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Today's quotable quote: M. Grundler: it's easy to identify people who can't count to ten. They're in front of you in the supermarket express lane.

This day in history: 16 September 2021: The Grito de Dolores: Battle Cry of Mexican War of Independence (1810). The revolutionary movements in the US and France did not go unnoticed in Mexico, which had been subjugated by Spain centuries earlier. When Napoleon invaded Spain in 1808, many Mexicans saw an opportunity to claim their own freedom. In 1810, revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla launched the Mexican War of Independence with his Grito de Dolores—"Cry of Dolores"—a call to freedom that roused the peasants to action and became their battle cry.


Historic Photographs

This is how Jeeps were shipped out during World War Two., 03 September 2021

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This is how Jeeps were shipped out during World War Two.


The tiny balls of fat that could revolutionize medicine

ted.com, 29 August 2021

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What if you were holding life-saving medicine ... but had no way to administer it? Zoom down to the nano level with engineer Kathryn A. Whitehead as she gives a breakdown of the little fatty balls (called lipid nanoparticles) perfectly designed to ferry cutting-edge medicines into your body's cells....


Historic Photographs

Testing cars on the roof of the Fiat factory in 1929. https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/racetrack-rooftop-factory-italy/, 28 August 2021

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Testing cars on the roof of the Fiat factory in 1929. https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/racetrack-rooftop-factory-italy/



How the COVID-19 vaccines were created so quickly

ted.com, 26 August 2021

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In the 20th century, most vaccines took over a decade to research, test, and produce. But the vaccines for COVID-19 were cleared for emergency use in less than 11 months. The secret behind this speed is a medical technology that's been developing for decades: the mRNA vaccine. So how do these revolu...




World Beauties and Wonders

Hisashimichi interchange! It's a Japanese highway junction, made with minimum loss to Environment. This is a seriously impressive engineering masterpiece situated in Hachioji, near Tokyo, Japan. (Quote from Semih Tütünnsatar), 07 August 2021

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Hisashimichi interchange! It's a Japanese highway junction, made with minimum loss to Environment. This is a seriously impressive engineering masterpiece situated in Hachioji, near Tokyo, Japan. (Quote from Semih Tütünnsatar)


Rare Footage of Glass Octopus

technologynetworks.com, 06 August 2021

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Rare sightings have been made by the Schmidt Ocean Institute of a glass octopus, a nearly transparent species whose only visible features are its optic nerve, eyeballs and digestive tract.


Secret spots: Some of Cape Town's most underrated hidden gems

capetownetc.com, 27 July 2021

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There's an art to keeping secrets, but there's also the thrill of sharing them sometimes. Cape Town has so many gorgeous secret spots - but don't worry we're not here as Mystery Inc. revealing absolutely everything.


Historyinpictures

Unwrapping the new Atari gaming system Christmas morning, 1980., 12 July 2021

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Unwrapping the new Atari gaming system Christmas morning, 1980.



Historyinpictures

The first cellphone.. Motorola’s DynaTAC 8000X, a 2-pounder priced at $3,995 in 1984., 22 June 2021

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The first cellphone.. Motorola’s DynaTAC 8000X, a 2-pounder priced at $3,995 in 1984.


Blister in the Sun

youtube.com, 19 June 2021

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I was breaking in the strings on the guitar I picked for my dad for Father’s Day. I heard this song on the radio just before so it was in my head but I never...


Historyinpictures

Philips introduces the compact disc to the world, 8 March 1979., 10 June 2021

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Philips introduces the compact disc to the world, 8 March 1979.



Historyinpictures

How the ancient Greeks knew the Earth was round. All you need is sticks, eyes, feet, and brains., 31 May 2021

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How the ancient Greeks knew the Earth was round. All you need is sticks, eyes, feet, and brains.

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In the news

Beyond CRISPR: New class of gene-editing enzymes discovered: One of the most revolutionary discoveries of the century, the CRISPR gene-editing system is built on a bacterial defense mechanism that allows scientists to make precise edits to DNA. Posted on 16 September 2021.

HyperCharge can top-up Xiaomi 11T Pro phone battery in just 17 minutes: Waiting by the wall outlet for a phone to charge is no fun and Chinese tech firm Xiaomi is easing the pain with the launch of the 11T Pro handset, which boasts 120-W fast-charging for a full top-up of its 5,000-mAh in as little as 17 minutes. Posted on 16 September 2021.

The LAPD Is Asking City Residents To Hand Over Social Media Account Info To Feed To Its Unsupervised Monitoring Software: Documents obtained via public records requests by the Brennan Center reveal the Los Angeles Police Department has made social media part of its everyday business. Posted on 16 September 2021.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Thu 16: few clouds

    12 ° - 19 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 18 %
  • Fri 17: sky is clear

    12 ° - 19 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 18: broken clouds

    11 ° - 21 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 70 %
  • Sun 19: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Mon 20: light rain

    12 ° - 14 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 100 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

Apple Concedes To Antitrust Concerns, Changes Payment Rules: The agreement is part of a preliminary settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of iPhone app developers in the U. Posted on 27 August 2021.

99-Million-Year-Old Spider Protecting Her Eggs Discovered Fossilized in Amber: Researchers at China’s Capital Normal University discovered a 99-million-year-old adult spider protecting an egg sac underneath her body with approximately 100 spiderlings encased in the amber. Posted on 16 September 2021.

Concreit closes on $6M to allow more people to invest in the global private real estate market: Concreit, a company that wants to open real estate investing to a broader group of people, announced today that it has closed $6 million in a seed funding round led by Matrix Partners. Posted on 16 September 2021.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 28 May 2021.

Apple’s iPhone 13 to hit shelves later this month: The devices feature upgraded cameras and the company’s latest A15 chip, which it says is up to 50% faster than the competitionApple’s iPhone 13 will hit shelves later this month, with prices starting at $699 (£679 in the UK), the company announced at a press event on Tuesday. Posted on 16 September 2021.

SpaceX rocket to take world’s first all-civilian crew into orbit: Four-person Inspiration4 mission will orbit Earth for up to four days, marking latest step in space tourismThe world’s first crew of “amateur astronauts” is preparing to blast off on a mission that will carry them into orbit before bringing them back down to Earth at the weekend. Posted on 16 September 2021.

Ransomware attackers targeted app developers with malicious Office docs, says Microsoft: Hackers linked to ransomware deployments used a recently discovered flaw to target application developers. Posted on 16 September 2021.

Kew Gardens: Royal Botanic Gardens breaks record for largest plant collection: Established in 1759, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has 16,900 unique plant species. Posted on 16 September 2021.

No, Lovecraft Country Didn't Need a Second Season: The Emmy-nominated HBO series has been lauded for subversive storytelling. Posted on 16 September 2021.

Put Down That PS5 And Pick Up Your Switch For The Pixelated Pleasures Of 'Eastward': Tiny Shanghai-based studio Pixpil beats giants like Nintendo at their own game with the new Eastward, a vintagey-looking adventure that follows an unlikely pair of friends through a crumbling world. Posted on 16 September 2021.

Data from 29,798 clean-ups around the world uncovers some of the worst litter hotspots: Coastal litter is a big environmental problem. Posted on 16 September 2021.

How Biology is Getting a Technological Makeover: The story of Ginkgo Bioworks shows the challenges and progress in the emerging field of synthetic biology. Posted on 16 September 2021.

Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: Beyond Meat, Cisco, Las Vegas Sands and more: These are the stocks posting the largest moves before the bell. Posted on 16 September 2021.

Salesforce adds new RPA capabilities to Einstein Automate: Einstein Automate is a portfolio of tools to help customers automate processes, build workflows and connect data. Posted on 16 September 2021.

SpaceX Launches Astronaut Crew Like No Other on Orbital Adventure: The Inspiration4 mission successfully lifted off from Florida, carrying with it an ambition of making spaceflight more accessible to the broader public. Posted on 16 September 2021.

Scientists Trained Cows Where To Pee. It Could Help The Environment: Turns out cows can be potty trained as easily as toddlers. Posted on 15 September 2021.

Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: Beyond Meat, Cisco, Las Vegas Sands and more: These are the stocks posting the largest moves before the bell. Posted on 16 September 2021.

Ransomware Encrypts South Africa's Entire Department of Justice Network: The justice ministry of the South African government is working on restoring its operations after a recent ransomware attack encrypted all its systems, making all electronic services unavailable both internally and to the public. Posted on 16 September 2021.

As US expands internet access, cities wary of being left out: The Biden administration has promised to expand affordable internet access across the nation, but an interim rule narrows eligibility for broadband funds. Posted on 14 September 2021.

Needle-nose extinct giant penguin from New Zealand is a newfound species: A newly described extinct giant penguin from New Zealand has unusually long legs and a long, slender beak, and it dates to a time when much of the region was underwater. Posted on 16 September 2021.

This US company sold iPhone hacking tools to UAE spies: When the United Arab Emirates paid over $1. Posted on 15 September 2021.


Some of the tech in my workday

Best programming language?

The PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google.

The TIOBE Programming Community index measures popularity based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses, third party vendors and search engine activity.

w3techs analyses page content to determine the technology used, and also uses publicly available information from sources such as Alexa, Google, Microsoft and ipinfo.io.

While Java and Python top the popularity charts, more than 80% of all websites run on PHP.


Longer term weather forecast

Cape Town weather

  • Thu 16: few clouds

    12 ° - 19 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 18 %
  • Fri 17: sky is clear

    12 ° - 19 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 18: broken clouds

    11 ° - 21 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 70 %
  • Sun 19: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Mon 20: light rain

    12 ° - 14 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Tue 21: overcast clouds

    11 ° - 17 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 87 %
  • Wed 22: broken clouds

    12 ° - 23 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 79 %
  • Thu 23: light rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 99 %
  • Fri 24: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 86 %
  • Sat 25: few clouds

    12 ° - 19 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 11 %
  • Sun 26: light rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Mon 27: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Tue 28: sky is clear

    12 ° - 16 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Wed 29: sky is clear

    12 ° - 20 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Thu 30: few clouds

    13 ° - 23 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 16 %
  • Fri 01: overcast clouds

    14 ° - 19 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 100 %