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Passing Of Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen, At 65, Signifies The End-Of-An-Era; PCs Have Now Reached Old Age.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Of course, from the U.K. “Daily Mail”.



Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Allen#Personal_life


Wow. This came as a shock. 65. I think that struck a chord. Same age as me but eight-months older.

Never met him and really never knew too much about him. Knew he was the real brains behind Microsoft and that he was a genuine philanthropist. Did NOT realize he never married or had any kids.

He always came across as a decent bloke. Nicer than Bill, I think.

Shame. All that wealth and it couldn’t save him from cancer. Eerily similar to Steve Jobs. What is it with this? Have you given it any thought?

It is the END of an era. PCs, Windows and Microsoft are no longer new or ‘recent’. They have all reached old age..

Paul Gardner Allen (1953 – 2018), RIP


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“The Circus” On PBS “American Experience” Is Outstanding & Fascinating.

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If you are even a semi-regular to this blog you will know that I am an out-and-out circus buff. We try to go to at least one real circus each year and I have been going to circuses, all over the world, all my life — including seeing the legendary ‘Moscow Circus‘ in Moscow.

So, when I saw the trailers for this show I made sure to record them. So, glad I did. WOW. Outstanding. Very well done — and I especially like how they can now animate still photographs to bring them MORE to life. Plus, some of the still black-and-white portraits from the late 1800s and early 1900s are just superb.

I had read P.T. Barnum’s book, earlier this year, after I had gone to see “The Greatest Showman“. So, I knew a fair bit about Barnum though his book concludes before he really got into the circus business — and well before he partnered with Bailey.

This show took me to a whole new depth of understanding. I would like to find out more. Intriguing story. I, however, to my dismay, can’t find a book that goes with this show.


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“The Miniaturist” Series On PBS Seems To Have Ended With Episode 3.

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Click to access the Amazon listing for the 2015 Book.


We saw (via DVR) all three episodes. Watched Episode 3, with intrigue this last week. Did not expect or realize that that was IT for now. Thought there would be another episode this Sunday. Not so. The new “Durrell” season instead. Recorded that.

I was confused. I did NOT think the story was finished. Well I did buy the book and it is by my bed. So, I can see how the story goes. I will let you know.


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“Woman Walks Ahead” Movie (2017) — The New “Dances With Wolves”; (It Is That Good).

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The actual portrait of ‘Sitting Bull’ she painted.


The book. Click to ENLARGE.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. She, Caroline Weldon, was a real person, an actual painter. Movie is based on a TRUE story though the movie takes some poetic license. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Weldon


Dances with Wolves” is one of my favorite movies and one of the few that I have watched multiple times — once quite recently.

So, for me to equate this 2017 movie to that has to mean that it make quite the impression upon I — and it sure did. Powerful and poignant. Immaculately shot and produced. Palpable.

My weekly e-mail from Amazon on its recommended Prime Movies had it at #2. Caught my eye. When I read the description and it said ‘woman painter‘ and ‘Sitting Bull’ I was hooked. Art and native Indians — two topics dear to my heart. I was hoping to watch it with Teischan (12) but it had a ‘R’ rating. I can see why.

So, I watched it on my own. I was riveted. Great movie but an even greater story. Oh, WOW. Man’s inhumanity to man — especially the poor Indians.

Definite, definite ‘must watch’. You will thank me for it.

It will touch your very core.


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Teischan’s Latest Artwork — I Offered To Buy It For …

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She has been working on this for the last few days. She uses a ‘modern’ protractor to draw the circles. All the rest is freehand and her own design. She has been working on this for the last few days.

She is very SHY of her work. When she is finished she squirrels it away. She is not happy that I photograph her work but she knows that it is the price she has to pay for being my daughter. I have offered to buy this painting.

How much do you think it is worth?

I offered her $5. She wanted $10, then changed her mind and said $15. What would YOU pay, though she will not sell it to anybody but I and I dare not sell it!


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“House With A Clock In Its Wall” Movie (2018), In IMAX — Puerile, At Best!

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It was a movie Teischan (12) wanted to see and she LOVED it. Already told me that she wants the DVD for Christmas. That she liked it was good.

I found it extremely boring and stupid with sans redeeming virtues! Now don’t get me wrong. 99.5% of the movies I see at a cinema is for the kids. So, I am a veteran of kids’ movies. In most cases I like kids’ movies. But, this was very puerile.

But, if you have a pre-teen you probably will have to sit through it. Just sit back and think of the Queen.

Went to Cinemagic, in Merrimack, NH, to see it in IMAX. That was a waste of money. IMAX helped it none. So, don’t bother with the IMAX.

Two things that were chilling. We went to a 3:30pm showing. Theater that could probably seat 275 — 300. Total of six — yes, 6 — including us. Talk about a private viewing. I was talking to one of the kids who work there after the movie. Said it had been a quiet week and that today had been the worst. They had sold 43 tickets in total, ALL DAY. Wow.


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Teischan Back Using The Power Saw — With Aplomb.

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I showed her how to use this power saw back in May. She cut a LOT of wood that day — for shelves in her room — and got the knack of it. She also felt comfortable. She didn’t need to cut anymore wood until today — yet again for shelves. This time I just set it up, checked it was OK and handed it over. Had to help her a few times but she did 95% of it on her own. I am glad.

Also glad the saw is getting used. I got it last year when I did the deck railings. Haven’t really had a need for it since, other than her projects.


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