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Venus – Jupiter Conjunction Over New Hampshire, Early Mornings, Mid-January 2019.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Base sky map, AS ALWAYS, from

I think it will just about clear the tree line. This is just after 6am. Sunrise is not until ~7:15am. So, plenty of time.

Not for I. I will still be in bed. But, wanted to make sure that you early risers knew of this. Enjoy. Let me know what it was like.

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Garmin Offers Cellular Connectivity, For The 1st Time, With Vivoactive 3M Verizon.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access ‘Garmin’ listing for the NEW cellular Vivoactive 3 Verizon.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link at top to access Garmin original.

This is BIG. Garmin ticks off another box on the ‘smartwatch‘ checklist — cellular connectivity. For now it is limited to Verizon and the Vivoactive 3M. But, we know it will soon be extended to include the Fenix 5 Plus and the Forerunner 645M and more cellular carriers.

Some of you are going to LOVE this especially if you have Verizon.

The two-way texting could be neat though not sure how practical it will be.

Those safety features could prove to be the main catch. I go running in some remote places without a phone and it would be nice to know that, if needed, I could get help using my watch.

But, from what I see, the initial push is for music download and I am skeptical about that. But, maybe Garmin got enough requests.

It is kind of pre-announced at CES 2019. Not going to be available for 8-weeks (i.e., two more months) and it is interesting that Garmin is not quoting a price on its Website. I checked around. Pricing has not been determined as yet.

I will, of course, keep you posted. Stay tuned (and you don’t need Verizon LTE for that).

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Ever Stylish ‘Withings’ Joins Apple In Offering A Smartwatch With On-Demand ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring.

by Anura Guruge

It is not as fancy, nor expensive, as the Apple Watch 4, but it looks good, has fixed analog hands and claims to have a 1-year battery life. But, it is not due to be available till the second-half of 2019 and does not have built-in GPS. I am also not sure whether it does Heart Rate outside of doing an ECG. Hhhmmm.

Without GPS, any Withings is not for I. Shame. I like their look and the battery life is taking things to a whole new dimension (and I write this while charging my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus).

Appears that Withings needs FDA approval before they can release this. I will try and keep you posted.

This was announced at ‘CES 2019‘ that is just starting.

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A Wine Decanter For The Truly Decadent.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and ogle.

Click image for the ‘Hammacher Schlemmer’ listing …

They have given up sending me the printed catalogue (having worked out, after 12-years, that I am a lost cause) but they still send me e-mail promotions on a regular basis.

Of course, this caught my eye. How could it not. I had to go look.

Very nice. Nice price too. $600.

I have one problem with it. We are talking a wine decanter. Inebriated folks. Would be embarrassing if you knocked it over or dropped it! That would be the second reason I wouldn’t get one.

What about YOU? Would you get one?

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“Acorn” Original Murder/Mystery Series “Loch Ness” (2017) Is Rather Good; A Modern-Day Agatha Christie.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access homepage at ‘Acorn’.

Click for listing.

Tight, fast-paced and exciting with some superb shots of the Scottish landscape thrown in.

Easy to watch and get involved. Touches of Agatha Christie. Yes, definitely British. That one of the main protagonists was on ‘Downton‘ is an added bonus.

Definitely recommended. We have discovered that Acorn is well worth the $5/month subscription via Roku. If you like British programming it is a must.



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2018 Christmas Revels (Cambridge, MA), ‘Nordic Celebration’ — The ‘Thank You’ Video From The Gang.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the ‘Thank You’ video at It is safe. Promise.

This year end ‘Thank You’ video (at Vimeo) is now becoming another Revels (Cambridge) tradition. A nice touch. A fond year-end reminder, when the days are truly dark and damp, for those of us who were fortunate enough to attend a performance, as to the ever uplifting gaiety of a Revels. For those, alas, who could not attend, it gives you a quick glimpse of what Revels was all about.

We attended the December 20 show. The fourth or fifth Revels we have attended at Cambridge. Overall, I have been to about 20 between Revels North & Cambridge.

2018 Revels, by definition, was good. It wasn’t the best nor was it brilliant. But, it was still good and that is what counts.

Enjoy this ‘Thank You’ video. It captures what it is all about.

Happy New Year 2019.

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