Archive | February 2, 2016

Sri Lanka Independence — Let Us ALSO Celebrate Our Freedom From Circumcision.

by Anura Guruge


Sri Lanka, at below 9%, has one of the lowest circumcision rates in the World.

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This is a GOOD thing.

This is kind of very personal to I since I was born with a fused (stuck together) foreskin. My ‘pee’ wouldn’t come out.

In any other country they would have just circumcised me. Not so in Ceylon in 1953. They used coconut oil! Yes, coconut oil …

Boy, am I grateful.  


Check this out from today’s U.K. “Daily Mail“.

Here is the link to the original.

Click images below to ENLARGE and look at here.

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Iowa Caucus: Hillary Clinton Won By 59.6% To Bernie Sanders 40.4% WHEN 8 Superdelegates Were Allocated.

by Anura Guruge


Just amazes me as to how many voters (especially Bernie supporters) do NOT understand about Superdelegates and their PIVOTAL role in shaping who the Democratic nominee will be. In reality the reason the Democratic Party has Superdelegates is to ensure that the ‘Party’ will have some say in who the eventual nominee will be. That is why they are called ‘Super’. The chosen. Iowa has 8 Superdelegates and they can (and will) throw their lot behind who they think should be the nominee irrespective of what the voters voted.

Hillary Clinton got ALL 8 of the Iowa Superdelegates.

So the REAL outcome of the Iowa caucus was (and I put this together for YOU):

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Overall this is where we currently stand.

Yes, this CAN change and it did in 2008
(with Superdelegates switching over to Obama)

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Bernie has a BIGGER uphill climb than 98% of Bernie Sanders’ supporters understand.

The whole process is proportional.

So before the Superdelegates they will both, like in Iowa, get a similar number of delegates.

Then the Supers put Hillary over the top.


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It Is Amazing That Amazon Does Not Offer A Side-by-Side Product Comparison Feature.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and study. An Amazon provided, un-customizable, pre-determined product range, comparison chart.


Don’t all of you yell at me at once claiming that Amazon does. What they do have, on JUST some products, are comparison charts like that shown above. They are NOT customizable. You can’t, as far as I can see, ADD your chosen products to compare.

Yes, I fully appreciate (as an ex-programmer and a still active Web designer) that given Amazon’s bold, flowing, full-page product layouts it would be difficult to incorporate an easy-to-use compare feature. But I am SURE that Amazon has the expertise inhouse to come up with a workable solution.

Yes, I know that there are a couple of 3rd party options BUT the last thing I want is another company having access to all of my shopping habits and searches. No thank you. 

Funnily enough, despite all the shopping I do on Amazon, I had not really missed this ‘compare’ functionality till recently. Part of it being that I just open multiple Amazon tabs, across my two monitors, when I want to look at two products side-by-side. Obviously that works well BUT it is limited to two products. Ironically I started to miss this feature when trying to compare cameras. And that is what is strange. I use at least 3 very good camera resources, DPreview and Snapsort in the main, that provide very capable side-by-side comparison features. In this case, i.e., my most recent quest, the thing I wanted to compare most was PRICES. The DPreview etc. comparisons are not good at price comparison because they quote the cheapest price seen on the Web without too many caveats (e.g., that it might be an International version camera). And to make it even more ironic I was looking at two cameras from the same manufacturer, Fuji, the old X-E2 and the soon to be available (Feb. 16) X-E2s. There is a crazy anomaly here. The newer camera, which has a FEW new options (not going to be available on the old X-E2 DESPITE the February 4 Firmware refresh), from everything I see is going to be $100 CHEAPER. That doesn’t make sense. Somebody has to start discounting the older X-E2. That is what I was hoping to see. 


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‘6 images for the day’ — February 2, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

by Anura Guruge


With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

It was 47°F at 3:10pm Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
when I started taking these pictures.
That is a tad warm for us this time of year.
So the theme for the day was
‘warm weather’ in February.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








These are from Philadelphia’s famed New Year’s Day
Mummers Parade“.

See this post for more details.







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