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Archive | March 10, 2013

Google Doodle (Animated) To “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” Douglas Adams’ 61st Birthday.

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Anura Guruge


DoglasAdamssmallRelated posts:
>> Valentine’s Day Ferris
>>Feb. 14, 2013.

>> All Of Google’s Doodles &
>> Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.

>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s Fun ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>> (side bar)


Click to access it on March 11, 2013. I will update this link after the birthday.

Click to access it … it is still here, at the Google Doodle archive even after March 11, 2013.

Click here to get to this Google Doodle after its appearance on March 11, 2013.


What appears at the Google Doodle archive … replete with Google provided write-up on Douglas Adams.

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To say I am still a HUGE fan of Douglas would not capture my deep-seated, profound relationship with this AMAZING man.

He was beyond genius. A rare, alas fleeting, talent.

When the Doodle said ’61st birthday’ by heart skipped a beat.
He tragically died so young. Aged 49, in 2001. I was distressed.

We were contemporaneous and compatriots, though alas I never met him.
I became a ‘Hitchhiker’ with the 1981 BBC TV show. I have it on DVD.
Both my older kids got to love it and I think Devanee has seen it once.

I have read all his books and I am sure I have nearly all of them

I often use Hitchhiker phrases and most don’t have any idea what I am talking about.

Just recently I signed off an e-mail to my papal blog regulars with what I told them was a biblical reference:
Goodbye and Thanks for all the fish‘.

Thank YOU, Douglas. You were the Man.

Thank YOU, Google. You made my day.




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“Vote NO On 2” Sign In Front On Alton Central School (ACS)!

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Anura Guruge


To whoever who had the good sense and humor to put it up, I say: kudos, bravo and thank you.

We drove by this afternoon around 4. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I cracked up. So clever. So cute.

But, I was so bummed. We have at least four (4) working, ‘good’ digital cameras in the house, not to mention two (2) new Google Nexus 7 pads with cameras. Was there even ONE of those in the van. NO. I didn’t have my cell phone — which isn’t news. My cell phone and I are not often together, since I am not a slave to any device. Deanna had her phone but the cameras on both our cell phones are rubbish.

This sign is not going to last long, unless, of course, it was put up by the ACS Administration.

If somebody could get me a picture, so I can post it here, I would be most grateful. I will even give you U.S. $5 for it.

Thanks. Made my day. I laughed. I love pranks like this.

So Pleased At The Paucity Of Political Signs Littering Alton Ahead Of Tuesday’s Elections. Thank You.

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Anura Guruge


Did you notice?

I had noticed and I was glad. There are hardly any political signs this year. How refreshing.

Yes, of course the main proponent of these resource squandering signs is not running for office. If he was, we would have had pesky red on white signs popping up all over Alton since Christmas.

I applaud all the candidates for showing restraint and common sense.

2012 was the watershed year for political signs. Here on outwards I hope candidates will appreciate that signage does not win elections.

If the President was elected on the basis of displayed signs, Mittens would have won by a landslide.

As some of you know I slog up Prospect Mountain Road quite a few times a week, huffing, puffing, wheezing and coughing. Well there were a number of houses that had signs out. NOT a single one of those candidates won! As some of you also know I have an annoying habit of being ‘cute’. As it happened, I was puffing up the hill the day after the election when I saw a person taking down all of his signs. So I go up to him and ask, innocently as I can: “Did any of these folks win?” He thinking that I had not heard the news went onto patiently explain to me (the village idiot) as to the outcome of the election and what an injustice had been done. I never told him that Devanee and I, after spending 10 hours campaigning on our feet on the day, stayed up till 2:30 am watching the results on TV and celebrating. This guy still thinks I had no idea who had won the election — not even the President! No idea that I was on the phone with the Laconia Obama HQs at 11:15 making sure that THEY had heard that we had won.

The day of the NH Primary we drove from Alton to Belmont to stock up on our stash of sparklers and noise makers. We wanted to celebrate if Jane Cormier won. Driving through Alton and both Gilmantons was an eye-opener. I counted the signs. Jane was ‘outsigned‘ 8 to 1. But, if I recall, she was (like) 78% to 22%. So, obviously, the signs didn’t make much of a difference. Yes, the kids put on quite a show the next evening.

Lets hope that this a sign of things to come. The end of the resource squandering political signs. Trust me, making those plastic signs burns up a lot of energy. In today’s social networking word you don’t need yard signs. What you need is visibility on the Web. Virtual signs.

So lets applaud all the candidates and wish Steve Miller & Lorring Carr all the best — though Mr. Carr is already a lock.

Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS): Where To Spot In The Northern Skies.

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Related posts:
1/ Naked Eye Visible … — Mar. 6, 2013.
2/ Comet First of two BIG 2013 comets: C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS)
>>Mar. 5, 2013.


Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) will be visible to Northern hemisphere observers near the cresent moon on March 12th. This ‘map’ provided by NASA. Click to ENLARGE.


Another image from NASA, but this seen down-under in Australia. Click to ENLARGE. To see it as they saw it in Oz, you will have to stand on your head or turn your monitor upside down.


Another image, again down under. Now you know the drill. Click to ENLARGE. Somehow rotate the image to get the Australian view.


Perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) is today, March 10, 2013. As it turns around the Sun it also crosses the celestial equator, moving from the southern skies to the ones that really count — the northern skies, i.e., US. People are already seeing it — those close to the equator, such as my brethren in Sri Lanka getting early dibs.

As I have said before March 12 & 13 should be particularly good since the crescent Moon will provide a good reference. Try and get to a high point, like a small hill, so that you can see over trees — if you live in the country.

Enjoy. I will try and keep you posted.

Here are two useful links: NASA & Space Weather.

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