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Today's quotable quote: Gordon William Allport: So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.

This day in history: 23 June 2017: College Board Administers the First SAT Exam (1926). The SAT is a standardized test used in college admissions in the US. Developed by Carl Brigham, a Princeton psychologist who worked on the US Army's IQ test, the first Scholastic Aptitude Test was administered in 1926 to over 8,000 test-takers—60% of whom were male. Criticized as being biased toward whites, males, and the middle class, the exam has been modified over the years to improve fairness. Still, its value as a predictor of success in college is debated.

Could the Universe Be Conscious?

futurism.com, 24 June 2017

Physicist Gregory Matloff has published a paper that argues that the entire universe may be capable of consciousness.

The sound effects madman behind the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons

dangerousminds.net, 18 June 2017

Tregoweth Edmond “Treg” Brown was the genius sound-effects wizard responsible for sound editing the Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons starting in 1936. His musique concrète artistry worked directly in conjuction with Carl Stalling‘s hyper-active left-field orchestral score...

5 Tibetan Yoga Poses That Promote Good Health & Anti-Aging

collective-evolution.com, 17 June 2017

In many societies, people are encouraged and feel pressured to make themselves appear more youthful. People dye their hair, use anti-aging products, get plastic surgery, take pharmaceutical drugs, and wear certain attire, all in an effort to look younger than their actual age. What if I told you tha...

Posted on 16 June 2017

Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina 2

youtube.com, 15 June 2017

Fully restored Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina plays Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E flat major. Andante by Fréderic Chopin. Restoration done by Fred Bernouw restorati...

The origin of some Table Mountain route names - Hike Table Mountain

hiketablemountain.co.za, 15 June 2017

At its best, a route name hints at the nature of the route, or encapsulates the story of its opening ascent, or makes reference to a prominent feature found along the way; at its worst, it describes the route’s principal physical feature in unflattering or prosaic terms. An example of the former is…

Posted on 15 June 2017

‘Tom Waits for No One’: Obscure Oscar-winning animated music video from 1979

dangerousminds.net, 14 June 2017

A few months ago, I heard that not long after I was in a certain store, that Tom Waits had visited the same establishment maybe about 90 minutes later. I must have mentioned this to four people, whether in person or over email and they all, each one of them, replied “Tom Waits for no one.” I went…

15 Alien Places on Planet Earth

interestingshit.com, 14 June 2017

It’s not written in stone (be it the glow-in-the-dark variety or otherwise) that an earthly location so weirdly bizarre it borders on the otherwordly must have an unpronounceable name, but it certainly adds to the mystique. See what our tripping tongues are talking about below with our 15 Alien Plac...

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In the news

Dutch bike lock disables smartphones while on the move: Plenty of time and effort has been dedicated to reducing the number of car accidents caused by smartphones, but drivers aren't the only road users susceptible to distraction. Posted on 23 June 2017.

Facial Recognition Software Brings Personalized Ads To The Supermarket: Facial recognition software is getting to the point where there are some very interesting things that can be done with it in everyday life. Posted on 23 June 2017.

The Most Embarrassing Moments in the History of Science: What? Scientists get things wrong? We know. Posted on 07 November 2012.

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Don't leave baby boomers behind when designing wearable technology: Accounting for age-related cognitive and physical challenges can increase adoption rates for older users who need help managing their health. Posted on 23 June 2017.

People Are Apparently Spending $400 On A Machine That Brews Tea: function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack. Posted on 21 June 2017.

Doogee Mix Bezel-Less Smartphone: See your apps in all their glory with the Doogee Mix Bezel-Less Smartphone. Posted on 23 June 2017.

Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature:  Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China’s… Read More. Posted on 23 June 2017.

Bronfenbrenner talk highlights inequalities in children's health: University of Pittsburgh professor Karen Matthews explored biological links to persistent social inequalities in childhood health during the 2017 Bronfenbrenner Lecture, held June 15 in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. Posted on 21 June 2017.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 12 June 2017.

Good riddance Travis Kalanick: one woman's victory against sexist tech | Hannah Jane Parkinson: The Uber CEO has finally stepped down in the wake of endless corporate sexism allegations and scandal – and the end all started with a blogpostSo then, zero stars for Travis Kalanick. Posted on 23 June 2017.

Hill fort hotspots in UK and Ireland mapped for first time in online atlas: Scotland is home to majority of 4,000 sites on database – but many are not on hills and are not really forts, say researchersSome soar out of the landscape and have impressed tourists and inspired historians and artists for centuries, while others are tiny gems, tucked away on mountain or moor and are rarely visited. Posted on 23 June 2017.

​ANZ bank creates digital transformation general manager role: Jennifer Scott has been appointed as the bank's general manager of Digital Transformation and Performance. Posted on 23 June 2017.

Watched chimps change their hunting habits: Wild chimpanzees have changed their hunting strategies in response to being watched and followed by scientists, observations suggest. Posted on 23 June 2017.

Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine: FCC proposed a $120 million fine for a Miami resident said to be single-handedly responsible for 97 million robocalls over a three-month period, scheming to sell "discounted" travel packages. Posted on 22 June 2017.

'Superhero' 3D printed hands help kids dream in Argentina: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Being born without fingers can be tough for any child. Posted on 23 June 2017.

Germany expands surveillance of encrypted message services: Germany on Thursday passed a controversial new law that expands the power of authorities to spy on the content of encrypted message services such as WhatsApp and Skype. Posted on 22 June 2017.

Inside Travis Kalanick’s Resignation as Uber’s C.E.O.: . Posted on 22 June 2017.

Tech Titans Meet at the White House: President Trump summoned some of the biggest names in technology to the White House on Monday for a meeting to discuss how to modernize government IT. Posted on 19 June 2017.

Lenovo Yoga 910 (14”) – Powerful Laptop with 4K Display and Immersive Sound: The Lenovo Yoga 910 is a durable laptop that is thin, lightweight and loaded with features that make it ideal for travel, work and of course, play. Posted on 22 June 2017.

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Trump meets wireless, drone executives on new technologies: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U. Posted on 22 June 2017.

Beyond sensors: RFID and wearables: Warehouses, retail outlets, and other industries are using RFID tags and wearable devices for ERP and supply chain management. Posted on 23 June 2017.

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to Lose Endangered Species Protection: A grizzly bear in Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Posted on 22 June 2017.

How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They've Cracked It: Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago and now come in all kinds of shapes, from Tic Tacs to teardrops to pingpong balls. Posted on 22 June 2017.

Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze: BEIJING (AP) -- Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China - and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials. Posted on 23 June 2017.

Sand sculpture festival brings super-heroes to Belgian beach: OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - A beach in Belgium has been transformed into a giant sandy gallery, featuring larger-than-life super heroes, cartoon characters and Cinderella's castle, for one of the world's biggest sand-sculpture festivals. Posted on 22 June 2017.

Scientists Discover How To Stop Luggage From Toppling On the Race Through the Airport: An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have worked out why suitcases tend to to rock violently from one wheel to the other until they overturn on the race through the airport. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Facebook wants to shift its focus to 'meaningful' online communities and connections: In the Facebook Communities Summit Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg moderated a panel to discuss the potential for social media to 'build community' across the world. Posted on 01 January 1970.

The best MP3 players to buy in 2017: . Posted on 23 June 2017.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Facts & Symptoms of Lou Gehrig's Disease: Ice bucket challenges aside, treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive and fatal neurological disease, is limited. Posted on 22 June 2017.

China’s Central Bank Has Begun Cautiously Testing a Digital Currency: The People’s Bank of China has developed a digital currency that’s designed to scale to the number of transactions made every day across the country. Posted on 23 June 2017.

Uber Can't Be Fixed — It's Time for Regulators to Shut It Down: The 16th-century financier Sir Thomas Gresham famously observed that bad money drives out good. Posted on 23 June 2017.

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 25: sky is clear

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Mon 26: sky is clear

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  • Tue 27: few clouds

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  • Wed 28: moderate rain

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  • Thu 29: light rain

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