Archive | May 25, 2017

Igor Sikorsky, Of Helicopter, Was Born This Day 128-Years Ago; May 25, 1889.

by Anura Guruge

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Though his name is more or less synonymous, at least in the U.S., with helicopters, he also did a lot of pioneering work on fixed-wing planes and he was NOT the inventor of helicopters per se. There were many prior to him.

His claim on the helicopter front was that of industrializing helicopters and doing so in the U.S.

I love that his name ends in ‘sky’. How neat.

Quite the guy.

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Some Unbelievable, And Yes ‘Spectacular’ Catches From The IPL — A Sling Compilation.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the video at ESPN Cricinfo.

This video is worth watching even if you don’t follow cricket.

The catches are just amazing.

How the level and quality of fielding has improved in cricket, quite literally in leaps and bounds, over the last 20 years has been a revelation to I. I used to think — and comment — that the degree of athleticism in baseball (putting aside their need for girlish gloves to catch a ball) was much higher than in cricket. NOT ANY MORE. These catches are as good as anything you would see in a baseball park and many of them by fielders sans gloves.

I have cricket on SLING and have had so for years and years. So, I could have watched all or some of the IPL. But I don’t! I watch the opening ceremony or ceremonies and that is it. I just don’t know. The IPL matches leave me cold. I guess it is the razzmatazz. I watch T20s and ODIs — but not the IPL.

Anywho …

Watch this video.

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“Sam’s Club” (Owned By Walmart) Is Selling On Amazon — Possibly Also With Aliases.

by Anura Guruge

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Sam’s Club listings on Amazon. Click image to access Sam’s Club @ Amazon.

I ordered the above Schick XTreme3 razors, for sensitive skin (despite my reluctance to buy anything German), because I have found from painful experience that they work better on my skin than most.

In November 2016 I had managed to get, from Amazon, a bulk quantity of 25, without ANY packaging, in an unmarked box, for a good price. I was starting to run low so I decided to try and order more. I could NOT reorder since that link now goes to a ‘Product Unavailable‘ page.

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So, I was forced to look around and found the listing shown above, from ‘ZNH Trading‘. It was NOT Prime, but still had FREE-SHIPPING, albeit not 2-day. That was OK since I still had a few razors ‘in the box’ (literally).

Two days ago a box arrived in the mail. It was NOT an Amazon box. The return label said “Sam’s Club“. I was puzzled. I had NEVER bought anything from Sam. Checked with wife. No, she had not ordered anything from Sam either.

Open the box. It was my razors, exactly as shown in the picture in fancy (but awkward and annoying) heavy-plastic packaging.

So. ‘ZNH Trading’. Yes, it is possible that they ordered it from Sam and had it shipped to me. IF so you have to wonder how anybody is making any money on this.

Then today I checked whether Sam sells directly on Amazon. And it does. That surprised me. Wow. It is as with UPS using the USPS to deliver certain parcels in rural area. Quite the admission from Walmart and another feather in the cap for Amazon (and as a shareholder I am delighted).

Isn’t it interesting.

The ‘coopetition’ as it was coined by Novell in the 1990s.

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