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Kol
04 May 2016 @ 12:00 am
Very good job, lads. You showed us all that money is not everything in the beautiful game! Spirit counts above all. And while we're about spirit... here's the piece that has kept you fired up throughout this amazing season. Very, VERY well done! Celebrate, you crazy East Midlanders. You totally deserve it. And this, from an actual Gooners fan :)


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Kol
03 May 2016 @ 09:00 pm
The planet hunt continues, and results keep pouring at an exponential rate. Now a gang of three planets that seemingly go into the habitable zone around their own star have been discovered, sending the scientific and amateur astronomer community into yet another frenzy. Galactic Empire ensue? :) (source)
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Kol
02 May 2016 @ 11:00 pm
All right now... once we've seen the most predictable part of Game of Thrones happening in exactly the way everyone predicted it would happen, what's left is the full delight of not knowing anything of what's going to happen from now on. :)
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Kol
01 May 2016 @ 09:00 pm
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Current Location: cape town
Mood: refreshedrefreshed
Music: Argo: Utopian Land
 
 
Kol
30 April 2016 @ 10:00 pm
What does it take to stop the evil plans of the physicists to destroy the universe? A weasel, it turns out. One of the little furry buggers caused a short circuit in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and puff! Off it went. There'll be no proton-proton smashing for a while now. Poor weasel. We hardly knew thee. (source)

On a side note, we were at Newlands with the kids, watching our very own local Stormers succumb to a late, late two-point defeat to the hands of the visiting Waratahs. Duhhhh. But still, the atmosphere was great as always. We've got the most enthusiastic crowd in the whole SuperRugby, that's fo' sho'! Now if only that could translate into titles, but alas...
 
 
Current Location: cape town
Mood: weirdweird
 
 
 
Kol
28 April 2016 @ 10:00 pm
Those were the times... I used to like quite a lot of Eurovision entries about a decade ago. I still remember the 2007 edition of the pageant, and a couple of years afterwards when there were some really good entries. But after having listened to this year's contestants at least a few times, I've struggled to come up with even one song that sticks out for me. Too bad. I've also noticed a trend: when a song of a certain style wins the Eurovision, half of the following year's entries sound as if they were ganked from that same artist. Not good. Speaks of very little imagination. Or really poor quality level. It's all beyond mediocre anyway, and the threatrics and everything else feels like it's at least two decades late to the day. In a nutshell: irrelevant bullshit.

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Kol
27 April 2016 @ 03:00 pm
A new state of water molecules has been found, one where tightly confined water molecules that are supposedly unable to turn around and shift their polarity, begin to exhibit quantum properties, their hydrogen atoms smearing around the central oxygen atom, thus forming a probabilistic shell and occupying all possible six positions within a hexagonal configuration. A curious side effect of this state is that the water molecule loses its polarity, which is central for the water properties that we're familiar with under normal circumstances. So far it's unclear what practical applications this discovery may have, but it looks immensely promising. (source)
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Kol
26 April 2016 @ 09:00 am
Some say this ep was a bit disjointed and slow, but I liked it. For a 1st episode, that is. There've been far clumsier and slower opening episodes. And here, the murders of supposedly promising characters continued with the same intensity like where we were left at the end of S05. At this rate, in the end only the Night King and maybe Hodor will remain :)

There was something like a thematic permeating all these murders. The style of most of them was a stab in the back. Shows pretty much the whole essence of Game of Thrones really :)

Btw, Mel's story was as shocking at the moment as it was unsurprising in the long run. Sorry, but not gonna spoil this any further. Just watch it! ;)
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Kol
25 April 2016 @ 01:00 am
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Current Location: cape town
Mood: refreshedrefreshed
Music: Fleshgod Apocalypse: The Fool
 
 
Kol
24 April 2016 @ 08:00 am
So, Neil deGrasse Tyson has argued during the latest Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate (great event btw, never miss a full video of those debates) that statistically, it's far more likely that we live in a simulated universe rather than a real one. It's not exactly a novel idea, and has a lot more to do with philosophy rather than actual empirical science, but it's a fascinating thought indeed. (source)

But my actual focus is on comments section below the article. Some of them made refreshingly great points worth thinking about (and ones that I suspect even NdGT hadn't considered in such depth). Here's an example:

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Kol
23 April 2016 @ 01:00 am
There is a fine line between clever marketing and selling out. And, it seems, football giants AC Milan have well and truly over-stepped it. In a stunt that has left football fans worldwide in disbelief, what at first was reported to be the entire starting lineup for the historic Italian super-club performed a bastardised Maori haka on the San Siro pitch before a Serie A match against Capri in a promotion for a skin-care company. One of the moves in their haka involves mockingly applying cream to their faces. (source)


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Kol
21 April 2016 @ 09:00 am

Interesting piece trying to explain what are the features that human adults see in adolescent animals that make them perceive babies of any species as "cute". It's an evolutional thing mostly, as one might've expected. (source)

Oh, and here are some notable specimens. (collection)
 
 
Current Location: klein brakrivier
Mood: curiouscurious
 
 
Kol
20 April 2016 @ 08:00 am
Ethically, she's a liar and a fraud (like most politicians nowadays). Legally, things are not that simple. Technically, there doesn't seem to be an impeachable offense on her record.

But we all know that these things seldom matter in countries with a rich history of coups.
 
 
Current Location: cape town
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Kol
19 April 2016 @ 10:00 pm
A curious "heart"-shaped spot has popped up on the surface of the Sun, firing off a powerful flare. Our star might be sending us a signal that it loves us, mayhaps? ;) (source)
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Kol
18 April 2016 @ 09:00 am
The Fijians are almost certain to win the Olympics rugby gold medal, you say? Hm, think again. Just look at the way they were demolished in the Singapore series final by... guess who? Kenya! What a marvelous progress the Kenyans have made in recent years. And what an exciting competition rugby 7s is enjoying now. (source)
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Kol
17 April 2016 @ 01:00 am
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Current Location: villiersdorp
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Music: Fleshgod Apocalypse: The Violation
 
 
Kol
So, Sarah Palin has mocked Bill Nye's science credentials. Big deal. Who cares about this waste of oxygen. Real scientists are doing real science in the meantime. Here. Look at this:



Scientists want to send a spacecraft to the next closest star, using a concept known as photonic propulsion. (source)
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Kol
Rumour has it that Game of Thrones showrunners Benioff and Weiss are planning to wrap up the last part of the story (after this year's Season VI) within just 13 episodes. 7 for Season VII and 6 for Season VIII. The explanation they gave didn't make much sense to me, but that's that. (source)
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Kol
12 April 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Happy birthday to my dear old LJ pal agua_de_fuego!
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Kol
11 April 2016 @ 04:00 pm
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Kol
10 April 2016 @ 10:00 pm
Fiji have won the 7s in HK. They're starting to build momentum now. Blitzboke reached the semis, being knocked out by NZ. (source)
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Kol
09 April 2016 @ 07:00 pm
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Current Location: villiersdorp
Mood: refreshedrefreshed
Music: Poem: Passive Observer
 
 
Kol
08 April 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Happy birthday you crazy girl ::)

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Current Location: cape town
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Music: Anouk: Girl
 
 
Kol
05 April 2016 @ 07:00 pm
A nice adorable comic has been made to represent the Panama leak in a nutshell. Check it out, it's fun! (here)
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Kol
31 March 2016 @ 01:00 am
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Veels geluk met jou verjaarsdag, my liewe vriend!!!


STIJN
mahnmut

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