Monthly Archives: November 2011

Prof. Juma on Technology, Innovation and Development

Calestous Juma is professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a former executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi. He also served as chancellor of the University of Guyana. He has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and the African Academy of Sciences.

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The lightest Material on Earth

The World’s lightest Material, lighter than styrofoam? lighter than aerogels? lighter than even nanotubes… gotta be kidding me!!!
Folks, this is the latest research out there, trust me. Anything that “beats” nanotube is not just “new”, it’s amazing. Watch and Enjoy

Reform in Nigeria : Who to Follow on Twitter

While everyone contributes in a tweet or two to spreading the word and raising awareness in the many ailing areas of Nigeria, these twitter accounts are in a special way linked to specific reforms in an attempt to dare I say “better” the most populous country of Africa.

– @bubusn – for #LightNigeria – need not be said, his tweets literally aid in sparking energy that we soon hope will contribute to lighting up Nigeria.

– @tejucole – a personal favorite, with his wit and peculiar way of ‘syntaxing’ his tweets, he is a media reform guru.

– @OMOJUWA. Not enough can be said of his fight against corruption and for the upbringing of genuinely better citizens of Nigeria. He wills and tweets it into existence with his #OMOJUWA24 hashtag.

– @ebuka is what I dubbed your casual ‘HeadlineNewsNigeria’ twitter account of all things sports, culture and Pop, and ‘stuffs’ that would resonate with the young vibrant revolutionary twitter demographic.

I will follow up and update this list as I come across more activist for a Better Nigeria.

Follow me @SirDarlington.

“In Your Mind’s eye”…well not so fast!!! Bionic contact lens ‘to project emails before eyes’

Don’t cry your eyes out, literally, after reading this, You might need them.  Scientists at Washington University and Aalto University in Finland are projecting that, due to their recent discoveries, the potential to “see” like Terminator has gotten closer.  That is of course, the ability to have visual text information readily available to the eye. Essentially, in order to see/read text ,we need space between our eye and that object containing the text. What Lingley et al in this publication enabled is the ability to see what is on your own eye thus eliminating the “space” . Effectively, a wirelessly powered contact lens display is for all practical puporses turning your contacts into an LCD. Not only you can see with them [contacts], you can now see whats on them, all that without having to take them off. Pretty Impressive.

Does it mean that we will be able to just ‘start seeing things’? Rightfully so. Not that day-dreaming or better yet hallucination are totally estranged to society these days. Wait a minute, does this mean we will now look at politicians straight in the eye, and they’d be able to read off their lies, instead of making them up? Well that alleviates the burden of trust. No need for teleprompters?

Of course, this new technology can also have moral implications. One that comes to mind right away is in academia more precisely with testing. No need to elaborate there.

On a totally unrelated note, I wonder who funds this research. Defense? #supercomittee

The Strongest Material Known to Man

Is the nanotechnology hype, fact or fiction?

PhysicsWorks “Marriage and Potential”

These are the days when the black woman is expected to commit to a guy based on his POTENTIAL.

And often time, this is looked down upon for fear that “it lowers the standard of the all-well-to-do strong black educated woman”. Needless to say, such routes (based on potential) has had very lucrative rates of success, i.e FLOTUS saw POTUS’ potential, now they’re BOTH in the white house.

On the other hand: when the black man commits to a woman based on her POTENTIAL, according to his own subjective standards, pundits say he is ‘afraid’ of a strong/black/ed. woman. Double Standard there? You be the judge.

What is with the “potential”?

There is an important component in marriage called GROWTH. (of both parties involved)

POTENTIAL connotes growth (higher heights literally)
KINETIC not so much~~

Hypothesis: Could perhaps the proverbial strong black educated (and independent – depending on the school of thoughts – feminist vs modern feminist) woman may just be too much on the KINETIC side.

Thus, the lack of room for growth is more of a downer than the fear of adequacy on the part of the man with just potential.

The most pertinent question then becomes how do men showcase more kineses while women (strong/educated/…) ‘potentially’ leave room for growth. This is something for another blog post but here is something most of us can agree on:

A relationship where both parties are ‘finished products’ often times end up in a wedding, not a marriage. The element of complementarity is mitigated. #hollywood

Darlington is an HDFS major at heart. He only read one book for his degree, #Genesis.

Once in a lifetime. #MyThoughts

Twitter captures user activity during 11/11/11 at 11:11:11 (video)

 

This will NOT excite the masses. It did however succeed in catching my fleeting attention. November 11 2011 was the only one this century, #pun,  and for most of us, a once in a lifetime affair. All the more reason for folks like me, to precipitate to twitter.

Twitter, in a stroke of ingenuity, thus decided to record a Real Time Statistical counts of such tweets as it happened. The details of such memorable task, are spelt out on the twitter blog.

 

I quote: This clip is a visualization of all the Tweets mentioning 11:11 on 11.11.11. Each “1” is a location that moves with the conversation on Twitter. Their scale varies depending on the volume of Tweets posted from the location they represent. You can see the main wave move from right to left, and then a second one that occurred at 11 p.m. around the world”

Here is the youtube video: 11.11.11 on Twitter .

I loved it. And you can certainly draw your own conclusion. Here are three of mine.

3- China doesn’t tweet, it is NOT a myth.

2- The Twafrican continent is basically composed of three countries : Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. #gottadoberra !!!

1- Europe is really getting old!! They were mostly all in bed by 10 PM… on the upside, how about the nightlife of the USA!!! #Sleep is for the weak.

 

These conclusions, though irrelevant to most, reveal a lot of trends in the International World. China needs more freedom, Africa needs more technology, Europe needs more babies and America, mmmmhmmm,  might need to focus on studying instead of being on twitter. #foodforthoughts

 

Cheers