Archive | January 5, 2017

New Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 — Not Convinced It Is Worth $601 More Than A Sony a6500.

by Anura Guruge


My comparison of what I look for in a camera.

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I could be wrong but I don’t see the justification for the added $601.

IF it was APS-C or Full-Frame — yes.

But, darn it — it is a Four-Thirds sensor. Panasonic appears to be playing the same game recently played by Olympus with the much anticipated OM-D E-M1 Mk II. That too was priced, body-only, at $1,999.

I think the Four-Thirds vendors are HOPING that a $1,999 might make their cameras look better. Not sure that that is going to work.

Yes, the Panasonic GH5, at the end of April, with a new version of firmware, is supposed to get some groundbreaking video features. That has zero value to me.

I just can’t see paying $2,000 for a 20MP Four-Thirds body. Period!

It would be competitive if it was $1,400 U.S.

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“Mohegan Sun” — The Two Swimming Pools Are A Let Down!

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The one word that always comes to mind when I think of “Mohegan Sun” (which I have had the chance to visit three times) is ‘opulence‘.

It is quite the resort and it is visually stunning — a veritable smorgasbord of visual stimulation.

Everything is ‘First Class’ but for the two swimming pools and that is very incongruous and disappointing.

Teischan (10) likes to swim in hotel pools, and those two last words have to go together. In other words she only likes pools attached to a hotel. She is also not that keen on swimming in lakes which is a shame since we do have beach rights to a nice lake. So, whenever we go on vacation I try to make sure that the hotels we are staying at have pools.

I saw that “Mohegan Sun” had two pools and that seemed to fit the bill.

But, we were surprised by what we discovered. And this post is to give other a ‘Heads Up’ if you are planning a stay at “Mohegan” and swimming is something you are planning to do.

  1. The pool (on the ground floor) of the newly opened ‘Earth Tower‘ is MINISCULE. Not much bigger than a large hot tub (and I am not exaggerating by that much).
  2.  The pool (on the 3rd floor) of the ‘Sky Tower‘ is ‘large’ (maybe even ‘huge’) but it has a constant depth of 3.5′ — i.e., there is no deep end. [This is also case with the titchy pool in the ‘Earth Tower’.] I guess this eliminates the danger of folks diving and is probably better for kids. While you can of course swim in 3.5′ feet it feels strange and there is something perverse about not being able to take a breather at one end of the pool without your feet on the bottom.
  3. There is NO HOT TUB at either pool. This seems ludicrous. {Continue reading …}
  4. There is a large bar, serving alcoholic drinks, by the large pool — but it is not what I call a true poolside bar in that you can’t get served without getting out. I would rather have a hot tub than a bar.
  5. The water temperature in both pools was a couple degrees BELOW ideal. And not having a hot tub to help warm up meant that the whole experience was slightly degraded.
  6. At the large pool they have ‘Towel Monitors’! While I fully appreciate that maintaining a supply of towels at a busy pool is a COSTLY proposition it seems crazy that they make you feel guilty about asking for a couple of towels — given what you are paying to stay there!
  7. Neither pool has an attached changing room. At the big pool the changing rooms, which are inside the respective gender-specific bathrooms, are across the hall and you have to walk across dripping.
  8. The little pool is in a little, dark, claustrophobic room. [Not so the large pool. That is in a huge, well lit, atrium-like hall.]

So, just letting you know. It did not ruin our vacation and we went swimming on 3-days but the experience could have been better.

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Earth At Its Closest to Sun For ALL Of 2017 — Evening Of Wednesday, January 4.

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This happens, like clockwork, each and every year.

It has to do with the Earth’s orbit, around the Sun, being an ellipse (as is nearly all orbital paths in the Solar System). With any and all elliptical orbits you always have a closest and furthest point from the object being orbited. These are known (by the Latin) Perihelion & Aphelion.

Earth’s Perihelion with the Sun occurs in January. The Aphelion in July. In each case it is about 2 weeks after the last Solstice. This is how things are right now. Kind of a coincidence.

But it means that the Southern Hemisphere ALWAYS gets a bit closer to the Sun than the Northern. In other words, when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted towards the Sun, the Earth is at its furthest. C’est la vie.

Anywho. In 2017, Perihelion was on January 4th.

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