Other 2 Memorable Topless Occasions (so far) This Summer
— of 2016.
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First time this year that we had all three of the British beauties out. The burgundy 2002 XJ8 is my car and as such gets used year round. I have also been using the black 1989 XJS, topless (of course), since around April. But the Green 1968 MGB had stayed in the garage, under wraps, until this Sunny Sunday. I had been trickle charging its (rather old) battery right through the winter, with occasional long breaks and much to my delight the MGB started, first time, even without me having to tighten the battery clamps.
Given that we got the XJS in June 2015 we have now had these 3 cars for over a year.
Here is the original “British Pride” picture from June 7, 2015.
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If you are even vaguely familiar with whom I am you may know that over the years I have, at various times, been an acknowledged expert on IBM networking, popes, comets and orgasms. I have also written books on all those topics (as well as about dwarf planets and asteroids). That I was able to master these diverse topics, without undue difficulty, had to do with a technique I started to practice over 40 years ago.
It all has to do with the relationship I have with my brain — rather than anything to do with ‘intelligence’. I do not consider myself an intellect. I have dealt with, worked with and lived with folks that were so much cleverer than I that I know the difference. So this technique is about cleverness. It is about getting the best of the IQ you already have. It is about getting the best from your brain. It is about creating a ONENESS between you and your brain.
About 3 years ago my son, the entrepreneur, suggested that I should document my technique. At that juncture I used to call it “Befriending Your Brain“. It is actually a VERY EASY technique to master and practice (which is why I was so successful with it). You do not have to devote any dedicated time in order to “do it”. It is all done, on-the-fly, in “timeshare” mode — while you do other things, like brushing your teeth, driving to work, ‘relieving yourself’, taking a walk.
Anywho, when I started writing the book — which is now finished — I realized that what I actually have is a meditation technique, a very powerful one at that. Brain Meditation. So let me please give you an initial preview.
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Per what is now a fairly long-standing family tradition we take the dogs, on their birthday, to the local McDonald’s (in Alton, NH) for cheeseburgers (in addition to the other times during the year they get treated at McD). Yesterday, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, was Braxton’s ‘official’ 3rd birthday. Given that he was a rescue dog we don’t know his real birthday. The vets believe that he was born around the third week of July in 2013. ‘July 20’ was Deanna’s (now deceased) father’s birthday, so she opted to make it Braxton’s official birthday since it would be easy to remember. So that is what it is.
I have no compunctions about giving dogs McD cheeseburgers! I eat them (but not the buns) and the kids eat them. If it is good enough for us, it is good enough for the dogs. I really doubt if there is anything in those (ordered plain) burgers that can truly harm my dogs. The fat, carbs and calories are NOT a problem at all. These dogs get a LOT of exercise — and the vet confirms that they are as fit as can be. They run (at least) 2.5 miles most days and now it is Summer swim in our lake, Halfmoon, for 30 – 40 minutes, non-stop, at least a couple of times a week. Actually that is what we did after the burgers. Down to the beach to swim — and no, the no swimming for 2-hours after a meal does not seem to apply to dogs.
This was a picture from Maya’s 3rd birthday — May 15, 2014.
Not much seems to have changed in 2 years!
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One of the many highlights of these three new 1″ sensor Nikon Premium Compacts is the high-tech Fluorine coating used on the lenses of all three cameras. Per Nikon (and see below) this Fluorine coating actively repels dust, water, grease and more. That sound good. Very good.
The DL18-50 lens, in addition, is said to have a special ‘Nano Crystal Coat‘ that eliminates distortion, ghosting, aberrations & internal reflections.
It is the dust, water and grease (as in fingerprint) repelling of the Fluorine coating that interests (and concerns) me the most.
In an effort to safeguard the surface of my (expensive) lenses and because I have been doing it for so long, I, as soon as I get a new lens (whether attached to a camera or interchangeable), immediately slap on a good quality, typically B+W, UV lens on front of it. And doing that will continue to protect the lens on a new Nikon DL camera.
But here is the irony and rub. Even a good multi-coated filter (such as a B+W) will not have the equivalent of the Fluorine coating of the lens behind it. So the filter will be prone to dust etc.
Plus there is a school of thought that is adamant that UV filters should under no circumstances be used with modern digital cameras — since they will interfere and interact with all the built-in, integrated filters built into the sensor!
So it would appear that it would be best to avoid putting a UV filter in front of the new Nikon Premium Compacts — and from what I can see Nikon, nor anyone else, appears to make a Fluorine coated UV filter. But even if they did, the don’t use UV with modern digitals would override that.
I raised this issue on the “DPReview.com” “Nikon Coolpix” forum
this morning. Basically what I talked about here.