Archive | October 27, 2013

Our Little Ad For The ‘Christmas in France’ Clearlakes Chorale Christmas 2013 Concert.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> French Christmas 2013 concert —
>> Oct. 14, 2013.
>> Spring 2012 Clearlakes Chorale
>> concert
 — May 12, 2013.



ClearLakesAd2013_GurugeThough I don’t speak any French, it being hard enough for me to manage my poor English, given that my mother tongue is Sinhalese, I have 18 years of exposure to Paris — having lived there (and gone to school there) September 1968 to August 1969. My adoptive parents then lived there again for 17 years from 1985 to 1992.

So I couldn’t resist doing a Paris themed little ad. for the 2013 ‘Christmas in France‘ program.

I love de l’Étoile with its magnificent Arc de Triomphe. Negotiating the Étoile, then with about 4 lanes of traffic, was a challenge — but fun, especially with France’s idiosyncratic ‘automatic right-of-way for those merging from the right’ law. I used to drive around the Étoile just for the heck of it. The sheer adrenaline of it.

I also use to run around it at all times of the day and night. It was about 1.5 miles from where I used to stay. So it was an easy run and back — especially since, those days, unlike now, I used ti run 7 miles, 6 days a week.

So, hence the Arc in the background.

Comet ISON, C/2012 S1: Upcoming Dates & Viewing Opportunities.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.ISONPrintCover150206
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Related posts:
>> Comet ISON presentation —
>> Oct. 22, 2013.

>> Comet ISON looking good —
>> Oct. 21, 2013.

>> Comet ISON over NH —
>> Oct. 16, 2013.
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**** Check my ISON blog.


Click to ENLARGE. From NASA - Hubble.

Click to ENLARGE. From NASA – Hubble.


Comet ISON prospects, quite literally, are getting brighter by the day.

It is intact and is becoming more ‘active’, i.e., spewing out more gas and dust which is what leads to the coma and tail, by the minute.

Right now it is travelling at more than 10 miles PER SECOND. That is in excess of 38,000 miles per hours. So it is getting closer to the Sun at a very fast clip.

Ameteur astronomers using backyard telescopes are capturing some amazing pictures. Check this one from October 5, from Austria (that is in Europe).

On November 2, 2013, i.e., next week, it will cross Earth’s orbit for the first time, i.e., inbound (towards Sun) crossing. Check this post for orbital diagram.

But, on that day Earth is way off to the right — 112 MILLION miles away, that is 1.2 x the Earth-Sun distance.

So, we will not be able to see Comet ISON, naked eye, on November 2.

The EARLIEST possibility for a potential glimpse is November 17 — some of this also having to do with moonlight getting in the way.

Closer to the 17th, as things become more clear, I will post an update.

Enjoy.

It might not be the ‘Comet of the Century’, but it is still on track to be one heck of a comet.

 

 

Hydrogen Peroxide Regime Appears To Work Better For ME Than The Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
1. Stopped using Emmi-Dent — Sep. 12, 2013.
2. Emmi-Dent toothbrush … — Jan. 13, 2013.
3. Emmi-Dent ultrasonic toothbrush — May 16, 2013.
4. I need a new dentist — June 14, 2013.
5. Dental crisis in NH — June 15, 2013.


peroxidemagicOn average, per the cursory stats provided to me by WordPress, I get about 3 hits a day on people searching on ‘Emmi-Dent‘. So I want to make sure that I do not mislead anyone.

Yes, we have an Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush — that I purchased, after considerable research, around March of this year. Deanna and I both used it diligently, at least twice a day, at least for the prescribed 2-minutes a go, till about September. By then I was not convinced. I had started a harsh hydrogen peroxide routine as well as brushing with a normal brush prior to using the Emmi-Dent. That was crazy. So, morning and night I was brushing my teeth twice — once with a normal brush and then with the Emmi-Dent. Regular readers here know my absolute obsession with TIME. That was an additional 4 minutes a day of extra brushing. I could NOT afford that time! 4-minutes is a LOT of time for me. I could do a post in 4-minutes. I was not going to SQUANDER 4-minutes a day of my life.

Do YOU know that 4-minutes a day adds UP TO a FULL DAY, i.e., 24 hours, in one year!

That is why you have to be so, so parsimonious in how you use your time.

So, screw the Emmi-Dent. It was not doing anything for MY stains. The Peroxide seems to be doing a better job.

Plus I am really scrubbing my teeth with cheap, i.e., 2 for a $1, toothbrushes — from the Dollar Store. I toss them out after about a week. I have broken the heads off 3 in my mouth! When I say I brush hard — I mean HARD.

Please don’t worry about me. As I have said, I have teeth like a horse. My gums are in pretty good shape too. I have, most of my life, brushed my teeth vigorously. Maybe that is what it is. My gums do not appear to mind getting scrubbed. They never bleed. So, I am all set.

Deanna still uses the Emmi-Dent religiously. But, we have different oral needs. She doesn’t get the staining I get — for one, she doesn’t touch red wine, my tipple of necessity.

So, we still have the Emmi-Dent in the bathroom. I just don’t use it.

So that is the full story.

My opinion on the Emmi-Dent. I am no longer convinced. But, that could just be me.

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