Tag Archive | sound

The Devastating Krakatoa Volcanic Explosion Took Place This Day 134-Years Ago; August 26, 1883.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1883_eruption_of_Krakatoa

Click to access Amazon listing for this compelling book.

I read Simon Winchester’s book (above) and was totally enthralled.

It is thought to have produced the LOUDEST sound ever known on Earth — in ‘modern’ times. The sound was heard 3,000 miles away.

I have watched at least one documentary, BUT it wasn’t as memorable as the book.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Sing’ The Animated Musical Is Very Entertaining, Great Songs & Quite The Yarn.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access IMDb.com listing for “Sing”.

singWe saw “Sing”, at the ‘Regal 10, in Concord (New Hampshire), on Monday.

We had seen the trailers many times on TV and it looked like our type of show. And it was.

It was very good. I would watch it again and I only watch the very BEST of animated movies more than once.

The songs, and the soundtrack, even IF I leave dear Cat Stevens aside, was memorable. The sound was rich, clear and powerful.

Decent animation BUT not up to the recent exalted standards set by Pixar or Dreamworks. The resolution and texture of the furs and skins was what we used to see routinely 5 years ago. But, nonetheless still decent and very watchable.

Good family movie, sans caveats. Highly recommended.

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by Anura Guruge

How To Mute A Chrome Browser Tab Playing An Annoying Video Ad.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, I must APOLOGIZE that this blog can be a culprit of this too, i.e., having annoying video commercials that automatically play. But, that is NOT my doing. I would never do that. Blame WordPress.

Anywho … I found out how you can easily DISABLE this.

No. No. Na. You don’t have to go into Chrome settings and turn off plug-ins etc.

Just RIGHT CLICK on the offending tab (which alas, as in the example, could be this blog, nhlifefree.com).

4th option down will be ‘MUTE tab’ (or if you have ALREADY muted it, ‘UNMUTE tab’). Just click on that option. Works like a treat.


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by Anura Guruge

Dish HD Picture Quality Inferior To That Of DirecTV (or Roku 3/Amazon Prime) — June 2015.

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by Anura Guruge

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directvdish1212We have had Dish HD TV (again) since last Thursday, June 4, 2015. I had finally managed to cancel my accursed and detested DirecTV account on May 31 — 3 weeks ahead of schedule. Just a few minutes ago Deanna took the pre-paid box with the two Genie receivers to the Post Office. No doubt DirecTV will find something wrong with them and charge me for it. What is new. That is all that DirecTV did for 2 years — lied and cheated at each and every turn.

Well, I am back with Dish. Yes, they are no angels either, BUT I don’t think they are as bad as DirecTV. Maybe I will learn.

But we noticed something right away.

Dish Network picture quality is POOR — one could even say downright bad!

Compared to DirecTV HD it is about 50% as good. I guess they just don’t transmit as much bandwidth.

This may come as a surprise but quality of a HD picture is DEPENDENT on how much resolution is transmitted!

Yes, every once in a while I have seen Dish do decent HD — typically at night during prime time. During the day their HD really sucks.

I remember this NOW from when we switched to DirecTV two years ago. Despite all the other problems with DirecTV we all could BUT not notice that the picture quality was stunningly vivid.

Well we are back to ‘so so’ HD with Dish.

No it is NOT our TVs. We still get BRILLIANT HD with the Roku 3 when watching Amazon Prime. Teischan right now is watching “Mansfield Park” on Amazon and the picture quality is worth writing home about. [Plus we now have DEDICATED 15Mbps, wired, TDS Internet to the Roku! More on that later.]

But ONE good thing on the Dish Hopper. So far I have NOT encountered ANY sound loss. That is good.

But I have to say. WOW. Picture quality of Dish is atrocious. Good job we don’t watch much Dish. 85% of our TV viewing is now on the Roku. I got Dish primarily so that I can have 24×7 CNN and CNBC. 

Misophonia — When Food Eating Sounds Drive You Nuts; We Know Someone Suffers From It.

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by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here. Use link below to access “New York Times” article from 2011.

Click here to access “New York Times” original.

Deanna found this article this evening. Not sure how she found it. Well we know someone that suffers from it! It is NOT fun. Well at least now we have something to work it. Fancy that. Misophonia. I worked out what the word means — dislike (even hatred) of sound (‘phonia’)! Read the article.

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