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Archive | July 20, 2018

The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — July 20, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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study in decay Anura Guruge Sony a7 II


The also rans:







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My New Toupée.

by Anura Guruge


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Anura Guruge July 20 2018


It was TIME. I was badly in need of a new toupee. My old one, over 45-years old, had got very threadbare and made me look bald. That kind of defeated the purpose.

So, I finally decided to get a new one — and a good one at that. This was top of the line. Guaranteed not to make you ever look bald.

It is the right color for I too, for a change. This is very much I.

Now when people tell me, as they often do, that I have a BIG HEAD, I can immediately counter that some of it is just my toupee.

I can’t wait to go to the movies or a show in this.


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Garmin Fenix 5 ‘Open Water Swim’ Distance Tracking Is A JOKE!

by Anura Guruge


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From Google Maps — independent of Garmin.


My prior post from July 12, 2018.

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Please refer to my July 12, 2018, post for background.

Garmin contacted me when I TWEETED about this and yesterday I sent them the information requested.

Today, I decided to check this out further and what I found totally disgusted me! The Garmin Fenix 5 ‘open swim’ distance measuring is a JOKE.

I ONLY swim the DOG-PADDLE so my Fenix 5 is always underwater. I appreciate that. But, per Garmin that is where the Fenix 5’s gyroscope kicks into help keep track of the distance.

So, this is what I found.

Invoked ‘Open Swim’ and waited until there was a GPS fix. I was basically walking up to my swimming depth while this was happening.

Then, with GPS active, pressed ‘START’, dove in and started swimming. Given it is in total 10-minutes, I must have swum 5-minutes to the swim platform. Grabbed the ladder and LIFTED my left arm, with the Fenix 5, out of the water.

The distance read 9 yards! There was no way that I had only smum 27′ (4.5 time my body length).

But, as I was holding the Fenix up, above the water, the distance started going up … LIKE CRAZY.

OK. So, that was good. The GPS was catching up.

It went … 19, 37, 50, 59, 65, 66 ….

All this time, I am totally stationary, holding onto the ladder. It is no longer funny.

So. I let go the ladder and start swimming back.

The swim back is a bit longer since I swim until there is not enough depth to swim.

Stood up. Looked at Fenix 5. It said 97 yards.

Then, immediately, 111 and then, as it had done at the swim platform, it kept on going.

I had enough. I hit STOP in disgust.

This is not funny.

Open Water Swim‘ is a BIG feature on the Fenix 5 — and it doesn’t work.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not a Garmin basher. I am actually a long-term Garmin shareholder!


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Facebook Picks Sri Lanka To Be Its First Guinea Pig For ‘Fake News’ Eradication Program.

by Anura Guruge


From the UK “Guardian”. Click image to access. Google from plenty more — quite a bit of coverage from India.


Ah! Facebook is going to try ‘Fake News‘ removal starting in Sri Lanka! Why? Why Sri Lanka? Because ‘Fake News’ has caused mob violence. Yes, there was one incident recently …

Not sure if this is good or bad.

You would think they would start with the U.S. — with the midterm elections coming up in a few months.

Nope. Better start with Sri Lanka. Yes, Facebook could argue that Fake News in Sri Lanka leads to loss of life. But, Fake News in the U.S. cost an election.

Anywho. This is a start. Lets see how it proceeds.

Since even buying a cup of tea in Sri Lanka can be politically charged, this is NOT going to be easy — i.e., getting agreement from Sri Lankans as to what is Fake News and what it isn’t. Fake News to one is political fodder to another. Facebook may not have realized this about Sri Lanka. Hhhhmmm!


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