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Today's quotable quote: Woody Allen, “My Philosophy”: Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it.

This day in history: 27 January 2023: Outer Space Treaty Signed (1967). The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. It bans the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in outer space, exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes, holds countries responsible for any damage caused by the objects they launch, and forbids any government from claiming a celestial body, such as the Moon or a planet. The Moon Treaty was approved 12 years later but was considered a failure.


Historic Photographs

England 1932: The Dynasphere was a monowheel vehicle powered by an electric or petrol motor. The entire outer cylinder rotated and moved the vehicle while the driver and the motor were stationary inside. The weight of the motor and driver gave it a low center of gravity. More photos: http://bit.ly/3tyRi0j, 24 January 2023

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England 1932: The Dynasphere was a monowheel vehicle powered by an electric or petrol motor. The entire outer cylinder rotated and moved the vehicle while the driver and the motor were stationary inside. The weight of the motor and driver gave it a low center of gravity. More photos: http://bit.ly/3tyRi0j






History in Color

The 3rd MOST LIKED Instagram Post of 2022: Double leg amputee railway signalman, James Wide, photographed working alongside his pet and assistant, Jack Baboon, in Cape Town during the 1880s. James Wide purchased a chacma baboon in 1881 and trained him to push his wheelchair and operate the railway signals under supervision. Credit: color_byangelina on Instagram In the lead-up to the new year, every day we are sharing the colorizations that received the most likes on the HistoryColored Instagram page in 2022. Sitting 3rd in the top 15 most popular colorized photos of 2022 is this work by Angelina Karpunina, which received over 36 thousand likes in the year. Click the Link Below to see the list of the most liked HistoryColored Instagram Posts of 2022, which will be updated daily as the photos are revealed! ⁠ https://historycolored.com/photos/9883/top-15-most-popular-colorized-photos-of-2022-instagram-edition/, 15 December 2022

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The 3rd MOST LIKED Instagram Post of 2022: Double leg amputee railway signalman, James Wide, photographed working alongside his pet and assistant, Jack Baboon, in Cape Town during the 1880s. James Wide purchased a chacma baboon in 1881 and trained him to push his wheelchair and operate the railway signals under supervision. Credit: color_byangelina on Instagram In the lead-up to the new year, every day we are sharing the colorizations that received the most likes on the HistoryColored Instagram page in 2022. Sitting 3rd in the top 15 most popular colorized photos of 2022 is this work by Angelina Karpunina, which received over 36 thousand likes in the year. Click the Link Below to see the list of the most liked HistoryColored Instagram Posts of 2022, which will be updated daily as the photos are revealed! ⁠ https://historycolored.com/photos/9883/top-15-most-popular-colorized-photos-of-2022-instagram-edition/


PlaneHistoria

The Ball Turret on a B-17 Bomber circa 1943. The brave Gunners operating this small claustrophobic contraption had to endure sub-zero temperatures, hours spent breathing through an oxygen mask and cramping in their muscles from sitting hunched in a fetal position for long periods., 24 November 2022

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The Ball Turret on a B-17 Bomber circa 1943. The brave Gunners operating this small claustrophobic contraption had to endure sub-zero temperatures, hours spent breathing through an oxygen mask and cramping in their muscles from sitting hunched in a fetal position for long periods.


What is a red-lipped batfish?

sciencefocus.com, 23 November 2022

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Pucker up for this poor swimming, bottom dwelling, big mouthed, waddling fish.


Doctor Anna's Imaginarium

//If you’ve seen manatees up close and observed them for a while, no doubt you’ve seen some bubbles nearby. Sea cows often release gas as a part of their daily routine. But, from a scientific standpoint, there is research that shows manatees can control their buoyancy from farting. They use their digestive tract and the unmistakable flatulence they exhibit as a way to rise and sink in the water. But how does a fart make a manatee go up and down? Well, the sea cow can “hold it in” and that gas makes them a little lighter helping them to float near the surface. Or the manatee can “let it rip” releasing some gas and sink a little lower in the water. This releasing of gas isn’t like a jetpack on their back, zooming them to the bottom. But it does help them to slowly sink lower towards the bottom.// ... But they also have specialized lungs .. Read more: https://naplesmanateetours.com/how-do-manatees-control-their-buoyancy/, 23 November 2022

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//If you’ve seen manatees up close and observed them for a while, no doubt you’ve seen some bubbles nearby. Sea cows often release gas as a part of their daily routine. But, from a scientific standpoint, there is research that shows manatees can control their buoyancy from farting. They use their digestive tract and the unmistakable flatulence they exhibit as a way to rise and sink in the water. But how does a fart make a manatee go up and down? Well, the sea cow can “hold it in” and that gas makes them a little lighter helping them to float near the surface. Or the manatee can “let it rip” releasing some gas and sink a little lower in the water. This releasing of gas isn’t like a jetpack on their back, zooming them to the bottom. But it does help them to slowly sink lower towards the bottom.// ... But they also have specialized lungs .. Read more: https://naplesmanateetours.com/how-do-manatees-control-their-buoyancy/


Who Is The Toughest Of History's Elite 'Super Soldiers'?

ranker.com, 20 November 2022

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Since the dawn of civilization, there have been warriors who have sought to conquer neighboring territories under a single king or have dedicated their lives to defending their peoples against ruthless invaders. Though the motivations of these warriors have evolved through time - as well as their...


Back to Nature

An 80-year-old tortoise and her babies 🥰, 20 November 2022

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An 80-year-old tortoise and her babies 🥰





Creative Systems Thinking

If you cultivate a mushroom in a petri bowl on agar agar, its actual ′′ shape ′′ becomes visible. The essential part of a mushroom, the Mycel, is usually hidden from our eye. What we perceive as a ′′ mushroom ′′ is only its transient fruit body. Credit: Aimee Cornwell Instagram: @peggyfarmandforage, 19 October 2022

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If you cultivate a mushroom in a petri bowl on agar agar, its actual ′′ shape ′′ becomes visible. The essential part of a mushroom, the Mycel, is usually hidden from our eye. What we perceive as a ′′ mushroom ′′ is only its transient fruit body. Credit: Aimee Cornwell Instagram: @peggyfarmandforage



The nature book

Only in Iceland you can get this once in a lifetime view., 09 October 2022

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Only in Iceland you can get this once in a lifetime view.



The nature book

Amazing turkey Full video https://youtu.be/IQPk9aDbFVE, 06 October 2022

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Amazing turkey Full video https://youtu.be/IQPk9aDbFVE

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In the news

Big study uncovers 22 links between viral infections and brain disease: New research looking at health records from nearly half a million people has identified 22 different associations between viral infections and neurodegenerative diseases. Posted on 27 January 2023.

Condenser microphone and audio interface combined into one iRig: IK Multimedia's iRig range has included microphones and audio interfaces in the past, but now the company has launched one device that combines the two, claiming that the iRig Stream Mic Pro is "virtually an entire studio setup in one elegant, compact design that can be easily taken anywhere. Posted on 26 January 2023.

Facebook And Instagram Agree To Restore Trump’s Accounts: In a move that shouldn’t really surprise anyone, Meta has said that both Facebook and Instagram will be restoring Donald Trump’s accounts, which it had “indefinitely” suspended in the wake of the January 6th insurrection two years ago. Posted on 26 January 2023.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Fri 27: sky is clear

    18 ° - 24 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 28: light rain

    17 ° - 20 ° Wind 13 km/h / Clouds 95 %
  • Sun 29: sky is clear

    16 ° - 25 ° Wind 11 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Mon 30: scattered clouds

    17 ° - 26 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 33 %
  • Tue 31: sky is clear

    18 ° - 25 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

India's Attempts To Censor BBC Documentary Make More People Want To See It: The Indian government has dismissed the series, which is critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, as "propaganda. Posted on 26 January 2023.

This ‘Welcome to YouTube’ Video is not the Platform’s Oldest, ‘Me at the Zoo’ from 2005 Still Holds the Title: Most know that ‘Me at the Zoo’, uploaded to YouTube on April 23, 2005, is officially the platform’s oldest video, but recently a ‘Welcome to YouTube‘ clip claims to have premiered on April 6, 2005. Posted on 27 January 2023.

Top 10 AI Content Generator & Writer Tools in 2022: Are you looking for a way to create content that is both effective and efficient? If so, then you should consider using an AI content generator. Posted on 15 November 2022.

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

Biden vows to veto Republican plans that threaten economic ‘chaos’ – as it happened: ‘I will not let that happen – not on my watch’, president saysSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by emailThe US economy expanded at a 2. Posted on 27 January 2023.

Feline uncertain? Cats do give clues if the fur’s about to fly, study finds: Study of 105 pairs of interacting felines decodes the cat behaviour that puzzles humans – and flags up the unsubtle battle cry of claws and yowlingWhen cats get together it can be difficult to tell rough and tumble play from a full-blown scrap. Posted on 27 January 2023.

Save 40% on this Anker power generator ahead of more winter storms: Winter blizzards and springtime storms can wreak havoc on the power grid. Posted on 27 January 2023.

Government green heating scheme off to slow start: Take up of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme is lagging behind schedule. Posted on 26 January 2023.

Robot Cars Are Causing 911 False Alarms in San Francisco: City agencies say the incidents and other disruptions show the need for more transparency about the vehicles and a pause on expanding service. Posted on 26 January 2023.

Social media's role in Jan. 6 was left out of the final report: Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell says the unpublished report shows that tech companies didn't respond to employees' warnings about violent rhetoric on their platforms. Posted on 26 January 2023.

Study suggests UK underestimates its methane emissions from oil and gas production; other countries probably do as well: Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, contributing about 1 degree Fahrenheit of present-day global warming relative to pre-industrial times. Posted on 26 January 2023.

TikTok’s New Defense in Washington: Going on the Offense: Keeping its head down has not paid off for the company, which now faces regulatory pressure on many fronts. Posted on 27 January 2023.

S&P500 (ES) Testing Weekly Chart Downchannel Resistance: The S&P500 (ESH23) is consolidating after the strong reversal off the Wednesday Hammer low, hesitating as it bumps against downchannel resistance (on the weekly chart). Posted on 27 January 2023.

Newly Discovered Asteroid Passes Close to Earth: First detected just days ago, 2023 BU approached within 2,200 miles of our planet’s surface before moving on. Posted on 27 January 2023.

Humans can correctly identify several gestures made by apes, a new study shows: On average, half the participants in a study by the University of St. Posted on 26 January 2023.

Why This Landing Won’t Be Coming in Straight: . Posted on 27 January 2023.

NYC Will Replace Its Largest Fossil Fuel Plant With Wind Power: An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: New York City's largest fossil-fuel plant, which powers 20% of the city, will be replaced with offshore wind power. Posted on 27 January 2023.

Facebook restores Trump's account, two years after Jan. 6: Facebook announced that it will be restoring former President Donald Trump’s personal account in the upcoming weeks. Posted on 26 January 2023.

NASA spies Martian rocks that look just like a teddy bear: A broken hill, an ancient crater and the human tendency to find faces everywhere may explain the teddy bear on Mars. Posted on 26 January 2023.

Meet the scientist at the center of the covid lab leak controversy: On a foggy morning in early February last year, dozens of journalists from around the world gathered outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Posted on 09 February 2022.


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 27: sky is clear

    18 ° - 24 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 28: light rain

    17 ° - 20 ° Wind 13 km/h / Clouds 95 %
  • Sun 29: sky is clear

    16 ° - 25 ° Wind 11 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Mon 30: scattered clouds

    17 ° - 26 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 33 %
  • Tue 31: sky is clear

    18 ° - 25 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Wed 01: sky is clear

    18 ° - 22 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 4 %
  • Thu 02: sky is clear

    18 ° - 23 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Fri 03: sky is clear

    18 ° - 22 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 04: sky is clear

    18 ° - 26 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sun 05: sky is clear

    20 ° - 26 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 5 %
  • Mon 06: few clouds

    20 ° - 22 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 20 %
  • Tue 07: broken clouds

    18 ° - 22 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 60 %
  • Wed 08: overcast clouds

    19 ° - 26 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 97 %
  • Thu 09: scattered clouds

    21 ° - 28 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 38 %
  • Fri 10: overcast clouds

    22 ° - 27 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Sat 11: overcast clouds

    21 ° - 24 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 98 %