Archive | August 22, 2014

I Am Giving Away, For FREE, Even Sans Postage, A Nikon Coolpix L820 Reference Manual (on Craigslist)

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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I took these pictures with the Nikon Coolpix L820. I took less than 90 pictures before I returned it.

Related posts:
1.  Bob Ness photography
>> Aug. 19, 2014.
2. Thomas Lavoie photos
>>July 31, 2014.
3. J. Richard Hale
>> photography — July 31, 2014.
4. Alton photographer, John Bishop
>>Dec. 12, 2013.


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I think it is fairly self-explanatory. I hate waste.

Yes, yes, yes. I have been meaning to do a post about the Nikon Coolpix L820. I took this and some of the other pictures at the Pittsfield, N.H., ‘Hot Air Balloon Rally‘ with the L820. I bought it refurbished for $139. And that in a nutshell was the problem. It was a very good, even excellent, $139 camera. But, I wanted something more than that. Within 36 hours I knew that the L820 was NOT for me. I got it around 4pm on a Friday, I had it returned by noon Sunday! Felt bad, BUT ‘they’ — a new online company — had urged me to give it a try. They proved to be good. Cost me nothing — just like they promised. Bravo. So ALL I ended up with was this 0.8″ document I printed and a COUPLE of Nikon neck straps I had bought, from Amazon (of course), because I thought I was going to become (again) a Nikon owner. Not to be.

OK. Today I got delivery of a Canon EOS Rebel T3i EF-S 18-55 mm IS II, refurbished, from Canon. It was ONE HECK of a deal. That is why I got it. No it is not a $139 camera. I have owned Canons before. Had an A-1 for the longest time. The T3i looks more like what I need. BUT I have to strike a compromise. Photography, I convince myself, is NOT a passion. It is a hobby. Writing is the passion. So have to keep priorities straight. I do NOT want a camera that will eat into my writing time. That is the dilemma. The hardcore photographers I know, with cameras more expensive than our humble abode, do nothing else. Not even sure whether they have sex. The cameras rule their life. Do NOT want that. Basically want a GOOD, full-feature DSLR that I can use as a point-and-shoot. Makes sense to me. I ‘studied’ long time ago to be a photographer. I still remember the basic. IF I read an instruction manual I will be able to use 70% of the functions of a DSLR from memory. So that is the goal. A T3i as my slightly heavy and bulky point-and-shoot. I HOPE. I really do not want to confess, by Christmas, that I upgraded. Deanna already is betting on it. Lets wait and see. There are books to be written.


Bullying At Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: A Note Re. Lynda Whitehouse’s Letter.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
++++ Search on ‘bullying’ for ALL the ‘bullying at ACS’ posts >>>>

>> Bullying at Alton Central School (ACS) Raises Its Vicious,
>>Ugly Head Again
 — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE) Offers
>> 3rd-Party Moderator Program For Bullying Cases Jan. 28, 2014.
>> Major bullying case at ACS — June 6, 2014.


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Miracles never cease! Wow, WOw. WOW.
 
June 30, 2014.

>> The Latest Twist: WOW! August 7, 2014.

>> Lynda Wihitehouse’s letter re. bullying of staff & teachers
>>Aug. 21, 2014.


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Use this link to access the original in the August 21, 2014 issue of ‘The Baysider — on page 4.


I, of course, have NO gripes with this letter.

As I said yesterday I have heard similar allegations to this from two recent ex-ACS teachers.

So don’t get me wrong. I have no issues with this letter.

Just one thing that I want to clarify, something that has bothered me, greatly, since June 30, 2014 — so much so that I have called up and spent at least 40 minutes discussing ‘it’ with the N.H. Department of Education.


Towards the end of this letter, 4th para. from bottom, is as follows (and please do check the original above or at the source).

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What she says about the students having a ‘very structured steps‘ etc. is true. She would know. She would have seen that in action.

She then also goes onto say ‘TRAINED PERSONNEL‘ in the school. In theory, and most instances in practice, this is TRUE — though you may want to check on your own whether Concord actually checks on this or enforces this. From what I was told this ‘training’ is a recommendation. But, as far as I know, and as ALWAYS I can be wrong, there are indeed some staff at ACS with the requisite and germane training. I think, but I could be very wrong, that ACS’s Assistant Principal Mikel Lachapelle is one of those that has had this training. Check this post. So all of this is good.

But here is the funny twist. It appears that ALL decisions related to bullying made at ACS can be reviewed by the School Board and if necessary overturned. That is good too. We need an hierarchical appellate process. All decent legal systems rely on this. But here is my confusion and Concord can’t or won’t help me. Are School Board Members, who are elected, TRAINED on how to handle bullying? Have they been on the same courses as Mikel Lachapelle? I DO NOT KNOW.

All I do know, because some mind-blowing official ACS letters to a parent re. bullying were sent to me, is that the ACS School Board can totally reverse and overturn bullying decisions made by the SUPPOSEDLY TRAINED ACS staff. So, hypothetically, lets say that the supposedly trained Assistant Principal Mikel Lachapelle per the ‘structured steps’ talked about by Lynda Whitehouse makes a decision about a bullying incident at ACS. It would appear that the Board could totally overrule him. I am GLAD. Nobody, not even the pope, is infallible. My question and confusion has to do with the supposed training. If the decision of a TRAINED professional is to be overturned shouldn’t the folks overturning it have equivalent, if not better, training? And to say that they consulted a lawyer doesn’t cut it. Lawyers know law. If it is that simple when it comes to bullying why bother with training. Just bring in lawyers from the get go.

Maybe this is what democracy is all about. IF so why bother with the training and the COSTS associated with it? Why don’t we just let the Board deal with ALL of the bullying cases?

I haven’t tried to raise this with the ACS folks. They have enough on the plate. Concord has no answers. They say it happens.

So, my point, is very simple. Lynda Whitehouse, QUITE CORRECTLY, talks about the ‘structured steps’ and ‘trained personnel‘ when it comes to students. She is right. What did not come across that there are further steps in this process and I am NOT sure whether those are handled by trained personnel.

That is it. I have real work to do. Cheers.


Dover, N.H., Greek Fest 2014 At The ‘Hellenic Center’, Labor Day Weekend, August 29 – 30. Go. Go. GO!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related Posts:
>> Dover Greek Festival 2013 —
>> Sep. 1, 2013.
>> Dover Greek Festival —
>> Aug. 22, 2013.

>> Teischan’s 2nd recital Dover …
>>June 16, 2013.


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Click to access the official ‘Dover Greek Fest’ Website.

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We went last year and had a blast.

Great people, mouthwatering lamb, punchy music and wonderful atmosphere.

IF at all possible we will go this year too.

But, now that I know the drill we are going to go during the night.

Yep, I want to PARTY with these Greeks.

My kind of folks. Acidic red wine, greasy lamb and strings a strumming.

I will be up there dancing.

See you there.

Do not miss.

Go. Go. GO!

Teischan’s ex-music teacher Siroun Roubian-Braun is involved with this event.


“Market Basket”, Arthur T. Demoulas Firing — More Info: The Investments, Thrown Punches & Serious Allegations. From WSJ.

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Related posts:
≠≠ Arthur T. Demoulas: some facts — Aug. 21, 2014.
>> Market Basket, Concord, N.H.Aug. 4, 2014.

>> Market Basket, Concord, N.H.July 25, 2014.
>> Demoulas firing impact in N.H. — July 21, 2014.

>> Arthur T. Demoulas firing over 4% — June 24, 2014.


From the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), August 15, 2014.
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There was a LOT of interest in ‘The Guardian’ article about ‘Arti‘ that I posted yesterday. I expected that to be the case because it brought to light, at least as far as I am concerned, the failed $46 Million investment in  Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. Things started to make much more sense after I had read that article — though my COMMITMENT for Market Basket and its great employees remained unchanged. I want MY market Basket back — soon. I am having cheese withdrawal.

Though I really don’t, alas, have much time to devote to this, I was still curious. So I did a bit more digging. Found the above WSJ article — published one day after ‘The Guardian’ one, no doubt prompted by that.

Wow. The machinations never end.

If the allegations are true I will remain bemused. Outright greed such as that leaves me perplexed and cold. Just heard yesterday that the brother of a Sri Lankan I know stole $40,000 from him — after he had given the brother unconditional Power of Attorney. Amazes me. This had happened four years ago and it involved the selling of land in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan I know never had a clue. He was in Sri Lanka this month and tried to sell this land only to find out that his brother had sold it 4 years ago! Amazing. Would never even occur to me to do something like that. 

Well …

I want what is BEST for the Market Basket employees and THEN for us customers.

I really would like Market Basket back. It has now been over a month and I am not joking, I have major withdrawal pangs that Hannaford cannot assuage.  


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