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Today's quotable quote: Kurt Vonnegut: Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.

This day in history: 16 April 2024: Tensions between US and USSR First Described as "Cold War" (1947). Lasting from the end of WWII until 1991, the Cold War was a period of political hostility and military tension between the Western powers, primarily the US and its allies, and the Communist bloc. Although there were a number of military conflicts during this time, including the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War was waged mainly on political, economic, and propaganda fronts.


I Love Warships

These weren't just "oaks" - they were planted between larch and spruce so that they would grow tall and straight, which means the navy oak forests are rather unusual., 23 March 2024

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These weren't just "oaks" - they were planted between larch and spruce so that they would grow tall and straight, which means the navy oak forests are rather unusual.


The Script Lab

The struggle of sci-fi dialogue. This is hilarious. No idea what it means. Still gotta give it your all. Credit: Mielr #carriefisher #starwars #dialogue #screenwriting #acting #filmmaking #cinema #scifi #motivation, 13 March 2024

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The struggle of sci-fi dialogue. This is hilarious. No idea what it means. Still gotta give it your all. Credit: Mielr #carriefisher #starwars #dialogue #screenwriting #acting #filmmaking #cinema #scifi #motivation


History Unleashed

#AncientRome #Colosseum, 08 February 2024

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#AncientRome #Colosseum


Beautiful Places

Sagrada Família, Barcelona <3, 07 February 2024

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Sagrada Família, Barcelona <3



UNILAD

It took him just 38 minutes to do what people have been trying for decades 🤯, 04 January 2024

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It took him just 38 minutes to do what people have been trying for decades 🤯


Gariepdam loop oor

graaffreinetadvertiser.com, 31 December 2023

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OOS-KAAP NUUS EN VIDEO - Die Gariepdam het...


Hendrik van der Bijl - Wikipedia

en.wikipedia.org, 21 December 2023

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Hendrik Johannes van der Bijl FRS[1] (23 November 1887 – 2 December 1948) was a South African electrical engineer and industrialist and is regarded as one of the greatest South Africans for his contribution to the country's development.[2] He was the driving force behind the establishment of the S...



Daily Mail

This is one of those rare moments most humans never get to see 🥹, 24 November 2023

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This is one of those rare moments most humans never get to see 🥹


World Beauties and Wonders

Fort Bourtange in the Netherlands. Built in 1593 during the 80 years war., 24 November 2023

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Fort Bourtange in the Netherlands. Built in 1593 during the 80 years war.


The Music Man

During a sold out Taylor Swift concert in Los Angeles the audience had no idea that they were about to be treated to a very rare, and also very random, performance. Taylor said, "this singer, she's only ever played in coffee houses before" much to the confusion of the audience, but it all became clear when she introduced, "Miss Phoebe Buffay" (Lisa Kudrow). Lisa walked on stage in character as Phoebe and performed "Smelly Cat" alongside Taylor and much to the delight of Friends fans, Phoebe stopped the superstar singer halfway through and explained how you sing "Smelly Cat" properly. Watch video in comments below 👇, 23 November 2023

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During a sold out Taylor Swift concert in Los Angeles the audience had no idea that they were about to be treated to a very rare, and also very random, performance. Taylor said, "this singer, she's only ever played in coffee houses before" much to the confusion of the audience, but it all became clear when she introduced, "Miss Phoebe Buffay" (Lisa Kudrow). Lisa walked on stage in character as Phoebe and performed "Smelly Cat" alongside Taylor and much to the delight of Friends fans, Phoebe stopped the superstar singer halfway through and explained how you sing "Smelly Cat" properly. Watch video in comments below 👇


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In the news

Eco-friendly agricultural gel replaces toxic pesticides with worms: A worm-filled gel has been shown to protect crops from pests, without the use of environmentally-unfriendly pesticides. Posted on 16 April 2024.

Video: Multi-talented underwater robot uses fins to swim, walk and crawl: A new underwater robot can swim through the water with fins, and walk or crawl along the bottom when necessary. Posted on 15 April 2024.

Roku Eyes Patent That Would Inject Ads Into… Everything: When last we checked in with our friends at Roku, they had made the unpopular decision to effectively “brick” user streaming hardware and television sets if users didn’t agree to a typically draconian end user agreement that effectively bans your legal right to sue the company. Posted on 16 April 2024.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Wed 17: scattered clouds

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 41 %
  • Thu 18: broken clouds

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 52 %
  • Fri 19: overcast clouds

    16 ° - 22 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 85 %
  • Sat 20: overcast clouds

    15 ° - 19 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 98 %
  • Sun 21: broken clouds

    15 ° - 20 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 58 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

LimeWire AI Studio Review 2023: Details, Pricing & Features:  In the rapidly advancing landscape of AI technology and innovation, LimeWire emerges as a unique platform in the realm of generative AI tools. Posted on 12 December 2023.

Repair, reuse, recycle old tech at the Earth Day Repair Fair: Volunteers will be on hand to help fix broken devices and to donate or recycle unneeded tech on April 22 the Cornell Bowers CIS Earth Day Repair Fair. Posted on 16 April 2024.

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

Creating sexually explicit deepfake images to be made offence in UK: Offenders could face jail if image is widely shared under proposed amendment to criminal justice billCreating a sexually explicit “deepfake” image is to be made an offence under a new law, the Ministry of Justice has announced. Posted on 17 April 2024.

Astronomers discover Milky Way’s biggest stellar black hole – 33 times mass of sun: BH3 spotted when scientists chanced upon star in Aquila constellation ‘wobbling’ under its gravitational forceAstronomers have discovered an enormous black hole which formed in the aftermath of an exploding star a mere 2,000 light years from Earth. Posted on 17 April 2024.

The Jackery Explorer 1000 is one of the best portable power stations you can buy, and it's on sale: This Jackery portable power station is a fantastic model for camping and RV trips, or for emergencies and power outages, and you can get it with or without a solar panel. Posted on 17 April 2024.

Nasa: 'New plan needed to return rocks from Mars': The US space agency is seeking a cheaper, faster solution to bring Martian rocks to Earth for study. Posted on 15 April 2024.

Change Healthcare’s New Ransomware Nightmare Goes From Bad to Worse: A cybercriminal gang called RansomHub claims to be selling highly sensitive patient information stolen from Change Healthcare following a ransomware attack by another group in February. Posted on 16 April 2024.

Electronic warfare is interfering with GPS in areas of Gaza: Electronic warfare connected to the conflict in Gaza is interfering with the global positioning system in a large part of the region. Posted on 16 April 2024.

Coral reef microbes point to new way to assess ecosystem health: A new study shows that ocean acidification is changing the mix of microbes in coral reef systems, which can be used to assess ecosystem health. Posted on 17 April 2024.

Microsoft Makes High-Stakes Play in Tech Cold War With Emirati A.I. Deal: Microsoft said it would invest $1. Posted on 17 April 2024.

Will Tesla lose its tax incentives, rebates because of Austin layoffs?: For years, Tesla has received millions of dollars in tax rebates and incentives from both Travis County and Del Valle ISD for its Gigafactory. Posted on 17 April 2024.

In Australia, ‘Cats Are Just Catastrophic’: Feral cats take a heavy toll on the world’s wildlife, especially Down Under. Posted on 16 April 2024.

An artificial womb could build a bridge to health for premature babies: Artificial wombs could someday save babies born very prematurely. Posted on 12 April 2024.

Immersive Entertainment Firm Cosm To Launch A “Shared Reality” Venue At LA’s Hollywood Park: Cosm, a 5-year-old provider of production services for tech and media companies, is branching into physical venues. Posted on 16 April 2024.

'Crescendo' Method Can Jailbreak LLMs Using Seemingly Benign Prompts: spatwei shares a report from SC Magazine: Microsoft has discovered a new method to jailbreak large language model (LLM) artificial intelligence (AI) tools and shared its ongoing efforts to improve LLM safety and security in a blog post Thursday. Posted on 17 April 2024.

Georgia leads toward a nuclear future with its first operating reactor: Georgia Power Co. announced one of its two new reactors reached self-sustaining nuclear fission on Monday. Posted on 07 March 2023.

AI pinpoints where psychosis originates in the brain: Scientists have moved a step closer to understanding the basis of the hallucinations and delusions that characterize schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Posted on 16 April 2024.

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

  • Wed 17: scattered clouds

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 41 %
  • Thu 18: broken clouds

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 52 %
  • Fri 19: overcast clouds

    16 ° - 22 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 85 %
  • Sat 20: overcast clouds

    15 ° - 19 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 98 %
  • Sun 21: broken clouds

    15 ° - 20 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 58 %
  • Mon 22: broken clouds

    16 ° - 22 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 65 %
  • Tue 23: broken clouds

    16 ° - 21 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 70 %
  • Wed 24: scattered clouds

    14 ° - 18 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 36 %
  • Thu 25: overcast clouds

    15 ° - 20 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 98 %
  • Fri 26: sky is clear

    15 ° - 20 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 27: overcast clouds

    15 ° - 20 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 99 %
  • Sun 28: sky is clear

    15 ° - 22 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Mon 29: overcast clouds

    15 ° - 21 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 98 %
  • Tue 30: broken clouds

    15 ° - 20 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 83 %
  • Wed 01: light rain

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Thu 02: light rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 96 %