Archive | February 9, 2013

‘Books A Million’ (BAM) In Concord, NH: Will Buy Your Used Books, DVDs, iPads etc. etc. Today & Tomorrow. Good Deal.

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Anura Guruge


Kind of vaguely related:
>> Al Gore, BAM Book Signing In Concord, NH, Feb. 6, 2013 — Feb. 7, 2013.


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We are hoping to go tomorrow now that we managed to shovel a path clear for the Van.

I collect books obsessively. I hate to see books carelessly discarded. I pick up ‘good’ books whenever I see them: at the dump, swap shops, yard sales, books sales etc. At yard sales, e.g., Huggins Fair, I buy books by the bag. Some books I keep to read and for my collections. Others I get for Deanna and the kids. But, I also get books for two other bins I maintain. One bin is for duplicates copies of special books, e.g., ‘Pillars of the Earth’, ‘Sea biscuit’, ‘Agony and the Ecstasy’. This way, I can give copies of this book to special people. I like doing that. I recently gave a spare copy of ‘Pillars of the Earth’ to a young teacher. He just loved it. I was glad I could give him his own copy. Then I have another ‘bin’, actually two large packing boxes, full of good books — that I will never read, but are too good to be discarded. I used to swap these at an online Swap site. That worked out great for a few years. I swapped about 70 books. But, as ever, all good things come to an end. Disreputable sharks got into the game. They would always claim that the book you sent them was of unacceptable condition. They just wanted the book for free. I will GLADLY give any of my spare books, from either of the two bins, to anyone who wants them — BUT, on principal, I refuse to be cheated and made to pay postage. So, I am hoping to get rid of the 100 or so books I have in the 2nd bin. Deanna has a bunch. So this might be fun. IF we get any money, guess what I will do with it. Yes, we will buy some books. It is a never ending cycle, a saga, the Guruges and their books.

Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton, New Hampshire, Saturday: We Are FREE! We Are Free. We Shoveled Ourselves Out.

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Anura Guruge


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>>
Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton III — Feb. 8, 2013
>>
Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton II — Feb. 8, 2013.
>>
Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton I — Feb. 8, 2013.
>>
As The Northeast Braces For Blizzard … — Feb. 8, 2013.
>>
Boston Chinese New Year … Good Job It Is Feb. 17 … — Feb. 8, 2013.


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11:40 am when I got to the top of the drive. Much of this is what the Town plow leaves behind when it plows the road. This is always the hardest part.


Head down shoveling. I get into a rhythm and keep on going. Devanee helps. She is good.


40 minutes of shoveling with Devanee’s help and we can see light at the end of the tunnel.


12:50 pm and we blast through onto the road. I am driving. We didn’t have to go anywhere. This is just liberation. Devanee and I drove around for fun.


Mission accomplished. About 70 minutes of concerted, nonstop shoveling with HELP. The rest can wait. Tomorrow the Sun will help.


After any snow storm I have but one initial goal. Make sure that at least one of the vehicles can get out. A safety thing, plus I am claustrophobic. Lot of snow by the road, thanks to the Town trucks. But, it was light. I pick my snow shovels with the same care that Test batsman pick their bats. It has to have the right balance, heft and weight. I only use very light shovels. I buy 3 of the same each year from Home Depot, checking each for balance. Then it is heads down, dig, lift, rotate, throw. I enjoy the effort. I like to feel the muscles and tendons stretching. Shoveling is easier than my ‘daily’ run up the hill — because I wear weights when I run. So, to me, this is FUN. As many know, I have never, ever, admitted to being normal. To me, to be normal, would be so boring and cliche.

Well we are out. We didn’t need to get out. We had enough food, wine and dog food for 3 weeks. Maybe just two weeks of supplies for the bunnies but you can feed them my salad stuff. So getting out wasn’t a necessity. Just a goal. So, that was our blizzard. Devanee and I will shovel the mailbox out tomorrow. No mail today or tomorrow. The above 32°F temperatures will help a bit. Actually quite a bit. When I am out there for an hour or more and the temps are around 36 (or more) you can see the snow going down.

‘Strip The City’ Series From The ‘Science Channel’. Wow. Digital Animation On Steroids.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> ‘Africa’ Series On The Discovery Channel — Jan. 17, 2013.


Click to access the 'Science Channel' page for the show.

Click to access the ‘Science Channel’ page for the show.


Wow! We watched the first episode, San Francisco bared, last night — having DVDed it on Tuesday night. To be fair we could not watch any of these shows live. Too many commercials. I think the actual shows are around 40 minutes long. So 20 minutes of commercials. So we tape them and fast forward through the commercials – though we do stop if we see one that looks interesting or to check promos for forthcoming shows.

We know San Francisco. Deanna and I had a 3 day vacation there in 2005; I having to fly there to do a seminar for one of my then clients, NetManage. I have been to S.F. at least 50 times in my life starting in 1985, but all of the, including the 2005 trip, were for business. So, we could actually relate to the places they were talking about.

The digital animation is something else. You really should try and watch this show. It will enrich your life.

Yes, they could do better. They only spent a minute or less on the fabled cable cars. They talked about the cable and how you can even have cable tracks crossing, at right angles, but didn’t show the GIANT cable wheels and the steam engines. I have toured the Cable Car museum and even read a book on them. So, I know the mechanics quite well. With that animation they could have WOWED a whole generation of kids. But, still a wonderful show.

The GIANT cable car driving wheels that they didn’t show on the show. Click to explore and learn.

Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton, New Hampshire, Saturday Morning. 29″ Of Snow On Steps. PSNH & TDS Up (Thank YOU).

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton II — Feb. 8, 2013.

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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton I — Feb. 8, 2013.
>>
As The Northeast Braces For Blizzard … — Feb. 8, 2013.
>>
Boston Chinese New Year … Good Job It Is Feb. 17 … — Feb. 8, 2013.


It is pretty spectacular. It is 10:31 am and it is still snowing. So that is more than 28 hours of continuous snowing. The wind, however, at least for now, has dropped. I was forced to work till 1:10 am this morning. A few readers on my pope blog had been bugging me for 36 hours to post some pictures of post. So at 12:10, after I finished writing some much needed paragraphs on my book, I started working on that post. It is actually quite interesting. A series we are doing of photographs of multiple ‘popes’ together, i.e., a pope with one or more of his successors. The wind was howling. Though we have modern, insulated, plastic windows, they were getting rattled. Then just around 1 am I could feel the wind drop. Soon it was calm. When I went downstairs I opened the door and checked. The wind had died down. I was glad. But, I still expected to lose power and Internet during the night. Not so. I even checked my dedicated bandwidth. I am getting my usual 14.5 Mbps download and 3.5 Mbps upload. Deanna hasn’t complained so I assume her connection is good too, though I haven’t checked its bandwidth. [Yes, we get two separate TDS fiber feeds to the house.]

So far, so good I think. 4′ to 5′ drifts. The mailbox has snow up to the box — the work of the plow. The snow is winding down as they had predicted. I plan to go out in an hour and do 3 hours of shoveling. That will be my exercise for the day. Much to Deanna’s chagrin I am losing weight with my new low-carb regime. Love the new digital, BMI display scales. I took some pictures of it the other day. I have to do a post on it.


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The snowdrift that greeted Teischan and the dogs when Deanna opened the garage door this morning. Probably close to 4′.




Front door when I opened it at 10 am this morning. I measured it 29″. Given we had shoveled at least 1″ off it yesterday, we are talking 30″.



Our covered deck. This has a roof and mesh screens. So this is all the snow that blew in through the screens. I take down my wooden Ceylon devil masks in the Winter. They would not have liked this weather.

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