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I Walking On Water Per My Garmin GPS Track.

by Anura Guruge



Impressive, right? Pretty long walk too. 0.925 miles each way.

OK. OK. I will confess. I knew where the stones were. Well, actually the stones are pretty hard to miss.

I was walking to the rather famous, tourist magnet, ‘Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light‘ across the not-so-narrow breakwater. Not my first time. Done this quite a few times, albeit not in a few years.

The breakwater itself is 4,300’ (0.81 mile) long. It is built from huge slabs of granite hewed off the nearby island of Vinalhaven and transported to Rockland by ferry 1881 to about 1889. They used a total of 730,000 tons. In the 1880s it cost $750,000!

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The New ‘Defender’ Razor — Impressive, Easy On The Skin … BUT, I Am Still Evaluating.

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Click to access their Website and check their compelling prices.


After having ads for it appear on my Facebook timeline, multiple times a day, I finally gave in and ordered one given that the blades for it were much cheaper than they are for the Gillette SkinGuard razor I have been using for the last few months with GREAT SUCCESS.

The ‘Defender‘ to be fair, is good. Impressive. Ultralight. Like a feature. Very flexible. And yes, it sure gets under your nose — in the nicest possible way.

Yes, given my ultra-sensitive (face) skin I did order the ‘Extra Sensitive’ blades.

No irritation. Feels good. Seems pretty close too. But, I have only used it about 4-times.

My problem is that given the TREMENDOUS success I had with the Gillette SkinGuard I am reluctant to abandon it in haste in case I end up regretting it.

So, I will continue using the ‘Defender’ for another couple of weeks until I can convince myself that it will work as well as the Gillette.

Promise, I will keep you posted. But, for the price it is CHEAP enough to try out YOURSELF. Give it a go. You will not regret it. You will be amazed how light it is.


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Shaving has been the absolute bane of my adult life. I suffer so when I shave. It is torture. I dread it.

Over the decades I have gone to extreme lengths to make it bearable. Cost never a consideration. I have tried them all: razors, blades, electric. And I have suffered mightily.


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‘Amazfit Verge’ Is GREAT Running Watch — Better Than A Garmin Fenix 5!

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Just in case you are thinking that this is sour grapes on my part and that I wish I could afford a Garmin Fenix 5 — please let me tell you that I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, this is an objective and considered opinion.

So, why do I like the Amazfit Verge better. Very simple — and I have talked about it before. The very bright, colorful and cheery AMOLED display. Makes all the difference. All your stats are displayed buch bolder and brighter. They really pop out. Plus, the use of vivid color, when showing heart rate zones, makes it easier to digest and register — on the run.

In terms of data collected and displayed they are on a par. So, you can’t fault the Verge on that. Yes, this has been said before by others and it is very obvious. Those that developed the Verge studied the Fenix 5, in depth, and set out to match the functionality and presentation — albeit with the better AMOLED display.

Yes, the GPS might be a tad off, but not that different to say the Fitbit Ionic or the new Polar Vantage V. I much prefer the Verge to the Polar Vantage V.

Yes, I am impressed. I like it. Yes, it has some faults. ‘Floors climbed‘ is erratic beyond belief and the erraticness varies with watch face! More on that in another post.

I have only done 3 runs with the Verge so far. But, I plan to wear it for at least another week. So, I will provide more feedback in the coming days.


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‘Amazfit Verge’ — It Is The Vibrant AMOLED Display That Makes It So Compelling.

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As some of you know I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, why am I so enamored with a watch that is 25% its cost and, of course, not as feature rich, e.g., lack of maps.

It took me awhile to work out why I find the Amazfit Verge so compelling and satisfying to wear, 24×7. It is the vibrant display made possible by its AMOLED screen — Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED).

Compared to this AMOLED display, the Fenix 5 Plus display, even with the fairly high brightness setting I use (at the cost of battery life), is dull and insipid. I like bold, bright displays. At its most simple, it is more cheery and there is a lot to be said for that.

I, given that I have been shoveling snow for 3-days in a row, haven’t gone for a run with the Amazfit Verge as yet. That would, of course, be interesting. But, outside of that, the Amazfit Verge does all I really care about — i.e., steps, continuous heart-rate, floors climbed and sleep — quite proficiently. While the Fenix 5 Plus does not bother me, the Amazfit Verge, a featherweight, is noticeably lighter and I, to my surprise, notice that. But, in the end, it is still the display. It is one heck of a compelling display. Plus the price is very right. Trust me on that.


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The Rather Strange, 16-Lens/Sensor, “Light L16” ‘Light Capture Device’ (Rather Than Camera).

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I created this annotated, augmented diagram so you can get a quick overview. Base picture, of course, from ‘Light’. Click to ENLARGE.


For reasons I cannot explain this strange device never registered on my radar until a few days ago — even though it appears that there have been prototypes since 2015.

A cute idea BUT the lenses are titchy and PLASTIC.

Plus, as far as I am concerned it is NOT a real camera! Why? It does NOT have a built-in image processor. [OK. I stand corrected. It appears to have ‘3’ BUT they only produce a 3MP image for ‘social media sharing’! So, if you just rely on those INBOARD ‘image processors’ this is a 3MP camera.] It produces raw data that has to be processed on a computer to create the image. Yikes. Not my cup of tea given my aversion to all forms of post-processing.

Reminds me MUCH of the now ‘defunct’ Lytro Illum and I just saw one on eBay for $450!


This is the best ‘review’ that I have seen for this gizmo.

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Has absolutely no appeal to I. I do not have the time or patience for post-processing. What I like is to take pictures in JPEG and posts the ones that came out good. Learn from the bad ones and tomorrow is another day.

I am sure that by this time next year this ‘do-da’ will down to $450. Be interesting to see.

This, however, may appeal to some of you PhotoShop fans.

Oh, the 52MP resolution is also way too high for my liking.


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Think – Today: Do Christians, Jews & Muslims Share The Same Heaven?

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heavensgrocerystoretopWorth a thought? I am NEVER going there and have no desire, whatsoever, of going there. I actually do NOT believe in an afterlife. Nada. But, that does NOT stop me from thinking on behalf of those that do? Mean if you are planning on going to heaven don’t you want to know who else will be there? And then there is the question of the martyrs from the various religions. They, per tradition, automatically go to heaven. NOW think about that. Wow, there could be people up there that might cause you to raise an eyebrow. {SMILE}


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “How Long After The ‘Big Bang’ Did Light Come To Be” — the ‘Big Bang’, per the theory, was far from a conventional explosion, despite the name. There was NO sound, and there was NO flash. That much we can deduce. Why? The ‘stuff’, the ‘material’, the ‘particles’ needed for complex ‘things’ like light just had not come to be! Yes, it is all theory and conjecture BUT they [i.e., scientists who work on this stuff] reckon that it was at least 400,000 years — and possibly MUCH, MUCH, MUCH later (like a few hundred MILLION years) — before there was any light in the Universe. Google it. Read more. THINK. {SMILE}


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Think – Today: How Long After The ‘Big Bang’ Did Light Come To Be?

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lightPrior to the ‘Big Bang’ there was nothing. No dimensions, no space, no time, no light. Then the ‘Big Bang’ occurred. Light came to be after that. The question to ponder is how long did it take before there was light.


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Guinness Book Of Records” — YES, the ‘Guinness Book Of Records’ has appeared in the ‘Guinness Book Of Records’ as the best-selling copyrighted book of all time! [The Bible is not copyrighted.]


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Think – Today: Is There A Difference Between Celibacy & Chastity?

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95935-92479You hear ‘celibacy’, these days, more often than ‘chasity’. And there certainly is no ‘celibacy belt’ as opposed to the chastity one. Do they two words have different meanings or are they synonyms?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Light by which we see the planets” — We see the planets (in our solar system), comets (and for that matter asteroids and other minor planets, albeit not naked eye) thanks to the reflected light from our Sun. None of the planets, comets or for that matter any of the other bodies in our Solar System generate any light bright enough to be seen from Earth, naked eye. Any light that they produce would be due to volcanic activity (or equivalent), burning gases and lightning storms. None of that produces enough light to be seen by us. So, everything we see in the Solar System is due to reflected sunlight. That is worth reflecting on.


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Think – Today: What Is The Light That Makes It Possible For Us To See The Planets & Comets?

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nov5conjunctionWe have all seen Venus, reddish Mars, Bright Jupiter and Saturn in the night sky. If you are lucky (and old enough) you may have seen a comet or two. What makes it possible for us to see, naked eye, these planets and comets?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Natural food that doesn’t spoil” — Honey! Pots of honey were found in Egypt’s famous pyramids and though they were at least 3,000 years old the honey was not spoilt and was perfectly edible. Honey is considered to be a food that does not spoil. Honey, however, can contain spores that could be harmful. Most people, once they are 1-year or older, have developed sufficient enough ‘immunity’ in their digestive tract to nullify anything bad in these spores. Not so in babies. So that is the only caveat. The 1-year rule.


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