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Richard (‘Dick’) Byrd, Esq. On “True Facts, Fake News, Whose Truth Is True”.

by Anura Guruge


 


Yes, this is the same Dick Byrd of Photoshop fame.


True Facts, Fake News, Whose Truth Is True

So, you think that the only truth you can believe is the truth you see with your own eyes and ears. Well, have you ever seen versions of the college Psychology !01 experiment where a three students run into a classroom and chase each other and have a fight and then run out of the classroom. Then the professor asks each student to write what they saw, and to identify the clothing worn by each, and for other particulars of the encounter. Of course the 30 students have at least 30 vastly different versions of the “truth” as to what happened. Obviously, your own observations do not necessarily reveal truth.

In today’s political environment facts are often marshaled by a person, or group, so as to influence public opinion. The problem is that some collection of true facts can lead to one conclusion, yet some other array of also true facts can lead one to the opposite conclusion. A prime example is MSNBC showing the stories of several undocumented alien children who graduated from high school as class valedictorians and several who served very honorably in our armed forces. Then you see a Fox news segment about six illegal aliens who murdered and raped Americans in the past month. All of the stories actually happened, but the “cherry-picking” as to which stories to report makes all the difference in what a viewer might conclude about the value of immigration.

What is the role of Confirmation Bias in our ability to believe the news stories we would like to be true, and to reject as lies, those stories that the wish were not true. The Internet has made available all of the “news” real and fake, and mostly cherry-picked, so that what ever is your previously held confirmation bias, you can find “news” to satisfy your preconceived notions of reality.

Dick Byrd


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“Deserted Wolfeboro”, Before & After Photoshop Wizardry By Richard Byrd, Esq.

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AFTER — Dick Bird’s Photoshop magic.


The ORIGINAL Image.


A picture taken recently, at 6:30am in the morning, of Wolfeboro, NH Main Street by Richard Byrd, a famous retired lawyer and software entrepreneur who now lives on Mirror Lake.

Dick kindly also provided this explanation:
“Look closely and you will see I removed the car, the sign in the middle of the road, and the electric wires going across the street.  I wanted a desolation, unspoiled look to the picture. Notice I actually lit the windows of the store that was behind the car.  The sky was slightly darkened and made more ‘ominous’ looking.”

Pretty amazing … right?

What you can do with Photoshop IF you have Dick’s expertise.


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“Deserted Wolfeboro” Photograph By Dick Byrd, Esq.

by Anura Guruge


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A picture taken recently, at 6:30am in the morning, of Wolfeboro, NH Main Street by Dick Byrd, a famous retired lawyer and software entrepreneur who now lives on Mirror Lake.

In the interest of full-disclosure, one car was REMOVED through the magic of Photoshop. I cannot spot the doctoring. Not sure about the sky.

Dick gave me permission to share this with you all. Enjoy.


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3rd Eversource (PSNH) Power Outage In Alton/Barnstead (NH) This Month!

by Anura Guruge



This was totally unexpected. It had been a warm, sunny day.

Then, BANG, 2:09pm — LOSE POWER.

Third time this Month, November 1, 8 & 29! When I did the above calendar I realized that they were all on a Wednesday.

Coincidentally we had also lost power on November 29 three years ago — in 2014.

We were without power for 3.5 hours. Not funny. They said power was likely to be restored 3:45pm. At 4pm I hooked up our two generators. Power was back around 5:30pm.


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The New “Mooyah” In Rochester, NH, For A Double Burger For Lunch.

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Mooyah” Burgers ¤ Fries ¤ Shakes opened at the Rochester, New HampshireMarket Basket‘/’Petco‘ shopping area — right next to ‘110 Grill‘ — quite recently.

Since I am partial to burgers, sans the bun, I was eager to try it out.

Got the chance on Tuesday when we went to ‘Market Basket‘. I walked across around 2pm.

Pretty fancy. Wasn’t crowded. LOT of staff — all exceptionally cheerful & friendly.

A tad pricey. More diner-like pricing rather than Wendy’s or Burger King. But, you can make your own burger. I liked that.

It was good. I didn’t have any fries or a shake. NO HOT DOGS.

Gather it is a chain/franchise from Texas.

It is NOT Shake Shack.

I might go again. Might not. Not sure. They didn’t totally ‘wow’ me over, but I am willing to give them a few tries. Must take Teischan. That would be the acid test; whether she gives the burgers a thumbs up. She is a burger connoisseur.


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“Sawyers Holiday Open House” Craft Fair, 2017, in Barnstead, N.H., Thanksgiving Weekend.

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Thanksgiving around these parts would not be complete without the now landmark “Sawyers Holiday Open House” in Barnstead, NH, next to the White Church.

We could not, alas, make it until the Sunday given our trip to Maine. Usually we are there on Friday, if not Saturday. But, this year we got there first thing Sunday. As we expected much of the good stuff was gone — and that is “OK”! We are glad for the Sawyers and their vendors. They all do such a good job that they deserve the success and acclaim they now enjoy.

But, they still have some ultra cute chocolate Christmas tree decorations and I could not resist!

A wonderful, rewarding tradition. Such a tranquil and picturesque setting. I love wandering around snapping pictures.

This year is now done. Their 14th annual Fair from what I gather.

Can’t wait till 2018.

Thank YOU the Sawyer family and their vendors.


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