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One Month Anniversary Of My Garmin Fenix 5.

by Anura Guruge


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Last 4 weeks (i.e. 28 days).


May 5 & May 6 to get me a FULL 30-day count.


Wow. I have now had my Garmin Fenix 5 for a month, i.e., 30-days — May 4 to June 3, 2018.

No real problems. The backlight does NOT work like I would expect it to, but I can live with that.

On the whole it does all that I want and does so without any fuss or drama. I like that.

I really have got used to it. It feels non-intrusive and I think that that has to be the best measure of what a good fitness/activity tracker should be. You wear it and it does not mess with your day.

Very different feel to when I had my Fitbit Ionic. That watch used to irk me.

The Fenix 5, on my wrist, feels right.

I just hope my luck continues.

So, it has outlived my first Garmin Vivoactive 3 (15-days) but not the second (51-days).

I will do another post, of this ilk, on day 52 — I HOPE. Fingers and toes crossed.


So, during those 30-days I walked 302,508 steps.

Average steps a day = 10,084.


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The Teeth-Chattering, Stupendous Explosion In Amazon Stock Price Is Downright SCARY!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Underlying ‘chart’ from MarketWarch.com, of course.


One Year Growth

Jan. 13, 2017 = $817 –> Jan. 12, 2018 = $1,305.

$488 in 1 year.

60% increase.


Not sour grapes, by any means, on my part. {Smile}

Just the sober reflections of someone who owned shares during THE ‘dot.com‘ and remember seeing explosions similar to this.

Too much, too fast.

The 2-weeks on 2018 has been just, downright crazy.

AMZN has gone up nearly every day — of every day bar one.

Too fast.

I worry that people are going to get burned.


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Fujifilm X-E2s — One Month Review After Taking 2,499 Usable Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


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I received my brand new Fuji X-E2s, from Amazon, sealed,
on May 18, 2016.

Charged the battery overnight and updated the firmware to 1.01 before taking any pictures.
Took the first pictures on May 19.

Up to June 18th I had take 1,833 usable images.

But, June 19 was Father’s Day and we went to Boston and I took 666.

Hence the May 19 – June 19 figure of 2,499 usable images.

What is interesting is that with my Panasonic Lumix LX1000 I took 2,300 in the first month. So I am consistent, if nothing else.


8 pictures I took at the Boston Science Museum
& Boston Duck Tours on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

Click to ENLARGE (ditto for one at top).


No question (whatsoever), the Fujifilm X-E2s can, and will, take some stunning, very detailed, extremely pleasing to the eye images. Though I normally don’t bother with prints, in this all-digital age, I had about 90 of my initial pictures printed by Snapfish at 4×6. The quality, color and saturation was sumptuous. I like the camera. It is easy and fun to use. Everything is in the right place with little scope for confusion. Very solid camera. Given that this is NOT a cheap camera you would not, of course, expect anything less.

This was my first Fujifilm X-series camera. I had gravitated to Fuji because their X-series caters to two of my primary ‘needs’ in a camera: mirrorless and ‘direct control’ (i.e., lots of control dials). The Fuji X-T1, if not for the 16MP resolution and low ISO, would have, on paper, been a perfect BIG camera for me (with the X-E2s being the ‘compact’). This is why I have been waiting, for nearly 9 months, for the soon to be announced X-T2. I decided to get the X-E2s so I would be ready for the X-T2. The goal was to standardize on Fuji.

Well now that I have had the X-E2s for a month I am not 100% sure I want to standardize on Fuji!

Yes, that is one heck of an indictment — on Fuji. I have NOT been happy with focus — and I have applied all the June 9, 2016 firmware updates to the camera and the lenses. Both auto and manual focus is too erratic and temperamental for my liking.

So, the X-E2s may have prevented me from making an expensive mistake! Right now I am reevaluating EVERYTHING … from scratch. I realize that impeccable FOCUS is paramount when it comes to my needs. Image quality for me starts with razor-sharp focus. I am now beginning to realize that focus on mirrorless cameras MIGHT never meet my demands! That is very discouraging. I am bummed. I am renting a X-T1 for a week. That will help quite a bit.

But right now, thanks to the X-E2s I have had to throw away all of my previous criteria as to the kind of camera I want and start again. To be honest I am thinking I should just get a Nikon D500 and be done with it! Then I think how HEAVY and BULKY it is going to be.

And … And … And.

The soon to be announced Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II! Micro Four-Thirds! That is a bummer. I really, really, really don’t want to AGAIN regress from an APS-C size sensor. However I have this awful feeling that the Olympus E-M1 Mk II, in terms of IQ, will beat the X-T2 hands down — and, moreover, be less expensive. Plus, it will be small and light.


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My Worst Nightmare — Being Trapped In An Elevator Till You Die!

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from March 6, 2016.

Click image to ENLARGE and enjoy here.


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I have some degree of claustrophobia. It is not major but there are situations that make me uncomfortable. Long ago I discovered that I do not like enclosed elevators — precisely because of this nightmare. I would not do well trapped in an elevator. I do know folks who have been trapped — albeit never for that long — and I have nothing but utmost respect for them. If at all possible I try not to be in an elevator on my own and whenever I get into one I make sure that I know where the emergency button is and if there is a phone. Given the option I would rather take the stairs than use an elevator — and part of that is that, just one of my manifold foibles, I do like to climb/run up stairs. Eight or nine floors is not a problem. When my adopted parents lived in Paris, which they did for 18 years, I would regularly climb to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower — sometimes doing it twice a day. I have walked up 18 floors, in London, carrying a 30lb Datascope (an early network diagnostic tool).

My heart bleed for this poor lady. Shouldn’t somebody have heard her. A month.

Only in China. Now I feel GUILTY that we too partook in the Chinese New Year while this poor lady was dying! I hope the negligent workers are thrown in jail, ideally in solitary for months on end.


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