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Notes on the current blog setup

I thought it might be nice to give some information on how this blog is setup. Web framework First off, the blog has been made using python, with the pyramid application framework. I compared various python Web frameworks and pyramid seemed to have good documentation, plenty of support and a nice api. And they also have some nice tutorials on getting started, and some starter templates. I considered django but pyramid seemed a lot more flexible.

24 Jun 2015 #Blog

On the benefits of writing

I didn’t like English at school. I suspect I’m not alone. In one of the books I recall reading at school (I’ve forgotten which), in the preface there was mention of how forcing children to study a book, to write essays about it, causes them to dislike the book. The feelings of annoyance, of frustration at homework, become partly directed at the book. You see, it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy reading.

21 Mar 2015 #Writing

Thoughts on a new anti-terrorism bill

The scary part is the predictability. I have been hearing on the news about the rise of smaller political parties, how the extreme parties are gaining more support. This is not new. Remember before the second world war, how extreme right parties grew in power in places like Germany, and how the extreme left grew in Russia. But let me repeat-what is scary is the predictability. So the question that comes to mind is is this a short term trend, or will there be long term ramifications.

17 Feb 2015 #Politics

New year resolutions-2015

I have ended up with some new years resolutions this year. In an attempt to get myself to actually stick to them, I’m writing them here: Talk clearer Get things done aka stop putting things off all the time Form good habits eg regular exercise

7 Jan 2015

Tales from Zims-part 3

So here is my final post in this series about Zimbabwe. I’ll probably have to edit most of this post at some point. One of the things I sometimes wonder is if Zimbabwe will ever get out of its current predicament. There is an opposition party, and in general I would expect not many people to support the current government. But it feels like change will only come when the current leader passes away.

2 Jan 2015 #Tales from Zims

Tales from Zims-part 2

Here is the second part of my tales from Zims. Note that this is a reposting of a post I wrote in December 2012. Now, as of writing this post, I am not a well-travelled person, and have seen very few cities. To me, Harare was extremely busy, overflowing to the seams with cars, commuter buses and pick-ups. This is what you get when there is no public transport, and the state of the roads made this no better.

29 Dec 2014 #Tales from Zims

Tales from Zims-part 1

The following post was originally written in 2012. Given that the blog it was originally on is no more, I am reposting it here. As promised in the previous post, I will talk a bit about Zimbabwe. Also, to make it clear-in this post, I am talking about Harare, specifically the suburbs and not the poorer areas. I was very fortunate to be able to spend over a month this year in Zimbabwe, a place which is commonly perceived in the West to be a broken country ruled by a corrupt dictator, who somehow manages to retain power at the age of 88, showing no signs of letting his grip loosen.

22 Dec 2014 #Tales from Zims

Multiple Personalities

“If there is one thing I have learnt, … it is to distinguish clearly between Rafa and Rafael. Rafa is the famous tennis player; Rafael, the name they call me at home, is the real one, the one who could have ended up doing something else altogether with his life and it would have made no difference.” FT Weekend magazine interview, 10 Jan 2014 I like that quote. It highlights how people class their behaviours in different situations in different ways.

4 Dec 2014

Some thoughts on beauty

Ok, as promised in the last post, here are my views on beauty. I don’t particularly focus obey on how I look (some would say that’s an understatement). That doesn’t mean I don’t maintain myself, but that I don’t buy fancy clothes or really fuss about what I wear to weddings. I don’t feel too fussed. I do notice other people are fussed, and I do notice other people commenting on other people’s clothes.

23 Nov 2014

Some completely random thoughts on nature

On rare occasions, I have looked around me, at the buildings rising high up in this city, and I have wondered. I have wondered what we have done, what we humans have achieved by doing this. I’m no hippie, but I don’t think the answer lies in trying to cover the world with tarmac and concrete. I don’t think having a couple of trees in the pavement is enough. You see, it requires a different perspective, in my opinion, one which I feel we have lost in the developed world, and one which the developing world is in the process of losing.

18 Nov 2014