Archive | January 2018

Do NOT Buy Garmin Vivoactive 3 Right Now — Too Many Quality Issues. Wait!

by Anura Guruge

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I am not saying this lightly or out of any malice. It grieves me to say so (and right now I am a Garmin shareholder (though that is likely to change)).

I returned the 2nd — yes SECOND — Garmin Vivoactive 3 on Monday. I have had two that have failed since November 16. That is crazy.

There is a definite issue with quality.

When Garmin tells me that users like I should get the Fenix 5 rather than a VA 3 you know that they know something that they really do not want to let on.

I was the 10th person to report the barometric altimeter fail.

The second VA3 I got was noticeably better than the 1st — which, given that I preordered it (in Gunmetal)) — which had to have been from a very early batch.

Lovely watch. One of the nicest and MOST feature rich. That I have to now make do with a butt ugly Fitbit Ionic breaks my heart.

Yes, I could have got a 3rd VA 3. I was offered one. I said NO THANK YOU. I can’t take it.

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“If You Are Curved Below The Belt” Commercial On TV — WTF?

by Anura Guruge

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Endo Pharmaceutical” print ads. Click to ENLARGE.

I happened to be quite contentedly watching CNBC around 9:50am this morning (with the stock market again up), brushing my teeth, when this commercial came on.

I am NOT easily shocked, but I thought this was below the belt. Ouch!


Nope. Don’t have it — or NOT as yet. But given how I am falling apart this may also be in my future — though I hope not. I have enough problems, thank you.

Yes, I have heard of it and KNEW at once what the commercial was going to be when I saw “curved below the belt“.

When are we going to draw the line. The ED ads were bad enough. But, now this.

Very clever to have it on CNBC. Perfect demographics. And yes, it is good to get the word out that there is treatment for this condition.

It is just a tad jarring to see IT on TV.

But, c’est la vie. Next time I will be ready and will not be shocked.

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2018 Chinese New Year, “Year Of The Dog”, Free Event At ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH).

by Anura Guruge

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Another event being presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.

This is their traditional, yearly celebration in February for the Chinese New Year – this being the “Year of the Dog“. Hence the dog-theme.

This should be GOOD, very good. The UNH Confucius Institute specializes in EXCELLENCE.

As is invariably the case, it is FREE. So mark your calendars. It will be well worth it.

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I Am Replacing My Cursed Garmin Vivoactive 3 With A Butt Ugly Fitbit Ionic!

by Anura Guruge

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I hope I am doing the right thing.

But, after having TWO (2) Garmin Vivoactive 3s fail on me within 3-months I just couldn’t take it. ‘They’ all tell me I should get a Garmin Fenix 5. The Fenix 5 is clunky and does not have a touchscreen.

I have a history with Fitbit and it isn’t good!

But, there is NOTHING else out there, other than the Fitbit IONIC, that comes close to my needs — other than the clunky Fenix 5.

The Ionic is butt ugly. Even uglier than the Garmin Vivoactive HR that I replaced with the ‘3’ because the ‘3’ looks good.

Luckily I have my Samsung S3 Frontier to use as my dress watch.

So, I am done with Garmin for now.

I might be regretting this by Monday!

IF I could just get by till there is a Fenix 6.

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January 31, 2018: Forget “Blue Moon Eclipse” In New Hampshire, Focus On The Supermoon.

by Anura Guruge

Blue Supermoon over New Hampshire Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Anura Guruge

Base skychart, as ever, from “” — with much appreciation.

Forget the “Blue Moon Eclipse“. It will NOT be a total eclipse in New Hampshire. Nada.

It will be partial, it will be early in the morning, the moon will most likely be BELOW the New Hampshire tree line and it will be fleeting.

It really is a NON-EVENT in New Hampshire.

The Supermoon — a Blue Moon at that — Wednesday evening is a whole different matter.

It will NOT be Blue. Sorry. ‘Blue’ denotes rarity — 2nd full moon in a month.

It will not be as near to us as the 1st one on January 1, 2018.

Clouds, always a problem in New Hampshire, might be a problem.

But, definitely go out, tomorrow night and have a gander. You might even see it through the clouds.


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Donald Trump Interview With Piers Morgan — The Complete Transcript For Your Edification.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the COMPLETE, word-by-word transcript of the interview from “The Spectator”.

This is worth reading. It gives you some insights into his state-of-mind, thinking, CONFUSION and an amazing degree of ignorance.

He is not an articulate or elegant talker. The English is fractured and tortured. Far from presidential, let alone mature.

Kind of scary.

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The Sad State Of New Hampshire Education.

by Anura Guruge

Not the end of the world, but it makes you think.

The above graphic tells it all.

My daughter found it hilarious in that she is NO stranger to astronomy — which is why she picked the elective, knowing that she can breeze through.

Yes, being my daughter she is, of course, atypical. Not too many teenagers that can claim that they have a book on Dwarf Planets with their name and eyes on the cover.

I have had ‘this’ discussions with Superintendents and principals before. You do not have to be a subject matter expert to teach a class in New Hampshire. But, when you get to Grade 11 — and stuff like planets and constellations is not that hard.

Funny this. I wrote that “Dwarf Planet” book when Devanee was taught, in 2010, that Pluto was a planet, when it had ceased to be so in 2006.

Never mind. Just makes you think.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 — KNOWN Problem With Barometric Altimeter; I Was The 10th To Report!

by Anura Guruge

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My 50-day old Garmin Vivoactive 3 being RETURNED
— via UPS — for good.

I am getting my money back.

I do NOT want another Vivoactive 3.

This was my 2nd. 1st last all of 15-days.

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Talked to Garmin Support.

Known problem. I was the 10th to report — on the VA 3.

No fix as yet. Engineering has it on their list.

Their recommendation:
The Garmin Fenix 5 is more robust.

Yes, at double the price.

I have had it with the Garmin Vivoactive 3.

Not getting another one.

Going through TWO (2) in 65-days is enough.

Not sure what to do.

My wrist, however, is NOT naked.

I had got the Samsung S3 Frontier (at Christmas) as a backup, as I had a nasty feeling that the VA 3 was not going to last the course.

So, why don’t I just stick with the S3. It is tad too big and doesn’t continuous Heart Rate monitoring — for a start.

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