Archive | March 17, 2017

Looks Highly Unlikely That The Sony a7 III To Be Announced This Weekend.

by Anura Guruge



No chatter at all, at all.

So, we have to start thinking end of March or maybe even mid-April.

My druthers insist that a new a7 announcement has to be imminent. But, I could be wrong.

Just keep YOU posted, as promised.


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A New Kind Of Postal — US Postal Worker Thinks ‘MD’ Refers to Minnesota!

hjby Anura Guruge



I really am not sure what to make of this. Whether it was sad or funny. But, it sure was perplexing when you happen to be someone who wasn’t born here.

Happened this Wednesday as we were recovering from the Blizzard of 2017.

I needed to get a proof copy of my latest book to my latest proofreader, my former colleague at CASE Communications, Patrice Bourgeois. So, I made it down to a local post office and I will NOT mention which one since I want to spare blushes and because bar one exception, I am very fond of all the local postal workers across multiple post offices.

The book was going to Glen Burnie, a suburb of Baltimore.

I was sending it Priority Mail, signature guarantee etc. etc.

So, the USPS postal worker had to enter the address into their ‘Point of Sale’ computer system. She was typing it in slowly. When she got to ‘Glen Burnie’ just for the sake of making conversation I asked her do you know where that is.

She said “no”, and then said: “MD … so it must be in Minnesota”!

I was taken back.

I politely pointed out that there is NO ‘D’, at all, at all in ‘Minnesota’ (remembering that when I came to live in Maryland, in 1985, I had thought that the State abbreviation was ‘MA’).

She then said she did NOT know.

Wow.

I know there is a rigorous entrance exam to get into the USPS and they do get some training.

Plus, they do teach you the States in school.

Yes, it is true that school for her would have been some time ago. She is not as old as I, but she is not in her 20s.

I gently pointed out: Maryland, Maryland.

Ah!, was what I got.

I am puzzled. I feel BAD for her. She is very nice lady. Very kind. Maybe she had just checked out for the afternoon.

Never mind. NO HARM DONE. The computer knew exactly where MD was and the book was delivered to Patrice this noon, just as promised.


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The Beginning Of The END Of South African Apartheid Happened This Day, Just 25-Years Ago — March 17, 1992.

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Click to ENLARGE and MARVEL here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_apartheid_referendum,_1992


WOW! Just 25 years ago.

A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then.

25 years.

Nelson Mandela had been released from prison 2 years earlier, 11 February 1990. I remember it well. Watched it LIVE, on TV, and CRIED!


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The (Latest) UNIFICATION Of Italy Was Proclaimed This Day, 156-Years Ago — March 17, 1861

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The Proclamation was by the First Italian Parliament, meeting in Turin. The Parliament had been assembled by Victor Emmanuel.

On March 17, 1861, this Parliament proclaimed that Italy was once again UNITED and that Victor Emmanuel would be the new King of Italy.

It took ANOTHER 10-days before Rome was declared the capital of Italy — since they had to placate a very irate pope!


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