Archive | January 17, 2013

‘Africa’ Series On The Discovery Channel: The Bold NEW Standard For Nature Shows. Beyond Amazing.

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Anura Guruge


Click to access the Discover Chanel 'portal' for this series.

Click to access the Discover Channel ‘portal’ for this series.


Since we watch a fair number of shows on the ‘Discovery Channel‘ (all taped, of course, because of the huge volume of commercials) we had seen the previews for this show. When they had mentioned that it was a BBC cum David Attenborough production, I knew it would be good. As with so many Brits of my vintage, I adore Sir David. We came to age as far as nature programs were concerned on David’s incomparable ‘Life On Earth‘.

If you have never experienced ‘Life On Earth’ do yourself a huge favor and at least watch a few minutes on YouTube. David’s voice is mesmerizing. I watched the series when it first came out on BBC TV in 1979. I have since watched it at least 6 times. The 2 older kids used to watch the VHS tape, often. They too loved the show. I had multiple formats of the book. Not sure if I still have a copy. Will have to look around. If I don’t, I really should get a copy.

Click for the YouTube.

Click for the YouTube.

‘Life on Earth’ (and even ‘Planet Earth’ (of which we have the DVD set)) was brilliant. ‘Africa’ leaves them in the dust!

The telephoto and zoom camera shots are breathtaking. This is the pinnacle of HD technology at its best. They also throw in a huge amount of intriguing information — like the go/no-go distance at which a Cheetah decides to chase a pray. Plus, creatures you would never have seen. It is an amazing show. We watched Episode 2 last night. The baby elephant dying was distressing. But, it was all compulsive watching. Yes, Discover Channel, as is their wont, does its best to obliterate the image with obnoxious promotional ads in all 4 corners of the screen. Their greed has no end.

TDS Internet (Broadband Fiber) Outage In Alton, NH (Or At Least At Our House) Last ‘Night’/This Morning.

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Anura Guruge


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>> TDS Broadband (Fiber): Long Outage Last Night … — Oct. 17, 2012.


To be fair this was the 1st outage I had experienced since the ‘post-Sandy’ 22-hour downtime on October 31, 2012. So that is 78 days without us experiencing an outage.

So that is GOOD. Thank YOU, TDS. Kudos. Much appreciated.

I had been waiting for one! I knew that they would be doing some maintenance and upgrades — as they must. So, every ‘night’, especially since the New Year, I have been waiting … Yes, I am paranoid when it comes to losing my Internet. Well, I have to have some foibles. So much so that I have changed my work habits.

Since I have so much to do, I have changed my hours. I now work till close to 1 a.m., BUT I stop working [read ‘writing’] on my books [yes, that is plural] by 11:55 pm. I like to backup the Word files online. Yes, I have a built-in backup disk on this PC, 2 USB-connected backups and a USB stick. But, I never feel at ease unless I have an online backup. Yes, another foible. No Internet, no backup. So, I get my backup done by midnight — because that is when TDS usually decides that it is ‘O.K.’ to do disruptive maintenance. Once my files are online, I work on the blogs or do research. That way, if and when I lose the Internet I don’t lose too much work.

That was exactly what happened yesterday. I had saved my Word file. Started doing a new post here. I was also doing some research on MEMP. BANG! Everything stopped. Looked down. Yep, the DREADED yellow triangle. It was 12:20 am. That was O.K. I hadn’t lost much. Plus, it was good to get to bed before 1:10 am, for a change.

So, no gripes. I just WISH TDS would consider sending us an e-mail alert. That really would help me out.

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