Archive | August 14, 2017

August 21, 2017, Solar Eclipse Over New Hampshire: It Will Be Partial With Clear Skies.

by Anura Guruge


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Tentative 7-day forecast from wunderground.com. This could change. Right now it looks GOOD.


First and foremost, we, in New Hampshire, will NOT see the full total solar eclipse.

The total eclipse is only going to be visible south, southwest and west of us — in places like South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming etc.

We will ONLY see a partial 62% coverage solar eclipse. But, even that should be fun.

It will start at 1:27pm and end at 3:57pm. So a 2.5 hour show with maximum coverage, i.e., 62%, at 2:45pm.

Right now the weather forecast for Monday, August 21, 2017 calls for clear skies. So that is good — but that can change.

You really should get some proper eclipse glasses for this. I have ordered these from Amazon.

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U.S. ‘Social Security’ Came To Be This Day 82-Years Ago — August 14, 1935: Rejoice & Enjoy It While We Can!

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I started collecting my Social Security as soon as I turned 62 — in 2015. I wasn’t going to wait. I paid in enough and I wanted to reap the benefits. I do not believe or agree with delaying when you start collecting.

I like the Social Security Administration (SSA). When I lived in Maryland, nearly 30-years ago, many of my neighbors worked for the SSA. The SSA is no perfect but they try and by and large I have found them to be very helpful.

Yes, I worry as to the future of Social Security. There are so many EASY fixes. First and foremost the max. contribution CAP should be abolished. Pay SS on all your earnings with NO Cap. That will help the funding no end.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was much a DAMN FINE president. What a stark contrast to what we have today. Yikes.


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Don’t Need A Sony a77 III — What We Need Is Sony a6500 Sensor In A Sony a7 Body.

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A Sony SLT a77 III will be a waste. While the a77 II is a nice camera it is heavy and chunky and does NOT have a dedicated EV dial. Plus it is NOT mirrorless.

I have both a Sony a7 II and a Sony a6500. The Sony a7 II is an absolute delight to use. Has two control wheels and a dedicated EV dial … PLUS a C3.

Going from the a7 II to the a6500 really is painful.

Would love to see the a6500 APS C sensor and innards inside an a7 body.


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Flowers Of Woods Hole, Mass. Part I — August 9, 2017.

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Anura Guruge Woods Hole flowers Massachusetts Sony a7 II August 23 2017






Another delightful (and quintessential) New England coastal town (maybe a village in this case) with an abundance of glorious flowers. Bustling place, a ferry hub for Martha’s Vineyard. Took the $2 trolley bus from Falmouth, MA for our first visit because I did not want to contend with the parking. Think it was the right decision. Drove down in the evening and lucked out with the parking.

Enjoy.


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Woods Hole Aquarium — FREE & Well Worth It!

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Woods Hole MA turtle aquarium Anura Guruge Sony a7II






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It is FREE (i.e., U.S. taxpayer funded), it is intimate and it is impressive. We (i.e., Teischan & I) enjoyed thoroughly — and Teischan is a connoisseur of aquariums.

Exactly 15-days earlier we had visited the ‘Maine State Aquarium’ in Boothbay Harbor. That too was a small aquarium — albeit with a nominal admission fee (e.g., $7 for adults). Woods Hole was better with a more extensive array of tanks and an interesting ‘backstage’ area. They are both set by the ocean, with the Boothbay facility better situated on a much larger area. That said, the Woods Hole aquarium is right in the middle of the town just to the side of one of the main parks.

An Heads Up: The seal display is NOT in service right now. Appears the last seal died in July. Appears that they want to refurbish the outside seal tank before they even think about getting any new seals.

This aquarium is part of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — the National Marine Fisheries Service to be precise. They claim that it, established in Woods Hole in 1885, is the oldest aquarium in the U.S. It is NOT Mystic nor Boston but it is well worth a visit and the price is just right. {SMILE}


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