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Today's quotable quote: Bill Cosby: The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet.

This day in history: 02 October 2022: Revolution in Texas (1835). In 1821, the US began to colonize Texas. The newly independent Mexican government, pleased with the prospering US colony, offered grants to other American promoters. By 1830, Americans greatly outnumbered the Mexican settlers. To stop the influx of Americans, Mexican troops began to police the border and close seaports. Alarmed Texans petitioned Mexico for separate statehood, to no avail.


Robert Edward Grant

Visualizing the mechanics of playing vinyl records..., 23 September 2022

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Visualizing the mechanics of playing vinyl records...



Classic FM

One guitar + four hands = ❤️ (via Duo Siqueira Lima & GuitarCoop), 15 August 2022

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One guitar + four hands = ❤️ (via Duo Siqueira Lima & GuitarCoop)


Did Archimedes' 'Death Ray' Actually Work?

realclearscience.com, 23 July 2022

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Archimedes of Syracuse is generally regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived. So revered was his wisdom and celebrated his legacy that legendary scholars who lived nearly two mill



Earth Mazing

Conophytum pageae, a small succulent native to South Africa and southern Namibia. Seeds found here : https://tidd.ly/3Plj0q7, 18 July 2022

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Conophytum pageae, a small succulent native to South Africa and southern Namibia. Seeds found here : https://tidd.ly/3Plj0q7


Ancient Astronaut Theorists

https://deshinewspost.com/12500-year-old-ancient-sphinx-was-recently-found-in-pakistan, 17 July 2022

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https://deshinewspost.com/12500-year-old-ancient-sphinx-was-recently-found-in-pakistan




Amazing Things

It looks like a regular tree, but the Manchineel can kill you. Everything about it is extremely toxic. If you touch its leaves, they will cause "a strong allergic dermatitis." It's so bad that, if you stay under its foliage while it's raining, the water will cause instant blistering wherever it touches you., 31 May 2022

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It looks like a regular tree, but the Manchineel can kill you. Everything about it is extremely toxic. If you touch its leaves, they will cause "a strong allergic dermatitis." It's so bad that, if you stay under its foliage while it's raining, the water will cause instant blistering wherever it touches you.


Earth Mazing

When sperm whales need a nap, they take a deep breath, dive down about 45 feet and arrange themselves into perfectly-level, vertical patterns. They sleep sound and still for up to two hours at a time between breaths, in pods of 5 or 6 whales, presumably for protection. No one knew whales slept vertically until a 2008 study documented the behavior. And no one captured really good photography of it in the wild until 2017. French photographer Stephane Granzotto was documenting sperm whales in the Mediterranean for his book on the creatures when he came across these sleeping whales., 15 May 2022

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When sperm whales need a nap, they take a deep breath, dive down about 45 feet and arrange themselves into perfectly-level, vertical patterns. They sleep sound and still for up to two hours at a time between breaths, in pods of 5 or 6 whales, presumably for protection. No one knew whales slept vertically until a 2008 study documented the behavior. And no one captured really good photography of it in the wild until 2017. French photographer Stephane Granzotto was documenting sperm whales in the Mediterranean for his book on the creatures when he came across these sleeping whales.


Time Travellers

1929 Rocket Car of Upstate New York, 14 May 2022

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1929 Rocket Car of Upstate New York


The Fabulous Weird Trotters

A mother wolf spider carrying her babies. Credits : Nightfall Photograph, 12 May 2022

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A mother wolf spider carrying her babies. Credits : Nightfall Photograph


Amazing Things

This is how enemy aircraft were detected before the invention of radars., 12 May 2022

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This is how enemy aircraft were detected before the invention of radars.


C O N N E C T I N G

A Magical View in Iceland💚🖤, 03 May 2022

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A Magical View in Iceland💚🖤


Architecture Hub

Fenghuang Ancient Town, China See more: themindcircle.com/fenghuang, 16 April 2022

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Fenghuang Ancient Town, China See more: themindcircle.com/fenghuang


World Beauties and Wonders

Atacama, Chile is the land of geoglyphs. Among the nearly 5,000 glyphs discovered there in the past 50 years, none is greater than the Atacama Giant. The largest prehistoric representation of a humanoid figure, it stretches 390ft or 119 metres. Difficult to age, it is believed to have been created between 600 and 1500CE. Thought by some to be an extraterrestrial being who had contact with humans, the glyph is located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) south of the Nazca Lines in Peru….🗿 page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo ), 16 April 2022

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Atacama, Chile is the land of geoglyphs. Among the nearly 5,000 glyphs discovered there in the past 50 years, none is greater than the Atacama Giant. The largest prehistoric representation of a humanoid figure, it stretches 390ft or 119 metres. Difficult to age, it is believed to have been created between 600 and 1500CE. Thought by some to be an extraterrestrial being who had contact with humans, the glyph is located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) south of the Nazca Lines in Peru….🗿 page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo )

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In the news

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Cape Town weather

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Nasa releases images of ‘planetary defense test’ as spacecraft crashed into asteroid: James Webb and Hubble space telescopes captured impact on Dimorphos, moon of the asteroid Didymos, 6. Posted on 02 October 2022.

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Sleeping in barns - homeless in the countryside: Rural rough sleepers face harsh conditions as a taskforce warns of a hidden homelessness "crisis". Posted on 30 September 2022.

The 5 Best Water Leak Detectors for Your Home: Don’t let busted pipes or an overflowing washing machine dampen your day. Posted on 01 October 2022.

DALL-E is now available to all. NPR put it to work: Ever wonder what Nina Totenberg would look like dunking a basketball in space? An Edith Piaf Tiny Desk concert? With the AI-generated art tool now released to the public, you no longer have to. Posted on 30 September 2022.

Glass beads in lunar soil reveal ancient asteroid bombardments on the moon and Earth: In 2020, China's Chang'e 5 mission sampled more than a kilogram of moon rock and soil and brought it back to Earth. Posted on 01 October 2022.

Can Smartphones Help Predict Suicide?: A unique research project is tracking hundreds of people at risk for suicide, using data from smartphones and wearable biosensors to identify periods of high danger — and intervene. Posted on 01 October 2022.

College football Week 5 winners, losers, overreactions: Oklahoma struggles continue as Big 12 race excites: Oklahoma and Georgia lead our biggest losers from Week 5 of the 2022 college football season #georgia #collegefootballseason #collegefootball #oklahoma #big12 #losers. Posted on 02 October 2022.

New Europa Pictures Beamed Home by NASA’s Juno Spacecraft: The space probe has been studying Jupiter since 2016 and just flew within about 200 miles of the surface of the ice-covered ocean moon. Posted on 02 October 2022.

Why your bad boss will probably lose the remote-work wars: Since 2020, office workers have waged an epic battle to work remotely. Posted on 20 September 2022.

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The Era of Fast, Cheap Genome Sequencing Is Here: Emily Mullin writes via Wired: The human genome is made of more than 6 billion letters, and each person has a unique configuration of As, Cs, Gs, and Ts -- the molecular building blocks that make up DNA. Posted on 02 October 2022.

Social media titans add teen safety features. Will they work?: Growing concern about the effects of social media on teens has led three social media giants – Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok – to implement new parental control options. Posted on 11 August 2022.

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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 02: sky is clear

    14 ° - 20 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Mon 03: light rain

    14 ° - 18 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Tue 04: sky is clear

    13 ° - 17 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Wed 05: scattered clouds

    13 ° - 18 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 47 %
  • Thu 06: light rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Fri 07: sky is clear

    13 ° - 20 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 08: sky is clear

    15 ° - 24 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 3 %
  • Sun 09: scattered clouds

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 46 %
  • Mon 10: light rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 37 %
  • Tue 11: light rain

    14 ° - 18 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 61 %
  • Wed 12: sky is clear

    14 ° - 19 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Thu 13: broken clouds

    15 ° - 20 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 51 %
  • Fri 14: scattered clouds

    15 ° - 26 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 26 %
  • Sat 15: scattered clouds

    16 ° - 21 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 32 %
  • Sun 16: light rain

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 96 %
  • Mon 17: overcast clouds

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