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“Leonie” (2010) Movie: Poignant, Educational & Easy On The Eye.

by Anura Guruge


Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Click to access IMDb listing for the movie.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Léonie_Gilmour


It is so good that we are watching it for the second time — in 3 months (and that is unheard of when it comes to I). Second time around we are watching it so that Teischan (11) can see it. Good inspiration and pointers for young ladies. Also a fair bit on interracial marriage and children from some marriages — which is close to home for us.

When I saw it the first time I around I knew she would like it. So, I ‘kept it’, and we started watching it again on Monday. There is a bit of tame nudity and that worries none of us. Teischan is past that.

A true story — like “Florence Foster Jenkins” we so enjoyed last week. As I suspected she is mesmerized. Fascinating story. Also get to see interesting glimpses of California in the early 1990s and Japan.

It is available on Amazon Prime. I definitely recommend it.


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Heard Of IAMXU & CIC.U, Recent IPOs Planning To Acquire Startups!

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘GlobeNewswire’.


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘MarketWatch’.


Just happened to hear about them, fleetingly, on CNBC on Monday morning, i.e., September 11, 2017.

They actually call themselves ‘Blank Check Companies‘. They did an IPO and raised $50 Million — which isn’t much. What they now plan to do is to, in effect, do a reverse merger. Enable a ‘start-up’ to go public without the hassle and risk of an IPO.

At $10/share it is tempting. They could hit big. I might have to have a flutter.

Just letting YOU know.


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Secrets For Keeping A Garmin Vivoactive HR Connected To An Android 7.x Device.

by Anura Guruge


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The new “Garmin Connect” BETA dashboard.


I have now had a Garmin Vivoactive HR (bought from Best Buy) as of June 14, 2017 — i.e., 2 months, 3 weeks: 85 days.

I love it. I have NOT taken it off my wrist and prior to this I thought I would be unable to sleep with anything on my wrist. It really has made me much more aware of my ‘health’ and I am running 37% longer because it spurs me!

As some of you I am NOT a fan of mobile phones and I do NOT carry one. But, I do have multiple 10″ Android Tablets running Android 7.x, the main one at present being an ASUS ZenPad 10.1″. So, that is my PRIMARY device for syncing with ‘Garmin Connect‘ (though I will also sync, occasionally, on my PC, using the USB connection and ‘Garmin Express‘).

I lose the Bluetooth connection between the Vivoactive HR (running v. 4.0 software) and my ASUS Tablet MORE OFTEN that I would like.

So, over the last few weeks I have figured out these ‘tricks’. I am sharing them in case you are also in my boat — though I realize that I may be the last adult left on Earth who does not carry a smartphone 100% of the time.


The TIPS.

>> PROXIMITY is the key! It loses the connection (by and large) when the Vivoactive and the Android are far apart for long periods.

>> I have found that ‘it’ will automatically connect sometimes without you having to do anything — once you have the two within a reasonably close distance.

>> I have found that ‘it’ will automatically connect OVERNIGHT (i.e., 6 hours+) if you have them with 3′ while you sleep. I just leave my ASUS tablet on the nightstand when I go to sleep.

>> You can try and force a sync from the Vivoactive by going to ‘SETTING’ >>> ‘BLUETOOTH’ >>> ‘SYNC’ — provided the Vivoactive is displaying ‘SYNC’ in addition to ‘PAIR MOBILE DEVICE’. Tap the ‘SYNC’. You should see the Bluetooth download/upload arrows on your Android flashing.

>> I used to go through ‘PAIR DEVICE’ routines to establish connection and that used to work. For the last 4-days I am using the new “Garmin Connect” BETA and the pairing has gone to hell. I told them about it last night. I now let it reconnect overnight.

>> Since I do also need to charge the battery I do sync it, sometimes, using “Garmin Express”.


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“Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016) — Hilarious, Nearly As Good As “The Producers”.

by Anura Guruge


Watch the trailer on YouTube.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Foster_Jenkins


Started watching it on Amazon Prime yesterday. It had been on my “Watch List” for quite awhile. I wish I had got around to watching it sooner. Exceeded all expectations.

Though it is indeed based on a real person and true story, it is hilarious. That it brings to mind “The Producers” (which I have seen on Broadway and on film) has to be the ultimate accolade.

The two leading stars, as you would expect, are immaculate. But, to I, the star of the show is the diminutive Cosme McMoon played by Simon Helberg. I don’t think I have seen him in anything before — but I am not good at ‘spotting’/recognizing/remembering thespians! I had to look him up. Appears that he is quite the guy, a professional pianist who had a karate black belt at 9. You will enjoy him.

It is available for free if you have Amazon Prime. Couldn’t find it on YouTube. I am sure you can find it on other streaming services.

Definitely recommended. Enjoy.


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Huston Flood Victims Calling 911 — ‘Stay On Line’ Is NOT The Greatest Advice.

by Anura Guruge



I just listened to the Press Conference by Houston officials, including the Mayor, on their ongoing flood recovery plans.

They are RIGHTLY very proud that they have got their 911 ‘Call Waiting’ queue down from 150 yesterday to 10 today. That means that if you call Houston 911 today there is always likely to be 10 calls ahead of you. Most of us know what this is about from calling cable companies, GoDaddy or some credit card companies.

Telling them to please ‘Stay on the Line’ and not hang-up is NOT the greatest advice.

Why? Cell phone battery life.

In any kind of disaster, hurricanes/tornadoes/floods chief among them keeping cell phones charged is a MAJOR problem.

‘Staying on the Line’ will drain batteries quicker.

They really should have a CALL BACK system. I have noticed, with GLEE, that more and more companies have instituted this. You call and they promise to call you back — and most do. That works and is better than staying on line.

911 systems should really look into this.


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Could ‘Hurricane Harvey’ Be Broken-Up With High Altitude Explosives?

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read here. “Project STORMFURY” from the 1960s. They didn’t use PROPER explosives. For original from U.S. Government “NOAA” at: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/hrd_sub/sfury.html


I am pretty sure that a common-or-garden nuclear explosion would do the trick — BUT nuclear has to be OFF THE TABLE.

What we are trying to do is to create another area of low pressure to break up the atmospheric pressure patterns.

I did remember that there had been some work on this way back — and a quick Google on ‘Breaking Up Hurricanes‘ unearthed Project STORMFURY. But, they were NOT using explosives. I am thinking along the lines of the “Mother Of All Bombsexploded over Afghanistan in mid-April 2017. Of course, you would do it while the storm was still over the ocean.

I am surprised we are not doing more research into this.


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Short-Sleeved Cricket Sweater Knitted For Me By My Former Workmate Patrice Bourgeois During Her Cancer Treatment.

by Anura Guruge




Earlier this year as Patrice was getting ready for her ‘3-months’ of cancer treatment she did a Facebook post asking if anybody wanted anything knitted since she had run out of ‘projects’ and ‘ideas’ and she wanted to have something to knit in the coming months.

I told her that I did not have any cricket sweaters that fitted and would love one in my ol’ Ananda College (Colombo, Sri Lanka) colors of maroon and gold. Patrice went to work, as she is wont, researching patterns, colors, wool types, needles etc. etc.

Over the months she gave all of us pithy updates on the progress of this sweater. It took her slightly longer than she had expected. But, it was always going to be for Fall 2017 in New Hampshire.

It arrived today — in the nick of time. The temperature is 58°F as I write this post.

It fits beautifully and all she requested from me was a measurement of my chest size.

I am impressed, amazed and very grateful.

Thank YOU, Patrice.

I will wear this with pride and joy in the months to come. She informed me that it is washable. That is good. I do spill stuff.

So more pictures to come.


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