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Flowers & Flora In and Around Our House — June 14, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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This is not comprehensive or even representative. I did NOT set out to take pictures of flowers today. To be honest I was in a rush. I was snapping away at random. It was only when I uploaded the pictures that I realized that I had quite a few in the ‘flowers & fauna’ category. So, decided to do a quick post so I could share them with you. Nothing special here and I will reiterate that I was rushed. SMILE.


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‘Bob 319’ Robotics End-Of-Season Dinner, ‘Prospect Mountain High School’ (Alton, NH) — June 14, 2019.

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Prospect Mountain High School’sBob 319robotics team (which includes Devanee) had another bumper year, winning many titles in competitions far-and-wide, and being the runners-up in their national competition in Detroit — in April.

School is coming to an end, and the seniors like Devanee have graduated. So, this was the end-of-season congratulatory dinner for the team, all of its boosters, supporters, family and friends. It was a good night. Good and plentiful food. Everybody had fun with the night ending with a final demo of this years robot.


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The Ladies In ‘Hidden Figures’ Gets A Road At NASA Named In Their Honor (Though, Alas, Obliquely).

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One of my favorite movies. It was SO uplifting, humbling and inspiring. What a story.

I am glad that NASA is trying to make amends. The initial indignities they lived through were inexcusable. Yes, in the movie, there is the great scene when they take down the ‘whites only’ sign in the ladies restroom. So, NASA now is taking things a bit further. That is good.

But, I am NOT thrilled that the road is named ‘Hidden Figures‘. Hhmmm. That is the name of a book/movie. It only refers to these three AMAZING ladies obliquely.

Yes, I would have preferred to have seen their names — and to have had this honor bestowed when all three were alive — though Katherine Johnson is still alive, at 100! And yes, Katherine Johnson does have a NASA facility named after her, albeit again but this year.

What about the other two. They need to be honored and remembered too.

But, better than nothing. So, another small step.

If you haven’t seen it, please watch the movie. I have seen it twice already. You will be  glad you did. A wonderful story. Still very relevant.


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Jupiter Over New Hampshire: At Its Closest For 2019, Next Week; Largest Moons Visible With Binoculars.

by Anura Guruge


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Weather Will Permit.

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Every year, given the orbital dynamics, the Earth and Jupiter are atypically close for a period of around 3-weeks. This year, Jupiter will be closest to Earth next week, i.e., mid-June, 2019.

When it is this close Jupiter is only 365 million miles away. At its furthest it is 601 million miles out. So, that is quite a variance.

It will be so close that you will be able to see Jupiter’s largest satellites with just binoculars. (Jupiter currently has 79 known moons!) Watching Jupiter’s moons is ALWAYS cool and being able to do so with binoculars is a bonus. Much easier than trying to follow them with an ametuer telescope (and trust me, I have).

The weather will cooperate on at least some of the days. So, make sure to check. Showers during the day and still give us cloudless nights.

Enjoy.


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Garmin Express (For Windows) Now At Version 6.14.2.0 (As Of June 4, 2019).

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Interesting. This is a ‘dot’ update — i.e., it went up from v6.14.1.0 to v6.14.2.0. I had to do a double-take to spot it. I expected it to be v6.15.1.0.

Also this new update in 19-days! That is fast — and strage. They must have had a major bug they needed to fix, maybe with the new ‘Connect IQ‘ store.

In January 16, 2019 we were at v6.11.1.0. So, we have gone up three full versions higher in five months. Not bad.

Make sure you update your ‘Express‘.


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The New Series ‘Jennie’, About Winston Churchill’s American Mother, On ‘Acorn’ TV, Is Quite The Story.

by Anura Guruge


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I saw it being advertised on the banner of ‘Acorn‘ for the last week or so — but, I think it only became available today. We watched Episode 1 and it was GOOD.

Alas, though new to Acorn, it is NOT new. Appears it was shown on Thames in 2009 — so, 10-years ago. So, the quality, alack, is not that of ‘Victoria‘ on PBS. But, it is not dreadful. It is better than what you will find of YouTube.

I knew a bit about her suitor and husband Lord Randolph Churchill given that he is my hero Winston’s father. So, I learnt a fair amount about both of them in this first episode — how they met, their whirlwind romance and ahead-of-schedule marriage. I am looking forward to watching the rest of the series.

Looks very promising and I know that Lord Randolph’s story gets more colorful, though sad.


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Sam Kean’s “The Disappearing Spoon” — One Heck Of A Mind Expanding Book.

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This is one heck of a book. I was going to say it was mind blowing, but that was, I realized, the wrong description. It is mind expanding. It is filled, chock-a-block with fascinating information and insights on every page. I learnt so much.

I already did two posts on subjects I learnt from this book: silver (and Argyria) & iodine.

I had never heard of him until this last March. Then, on a Sunday, on NPR, they read excerpts from his book “The Violinist’s Thumb“. I was hooked. I wanted to read the whole book. I went looking for it on Amazon and found all three of his books. As is my wont, when it comes to authors, I ordered all three.

I decided to start with the ‘Spoon‘ because I do have an affinity to elements.

Wow. I wish this book had been around 50-years ago when I was studying chemistry. I would have learnt so much more.

It should be a MUST READ for all high school kids doing chemistry. It will make chemistry that much more real.

Though well and amusingly written, it is NOT an easy book to read. It is technical and some of his very technical explanations are not as clearly explained by Sam. I ended up doing more research on my own.

If you like chemistry, do yourself a favor and read this book. It will enrich your life and expand your mind.


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