Archive | May 11, 2018

If You Really Want A ‘Storm Glass’ But Balk At The $149 Hammacher Schlemmer Version.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access their catalogue entry.


From Amazon, and I think this looks even cooler and at $25 you couldn’t go wrong. Click to ENLARGE.


Another from Amazon, and it looks pretty classy too. $10 more than the other. Click to ENLARGE.


Or you could make your own in a test tube. Click image to access original.


As I have mentioned previously I continue to get e-mails from dear Hammacher Schlemmer though I have not bought anything from them for years. They, however, quite astutely, have stopped sending me the printed catalogue and that is a shame because we all enjoyed looking through it.

So, today I got this e-mail promoting the ‘HMS Beagle‘ (as in Darwin) Storm Glass. I am a sucker for anything related to the ‘Beagle’ and had to have a look. It looked neat but I knew that there was no way I would spend $150 on one. So, tonight, when I had some time I get Googling and Amazoning. From prior experience I knew that you could typically find H-S offerings, for considerably less, at Amazon.

I didn’t find the ‘Beagle’ version, but there are quite a few other variants at Amazon for much, much less money. A few look even cooler though you will not have the ‘Beagle’ bragging rights.

I also then found this article on how they work and how you could build your own.

So, I wanted to share what I found in case you too might be interested in a ‘Storm Glass’.


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by Anura Guruge


I Have Now Had My Garmin Fenix 5 For A Week.

by Anura Guruge


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Other than the ‘Down Button’ issue which I am now sure is related to the ‘GearMin’ watch face, the Fenix 5 has worked as expected — maybe even exceeding expectations.

Pretty impressive watch. Does everything I was hoping it would do.

Great to run with. I never thought I would say this, BUT I do prefer having buttons, rather than a touchscreen, to START/STOP the run. The default display is exactly what I need, in large text: distance, time & pace.

Other than setting up the widget loop, downloading a few watch faces and customizing the Controls menu, I have done minimal customization. A lot, for example, navigation I have not looked at — mainly because I haven’t had the need. Going to spend another week or so just with these settings. Then I will start to explore.

So, so far so good. But, I will confess I keep on waiting for something to go wrong! That is not good.

I hope this Garmin works well for me, as did my original Vivoactive HR.


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by Anura Guruge

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