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Garmin Fenix 5 ‘Open Water Swim’ Distance Tracking Is A JOKE!

by Anura Guruge


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From Google Maps — independent of Garmin.


My prior post from July 12, 2018.

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Please refer to my July 12, 2018, post for background.

Garmin contacted me when I TWEETED about this and yesterday I sent them the information requested.

Today, I decided to check this out further and what I found totally disgusted me! The Garmin Fenix 5 ‘open swim’ distance measuring is a JOKE.

I ONLY swim the DOG-PADDLE so my Fenix 5 is always underwater. I appreciate that. But, per Garmin that is where the Fenix 5’s gyroscope kicks into help keep track of the distance.

So, this is what I found.

Invoked ‘Open Swim’ and waited until there was a GPS fix. I was basically walking up to my swimming depth while this was happening.

Then, with GPS active, pressed ‘START’, dove in and started swimming. Given it is in total 10-minutes, I must have swum 5-minutes to the swim platform. Grabbed the ladder and LIFTED my left arm, with the Fenix 5, out of the water.

The distance read 9 yards! There was no way that I had only smum 27′ (4.5 time my body length).

But, as I was holding the Fenix up, above the water, the distance started going up … LIKE CRAZY.

OK. So, that was good. The GPS was catching up.

It went … 19, 37, 50, 59, 65, 66 ….

All this time, I am totally stationary, holding onto the ladder. It is no longer funny.

So. I let go the ladder and start swimming back.

The swim back is a bit longer since I swim until there is not enough depth to swim.

Stood up. Looked at Fenix 5. It said 97 yards.

Then, immediately, 111 and then, as it had done at the swim platform, it kept on going.

I had enough. I hit STOP in disgust.

This is not funny.

Open Water Swim‘ is a BIG feature on the Fenix 5 — and it doesn’t work.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not a Garmin basher. I am actually a long-term Garmin shareholder!


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Facebook Picks Sri Lanka To Be Its First Guinea Pig For ‘Fake News’ Eradication Program.

by Anura Guruge


From the UK “Guardian”. Click image to access. Google from plenty more — quite a bit of coverage from India.


Ah! Facebook is going to try ‘Fake News‘ removal starting in Sri Lanka! Why? Why Sri Lanka? Because ‘Fake News’ has caused mob violence. Yes, there was one incident recently …

Not sure if this is good or bad.

You would think they would start with the U.S. — with the midterm elections coming up in a few months.

Nope. Better start with Sri Lanka. Yes, Facebook could argue that Fake News in Sri Lanka leads to loss of life. But, Fake News in the U.S. cost an election.

Anywho. This is a start. Lets see how it proceeds.

Since even buying a cup of tea in Sri Lanka can be politically charged, this is NOT going to be easy — i.e., getting agreement from Sri Lankans as to what is Fake News and what it isn’t. Fake News to one is political fodder to another. Facebook may not have realized this about Sri Lanka. Hhhhmmm!


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Why Do U.S. Drug Commercials Say Not To Take It If You Are Allergic To It — Are Americans That Stupid?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read my annotations. Base ad. for Otezla.



It is MOST blatant in this annoying TV commercial for ‘Otezla’. It says it so loud and clear. If you are lucky enough never to have heard it, just check the above video — ONCE. You need to hear it — once.

So, are Americans that stupid?

Well, we could start with Donald Trump. Enough said?

Yes, yes, yes. I know it is to do with Tort Law and product liability, BUT that raises the question as to whether American judges are that stupid — and I won’t even bother mentioning lawyers! So, this is what they are worried about. An ‘injured’ patient telling a judge: ‘Yes, your honor. I still kept on taking Otezla even though I realized I was allergic to it. I didn’t bother to tell my doctor or pharmacist. I just kept on taking Otezla because a prior drug I took, which I was also allergic to, made me incredibly stupid.

I just finding it insultingly annoying.

What do YOU think?


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I Got A Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Prime Lens For My Sony a7 II — Not Sure If I Am Blown Away.

by Anura Guruge


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The biggest handicap I have with my full frame Sony a7 II (which I have now had for over a year) is the lack of any decent lenses. Now that I sold my Sony a6500, and the two kit lenses I got with it, (very quickly on eBay) I decided to treat myself and get this ‘new’ (i.e., released in February 2017) Sony full frame (FE) 85mm f/1.8. People have been raving about it and the reviews are gushing.

I got it today — from Best Buy! Amazon had it on a 2-month backorder!

Today, was not the greatest day to try out a new lens. We have had storms passing through all day and the rain has been constant. So, the light was not great.

I am NOT sure that I have been blown away. It is OK — but, doesn’t seem that much of an improvement on my Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS. Plus, the 24-240mm obviously covers that focal length, albeit at f/4.x. The 85mm is also definitely NOT for macro. Minimum focusing distance is nearly a yard.

So, not sure what to do. I can obviously return it.

Got a GREAT Lightning Deal (on Amazon Prime Day) on the Samyang 35mm f/2.8. I got it for $212! The regular price is $267. Supposed to get that on Friday. Let’s see how that performs.


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Barack Obama’s Inspirational Speech On “Mandela Centenary” In South Africa.

by Anura Guruge


Short, abridged ‘5-minute‘ version from NBC News.


Longer ’90-minute’ version also from NBC News.


This is quite the speech. You really should try and listen to at least a part of it. So, inspirational.

The GREAT Nelson Mandela, whom Obama referred to as a ‘Giant’, would have been both proud and happy with this speech. They liked and respected each other. Can YOU imagine what Nelson would make of Donald Trump?

Though he and I had a few major disagreements (and even some blowouts) over ‘Obamacare‘, I have always liked the man and enjoyed watching him speak. (And, yes, I did campaign for him, like a black, going door-to-door, three times.)

It is so refreshing to see Obama SMILE and look happy when he speaks. Trump looks like he is in urgent need of Extra-Strength ‘Preparation H‘.

Obama has a tremendous sense of humor. Listen to the opening.

The South African audience, ALAS, totally misses one of his BEST punchlines. He talks about it being cold in South Africa and how he is wearing long johns. Then, he says, deadpan: “You know I was born in Hawaii“. They didn’t get it.

Great speech. Tremendous for “Mandela Day”.

Two GREAT men. What an honor and pleasure.


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