2nd observation deck of the Eiffel Tower. 2,304 calories burned is average for an old guy like me. It would appear that I would have burned about that anyway.Devanee cracked me up. She is the master of the FitBit having studied the mother’s for so long. But, she didn’t know what the FLAME symbol stood for. She called it ‘Heartburn’! So, she goes you had 2,000 heartburns.

So … that is it. We are the FitBit couple now.