Archive | July 6, 2016

Eversource (PSNH) Multiple Power Outage (Brownouts) On July 6, 2016 In Central New Hampshire — Worrying.

by Anura Guruge


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If Eversource knew the cause it would be one thing. Them claiming that they are INVESTIGATING is worrying. Simply put is ‘somebody’ messing with our power? Just think about it. They have said, for years, that we could face an attack on our power grid. So …

Not good.


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Rare Death At Acadia National Park — Just Ahead Of July 8, 2016 Centennial.

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From ‘WMTW8‘ TV in Portland, Maine.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access original.


>> Refer to this, June 8, 2016 post for the Fatal Fall at Acadia a month ago <<

Two deaths so close together is unusual in that Acadia averages but
a couple a year‘.

That the Park Service has accepted this as being ‘in the Park’
is telling. They are very reluctant to do so.
Folks that fall into the ocean from the Park
are NOT counted as Park-related fatalities!

Not all of “Echo Lake” is within the Park
(as you can see from map below).

That would have been quite a swim —
whether across or lengthwise.
If the water was cold you were asking for trouble.


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“Echo Lake”, Mount Desert Island, Maine. Note that 60% is outside of the Park. [From “Google Maps”, of course.] Click to ENLARGE.


Click image for details about July 8, 2016 centennial of ‘Acadia’ — then NOT called as such — becoming a “National Monument”.


Echo Lake“, as it happens, is one of areas of Acadia associated with Nude Bathing;
i.e., it is said to have some Nude Beaches.


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Test Your Knowledge On Orgasms Ahead Of National Orgasm Day 2016. Orgasm Quiz I — Cultural.

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  1. What is the name of the small city in New York State (once famous for its ‘high tech’) that has been used on broadcast, daytime TV. including the ‘Today’ show on NBC, as a stand-in (i.e., euphemism) for ‘having an orgasm’ — as in “how long it takes women to get to ‘xxxx'”?
    …. 
  2. What does ‘Klittra’ — coined in Sweden — signify?
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  3. What year did ‘Cosmopolitan’ magazine, i.e., ‘Cosmo’, publish its first article that had the word ‘orgasm’ in its title?
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  4. What is an ‘polegasm’?
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  5. What is the name of the 1969 runaway cult hit song in Europe that came to be known as ‘THE Climax song’ as it clearly depicts the soundtrack of a couple having languid but ‘hot’ sex — culminating in orgasms.
  6. Which of the female characters in ‘Sex and the City’, in episode 8 of season 4, “My Motherboard, Myself”, in July 2001, went to great lengths talking about orgasms or lack problems thereof?
  7. What is a ‘bedgasm’?
  8. What is the rationale behind ‘clitoral unhooding’?
    ….
  9. Are ‘orgasms’ known to be an effective cure of persistent hiccups?
    ….
  10. What is the medical term for female orgasms lasting over 40 seconds?

E-mail me the answers and state how you want to be recognized or rewarded. I will see if I can oblige. No guarantees.

Answers can be found at ‘orgasms101.net‘ and in my book “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia“.

More quizzes ahead of “National Orgasm Day 2016” — July 31, 2016.


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“Mother Earth’s Creations” Pow Wow, July 3, 2016 — Wow, Wow, WOW!

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Click pictures to ENLARGE.

All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

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This was my 2nd Pow Wow in 6 weeks — the other having been the “Honoring Of The Elders” Inter-Tribal Pow Wow In Tamworth, NH on May 21, 2016.

It was GOOD. Very good. Loved it. Different, way different to the one in Tamworth. For a start it was much bigger, much larger attendance, more dancers and it was a custom-built venue for Inter-Tribal Pow Wows. The atmosphere and ambience was just magical. Beautiful grounds. Lots of trees and hence shady and cool thought it was a v. hot (mid-80s) day. As with Tamworth there was this amazing, palpable sense of dignity and serenity. Though there were at least 150 people about it was not loud. We got there around 2:30pm. The drummers were having a well-earned lunch break. So the only music was flutes and that was very soothing. The drums, when they started, were impressive. As was the signing.

I took a LOT of pictures. Haven’t had time to sort them all out. Just published these 18 to get us started. I can’t claim that these were my best shots. I just pulled out 18 in a hurry. I will work on publishing more.

Appears that they have more Pow Wows in August and September. I am going to try and attend at least one of these.

P.S., Entrance is by donation. That was neat since we only planned to spend 2 – 3 hours.

I thoroughly recommend this place and the Pow Wows. Enjoy.


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First Impressions Of A Fuji X-T1 Hours Ahead Of X-T2 Announcement.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. The Fuji X-T1 I rented. It is brand new. No clicks. This picture taken with my Fujifilm X-E2s.


Renting a Fuji X-T1 ahead of the X-T2 announcement so that I can get a feel of  a Fuji X-Tx (as opposed to the Fuji X-E2s I own) has to be the best decision I have made when it comes to my long and tortuous sojourn with cameras (for the last 2 years).

This is one of the problems of living in the sticks. There is no local camera store that I can go to that stocks ‘high end’ cameras, especially if they are not Canon or Nikon. I rented the X-T1 for a week, from Lumoid, and at the same time rented a Lytro ILLUM 40 for Devanee who thinks that this is the camera for her! So far, so good with the rental experience from Lumoid. Very friendly, very helpful and everything came as promised bar a missing SD card reader — which was no big deal since I have plenty (and they did send one with the Lytro).

Wow, I can’t get over how SMALL the X-T1 one is. I had just assumed that given its DSLR-like styling it would be bigger. This is quite the testament to mirrorless cameras. It is just fractionally bigger than the X-E2s or for that matter (just in terms of the body) to the Panasonic Lumix LX100. I never realized that the X-T1 was that small. That is good and bad. Great for travel and street photography BUT to be honest I like cameras with a bit more heft; the X-E2s supposed to be my ‘compact’. As such, that the X-T2 will be slightly bigger is good news.

The X-T1 is a joy to use in terms of the controls. Everything is there. You don’t really have to ever use the menus or look at the LCD for reading prior to shooting. This is exactly what I had been hoping. Everything is basically one-touch and all the dials and buttons appear to be just where you would want them to. Yes, having to unlock the ISO and shutter-speed dial is a pain — and I gather this will not be the case with the X-T2. So that is also good.

Took good pictures BUT in terms of image quality I would have to say it is on par with my X-E2s — which is to be expected since they share very similar specs. Well, the X-T2 changes that.

Wow! It gets HOT. I can appreciate why they want to FIX overheating issues on the X-T2. I didn’t shoot any videos and neither did I use ‘burst mode’. Just shot 110 still images, fairly leisurely. But after about 70 shots I could feel the HEAT emanating from the camera! I have never experienced that. Towards the end it was noticeably HOT. Yikes.

Now that I have used a X-T1 I am more convinced than ever that I will love the X-T2. In terms of direct-control the X-T2 will continue to be the camera of my dreams.

Right now I only have one reservation and it is major. Autofocus performance. Though direct-control is important my overriding criteria is image quality (IQ) and for me IQ starts, most of the time, with razor sharp focus. Soft images just leave me cold. And that is an issue. The X-E2s has not impressed me overly in terms of autofocus. From what I can see the X-T2, though it will be better, is not going to be stellar. And I am NOT willing to compromise on the next camera I buy — did that a few times already. So I will be reading the reviews real carefully to see what they have to say about the X-T2 autofocus. In the meantime I am going to try and rent a Nikon D500 for a week or two. Looks like that is doable though the rental prices are not as attractive as they were for the X-T1 (given, of course, the price difference).

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The Lytro ILLUM 40 MP Rental.


This is a BIG, heavy camera. Actually it is huge and cumbersome. It is all lens and funny angles (including the battery). It has no appeal to I. The polar opposite of what I am looking for in terms of direct-control. And I don’t have the patience or time to do all the mandatory post-processing. Devanee, last I saw, was still struggling with the software. I will let you know what she found.


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