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My 1st “PhotoShop”: Before and After — See What You Think.

by Anura Guruge

As I proudly point out daily in my “The Picture of the Day” post, I do NOT believe in post-processing (i.e., ‘Photoshopping’).

To I, the pleasure and challenge of taking pictures is to capture what I can to the best of what I can — given the equipment I am using. It is like my running. It is test of my abilities. A discipline. Altering reality after the event has NO appeal to I — since that is not what real-life is all about.

Anywho … I have a friend who urges me incessantly that I should Photoshop — as he does with all of his pictures. Actually I have two friends like this, though the other does not ‘urge’ me to do as he does.

Well, I took this picture (i.e., the ‘Before’) yesterday, at the ‘Wolfeboro Inn‘, at a breakfast meeting. It was the simple table arrangement and the white/gray is the table cloth. It was a round table and there was probably 10 people seated around it — including my ‘Photoshop friend’. I too the picture with my Google Pixel 2 and I don’t think anybody even noticed. I liked it. I was THRILLED with it. To I, it could not be bettered.

But, for the heck of it I asked my friend to Photoshop it. He did so, GLADLY, in seconds.

Well, I knew I could better him — though I do NOT have ‘Photoshop’ or even an equivalent since I don’t need them — and will not use them. So instead, I used Photoshop.

What do YOU think? I hope YOU like my ‘Photoshop’ better. {Smile}

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The original taken by I.

The AFTER (i.e., Photoshopped) by my friend.

These were his comments: “Here is my Photoshop modifications.  Your flower was dark around the center and brighter around the outdside.  I much brightened the center and increased contrast there. See if you think it is an improvement.”

MY AFTER. “Photoshopped” in Powerpoint.

I really hope YOU like my AFTER.

Good news, I do NOT plan to do anymore photoshopping. This was enough.

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“The Good Karma Hospital”, ITV Series, Season 2, Now On “Acorn TV”.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access listing for the ITV Series.

Happened to find it on ‘Acorn TVserendipitously. We hadn’t been to Acorn in a few days, and as such had not seen the ‘banner’ saying Season 2 was here.

Teischan, our British TV aficionado loves this Series, so we had no choice but to watch Episode 1 of Season 2.

It was “OK”. I think it is badly, if not downright poorly, written. Very improbable and contrived storylines. Plus the appearances of the locals confound and confuse me. Most of them do not look Sri Lankan though the series is filmed in Sri Lanka. I do like seeing what today’s Sri Lanka looks like given that I have not been back in 26-years!

But, you, like Teischan, may love it. So, just wanted to make sure you knew that Season 2, which started showing in the U.K. in March 2018, is now available in the U.S. — though not in Canada.

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“We Cheat At Cricket” YouTube Video From Australian Radio Station — V. Funny & Spot On.

by Anura Guruge

Though I love to call them ‘White Bums‘, which might be Freudian, I actually, by and large, like Australians. They have a great sense of humor and this video is ample testament.

There is a lot of great ‘spoof’ material coming out of Australia, over the last 48-hours. I tried to post some, BUT I really don’t have the time. So, please look around. The U.K. Daily Mail is a good place to start. Enjoy. 4th Test starts this Friday. That should be interesting.

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English Can Be So Cruel To Foreigners Like Us, Even Those At The Indian “The New Camera” Website.

by Anura Guruge

From “The New Camera” page on Facebook. This was a post from yesterday, i.e., March 25, 2018. Click to ENLARGE and savor at your own speed.

Another “The New Camera” gem from August 2016.

Refer to this July 16, 2016 post for previous examples.

Why does English insist on being so confusing, confounding, cruel and callous to us foreigners. Why can’t it be simple and logical like Sinhalese (my native tongue) or Hindi (that of “The New Camera”).

‘Fast’ refers to speed, so why is ‘fasten’ not related to speed?

So confusing. It is so bad like with ‘good’. I never understood why it is never good, gooder and goodest. Sounds good to I.

I am convinced it is a conspiracy to make us foreigners sound bad, if just having an accent wasn’t more bad.

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What Is THE Definition Of “An Affair” — And I Am, Of Course, Talking “Stormy Daniels”.

by Anura Guruge

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I am not going to totally self-incriminate myself (in my old age), though in terms bona fides in addressing this issue, let me just say that I do not have that many regrets in my life, but one of them was that one of my wives talked me out of writing a ‘How To Have An Affair & Not Get Caught‘. She said it would reflect poorly on I! To this day I do realize that that was the Best Seller I never had! C’est la vie. I am not going to admit to anything other than to say that I may have known my way around an affair — and I cannot be too coy because, unlike Trump, I have been cited, in court, in the U.K., for adultery (albeit way back, in the last century). [You know the funny thing about that. When I was an impressionable kid growing up in Ceylon I would hear about these men that got named in court and thought that it was real dashing and romantic. I wanted to be one of those men. Well, at least one goal in life I achieved!]

Yes, of course, I watched THE interview with Stormy.

As you know I am not one that you would call a Trump supporter. But, I would have to say that he has the right to claim that it was NOT an affair.

That sure does NOT sound like an affair. I maintain that you need to have had sex at least twice, and that not on the same day, for it to even start approaching the threshold of an affair.

From what I can glean from the interview they met a handful of times and had sex once. Come on. That is but a one-night stand with some courtesy.

So, of course, I am NOT trying to cut the Drump any slack. He deserves all that is coming to him. But, I kind of feel offended that the ‘good name’ of ‘affairs’ is being slandered.

What do you think?

Would YOU call it an affair?

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The UNREASONABLE $100 Million, Per Check, Limit Set By The U.S. IRS.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read. In the U.S. IRS Form 1040 Instructions. Page 75. Look it up. I could NOT believe it. How inconsiderate and arbitrary.

I am sure that some of you, no doubt, were very familiar with this arbitrary restriction and have found ways to work around it.

It was NEW to I. Never seen it or heard about it before.

Wow. I am gobsmacked. So, inconsiderate. What is the big deal? $100 million, $200 million a $1 billion. Just accept the check and move on,

Not cool. Not funny. I am going to complain to Drump. He must have run into this, often.

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