Finally Succumbing To Hammacher Schlemmer — I NEED These Life Coaching Glasses To Get My Life On Track.
These I need.
They are, as with all things Hammacher Schlemmer expensive BUT how can YOU put a price on this.
This is what I need to get my sorry life hopefully back on track. I will keep you posted.
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Oscar Wilde and I are one when it comes to this sentiment: “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it… I can resist everything but temptation.” Temptation has been the greatest source of pleasure as well as the bane of my life — though I have always maintained, very truthfully, that I only succumbed, at best, to 10% of the temptation that came my way. When I was young, which (alas) was a long time ago, my temptations were mainly carnal. In my old age, having forgone my love of photography for 30 years because I was too busy with my career, the only temptations that stir me tend to be cameras! I am NOT sure whether I should be happy or sad about that — though I do realize that lusting after cameras, irrespective of how expensive they are, is still cheaper for me that lusting our my old temptations.
So, that is how the Pentax K-70 came into my life, with a resounding bang, yesterday.
A year ago I was convinced that the Pentax K-3 was going to be, as of September 2015, my MAIN camera. Well a lot of water and cameras have flown ‘under that bridge’, so to speak, in the last 9 months: Sony a77 II, Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, Sony RX100 II, Panasonic Lumix LX100 etc. etc. SMILE. Temptation. For I this is NOTHING!
These days, next to the U.K. “Daily Mail“, which I read, ‘cover-to-cover’, every morning (as I did when I lived in the U.K.), the only other publication that I do not miss is the “new camera“. They, over the last 3 days, have been shamelessly plugging the Pentax K-70. Eventually I took some notice.
The Pentax K-70 really could be the camera for me!
Did I just say that. Isn’t the Fuji X-T2 THE DREAM CAMERA build to my exact specs?
As you might know I take a lot of pictures, every day — most of them outdoors. The ideal camera for me would be a very rugged one, WEATHER SEALED and able to work in New Hampshire’s below freezing winters.
The K-70 is for all-weather outdoor use, up to 14°F (10°C) in cold climes. That is still 9°F outside MY range of operation in that I will run in 5°F weather.
I will HAVE to monitor the K-70. There are claims that it’s auto-focus (AF) is very good and it’s image quality is exceptional. And then there is the ISO above 51,210. That I would like! So stay TUNED.
I might still surprise myself. As I saw in a forum, the K-70 could be as good as the Fuji X-T2 at 1/3rd the price! Yikes.
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by Anura Guruge
Items on sale right now … as I write …
I guess I kind of knew that eBay was doing this. I had, however, never checked it out.
Today I had an e-mail from eBay reminding me to check out the Live Auctions.
I did. Wow.
I can see how it could become awfully addictive. I shied away. I could so easily get suckered in. It could be like my option trading addiction — though the HUGE difference is that with my option trading I don’t spend, let alone lose, any money. But these auctions could become a huge drain of funds. Nothing I need … I am sure. But, I see a Rolex and the fingers start itching to bid. But so far, so good. Temptation under control. SMILE.
But just thought I will let YOU know in case YOU want to indulge.
by Anura Guruge
>> I bought Eros for the name
>> — Nov. 13, 2014.
>> IPO flipping restrictions — Sep. 23, 2013.
>> ETK called ‘FKU’ — Sep. 12, 2013.
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Oscar and I suffer from the same affliction, the ONLY thing that we have in common. Like Oscar ‘I too can resist everything but temptation’ (though I am getting better in my dotage). So, I bought a FEW shares of EROS when I was offered the chance to participate in the IPO.
For ‘3 months’ it did NOTHING other than sink like a delusional Indian trying to walk across the Adam’s Bridge thinking that they are the new Messiah. Given it is Indian run there is zero real news — other than that the Indian directors, classy as ever, smeared their OWN excrement on the IPO papers they signed. (See below.) What can I say. Indians are like that. Since I only had a negligible number of shares and I am fully resigned to always lose money I kind of wrote it off as yet another brilliant move on my part — though I bought this through temptation.
Well in the last couple of days it is going straight up, the chart doing the Viagra thing.
I can’t find any news as to why it is going up like that. Yes, given the Indian ownership there is probably a lot of unethical insider trading going on. Not sure what to do. Should I sell now. I will probably make about 50 cents, or should I hold on to see what mischief the Indians are bound to be up to. Yes, I am sure that within a few days it will plummet with the same trajectory of a used condom tossed off a Mumbai hotel room.
I don’t know what to do. Screw it. Might as well enjoy the ride, though mine is, of course, nowhere close to what the Indians get to experience.
I bailed. Couldn’t take. Better to take the 51 cent profit I had now than regret it later.
So I am out. Feel relieved. I think I will stick with U.S. and European stock.
.by Anura Guruge
Though, thankfully, I differ from Oscar when it comes to very important things, like him, I too can resist everything but temptation (though I am getting better).
So when Fidelity told me that I can bid on the Eros IPO — I couldn’t resist. I had money burning a hole in my account since, of course, I didn’t get any Twitter IPO shares. I knew, given my near destitution, that this would be the case.
BUT, of course, I got the Eros stock because there appeared to be NO demand for them. Shares are already down — which is what always happens with IPO stock that I get! Thanks, Fidelity.
The premise is good. Bollywood. If this household is anything to go by the demand for Bollywood has to grow in time — though it might not in my lifetime. That Deanna and the two kids love Bollywood movies and music cracks me up. With my SkyBox TV we can get unlimited Bollywood media though of late the box is used only for TEN Cricket.
…by Anura Guruge
>> Resolution For 2013: Befriend Your Brain … — Dec. 30, 2012.
If you stop and think about it it will become obvious that will power is definitely the wrong way to go about dieting — the keyword, however, being ‘THINK‘.
The ‘power’ in will power is a notion of strength, contention, enforcement. So, when you talk about ‘will power‘ upon who are you trying to enforce your will? If you think for a second, it will become obvious. Will power, cut to the chase, is us trying to control our brain! Will power is us fighting our brain. That is crazy. You seen those movies where they have the two heads talking to each other; the good and the evil. But, that is not what it really is. There is your conscious brain — which is what most of us think of as ‘us’. Everything we see, do, say, smell, touch, feel all comes from that. That is a part of our brain. There is another part that most ignore. You have to befriend that part. Once you have made friends with that part, your ‘real brain’ as I think of it, life gets so, so much easier. You don’t fight your brain as in will power. You make a polite request to your brain.
Yes, to be able to do that you need to be best friends with your brain — what I talked about in this post. If you have made progress on this, then the rest is easy.
Don’t try to use will power on your brain. You are fighting yourself. Instead, ask the brain nicely to help you. Seems to work. But, to be fair, my brain and I have been good friends for 40 years now and we know each other extremely well. So much so that I can talk with him in shorthand. He understands. So, I did have a quick chat with him last week. Last Tuesday. Told him that our one year ‘treat’ was over and we need to lose weight. So far, so good. Yes, very early days. But, I have a very good track record of losing weight, quickly, when I set myself to do it — meaning I get around to actually telling my brain.
Just something to share. Yes, I am very familiar with Oscar Wilde’s saying: ‘I have a very good will power, I can resist anything but temptation‘. Yes, I jokingly use that line, but knowing deep down that will power plays no role.