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The ‘OnePlus Watch’ Released Today Gets Absolutely & Utterly Panned — Thrashed! Wow.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to read the DAMNING GIZMODO review
— & they are a respected outfit when it comes to gadgets.


Wow. I was NOT expecting that. As the reviewer herself notes, ‘OnePlus’ is noted for delivering very slick & comparatively affordable phones. So, this was a huge surprise.

I was curious about this watch. Though we have never owned a OnePlus phone I have read plenty of good reviews about them.

How can you get the step count off by more than 10,000. That is mind blowing.

As some of you know, I check the step counts on Garmins, Fitbits & OCCASIONALLY Polar & Amazfit. I expect to see some of them off by say 1%. This is damning. Didn’t they TEST. I am at a loss.

Why bother to release a watch if it has so many faults.

A whole team needs to be FIRED.

Well, that is that. I will not bother looking at this watch.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — April 13, 2021.

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We All Have ‘Only IF’ Investment Stories, But Doubt Whether We Can TOP This $613 Million For 2 Pizzas True-Story.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE & read here. From: ‘businessinsider.com’ as is base image in featured image above.

I have yet to invest in Bitcoin & as such I am typically not that au fait on Bitcoin stories. I haven’t invested in Bitcoin because I don’t understand the technology & by and large I only invest in things I understand, or better still use, like: Amazon, Tesla, PayPal, Roku, & Google.

I was talking earlier in the day to a friend about all OUR missed opportunities when it has come to investments, over the decades, when he brought up this story. Cute. But, to be fair, this guy was an ‘inventor’ of Bitcoin & was trying to promote it. I assume he has since made Billions.

The BIG QUESTION is what did the person who accepted those Bitcoins for the 2 pizzas do with it? Did he/she hold on to them. Now that would be a great story too.

Just wanted to share with YOU, in case you, like I, had NOT heard of it.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — April 12, 2021.

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Las Vegas Shouldn’t Just Ban ‘Ornamental’ Grass, They Should Also Ban Non-Native Exotic Plants In Casinos.

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I was amused to read about this proposed ban of ‘grass that is NOT walked upon‘. Great idea. Bravo. The initial article I read, in a U.K. tabloid, just said that Las Vegas wants to ban grass. I genuinely thought that they were talking about a different type of ‘grass’ & was confused since I had assumed that Las Vegas must be all in favor of that.

I used to go to Las Vegas, on business, 4 to 6 times a year in the 1990s — mainly to conduct stand-up seminars or to attend trade shows. I used to notice that I invariably had ‘cold symptoms’ when I was in Las Vegas. I initially blamed it on the ubiquitous air conditioning. It was not fun bit feeling 100% since most times I had to be on my feet, presenting with gusto, for 6 – 7 hours a day.

So, one day I looked it up. BINGO. High pollen counts in the casinos (which, of course, is where I would be) due to all the non-native EXOTIC plants. Bingo. That was the problem. This was prior to the days when I started taking a Zyrtec everyday (as I have for the last 8-years, or so).

It is crazy. Yes, it looks awfully pretty & impressive, BUT do we need all these plants?

I am glad that Las Vegas has started to think about this problem. Bravo. I like Las Vegas.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — April 11, 2021.

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‘Synesthesia’ — When One Sense Automatically & Always Also Invokes Another.

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I am pretty sure I had never heard of ‘synesthesia’ before coming across it in “Sam Kean’s” book “The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons” I started reading last week. I am big fan of “Sam Kean”.


I heard an excerpt from one of his books on NPR a few years ago, & knew at once that I needed to read that book. As is my won’t I bought all three of his then published books at the same time. Here they are:


I learnt a lot from his ‘The Disappearing Spoon‘ — which was the first one I chose to read. Until I read it in the book I had never heard of ‘Argyria‘ (i.e., permanently turning blue from ingesting too much silver) or how our brains need iodine in order to function satisfactorily.


So now I have learnt about ‘synesthesia‘, i.e., when one sense invokes another, e.g., seeing different colors when they hear noise. Franz Liszt (1811 — 1886), the Hungarian composer, had synesthesia. He was as such a synesthete. But, there are lots of other forms. Some might see colored shapes floating around them while having sex.

Wikipedia as a fairly decent article about it. Start there if you are interested — & you should be.

LSD, I also learnt, invokes temporary synesthesia! Didn’t, of course, know that either.



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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — April 10, 2021.

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The Passing Of ‘Prince Philip’: Not My Favorite Royal, But It Is A Sad End To An Era.

by Anura Guruge


During their visit to Ceylon in 1954. My parents met them & my mother got to know the Queen.



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He was NOT my favorite Royal. I ONLY became a Monarchist late in life & that solely for MY QUEEN, & my Queen alone. I used to be quite the anti-monarchist in my youth & some traits stayed on.

Philip was OK, but I recall that his less than diplomatic comments mainly to US colored colonials. Watching Netflix’s excellent series ‘The Crown’ reminded me of some more, like making fun of an African tribal king wearing an elaborate crown. And here is a link to some of his non-racial barbs.

Plus, I thought he was supposed to have had a number of affairs while married to the Queen. Now he is being portrayed as this ultra-faithful & dutiful husband. To I he never came across as that.

Given my admiration for the Queen I give him some deference as her husband & consort.

But, he has, until his death, ‘ruled’ my entire life. Hence, why I see it as the end of an era.

I am also now acutely aware that we are all going to wait for that OTHER SHOE to drop. That will not be fun.

He, however, was NOT my least favorite Royal. That, hands down, is Charles. I do NOT like Charles. Period.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — April 9, 2021.

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