Archive | April 8, 2017

Is The Chinese Lucky Bamboo A Plant?

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read. Seen this morning on Facebook.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link:

I have to confess to being taken aback by that an US adult, in 2017, would be UNFAMILIAR with the near ubiquitous Chinese Lucky Bamboo EVEN IF they are from New Hampshire.

So, this adds to my collection of classic questions asked by Americans, my all time favorite two being:

  1. “So Anu, tell me, how do they celebrate the 4th of July in England?” [From a neighbor in Maryland on the 4th in 1985.]
  2. “This U.K. ‘pound’, is that some kind of currency like the ‘dollar’?” [From a TWA airport counter clerk in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1981.]

WOW. I see them in gas stations and in many a New Hampshire Chinese restaurant.

Yes, we probably have at least 6 plants in our house — but we are strange.

One thing I did NOT know. It is not a BAMBOO! Neither was it NATIVE to China.

I am very familiar with bamboo which grows wild in Ceylon/Sri Lanka. Lucky bamboo does look like green, immature bamboo. It is a LILY PLANT from Africa. Fancy that.

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Buddha’s Birthday — April 8, i.e., Today, Is NOT Universally Celebrated/Accepted As Such.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here which does talk about April 8th as the Buddha’s birthday. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access the original article from
The Japan Times‘.

Most Buddhists believe that the Buddha was both born on and died on the Full Moon day of May — albeit 70 odd years apart.

Hence the widely celebrated holiday of Vesak — which is on the month of May Full Moon.

So celebrating the Buddha’s birthday on April 8th seems strange.

Yes, of course, one could have worked backwards and tried to determine when the Full Moon was in ‘that month’. It would not have been April or May. Those are European creations that make centuries later. So, trying to nail a specific date would be hard and quite ‘hit or miss’.

Big difference between April and May — and a fixed date vs. the Full Moon.

Just wanted to make sure YOU appreciated that April 8th is not universally accepted or celebrated as the Buddha’s birthday. Not by a long chalk.

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Nikon’s 125X Zoom P1000 (P900 Replacement) Announcement Expected April 11 or 12, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

It will NOT be just the Nikon Coolpix P900 replacement. Other cameras and lenses too will be announced.

It will be Nikon’s first announcement of 2017 — 100 days into the year. That is very atypical for them. BUT, it has been a troubling year for Nikon.

However, after the 1″ DL series fiasco I will not be holding my breath for the new Monster-Zoom. I will get it when it is available BUT I am not going to get too excited beforehand.

I will, of course, keep you posted.

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