Category: History, Science & Technology

They transplanted what!?

They transplanted what!?

Warning: I strongly advise sensitive readers to skip this one.

South Africa has always been considered a world leader in transplant surgery, ever since Doctor Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first successful heart transplant in the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in 1967. Apparently we’ve made history in this field once again…

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On speaking English only in self-defence

No, I haven’t gone missing.  I’m holding a camp for the school’s student leaders this weekend, so I’ve been too busy with preparations to think of any nonsense to write down here.

But I don’t want to neglect you wonderful readers, so I thought I’d share something with you I wrote a while ago.  At one point last year I discovered Quora.com.  In case you’ve never heard about it before, it’s a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them.  It’s also a quite nice community, though I don’t follow specific people over there, nor do I care whether they follow me.  It’s just very interesting, and at times highly entertaining, to read people’s answers to the questions.

I also try answering questions from time to time, and I want to share one of my answers with you.  The question was:  “What does it mean when an Afrikaaner (sic) says, “I speak English only for self-defense?” Continue reading “On speaking English only in self-defence”

On technical difficulties…and movie trivia

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been a tad quiet this week.  I’ve not been taking a break from the blog…at least, not voluntarily.  My internet went on a temporary vacation, preventing me from doing anything here.

That shouldn’t happen.  I have uncapped internet.  It’s 3G, so at times there are signal problems, but this wasn’t the signal.  I know because Facebook worked fine.  And Twitter.  And all my programs’ automatic updates downloaded fine.  But nothing else.

I don’t have a problem with Facebook as such, but it’s a tad frustrating to not be able to access anything else for forty-eight-plus hours.  And Twitter is full of links.  I couldn’t click on any of them.  No Wikipedia.  No Google.  No news websites to read where I can be upset by the comments (actually that was a relief).  No blogs!  It was torture, I tell ya!

Thankfully, all’s back to normal now.  Updating my browser seemed to do the trick, though I have no idea why the previous version which had worked fine until two days ago suddenly didn’t.  I also don’t know why both Chrome and Internet Explorer (yeah, I was actually THAT desperate) developed the same problem at the same time.

Whatever the reason, I’m glad to be back.  Though when I consider that I spent the first two-thirds of my life without internet it’s a tiny bit disconcerting that two days without it now affects me so.  I might need to take an enforced internet vacation soon for the sake of my sanity.

But enough of that.  Here’s a bit of movie trivia:

This powerful wizard from a galaxy far, far away was also a vampire, a dentist and a pastor and in real life caught Nazi war criminals before becoming an actor.

Comment with the name of the actor and all the movies referenced if you can figure it out.  First person who gets it right wins a walk for two under the full moon on Saturday night (not with me, though, unless you’ll spring for my plane ticket).

On Facebook and panicky status updates – A Parody

If you’re on Facebook, you’ll probably know exactly what I’m talking about.  Please share.

Facebook has made a change to Graph Search! COPY AND PASTE THIS TO YOUR WALL so everyone knows how it works and your News Feed doesn’t again get flooded by idiotic messages on how Facebook is making your personal information searchable to anyone in the world!

The new feature allows you to search for key words in comments and status updates. However, YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO FIND INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN SHARED WITH YOU, i.e. public posts or posts by your friends. If you don’t want your posts to turn up in Graph Search, DON’T POST THEM PUBLICLY, but change your post settings to “Friends Only” or “Private”. Of course, not posting things online in the first place also helps to keep them private and unsearchable.

To find out more about Graph Search (like what it actually is and how it works), click here:
https://www.facebook.com/help/558823080813217
http://mashable.com/2013/09/30/facebook-graph-search-conversations/

To find out how to manage your privacy settings, click on the gear-icon top-right of your screen, go to ‘Help’ and read the articles under ‘Privacy’.

To find out more about search privacy specifically, click here:
https://www.facebook.com/help/468080906543413/

Share this with all your friends and stop the circulation of idiotic panicky messages on our Facebook walls!!!!!!!

You think I’m being silly?  I prefer to call it a pre-emptive strike.  Hey, it’s worth a try.

Some more getting right of facts

No, this isn’t another Dan Brown-inspired rant.  (Do tune in tomorrow for my review of Secrets of Inferno which explores the facts behind Mr Brown’s latest bestseller, though.)  Today I want to talk about something else.

I’m generally a nice guy (at least I think so), but I do have a nasty side and at times I can be a real bastard when I think someone is deserving.  What does one need to do in order to receive this dubious honour?  My dark side gets awakened when people indiscriminately forward e-mails. Continue reading “Some more getting right of facts”