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Today's quotable quote: Homer Simpson (The Simpsons): Kids, kids. As far as Daddy's concerned, you're both potential murderers.

This day in history: 26 September 2021: MV Joola Disaster in Senegal (2002). Just 11 years ago, a Senegalese ferry capsized off the coast of Gambia, claiming more lives than the notorious Titanic disaster. At least 1,863 people died in the sinking of the MV Joola, making it one of the deadliest civilian maritime disasters in history. A number of factors likely contributed to the tragedy, including bad weather, overloading—the ferry was carrying more than triple the number of passengers it was designed to hold—and a delayed rescue effort.



The Blind Lady Cafe

Hahahahaha 😆😆😆 *click on image to read in full., 23 September 2021

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Hahahahaha 😆😆😆 *click on image to read in full.



Go for a Walk

theatlantic.com, 19 September 2021

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What I learned about transcendence from a very boring 100-mile trek


World Beauties and Wonders

Haiku Stairs, Hawaii. The stairway was originally built for the U.S. Coast Guard to allow access to the LORAN radio antenna on the top of the mountain. … So the state later officially closed the stairs to the public in 1987. As of 2003, the Haiku Stairs have been completely repaired, which cost the city $875,000., 18 September 2021

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Haiku Stairs, Hawaii. The stairway was originally built for the U.S. Coast Guard to allow access to the LORAN radio antenna on the top of the mountain. … So the state later officially closed the stairs to the public in 1987. As of 2003, the Haiku Stairs have been completely repaired, which cost the city $875,000.



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.

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In the news

FAST lets lunar landers make their own landing pads pre-touchdown: Masten Space Systems is working on a way to protect future lunar landers from the regolith thrown up by their engines as they land, by injecting alumina ceramic particles into the rocket engine plume to glue together lunar dust and create their own landing pads just before touchdown. Posted on 25 September 2021.

Sticky-tape module designed to let robots know when floors are clean: Increasingly, robots are being used to autonomously clean floors and other surfaces in places like airports and hospitals. Posted on 24 September 2021.

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt: This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is David with a comment on our post about the Russian government abusing the law to shut down Alexey Navalny's smart voting app: It's worth remembering that Navalny is in a labor camp for violating the conditions of his probation by not dying but getting foreign medical aid after being poisoned by Putin's thugs. Posted on 26 September 2021.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Mon 27: broken clouds

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 77 %
  • Tue 28: sky is clear

    13 ° - 17 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Wed 29: sky is clear

    14 ° - 18 ° Wind 11 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Thu 30: scattered clouds

    13 ° - 20 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 32 %
  • Fri 01: scattered clouds

    15 ° - 18 ° Wind 12 km/h / Clouds 25 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

Facebook Moves To Tout Image Rather Than Apologize For Rogue Content: Report: The effort, called Project Amplify, would be a dramatic shift in policy for the social media giant, which had taken to apologizing publicly for any untoward content. Posted on 22 September 2021.

Masten’s FAST Spacecraft Can Make its Own Moon Landing Pad by Coating Lunar Dust: Since the lunar surface has limited sunlight and extremely cold temperatures, landing on the Moon is a difficult task to say the least. Posted on 26 September 2021.

How a plant virus could help stop cancers from reaching the lungs: Using a virus that grows in black-eyed pea plants, nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego developed a new treatment that could keep metastatic cancers at bay from the lungs. Posted on 25 September 2021.

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

Is Facebook leading us on a journey to the metaverse?: Nick Clegg will on Monday set out the tech giant’s vision of a virtual world where you can work, shop and ‘live’. Posted on 26 September 2021.

Gene editing ‘would allow us to create hardier farm breeds’: The biotechnology is comparable to traditional breeding methods and vital to create livestock resistant to disease, droughts and heatwaves, says groupLeading UK researchers, vets and farmers have urged ministers to free livestock science of unnecessary legal curbs as the country prepares, post-Brexit, to ease gene-editing rules. Posted on 26 September 2021.

Remote working jobs row shows how much tech has changed: Tech's biggest priorities have changed, but not everyone has realised it yet. Posted on 26 September 2021.

Climate change: Whisper it cautiously... there's been progress in run up to COP26: Pledges made at the UN have lifted hopes for the Glasgow summit, but some major questions remain. Posted on 24 September 2021.

Vizio’s M-Series TV Is Affordable and Mantle-Worthy: This flatscreen delivers reliable picture quality, satisfactory blacks, and a pleasant interface—all at a respectable price. Posted on 26 September 2021.

Instagram Worsens Body Image Issues And Erodes Mental Health: NPR's Lulu Garcia-Narro talks to Destinee Adams, a college senior, who co-wrote an article about the negative impacts of Instagram on her mental health and on her generation for TIME. Posted on 26 September 2021.

New lava lake lets DR Congo volcano 'breathe', experts say: The reappearance of a lava lake in the crater of the Nyiragongo volcano in eastern DR Congo is a good sign, experts said Sunday, four months after a major eruption killed 32 people. Posted on 26 September 2021.

In Race for 5G, Alarm and Security Services Get Stuck in the Middle: Covid-19 shutdowns and chip shortages have made it more difficult to upgrade devices and meet a deadline set by AT&T. Posted on 26 September 2021.

Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka hug after Ryder Cup victory: Winning solves everything. Posted on 26 September 2021.

Chip shortage: Here's why the semiconductor industry gets into trouble predicting the future: Chip companies are reporting record demand amid shrinking supplies. Posted on 26 September 2021.

Ancient Footprints Suggest Humans Arrived In Americas During Ice Age: Human footprints found in New Mexico are about 23,000 years old, a study reported, suggesting that people may have arrived long before the Ice Age’s glaciers melted. Posted on 26 September 2021.

NASA's Got A New, Big Telescope. It Could Find Hints Of Life On Far-Flung Planets: The James Webb Space Telescope will let scientists study small, rocky planets around distant stars in more detail than ever before. Posted on 23 September 2021.

Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka hug after Ryder Cup victory: Winning solves everything. Posted on 26 September 2021.

US Military Seeks Comments on Its Plan to Build a Small, Transportable Nuclear Reactor: America's Department of Defense "is taking input on its plan to build an advanced mobile nuclear microreactor prototype at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho," reports the Associated Press: The department began a 45-day comment period on Friday with the release of a draft environmental impact study evaluating alternatives for building and operating the microreactor that could produce 1 to 5 megawatts of power. Posted on 26 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.

Scientists pinpoint age of molten 'Einstein ring': New science from a stunning 2020 Hubble image illuminates the back story behind a shining loop of light. Posted on 26 September 2021.

The US is about to kick-start its controversial covid booster campaign: The news: The White House is set to kick off its booster shot campaign today, after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky overruled her own agency’s advisors in favor of recommending third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for frontline workers. Posted on 24 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

  • Mon 27: broken clouds

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 77 %
  • Tue 28: sky is clear

    13 ° - 17 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Wed 29: sky is clear

    14 ° - 18 ° Wind 11 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Thu 30: scattered clouds

    13 ° - 20 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 32 %
  • Fri 01: scattered clouds

    15 ° - 18 ° Wind 12 km/h / Clouds 25 %
  • Sat 02: light rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 19 %
  • Sun 03: sky is clear

    13 ° - 20 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Mon 04: sky is clear

    12 ° - 21 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Tue 05: sky is clear

    14 ° - 22 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Wed 06: overcast clouds

    15 ° - 24 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Thu 07: sky is clear

    15 ° - 21 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 2 %
  • Fri 08: light rain

    15 ° - 18 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 93 %
  • Sat 09: scattered clouds

    12 ° - 15 ° Wind 12 km/h / Clouds 34 %
  • Sun 10: sky is clear

    10 ° - 18 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Mon 11: light rain

    14 ° - 18 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 2 %
  • Tue 12: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 11 km/h / Clouds 27 %