Archive | August 25, 2016

Last Picture, EVER, From My 98-day Old Fujifilm X-E2s.

by Anura Guruge

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

That is it!
Card is out. Battery is out.
It will be packed in its original box
to be returned to Amazon.

Herein ends my abortive attempt
to fall in love with Fujifilm.

Nikon here I come!

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Is Julian Assange (Of ‘Wikileaks’) Going After Hillary Clinton Because She Is Female?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Wikipedia’:


Click to access the U.K. “Independent” original.

By any normal measure I should like Julian Assange (a fellow programmer, journalist & publisher). We do share many values and in general I (given our kingship via cricket) tend to like most Australians. But something about Assange has always struck me as troubling.

This whole rape thing has never sat well with I and I SURE understand the dangers he FACED given the life he led. So many of us men have been there. 

But this relentless hostility towards Hillary bothers me — much.

It is coming across as misogynistic.

Why he is HELPING Trump. Trump, if President, will have him tortured.

I do not get this.

This is a vendetta against a female by a MAN accused of RAPE! 

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Prayer, At Best, Is But A Form Of “Brain Meditation” — And That Is Good.

by Anura Guruge


THINK about what I just said up there (↑).

Prayer, irrespective of who you pray to (and as such its religious connotation), focuses your brain, and thereby ‘centers you’, for a brief period of time. That is MAGIC. Just that short burst of focus is a form of “Brain Meditation“.

So the reason that so many feel GOOD about praying — and do so immediately afterwards — is because they have just indulged in some “Brain Meditation“.

You can achieve the same succor by just doing any other form of “Brain Meditation“.


Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access the “Catholic News Service” original.

As those of you who know me know, I do NOT pray. I do NOT believe in prayer. I think that praying is a superstitious waste of time.

And this from one whose adoptive mother was considered by many, including lots of Western Christians, to possess SUPERNATURAL PRAYING POWERS!

Yep, my adoptive mother, in her latter years, was like a walking-talking ‘Lourdes’. People came to her, often bearing lavish gifts (mainly in the form of expensive chocolates, flowers or pastries), asking her to PRAY on their behalf. I still vividly remember a Director General of UNESCO, a very elegant (and personable) Spaniard, and his wife, coming to visit so that they could ask my mother to PRAY that their son, who was sitting an exam in a few days in order to qualify as a doctor, would do well in the exam. My mother prayed with them and continued to do so afterwards on their behalf. She prayed, unashamedly, to an eclectical pantheon of deities — at least one of them a then living human (Sai Baba). Though she would be mightily offended IF anybody said she was anything but the MOST devout of Buddhists, she when it came to praying, prayed to anyone and anybody that she believed could intercede.

She prayed to the Abrahamic God. She always had a supply of genuine Lourdes Water (which wasn’t that difficult for her given that she lived in Paris (France) and as the extremely indulged wife of a rather rich Ambassador (with multiple pensions) had the resources and contacts to get most things she wanted). She prayed to Hindu gods. She was huge Sai Baba fan who gave Sai Baba a LOT of money over the years.

She believed in prayer. She prayed a LOT. She prayed for me BUT that never worked. Maybe that is when I started to question prayer.

[And there are people, a Catholic bishop here and there and definitely a few Catholic priests, who still pray that I will find my way … ]

To me the pope praying AFTER an earthquake is just STUPID. He should have been praying BEFORE to avoid it from happening.

And PLEASE do not give me grief that you can’t pray to God to micro-manage and intercede. IF so, why the heck was the Pope leading 11,000 in prayer yesterday. Give me a break.

But, as you also know I do not interfere or object to the religious beliefs of others — even if they are totally contrary to what I believe in (which is NOTHING). So I am happy that people pray. They are indulging in some “Brain Meditation” and that is GOOD. I am all in favor. 


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“Great British Bake Off” 2016, Series 7 Episode 1 — Now On YouTube (Legit).

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access YouTube video. This video is LEGIT and works. Not a scam.

If you want to watch here.


How to find this LEGIT version on YouTube. Click to ENLARGE. Use link above to access actual video.

Kind of thought, from last year’s experience, that it would take ’18 hours’ for the LEGIT, versus the blatantly SPAM, versions to appear on YouTube.

This copy, at least for now, is GOOD. It is all there.

I helped myself with the search by also using the just ‘TODAY’ filter. But just look for ‘James 992’.


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“Great British Bake Off” 2016, Series/Season 7 — The “Extra Slice” On BBC 2 On Friday.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access BBC Two original.

I had never heard of this “Extra Slice” critique of the main show until yesterday (i.e., Wednesday, August 24).

We did watch the last 20 minutes of the “Great British Bake Off” 2016, Series 7 Episode 1 LIVE, on BBC One, on the “UK TV” channel on our Roku. That was neat. So we know who the “Star Baker Is” and who got kicked out. But I will NOT spoil it for you. 

Just garbage promos on YouTube as yet.

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Touching Google Doodle Video To Celebrate 100 Years Of The U.S. National Park Service — August 25, 2016.

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Click image to access the Google Doodle.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

August 25, 2016 is the CENTENNIAL of the founding
of the U.S. National Park Service.

Not of any National Parks per se. Yes, 3 National Parks were created in 1916,
all in August for that matter, BUT all of them at the start of the month.


Click to ENLARGE.

4 National Parks, in total, have been created in August. But none on August 25.


Click to ENLARGE.


From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here.

Click to ENLARGE and read the background
for the Google Doodle video.

Use above links to access original.

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>> Rio 2016 Day 17.

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