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Traditional Chinese Tung Oil Paper Umbrellas Galore At The ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH).

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

This colorfully mesmerizing array of traditional Chinese umbrellas were on display at this event:

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Obviously, as the pictures attest, we attended. It was very, very good — but I knew it would be. The ‘Confucius Institute’ at UNH (Durham, NH) has never let me down for the last 6- to 7-years. They are pretty amazing.

There was also a Chinese concert given by High Schoolers from the local Oyster River School:

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Then there was the umbrella making. That was something else too and Teischan made one. More on that in a separate post. Only so much I can cram in before it gets too hard to appreciate. {SMILE}

Also check out these three posts:

    1. 95-year old umbrella on show.


    2. A set of 7-pictures.


    3. Another set of 7-pictures.

More posts later.

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by Anura Guruge

95-Year Old, Chinese Tung Oil Paper Umbrella — Still Operational.

by Anura Guruge

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This was at the ‘Traditional Tung Oil Paper Umbrella’ event, at the ‘Confucius Institute’ at UNH (Durham, NH) that I wrote about yesterday.

You don’t come across too many umbrellas, operational to boot, that are 95-years old. And certainly not one as beautiful as that. This was the oldest umbrella they had. I gather they, of course, have older in China. Look at the string work inside. Supposedly there are 3,000 ‘knots’ in that.

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by Anura Guruge

Making Fun Of Aging IBMers Is Not Funny.

by Anura Guruge

You can find this on Facebook.


Click to ENLARGE and read. It says (in case you have trouble reading it): “What has processed 5 billion transactions in the time it took you to read this? CICS”.

CICSCustomer Information Control System
is an old, much beloved and widely used 
computer system for managing
large database-oriented systems.
Think: banks, airlines, financial institutes,
utility companies, car rental etc.

Yes, granted that this is VERY nerdy and obscure joke BUT it is cruel.

It basically pokes fun at aging IBMers (I being one of them), especially those that worked on mainframes, trying to mock their APPARENT lack of awareness of modern technology and their supposed unfamiliarity with large numbers.

OK. Let me explain. The 5 BILLION number is a huge, huge, huge exaggeration.

Most people can read about 8 – 10 words per second. So 16 words = 2 seconds.

So this is saying that IBM CICS systems (and there are a LOT of them still in use) are processing 5 Billion instructions in 2 seconds.

So that is 2.5 Billion instructions a second.

And that is the BUTT of this joke.

2.5 Billion/second is just PLAIN WRONG. And that is the POINT of the joke. Anybody who wears this is going to get thought of as ‘soft’.

Per IBM (see below and use this link), and this person, from Hursley (where I worked for IBM), would know and would have no reason to make a false claim, states 10 Billion CICS transactions a DAY.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link cited above to access “Computer Weekly” original.

The real number is 1.1 MILLION transactions/second or 2.2 MILLION transactions in the time it takes to read the T-shirt blurb.

The 1.1 (1.15) million number is pretty well known. Here is another credible reference to it:


Click to access original which quotes IBM’s CICS newsletter.

Attempts like this to belittle aging IBMers, such as I, upset me. Yes, we are getting old and are no longer as swift as we once were. But it doesn’t mean that we have become complete mindless, drooling dinosaurs. We can still hold our own against the new generation of IT folks. Don’t try to trip us up by trying to get us confused as to whether it is an ‘M’ or a ‘G’.

This T-shirt was uncalled for and callous. The guy who came up with it should be ashamed of himself.

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by Anura Guruge

Ahead Of February 4 Sri Lanka Independence Day Let Me Share Some Real Old Pictures.

by Anura Guruge

These are Public Domain pictures.

[So don’t even THINK about putting copyright notices on them.]







I can, from my time in Ceylon 1953 to 1967, relate to ALL these pictures. I remember Colombo jetty when it was like that I have gone out on launches from that jetty many times to visit ships in the harbour. The Town Hall hasn’t changed any and Galle Face, at least the front, is just as I remember from my time. Peradeniya is much the same. So these are COOL. Not postcards per se. Cigarette Cards — which they used to include in packets. I have found about 240 of these.

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Bernie Sanders Underwear, Like Bernie’s Message, Has NOT Been Well Thought Out.

by Anura Guruge



First and foremost we are, very THANKFULLY, NOT talking about any underwear that 74-year old Bernie himself might be wearing. That is very unlikely to be a pretty picture, even if you are a 78-year old female.

I also want to make it clear that I LIKE, and always have for the last 10 years, Bernie Sanders as a man and a Senator. He is a very good Senator. I just do NOT like him wasting all this time, effort and MONEY on a pointless nomination run when we, THE DEMOCRATS, should be 100% focused on making sure the White House stays Blue.

So to this underwear.

IF you are going to put Bernie’s face on female panties should it NOT be at the front — especially if you are making a point about ‘feel’? SMILE. Not that anybody would ever mistake Bernie for a sex object but should his face really be at the back?

And OK, if YOU insist on putting it on the derrière THEN at least the alignment of the mouth right — so that we can at least reconcile some of the hard to fathom stuff, such as ‘increase taxes’, coming from Bernie’s mouth. Get it? Not difficult.

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