Archive | May 9, 2019

150th Anniversary Of The ‘Golden Spike’ — Completion Of The Transcontinental Railroad — Today, May 10, 2019.

by Anura Guruge



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As some of you have discovered I am an unashamed train buff. I even have train sets — though all only partially completed.

So, there was no way, in hell, I was going to miss celebrating the 150th-anniversary of Promontory Summit (UT) — and the Golden Spike.

The building of the ‘Central Pacific’, with all of the ingenuity, intrigue and investment that it involved, has fascinated me since I read Irving Stone’s epic “Men to Match My Mountains: The Monumental Saga of the Winning of America’s Far West“. It got me all steamed up about how this amazing railway was built. I immediately went and bought a bunch of books on the subject but have not had the time to get around the reading any of them — other than look at the pictures. The story of my current life.

So, there was no way I was going to let this anniversary slip by, uncommented upon. Plus, I wanted to make sure you knew about it.

That Union Pacific has rolled out some of their iconic Big Boy locomotives to mark the anniversary makes it even more special for I. I love the Big Boy and still have one.


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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — May 9, 2019.

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bird feeder against forsythia Anura Guruge Canon EOS RP


The also rans:







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‘Fitbit Inspire HR’, Even With Latest Firmware, Still Over-Counting Steps — Compared To Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.

by Anura Guruge


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Spot the difference.

Worn all day, side-by-side. 24-hours. Midnight Wednesday to Midnight Thursday.


I have been testing this for MONTHS!

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I have had doubts about the accuracy of the ‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ from day one — i.e., way back in mid-March when I was given one for evaluation.

I did various documented tests and started wearing the Fitbit Inspire alongside other trackers. Even roped in my wife to help in that she wears a Garmin Vivosport.

To begin with the overcounting of steps — i.e., FALSE STEPS — by the Fitbit Inspire was horrible. It was way, way, way out.

Then a few days ago I downloaded the latest Fitbit firmware. I was sure that they would have tried to fix the problem — which was pretty widely known.

Well it has got better, but it is not perfect.

600 FALSE STEPS is still a LOT.


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Is Your Brain Getting The Iodine It Needs To Function?

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As I mentioned last week, in the context of ‘Argyria‘, are I am reading this (⇓) pretty amazing book about the Periodic Table & the Elements by Sam Kean.

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Though I did 7-years of chemistry in school I am sure I never learnt the stuff I am finding out from this book. I am learning something new in nearly every paragraph and I love learning new things.

But, what I learned about Iodine last night gave me quite the scare.

Our brain needs iodine. Without iodine our brain doesn’t work as well as it should. For a start it impacts your memory.

But, here was the kicker. Most people get all the iodine they (and their brain) need from iodised salt — i.e., salt with iodine added to it.

And that was the problem. I AVOID salt and I have been on basically a salt-free diet since I was 7.

So, was this the reason I have always struggled with matters requiring intelligence. As I get older my brain, noticeably, is even more sluggish than it used to be.

So, had I been depriving my brain of iodine.

Well, iodine deficiency or not, I knew that I did get salt in my diet from salad dressings, ketchup, the TONS of ham I eat, the ZILLIONS of sausages I pack away etc. So, I was slightly assuaged. But, I wanted to do more research in the morning.

Morning came. I was thinking about it. Then I remembered that I take the Walmart-brand Centrum Silver for Men and have been taking it (or a ‘plain’ multivitamin prior to that) for decades. I went and checked the label. WOW. Iodine was on the label and I was supposedly getting 100% of what I am supposed to ingest. What a relief.

Again, this is probably not an issue for most of you. My issue was that I don’t imbibe in salt — iodised salt. That was what got me concerned.



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