Archive | December 11, 2018

Amazed That Vermont’s 15′ ‘Middle Finger’ Statue Is Not Covered By SOME Ordinance.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access original from ‘Vice’.


What I find most incongruous is that this is Vermont which doesn’t let McDonald’s have their iconic arches or permit any billboards. But, somebody can get away with this. I am delighted BUT it just seems fishy. Not all kosher.

OK, so I think I understand the ‘waivers’ that protect it. It is NOT advertising a business or service, so it is NOT considered a sign. Any sign would be regulated. This is deemed to be Public Art. I will buy that, but there has to be limits. It then appears that ‘giving the middle finger‘ is normally protected by the First Amendment. I can understand that. So, that is what probably allows this to bypass any obscene ordinances. But, but, but … Just doesn’t feel right.

What about height?

I am sure I couldn’t get away with this in New Hampshire.

What happens if these 15′, 700-pound statues start popping up everywhere around the country?

What then.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus: ‘Auto Pause’ Messed Up My GPS + Glonass Distance By About 0.25 Mile!

by Anura Guruge


Click image to ENLARGE.

Compare with map below. Same route.



Today for the first time I had ‘Auto Pause’ enabled on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. I went for one of my usual runs — with my two dogs (Golden & Harrier) who do like to stop OFTEN. So, yes, auto pause was kicking in and off — quite often.

This is a run I do, on average twice a week, and have done so for nearly a year. I have run it while wearing: Garmin Vivoactive 3, Fitbit Ionic, Garmin Fenix 5, Garmin Fenix 5 Plus & Polar Vantage V. So, I know what the distances are and do so across multiple watches. I also do this run most of the times with the dogs.

Thus, the only change today was ‘auto pause’. I get to the driveway of my friends’ — and you can see the little squille (top right) when I detoured to see them on a prior run. The GPS reading should have been around 1.6 miles. Today, it was not. Close to 1.5. That was wrong. I ran to my usual 1.75 point. It read 1.6! I ran further. This was further than I have ever run on this route before. I got to 1.65 miles. I gave up. Turned around. I knew I had done 1.75+ miles.

Came home. Didn’t make any detours. Straight back and you can see that. When I got home it read 3.53 miles!

Ah!

I had turned around 1.65 miles. 1.65 x 2 is 3.3 NOT 3.53.

So, obviously GPS was catching up on the way back.

NOT AMUSED. Turned auto pause off. Screw that for a game of checkers.


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by Anura Guruge

I Am Willing To Wait Till April 2019 For A Canon EOS R With In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS).

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From PetaPixel — today.


It was lack of IBIS that was the deal killer for I.


Way back in August — September 2018 I genuinely thought I was going to get the Canon EOS R. I initially did NOT believe that it was NOT going to have IBIS. Well, when that was confirmed, I totally lost interest. I like and rely upon IBIS. I tend to shoot at low shutter speeds and IBIS in my Sony A7 II indulges I.

I was then all set to get a Nikon Z6. But, I had said all along that I would not buy it ahead of the Holidays and wait until the new year. Recently, with winter upon us, I decided to push that back to at least March — possibly April. No point getting a fancy, brand new camera when the light isn’t great and it is freezing outside. I am just going to be dissapointed with picture quality.

So, if I am willing to wait until March — April …

If the announced a Canon EOS R with IBIS early in the year with April availability I will definitely wait to see what it is like. I like the Canon FF mirrorless lenses and their adapters. Kind of exciting. CHOICE. The only problem might be that Canon makes it a high resolution camera, i.e., more than 35 MP.


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by Anura Guruge

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