Tag Archive | July 15

The First Tweet Was Sent On Twitter, This Day, July 15, 11-Years Ago — In 2006.

by Anura Guruge



Twitter was founded on March 21, 2006.

But it was not available as a service until July 15 of that year. So, folks within Twitter did send out Tweets as of March 21 BUT the service only went live for us, the public, 11 year ago, today.


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by Anura Guruge

Rembrandt, The Great Dutch Master, Was Born This Day, July 15, 411-Years Ago — In 1606.

by Anura Guruge



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


He is not in my pantheon of favorite painters BUT I do respect and admire his work — as one must. He sure had talent and knew how to use it. 411 years ago. Wow. That is a long time and makes you think. So much water has flowed under the many bridges in Amsterdam.



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July 22, 2016, Has Come & Gone And Still NO Sign Of The Promised Pentax K-70.

by Anura Guruge


The highly promising and v. attractively priced
Pentax K-70, when announced,
was said to be available as July 15, 2016.

Well it wasn’t.

Then there was talk that it will ship
as of July 22, 2016.

Well July 22, 2016 has come and gone
the K-70 is still not be found!

Very strange.


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Amazon product page, early morning hours of July 23, 2016.


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by Anura Guruge

Today, July 15, 2016, When Availability For Pentax K-70 Was To Be Announced, Confusion Reigns.

by Anura Guruge


Today, July 15, 2016, was said to be when Ricoh
was said to announce the availability of the
rather impressive, and competitively priced,
Pentax K-70.

There are claims that it will start shipping
a week from today, i.e., July 22, 2016.

However, Amazon, this morning started
saying “Out of Stock”.

Ideally they should have said
“Available as of July 22, 2016”.


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Amazon “Prime Day” 2016 Will Be Tuesday, July 12.

by Anura Guruge


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Last year it was on July 15, 2015 — a Wednesday.

So they are keeping it essentially to “week after July 4th“.

I know that a lot of people were NOT impressed with last year’s “Prime Day”. To be honest I really did not bother. There was nothing that I was really looking for.

As I have often said, to I, Amazon Prime is just worth it for ‘Amazon Video‘ and the ‘2-day’ shipping.

So ‘Prime Day’ is a kind of bonus.


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Rembrandt’s 407th Birthday Google Doodle On July 15, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn [July 15, 1606 to Oct. 4, 1669] was the GREAT Dutch Master famous for his portraiture.

Here is the Wikipedia entry.


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Self-portrait, 1659.


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The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633. (Stolen Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MA [USA] in 1990.)


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Polish nobleman, 1637.


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Bathing woman, 1654.


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Bathsheba at Her Bath, 1654. This painting and the one above depict his ex-maid who became his common-law wife.


Monday, July 15, Is “St. Swithin’s Day” A Minor, Amusing British ‘Holiday’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Saint Swithim of Winchester from the Benedictional of St. Æthelwold, illuminated manuscript in the British Library.



St. Swithin, or Swithun, [c. 800 to July 2, 28162] was the Bishop of Winchester (Hampshire) and now the patron saint of the magical Winchester Cathedral, longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.

For 7 years of my life, from 1974 to 1981, I lived close to Winchester. IBM at Hursley, where I worked from 1974 to 1979, just a few miles up the road from Winchester. So I know Winchester and the Cathedral quite well. So I have ‘always’ known of St. Swithin.

Ironically, St. Swithin is best known as a medieval Punxsutawney Phil — a predictor of weather, in particular rain. The sayings (with overtones of ‘the shadow’ goes like this):

“St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain

For forty days it will remain

St Swithun’s day if thou be fair

For forty days ’twill rain nae mare”.

one-dayWhy they would bother with a proverb like this in Britain baffles me. Jokes apart, most of the time, it is difficult to go 40 hours without getting any rain, let alone 40 days (1976, that glorious summer when the West Indies regaled us, being the exception).

But, there is another St. Swithin ‘tradition’ that a recent movie (2011), ‘One Day‘, talks about. St. Swithin’s Day is like “Ol’ Home” day — an anniversary that you are supposed to spend with the same person each year. The movie was fun.


Click to access. From their homepage. If you are not familiar with these Catedral do yourself a favor and at least watch this 4.xx minute video.

Click to access. From their homepage. If you are not familiar with these Catedral do yourself a favor and at least watch this 4.xx minute video.


Not sure how many of YOU know of this 1960s HIT, 'Winchester Cathedral' by the British (of course) 'The New Vaudeville Band'. Again, do yourself a huge favor and listen to it. It will make your day. Just click.

Not sure how many of YOU know of this 1960s HIT, ‘Winchester Cathedral’ by the British (of course) ‘The New Vaudeville Band’. Again, do yourself a huge favor and listen to it. It will make your day. Just click.


As far as I am concerned, and this is probably my Ceylonese upbringing when we, on average, celebrated some kind of holiday, across 4 religions, every 9 days, you just can’t have enough holidays.

So on Monday, take a second to tip your hat to St. Swithin. 

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