Tag Archives: sound

The Devastating Krakatoa Volcanic Explosion Took Place This Day 134-Years Ago; August 26, 1883.

by Anura Guruge



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Click to access Amazon listing for this compelling book.



I read Simon Winchester’s book (above) and was totally enthralled.

It is thought to have produced the LOUDEST sound ever known on Earth — in ‘modern’ times. The sound was heard 3,000 miles away.

I have watched at least one documentary, BUT it wasn’t as memorable as the book.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Sing’ The Animated Musical Is Very Entertaining, Great Songs & Quite The Yarn.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access IMDb.com listing for “Sing”.


singWe saw “Sing”, at the ‘Regal 10, in Concord (New Hampshire), on Monday.

We had seen the trailers many times on TV and it looked like our type of show. And it was.

It was very good. I would watch it again and I only watch the very BEST of animated movies more than once.

The songs, and the soundtrack, even IF I leave dear Cat Stevens aside, was memorable. The sound was rich, clear and powerful.

Decent animation BUT not up to the recent exalted standards set by Pixar or Dreamworks. The resolution and texture of the furs and skins was what we used to see routinely 5 years ago. But, nonetheless still decent and very watchable.

Good family movie, sans caveats. Highly recommended.


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>> Fantastic Beasts.

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by Anura Guruge


How To Mute A Chrome Browser Tab Playing An Annoying Video Ad.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, I must APOLOGIZE that this blog can be a culprit of this too, i.e., having annoying video commercials that automatically play. But, that is NOT my doing. I would never do that. Blame WordPress.

Anywho … I found out how you can easily DISABLE this.

No. No. Na. You don’t have to go into Chrome settings and turn off plug-ins etc.

Just RIGHT CLICK on the offending tab (which alas, as in the example, could be this blog, nhlifefree.com).

4th option down will be ‘MUTE tab’ (or if you have ALREADY muted it, ‘UNMUTE tab’). Just click on that option. Works like a treat.

 


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by Anura Guruge

Power-Packed Google Doodle For ‘Rugby World Cup’ 2015.

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Last Google Doodles:
>> ‘Star Trek’.
>> NFL season start.

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Click images to access the Google Doodles.

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


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Use above link to access original.

As is becoming routine, the REACH of this Doodle leaves a lot to be desired. C’set la vie.


‘Star Trek’ Google Doodle Game With Sound.

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>> Google’s new logo.

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


This is an old Doodle in that it appeared on September 8, 2012.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here.

It was, more or less, displayed GLOBALLY on nearly every country covered by Google.


Dish HD Picture Quality Inferior To That Of DirecTV (or Roku 3/Amazon Prime) — June 2015.

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A Few Related posts:
>> Cancelled DirecTV.
>> DirecTV installation.
>> DirectTV: 1st TEN reasons to HATE them.
>> DirectTV: More reasons to HATE them.
>> DirectTV: No sound.

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directvdish1212We have had Dish HD TV (again) since last Thursday, June 4, 2015. I had finally managed to cancel my accursed and detested DirecTV account on May 31 — 3 weeks ahead of schedule. Just a few minutes ago Deanna took the pre-paid box with the two Genie receivers to the Post Office. No doubt DirecTV will find something wrong with them and charge me for it. What is new. That is all that DirecTV did for 2 years — lied and cheated at each and every turn.

Well, I am back with Dish. Yes, they are no angels either, BUT I don’t think they are as bad as DirecTV. Maybe I will learn.

But we noticed something right away.

Dish Network picture quality is POOR — one could even say downright bad!

Compared to DirecTV HD it is about 50% as good. I guess they just don’t transmit as much bandwidth.

This may come as a surprise but quality of a HD picture is DEPENDENT on how much resolution is transmitted!

Yes, every once in a while I have seen Dish do decent HD — typically at night during prime time. During the day their HD really sucks.

I remember this NOW from when we switched to DirecTV two years ago. Despite all the other problems with DirecTV we all could BUT not notice that the picture quality was stunningly vivid.

Well we are back to ‘so so’ HD with Dish.

No it is NOT our TVs. We still get BRILLIANT HD with the Roku 3 when watching Amazon Prime. Teischan right now is watching “Mansfield Park” on Amazon and the picture quality is worth writing home about. [Plus we now have DEDICATED 15Mbps, wired, TDS Internet to the Roku! More on that later.]

But ONE good thing on the Dish Hopper. So far I have NOT encountered ANY sound loss. That is good.

But I have to say. WOW. Picture quality of Dish is atrocious. Good job we don’t watch much Dish. 85% of our TV viewing is now on the Roku. I got Dish primarily so that I can have 24×7 CNN and CNBC. 


Misophonia — When Food Eating Sounds Drive You Nuts; We Know Someone Suffers From It.

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Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here. Use link below to access “New York Times” article from 2011.

Click here to access “New York Times” original.


Deanna found this article this evening. Not sure how she found it. Well we know someone that suffers from it! It is NOT fun. Well at least now we have something to work it. Fancy that. Misophonia. I worked out what the word means — dislike (even hatred) of sound (‘phonia’)! Read the article.


Sound Of Spring In New Hampshire — The Peepers + Some Sights & More Crocuses.

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2015 crocuses, Alton, N.H., April 19.

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The Peepers have have been in fine voice
since last Friday.
Had the dogs in quite a tizzy.
They jumped into the swamp to check.
All the Peeping stopped, at once. Quite funny.

I videoed this same swamp last Spring.
It was quite a hit.

So this is the 2015 version.
Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, New Hampshire.
(West on Route 28 close to Barnstead).
This the road that I run on — most days.
1.25 miles uphill — then 1.25 downhill.

Click to access YouTube video. Read the description. The dogs are introduced there, if YOU don’t know them already. They run, off leash, with me. Turn up the VOLUME. Quite impressive.


Pictures taken on Prospect Mountain Road,
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — Earth Day.

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Found this “Peeper Ale” bottle, from Maine,
up the road. Despite the signs about throwing rubbish
there is a lot of litter on this beautiful road.

The most unusual object I have seen was a discarded,
purple, female, plastic vibrator. The mind boggles.
Obviously somebody threw it out of a car or truck.
I guess they were still frustrated!

Very apropos. I hope they stopped and listened to the peepers as they supped the ‘Peeper Ale’. Like the picture and the “Do what’s right” message.

Taylor ‘Blueberry Farm’; about 1/2 way up my climb. The swamp with the peepers is at the bottom.

The trees are still bare. One of these is the crab apple tree that bore the LAST red apple in New Hampshire. Find my post.

There is still snow on the ground, in the shade, at the top.

The dogs love the cold, melted snow pools.


Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: THE FLOOD?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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>> Can’t Jump Around —
>> Nov. 24, 2013.
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>> Nov. 24, 2013.
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>> Nov. 18, 2013.
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>> Nov. 18, 2013.

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It is all here around the 7:30 minute onward mark on this ACS YouTube video of the Oct. 28, 2013, "Breaking Glass" School Board Meeting. That they hijacked the audio is very convenient to the Board. Click to access the video on YouTube -- with barely any audio.

It is all here around the 7:30 minute onward mark on this ACS YouTube video of the Oct. 28, 2013, “Breaking Glass” School Board Meeting. That they hijacked the audio is very convenient to the Board. Click to access the video on YouTube — with barely any audio.


Well it is all on tape — albeit with hardly any sound!
This is why the Board MUST subtitle this video IF they are serious about Public involvement.

Yes, that is Deanna up at the podium.

She is recounting a story that was told to her at the Alton Library, by somebody that was at ACS in 2012.

According to that person, in 2012, prior to that year’s vote on the ACS Building Renovation Bond
ACS school ‘staff’ intentionally let the floors flood, for ‘an hour’, from a burst central heating pipe
WITHOUT letting the maintenance folks turn off the water!

We do NOT know if this story is true.

So Deanna is up here trying to tell it — with the usual bullying interruptions from the Board.

She asks that this incident be investigated.

Just think about it.

If true ….

IRONY abounded at that meeting.

When the GLASS BROKE there was talk of ‘Damage to School Property‘.

What about flooding?

I am leaving it at that.

Watch the tape IF you can.

This is serious stuff.

Lets see if the Board takes any action as requested by Deanna.

I, personally, doubt it.

We are doing the only thing we can.

Documenting all of this so that there is a record.

Just in the last month, in addition to this ‘flooding’ allegation,
one or both of us have been approached by Alton residents
who have told us of ACS related incidents
involving: sour milk, door locks, architect fees
and a School Board member getting TEXT instructions
on how to vote!

BUT, the YouTube video starkly confirms the BIG problem
we have in Alton when it comes to ACS.

This pivotal School Board Meeting video has had,
to noon, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013,
41 views!

NOBODY CARES and the BOARD exploits that.

This blog, just yesterday, a Sunday (which is ‘down’ day) had
928 hits.

There were easily more than 41 hits on my ACS posts …
NOT counting the 98 hits on the ‘homepage’ of the blog.

My Comet ISON video on YouTube has had 811 views.

41 views of this School Board video.

Therein lies the problem.

Alton’s Funniest Videos (AIFV): Central School Superintendent William (Bill) Lander — “We Can’t Operate Meeting …”

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Listen to this GEM of an interaction at the 1:00:27 mark. Turn your VOLUME as high as it will go.

Listen to this GEM of an interaction at the 1:00:27 mark. Turn your VOLUME as high as it will go.


This is where I raise a ‘Point Of Order‘ as to why WE, i.e., Joe Smuck the Public (some of us actual Tax Payers),
can’t see the document that is being discussed —
though it was PASSED, unanimously, at the August 8, 2013 Board ‘workshop’.
We have it on video.
That most documents will be made available to the Public.

Listen carefully, if YOU CAN, to what the Superintendent William (Bill) Lander has to say.

CLASSIC.

Jumping around!

Might actually not be a bad thing …

But, also LISTEN carefully. He says the document that I am inquiring about is in the handout.

IT WASN’T.

Now … we have this … which I already posted … as another Alton’s Funniest Video … Lander saying ‘He doesn’t know‘ what happened to the document.

Amazing.

It would actually be funny if it wasn’t so sad.