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Archive | July 28, 2019

How Accurate Are Fitness Trackers — A Somewhat Interesting Article In ‘Digital Trends’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘Digital Trends’ article.


I too have had MY say.


This is NOT a new topic for I.

Click image to access my March 30, 2019 post.


The thing I found most interesting was that a hip-mounted clip will be more accurate at counting steps than a wrist-worn device. AMEN to that. I now know that, even with a $1,750 top-end Garmin MARQ Expedition, at least 10% of the steps I register a day (and I average over 10K/day) are FAKE. I just use the step count as a guide — try to do 10K+ as a goal. If I am going for a proper walk I use GPS on the hope that it is more accurate — but GPS has issues too, i.e., trees/tall building, going back on yourself (like walking around in tight circles).

It talks about heart rate and calorie burn too. I am pretty happy with my HR tracking since I have checked it, so many times, on multiple devices.

Anywho, skim through the article. You are sure to find a few things that will interest you.


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by Anura Guruge

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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — July 28, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

view from Mt Kearsarge Anura Guruge Canon EOS RP


The also rans:







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Category ‘Six Images’.


by Anura Guruge


 

Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camps — V. Disappointing To Say The Least.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, there is a difference, IF you CARE.


This should be the correct labeling.


Teischan’s (13) own work, on her own initiative
— because she was bored and fed up.

She is the ‘queen’ of mandalas as a quick search of this blog will testify.


What she did create at ‘Camp’.


Yes, we are profoundly disappointed. It was a waste of her time and she resents it being squandered. We feel bad that we subjected her to this charade.

I am hoping that this post will help other parents.

Yes, we accept some of the blame. It never occurred to us that this might be mainly Day Care as opposed to a bona fide Art Camp. Mea culpa, and yes, of course, I am kicking myself.


The July 22 – 26, 2019, Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camp that Teischan (13) attended was but common or garden Summer Day Care with the thinnest and haphazardly applied veneer of art.

That was the problem. Basically gloried day care, run in the main by a group of energetic and enthusiastic teenage volunteers and miniscule adult instruction — and zero adult inspiration.

Yes, we (both) went in Tuesday morning and tried to tell Ryan Linehan, Managing Director, that we were expecting MORE art instruction — given that she had had zero on Monday. He and another ‘adult’ assured us that this would change and that the first day was different. Not so. Well, it rained on Tuesday, and in addition to their lengthy recess and lunch breaks they had to watch Ratatouille (the 2007 movie) for 90 minutes! Well, I can assure you, that Teischan did not learn any art per se from watching that movie. She was bored out of her mind!


Yes, let’s get time mismanagement out of the way because that too tells a sorry tale. It clearly says 9am to 3pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday we were already in Chichester (well on our way back home) by 3pm! They were letting the kids out at 2:40pm. On Friday, I was told, that they sat outside, doing nothing — NADA — since noon. This is inexcusable. I am, as you might have worked out by now, livid. I don’t care about the money. I like supporting the arts. So, I can think of it as a donation to Kimball Jenkins. But, as some of you know, money is not what I (nor Teischan) value the most. It is time.

Money you can make, money you can get, money you can borrow. Not so with time. And that is what Kimball Jenkins robbed from Teischan. Luckily, for all, my time was not wasted. I had a ball exploring disused railway tracks, visiting museums, climbing Mt. Kearsarge and exploring lakes. If Kimball Jenkins had wasted my time, as they did with Teischan’s, I would be picketing the place with a huge sign that said “This Place Is A Scam“.


Here is my thinking. If you send a kid to ‘Computer Camp‘, ‘Archery Camp‘, ‘Destination Imagination (DI) Camp‘, ‘Swim Camp‘, or ‘Math Camp‘, you have a EXPECTATION that they are going to get some meaningful instruction on computers, archery, DI methodology, swimming or math. So, with ‘Art Camp’, especially a ‘Multimedia Studio Week’, we expected that she would receive some instruction and some INSPIRATION. That she would meet some artists that would inspire her.

NO!

Click to ENLARGE.

I do NOT want to be unkind. So, I will not even paraphrase the descriptions of what we heard and, to be fair, what I also saw.

Let’s just say that the MINIMAL adult exposure Teischan received at Kimball Jenkins mirrored the Estate — old, faded and sprawling. There was no inspiration, no motivation, no joie de vivre. Bluntly put it was depressing! A shame.

Though I have never lived in Concord, I have actually done a fair amount of volunteering in Concord, first at the Planetarium (ages ago), at the State House, and more recently for the ‘Multicultural Day‘. There is one thing I know about Concord. Concord (and surroundings) is full of very talented, very committed, very decent folk who love to help others. I am sure if Kimball Jenkins could have found a ton of great adult volunteers who mesmerized the kids and inspired them to greatness — and it would not have cost them a cent and they could have held onto the $12,000 or MORE they were making a week to pay the inhouse staff.

I spoke to a lady whose daughter attended ‘Art Camp’ 14-years ago. She lives in Concord. Without me even getting a chance to say anything, she said: “I hear things are very different now. They used to get artists from all over to come and show the kids various new forms. They even had a lady from Afghanistan that showed them embroidery. I hear that they don’t do anything like that anymore”. Damn right. Damn straight. They don’t do anything like that … anymore.

Enough said.

We learnt our lesson.

It was a sham. C’est la vie.

I feel BAD for the kids that need Day Care right through the Summer.


Related posts:
Check Category ‘Art’.


by Anura Guruge


 

Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camps — V. Disappointing To Say The Least.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, there is a difference, IF you CARE.


This should be the correct labeling.


Teischan’s (13) own work, on her own initiative
— because she was bored and fed up.

She is the ‘queen’ of mandalas as a quick search of this blog will testify.


What she did create at ‘Camp’.


Yes, we are profoundly disappointed. It was a waste of her time and she resents it being squandered. We feel bad that we subjected her to this charade.

I am hoping that this post will help other parents.

Yes, we accept some of the blame. It never occurred to us that this might be mainly Day Care as opposed to a bona fide Art Camp. Mea culpa, and yes, of course, I am kicking myself.


The July 22 – 26, 2019, Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camp that Teischan (13) attended was but common or garden Summer Day Care with the thinnest and haphazardly applied veneer of art.

That was the problem. Basically gloried day care, run in the main by a group of energetic and enthusiastic teenage volunteers and miniscule adult instruction — and zero adult inspiration.

Yes, we (both) went in Tuesday morning and tried to tell Ryan Linehan, Managing Director, that we were expecting MORE art instruction — given that she had had zero on Monday. He and another ‘adult’ assured us that this would change and that the first day was different. Not so. Well, it rained on Tuesday, and in addition to their lengthy recess and lunch breaks they had to watch Ratatouille (the 2007 movie) for 90 minutes! Well, I can assure you, that Teischan did not learn any art per se from watching that movie. She was bored out of her mind!


Yes, let’s get time mismanagement out of the way because that too tells a sorry tale. It clearly says 9am to 3pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday we were already in Chichester (well on our way back home) by 3pm! They were letting the kids out at 2:40pm. On Friday, I was told, that they sat outside, doing nothing — NADA — since noon. This is inexcusable. I am, as you might have worked out by now, livid. I don’t care about the money. I like supporting the arts. So, I can think of it as a donation to Kimball Jenkins. But, as some of you know, money is not what I (nor Teischan) value the most. It is time.

Money you can make, money you can get, money you can borrow. Not so with time. And that is what Kimball Jenkins robbed from Teischan. Luckily, for all, my time was not wasted. I had a ball exploring disused railway tracks, visiting museums, climbing Mt. Kearsarge and exploring lakes. If Kimball Jenkins had wasted my time, as they did with Teischan’s, I would be picketing the place with a huge sign that said “This Place Is A Scam“.


Here is my thinking. If you send a kid to ‘Computer Camp‘, ‘Archery Camp‘, ‘Destination Imagination (DI) Camp‘, ‘Swim Camp‘, or ‘Math Camp‘, you have a EXPECTATION that they are going to get some meaningful instruction on computers, archery, DI methodology, swimming or math. So, with ‘Art Camp’, especially a ‘Multimedia Studio Week’, we expected that she would receive some instruction and some INSPIRATION. That she would meet some artists that would inspire her.

NO!

Click to ENLARGE.

I do NOT want to be unkind. So, I will not even paraphrase the descriptions of what we heard and, to be fair, what I also saw.

Let’s just say that the MINIMAL adult exposure Teischan received at Kimball Jenkins mirrored the Estate — old, faded and large. There was no inspiration, no motivation, no joie de vivre. Bluntly put it was depressing! A shame.

Though I have never lived in Concord, I have actually done a fair amount of volunteering in Concord, first at the Planetarium (ages ago) and more recently for the ‘Multicultural Day’. There is one thing I know about Concord. Concord (and surroundings) is full of very talented, very committed, very decent folk who love to help others. I am sure if Kimball Jenkins could have found a ton of great adult volunteers who mesmerized the kids and inspired them to greatness — and it would not have cost them a cent and they could have held onto the $12,000 or MORE they were making a week to pay the inhouse staff.

I spoke to a lady whose daughter attended ‘Art Camp’ 14-years ago. She lives in Concord. Without me even getting a chance to say anything, she said: “I hear things are very different now. They used to get artists from all over to come and show the kids various new forms. They even had a lady from Afghanistan that showed them embroidery. I hear that they don’t do anything like that anymore”. Damn right. Damn straight. They don’t do anything like that … anymore.

Enough said.

We learnt our lesson.

It was a sham. C’est la vie.

I feel BAD for the kids that need Day Care right through the Summer.


Related posts:
Check Category ‘Art’.


by Anura Guruge


 

‘The Foothills Of Warner’ — A Quaint, Delightful Eatery In Scenic, Warner, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


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Attribution WILL be enforced.





Click to access their Facebook page.


We stopped here for lunch, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, after our very rewarding visit to the nearby ‘Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum‘.

A great place. Very welcoming, airy and cozy feel. Outgoing staff. Extremely friendly patrons. Delightful, satisfying food — and ‘yes’ their 6oz burger is very, very good.

We had a wonderful time. Met some interesting folks.

They don’t take credit cards — and I will readily admit that that irks I. This is now an unnecessary affectation. Not cute, anymore. Jack up the prices or even say 10% surcharge for using credit cards. But, please take my damn card. Yes, they have an ATM on site which charged me $5 to withdraw $40 — though it claims that it only charges $2.50. Cute. Just on principle I called up my bank and had the extra $2.50 reversed! SMILE. Principle. I would have paid $5 if that is what it said. But, do NOT tell me $2.50 and then charge me $5.00. Yes, making the call cost me more than $2.50 BUT it was worth it.

They also don’t have Wi-Fi. I am cool with that. They have a sign saying ‘No Wi-Fi, make believe it is 1985 and talk with each other‘ (or similar). I actually agree with that. But, they, kind of twoface on this DO NOT tell people to NOT use their damn cell phones. One gentleman in particular, much to my amusement and delight, conducted a rather private phone call, to no doubt a client of his, discussing some sensitive legal matters. I knew what they were talking about. Made my day. It was like being in a TV show. But, this did not detract from the meal.

Yes, most likely will go back. Would love to hear more phone calls like that. Well, you too might want to go to check out the burger and see what phone calls you can hear. Try not to use the ATM. SMILE. There is a Market Basket 4-miles down the road. You can withdraw money from them for ‘free’ (which is what I normally do). SMILE.

Anywho … It was good.


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Search ‘Warner’.


by Anura Guruge


 

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