Archive | February 27, 2013

I Have A Pope Interview Published In Slovenia.

….. Anura Guruge


This was a neat interview. The interviewer spoke perfect English (much better that I do). He also asked some of the most incisive questions, about the papal transition, that I have been asked in the last 3 weeks. He was good. I was impressed. So, impressed that I invited him over – since he had never been to the U.S. and as do so many, wants, desperately, to visit.

My full-set of Pope books as of February 25, 2013.

My full-set of Pope books as of February 25, 2013.

Can A 6-Year Old Really Determine Their Gender, Prior To Hormones Kicking In? I Have My Doubts.


Anura Guruge

Click to read 'CNN' coverage. Google for others ...

Click to read ‘CNN’ coverage. Google for others …

I write this as a father of 4 kids: 3 girls and 1 boy, one of the girls a 6-year old, first grader just like this ‘transgender’ child.

I heard this on CNN first thing this morning, but I had to deal with my papal obligations before I got a chance to revisit it.

I have one and only one question. Can a 6-year old (and the parents claim that he/she was doing ‘it’ at 18-months), pre-hormones and pre-ANYTHING (really) make a determination as to gender?

Even the Catholic Church says the ‘age of reason’ is 7.

I have no axe to grind about this particular case.

I just find it strange that such a young child is allowed to select gender.

Other than the basic, fundamental human rights of all children, i.e., safety, comfort, care, protection etc. etc., what other rights do a 6 year old have?

They can’t drive a car, they can’t vote, they certainly can’t consume alcohol legally, they can’t (and shouldn’t) partake in anything that even resembles ‘sex’, they can’t even buy a gun (I think, but I could be wrong on the guns) — BUT they can determine gender.

This is taking things a bit too far.

What roles have the parents played in this? Did they encourage he/she? My mother would have given her right-arm to have a girl rather than me — and I sure don’t blame her. Anything would have been better than me. She dressed me as a girl and curled my hair. Yes, there are pictures of me dressed as a girl (which, obviously explains, why even now, 59 years later I come across so effeminate, as you must have noticed). Despite my mother’s best efforts I never thought I was a girl even before the hormones kicked in around 12. In my case the hormones really did a job. I have stretch marks on my shoulders to prove it. I grew by 4″ in a year, everywhere. Even my eyes grew! That is what shot my eyesight. So, at least give this poor kid another 6 years, yes 100% of their current life, to experience the joys of hormones.

That is all I have to say. I feel better now.

Oh, I would be very upset if Teischan had to use a bathroom with a girl who had a wiener, however little. But, I am old fashioned.

U.S. Cellular 4G LTE Data: Contrary To Map No Service At Our House. Am I Livid?


Anura Guruge

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So this is the map.

To be fair the U.S. Cellular sale rep. did stress that we were on the edge.

Well, the map is WRONG.

Definitely no 4G at this house.

This is a tall house, all 4 stories and my ‘office’ is in the finished attic.

To start with I couldn’t even get 3G! I had to put it up on a bookshelf, 5′ off the floor. Then I got 3G.

Speed test shows 0.2 Mbps download and 0.1 Mbps. So that is 200 Kbps! Dial-up speeds from the 1990s.

Yes, it load Web pages. But, we can’t survive with that.

Did the same speedtest with out TDS fiber. 15 Mbps. 75x times faster.

I called U.S. Cellular and had also e-mailed the sales rep. last night. Telling me I have 15 days to return — no questions asked. Going to do that.

U.S. Cellular, of late (last 2 years), treats me with kid gloves.

I have been with them for over 14 years. Close to 15. I am not on contract. So, I can switch my cell phones whenever I want.

So they try and be nice to me — though, in general, U.S. Cellular is nice, helpful and good.

Google Nexus 7 Pad: USB Charging & Battery Life Issues. 6 Months Old. Support?


Anura Guruge

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I got a Google (Asus) Nexus 7 for Teischan last July; I had pre-ordered it and got it delivered the day it was set to be available in the U.S. It worked fine. The price was right. Three months later I got another for Devanee — for her birthday. They both work fine and get a lot of usage from the kids. The pads are too small for me, but they have come in handy when we travel. They both have multiple GPS APPS and we use them when we travel, though Devanee has still to master using ‘map mode’ in GPS. The other night we were in Hanover, NH, for a HOP Concert, and I needed to make a quick change to a Blog entry. Did you know that Hanover, thanks to Dartmouth, has free public Wi-Fi? They do. I managed to make the edit using the pad. I was impressed and happy.

For the last week Teischan has been complaining that her Nexus won’t charge properly. I was skeptical. But, I tried charging it myself a couple of times. Sure seemed temperamental. It would say it was charging, but would never go beyond 11%.

We changed sockets and did the usual, USB charger not charging rituals.

But, it charges fine if we plug it into Devanee’s charger. But. battery draining faster than I expected. I saww it drop from 100% to 97%, in front of my eyes, and I wasn’t doing anything!

So, I thought I could get another Nexus USB charger from Google — and I was even willing to pay. [Yes, we have about 6 other USB chargers, but none of them seem to be able to charge it either].

I found the number, 855-836-3987 (and yes ‘855’ is a new ‘800’), and called this afternoon. Got somebody who spoke English worse than I! But, he said that Google policy was to exchange the whole pad and that he would get a specialist to send me a ‘Return Authorization’, by e-mail, within 15 minutes.

No e-mail.

5 hours later I called again. Got another barely coherent person. They had no record of my 1st call! I was put on hold 3 times. Eventually he said he was transferring me to a ‘supervisor’ or ‘specialist’. This new person, ‘Chris’, was great. Actually spoke English, which was nice. Yes, the whole unit has to be exchanged. He sent me the e-mail with the links and 2 PDFs. He stayed on the phone. When you click on the link it takes you to an ORDER page at the Google Play store. You order a brand new unit. They charge $199 to your credit card — but supposedly put it on ‘hold’ for 21 days. When the new unit comes I have to send the old one back. That is the theory.

So, lets summarize.

We have one of the first batch Nexus 7s. Six months in, charging and battery issues. Google swaps out the whole unit. Support is iffy. So …

Of course I will keep you posted.

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