Archive | March 24, 2016

Happy Purim 2016 — One Jewish Holiday Where One Can Safely Say ‘Happy’.

by Anura Guruge


“The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus” and the story of Purim is told in the Biblical book of Esther.

Given that I am a bit slow on the uptake, despite efforts by a number of good Jews, I have never been able to keep the Jewish holidays straight and always worry that I might use the wrong appellation, in particular ‘happy’, when sending a Jewish person a greeting on a Jewish holidays. In the same I know NOT to wish any thinking Christians ‘Happy Good Friday’ — ‘Happy’, as it relates to Easter, only applicable on Sunday. But wish Purim, I gather, though I could still be wrong, that the correct and appropriate greeting is indeed Happy Purim. So Happy Purim.

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Both Bangladesh & Afghanistan At #ICCWT20 Demonstrated Why They Still Need More Experience.

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Current standings as of Wednesday, March 23, 2016. From of course. Where else? Click to ENLARGE and study.

My heart went out to both Bangladesh & Afghanistan last night, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Yes, I stayed up and watched the highlights of BOTH matches. I was sure, at the start of their innings that they would win. What an upset that would have been — England beaten by Afghanistan. In the end it was NOT to be.

I feel bad for their supporters. The Bangladeshis must feel crushed. So close and yet so far.

In the end, however, it was sheer inexperience. And you can’t buy that or short-circuit it. So the two teams that qualified will not make it to the semi-finals and hence the finals. New Zealand has been a revelation. Will this be there year? 

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Fuji X-Pro2 — More Strange Problems: AF Points On JPEG, Freezing, Fluorescent Lighting …

by Anura Guruge


I saw this earlier today. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use thread below to access original ‘DPReview’ forum thread.

Click here to access original ‘DPReview’ Forum Thread.

So today was the day that Fuji made available the 1st Firmware Update to the X-Pro2 — released just 3 weeks ago.

And I keep on seeing these Forum posts about obscure issues. Yes, I fully understand and appreciate that if you have enough monkeys typing you will eventually get all of Wikipedia written BUT I also believe that there has to be even a small fire if there are so many reports of credible smoke. A few people have claimed that the X-Pro2 freezes (and we are NOT talking about using it in cold weather). That scares me.

To be fair I CANNOT, for the world of me, see the AF Grid Points in the purported image. Others say they can and even have explanations. That scares me.

The whole Fuji X-Pro2 roll out has made me nervous since I WANT to buy the X-T2 as soon as it becomes available. Yes, some of the X-Pro2 fixes will already, I hope, be in the X-T2 Firmware BUT Fuji’s credibility is a bit shot.

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Easter Sunday Can Never Fall On A Full Moon.

by Anura Guruge


In case you, like I, have ever wondered if this was possible.

Yes, the rule-of-thumb as to when Easter falls is: first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the Spring (i.e. vernal) equinox. But the Church being what it is it does NOT use the astronomical Full Moon of March or April or for that matter the astronomical equinox. Instead the Church uses the ‘ecclesiastical full moon’ and March 21, every year, as the date of the Spring Equinox. So one could argue that there MIGHT be a very slim chance that the actual Full Moon could fall on Easter Sunday.

Irrespective of probabilities and odds the Church has made sure, centuries ago, that this can never happen. IF by some miracle Easter Sunday falls on a Full Moon Easter is pushed back a week!

Amazing … right?

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Good Friday Not A Federal Holiday In The U.S. But Stock Markets Closed As Are 12 State Governments.

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Click to ENLARGE and goggle here. From the U.S. Government ‘Office of Personnel Management’ (OPM).

12 U.S. States observe Good Friday by closing Government Offices (per Wikipedia), they being: Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee.


From Wikipedia — Public_holidays_in_the_United_States. Click to ENLARGE and goggle here.

I have talked about this before, viz. Easter (or at least Good Friday) NOT being an official holiday in the U.S. (though as the above suggest about 80% of the country celebrates it and Easter Sunday (quite rightly) has the highest church attendance of the year (well ahead (quite rightly) of Christmas (which is in reality not a religious holiday per se)). Tomorrow, Good Friday, as always, will feel very strange to me. The stock markets are closed and that unsettles me because I like to trade — BUT the kids will be at school and there will be a mail delivery. Does not seem right.

As I have also harped about before, it, i.e., Good Friday, is ironically an observed ‘Public & Bank’ holiday (equivalent of Federal Holiday) in Sri Lanka though only 7.4% of the population is Christian! Sri Lanka (my Ceylon) is, however, holiday happy and ‘rich’. In 2016 they have 25 ‘Public & Bank’ holiday compared to the 10 in the U.S. Here is the list.


Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From the Sri Lanka ‘Ministry of Public Administration & Management’,

Note how they OBSERVE Monthly Full Moon days (Poya Days) that do NOT fall on a Sunday. So in March there are 3 holidays and 3 again in April. The holidays are WAY DOWN from when I was growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s/1960s. Easter Monday used to be a holiday. In those days, taking into account the Monthly Poya holidays, it was estimated (by a cousin of mine (who was an accountant)) that there was a holiday, on average, every 19 days!

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GoDaddy Cancels FREE Hosting For Life & Gives Instead A One Year Free Code!

by Anura Guruge

When I got the domain, 10 years ago,
they offered FREE Hosting for life.

Check what it said … 


Click to ENLARGE. From my GoDaddy product page.

Then I get THIS in my e-mail.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Please feel FREE to use my code. I don’t need it. I cancelled the hosting.

I am NOT going to get suckered into a PAID GoDaddy Web hosting through a pathetic 1-year FREE code. GoDaddy YOU know what you can do with that bloody code. I can get FREE hosting at so many different places. I am actually TEACHING a course on FREE Web hosting:


I am going to go with Weebly.
Thanks Godaddy for making me MOVE another hosting account from GoDaddy.
Only one left and I am too lazy to move that!


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All 4 Kids Together, A Rarity — March 24, 2016.

by Anura Guruge

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Doesn’t happen often first and foremost because I am a very bad, totally selfish, self-absorbed, dysfunctional & inadequate father. So what is new? C’est la vie. Never have been able to do anything right (not even write). I have the anti-midas touch. Everything I touch turns to ash. So be careful. Don’t let me touch you and whatever you do, if you see me, don’t even come close. The anti-midas touch is highly contagious and I would hate for you to catch it.

I feel bad for the kids. You can’t pick your father and I so wish they had a father who was better than I. To be fair they would have been better off with anyone but I. It is a shame. Can’t turn back the clock. Anywho this a rare picture and who knows whether there will ever be another.

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