Archive | September 11, 2012

My Favorite Image From The 2012 Laconia Multicultural Day: The Cat Man!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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My Favorite Booth At The 2012 Laconia Multicultural Day: Fibonacci LetterpressSept. 11, 2012.


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I saw him, with his cat, and possibly his daughter, on the sidewalk on the other side of the park to where the Multicultural Day events take place. He was a hit. He gladly stopped and posed for me — though the ‘daughter’ did not want any part of this. He was happy. He was getting all sorts of ‘beanies’ from vendors; he, quite cleverly taking pains to show off one.

I will not pussyfoot around it. I, given my ingrained British antecedents, prefer to refer to small felines in British parlance. Thus, I could make quite a few hilarious one lines as to why this guy looks so happy, but Deanna will shout at me and say that I am being crude. So, I will, alas, refrain (possibly to your loss). But, it cracks me up. Made my day.

My Favorite Booth At The 2012 Laconia Multicultural Day: Fibonacci Letterpress.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Last Related post:
Laconia Multicultural Day September 8, 2012: They Pulled It Off Again. Thank You. THE REPORT CARDSept 8. 2012.


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Yes, I am sucker for anything and everything to do with printing and publishing; another trait instilled in me at a young age by my father. I used to go with my father to various printing presses in Ceylon, in the late 1950s and early 1960s — either to check the progress of the production of one of my father’s many books, to deliver proofs, talk to a publisher or newspaper editor. They used hot lead, i.e., actually creating lead slugs of fonts, from molten lead. I can still remember the smell, see the smoke. Yes, I would get to set a line of lead. So today, when I glibly change fonts and play around with font effects (which I do more than most), I still think back at the type setters, seated at their tight desks composing type from trays and the craftsmen making new slugs for them.

So it was a personal delight for me to see ‘Tom Johnson’, of Newmarket, NH, parleying his many traditional printing skills. He had a huge, tray of lead type from the ol’ days. I wonder how many kids and young adults walked by it without any appreciation as to how that tray related to the fonts they use on the computers, phones and pads.

Mr. Johnson, quite creatively calls his business ‘Fibonacci Letterpress’ and you should recall who or what ‘Fibonacci’ was from the ‘Da Vinci Code‘. The motto for his business, again very clever and profound, is the Latin: Ars longa, vita brevis (Art is Long, Life is Short) — though he reverses the two phrases. Probably true to his nostalgic craft ‘Tom’ as yet does not have a Web site (and NO I didn’t offer to build him one because I, in my old age, now only do new Web sites as a very, very special favor — and even turned down an offer, this weekend, from a favorite sister-in-law in Hawaii — though I am doing one for ‘Craig’, my friend, who owns the ‘Northeast Security Agency‘). He does woodcuts and various types of printing — proclamations, invitations etc.

You can, however, e-mail Tom at: fibonacciletterpress@yahoo.com (and how he thinks anybody will be able to type that in without making a mistake is a mystery to me … hence why I am hot linking that for you … so just click).

His phone number is: 603-988-7596.

Explosion On Jupiter Last Night.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Click to read about it … at ‘Astronomy Now.



I got an e-mail alert this morning, so I thought I will share the news with you because this is probably not something most of you follow, or possibly even care about.

It was most likely a small asteroid hitting the Jovian ‘surface’ (which is mainly gaseous). Happens quite often given that Jupiter, due to its enormous mass, attracts objects passing by at quite a distance. But for it to be seen from Earth it has to been quite big and spectacular. If we had an equivalent asteroid impact on Earth (less likely because Earth’s gravitational pull is nowhere close to that of Jupiter) we would definitely know about it (and I am understating that).

Having messed about with Dwarf Planets I now dabble in asteroids in my spare time (usually during my 3rd shift, 10:45 pm to 12:30 am, which seems appropriate).

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