Sunday, December 19, 2004
Alexander sounds like George Bush (or a neocon) when he explains his reasons for invading Asia and bringing civilization to its tribes.
I have to admit that I snickered after hearing the narrator say that "Babylon was a far easier mistress to enter than she was to leave".
Alexander's bisexuality, as depicted in the film, was not particularly disturbing and it was tastefully handled. That sort of thing was probably an accepted part of Greek culture back then. On the other hand, his (possibly incestuous) relationship with his mother, played by Angelina Jolie, was disturbing.
I'd give Alexander 6.5/10 .
- Two interesting pieces from Joel on Software
- LEGO logic gates [via]
- How to avenge a shark attack
- The Bakwena toll road, which could turn Brits into an extension of Gauteng.
- Many users don't care about spyware
- Is the world becoming less dependent on America?
Friday, December 10, 2004
My parents also had me tested when I was 6, by a psychologist. I found the report recently, and it showed that I was far stronger verbally than I was non-verbally.
I also wrote a few free internet tests, which produced absurdly high results, but I took those with a pinch of salt.
Earlier this year, I was interviewed for a position at a software development company. I thought I had the job in the bag (I aced the interviews with the company). I was then sent to a psychologist for assessments. The personality assessments were fine, but I totally screwed up the intelligence tests. I didn't get the job.
Unfortunately, I can't get the results unless I pay the shrink, something I won't do (a bit of a rip-off, and dubious ethically IMHO). I do have a vague idea of which sections of the test I screwed up on -the stuff about completing patterns and sequences (I was tired when I took the test, as I had come back from a holiday the day before, but I doubt that my tiredness accounts fully for my poor performance on the test).
I did a few IQ-type tests for potential employers after that, as well as skills-based assessments and personality tests, and I have resolved that, if I decide to go job hunting again, I will refuse to take anything resembling an IQ test.
I don't mind personality assessments, and tests that measure specific skills, but I fail to see how figuring out what shape comes next in a sequence would make one a better developer (I think the situation is more complex than all that). (See also this.)
I avoided writing about the topic which I was job-hunting, because it might have seemed like a case of sour grapes, but since I now have a great job, I thought I'd raise the topic. (One of the things that may have landed me my job was this blog. It showed I was savvy enough to pull together a website and that I was relatively clued up on the world around me. The blog certainly didn't hurt my chances.)
The validity of Intelligence tests (euphemistically called "learning ability tests" by some companies) is debatable. Especially since such tests, including "culture-fair tests" are often accused of culture bias. Indeed, the inferior performance of some population groups on intelligence tests has provided fodder for a generation of racists., despite other explanations for these differences.
I haven't done much research into the topic, but I think that the validity of intelligence testing for employment purposes, particularly in South Africa, needs to be examined.
Saturday, December 04, 2004
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Saturday, November 20, 2004
My data is backed up to CD-R's, and most of my correspondence is done using webmail, so there were no problems there.
I also use Gmail to archive my important documents, as I trust the people at Google to look after my data far better than I ever would.
The only thing I lost were my RSS feeds (which I forgot to back up), although I did export the list of subscriptions, I just have to find them. I think I'll start reading RSS feeds using an online service as well, for the reasons listed above.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
There are problems with the maps, with some glaring spelling mistakes ("Centurion" is sometimes spelled "Centurian", and "Brits" as "Britz"). I have noticed accuracy problems, with at least one four-way stop represented as a traffic light, and the traffic lights at the entrance to one township (Olievenhoutbosch) being omitted, along with the rest of the township. Airforce bases are mislabelled as "airports". Metropolitan route numberings are also missing on some pages, which might be a problem for some people. The pages are also quite cluttered with on-map advertising. However, this advertising has a positive side-effect - it can be used to derive landmarks.
Despite the negatives, the book is very useful, and I have replaced two old MapStudio guides (Witwatersrand and Pretoria) with the Gauteng Street Atlas. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to find their way around Gauteng, and doesn't have the money to shell out on MapStudio guides.
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Now for some pedantic whining:
Some people still don't know the difference between Pretoria and Tshwane. Here, is a page that explains the difference. Pretoria is one part of Tshwane, Centurion is another part of Tshwane. Centurion is not part of Pretoria, it is part of Tshwane. It hasn't been part of Pretoria for years. The people who do the traffic at 94.7 Highveld Stereo should take note of this.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
But I'm not an American voter, and I am actually quite pleased with the result . To South Africans, the election result didn't really matter. In the Middle East, it's unlikely that Kerry would have done anything different to Bush. Indeed, Kerry would probably have been goaded into aggression, in order to prove that he was not "soft".
My only regret about the Bush victory is that I was deprived of the opportunity of watching the extremist Bush supporters who frequent parts of the internet melting down. Pity.
Friday, October 29, 2004
Despite having a contrived plot, sometimes-sloppy subtitles, and awful music, it was entertaining, and I watched it to the end.
If you are stuck at home on a Saturday night, check out the Bollywood movies on SABC3, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Also check out this...interesting.... Flash animation that glorifies Bush (large download).
Friday, October 15, 2004
- How Valium comes in handy during a war
- Does Al-Qaeda really exist?
- The "bullwhip effect" - the magnification of demand fluctuations as one moves up the supply chain
- Google launches a service to help you find files on your own computer. The download is small, but it seems to need 1GB of free space to install.
- Soweto turned 100
- The history of containerized shipping, using a networking analogy
- Swarm-semiotics - weird, but interesting
- Some links to linguistics articles and a link to this essay on sentence diagramming
- Is the MP3 format losing ground?
- A "battleground state" that no one really cares about
- Broadband over power lines gets boost from US government
- Wavelet tutorial links. I haven't checked any out yet though.
- A free online book on digital signal processing. I don't know how good it is, since I just started reading it today.
- A Muslim examination of Islamist suicide terrorism
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Sunday, October 03, 2004
- Why Google News is not making money
- Optical illusions websites:
- Hulking buildings making a comeback? Check out today's Sunday Times Lifestyle section for more on modernist architecture.
- Wikipedia Links:
- Aeroplane cellphone ban ending soon?
- A series of articles from an American holidaying in India
- How to evade capture
Sunday, September 26, 2004
It's propaganda, and it has strong anti-capitalist, populist themes.
The last part, which covers the war on Iraq is probably the most effective. The visit to the White House of the grieving mother who lost her son in Iraq was gut-wrenching.
Ironically, despite the film's attack on the PATRIOT act, the movie's very existence indicates that the culture of dissent is alive and well in America. I got a fairly good impression of the American system, and it was reassuring to see that some of America's flag-waving patriots are quite unlike the cretins who inhabit parts of the internet.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
I wanted to use Blogger's spellchecker, so I clicked on the icon to "temporarily enable popups" in IE. Clicking it wiped my post from the editor...so here's what I could salvage from memory:
- The difficulties of learning Cantonese
- The wheel in the Middle East - lost and found [via Foreign Dispatches]
- Detroit considers "reverse racism" to help majority black population [via Plastic]
- "Blood doping" in athletes
- How deadly are scorpions?
- The Ali G guest recruitment technique
- I did visit the airshow as planned, but, unlike Laurence, we saw the size of the crowd, and didn't go in, watching from a nearby hilltop instead
- Wind forecasting becomes big business
- The end of US welfare capitalism
- Treachery in Britain during World War 2
- This is quite old, but still funny: Things you would never know without the movies
- A feature on an Indian website, 40 years after the anniversary of the 1962 India-China war
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Some friends phoned this evening, and asked if I wanted to go with, and I am seriously considering their offer. I've seen some of the rehearsals, and the SAAB Gripen will probably put on an amazing display.
Friday, September 17, 2004
- Zero-gravity commercial plane rides
- Food restrictions for pregnant women
- Some American cities roll out free wireless internet
- Is 150 the ideal size for a group of people? [via Gene Expression]
- When I was young, I remember watching people eating sand
Sunday, September 12, 2004
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Friday, September 10, 2004
One has to wonder how the people who live in Kempton Park cope with the noise.
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Friday, August 27, 2004
Thursday, August 26, 2004
- Some individuals are apparently outsourcing their jobs [via Mises Economics Blog]
- Sentech vs Telkom
- Innovation Hub takes shape
- RSS starts attracting investors
- Wave energy makes waves
- Install Perl, DBI and Perl MySQL driver on Windows
- Getting Windows to recognize a CD-RW drive that has been misidentified as a CD-ROM drive
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
To answer GP's question: it is a transport issue. My aunt's sister and her hubby did a stint a few years ago as truck drivers in the USA. Transporting packets of potato chips (crisps) from California to elsewhere can be a problem: if trucks take the mountain passes to get inland, the packets explode at high altitude, due to the much lower atmospheric air pressure. If I remember their story correctly, potato chips have to be transported around some of the mountain ranges, so's to keep the chip packets intact.(more)
- Outsourcing game playing
- More comments on dolomite and housing in Gauteng.
- When I went to the Kruger National Park, I didn't see a single lion, much less a buffalo kill
- Why Olympic beach volleyball sand doesn't come from a beach
- Reuters has picked up the story of Paul Meintjes, who, after dying seven weeks ago, remains dead
- Are South Africans willing to take risks overseas because they have learned to live with risk at home?
Monday, August 23, 2004
Saturday, August 21, 2004
- XP SP2 blues [via Scripting News]
- European reactions to US troop redeployments
- A silly "mercy" rule that tries to protect losing Olympic softball teams from humiliation
- Maine - an American presidential election swing state.
- This paper details a paradox in American presidential politics - states that take more money from the federal government than they contribute tend to vote for the Republicans.
- What makes a stock "cheap"?
- "How the Google IPO didn't change Wall Street"
Friday, August 20, 2004
I drove past on Friday afternoon, and traffic was slow near the scene of the accident, so that the amateur civil engineers who drove past could inspect the damage to the bridge for themselves. Idiots.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
It got me wondering...are there rush-hour traffic jams in Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London and Pietermartizburg?
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Monday, August 16, 2004
- A Kentucky Fried Chicken knockoff in New York. I remember a similar case involving McDonald's in South Africa a few years ago. [via Anil Dash]
- Wayne Wides on South Africa's first Olympic gold this year
- Whenever someone brings up the topic of high-rise housing, I think about the housing projects depicted in American TV shows, with crime, drugs and "welfare queens".
- Call-centre outsourcing gathers steam in Europe
- Interesting article on Joburg's Harrison Street
Friday, August 13, 2004
The Simpsons episode where Homer got a chat show and spoke about inane stuff inspired this post.
- I have noticed that when I go down to the coast, my half-used shampoo bottle (I use Johnson's Baby Shampoo) is crushed. When I open the lid, it pops back into shape. Presumably, this has something to do with altitude and air pressure differences between the coast and Gauteng. It could also have to do with my poor packing technique, but I doubt it. Do manufacturers have to take this into account when transporting goods? I shall do research and post feedback to this blog.
- There are few things more annoying than having car hooters or emergency sirens in radio commercials. There was also the Wheatus song, Teenage Dirtbag, that included the sound of a car accident - very distracting when driving. Another annoyance is doorbells on television.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
- 1/3 of 2003 UK graduates out of work
- Top 10 software programs [via Anil Dash]
- Morons watch DVDs while driving
- Gauteng's "land shortage". Check this post out for links to more information about the dolomite problem.
- I am pretty sure that Durbanites were thrilled about the public holiday, with all the Gauteng money being spent there.
- Good riddance to the Nats
- I'm going to get the whole XP SP2, since it's difficult to download patches when reinstalling Windows
- DataDots defeat Australian chop shops
- 60-70 % of online news readers are male
- Lightning as art
- Doom 3 review
- 702 interviewed the police chief in the Pakistani town of Gujarat who denied speaking to the media about an alleged "Al-Qaida plot".
Thursday, August 05, 2004
- Earning big money as a translator in Japan
- New weapons freeze and microwave enemies
- Why one New York building may have been on an alleged al-qaeda hitlist
- A polling technique examined
- Word of the day: autodidact
- The SA blog world has been speaking about an al-qaeda threat to Gauteng. Check out the corner office for a roundup. Also check out Fodder.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
- POLITICS.ZA now has an RSS feed
- Sniffer dog dies of suspected overdose
- Renewing a driver's licence.
- Niger uranium forgery details emerge. [via mostly AFRICA] See also this analysis by Juan Cole
- Q&A on Cape Town informal settlements
- Rhodes University weblogs [via Commentary]
- Should car prices come down? [via the corner office]
- Employee error costs Canadian bank millions [via the corner office]
Monday, August 02, 2004
Sunday, August 01, 2004
- Is Nancy Reagan opposed to Bush's re-election ? [via UnFairWitness]
- DA's American analogue - Democrats or Republicans?
- US Department of Energy analysis of Sudan [via LRC]
- 30 billion Windows crashes a year
- New classified documents implicate U.S. forces in rape and sodomy of Iraqi prisoners [via antiwar.com]
- Secular Iraqi Shiite politicians snub Iran, ally themselves with Sunnis
Saturday, July 31, 2004
- What John Kerry did in Vietnam
- Australia's aborigines
- "How the 18-34 male is reinventing advertising"
- Cars running on cooking grease
- Nick at NjaloNjalo appears to be an expert on Cape Town's informal settlements. Richard at way South has some queries.
- Tsvangirai trial update from MOSTLY Africa.
Thursday, July 29, 2004
- The Darfur crisis in the Arab media.
- British teenager spoofs emergency-preparedness website, gets into trouble
- Will airships move soldiers in future?
- Helping troops to stay awake
- Movie advertising moves online
- The Evil Eye in Greece, and the rest of the World
- Nanotech hype
- Egypt and Sudan make nice
- Fidel Castro quotes Slate column on Bush
- Secret Service agent forces journalists covering the Democratic convention to stand as a mark of respect for
- Robot scientists
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
The Gadaffi angle is also interesting:
characterising the Darfur war as 'Arabs' versus 'Africans' obscures the reality. Darfur's Arabs are black, indigenous, African and Muslim - just like Darfur's non-Arabs, who hail from the Fur, Masalit, Zaghawa and a dozen smaller tribes.
Until recently, Darfurians used the term 'Arab' in its ancient sense of 'bedouin'. These Arabic-speaking nomads are distinct from the inheritors of the Arab culture of the Nile and the Fertile Crescent.
'Arabism' in Darfur is a political ideology, recently imported, after Colonel Gadaffi nurtured dreams of an 'Arab belt' across Africa, and recruited Chadian Arabs, Darfurians and west African Tuaregs to spearhead his invasion of Chad in the 1980s. He failed, but the legacy of arms, militia organisation and Arab supremacist ideology lives on.
- Tomato Paste
- Coffee science website [via Gene Expression]
- New R5 coin
- Content matters - Anil Dash on winning search engine spamming competition
- Is the universe a simulation?
- Baby killer locked away for life
- Americans abandon land lines [via Anil Dash]
- Miners in developing countries rely on primitive technology to detect gases
- I'm hesitant to become an academic because I don't want to end up like this guy. [via Anil Dash]
Monday, July 26, 2004
Saturday, July 24, 2004
- Holocausts of Communism Test - [via LRC]
- Transolar Games, the creators of the classic Quest For Glory adventure games
- Interesting Guardian article on dealing with troublemakers. Part 2.
- An article that defends rote learning.[via Seeker's Digest].
Fortunately, when I was in school, memorization was being phased out. I did, however, have to memorize Afrikaans poems in standard two (which made me loathe the subject, because we'd get beaten by the teacher if we slipped up).
Friday, July 23, 2004
- Someone else agrees that pigeons are vermin
- Open source news
- The state (no pun intended) of American federalism.
- The diamond cartel isn't for ever [via Anil Dash]
- Why Microsoft is unexciting
- Is South Africa arrogant when dealing with the rest of Africa?
- America's "indebted spendthrifts"
- Residential property - a good investment?
Thursday, July 22, 2004
The kidnap and murder of Leigh Matthews is big news around here. Very sad, and I hope the scum who carried out the crime are caught.
The kidnap-murder has received lots of media attention. If Leigh Matthews had been, say, a middle-aged Chinese refugee, instead of a nubile rich white girl, her killing would probably not have received the attention that it has.
- A Google News Search for "De Hua Lin" returns 1 result
- A Google News Search for "leigh-matthews OR leigh-mathews kidnap OR kidnapped OR kidnapping OR murder OR johannesburg" returns 179 results.
An article in the Mail and Guardian online speculates about why this particular case has grabbed the media (and the public's) attention.
Update:Check out The Fishbowl for a post on the ANC's reaction to the crime.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
- Pretty-looking site about spicy foods around the world [via Anil Dash]
- Unix's Founding Fathers [via Scripting News]
- Instant paperbacks [via LRC]
- Crowds producing art
- Microsoft gives part of cash pile to shareholders
- The benefits of a strong Rand
- The infamous Stander gang is in the news again
- Someone decided to draw cartoons based on spam subject lines. Check it out if you are bored. [via Anil Dash]
- "Salary Talk Made Easy"
- This story by an excitable airline passenger has drawn some sharp words. The Pilot comments.
- Warmongers eye Iran, urge support of terrorists in proxy war. See also Fodder on this topic.
One more link -
Andrew Black at Southern Cross comments on the dearth of South African public intellectuals.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
- Dutch Tulip Bubble information
- What makes a sport, a sport?
- A foreskin restoration expert, who is called Piehl ...hahaha
- Cook Sister on braais
- France outsources to Senegal
- Bracing for XP SP2
- Volunteers who redesign bad websites
- An interesting article on an American organic grocery chain called Whole Foods [via Anil Dash]
- Getting around website registration
- The MMR vaccine scare - do doctors understand how to do science? [via Crooked Timber]
- Apparent IQ and brain structure link [via Sailer]
- Speaking of IQ...I know some ostensibly bright people who have been taken for rides by Work from Home scams, or been duped into paying for rubbish newsletters (OK I only know one, but the point is that suckers do exist). I therefore have no doubt that some will fall for this new variation on the Nigerian 419 scam (assuming that the email is genuine, of course) [via commentary]
- Anil Dash on leaving New York. I can't imagine getting so attached to a place.
Monday, July 19, 2004
...a Chinese family currently on asylum in Durban are mourning the loss of a family member, who was killed for an empty lunch box at the intersection of Albert and Queen Streets.
Police said De hua Lin, 48, had been walking with his brother-in-law, Mokung Chen, from Chen's clothing shop in the Berea Station when they were attacked by two youths on Friday evening.
The youths had tried to grab a plastic bag from Lin but he refused to let go of the bag, which contained an empty lunch box and papers. One of the youths shot him in the face killing him instantly.
The robbers discarded the plastic bag after discovering it contained nothing more than an empty lunch box and papers.
Sunday, July 18, 2004
- The N3 is an excellent road.
- The Free State needs better FM radio stations.
- Durban is a nice little city, though a chap was gunned down on Friday evening while walking in the city centre during rush hour, when I was buying food nearby. I couldn't find any references to the murder in the papers, when I searched using Google News. Depressing that this sort of thing isn't apparently considered newsworthy anymore. I suppose the body count wasn't high enough [link via Jo'blog].
- Blogger has improved its HTML editor. Spell checker still needs some work.
- Everything in Durban is a short drive away. Very convenient.
- First time I saw the University of Natal Campus - it's pleasantly situated.
- Some women are nothing but trouble.
Saturday, July 17, 2004
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
- I hadn't noticed that The Corner Office is up again, at a new address [via Commentary]
- Cooking by Numbers [via The Presurfer]
- US lawmakers investigate breaking up of pay-tv "bouquets"
- Neuroeconomics [via Mises Economics Blog]
- Cherryflava has a post on Cape Town's ranking as the fifth best city in the world by an American travel magazine
- AmbiDextri on an illogical new ICC ruling
- War Nerd on Fallujah [via Sailer]
- Some American soldiers watch Fahrenheit 9/11
- Cape Town crime watch programs terminated after being snitched on by private security operative
- The Pilot on airports
- The condensed version of a new book by a serving US intelligence official
- Fodder has a post on why the Iraq war was
Update: One more link (11:15 PM)
Col Lounsbury's Moroccan secretary seems to be trying to snare him. It's not unusual for Moroccan girls to want rich foreign husbands, from what I know of them.
I've been busy with some studying, but here are some interesting things that I've found on the web:
- Antifreeze 101 - why does it taste so good?
- F1: 'The balance between art and science has been lost'
- The child author phenomenon
- More Mozilla extensions
- Cook sister on biltong. I know of at least one child who choked on the stuff, so I wouldn't give it to little children.
- Scammers scammed [via Isangqa]. A very popular story, it appears.
- Geolocation on the web
- Bill Cosby: grumpy old man
- Blogging survey [via Pharyngula]
- Fodder on a campaign to promote local tourism, by locals
- Scanned version of Cape Times article on blogging
- Chirac fooled by apparent hoax
- Multichoice complaints
- Spam - new methods
- Self-healing computing
- Wikipedia article on Maoism
- A Maoist sect's review of SimCity 3000
Saturday, July 10, 2004
- "Saddam gassed the Kurds..." or did he? [via Isangqa]
- Two blogs in the sidebar get mentioned in Wired News, Anil dash for his search engine manipulation win and Billmon, who is suffering from blogger burnout
- F1 rules to slow cars down outlined
- Article on mercenaries, some South African companies get mentioned
- New study concludes that myopia is caused by lifestyle [via Gene Expression]
- US medical professionals take steps to stop mistakes
- Cape Town's crime problem
- Why does Saturn have rings?
- Bleeping out dirty words on American airwaves
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
- Blogosphere vs. Usenet See also this.
- Paid search engine inclusion coming to an end
- Laurie Mylroie, conspiracy crackpot and warmonger [via On Lesotho]
- The story behind the new Nandos a campaign [via Cherryflava]
- US medical professionals who refuse contraception to patients
- Why John Kerry chose John Edwards
- America faces shortage of VINs [via Anil Dash]
- Gene Expression has lots of new posts to wade through
- Wired on Mozilla extensions
- The big news story around here is the Diepsloot riots. Frankly, I'm surprised that this sort of thing doesn't happen more often. Here's a story by a reporter who got a little too close to the action.
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Saturday, July 03, 2004
Friday, July 02, 2004
- A biltong experiment
- The Economic Organization of a P.O.W. Camp [via Crooked Timber]
- Mozilla downloads increase
- "The Road to Tech Mecca"
- Some interesting information about lobsters
- The founder of the National Review seems to have changed his mind about the invasion of Iraq [via LRC]
- The Reiger Park Dreamers is a new member of the Southern Africa Web Ring
- The Pilot answers some questions
Thursday, July 01, 2004
- Chinese "assassination attempt" on Falun Gong protesters near Joburg?
- Interesting to see a Microsoft-owned website promoting Mozilla Firefox
- How the instant reviews of Bill Clinton's book were accomplished.
- Patent Hit List
- The Fallacy Files [via Gene Expression]
- A new media column on Wired
- A profile of Iraq's interim president
- Tshwane metro mayor wants Parliament to move to Pretoria.
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
- Battle of Halhin Gol - a battle in an area between Manchuria and Mongolia that may have led to the Japanese strike on Pearl Harbor
- The making of American ghost towns
- Living it up in the Joburg inner city
- The Cape times apparently had an article about South African blogs (locked in a subscriber-only archive). See Cherryflava for more information.
- Colossal black hole found
- Legal black hole partially closed
- British leaked exam scandal widens
- Pseudo-random ramblings has an item on Internet Explorer holes
- Commentary has a few new items posted
I probably won't be able to easily connect to the Internet for a few days, so blogging will be light from tomorrow till around the weekend.
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Saturday, June 26, 2004
- Clinton & Slate
- Readers respond to the article about building a better light bulb [previously linked to here]
- The BBC's Human Body and Mind site, full of quizzes and other diversions
- Tax return information from Wayne Wides at Commentary
- ANC-DA relations may be warming [via POLITICS.ZA]
- Time's 50 Coolest Websites [via Anil Dash's Daily Links]
- Trouble with Sentech's MyWireless?
- Bush may be facing defeat in "enemy combatant" cases [via Salon.com]
Update- 01/07/2004: Slate explains that the condensed Clinton autobiography was pulled after the publisher claimed that it infringed copyright
Friday, June 25, 2004
- Flu to hit South Africa
- The messy business of imperial succession in third century Rome [via LRC]
- Where does space really begin?
- Bloody chaos in Iraq [via antiwar.com]
- Frozen food and offal make a comeback with foodies
- The email space race
- Microsoft has received a patent for a "method and apparatus for transmitting power and data using the human body." [Via Mzansi Afrika and onlineblog]
- Florida to tax LANs?
- "Mbeki's leftward shift" [via The FishBowl]
- Centurion to get convention centre
Thursday, June 24, 2004
I got the links from this Google search.
Call me on my cellphone if you need more help.
- A Flash version of a card game called Faro [via Mark Pilarski's column]. A website about Faro
- An examination of Michael Schumacher's success
- The Guardian has discovered the bizarre story about the coronation of Sun Myung Moon by US congressmen, previously linked to here
- Col Lounsbury on Iraqi reconstruction mistakes
- An Atkins diet experiment
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
- A condensed version of Bill Clinton's autobiography
- Wikipedia article on the abacus
- A collection of entertaining Flash games
- Leaked exam paper in Britain - reminds me of when I wrote matric...
- The actor who played the nerd Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation has a weblog
- Wayne Wides at Commentary links to some interesting statistics from NationMaster.com
- Speaking of nations, here is the Wikipedia article on Risk (the board game)
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
- The flight of SpaceShipOne, as it happened [via Unmedia]
- The Guardian interviews Bill Clinton, who says that Nelson Mandela helped him deal with the impeachment scandal.
- Wayne at Commentary has some strong views about this apparent shakedown attempt. See also this [scroll down to "Swiss Banks vindicated", unfortunately, the original Times article is locked in a pay archive].
- Fodder reckons that Buthelezi is fading away
- Could a South African owned beer become president?
- Wireless pebbles used to track glaciers
Monday, June 21, 2004
- Galileo - a European system to "compliment and compete with GPS"
- The official Gautrain website
- The Green Zone policy fails [via LRC]
- Some solstice information
- A senior American intelligence official writes a book that claims Bush is playing into Al-Qaida hands [via Talking Points Memo]
- Private, manned space flight attempt to take place today Update: more on the topic at Commentary
Sunday, June 20, 2004
- Some interesting Wikipedia articles:
- Google's Pigeonrank technology
- An American military doctor in Iraq
- Fodder proposes a Google bomb
- Article on Gautrain
- Mzansi Afrika has a post about refugees in South Africa
- Cost of War [via On Lesotho]
- An American airliner lands at an air force base by mistake
- Lounsbury has a few new posts up about what's happening in the Middle East
Saturday, June 19, 2004
By the way, there is a proposal to rename the tunnel after Dullah Omar, the late minister of transport.
My own opinion is that renaming a tunnel is a fairly harmless waste of time - the business impact will probably be negligible, since confusion is unlikely to arise. Of course, renaming towns and streets is a more troublesome, because it makes navigation more difficult.
I'm not a conservative, but if I was, I'd welcome the idea of politicians wasting time on meaningless activities.
Friday, June 18, 2004
- An unusual type of strike by journalists, explained
- Eliminating medical mistakes in the US, using IT
- Evolving a faster racing car
- South African government Youth Portal, [via southafrica.info, via Commentary]
- The trailer for Michael Moore's new movie [via LRC]
- The quest for a better lightbulb
- If you watched the Michael Moore trailer, you might be interested in this. The strange actions of local politicians pale in comparison
Thursday, June 17, 2004
- If you want to know why that insipid Jessica Simpson song that gets played on the radio all the time is so bad, read this
- US Factory farming examined
- Rumsfeld ordered prisoner to be hidden from Red Cross [via LRC]
- More details of 9-11 events emerge [via LRC]
- The origins of monkey gland sauce [via Isangqa]
While prejudice may play a part in the lack of interest in Patrick Ngcobo's music, something that may be overlooked is the attitude of South Africans of South Indian descent toward their culture.
For example, there was an outcry by some South Indian community activists when SABC3 decided to show some Bollywood (North Indian) movies. Yet, according to SABC 3, the South Indian community seems to show little interest at the box office in South Indian movies.
According to these letters, attempts by Ster Kinekor to show South Indian movies, and South African South Indian satellite television and radio channels seem to have flopped, due to a lack of interest.
The South Indian community has been in South Africa for more than 140 years, and I would guess that Ngcobo's predicament is less a symptom of racial prejudice than a simple (and understandable) lack of interest of South Africans of South Indian descent in "their culture"- a culture that they have not been a part of for about five generations.
I'm experimenting with Gmail, and I think that the most appealing aspect of the service is the 1GB space limit, which trounces Webmail's puny 10MB. It means that I can store as many photographs as I want to, without worrying about running out of space (although 100MB should be more than enough for me). The built-in search facility is useful.
While there are privacy concerns about the Gmail service, which searches the text of emails to display advertisements, I'm not really worried, since most of my email can already be intercepted by human beings, as it travels across the net. A machine scanning for words is far less threatening, in my opinion.
I'll probably post some more about Gmail, but for now, it's greatest impact will probably be felt by users of other email services, like Yahoo, who will find their storage space increased.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
- A man in his mid-twenties goes back to the prom:
- Probe rules out Iraqi link to 9-11
- Should users of pirated copies of Windows XP be able to install Service Pack 2? [via Anil Dash's daily links]
- Apparent US military witchhunt suffers a setback [via antiwar.com]
- How the Guardian reported on the events of June 16, 1976
- Symbian OS virus created [via Wayne Wides]
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
- Some information about dolomite and sinkholes in Gauteng.
- Inflation rises in the U.S.
- Invisibility comes a step closer. See also this.
- Bush's legal advisor has a history of obscure views of international law
- "Fruit helps prevent age-related eye disease"
- More details about the Enron ripoff emerge
- Mzansi Afrika on the Proudly South African campaign
- As you may have noticed in the sidebar, this blog is now part of the Southern Africa Web Ring
Monday, June 14, 2004
- Two sites about South Africa's climate
- Were children tortured in Iraq?
- Thanks to Southern Cross for the link
- The difference between Pretoria and Tshwane discussed
- Seven year old bloggers [via Scripting News]
- Article on the Foucault pendulum from Wikipedia, with lots of links
- Billmon on the increasing conservatism of the US military
- Languagehat on an article about the potential medical benefits of knowing more than one language
- Russian conscript hell
Sunday, June 13, 2004
The local connection: Norton's parents were 1820 Settlers, and he moved to the United States in 1849 from [what is now] South Africa:
At the pre-emptory request of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the last nine years and ten months past of San Francisco, California, declare and proclaim myself the Emperor of These United States
Update: Kieran at Crooked Timber seems to have also just noticed this story.