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New Hampshire: How Long Before Permanent Plastic Driver’s License Arrives (To Replace Paper) — 2017

by Anura Guruge


In my case: 24-days.

Thursday, July 12, 2017 to Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Went to the main Concord DMV office around 3pm on Thursday, July 12, 2017.

Was issued paper license valid for 60-days, i.e., until September 10, 2017.

Plastic, READ ID, license arrives, much to my relief, on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

3 weeks 3 days = 24 days.




This came with the license (and another letter about renewal in 5-years). Click to ENLARGE and read. Interesting stuff about ‘Read ID’ and the validity of non-Real ID licenses for federal purposes (read TSA) till October 2020.


I did request a ‘Read ID’ license and mine does have a STAR on it — top right. Seems rather incongruous that this is how Real-ID is designated. There is, however, a lot of encoded ‘barcode’ information at the back of the card. I suspect that police and other agencies will read the license with a scanner and get access to all the back-end data.


24-days is NOT bad. Pretty good, if anything.

In mid-2015 we noticed 28 days.

It was 20-days in 2012. So, not bad.

Hope this helps.


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‘Burnt’ 2015 Movie: Interesting, Explosive Glimpse Into The World Of A Michelin-Star Chef In London.

by Anura Guruge




Click to access IMDb.com listing.


Interesting movie. Fast paced, lots of drama and expletives galore à la Gordon Ramsay — and I am not sure how much of this echo’s Ramsay in that this is set in London, though it harks back to Paris.

Chef’s intrigue me. I could never have been one. I do not have the patience and would NOT be willing to spend so much time and effort on something that is so transitory — i.e., food that is to be eaten, then and there. But, I like to watch their devotion.

This is not a masterpiece. A common or garden movie, in reality. But, easy enough to watch in that it is fast-paced.

Appears that it is available, for FREE, on YouTube.


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Bright ‘Star’ Visible Over New Hampshire, After Sunset In November 2016, Is Actually Venus — Saturn & Mars Also Visible.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Base map, prior to MY annotations is from: neave.com/planetarium/


As is often the case Venus, given that it is between us and the Sun, tends to be low on the horizon and sets below the horizon quite early. So the best time to see it is with 90 minutes of sunset, in the soutwestern quadrant of the sky. Also look for Saturn and the always orange Mars.


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Orange ‘Star’ Over New Hampshire, June – July 2016, Is Actually Mars — Saturn & Jupiter In Conjunction.

by Anura Guruge


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Hard to miss the distinctly orange orb, that is Mars, if you go out around 9 – 10pm. Saturn, Mars & Jupiter are in a straight line (as they should be, this the so called ‘ecliptic‘). Jupiter could be below the tree line — especially as it gets later. 


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The Misleading Offers To “Name A Star” For A Loved One For Valentine’s For $58 by ‘Star Registry’.

by Anura Guruge


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Good article from ‘Wired’ magazine from 2001. Price has gone up $10. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access original ‘Wired’ article.


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Even Wikipedia has an entry. Click to ENLARGE and here. Use link below to access Wikipedia original.

Click here to access original ‘Wikipedia’ entry.


I heard the ‘name a star for your loved one’ commercial on the radio — ahead of this weekend’s Valentine’s Day — a few times tonight and it irked me. If not a scam outright, it is deceiving innocent people who don’t realize that you can’t pay for the privilege of naming a star. You probably could and should spend the $58 on something more tangible.

This article explains the clever wording around the ‘U.S. Copyright Office’ registration claim. They enter all the names in a book, and when they have a few thousand names in that book, they register that book! The name is in the registered book, but it is the book that has been copyrighted not the name per se.


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Now, as we talked about on January 24, 2016, David Bowie definitely has an asteroid named after him.
That is legit.

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From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access Wikipedia original.


by Anura Guruge

Stacey Kelleher, ‘Star of the Future’, 1st 2016 Music Video & New Music Page.

by Anura Guruge


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Click on image to access short video clip.



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Click to access YouTube video, that I shot in August 2015, with Stacey, then 18,
singing with “North Shore Acappella” in Wolfeboro, NH.




We have known Stacey — and seen her perform with growing finesse and aplomb — for about 4 years now, starting with her days in ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘.

Her stage appearance last August with ‘North Shore Acappella‘, which I was honored to engineer, was a revelation to all of us — especially to the seasoned ‘North Shore Acappella‘ members. We all knew then that Stacey is going to go FAR.

So this is the start. Get to know her. Then like I you too will be able to claim “I knew Stacey before she was famous”.

Well done Stacey. We are all rooting for you.


by Anura Guruge


Orange Star Near Moon, Over New Hampshire, Is Aldebaran (Not A Planet).

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Some Winter favorites are up there: Pleiades (‘Seven Sisters’ and where ‘Subaru’ gets its name) and Betelgeuse (in Orion). Aldebaran, Betelgeuse & Menkar are ALL orange giants and you can see the orange.

Enjoy. Look up in wonder.


Samsung NX1: Lens Choices And AF Concerns Makes Me Shy Away.

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samsungglass1After I made the gut wrenching decision that I was going to DITCH the Sony a77 Mk II, after it lost the 989 images, I again spent hours checking out the Samsung NX1. I have lusted after the NX1 ever since its announcement. I kind of avoided it after the LCD screen problem we encountered with the Samsung WB350FI got Deanna for Christmas 2014.

But now I went back and had another very careful look. It is one heck of a camera. And I know that the firmware is now at 1.4. But people are still ‘talking’ about AF issues and Auto Focus is of paramount interest to me because of my dodgy (and worsening) eyesight. Though I use manual focus quite often I prefer to start off with AF. So if AF is a weakness in the NX1 — especially when taking stills — then that is a major strike against this camera. I actually checked, online, quite a few images taken with NX1s, at full size. Many did NOT impress me.

And then there is a ‘price-for-value’ equation. From what I can see there aren’t too many good lens options for the NX1 when it comes to the focal range I am after, i.e., 18 to 300 mm. Yes, you can get them, but the ‘price is not right’, and many of the lenses DO NOT have the image quality that I seek.

 I could be wrong but I am not impressed at ALL with the stock Samsung 16-50mm lens for the NX1. It appears to be a very soft lens and I seek crisp lenses. Ditto for this 50-200. I saw some terrible shots taken with it. And between these two lenses I am at $1,756. But for that price I would LIKE to get up to 300 mm (as opposed to 200 mm) and have better image quality.

I have a feeling, and I could be wrong, that there could be a NX2 by March 2016. So I am going to WAIT. Does that make sense?


Sony SLT a77 Mk II (ILCA-77M2) Camera: I Give It A 1-Star Review On Amazon After Losing The 989 Images.


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As each days goes by I am getting increasingly angry at Sony — and remember I am a Sony shareholder.

It is NOT right that a modern, brand-new, $1,500 camera should JUST LOSE 989 images. That is diabolical. That Sony Support doesn’t even care is kind of galling BUT I had already read, before I bought the Sony SLT A77 II, that Sony, in reality, offered no post-sales support. But, luckily, Cameta Camera, has been outstanding! They are taking back the entire Sony a77 II kit and giving me a full refund — though I have to pay to ship part of the kit back. But that is OK.

I was THINKING of getting another Sony — possibly the Sony RX10 II, though I really didn’t want to go back to a sub-APSC sensor. Well, I found that the RX10 II was NOT worth the money! I will do a post on that. I am going to get a Panasonic! It is a compromise, but a good one. I will tell you more about that soon. SMILE.


That Bright ‘Star’ Above The Moon Tonight, Over New Hampshire, Is Jupiter. It Was Alongside Yesterday. Looks Like Venus, But It Is Not.

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Yes, earlier in the month it was Venus that was close to the Moon.

Now it is Jupiter, because they all move about — nothing stays still up there.

Venus is still around and visible in the Southwest sky, very close to the horizon, but setting BELOW the horizon by 7:30 pm. 5:30 pm, directly SW, is a good time to see Venus.

Enjoy Jupiter. It was spectacular last night — beautiful opposite conjunction with the full Moon. Today it will be above the Moon. While you are at it take a gander at Orion and soak in its grandeur.


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