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In Praise Of Kneeling Chairs.

by Anura Guruge


This 25(+)-year kneeling chair may not have saved my life,
but, it sure saved my back.

Without it I would have been a bent over, drug-popping cripple by now.

Today I finally put it out of its misery and got a new kneeling chair! 


I have been using kneeling chairs for nearly 30-years. I am sure glad I got hooked on them that far back. IF NOT for them my back would be spaghetti by now. But, thanks to my kneeling chairs I have pretty decent back muscles, back strength and posture.

That is the beauty of kneeling chairs. It forces you to brace yourself, while seated, using your back muscles. Nothing else. The only thing that keeps you upright or semi-upright are your back muscles.

I was lucky, I started young (or at least before it was too late). Can’t deny it; I did not discover kneeling chairs until I was in my 30s. But, in my 30s I was super fit! So, using a kneeling chair was no issue. I had a lot of muscles in very good working order.

I have been wracking my brain to remember how I stumbled upon kneeling chairs. I think (but I can’t be sure) that I saw someone (and it might have been the legendary Lyman Chapin of ISO OSI fame) using one at Data General (where I worked briefly in the late 1980s). I immediately saw the benefits. I got one shortly afterwards.

The one I retired today, I have had (and used ‘daily’) for over 25-years!

At a minimum I have written 20 books, 200 published articles and 20,000 blog posts while seated on it!

Yes, I have spent a LOT of time seated on it and it bears the scars — as do I! Yes, I have calluses on my legs from kneeling on this chair. Yes, that is duct-tape! I hated to get rid of it. It and I had quite literally bonded together. But, it was beginning to hurt.

So, today I got a new one with cushions 3x as thick! It feels different, but it is sure comfortable.

The real point of this post was to tell YOU to consider using a kneeling chair. It is so, so, so good for your back.

Think about it. They don’t have to be expensive. The one that I bought, from Amazon, was $60.

My new $60 kneeling chair from Amazon.


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A Kick, Indeed, To Get Unexpected Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books I Wrote 13 – 15 Years Ago!

by Anura Guruge


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Of course, if it was NOT technology, this would, indeed, not in any way be incongruous.

What to I, is crazy, is that these are books on technology — fast-changing, Web-technology at that. While the fundamentals might just about still be in place, much would have changed in the last decade. But, people keep on buying my 5 technology books — albeit NOT in any large numbers.


While I do find it amusing it is also gratifying — not the money BUT the fact that people still put some stock into what I wrote that long ago — on technology. Yes, I do know that I did my best to make technology understandable. That was why I was able to do this for 35-years.

These cheques are always a surprise. Makes my day. I got paid advances for both these books — actually for all 5 of my technology books. They were decent advances for niche technology books. So, I am quids in on these books. That is nice.

Now, I should pre-order a Garmin Vivoactive 3 … {Smile}


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“Huggins Fair 2017”, Wolfeboro, N.H. Will Be On Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5.

by Anura Guruge



Note, it is, by tradition, strictly a Friday & Saturday event; first Friday of August, rain, shine, hail or hurricane. If you go on Sunday all you will find these days are empty tents. Up until 6 – 7 years ago the huge book tent would still have all the unsold books in it and you were encouraged to take as many away — for free. Now they have exchange students from abroad, staying at Brewster over the Summer, come and clear the books away Saturday night.

Unless it is beyond torrential rains we will be there late on Saturday, as we always are — even in heavy downpours.

See you there.


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Another Custom ‘American Girl Doll’ Bed By Teischan (11).

by Anura Guruge


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From discarded shelf unit she found at our local Swap Shop yesterday. She did the painting, decorations and made the mattress! She is now going to make some blankets. I suggested she also make some linen to put in the drawer units. Did all of this, including the sewing of the mattress, on her own. She has two (2) electric sewing machines of her own and also uses her mother’s fancy Japanese one. She is only one who does much sewing around the house these days.


A previous bed she made in July last year.


The ‘American Girl Doll‘ corner of her room
— mainly with things she has made.



Teischan likes doing crafts and is good at it. Next to her electronics, crafting is her next greatest pastime.

She particularly enjoys making elaborate stuff for her two ‘American Girl Dolls‘. Check out: bathroom/shower, furniture, fireplace, Christmas, Harry Potter books etc.. She has been doing this for two years.

Today, it was this bed. She only picked it up yesterday. It is quite heavy and I have helped her a few times carrying it around. The dolls have quite few beds now, including a bunk bed.

I am very happy that she does this stuff. She could make a career out of it.


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Marquis de Sade, Whose Name Gave Us ‘Sadism’, Was Born This Day 277-Years Ago.

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Never read any of his books, but, of course, know him by his reputation. Seems like quite the guy. Ahead of his time — but lucky enough to have been early enough to lend his name to previously unnamed sexual condition.

They thought be was MAD. 


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‘Harry Potter’ Books For ‘American Girl Doll’ By Teischan (10).

by Anura Guruge


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As posted here Teischan, who loves doing crafts, particularly enjoys making customized stuff for her two ‘American Girl Dolls‘. Check out: bathroom/shower, furniture, fireplace, Christmas). She has been doing this for two years.

She likes to make sure that her ‘Girl Dolls’ do the same things as she does. So one of the presents she wants for Christmas is an ‘American Girl Doll’ FLUTE — and, per scale, this tiny flute costs as much as real one!

Teischan has also caught the ‘Harry Potter‘ bug. She is on her fourth book.

Today she decided she was going to make ‘Harry Potter’ books for the dolls! You can see the covers. I suggested she make the insides from styrofoam. She is not sure. She wants to try and do it out of paper. Knowing her I would not be surprised if she cuts 400 tiny pages and then tries to bind them!

I will keep you posted.

I am SURE she has violated J.K. Rowling’s copyright, BUT as fellow British authors (though of VASTLY different statures) I am SURE she will not mind and maybe even be amused. Now, I am sure ‘American Girl Doll’ will cotton on and start selling books at $30 a copy. {SMILE}


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Sorry To Say That Amazon’s “Prime Photos” Is Not Ready For Prime Time — By A Long Chalk.

by Anura Guruge


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If you read this blog on a regular basis you will know that I am HUGE fan and customer of Amazon. I, in addition to also publishing most of my recent books through Amazon, happen to be a very happy Amazon shareholder. There is not a day that goes by when Amazon is not a part of my life.

Thus it genuinely grieves me to inform you that ‘Amazon Prime Photos’, at present SUCKS.

It is quite PATHETIC.

What is the main problem. It does NOT have the capacity to handle the load. Basically it is having trouble coping with the user load — especially with Amazon also coping with Black Friday/Cyber Monday traffic.

Hopefully down the road Amazon will fix this. They just need to increase capacity.

‘Amazon Prime Photos’ appears to be based on Snapfish.

Right now it is real difficult to upload photos! Not funny.

I have managed, over 2 days, with MULTIPLE retries to load 3,602 photos. It is so slow and error-prone.


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