Thursday, June 16, 2016

Maybe we should learn from Sci-fi....

I'm not sure who the scriptwriters were for Babylon 5 - but they sure as hell need permanent positions somewhere in our government, we all know that politicians only spread propaganda, but this is one of the few series where I actually LIKED what an ambassador had to say... :) Much better than anything out there currently being presented to us - and I quote several items/conversations from and with the character "Ambassador G'kar":

"There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain."

"I have seen what power does, and I have seen what power costs. The one is never equal to the other."

"No dictator, no invader can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power tyrants and dictators cannot stand. The Centauri learned that lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free."

"We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away."

"If I take a lamp and shine it toward the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth, for understanding. Too often we assume that the light on the wall is God. But the light is not the goal of the search; it is the result of the search. The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the sense of revelation upon seeing it! Similarly, someone who does not search, who does not bring a lantern with him, sees nothing. What we perceive as God, is the byproduct of our search for God. It may simply be an appreciation of the light, pure and unblemished, not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes we stand in front of the light and assume that we are the center of the universe. God looks astonishingly like we do! Or we turn to look at our shadow, and assume that all is darkness. If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose; which is to use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all its beauty - and in all its flaws. And in so doing better understand the world around us."

"Minister Kafta: I am sure there must be a planet with a breathable atmosphere somewhere in this sector. The captain could land, drop us off, and get help.
G'Kar: Minister Kafta, this ship is being held together by little pieces of wire and good intentions. If we land in this condition, assuming we do not have an unpleasant encounter with the ground on the way down, I doubt very much they could take off again. They would be trapped with us, and the ship looking for them would find it, find them, find us, find you, a brilliant cascade of cause and effect. Isn't the universe an amazing place? I wouldn't live anywhere else."

"Londo Mollari: Right now, even though we are not at war with anyone our production of war material has increased 15 percent. Why?
G'Kar: With everyone now on the same side perhaps you're planning to invade yourselves for a change. I find the idea curiously appealing. Once you finished killing each other, we can plow under all the buildings and plant rows of flowers that spell out the words "too annoying to live" in letters big enough to be seen from space."

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Interesting view of the art world

"The dealer is not interested in art, he's interested in, well, basically money: you know a work of art is as good as the price it fetches. The art historian is not really interested in art, I mean he studies it but he is much more interested in his career, whether he's going to become the head of some great museum - this is what he's really interested in - and whether he can get a knighthood cause he knows a lot about Rembrandt you know, but no-one would've ever given Rembrandt a knighthood for BEING Rembrandt. It's all false values." - Eric Hebborn

Hebborn (1934-1996) was a master forger who literally created thousands of fake paintings, drawings and sculptures during his career and many of his works still reside in museums and in private collections to this day. Many others were passed off to major auction houses like Christie's and were sold for tens of thousands of pounds each.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Meanwhile, in Edenvale

Crime in South Africa still out of hand....another armed robbery in Gauteng on Friday.

Click here for the full story from News24.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Star Trek on its way :)

Looks like we've got quite a bit of new Star Trek coming out, here's the trailer for the new feature film "Star Trek: Beyond":

I've also found the teaser trailer for the new series (doesn't show much, though) which will premiere on CBS in January 2017:

Iron Maiden Live in Cape Town (18/05/2016)

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Iron Maiden's Cape Town leg of their 'The Book of Souls' Tour! What an awesome night :)

On the way we stopped to grab some munchies:

Video coming soon!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mall robberies

Wow, what is up with all the robberies happening inside South African shopping centres now?

A colleague of mine at work mentioned to me yesterday that she actually did not want to go to the Istore to buy something cause she was scared they're going to rob her. My thoughts were, well if you're going to the Istore - you're probably going to get robbed one way or another in any case :)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Phone thieves and tracking programs for Android

I find it really interesting that there are so many people (I must admit - I did it myself as well) that sign up for services like Lookout , Androidlost, and Prey.

But the unfortunate reality is that not one of these services mean anything when your phone has been stolen, every phone thief knows the first thing you do is switch it off.

So there's really no point to trying and track it then?

What I need is a thingy where you can track a phone even if the battery is removed.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Handy sed command to replace PHP error_reporting

With the new PHP 5.5.9 packaged with Ubuntu 14 I ended up with lots of "Standards Warnings" from PHP, since error_reporting(E_ALL) now includes this. So I wrote a quick one to replace it in every file in the current directory as well as in subdirectories:

find ./ -type f -exec sed -i -e 's/error_reporting(E_ALL);/error_reporting(E_ALL \& ~E_STRICT \& ~E_DEPRECATED);/g' {} \;

Works like a charm!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mr. Selfridge

I've been watching this excellent show (since 'The Paradise' is on hold for now) about the life and times of Harry Gordon Selfridge and the department store (Selfridge & Co) that he started in 1909.

I was, however, very interested to see how much of it was manufactured and how much is based on actual truth, so I started looking around online and found this article with a bit of background on the real Mr. Selfridge. It seems the show isn't far off, although I would like to know if they are going to continue with the story and cover his whole life up to his death in 1947.

Apparently the real Mr. Selfridge died a penniless man who was mistaken more than once for being a homeless vagrant, since he actually lost the store during a later time period in his life.

The real Harry Gordon Selfridge

If so I think the best is still to come, I'm still on Season one!