Cranking the limits is The 100 Year Starship, a jointly funded project of DARPA (the good folks who birthed the Internet) and NASA. It's a call to our collective ingenuity and utterly bonkers audacity: interstellar flight!
It’s been going on quietly for years; the brains and bodies of nerds and athletes have been coupled to all manner of sensors and data-netting gizmos (voluntarily and without medical intervention) from heart-rate monitors, biofeedback fingerware, sleep trackers, wearable cameras, oximeters, accelerometers, blood-pressure cuffs, GPS to old-fashioned stopwatches employed to track and map the data...
What luck for rulers, that men do not think. – Adolph Hitler The Internet is a copy machine. At a fundamental distribution level, but also at the human content level. Copying what we see and like, or realise gets results, is one of the keys to how humans have been such a successful species. What...
One of the delights of living in the Southern Hemisphere has to be its dense, dazzling night sky. Meandering to open spaces where the urban light veil falls away, yields a blaze of stars, the Milky Way (the Galactic Centre and magellanic clouds, a southern sky speciality), even man.made space objects twinkling back at us....
It’s hard to quantify the small dizzy delight we find in discovering something out in the world that simply makes us happy, no explanation needed. Julie Andrews floods the mental stereo like peach-sugar (what, you have no idea what I mean? see the video at the end to absorb the culture young weedhopper).. Maverick magazine...
No grand 10th century castle – you couldn’t get there on a steam train from secret King’s Cross platforms – but this seemingly unexceptional building at 9 Ntemi Piliso Street, downtown Johannesburg is brimming and buzzing with magic. The Defense against the Dark Arts is for real. Here they’re battling the very real forces of...
I’m back in Cape Town next week for some wrap.up lectures at UCT, seeing beloved friends & family, working & meeting frenzies ..and catching the grand launch of Silicon Cape (last year’s World Mayor, now premier of the province, Helen Zille will be speaking to assure the gravitas of this endeavour). Since the tech heads...
memorable learning experiences, urban games and unusually powerful travel experiences for the slim minority that take delight in learning rather than just looking cool and together.
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The odds of existing
In the great expanse of time and space, the odds of you *even existing* are mind-blowingly slim -
so why would we waste any of our fleeting aliveness and
on a copied, formulaic existence?
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. - Oscar Wilde
[Okay, I realise this doesn't terrify everyone equally].
But for the beautiful, tiny percentage who relentlessly mess with "this is how it's always been done"; who refuse to settle for just one life; who blow through their default settings; who love fiercely; and take on their improbable yearnings, with socially-deviant amounts of dedication - this, is a hellyeah and hail to thee. Doing the unusual is often brutally lonely.
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