Archive | July 25, 2016

Michael Moore’s 5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win — I Concur 100%.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access Michael’s post — at his Website.

Other than for his v. puzzling wanton disregard for his appearance and health (though he appears to be, of late, trying to shed some pounds) I, in general, tend to see 100% eye-to-eye with Michael Moore on most things and am a HUGE fan of his — and love his documentaries.

So it is no big surprise that I agree with Michael, 100%, on his assessment of how and why Trump stands such a good chance of beating Hillary in November. This too has been my biggest concern. I am already talking about why we would have to move.

Here in SUMMARY are Michael’s 5 points. But you really should read, or at least skim through, his complete letter. How many of you REMEMBER dear Jesse Ventura?

  1. Midwest Math, or Welcome to Our Rust Belt Brexit.

  2. The Last Stand of the Angry White Man.

  3. The Hillary Problem.

  4. The Depressed Sanders Vote.

  5. The Jesse Ventura Effect.

by Anura Guruge

Nikon Results For Financial Year Ending March 2016 Looks Bad, Especially Downward Trend In Cameras.

by Anura Guruge

From Nikon’s Website.

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Just looking at the camera sales — in the 2nd chart — is sobering. They sold 570,000 LESS DSLR type cameras from the previous year. That is 1/2 million+. 

Even worse when it came to compact (i.e., Coolpix type) cameras — 1,460,000 less. Close to a drop of 1.5 million units. If you add the two together you are looking at a drop of 2 million units.

Yes, we all know one major reason, particularly so come the compacts. SMART phones, in particular expensive ones such as iPhones and Samsungs. They have pretty fancy camera capabilities. So why buy a compact when you can put that money towards buying a better camera?

Plus Nikon is facing increasing competition, especially with mirrorless cameras, from the likes of Sony, Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji.

This is not good news for Nikon or to us customers. If this trend continues Nikon will have to reign in product development and introduction. Might explain, already, why the exciting new 1″ DL cameras are very late.

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by Anura Guruge

“Isles of Shoals — Star Island”, New Hampshire — What An Absolutely Delightful Gem.

by Anura Guruge

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All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

The “Isles of Shoals“, 10 miles out to sea from Portsmouth, N.H., was a place I had wanted to visit for the last few years. On Sunday, July 24, 2016, I finally got the chance and it was a Goldilocks day for such a tour, perfect weather, sea as calm as it can get. The 3.75 hour tour, on the M/V “Thomas Laighton” (named after a former lighthouse keeper and hotel operator on the ‘Shoals’) operated by the “Isles of Shoals Steamship Company“, was also just right for us for this first trip. The 7 hour trip might have been just a tad too long. Two years ago, in July 2014, we had done a river/harbor cruise on the “Thomas Laighton” and thoroughly enjoyed it. So we at least knew what to expect from the boat — and it, as it had been the last time, was an excellent experience. Perfect speed. Slow enough that you can see and enjoy the sights when you are in the river and fast enough so that you don’t get ‘impatient’. Extremely well narrated by two experienced guides who definitely seem to know their stuff and enjoy what they do.

The islands are picturesque. Acadian to an extent as you would expect — albeit without the trees. Picture postcard. Very friendly and the prices at the hotel, i.e, the “Oceanic Hotel“, for snacks, ice cream etc. are EXTREMELY reasonable. Yes, we would have liked to have spent a tad more time on the Island but 4 hours might have been stretching it.

Loved it. I plan to go back. Already talking about trying to go and stay at the hotel for a day or two. To be fair it is not cheap — but island cruises, in New England, tend to be on the expensive side.

Definitely recommended.

Flowers on the “Isles of Shoals” — post (July 25).


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