Archive | March 17, 2015

Britain’s Iconic Red Phone Booths Turn Into Green Solar Powered Mobile Device Charging Stations.

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Deanna told me about this last night. I had not heard about it — though it appears that they started sprouting in London in September 2014.

Love it. Bravo. Very British. Kudos for the two young entrepreneurs who came up with it. I am surprised that neither are Indian.

I would have liked the booths to have stayed red for nostalgia — but I know that I am more into nostalgia than most. If I add it all up, I must have spent weeks inside these booths over the years because I, easily, predate cell phones. [I actually remember hearing about cell phones, during my Master’s (in London), in 1979, and being very baffled by why we needed them and implication of all the towers we would need!]

I will confess I am a bit skeptical. 20% boost to the battery in 10 minutes. Hhhmmm. 10 minutes is a long time to be stuck in one of those booths WITHOUT a mobile! Talk about the irony. I was amused to see that they will be maintained daily and locked up at night. That should to be a huge problem. People being attacked in them, the vandalism not to mention the urine! Lovely idea but not sure how practical it is. But I am sure that other ideas will now come pouring forth. I am proud. Another great British innovation. 


I Plan To Watch The Start Of The 2015 ICC World Cup 1st Quarter Final: South Africa v. Sri Lanka Live — March 17.

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South Africa Sri Lanka 2015 ICC WCC Quarter Final in Sydney.

Click for cricinfo.com coverage of this Quarter Final and other ICC 2015 WCC matches.


It is the 1st Quarter Final of the 2015 World Cup and it is too means that I like to watch — especially in their current form, Sri Lanka and South Africa. The batting and bowling, from both sides, should be pretty amazing. We are talking Amla, Quinton de Kock (who I rate as one of the most exciting batsman around, if he is firing on at least 3 cylinders), AB, Duminy, du Plessis, Morkel, Steyn, Dilshan, Chandimal, Kumar, Mahela, Kulasekara, Mendis, Malinga … This should be one heck of a game.

ESPN coverage starts at 11pm. So that is doable. I could even get in 2 hours. That would be good.

Timing could not be any better. I have done all I can do for now on my latest book (my 23rd as a sole author). Deanna has 5 pages still to proof and once that is done, with luck, I can ship it over to New York State so that Louis Epstein, who is very good at it, can have a crack proofing. So I can take 2 hours off without feeling guilty! Not sure whether it is good or bad that I am such a stickler for work. But this would be a very RARE night when I haven’t worked the 3rd shift. By coincidence I happened to see, earlier today, that the print version of “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia“, got published on September 16, 2014. So 6 months ago. That was no. 22. I started this book, on a whole different subject to anything I have written about before, a few days later — given that I don’t take a break between books. I have started writing no. 24, which is again about popes, in my head. But I can have a night off. 

So the blog takes another hit! Sorry. I feel bad that I am not posting as much as I used to and it reflects in my hits per day. Yes, I am still getting over 500 a day but not the 700 to 800 I was getting when I did five, six or more topical posts a day. Just don’t have the time. The latest book is GOOD. Most of you will like it. Some of you will hate it, but that is OK too.

So, cricket tonight. Ironically, so far, I have only watched one 2015 World Cup match, ball-by-ball, to date and that happened to be Australia v. Sri Lanka, from Sydney, on March 8. That it is Sri Lanka on both occasions is a coincidence. I don’t necessarily root for Sri Lanka though I do relate to them. If the final turns out to be West Indies v. Sri Lanka I could be in a pickle. Since the early 1970s the West Indies has been my team — mainly because I knew of the players. But we have four FINE Quarter Finals to get through first. To be honest, right now, before a ball is bowled, I would tip South Africa over Sri Lanka. But, cricket is a funny ol’ game which is what makes it so compelling.

Cheers.


Umar Akmal’s 4 Catches In The 2015 ICC World Cup Ireland v. Pakistan — What Was He Wearing On His Fingers?

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Click to ENLARGE. Screenshot from cricinfo.com video — Akmal catching Thompson. I circled, in red, the 4 finger coverings he has on. Use link below, on scorecard, to access cricinfo.com and the videos.


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The Irish scorecard from Ireland v. Pakistan, March 15, 2015 from cricinfo.com shoing Umar Akmal’s 4 catches. Click to access cricinfo.com and the videos.


I watched the highlights of this ‘winner qualifies’ Ireland v. Pakistan match 1.5 times on ESPN (via my Roku 3) on my 47″ Philips HD TV — in vivid, high resolution. I noticed the black (condom-like) sheaths on Umar Akmal’s fingers the very first catch that he took. Thought it looked strange and incongruous. I watched for it carefully on the replay. Then I rewound the video and watched it again — and that was on the first catch. I got to see them three more times — with each of the other catches. I then watched the O’Brien and Thompson catches on my TV from cricinfo.com.

Whatever he has on his fingers bother me. Just doesn’t seem right. Doesn’t look like cricket.

Yes, I know that cricketers can wear band-aids to cover cuts and even strapping to protect a damaged finger. Yes, I know that Umar as a keeper has had some finger problems. But this does not look right. Do the umpires check these ‘appendages’ on non-bowling fielders? They should.

Don’t get me wrong. I like this Pakistani team — actually I have liked quite a few Pakistani teams and players, Imran Khan, a personal inspiration and favorite. I actually also like both Akmal brothers, particularly Umal. They are rare talents. But I also know that the Akmals are ultra-competitive and ruthless, and that is good. Just wondering, though, whether Umar Akmal went a bit too far! In my mind, just based on what I can see on the video, the 4 sheaths that Umar has on his hands HAVE to give him some added grip. Sorry. But that is how it comes across. You are not supposed to have any protection on your hands. If you catch the ball with your cap, not only is it not out the batsman gets bonus runs. Well it looks like Umar is wearing the equivalent of 1/2 pair of inner gloves. The black sheaths look too thick and abrasive. Not saying he would have dropped any of the catches if he didn’t have his condoms on, IT just looks bad.

I think the umpires should check the fingers of all the fielders — especially after they make a catch.

We do not want any question marks about a match. That is it. Simple as that. 

P.S., Glad that they FINALLY got it right that Misbah-ul-Haq was Hit Wicket, and not bowled. I watched it 3 times to make sure. The ball never went anywhere close to the stumps. That the TV commentators were prattling on that he played on and it showed him as bowled totally confounded me. Second hit wicket, by a Pakistani, in the last year. I think those are the only ones I have seen recently. The last one prior to that was from 35 years ago. Fredricks! Now was that his cap that fell on the bails?


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