One of my screens
I love GNU/Linux. I have used GNU/Linux since 1999 and exclusively since 2001. I have used Ubuntu since the first version, and I depend on GNU/Linux for everything I do on a computer, whether work or play. Importantly, I use it for 100% of the work I do, and 100% of […]

We need to improve the user experience of the GNU/Linux ...


Cheetah
This morning I was playing around in DarkTable, improving my skills at using its awesome capability. I used a photo of a Half-collared Kingfisher that was in deep shadow, and accidentally shot at ISO6400 because I had forgotten to change my settings from when i was taking eagles in flight in […]

Photographers – buy equipment not software


Rangiroa
Arthur C. Clarke wrote “How inappropriate to call this planet ‘Earth’ when it is quite clearly ‘Ocean’.” I have been lucky that during my days as a marine biologist I got to travel around and explore this planet called Ocean, and even find and describe some new species from our […]

How inappropriate to call this planet ‘Earth’ when it is ...



Peace flagg
South Africa is slowly starting to emerge from under a purulent pile of corruption. Corrupt practices go way back into the Apartheid era, and certainly corruption associated with the current political system was well established in the Mbeki. But it escalated under Jacob Zuma’s “leadership” to the point where one […]

We are all leaders, responsible for fixing South Africa


Buzz Aldrin on the moon
The South Africa of today is not the South Africa the liberation struggle founders envisaged. It is not even the South Africa envisaged by ANC slogans, such as “a better life for all“. At a political level,  South Africa is a divided country, lacking in vision and lacking in leadership, […]

Why South Africa needs a moon colonisation programme


One earth
I saw this on Ulric van Vuuren’s  Instagram when he followed me on Twitter: One human race. One love. One with nature. So I made an adaptation of it, that gets to the heart of secular humanism or what ever you want to call someone who thinks belief that n(gods) > 0 […]

One universe, one supercluster, one galaxy, one star, one planet, ...



In my last blog post, I talked about some of the characteristics of a university designed for the 21st Century. In this one, I focus on what a university should be like in his post-scarcity age that we are in now. Universities evolved during the industrial age, and many of […]

A post scarcity university for the innovation economy



bananas
When I made my posting about an innovation economy for South Africa, point 8 that I made was to create at least two innovation universities in major urban areas or at worst, on their periphery. One might wonder why I would propose creating two new institutions, focusing on innovation. Why […]

Universities in South Africa: we need two new ones for ...



Innovation economy
In my last post, inspired by a ventureburn article by Barry Dwolatzky, I mentioned an innovation economy for South Africa, and some of things that we need to focus on as a nation post the irresponsible Zuma era. The idea of creating an innovation economy is not new, it is […]

What does an innovation economy involve for South Africa?