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HRM USA Includes One Of My Fitness Tracker Reviews — For Garmin Vivofit Jr 2.

by Anura Guruge

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These are my friends at HRM USA — the place at which I have been buying ALL my many activity trackers for the last year. Given that they discovered that I blog they had asked whether I would do some reviews for them. I was glad to oblige. So, here is one. I have done more.

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Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” — You Have No Choice But To Read It.

by Anura Guruge

It is certainly NOT “Mockingbird“, but it is ‘OK’! And I guess just saying that says it all: ‘OK’. Has a discerning reader ever described “To Kill A Mockingbird” as just ‘OK’?

It is not as taught and dramatic as “Mockingbird”. More dense. Lot more dialogue and much less amusing description of events, by ‘Scout’, compared to her incomparable masterpiece. Essentially there are only three bits of memorable, descriptive narrative: ‘them going swimming’, ‘the incident with the falsies’ & ‘her going to the “meeting”. Each of those were on a par with what we had got used to in “Mockingbird”.

I actually had the fortune to read “Watchman” while having “Mockingbird” read to me — though, of course, not at the same time. I had made Teischan (12) read the “Bird”. To make sure she did it properly, it became a nightly ritual that she would read a few pages, out loud to I — and this took a long time. I started reading “Watchman” during this time. So, a few hours apart, nightly I got to sample both.

The “Bird”, obviously, is a classic. It was inside Haper Lee and she had to get it out. It was not forced. It was all natural. A story she had to tell, in her own words, the way it was. And what a story.

The “Watchman” doesn’t flow as well. Not sure whether she felt as compelled to tell this story. It seemed a bit forced and that is why I think she didn’t get it 100% ‘right’.

Still NOT a bad book. Definitely worth reading. I am glad I did. In this case, for once, the movie might be better than the book because they could edit and expedite the screeds of dialog.

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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 — THE Review: Richy, Velvety & Robust; Piques The Palate.

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 Anura Guruge

I was hooked on it after the second sip. Rich, velvety and robust. I am a habitual red wine drinker and this comes across as a wine punching well above its weight.

It does belies its newness; it comes across as more cultured than what one expects from a Nouveau.

It definitely is reminiscent of the Beaujolais Nouveaus from the last few years and that is not a bad thing (at all) since we lucked out in those years.

I would, indubitably, call this a ‘GOOD ONE’.

Last year’s was a good and this, to I, seems marginally better. A touch of unexpected velvetiness that makes it feel rich and fulfilling.

I like it. I like it a lot.

Georges Duboeuf yet again appears to have done us proud.

Yes, of course, it has the tannin that it is supposed to — which makes it tart and ‘tight’. But, that goes with the territory so to speak. If it wasn’t tart it would not be a Beaujolais Nouveau.

Yes, it also has a very pleasant fruity aroma. A touch of berries.

As is my wont I made a special trip and bought four bottles. Yes, the price has gone up again — by a dollar, I think. Not much in the overall scheme of things, but still a shame. Keeping it under $10 made it feel like a bargain.

Bottom Line: a very decent wine that is punching well above its weight.

You really should try it out.

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau 2018.


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Decent Article About Choosing Between Nikon & Canon With A Good List Of Lenses.

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Click to access the article at ‘Business Insider’.

Nothing too profound, but it was worth a quick scan. Not that I am planning to get a Canon. The Nikon Z6 is definitely a possibility — but I am going to wait and see.

The list of lenses were helpful. That is the main reason I am sharing so you too can have that list.

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Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens — 2 Sample Pictures That Impress Me None.

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Click to access full review in “Digital Camera World”.

Wow. This is WAY SOFT and fuzzy. You could even say flaccid!

Not impressive. I could do better with a much cheaper lens on my old Sony a7 II. See below.

I happened to see this review (on Google News) from “Digital Camera World”. The two pictures they included — both above — impressed me NONE. They are SOFT. Reminded me of that damning photo taken with the new Canon EOS R.

I think I know what is wrong with the top picture. Aperture TOO WIDE. I would NOT have shot that at under f/11. More likely f/22 and I would have cranked the ISO upto 800, if not 1000.

So, it isn’t as if I don’t take pictures each and every day … and, moreover, post at least 7 a day on this blog. So, you can check out my pictures — which are ALWAYS UNTOUCHED JPEGs, straight-out-of-the-camera.

Yes, in my hands this lens would have fared much better.

So, two of my pictures, with my Sony a7 II

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Review Of “Jurassic World The Fallen Kingdom” By Teischan Guruge (12).

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by Teischan Guruge

The island where all the dinosaurs has a volcano on that is going to blow up. The government is trying to decide whether to save the dinosaurs or let them die.

Claire is the leader of a group who is trying to save the dinosaurs. She gets a call from a guy who wants to save the dinosaurs and he asks her to go to his mansion. She goes to his mansion and he asks her if she could convince her friend Owen to go to the island with them and try to capture Blue who is the last remaining dinosaur of her species. Claire convinces him and him, Claire, a dinosaur doctor and a computer guy go to the island. When they get there they meet a military guy who is supposed to help them. He takes them to a tank like thing and they ride around the island. They stop when they see one of the long neck dinosaurs then they keep going. They go to a shelter place that has computers and things that show where the dinosaurs are. The computer guy does stuff to unlock the shelter and they go in and the computer guy makes all the computers work and they find where Blue is. Owen and the dinosaur doctor go in the tank thing while Claire and the computer guy stay in the shelter.

Owen finds blue and blue remembers him but the military people show up and shoot blue with tranquilizer darts and then they shoot blue with a gun because he attacked someone. Then they shoot Owen with a dart and the dino doctor is forced to go with the military people because she has to get Blue to stay alive. Meanwhile Claire and the computer guy get trapped in the shelter because the volcano started erupting.

When the volcano started erupting Owen had just woken up and could barely but managed to get on a log but when he got on the log he was able to move and he ran away from the lava and met Claire and the computer guy who escaped from the shelter and told them to run. They found one of the ball things that roll and Claire and the computer guy got in but Owen was to slow and the door closed and they fell off a cliff into the ocean with all the dinosaurs. Then Claire and the computer guy got stuck in the ball and then Owen saved them.

Then they figured out the guy’s plan and had to race to the boat that was leaving with all the dinosaurs. The lava was coming fast so everyone had to run into the boat but at the last minute they got into a truck and Claire drove them into them onto the boat. On the boat they had to help the dino doctor save Blue but they needed blood that only one dinosaur on the boat had. So they went and found the dinosaur but it was a T-rex. They managed to get the blood and save Blue. When the boat arrived in California, Claire and Owen pretended to be a truck driver and almost made it to the mansion but they got caught and put in a jail cell like the dino’s.

Owen got a dinosaur to head but itself through the wall and through the jail bars so they could escape. When they got out they met Maisy who was the old guy’s granddaughter. She helped them buy telling them what they were doing. While they were talking the dinosaur auction started but then the head butting dinosaur and Owen came and started hurting people when they were showing the dangerous dinosaur. Everyone got scared and ran away while the military guy shot the dangerous dinosaur with some darts and then went in to steal a tooth from it and it ended up killing him. And he left the door open so it ended up escaping. Owen, Claire and Maisy were trying to find their friends but the dinosaur selling guy found them and told Maisy to come with him but she didn’t want to. And then he told them that she was a clone. Then the guy got attacked by a dinosaur and then they ran away and found their friends who told them there was a gas leak and the dinosaurs were dying. Claire wanted to release them but couldn’t make up her mind but then Maisy released them and they went running away and started taking over the world.

The End.


“Mark Felt” Movie (2017) On Starz — Very Topical, Insightful & Taut.

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Mark Felt, The FBI Associate Director from May 3, 1972 to June 22, 1973, was the infamous ‘Watergate‘ ‘Deep Throat‘ to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post.

Given what is happening in D.C. right now, it is one heck of a topical movie. They could not have timed it better. Provides you with great insights into the FBI, their command structure and how things are supposed to happen.

I am not a ‘Watergate’ buff and have not read (and cannot remember seeing) ‘All The President’s Men‘. It was kind of before my time; I was at the time living in the U.K. and having the time of my life in College. American politics were way outside of scope of interest. But, overtime I did learn enough about it to know the general plot, the main characters and what transpired. As such it was not difficult for I to follow and enjoy this movie.

What I was struck, repeatedly, was the parallels with what has been going on in D.C. with Comey, Andrew McCabe, Robert Muller etc. Fascinating. Like watching history repeating itself.

Highly recommended. The movie is readily available. I DVRed it off Starz.

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