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Accidents Happen — In My Case I Wrote & Published A BOOK, Yes A Book, Accidentally.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access my ‘accidental book’ on Amazon.


The cover. Click to ENLARGE to admire. Picture I took, last August, at ‘Hershey Gardens’, Pennsylvania.


Some pages from the inside.


When you write and publish as much as I do, accidents happen!

I had over 31 real books published prior to this. So, I am entitled an accident. SMILE.

This is what I say in my blurb, for this, my accidental book:

“Accidents happen. Arundhati Roy, the celebrated Indian author said: ‘All my books are accidental books’. I wish I could say the same. For good or for bad all my books have not been accidental. But, this one sure was – as I try to explain in the ‘Preface’ to this accidental book. When you write (and publish) as much as I do, and for as long as I have done, you should be entitled to at least one accidental book. Well, I am claiming this to be that.That should come as a great relief to the likes of David Busch the doyens of ‘Camera Books’. I have no intentions, whatsoever, of trying my hand – and luck – at writing a camera book. I do not have the expertise, experience, diligence and temperament to write a halfway acceptable camera book. So, this is NOT a real, or for that matter, even a pretend, camera book.This book really is not for public consumption. The title should make that somewhat obvious. A ‘crib sheet’ is not something that one – especially a onetime professional writer with over 30 ‘non-accidental’ published books and over 375 technical publications in print – usually sets out to publish and share with the world and sundry. This was a book I had not intended to write! It truly, in every way and every sense, was an accidental endeavor.I created the title, rather dumb I will admit, on Amazon ‘accidentally’. Amazon will not let me delete it. Fastidiousness is one of my many foibles. I could NOT abide having a book title on Amazon that was ‘empty’. That looks bad. Made my other books look bad. So, I set out to write a quick ‘accidental’ book to make things right. That is what this book is all about. Nothing more, nothing less. My accidental book.It really is not for public consumption. Just a set of words and pictures to ensure that an accidental book title had a body to go with. Sorry. Thank you. Smile.”

P.S., I will NOT be counting this in my book tally, going forward!


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I Had No Idea That I Traveled This Much In 2019 Until ‘Google Maps’, Unsolicited, Sent Me This Timeline.

by Anura Guruge


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As somebody who lives, openly, on the Web it really doesn’t bother me that much that Google is now keeping track of my travels.

Most of where I go, of import & interest, gets reported on this blog anyway. So, I kind of don’t care.

This, I know, will bother some — quite rightly. Scary what the police could do with it. Good job I have no secret travels and very few secrets, if any.

In a way I regret that ‘Google Maps‘ has not been around all my long (and semi-illustrious) life. Would be nice to have a log of all the places I have visited given that I used to travel EXTENSIVELY. The other day I TRIED to count the countries I have visited. I got to around 39. I might have been to a few more.

Oh, there are quite a few mistakes in the Timeline.

‘Google Maps’ lists Rockland, Maine, as a NEW place I visited. Oh, dear! First time I have been to Rockland with ‘Google Maps’. That is the problem with this stuff.

Anywho …


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Roise, Walmart’s Obnoxious, 6′ Tall, Inventory Checking Robot.

by Anura Guruge


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This was my first ever encounter with a robot at Walmart. I was not expecting to see one today. Appears, per my 13-year old daughter who spends way too much time online, that ‘Rosie’ (as she is called and even has a genuine Walmart name tag proclaiming that) is well know. She had never seen it in person, but claims to have seen plenty of videos online.

I heard ‘Rosie’ way before I saw her. She was making a lot of very objectionable and distracting electronic noises. At that stage I had no idea where all that noise was coming from.

Then I encountered her head on — as you can see from the above photos.

She would NOT get out of my way, though I was pushing a fairly heavily loaded shopping cart. We got very close to each other. We had an eye-to-TV confrontation. But, I knew that I was being recorded and possibly even watched in real time. In my old-age I am too savvy to do anything stupid and be accused of damaging Walmart property. So, I made way.

I talk to a young Walmart associate who was stocking shelves nearby. She was happy to give me the low-down.

Rosie, checks to see if the shelves are properly stocked. It automatically squawks — at the associates — if it spots anything t does not like — and I was told that it is prone to make mistakes. Appears she is not popular. I can understand that.

So, you have now been warned.

Oh, this was at Walmart in Rochester, New Hampshire — the nearest to us.


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How Was This Picture Taken — How Is It Possible?

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This appeared in my Facebook timeline yesterday. I, being the photo-taker I am, immediately noticed that something was amiss. Yes, I know who it is, but that is not important.

Wow. Look at the SLOPE on the water — and even worse the citiscape behind him (and I think it is Dubai or Kuwait or somewhere in that area).

He is perfectly straight and the the retaining wall he is standing in front of his perfectly level.

Then how is the background so tilted? We are talking close to 30°.

I really don’t think it is PhotoShopped! If it is we have ‘problems’.

Well, this picture defeated I.

See what YOU can make of it.

Cheers.


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Exploring Microsoft’s ‘OneDrive’ As A Viable, Long-Term Solution For My Photo Storage.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Where I stand with my 3TB (RAID 1) Drobo.


Click to access my original post from April 2017.


In 2017 I was not mentally ready to have all the photos I take, on a daily basis, stored offline, in the Cloud.

But, technology, needs and my attitudes do evolve. Having the 1 Gig Internet service, with 400MB uploads, is definitely a factor. Ironically, it was my 3TB Drobo getting jostled around during the 1G installation (on Monday) that got me evaluating my online options again. My Drobo going into ‘Data Protection’ mode for three hours to rebuild its storage image was SCARY. Got me thinking my long-term strategy all over-again. I know that trying to keep my photos local, on the RAID I (i.e., redundant-data/data duplicated) Drobo, is far from ideal. I really need to have the photos stored offline, in the Cloud.

I had looked at Google Drive, Google Photo and even Amazon Photo. There way of storing photos did not meet my needs! I store my pictures in folders per my criteria — NOT just the date on which they were taken. So, when I go on a trip I have a master folder for that trip. Then within that folder I have other folders my day, ‘topic’ AND camera! Yes, I always shoot with at least two cameras and I keep the pictures separate.

So, I need a very flexible folder scheme. OneDrive gives that to I. I tried creating some nested folders and uploading some pictures. Works. It seems viable. I still need to do more research.

I will keep you posted.


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Canon’s New, Smaller Than A Phone, 4.4″ IVY Rec Miniature Camera.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘shop.usa.canon.com’.


When I got an e-mail from Canon, yesterday, telling me about this miniature (too BIG to be a real ‘spy’) camera, I thought they had gone bonkers. Everybody now has a camera on hand. But, I decided, out of some respect for Canon, to check it out.

It sure is small enough. No LCD display, no viewfinder. You look through the hole and shoot! Yes, with an APP you can control it with your phone. That to I defeats the purpose. It is waterproof etc. I can see possibilities BUT it is going to be ANOTHER thing to carry — in addition to your phone.

With this it is all about size. Nothing else. It is small. That is its only virtue.


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I Installed Firmware v1.3 On My Canon EOS RP — And In Case You Want The Instructions.

by Anura Guruge


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Installation Procedure.

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I got an e-mail yesterday, from Canon, saying that I can improve my photographs. Then went onto say that I should upgrade my Canon EOS RP to Firmware v1.3.

They made it easy. All you had to do to get to the update was to press a BIG RED button. Did so. Was slightly disappointed that the ABOVE instructions weren’t there! They are included in the ZIP file you download. Hence, why I published them here. I did a quick Google and got the gist of what I needed to do.

I had skipped v1.2. I had never done a firmware update on a Canon. Knew I would have to bit the bullet some day. So, decided to give it a try.

I knew I would need a formatted SD card and a fully-charged battery. Got that taken care of.

The process was very straightforward, smooth and quick.

I was all done in less than 10-minutes. No problems. Worked, to my relief, first time.

The new firmware does not appear to have clobbered the camera. That is good news too. So, so far, so good.


Taken after update.

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