Sunday’s Worthless News

How about a diversion from the protests and the little reported Covid-19?

A little news that hit the papers and yet NO one gave a crap….so as an FYI feature IST will report those seldom read news stories…..

First one of those question that need answering before I die…..why does time go faster the older I get?

Many of us recall with longing the endless summer days of childhood, when a single happy day at the beach seemed to last forever. That’s because for many of us, time seems to speed up the longer we live. Sometimes it seems like as soon as we’ve planted the first flower bulbs in the garden, it’s time to bring out BBQ for July 4, and then we find ourselves raking the fall leaves, hanging the holiday decorations, and counting down to midnight, wondering where the year went.

Various fields of science suggest this phenomenon may be rooted in some core human perception of the world that shifts over the course of our lives, influenced by neurology, psychology, and perhaps physics as well. And yet there’s still a lot we don’t understand.

A study in 2017 was something that I was surprised at them results…..

It’s 2017, not 1817.

If what we’ve seen lately in the news about the political landscape in America has taught us anything, it’s that men who have confessed to sexual assault and are lying xenophobes get to become president while women have to fight even for the right to protest inequality and the control of their bodies.

Case in point?

A 2017 study revealed that fully half of adults in the US believe that a woman should be required to take her husband’s name after marriage. As in by law, or she can be legally punished.

Please explain to me again how women don’t need to march for their rights?

On to the Land of the Pharaohs……

Great Sphinx of Giza under blue light

Many have tried to explain the meaning of the Sphinx……and they are at it again…..

The sphinx never really existed, but it’s probably one of the most mystifying creatures ever imagined. To some cultures it was a terrible monster, for others it was more like a guardian spirit, but for everyone, the sphinx was always a frightful and legendary creature.

Most people have probably heard of the Great Sphinx of Giza, the famous statue that sits not far from the Pyramids, but that is just one of many depictions. The ambiguous history of the symbol reflects the ambiguous nature of the sphinx itself. Sphinxes play with lines and boundaries like giant cats and a piece of string. They don’t care about sharp distinctions; they love transgressions and passageways. Whether benevolent or malevolent, a sphinx always keeps you on your toes. In most cultures, the sphinx is associated with knowledge and specifically with riddles. Be careful when answering, though — even the right answer can be treacherous. This is the legend of the sphinx explained.

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Science is always finding ways to generate electricity without having to use fossil fuels…the latest is with shadows….yep you read that right…..shadows.

Someday, shadows and light could team up to provide power.

A new device exploits the contrast between bright spots and shade to create a current that can power small electronics. “We can harvest energy anywhere on Earth, not just open spaces,” says Swee Ching Tan, a materials scientist at the National University of Singapore.

Tan and his team created the device, called a shadow-effect energy generator, by placing a superthin coating of gold on silicon, a typical solar cell material. Like in a solar cell, light shining on silicon energizes its electrons. With the gold layer, the shadow-effect energy generator produces an electric current when part of the device lies in shadow.

A new device can produce electricity using shadows

More on the electricity thing….Germany…..

Germany will require all future gas stations to feature electric car charging ports, in a move to boost demand for electric cars, Reuters reports.

The move is also in large part to help alleviate “range anxiety,” one of the major reasons people chose a gas vehicle over an electric one.

“Internationally this puts Germany in the leading group of battery electric vehicle support,” energy storage specialist at The Mobility House wrote in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.

Damn good idea…..

I am always interested to see how the rest of the world is doing with the installation of broadband and Africa looks like it is doing a great job…..

This massive new cable will be 37,000 kms long, connecting 23 countries. The 16 African countries connected are Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Senegal, Somalia (landing at Mogadishu), Tanzania and South Africa.

It will provide a nominal capacity of 180 Tbit/s, a capacity that is “significantly higher” than the capacity of all existing cables and has the ability to keep adding a great deal more capacity as and when needed. The hovering question is whether African markets will have the capacity to absorb this level of additional international capacity. According to Ba:”It’s rather like an insurance policy. The existing cables do not have enough capacity to fulfill demand in the next 3-5 years.

It appears that the Greek Orthodox Church has made a ruling on the practice of yoga….

Yoga has no place “in the life of Christians,” the governing body of the Church has ruled.

It said it intervened after Greek media recommended yoga as a way to combat stress during coronavirus quarantine.

Other religions have also advised against the practice in the past.

The Orthodox Church is an influential organisation in Greece, and 90% of Greeks identify as Orthodox, according to a 2017 Pew Research Centre report.

“[Yoga] is a fundamental chapter in Hindu religion… it is not a ‘kind of physical exercise’,” the Holy Synod said in its statement on Wednesday.

Although it is not unheard of for religious authorities to criticise yoga, correspondents say it is unusual for the Orthodox Holy Synod to issue a public statement on the matter.

Appearing on a Greek TV network on Thursday, an Orthodox priest defended the Synod’s statement.

At least these guys have realized there is more of the practice of yoga than stretchy pants that make your ass look good.

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

8 thoughts on “Sunday’s Worthless News

  1. This post is a lot to chew on. I should think that the Germans would find gas-fired vehicles to be superior to electric ones …inasmuch as they have a history of using gas effectively — and the Sphinx is most likely a representation of a Pharoah whose religion included the practice of bestiality — either that or the Pharoah who had it built had a personal sexual-identity crisis going on.

  2. Yes, I am fixed on the time speeding up as I get older. Except this year, which seems to be dragging. Obviously because I have got a lot more to worry about in 2020.
    The Yoga thing is just the usual religious nonsense.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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