If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, distance learning just might

Hanging books at tashas in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

The speed at which many schools have closed, and kids and educators have had to switch to distance learning platforms have caused quite a bit of frustration, especially for parents overwhelmed with the sudden influx of messages. Here’s a funny (and true) rant from an Israeli mother who found herself overwhelmed by the flood of…… Continue reading If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, distance learning just might

Feminism from a tone-deaf male’s perspective

Lost in Translation by Kris Krug, licensed CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

A discussion about feminism and a blog post by Gretchen Kelly got me thinking about what feminism and gender equality means to me. I wanted to share some of my thinking, even though it may offend many.

The history of Humanity’s #JourneyToMars

On Saturday, November 26, NASA is scheduled to launch the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission featuring Curiosity, the largest and most advanced rover ever sent to the Red Planet.

I’m really looking forward to the movie, “The Martian”. The latest trailer looks awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3ioOneTy8 As cool as the movie looks, the real-life #JourneyToMars is even more spectacular. NASA JPL released a retrospective video titled “50 Years of Mars Exploration” showcasing highlights from Humanity’s 50 year history exploring Mars. 50 years! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwipxdQ74pU NASA’s Jet Propulsion…… Continue reading The history of Humanity’s #JourneyToMars

Cool volcano stuff for your kids

Marum sept 2009

My son is fascinated by volcanoes and he asks me something about volcanoes several times a week. I came across a really cool National Geographic video about how their camera crew used drones to film an active volcano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFIWWM0Iv-U I found a couple more links to volcano stuff on the National Geographic site which are…… Continue reading Cool volcano stuff for your kids

Someone I was chatting to after the 2014 elections, last week, made an interesting comment. He said that if the old Apartheid-era National Party had educated all South Africans better (and not just white South Africans), the ANC under Jacob Zuma would have had a more challenging time selling themselves with all the corruption in… Continue reading Could the old Apartheid government have saved us from Zuma's ANC?