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Today's quotable quote: Stephen Sondheim: The concerts you enjoy together/ Neighbors you annoy together/ Children you destroy together,/ That keep marriage in tact.

This day in history: 21 June 2018: SpaceShipOne Completes First Privately Funded Human Spaceflight (2004). Unlike its privately funded predecessors, SpaceShipOne was actually manned, by a pilot and two passengers, when it flew to the edge of space in 2004. Developed by aerospace engineer Burt Rutan and funded by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the suborbital space plane won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for launching three people—or their weight equivalent—into space twice within two weeks in a privately developed, reusable spacecraft.




Weird Wild World

Posted on 15 June 2018

Inside the world of competitive whistling.



It's Cheaper to Uber Than Own a Car in These Cities

lifehacker.com, 04 June 2018

This week Mary Meeker from the investment firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers released her 2018 annual internet trends report. There were a lot of tidbits in there covering everything from what city is likely to be the next big tech hub to how people are shopping on the internet. It also tackled ano...




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Tech Insider UK

Posted on 22 April 2018

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


Freethink

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...

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In the news

X-rays from deep space help track down the universe's missing matter: Although it makes up everything we see and touch on a daily basis, ordinary (or baryonic) matter is relatively rare in the universe, and weirder still there seems to be a huge chunk of it missing. Posted on 21 June 2018.

More Taco Tuesday Trademark Stupidity, This Time Down Under: Some of us believe that all the different nations of the world are filled with people that are mostly the same, that share the same values, and the same troubles. Posted on 20 June 2018.

Enhanced detection of nuclear events, thanks to deep learning: A deep neural network running on an ordinary desktop computer is interpreting highly technical data related to national security as well as -- and sometimes better than -- today's best automated methods or even human experts. Posted on 21 June 2018.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Fri 22: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 48 %
  • Sat 23: moderate rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 14 km/h / Clouds 68 %
  • Sun 24: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 88 %
  • Mon 25: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 80 %
  • Tue 26: light rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 20 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

Facebook Fundraiser To Reunite Families Separated At Border Brings In Millions: People are outraged by the thousands of immigrant children being split up from their parents. Posted on 19 June 2018.

Comcast Now Offering Mesh Network Pods from Plume for $120+: Good news Comcast customers. Posted on 22 May 2018.

Indian food delivery startup Swiggy raises $210M at a $1.3B valuation: India’s food delivery race is hotting up after Swiggy, one of the startups vying for pole position, landed $210 million in new capital for expansion and joined the billion-dollar startup unicorn club. Posted on 21 June 2018.

Collaboration yields discovery of 12-sided silica cages: A cross-campus collaboration led by materials science professor Uli Wiesner results in visual confirmation of 12-sided, nanoscale cage structures, which could have medical diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Posted on 20 June 2018.

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

Flying cars: why haven't they taken off yet?: Despite their potential, no one has managed to take them from flight of fancy to everyday reality In 1940, Henry Ford said: “Mark my words – a combination aeroplane and motor car is coming. Posted on 20 June 2018.

Urgent need to prepare for manmade virus attacks, says US government report: Report warns that swift progress in our ability to manufacture viruses is making us vulnerable to biological attacksThe rapid rise of synthetic biology, a futuristic field of science that seeks to master the machinery of life, has raised the risk of a new generation of bioweapons, according a major US report into the state of the art. Posted on 20 June 2018.

Huawei sells six million P20 units, NEXT-IMAGE photo contest launched with outstanding prizes: While Huawei may have its issues with the US, this challenge hasn't stopped it from selling its new flagship to millions of consumers. Posted on 21 June 2018.

Gene-edited farm animals are on their way: Scientists create pigs that are immune to one of the world's costliest livestock diseases. Posted on 20 June 2018.

California Net Neutrality Bill Was 'Hijacked,' Lawmaker Says: Backers of a bill that would have created the nation's strongest net neutrality protections criticize changes to the proposal. Posted on 21 June 2018.

The Science Behind The World Cup Ball: For every World Cup, there's a custom official ball. Posted on 20 June 2018.

Democracy in decline for one-third of the world: 2. Posted on 21 June 2018.

Tech Fix: Firefox Is Back. It’s Time to Give It a Try.: . Posted on 20 June 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.

No Scientific Proof That Probiotics Improve Anxiety Symptoms In Humans, Finds Study: Probiotics are one of the hottest nutritional products around, but a new study finds zero proof that they're effective for treating anxiety symptoms in humans. Posted on 21 June 2018.

Tesla accuses former employee of hacking and transferring data: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has sued a former employee claiming that he hacked the electric carmaker's trade secrets and transferred large amounts of company data to third parties, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Nevada on Wednesday. Posted on 20 June 2018.

Huawei sells six million P20 units, NEXT-IMAGE photo contest launched with outstanding prizes: While Huawei may have its issues with the US, this challenge hasn't stopped it from selling its new flagship to millions of consumers. Posted on 21 June 2018.

Thursday’s Summer Solstice and the Search for Life in the Galaxy: An artist’s rendering of an Earthlike exoplanet orbiting another. Posted on 21 June 2018.

The Science Behind The World Cup Ball: For every World Cup, there's a custom official ball. Posted on 20 June 2018.

Blood, sweat and accessories: artist recycles bodily fluids for fashion: LONDON (Reuters) - Struggling to make your fashion more personal? No sweat. Posted on 20 June 2018.

Spacecraft Hayabusa2 Returns Photos of Asteroid Prior To Contact: New submitter FranklinWebber writes: Spacecraft Hayabusa2 is approaching its target, asteroid Ryugu, after a three-and-a-half year trip. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Vigilante hackers work to save human trafficking victims: When law enforcement agencies are short-staffed or underfunded, it can be difficult to catch human traffickers through the dark web. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Why This Rare Lobster Is Colored Like Blue Cotton Candy: The critter’s pastel rainbow hues may be the result of a genetic mutation or an unusual diet. Posted on 19 June 2018.

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

T. Rex Lived a Life Devoid of Kisses and Tongue Wagging, New Deflating Study Reveals: T. Posted on 20 June 2018.

It’s time to rein in the data barons: Facebook, Amazon, and Google will resist attempts to restrain their market power. Posted on 20 June 2018.

Expert Guidance To Enhance Your Facebook Marketing: Welcome to Facebook marketing! Do you struggle to know what to do next? Are you curious as to what options are available to a marketer such as yourself? Do you want to know what the first steps to take are? Anyone looking to learn as much as possible needs to read this article. Posted on 21 June 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

  • Fri 22: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 48 %
  • Sat 23: moderate rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 14 km/h / Clouds 68 %
  • Sun 24: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 88 %
  • Mon 25: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 80 %
  • Tue 26: light rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 20 %
  • Wed 27: moderate rain

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 75 %
  • Thu 28: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 15 %
  • Fri 29: moderate rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 5 %
  • Sat 30: heavy intensity rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 13 km/h / Clouds 61 %
  • Sun 01: heavy intensity rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 40 %
  • Mon 02: heavy intensity rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 15 km/h / Clouds 52 %
  • Tue 03: moderate rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 12 km/h / Clouds 44 %
  • Wed 04: moderate rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 59 %
  • Thu 05: sky is clear

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Fri 06: moderate rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 14 km/h / Clouds 77 %
  • Sat 07: light rain

    14 ° - 14 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 59 %