Archive | March 14, 2016

“Ides of March” (March 15, 2016) — There Has Never Been A Google Doodle.

by Anura Guruge


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I gather that there is a growing realization (thankfully) that IF not for good ol’ Shakespeare (whoever he or she may have been) ‘Ides of March‘ would never have gotten the recognition that it has got.

“Ides” just meant the middle of the month. ‘Ides of March’ — middle of March. That was it.

The early Roman calendar, c. 750 BCE, thought to be a lunar-based, had three fixed points for each month: Kalendae (Kalends), Nonae (Nones) &Idus (Ides).

Kalends (from which we got ‘calendar’) was the first day of the month.

Nones, thought to represent the half-moon, fell on the 5th or 7th of a month and was the 8th day BEFORE the ides!

Ides, thought to represent the full moon, fell on the 13th day of months with 29 days, and on the 15th day of months with 31 days, i.e., March, May, July & October.

Interesting that Google has never done a Doodle for the ‘Ides of March’. I guess they think of it as falling into the ‘taboo’ political arena. Plus it has an assassination — something that should not be glorified.


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What Are The Best Selling Digital Cameras (DSLRs) In Early 2016.

by Anura Guruge


DPReview (which I visit often)
maintains a list of
“Most Popular Cameras”
on their sidebar.

This is the current list.

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Click to ENLARGE and view here. On main page of dpreview.com — on righthand side sidebar.

That my two current cameras, i.e., the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 & Panasonic Lumix LX100, appear in the top 5, of course, makes me happy.

But this list has never made sense to me in that it has 4 Panasonic cameras and one each of Canon and Nikon. That is not what I see when I am out and about. I see a LOT of Nikons and then Canons. Very rarely do I see a Panasonic, though that could just be related to where I go.

Anywho, it appears that this DPReview list is based on the Page Views that they see. That makes sense. So it does not reflect what people are buying. Just what they are looking at, during a given period, at DPReview. That also explains the low % counts — given that people must view millions and millions of different pages on DPReview.

Out of curiosity I went and checked the Amazon best sellers. Panasonic does NOT make the top 9.

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Click on images to ENLARGE. From Amazon. You can get to it under each category of camera.

So the Amazon lists (hopefully) reflect true sales at Amazon as opposed to people checking out cameras. Yes, these make sense to me, Nikon & Canon when it comes to DSLRs and Sony and Fuji dominating the mirrorless — though I am surprised that Olympus and Panasonic didn’t make the grade with the Micro Four-Thirds.

Interesting.


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Who Knew That Afghanistan Can Play Serious (Near) World Class Cricket? Not I.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the ‘ICC’ official page for this incredible match.


Wow. WOw. WOW!

Who knew? Not I. I think I had seen them once, last year, in some kind of T20 qualifier. I also happened to see their Under 19 team in the U19 Championship. But I never took them seriously.

Weren’t a British colony. So who taught them to play cricket and where can they play.

I happened to watch the highlights of Match 9, Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan Sunday night because I wanted to catch ALL the Zimbabwe games before the Super 10 matches started. I like Zimbabwe. They remind me of MY West Indies of the late 1970s and early 1980s. I was pretty sure that Zimbabwe would win, with overs to spare, and qualify.

Was I wrong. The Afghans sure know how to play T20. I am in awe. I will have to look up cricket in Afghanistan. I thought they would not have the time or the facilities.

Now we will see them a few more times playing the big boys and the West Indies girls.

My congratulations to Afghanistan. Well done. You played well. I will watch the whole match as soon as I get the time.

Thank YOU. That was quite the match.


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Lake Winnipesaukee, NH: Ice-Out For Last 25 Years. Record = 2010 & 2012.

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I have all the dates going back to 1887 — 129 years. Average during that time is April 19 (depending on Leap Years).

But I thought 25 years was a good window.

So BOTH all time records have been in within the last 7 years!

But, please, let us not take this as a definitive sign of Global Warming. Last year and year before we had ice outs close to average.

I am sure that this year, 2016, ice out will set a new record.


Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2pm,
Alton Bay. [Click to ENLARGE]

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‘6 images for the day’ — March 14 2016 + 6 Bonus From Fort Stark, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my (still new)
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








Visited “Fort Stark“, just outside Portsmouth, NH,
yesterday, March 12, 2016.
One of our favorite places in NH.
We try and visit often but hadn’t been
in nearly a year. So it was good.
Beautiful day but not too many people there.

These images are from the Lumix FZ1000.







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“Market Basket” — ‘Bag or Box’ Option Is Brilliant. Why Hadn’t We Thought Of This Before.

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Two of the five boxes of shopping we brought back from ‘Market Basket’ Saturday night. By 3pm Sunday they had already been taken to the Alton dump for recycling. The Town makes some money too.

We were in Portsmouth on Sunday (just to enjoy being there) and as is my wont when I am within 5 miles of either the Concord, Portsmouth or TiltonMarket Basket‘ I had to stop just to see what they had. I said it was to get some dog biscuits but we ended up spending $179 (which is par for the course).

We hadn’t taken our reusable bags because we were only going into get some dog biscuits and possibly some milk. I am standing at the checkout when I see this fairly small green sign: ‘Bag of Box’. Wow. I was overjoyed. That was GREAT. We recycle boxes every week (given the amount of shopping I do on Amazon). This was cool. So much better than plastic and so much easier than lugging reusable bags. Plus I could have packed (albeit it heavy) boxes which minimizes unload time.

So I asked for boxes. I guess it is new. They weren’t too slick about it BUT tried. In the end I went and picked out the boxes that would work for us best. I even packed a couple.

Love it.  Arthur T. Demoulas YOU remain THE MAN. Brilliant. I hope other Supermarkets pick up on it.

Thank YOU, Art. It is no wonder that I love MB and have done so for 30 years.


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