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Tuesday 6 October 2009

Arithmetic Processing using Associative memory

Associative memory is capable of performing highly parallel arithmetic computation on large datasets in constant time.

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Thursday 25 June 2009

AIMS Graduation 2009

AIMS The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences held the graduation dinner for the class of 2009 at the Muizenberg Pavilion on June 25, 2009. Present were Vice-Chancellors from three of Cape Town's Universities, and the Kenyan Ambassador Tom Amolo.

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Thursday 11 June 2009

Computers in schools in Gabon

Libreville School I visited Gabon for the last two weeks of May 2009 by invitation of Yoan Anguilet, who has a business and NGO there promoting ICT and Science literacy in schools. We had met previously when setting up AUST, a new University on Nigeria. Yoan had invited me to set up a similar system at two schools in Gabon, as a precursor to a larger effort later in the year.

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Tuesday 16 December 2008

Splitting South Africa's ANC party

Cope flag The African National Congress has led South Africa since 1994 - the start of majority rule. Disaffection with Jacob Zuma's recall of Thabo Mbeki has set an unwanted ball in motion - a potential split of the party before the next election.

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Sunday 7 December 2008

Zimbabwean Home Affairs, food security

Flag_of_Zimbabwe.jpg The Ministry of Home Affairs, Zimbabwe is position in the Zimbabwean government is currently subject to a tussle of control between Zanu-PF and MDC. However it is overshadowed by the Provincial administration in the communal areas, which largely controls food distribution.

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Saturday 4 October 2008

Annual Sangoma ceremony in Zululand

five sangomas Every year, Sangomas outside Eshowe hold a ceremony to honour their ancestors and strengthen bonds between those of like professions.

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Monday 1 September 2008

Dark Matter in the Universe

Bullet Cluster What is exciting about Cosmology today is how much we do not know. The observable universe - baryonic matter we are fairly sure comprises only a few percent of the total mass of the universe. The rest is a mystery, but mainstream theories split it between Dark Matter and Dark Energy.

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Thursday 19 June 2008

Xenophobia in South Africa

At the end of May in South Africa, a lot of violence erupted, apparently targeted against other black africans by fellow black South Africans. Meeting other Nigerians, almost all of them, given a little time, bring up the subject. I found myself having to apologise for the violence, and make some explanation of it.

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Monday 9 June 2008

OLPC and Intel Classmate PC in Nigeria

Sugar - Network view Today, I visited two schools in Abuja, Nigeria, both of which were pilot schools for the new low cost laptops targeted at schools in the third world. One Laptop per Child started in Galadima Junior school, in Abuja Model Village, and Intel launched 'One laptop per teacher and child' at Jabi Junior Secondary school, in Jabi district, Abuja.

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Friday 30 May 2008

Nigerian infrastructure

Flag of Nigeria Abuja, Nigeria, the capital city, suffers from lack of infrastructure. Potholes, no landlines, power cuts every day.

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Sunday 11 May 2008

Launch of AIMS Research Centre, Muizenberg

Stephen Hawking On May 11, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences opened its Research Centre. Present were a host of dignitaries, led by Stephen Hawking, Michael Griffin, the current administrator of NASA, and Nobel prize-winners David Gross and George Smoot. A lineup indeed.

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Monday 14 April 2008

Zimbabwe - Thabo Mbeki and Aziz Pahad

Flag_of_Zimbabwe.jpg Since the election itself, we have watched, in slow motion, the frantic backpedalling of ZanuPF to steal the elections after the fact.

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Wednesday 2 April 2008

Rock, Paper, Scissors

250px-Flag_of_the_Movement_for_Democratic_Change.svg.png Zimbabwe went to elections last weekend. The Movement for Democratic Change use the open hand as a symbol, ZanuPF the cockerel. ZanuPF were so bereft of ideas that their slogan was "Get behind the fist" - a clear counterpoint to MDC's open hand. That makes international opinion the Scissors - unable to conquer the Rock.

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Thursday 20 March 2008

Habeni Primary

Computer room Habeni Primary school is in Zululand, and has recently acquired a computer lab. Courtesy of Kelsey Wood and Wizzy Digital Courier, it also has Internet.

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Friday 7 March 2008

Khekhekhe's First Fruits ceremony

Python In 1999 I visited Khekhekhe with Graham, to negotiate a price for National Geographic to do a piece on him. I wrote up that encounter at the time. Khekhekhe held a ceremony on the 23rd of Feb every year - which he called the First Fruits ceremony. It seemed really to be a time for the old Mthethwa Sangomas to get together, Khekhekhe to show his prowess with snakes, and some beasts to die for the table.

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Sunday 17 February 2008

Ancestry testing through genetics

Mitochondrial DNA TreeI recently had a genetic analysis done to determine my ancestry - courtesy Ancestry24, the Medical Research Council, the National Health Laboratory Services and WITS University. It was a free test, and it came with an informative booklet to explain the results.

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Sunday 20 January 2008

2007 Kenya Election

Flag of Kenya I have watched the election crisis in Kenya unfold from the beginning, and am angry at the lack of concern the leaders have for the people they claim to represent.

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Monday 24 December 2007

Aftermath of Polokwane

Zuma T-Shirt The Polokwane conference was a triumph of process, and a disaster for results. Much negotiation remains to be done during the last 18 months of Mbeki's presidency.

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Tuesday 18 December 2007

A Zulu Wedding

Wedding Party A traditional Zulu wedding is a step back in time, with cellphone cameras in strapped next to leopardskin loincloths. The ancestors are remembered, and the age-old tradion of Lobola is observed.

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Thursday 29 November 2007

Zuma for President!

Jacob Zuma All the indications are that Jacob Zuma will be elected as ANC president at the 52nd annual ANC conference in Polokwane from December 16 through December 20.

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