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Today's quotable quote: Homer Simpson (The Simpsons): Dear Lord, thank You for this microwave bounty, even though we don't deserve it. I mean... our kids are uncontrollable hellions! Pardon my French... but they act like savages! Did You see them at the picnic? Oh, of course You did... You're everywhere, You're omnivorous. Oh Lord! Why did You spite me with this family?

This day in history: 20 May 2018: Levi Strauss Patents Iconic Metal Rivet for Reinforcing Pants Pockets (1873). If you are wearing blue jeans, chances are a version of tailor Jacob Davis's invention is hugging your hips right now. Davis did not invent jeans—that was the more famous Levi Strauss—but he did invent one crucial component: the copper rivets that reinforce the corners of the pockets, now ubiquitous on denim pants. Because Davis did not have the money to file the necessary patent paperwork, he wrote to Strauss—then Davis's fabric supplier—suggesting they apply together.

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Tech Insider UK

Posted on 22 April 2018

These whirlpool turbines can provide 24/7 power for dozens of homes.


Posted on 21 April 2018

This rock musician lost his arm to an electrical transformer. Now he’s become the world’s first bionic drummer. It’s not science fiction - it’s Superhuman. Follow the show to see all new episodes from the frontlines of medical innovation.

South Peninsula Water

Posted on 08 April 2018

Cape Town gets celebrated for our water saving efforts in the LA Times. #CapeTownWaterCrisis #CapeWater

This Is The Ultimate Road Trip Across The United States

simplemost.com, 07 April 2018

Who doesn’t love a good road trip? One of the many great things about our country is that you can experience so many unique and amazing things by just jumping in a car. The challenge is with so many options of cool spots to visit, where do you even start?

Interesting Engineering

Posted on 06 April 2018

These incredible sculptures almost look like they disappear as you walk around them via Julian Voss-Andreae

Fox Dives Headfirst Into Snow | North America

youtube.com, 06 April 2018

A red fox pinpoints field mice buried deep beneath the snow, using his sensitive hearing and the magnetic field of the North Pole to plot his trajectory. For...

30+ Art History Memes That Prove Nothing Has Changed In 100s Of Years

boredpanda.com, 01 April 2018

Museums and art galleries can become an overwhelming experience for the casual visitor. Luckily, some people untangle centuries-old ideas and dumb-down them into language us mortals can understand, too. Previously, we covered museum snapchats, now it's time for something else.

An introduction to the Berg River Cape Camino

blog.franschhoek.org.za, 31 March 2018

A Camino is an ongoing walking route providing a space for long distance walkers to introspect on their lives or to get fit or to meet people or simply to enjoy the country side. It is a very personal experience. The concept provides many creative opportunities to the region. Not only those with exi...

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In the news

TESS exoplanet hunter tests camera as it swings by Moon: NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission took its first image as it completed a dramatic lunar flyby this week. Posted on 19 May 2018.

Techdirt Podcast Episode 167: CIA: Collect It All: We're nearing the end of the Kickstarter campaign for CIA: Collect It All, our polished and fully-playable version of a formerly top secret card game used by the CIA to train new recruits. Posted on 19 May 2018.

UA surgeons developing new tool to detect urine blockage: Surgeons at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson are developing a tool that may make detecting urine blockage simpler for patients. Posted on 19 May 2018.

Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Mon 21: heavy intensity rain

    17 ° - 18 ° Wind 13 km/h / Clouds 92 %
  • Tue 22: moderate rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 92 %
  • Wed 23: moderate rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 12 km/h / Clouds 92 %
  • Thu 24: moderate rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 80 %
  • Fri 25: sky is clear

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

Cambridge Analytica Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy After Facebook Privacy Row: The firm at the center of the Facebook data hack made the decision after suffering a sharp drop in business. Posted on 18 May 2018.

3 of the Best Hoverboards Money Can Buy: If you’re thinking about buying a hoverboard for the first time or if you are new to these personal transports and are unsure what to buy, don’t worry, Gadget Review. Posted on 28 April 2018.

Shared housing startups are taking off: Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor These schools graduate the most funded startup CEOs The formula behind San Francisco’s startup success When young adults leave the parental nest, they often follow a predictable pattern. Posted on 19 May 2018.

New book focuses on impact of online content moderators: In his new book, Tarleton Gillespie investigates how social media platforms police what we post online and the large societal impact of these decisions. Posted on 17 May 2018.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 12 April 2018.

Laurel or Yanny explained: why do some people hear a different word?: Original audio clip comes from vocabulary. Posted on 20 May 2018.

Guardian science reporter wins prize for vaginal mesh investigation: Hannah Devlin’s reporting wins Association of British Science Writers award for best investigative journalismThe Guardian’s science correspondent Hannah Devlin has scooped a coveted prize in the Association of British Science Writers awards for her investigation into the vaginal mesh scandal. Posted on 20 May 2018.

​LG chairman Koo Bon-moo dies: LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo, the leader of South Korea's fourth-largest conglomerate, has passed away. Posted on 20 May 2018.

'Shocking' human impact reported on world's protected areas: One third of the world's protected lands are being degraded by human activities, says a new study. Posted on 17 May 2018.

Best Weekend Tech Deals: Apple Watch, Neck Massagers, Monitors: Computer monitors, TVs, laptops, desktops, and even the Apple Watch are all on sale this weekend. Posted on 19 May 2018.

Lyor Cohen, YouTube's Music Head, Faces Down A Doubtful Music Business: The former rap mogul and current head of music at YouTube on #MeToo (sort of), Migos and his mortality. Posted on 17 May 2018.

UN, EU call for global action to protect bees: The United Nation's food agency and the European Union on Saturday called for global action to protect pollinators, and bees in particular, which are crucial for ensuring food security. Posted on 19 May 2018.

Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate: At a Facebook deletion center in Berlin, the agents, who work for a third-party firm, remove illegal hate speech from the social network. Posted on 19 May 2018.

Why scientists trained this tiny spider to jump on command: Jump, Kim! Jump!. Posted on 13 May 2018.

Comcast xFi Advanced Gateway Modem/Router: Here is Comcast’s most advanced modem/router which promises speed as well as ease of use. Posted on 06 December 2017.

2018 MacBook Pro: These Big Upgrades Are Likely: This year new MacBook Pros will almost certainly see watershed chip upgrades. Posted on 20 May 2018.

ISS sides against two Tesla directors, backs split of Musk's roles: BOSTON (Reuters) - Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recommended on Friday that investors vote against Tesla Inc directors Antonio Gracias and James Murdoch, increasing pressure on the car maker over their roles on its board. Posted on 19 May 2018.

Nuance reportedly acquires Voicebox Technologies: Voicebox, based in Bellevue, Washington, has developed a VoiceAI platform used in home and IoT devices, as well as connected cars. Posted on 20 May 2018.

Trilobites: The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?: The skeleton of a child found in Hungary was partially mummified by copper from a coin found in its hand. Posted on 18 May 2018.

Report: Most Former Research Chimps Should Move To Retirement Sanctuaries: A working group convened by the National Institutes of Health looked at where chimps that had been used in research should live now. Posted on 18 May 2018.

Ready, aim, fire: Australian diners given water pistols to ward off seagulls: PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Annoyed at seagulls that pester its patrons, a restaurant in the Australian city of Perth has armed customers with water pistols to stop the birds from ruining the waterfront dining experience. Posted on 17 May 2018.

Did Google's Duplex Testing Break the Law?: An anonymous reader writes: Tech blogger John Gruber appears to have successfully identified one of the restaurants mentioned in a post on Google's AI blog that bragged about "a meal booked through a call from Duplex. Posted on 01 January 1970.

When the humanities meet big data: A "close reading" of canonical texts have long been a staple of the humanities. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Meet the Scientist in Michael Curry's Royal Wedding Sermon: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin studied evolution, viewed consciousness as a mystic force, and waxed poetic on the "energies of love. Posted on 19 May 2018.

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

What Can the Death of a Neutron Tell Us About Dark Matter?: Physicists speculate that decaying neutrons may be producing particles unknown to science that make up the elusive dark matter. Posted on 19 May 2018.

In blockchain we trust: To understand why blockchain matters, look past the wild speculation at what is being built underneath, argue the authors of The Age of Cryptocurrency and its newly published follow-up, The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything. Posted on 20 May 2018.

Simple Ways To Optimize Your Online Search Engine Outcomes: If you have a website for your business, one of the most important techniques for making that website successful is something called search engine optimization. Posted on 20 May 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

  • Mon 21: heavy intensity rain

    17 ° - 18 ° Wind 13 km/h / Clouds 92 %
  • Tue 22: moderate rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 92 %
  • Wed 23: moderate rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 12 km/h / Clouds 92 %
  • Thu 24: moderate rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 80 %
  • Fri 25: sky is clear

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 26: sky is clear

    16 ° - 18 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Sun 27: light rain

    16 ° - 18 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 30 %
  • Mon 28: light rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 55 %
  • Tue 29: sky is clear

    16 ° - 18 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 54 %
  • Wed 30: light rain

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 36 %
  • Thu 31: sky is clear

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Fri 01: sky is clear

    16 ° - 19 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 6 %
  • Sat 02: light rain

    16 ° - 19 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 7 %
  • Sun 03: moderate rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 69 %
  • Mon 04: light rain

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 84 %
  • Tue 05: light rain

    17 ° - 17 ° Wind 11 km/h / Clouds 86 %