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Fujifilm X-T1 A Very Capable & Compelling Mirrorless ILC Digital Camera If Not For Limited STANDARD ISO.

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by Anura Guruge

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fujixt111I was reading a writeup of the Fujifilm X-T1 in the July 2015 issue of “Outdoor Photographer“, rather appropriately, while we were visiting Acadia National Park last month when I was struck by its atypically low ISO range in ‘standard’ mode. 200-6400. Wow. That is IT in RAW mode. I get better than that on my $330 Canon T3i. Yes, it appears that it can be pushed, just when shooting JPEGs to 100-51200 but that seems a bit of a kludge.
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Just a thought. It was something that stopped me in my tracks.

I was, in my mind going “wow, this looks interesting” when BANG. 200-6400. I need as higher an ISO as I can reasonably afford given that I shoot a LOT of concerts, plays and ballets. The current 6400 I have is now really enough because I also do not have any really ‘fast’ lenses and do not use a tripod.

So for now the Fujifilm X-T1 will not be in my top-tier of potentials.


‘Common Core’ Presentation By Alton Central Principal Sydney Leggett At June 10, 2013 School Board Meeting.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Flaw in ‘Common Core’ math books — June 15, 2013.
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Alton Central might not have 100% Board support for ‘Common Core’
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>>May 14, 2013.

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May 11, ‘Common Core Curriculum’ meeting in Alton — May 11, 2013.
>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.


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This was the ‘Common Core’ presentation that I had requested.

Definitely worth watching. Listen to what she has to say with an open mind.

Alton Central School (ACS), at least for 2013 – 2014, is committed to ‘Common Core‘.

‘Common Core’ 7th Grade Math Book Being Used By Alton Central (ACS) Has A Fundamental Flaw!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> ‘Common Core’
 June 11, 2013.

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NHPR on ‘Common Core’ — June 9, 2013.
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I request School Board do joint Common Core presentation
>>May 14, 2013.

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Facts about the biometric bracelet — May 12, 2013.
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May 11, ‘Common Core Curriculum’ meeting in Alton — May 11, 2013.
>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.


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Yesterday for the first time I got to see the ‘new’ “Common Core“, “Singapore Math” books (yes, there are two of them, “A” & “B”) that Alton Central (ACS) is using for 7th Grade Math.

Very nice books, and I wish I had books like this growing up — though I am still confounded as to why there is a crab on the cover.

These books have now been used for a year at ACS and you can see that from the 2nd picture above. I can even tell you the name of the kid who used the book.

Well we plan to use these books for Homeschooling Devanee — hence my particular interest in them. Since I know Devanee very well and given that we have been doing this for awhile now, the first thing I did was to check if the book had ANSWERS at the back. I am quite partial to having answers in the back of Math books because it eliminates the need for me to create an Excel spreadsheet to check Devanee’s answers.

Sure enough the book had ‘Selected Answers’.

But herein lies my problem and puzzlement.

The answers are in tightly bound pages of the book.

OK. This book was used by a student in 2012 and there was even pages of math homework by this kid inside the book.

So, what is the deal here? Is having ready access to the answers a part of the ‘Common Core’ agenda?

Multiple things bother me:

1/ This is an ‘expensive’ textbook meant to be reused. So, how come they did NOT handle the ‘selected answers’ in a BETTER manner, e.g., a supplemental booklet? [These books are supposed to be created by the crème de la crème of International educators, all of them with at least a “Master’s”. They didn’t see this problem? Maybe they should have hired a consultant.]

2/ How come the answers are still in this book if it was used by a student throughout 2012 – 2013? Did they copy (at further costs) all the test pages?

3/ Though I (as somebody with 35 years experience with book publishers) know the ‘pressures’ involved for those that recommend and purchase these textbooks, how come nobody noticed this flaw in these books?

I am not impressed. I am not happy.

I have already worked out a way to prevent Devanee gaining ready access to the answers WITHOUT in anyway putting even a scratch on the book. I might patent my invention for use with ‘Common Core’ books. Yes, I am going to forward this to the Principal at ACS and get some answers — the main one being HOW did they stop kids from looking at the answers when they were doing homework (or didn’t they do homework using this $39.99 (retail) book.



Click to access the 'Marshall  Cavendish' catalogue that lists this book.

Click to access the ‘Marshall Cavendish’ catalogue that lists this book.



Alton Central Administration Might Not Have 100% Support From Their School Board On Their Commitment For ‘Common Core Standards’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
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NHPR on ‘Common Core’ — June 9, 2013.
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I request School Board do joint Common Core presentation
>>May 14, 2013.

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Facts about the biometric bracelet — May 12, 2013.
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May 11, ‘Common Core Curriculum’ meeting in Alton — May 11, 2013.
>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.



I find it funny (given my admittedly very twisted sense of humor) that most folks in Alton, including the parents, think that the building renovation is the ‘be all and end all‘ of the issues facing the welfare of the Alton kids. Somehow bullying or the ‘Common Core Standards‘ don’t seem to figure in the priorities.

Last night, at the School Board meeting, given that I had requested it at the previous meeting, the Principal did get up and do a brief but poignant presentation on ‘Common Core Standards’.

I was intrigued, but not surprised, when one female school board member (and Carlos Martinez was NOT at the meeting), openly talked about ACS OPTING OUT of CC. Wow.

So, I, when I was finally given permission to ask questions, got up and asked a few questions MAINLY to get as much of the opinions and statements on the official record for possible future use.

As I suspected a prior Board did approve the school’s current ‘program’ with CC. I knew that that had to have happened.

I also questioned whether this board was 100% behind CC and got the response I expected — that yes, some have reservations.

School Board member, Mr. Steve Miller, yet again to his credit, per my statement that I wanted this on the record, went onto say that he is supportive of CC and does not feel that ACS is in the ‘position’ to ‘go in alone’. Check the record.

Interesting stuff.

Yes, I would LOVE to have included Mrs. Leggett’s presentation, but it is not as yet available online (at least to me). Deanna e-mailed her requesting a copy. Yes, of course, I will post it or a link to it as soon as we hear something back.

Enjoy.

Barnstead, NH P/T Cop Suing State For Physical Fitness Parity With Females

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ story from Friday, November 30, 2012.

As a father of three daughters and a 59-year old, overweight guy who labors 1 1/4 miles up (and then runs down) Prospect Mountain Road (Alton, NH) five to six times a week, wearing 6 pounds of wrist weights, I was conflicted when I read this article in yesterday’s ‘Laconia Daily Sun‘.