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Archive | May 2, 2018

I Part Company With Fitbit Ionic Exactly 3-Months After I Got It!

by Anura Guruge




Click to ENLARGE. My 3-months, February 2 — May 2, 2018 (89-days) with the Fitbit Ionic.


Fitbit and I are NOT meant for each other. There are irreconcilable differences between us.

I got the Fitbit Ionic in a HURRY and in a fit of mad pique when my SECOND (yes, 2nd) Garmin Vivoactive 3 failed after 51 days. I had had TWO (yes, ‘2’) Garmin Vivoactive 3s die on me within 9-weeks. I was so MAD and so, so DONE with Garmin.

I did NOT have much time to do my usual extensive research. I wanted an activity tracker on my wrist fast. On paper the Ionic did everything I wanted: i.e., heart rate, GPS, floors, sleep tracking. What I had not realized is that Fitbit doesn’t record anywhere close to the amount of data I was used to with Garmin.

Then 6-weeks after I got it, i.e., Feb. 21, 2018. Fitbit UPDATED the firmware to Fitbit OS 2. That was an unmitigated disaster. GPS reporting went haywire. So, for the last 5-weeks you have not been able to TRUST any of the data! That is not for I.

Plus, there are stupid things like the inability to LOCK the touchscreen! I ran in some drizzle the other day and the raindrops kept on pausing my run.

I had promised myself that I will keep the Ionic for 3-months — AS PENANCE for screwing up in buying it. I was then going to sell it.

But, a few days a ‘little’ voice piped in and said ‘give it to ME‘! I had got her an iWOWNFit i6HRC tracker for her 12th birthday in March. She had claimed, prior to that, that she would NEVER wear a activity tracker. Not only did she change her mind and tune, she quite LIKED wearing the iWOWNFit. Plus, there is sibling rivalry. In October 2017, I gave my Vivoactive HR to my 17-year old daughter.

The Ionic is PERFECT for a 12-year old! That says it all.

So, I am getting another Garmin. Ordered it this afternoon. {Smile}


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STARZ “Howards End” Series (2018) Is At An End.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access STARZ homepage for this NEW series.


YouTube trailer for the STARZ Series.


The last episode of Season 1, viz. Episode 4, aired this last Friday, April 29, 2018. That from what I see concludes the story as written by the incomparable E.M. Forster in 1910. On the STARZ Webpage there is an implication that there might be a Season 2. But, that would have to be an major embellishment to Forster’s original.

The series was immaculately produced. The cinematography was BEYOND first class; it was lavish and sumptuous. A visual treat.

I am, however, not convinced that serializing “Howards End” worked — at least for those of us that watched the episodes weekly as they came out. The weekly gap between episodes broke the spell and often you struggled to think back to the prior episode to recall the entire thread in its full glory. But, now that all four episodes are out you could watch them back-to-back.

Each episode was nominally 55-minutes. So, that is 220 minutes (3H 40 minutes) in total. So, here is something else that I found interesting. The classic 1992 movie was 142 minutes (2h 20 minutes) long. So, the STARZ version is a full one hour 18 minutes longer! What does that mean. Did they spin out the story or did the movie omit scenes. I plan to watch the movie this week, if I can.

We are glad we watched the series. We looked forward to it and are sad that it has concluded. Maybe we should have recorded all the episodes and then watched it over a couple of days.

Well, now you know what options you have.

Yes, the episodes are still available on STARZ.


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“Mayday” Distress Call — ‘Revels’ (Cambridge) Explains The Origins.

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Click to watch/HEAR this dramatic & actual “Mayday”, “Mayday”, “Mayday” call from a pilot in trouble.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Revels’ e-mail newsletter “The eReveler”.


The above was in the Revels’ e-mail newsletter “The eReveler” that arrived in my inbox Tuesday morning.

The ever talented Mr. Patrick Swanson, erudite as he is, was using this “Mayday” introductory passage to lead us, gently, into May, Spring and the forthcoming 2018 Revels season.

I knew that “Mayday” had been introduced sometime after the sinking of the Titanic, but I was not familiar with the history. I had no doubt that Patrick would have nailed it. But, just for good measure I checked on Wikipedia. He is spot on.

Interesting. I thought you might enjoy learning about it.

Thank YOU, Patrick. You are such a treasure.


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