Archive | April 8, 2018

‘John Legend’ Shoots Entire ‘A Good Night’ Music Video Using Just A Google Pixel 2.

by Anura Guruge


The Music Video Shot Entirely On A Google Pixel 2.


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It was, however, NOT shot handheld. They used a proper, professional jig and it shows.


I just happened to catch this on the 9am news this morning and was a bit chuffed. Hey, I have a Google Pixel 2 — which, as some of you know, I got myself last Christmas.

I use it 99.9% for still pictures — which has always been my preference.

Yes, I have shot a few videos with it and have been impressed with the quality.

I am in now way displeased with what it does in terms of stills. I bought it, after considerable research, because it appeared to have the best camera around — in December 2017. My decision has since been confirmed on the stills front — and this story affirms it on the video front. So, I am happy.

In the scheme of things it hasn’t given me much grief. It does what it is supposed to do, and some of the pictures it takes leaves me in awe. Invariably it the camera, not I.

Though we are ‘4-months’ down the road since I bought it — and that is, these days, a lifetime and more when it comes to technology — I still recommend it to folks who ask me about the camera on it, or the phone overall.


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by Anura Guruge

Vivo IPL 2018 On “Hotstar” Is NOT For True Cricket Lovers!

by Anura Guruge


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Pictures off my 47″ TV using my Google Pixel 2 phone.




Vivo IPL 2018 coverage on “Hotstar” is NOT for serious cricket fans. It is basically a series of clips.

The HIGHLIGHTS package is 17-minutes! You can see that on picture 2.

17-minute.

I don’t even like 30-minute highlights on Willow. You just need to see more of the game to get the context and feel.

In 17-minutes all you get is ‘crash-bang-wallop’.

Very disappointed.

With T20 matches I like to see all 240-balls. A T20 match lasts about 3:45 hours and on Willow you could, most times, watch a whole game.

Moreover, they blast captions such as “CSK’s Great Escape …” all over the place. So, you know CSK must have won.

Very poor. Very poor. I am crushed.

It is “OK” for FREE, BUT I am NOT going to pay $9.99.

So, you have now been warned.



Update: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Today, when I went back to “Hotstar” I found at least one full-length match (i.e., Match #2) and Match #3 playing LIVE.

A supposed full replay of Match #1 was 10-hours of the ‘IPL Auction’.

I will try and check the full matches out tonight.

If they do have Full Matches — that would be GOOD and I will retract my statements.

But, as of now, I need to do more research.

“Hotstar” is a MESS. It is not structured to suit the serious cricket watcher.

Obviously run by young, excitable ADHD Indians on too much ganja


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by Anura Guruge

Sri Lanka, To It Credit, Now Teaching Kids How To Deal With A Tsunami.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access original at “ReliefWeb”.


This is a great move and the Sri Lankan authorities should be commented.

It is not a case, in this instance, of ‘too little, too late‘. There was no precedent in living memory for the 2004 tsunami that devastated southwest Sri Lanka and claimed so many lives. You can’t be prepared for something that you never knew could happen.

But, now we know and they are taking action.

I have always maintained, since 2004, that SO MANY kids lost their lives in the tsunami because we are NOT accustomed to TIDES. Though it is an island in the middle of Indian Ocean, due to the shape of the Continental Ledge in that area, Sri Lanka has minimal — to negligible — tides. Around 6″, both in height and reach. You can’t detect that. So we grow up not knowing about tides. That was definitely the case with I. I would read about tides in the English books I devoured and ASSUMED (wrongly) that we didn’t have tides because we were by the equator,

So, prior to the tsunami coming in, the ocean went out. That was NEW to all. They had no experience of the ocean ebbing and froing. Yes, of course, they should have known/realized that something MAJOR was awry. But, we are not very smart either. So adults and kids went out on the beach and were picking up the fish that were getting left behind in the sand. Then the tsuami came in at great speed. Too late.

So this training is good.

For those of us in the U.S. SPOT the irony. In Sri Lanka they have tsunami drills at school. In the U.S. we have active shooter drills! Wow. I know what I would prefer.


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by Anura Guruge


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