Archive | December 21, 2013

“Christmas At Belmont 2013” On PBS Is Nearly As Good As Last Year’s “Christmas At Luther”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
++++ For ‘Christmas’ related posts search ‘Christmas‘. There are lots of them. >>>>
++++ For ‘Christmas at Luther’ search ‘Luter’ >>>>


Click to access. Includes embedded, representative video. Please watch. It will do you some good.

Click to access. Includes embedded, representative video. Please watch. It will do you some good.

I recorded this from PBS either Thursday night or Friday night.

I have already listened to parts of it. It is VERY GOOD. Actually amazing.
That we have kids that are this talented is sobering.
Wow. Wow. Wow.

Those parents deserve to be so proud.

BRAVO Belmont.

Watch out for the French Horn brigade. Impressive, visually and auditorily.

They play a mean Xylophone too.

Maybe as good as “Christmas at Luther” on PBS last year. I actually recorded that, again, from PBS earlier this past week — though it was but the rerun of the 2012 program. My 2012 recording was on my DISH DVR. Got rid of DISH in June. So I had lost the recording. The new recording is on my DirecTV ‘Genie’ DVR — which is not the greatest DVR, but the only one I have.

I checked the PBS listing. They are airing ‘Belmont’ on Monday, December 23, and on Christmas Eve (which usually is on December 24 (unless of course if it is a Leap Year when Passover happens ahead of Yum Kippur with Orion in the house of Ishta ahead of a Venus transit of Mars)).


According To Anthem, N.H., It Takes 48 Hours + To Get Enrollment Data From Healthcare.gov …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Finally completed … — Dec. 19, 2013.
>> Still not working — Nov. 4, 2013.
>> I contact Senator Kelly Ayotte re. Obamacare

>>Oct. 2, 2013.
++++ Search ‘healthcare’ for my woes with that damn Website >>>>


Since, given the grief that I have personally suffered at the hands of ‘healthcare.gov’,
which eventually reduced me to tears on Thursday,
I trust ‘healthcare.gov’ even less than I now trust
the lying , thieving Obama.

So, though I now have screen shots etc. claiming that I have been enrolled with
Matthew Thorton Health Plan, in New Hampshire,
I don’t, of course, believe them or trust them.

So I called up Matthew Thorton Health Plan on Friday morning.

I was on hold for 47 minutes.

Finally got through. They claim that they will not get the data from healthcare.gov
for AT LEAST 48 hours. Sometimes longer
and possibly never.

This is beyond a joke.

matthewthorton111

Healthcare.gov Using Oracle’s ‘Session Manager’ As The Front-End To The Still Problem Plagued Website.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
++++ Search ‘healthcare’ for my woes with that damn Website >>>>


As those that have tried to use this bloody system or have tried to follow the fraud that has been perpetrated on U.S. Taxpayers
may know, you don’t normally get to see or hear about what software components are being used in this
disgrace of a system.

However, around 1 a.m. Friday morning, when I was trying to logon, for the 4th time,
I suddenly got a light-blue Oracle Session Manager flash screen!

I was amazed. So now we know that they have stuck in this Session Manager,
upfront, to handle the logon issues.

Just wanted to share that with you.

Click to find out more. I haven't studied session managers in about 12 years. But, my druthers tells me that the Oracle one is probably 'Ok' though unlikely to be THE BEST. IBM probably still has the best around.

Click to find out more. I haven’t studied session managers in about 12 years. But, my druthers tells me that the Oracle one is probably ‘Ok’ though unlikely to be THE BEST. IBM probably still has the best around.



Though it is now over a decade old, maybe they should give a copy of this book to the 4,600 programmers being employed to fix this damn Website.

corpportals

Has ‘National Geographic’ Gone Back To Printing ‘Topless’, i.e., Naked ‘Tribal’ Women, Again?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
++++ For ‘topless’ search ‘topless>>>>
++++ For ‘Nat G’ search ‘geographic >>>>


As I must have mentioned many times before ‘National Geographic‘ is the one magazine that I insist on getting, without interruption, over the last few years.

I like reading and looking at the pictures in Nat. G. I have also been doing so since the mid-1950s.

Now as most folks my age, i.e., in their 60s, especially the men, will remember, no doubt with a wry smile, Nat. G. used to be notorious for printing nude pictures of tribal folks. I am sure that many a man reading this will probably think back and realize that it is possible that the first boobs that he ever saw in print (if nothing else) was in an issue of Nat. G.

I can’t say I have made a study of this but I do recall hearing talk about it. I thought Nat. G. had gone American (very hypocritic) Puritanical and STOPPED publishing nude pictures.

So, a couple of days ago, when I was looking through the January 2014 issue, that we had just got, I had to take a double take when I saw the following picture. It was very tasteful and SUBTLE. They had a bunch of pictures of topless men and some of those men, as is the wont the world round, had bigger tits than the women. Plus, they were very clever. She is kind of androgynous. So unless you were paying close attention you might have missed it all.

I have no problems either way. I don’t need to see boobs in Nat. G. But, I have absolutely no problem with them showing such since I never have had a problem with topless women. I find the American ‘revulsion’ hilarious. As a good European I am used to seeing topless women in beaches and as I used to say: ‘after the first 10,000 tits they all start looking the same’. But, I am sure that there will be those, especially the younger readers (though, they, unlike us growing up, have the Internet), who will appreciate Nat. G.’s attempts to be more hip again.

My job, as ever, was to note the trend, for posterity.


The cover of the January 2014 issue
with the Cover Story … which contains THE picture

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Click to ENLARGE. Of course from ‘National Geographic’.


The subtle picture. January 2014 issue. Page 46.

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Click to ENLARGE. Of course from ‘National Geographic’. Of course their copyright. I am just ‘quoting’.


A Bit Of British Nostalgia For The Holiday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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I, as is no secret, miss my traditional British Holidays — Boxing Day and Hogmanay in particular. So I am going to indulge.

I got a bunch of these historic pictures from Sri Lanka earlier this week.
I shared all of them, via e-mail, with the 4 people I have on my ‘friends & family’ distribution lists. They loved them.

I checked the copyright — yet again.
Pictures before 1923 are now definitely out of copyright — in the U.S. of A.
So, if anybody claims copyright on these I would dearly like to see
their credentials for claiming as such.


A genuine ‘Muffin Man’ in London in 1910.

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Now some of you may know the nursery rhyme. So here is the real thing that went with that rhyme.

'The Muffin Man' from Wikipedia. Click to access.

‘The Muffin Man’ from Wikipedia. Click to access.


Real Estate in London was expensive even in 1910.

A 13 square feet shoe shop in London 1910
— at the bottom …

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Click to ENLARGE.


More pictures in coming days, if I have the time and I remember.
Crazy busy. Another book is nearly at an end. But, I won’t publish it this year.


Winter Solstice 2013 — TODAY! Rejoice. Come Yule. Days Start Getting Longer. Summer Is Coming …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
>> Google Solstice Doodles — Dec. 20, 2013.
>> 2013 Winter SolsticeDec. 11, 2013.
>> 2013 Shortest Day — Dec. 8, 2013.
>> Winter Solstice — Dec. 20, 2012.
++++ Search ‘solstice’ for other related posts >>>>



For 2015 Winter Solstice … click here.



Lets please start today the way I mean to carry on.

My favorite  day of the Year, as THE committed Sun Worshipper I have always been
— as my year long tan amply testifies.

Plus given that I am an adopted Celt, Welsh and Scot, come party with me like only WE can.

winter-solstice-shortest-day-celtic-culture-party-demotivational-poster-1261390287

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘motifake.com’ with much THANKS. Yes, please party like a Celt.


Revels is all about today, the solstice.
So, let us take a second to pay homage to Revels

From the Revels mother-ship in Cambridge, MA. That is: revels.org. They sent me this in an e-mail this week. I hope they don't mind me sharing it with you. I am their biggest, even after I lost my 30 pounds, fan -- so, I beg indulgence. It is THE Yule. Lets be Merry. Summer is on the way. Click to ENLARGE.

From the Revels mother-ship in Cambridge, MA. That is: revels.org. They sent me this in an e-mail this week. I hope they don’t mind me sharing it with you. I am their biggest, even after I lost my 30 pounds, fan — so, I beg indulgence. It is THE Yule. Lets be Merry. Summer is on the way. Click to ENLARGE.


Now, per the Revels tradition let us all listen to this Yule, Sol Invictus, invocation
— and be refreshed and rejuvenated.

Click for YouTube video. You can find more. Enjoy.

Click for YouTube video. You can find more. Enjoy.


Days are getting longer. That is without doubt or debate.
I talked about this, at length, in this post. Please check it out.

On Boxing Day, a wonderful holiday, actually a Holy-Day, we have ONE FULL MINUTES of additional daylight.

By New Year’s Eve the days will be 3 minutes longer.

Check out this table from our wonderful U.S. Naval Observatory.
See how the daylight hours increase, month to month, till June
— and this is for Concord, New Hamphsire

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Just for the record, today, December 21, 2013, we get 8:59 hours of daylight.
So just in a month we will be getting over 1/2 hour more. 


Rejoice, Rejoice.

Happiest Day of the Year.

Merry Yule.

Party Like A Celt. Clothing Optional.


Happy Yule.

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