Archive | December 9, 2016

Kennebunkport, Maine, 2016 “Christmas Prelude”, Friday, December 9 — Very Festive.

by Anura Guruge

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All taken with my Sony a6000.

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As I had hoped we managed to make it to Kennebunkport, Maine for their famed ‘Christmas Prelude‘. We left home just before 4pm and got there around 5:15pm. Lot of traffic. Main dragged closed. Parking wasn’t easy (but we had no clue what or where to look for). But found free parking along the road.

Very festive. Very colourful. Very friendly. Very bright. VERY COLD — and that, alas, was the dominant theme.

Fireworks were NOT bad at all. Cool to have fireworks ahead of Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Lots of shops selling lots of cool things. Very decent prices! Yep. We were surprised.

We didn’t hang around much after the fireworks. Just too cold.

But highly recommended. Merry Christmas.

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A Gift Of A Gift: 2nd Hanukkah Christmas Tree Topper Graces A Friend’s Tree.

by Anura Guruge



As you know I was lucky enough to be gifted TWO Hanukkah Christmas Tree Toppers — given that we do indeed have two real, 6′ Christmas trees in the house.

But, it appears that only one of them, the main one to speak, in our main dining room, is to sport the ‘Star of David‘.

Tieschan (10), the ‘Mistress of Ceremonies‘ when it comes to all things Christmas at the house, and has been as such for a number of years, deemed that she still wants a lighted angel on one of the trees.

So I gifted our second topper to a friend who lives close by and does actually celebrate Christmas with some of her Jewish friend. Neat.

A gift-of-a-gift — the best gift of all.

This is cool. This has made 3 people happy.

Happy Christmas. Happy Hanukkah (and I think that that is one Jewish holiday where ‘happy’ is not out of place).

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Review Of Canon’s Mirrorless EOS M5 By U.K. “Pocket-Lint” Far From Flattering.

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Click to access “Pocket-Lint” review.

Yes, it does, to my intense relief, validate my (painful) decision a month ago (or so) to forget the M5 and instead pin my hopes on the new Sony a6500 (getting a Sony a6000 kit (for the lenses and practice)) along the way.

Again, as with the Fuji X-T2, my hunch about autofocus woes have proved to be right. This is getting scary. It is either pure luck and coincidence or I am, finally, getting good at calling mirrorless cameras. 

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Think – Today: Did “General Tso’s Chicken” Get That Name?

by Anura Guruge


tsocIt is a staple, and one could even claim that it is one of the most popular dishes in American Chinese joints — General Tso’s chicken (also spelled, General Gao’s/Gau’s chicken, General Tao’s chicken or General Tsao’s chicken. So who was this general and how did he invent this dish.

Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.

Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Who Features In The Tallest Statue On Earth” — interestingly (and possibly ironically) the three tallest, currently standing statues in the world, feature a Buddha! It would appear that 5 of the ten tallest statues (in the world) depict a Buddha. Check the list out on Wikipedia

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