Archive | September 3, 2013

Didn’t Take Me Long To Jump Straight Back Into The Papabili (Post Francis) & Cardinalabili Fray.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Pro Secretary of State … — Aug. 31, 2013.
>> Pope Francis’ gold pallium pins …
>>July 8, 2013.

>> Pope Francis’ 100 days in office …
>>June 19, 2013.

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Given that the new pope, Francis (#267), was only elected in March of this year — there will be those that think it is borderline sacrilegious to start thinking about the Next Pope.

But, I was (and probably always will be as f now), ‘Mr. Next Pope’. The Pope Is Dead, Long Live The Pope.

Somebody has to make sure that we always keep an eye on the future — and I accept that responsibility. Always good to have contingency lists. it wasn’t that long ago that we had a pope, much younger than this one, who only lasted 33 days.

I am also back doing cardinalabili lists; i.e., trying to predict future cardinals — though I do this with the help of experts like Louis Epstein and Darien C. Clark. But, over the last 4 years my ‘pope-and-papacy’ blog got famous for its cardinalabili lists. So I we are back in the hunt.

I am NOT going to spend as much time on the pope blog as I have done in the past. I am going to continue focusing on writing and publishing books. But, it would have been a waste to throw away the pope capital I had built up over the last 6 years.

Why Do Sportsmen Wear Watches When They Are In The Middle Playing — Nadal And His U.S. $690,000 The Grossest Example.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related post:
>> Cute, ultra-modernistic watch … — June 5, 2013.


Click to access Forbes article.

Click to access Forbes article.


Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, ‘Boom-Boom’, Making the sign of the ‘T’ — requesting a TV replay.

They were talking about Nadal’s latest $690,000 (Rolex-built) watch this morning on CNBC and it got me on one of my pet peeves.

I do not understand why sportsmen (and for that matter sports women) feel that they need to wear a watch WHEN they are in the middle PLAYING?

Have no problem whatsoever about them wearing watches or whatever when they are not playing. Hey, I like watches and tend to wear by 25 year old Rolex quite a bit.

But, why does Nadal need a watch when he is on court. The courts that he plays on have plenty of watches and digital scoreboards. Look up or sideways and he has all the timing data he needs.

Amazes me even more when I see International cricketers, while fielding, wearing big clunky watches. I think it makes them look stupid!

All International cricket venues have plenty of readily visible clocks. That is part and parcel of the game. We need to know when lunch is … we need to know when it will be tea. So cricket grounds have clocks. They are sighted so that they can be easily seen.

A player in the middle will always have ready access to one or more clocks. IF they can’t see ‘the clock’ they should not be out there — because they must be blind as a bat!

So, I don’t get it. Seems like a puerile affectation.

As Comet ISON Starts To Become ‘Visible’ I Conclude My Work On Comets For Now.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.ISONPrintCover150206
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Related posts:
>> “Comet ISON … The Great Comet”
>>  now in print Aug. 31, 2013.
>> “Comets 101: Facts & Trivia” in print
>>Aug. 8, 2013.
>> ‘Comet ISON for Kids’
>>July 29, 2013.

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Click to access full photo and article at 'Universe Today'.

Click to access full photo and article at ‘Universe Today’.


On September 2, 2013, with 2 days left of my 59th year, I finally managed to achieve everything I wanted to do in terms of Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON), and comets in general.

I wrote and published 4 books, in both print and eBook form.

I started work on ISON, straight out of the blue, as soon as I read about it, on Thursday, December 29, 2013. Deanna forwarded me an e-mail about the comet that she had received from a cousin. That was the first that I heard of ISON.

The next 247 days were spent working on ISON, albeit with the 6 weeks distraction with the papal transition — during which I cranked out another 5 books, but only one of those in print, the other four as eBooks.

It was a lot of work but fun too. Comets are intriguing. I really enjoyed getting to know them. Yes, I will follow comets with much more ardor in the future.

But, for now I am done with comets (though I am sure I will have to update the comet books for typos).

Going to go back to popes for awhile and also look at other ideas. Also a lot of things around here that I need to catch up on.


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Click to ENLARGE. Just some of the files that went into producing the 4 printed comet books. The eBook ones are easier to do. Have another 4 folders of images!


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The 4 comet books. Amazon updating the listing to include the ‘paperback’ with the Kindle edition for the first book — the print version that went live August 31.


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