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Archive | May 26, 2013

3 Planets: Jupiter, Venus & Mercury Will Be Visible Over New Hampshire Tomorrow Night, Monday, May 27, 2013 Soon After Sunset.

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Anura Guruge


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This conjunction has been there for the last few days, but if you recall it has been raining or cloudy the last few nights. It is a tad cloudy in the west tonight, around 8:50 pm. Trees are also a big problem for us.

The challenge here is that these three stars are setting below the horizon rather than rising. Yes, a bummer. So my 9:30 pm they would be below the skyline. I have a feeling we are not going to see them, even though tomorrow is said to be clear, unless you can get above the tree line — facing west.

But, don’t say I didn’t give you a heads up. Enjoy if you can. Quite rare.

 

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‘North America’ Series On The Discovery Channel. Not As Scintillating As ‘Africa’ But Still A Very Compelling HD Tour de Force.

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Anura Guruge


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We have watched two episodes of Discovery Channel’s ‘North America’ so far. They were, indubitably, good. Definitely 4th generation of nature programs, 2nd gen. in terms of HD exploitation — if you start with David Attenborough incomparable and seminal Life On Earthon BBC in the 1970s as the first generation of this genre. See my ‘Africa’ post for more on ‘Life On Earth‘ if you are not familiar with this groundbreaking series.

I could be mistaken, but I do not think that this series, especially when it comes to storylines, narration, close-ups and ingenuity, is as good as ‘Africa’ which really was breathtakingly amazing. Maybe I got slightly spoilt by having watched all the episodes of ‘Africa’. We are still going to watch all of this series, it is too good to pass by.

Still a definite two-thumbs up. Kids should love it. Enjoy. I have already set the DVR to record this week’s episode (tonight, I think).


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NEO Cricket Channel No Longer Available On DISH Network. No Great Loss. But, They Owe Us A Price Reduction.

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When I noticed in early April that the NEO channel on DISH (#713) was showing the same exact programming as that of Willow (#712), I immediately knew that something was up — and that it wasn’t going to be good.

I was never a fan of NEO. They had no idea, whatsoever, of how to cover cricket and their programming was for Indian kids. I never watched it. I only watch Willow and Ten Cricket. So, losing NEO was not of consequence to me — other than on principle. I was paying for 3 cricket channels and DISH as such owed me 3 channels. I called up and got quite a good deal from them for 3 months. I won’t divulge what the deal was because I don;t want to get anybody in trouble. But, I hung up the phone with a smile on my face.

I now see that NEO is going away and to me it is GRBR. But, I am still paying for 3 channels, though DISH is now going to claim that they are giving me Willow in HD. I can counter that I pay for lifetime HD with DISH and that all my channels should be in HD. To be honest I have yet to see a marked improvement in picture quality on Willion (and, yes, I have a very good, 47″ Philips HD set that displays vivid HD if it is properly transmitted).

I am not impressed with the way that Willow and Ten Cricket are run. That they cannot provide meaningful programming information is puerile. I can’t find much information about either company but I have a feeling that they are predominantly Indian run. To me, that is the problem. They could do with some non-Indian management to stop them from being so complacent and lackadaisical. One of these I will really tell you what I feel about these two channels — and remember I do watch at least 45 minutes of cricket a day, rain or shine. So I do have lots of hands on experience with these two channels.

Laconia Airport (NH), 2nd Annual Open House, FREE Admission, On Saturday, June 8, 2013. Promises To Be Lots Of Fun. Please Try To Attend.

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Here is a message from Don Carron,
WinnAero Program Director & ACE Academy Director

Some of the proceeds from this Open House are going to WinnAero to help fund ACE Academy scholarships. At this time, we are unable to honor all requests for scholarships. Your participation and a successful event will help us raise the funds we need to help everyone who asked for tuition assistance.

WinnAero will be conducting a variety of activities for children. When you arrive, look for me in that area. Let me know you are on site, I’d love a chance to meet you before ACE Academy. If you have the time, you can help out with some of the activities. If you’re an ACE Alumnus, please wear your ACE shirt. I hope to see you all at the Laconia Airport 2nd Annual Open House.

Dan Caron

WinnAero Program Director & ACE Academy Director
Technology/Engineering Education, Bedford HS
“Engineering & Aerospace Education”
(603) 544-3190

Integrative STEM Curriculum & Professional Development
EbD-STEM Professional Development/Curriculum Associate/Author
NH AFA/Thyng Chapter VP Education Programs (2004 Teacher of the Year)


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