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Today's quotable quote: Henry David Thoreau: Men have become the tools of their tools.

This day in history: 21 September 2018: The Brief Battle of Prestonpans (1745). England's King James II may have been deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, but he was not without supporters. These supporters, the Jacobites, spent the next six decades unsuccessfully fighting to restore him—and, later, his descendants—to the throne. Their final major attempt, the Forty-five Rebellion, began auspiciously for the House of Stuart, with a victory at Prestonpans, Scotland. The battle was won in mere minutes.

Brut nature

Posted on 19 September 2018

She was the first African woman to receive the Nobel prize. Here is the extraordinary story of Wangari Maathai, one of the world's most important ecologist.

My Modern Met

Posted on 19 September 2018

“As a photographer, I wondered, can I actually capture this beautiful fleeting moment in our country from a unique perspective?” –Jon Carmichael Photography


Posted on 19 September 2018

Glencoe Baobab is the stoutest and second largest baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in South Africa, and possibly the stoutest tree in the world. The tree is located in Glencoe Farm, near Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province. The diameter of the tree is 15.9 m with a circumference of 47 m. The height is 17 m, and the spread of crown is 37.05 m. Radiocarbon dating performed in 2013 suggested an age of 1,835 years.


Posted on 19 September 2018

Laugh and learn! https://www.facebook.com/100002893926708/posts/1611278202311962/


Posted on 19 September 2018


Posted on 17 September 2018

Happiness makes you fat.


Posted on 15 September 2018

This program on PBS is one of my faves. It talks about how ancient life forms evolved , and gives us visual tools to better understand what geological periods looked like millions of years ago compared to the aeons or “eons” within those periods. Most of us know about the “popular” periods in history like the Devonian, Cambrian, Pliocene and several others ....but there is still SOOO much we can learn about all the other “lesser known” geologic periods and eons. Our own “period” within a “period” we are currently living in, is going through a sort of shift. While we may not think these fields of science have a lot to do with astrophysics? They do give us better insight into the very elements that make up our cosmos and how evolution can teach us things we may be able to use for our future space travel.

In the NOW

Posted on 15 September 2018

The residents of a remote Turkish village communicate by whistling across the mountaintops. It's mind-blowing.


Posted on 15 September 2018

The struggle is real.

Debunking Denialism

Posted on 14 September 2018

They banned policies based on such sea level rise forecasts.

Posted on 14 September 2018

Very British Problems

sadanduseless.com, 14 September 2018

Brits have some of the world's worst problems, and they have to face them every single day.

Interesting Engineering

Posted on 14 September 2018

BMW unveils an autonomous motorcycle that aims to make riding safer.. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/2QqAOlG


Posted on 10 September 2018

One of the most repeated words in English is "very." How many alternatives can you come up with?

My Modern Met

Posted on 10 September 2018

Thanks to Culturespaces, what was once an iron foundry in Paris is now an immersive art space filled with projections of iconic paintings, including Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss."

World Economic Forum

Posted on 09 September 2018

Back to school. Learn more about the future of education: https://wef.ch/2J14yW6

Culture Trip

Posted on 09 September 2018

This woman summons cows with her voice! 😲🐮 Sound ON!! 🔊

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In the news

New research may answer why many recent Alzheimer's clinical trials have failed: For several years, research into an effective treatment preventing cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease has constantly failed in human clinical trials, but a new study from an international team of scientists may finally explain the reason behind these failures, and offer a solution in a drug currently used to treat stroke. Posted on 21 September 2018.

Sony Decides That It Too Can Compete With Free With Its Own Retro Console: Remember that quaint mantra from a few years back, "You can't compete with free!" The misguided idea behind the quip was that if the public could get your product for free, typically in digital form via the internet, then you were sunk. Posted on 21 September 2018.

Cooking with wood or coal is linked to increased risk of respiratory illness and death: Burning wood or coal to cook food is associated with increased risk of hospitalization or dying from respiratory diseases, according to new research conducted in China and published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Posted on 21 September 2018.

Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

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  • Mon 24: sky is clear

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  • Tue 25: light rain

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  • Thu 27: light rain

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See next two weeks

News (continued)

Five Security Settings In iOS 12 You Should Change Right Now: Every time your iPhone or iPad updates, it comes with a slew of security patches to prevent crashes or data theft. Posted on 18 September 2018.

Grow Taller Using Insole Gadgets:   Research indicates a possible link between height and confidence. Posted on 28 August 2018.

Amazon makes offline retail push in India: Amazon unleashed a flurry of new products this week at a U. Posted on 21 September 2018.

From fish DNA to Mars: STEM programs inspire kids across NYS: Cornell helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade explore science, technology, engineering and math through a variety of innovative programs. Posted on 20 September 2018.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 10 August 2018.

Nest Hello review: Google's smart facial-recognition video doorbell: Excellent smart device comes with optional 24/7 video recording with facial recognition – and works as a doorbell too Google’s new Nest Hello is a video doorbell that aims to be smarter than the rest with constant recording, face and object recognition. Posted on 21 September 2018.

The undersea and the ecstasy: MDMA leaves octopuses loved up: Normally antisocial sea creature becomes friendly and tactile after being given the drug, scientists sayWhat happens when you give an octopus MDMA? It sounds like a question that might flit through the meandering mind of someone who had been dabbling in psychedelics. Posted on 21 September 2018.

​ATO extends Windows Server 2003 support to 2019: Microsoft given AU$2. Posted on 21 September 2018.

All the plastic you can and cannot recycle: England is recycling more plastic than ever - but for this trend to continue, the system needs to change. Posted on 21 September 2018.

Everything Amazon Announced: Echo Plus, Alexa Microwave, Echo Sub: Today, Amazon announced more Alexa-powered products than you'll ever need—with the hopes you'll get at least one. Posted on 20 September 2018.

Google Warned Senators, Aides Of Hacking Attempts On Personal Emails: In a recent letter, Sen. Posted on 20 September 2018.

California to limit use of plastic straws in restaurants: California restaurants will soon stop providing plastic straws unless customers explicitly ask for them, under a new law signed on Thursday by the state's environment-friendly governor. Posted on 21 September 2018.

Hey, Alexa, Defrost My Peas: The Amazon Microwave was one of more than a dozen devices announced by Amazon on Thursday. Posted on 20 September 2018.

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Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations: Alphabet Inc's Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U. Posted on 21 September 2018.

Alibaba looks to arm hotels, cities with its AI technology: Chinese internet giant is touting the use of artificial intelligence technology to arm drivers with real-time data on road conditions as well as robots in the hospitality sector, where they can deliver meals and laundry to guests. Posted on 21 September 2018.

Trilobites: On Ecstasy, Octopuses Reached Out for a Hug: An octopus on its way to an underwater EDM festival. Posted on 20 September 2018.

Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs From Stem Cells: A Japanese research team made immature human eggs from stem cells that were derived from human blood. Posted on 20 September 2018.

Scaly, scary lodgers: Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles: In an unassuming house on France's River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg (110-pound) tortoise roams the garden and a two-meter (seven-foot) alligator sleeps in the owner's bed while another keeps watch at the door. Posted on 20 September 2018.

Facebook Will Open a 'War Room' Next Week To Monitor Election Interference: An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Sheera Frankel and Mike Isaac [write from The New York Times]: "Sandwiched between Building 20 and Building 21 in the heart of Facebook's campus, an approximately 25-foot by 35-foot conference room is under construction. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Social media giants now face legal action from violating children's privacy: New Mexico is bringing charges against Google and Twitter, alleging they collect the data of children illegally. Posted on 01 January 1970.

No, Captain Cook's Ship Hasn't Been Found Yet: What we know and don't know about the wreck of the H. Posted on 19 September 2018.

Facebook and Google urged to set up independent regulator to avoid internet laws: . Posted on 25 January 2018.

Woman's Swollen Pinkie Finger Was Rare Sign of Tuberculosis: For one woman in California, a puffy pinkie was a rare sign of tuberculosis, according to a new report of the case. Posted on 20 September 2018.

California wants to stop hackers from taking control of smart gadgets: A proposed state law would help bolster the security of internet-connected devices, but what’s really needed is federal action. Posted on 21 September 2018.

Tips And Tricks For Picking A Quality Fort Collins Fence And Gate Contractor For Your Requirements: Don't simply presume a fence and gate repair work setup specialist is reputable if he appears nice when giving you an estimate. Posted on 21 September 2018.

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

  • Sun 23: sky is clear

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Mon 24: sky is clear

    12 ° - 17 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Tue 25: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 68 %
  • Wed 26: light rain

    14 ° - 15 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 33 %
  • Thu 27: light rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 72 %
  • Fri 28: heavy intensity rain

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  • Sun 30: light rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 91 %
  • Mon 01: sky is clear

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  • Tue 02: heavy intensity rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 99 %
  • Wed 03: light rain

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  • Thu 04: sky is clear

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  • Fri 05: moderate rain

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  • Sun 07: light rain

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  • Mon 08: light rain

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