Ich habe einen Blog Post über Zwei-Faktor-Authentisierung geschrieben und halte die Empfehlungen dort auch für richtig und sinnvoll. Das Thema hat mich doch auch nachdenklich gemacht. Zwei-Faktor-Authentisierung ist das Prinzip wie bei einer Bankkarte UND einer PIN. Falls die Bankkarte gestohlen wird, kann der Dieb kein Geld abholen, weil er die PIN nicht kennt. Deswegen […]
Anfang des Jahres räume ich immer auf 🙂 Diesmal auch im Blog. Seit ein paar Jahren benutze ich für mein Blog WordPress. Vorher war es Drupal und davor Joomla. Beim Umstieg auf WordPress habe ich alle möglichen Plugins ausprobiert, unter anderm auch JetPack. Jetpack ist ein Plugin, das von der Firma Automattic angeboten wird, die […]
Irgendwie haben wir alle einen Lebensplan, bewußt oder auch unbewußt. Also so was in der Richtung wie: wenn ich mal groß bin, dann will ich auf gar keinen Fall Dinge tun, die ich nicht mag, dann werde ich reich und berühmt… etc. Auf dem Weg dahin unterwerfen wir uns oft mehr oder weniger freiwillig sogenannten ...
Letzte Woche habe ich einen Mastodon Server aufgesetzt und ganz glücklich darüber gebloggt. Am Anfang verschickte er keine E-Mails, den Fehler konnte ich allerdings beheben. Mittlerweile bin ich völlig fasziniert und nutze jede freie Minute um das Fediverse zu erkunden. Hier ein paare Eindrücke und Erlebnisse in den ersten Tagen. Neue Benutzer In den letzten […]
Last week we finally started rebuilding the roof at our current house restoration project. It was a lot heavy work, with unbelievable amounts of dirt and dust, many old tiles, running up and down to carry materials. But at then end of the week, we built a new structure for the roof and covered the ...
Ich betreibe seit ein paar Tagen einen Mastodon Server unter https://fimidi.com. Ich habe lange überlegt, ob ich das mache, weil es Zeitaufwand ist und ich dann irgendetwas anderes entfallen lassen sollte muss. Ende des Jahres werde ich die Iron Blogger Site ibcoco.net abschalten und so hatte ich meine eigene Rechtfertigung, dass das schon ok ist. […]
Today was my doctors appointment, and yes I am not pregnant. I am sitting here ready to see one of the most sought-after dermatologist, and still I am amazed at how I can afford him. His consultation ….just to see your face, is Ksh7,000 to a Kenyan to a Chinese $70 and I tell you….that Chinese man walked away.
Many a times I write on this wall on the things shity, things I am not happy about, but today…..testing the true advancement in first life and health, the former that makes me alive and the later to be able to see the doctor and know that minutes after my appointment my life will have improved.
Norberg wrote that life expectancy in Kenya increased by almost ten years between 2003 and 2013. After having lived, loved and struggled for a whole decade, the average person in Kenya had not lost a single of our remaining lifetime. Everyone gets ten years older, yet death has not come a step closer.
Yellow Fever for example, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, was so named because its victims turned that color before dying in agony. According to an account of an 1878 Memphis epidemic, the sick had “crawled into holes twisted out of shape, their bodies discovered later only by the stench of their decaying flesh…….(A mother was found dead) with her body sprawled across the bed…..black vomit like coffee grounds splattered all over…..the children rolling on the floor, groaning.” (Pardon the description) But you get the point.
The rich were not spared either. FDR, the 32nd President of the United States was stuck by polio in 1921 when he was 39 years.
Being here has helped me to give thought to many advancement in health and life. I can single out my favorite example in the history of english language. It comes from the first sentence of a Wikipedia entry:
Smallpox was an infectious disease caused by either of two virus variants, Variola and Variola minor.
Yes, “Smallpox was”
Karl, saved a billion lives by his discovery of blood groups. The heroes did not stop there. Abel Wolman discovery of Chlorination of water saved 177 million, measles vaccine by John Enders saved 120 million, smallpox eradication strategy by William Foege saved 131 million, Penicillin Howard Florey 82 million……and the list will be endless if you give it much thought.
In Stalin’s law on war on death-“Things that can’t go on forever don’t”……as amended by Davies’s Corollary…..”Things that can’t go on forever can go much longer than you think.”
And that’s the world right now.
The story of Lord Egerton is a really sad one. Maurice Egerton (4 August 1874 – 30 January 1958) was the fourth Baron Egerton. He was a member of the Egerton family and was the only son of Alan de Tatton Egerton, 3rd Baron Egerton and his wife Lady Anna Louisa.
Maurice was known as an aviation and motor car enthusiast, a friend to the Wright brothers. He served as a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during the First World War after which he was granted some land in Ngata area near Nakuru in Kenya under the Soldier Settlement Scheme.
He later purchased a further 21,000 acres around the same area from Lord Delamere. On this land, he founded a school in 1939 named Egerton Farm School (now Egerton University). The school was meant to prepare white European youth for careers in agriculture.
But the story starts when he build his second house for his bride to be. And on seeing the house she said, you have build a house for chickens. Taking it as a challenge he started building another house, this time bigger and better. Close to the Castles that rested in the Land of the then King George VI.
Lord Egerton Castle as its known now was build from from 1938 to 1954. It’s said that he imported most of the things that he used to build this important castle. The castle has 52 rooms. Among them; dance hall with electric organ, dark chamber for developing photos, entrance hall, master bedrooms, study rooms and a wine cellar.
The story is later told that on seeing it, his bride to be said that was a house for the horse. And so she did not marry him and from that point its said the lord hated women and so he did chicken. Interestingly, the other culprit was the horse, and he went scort free. In those days I am sure he would not be able to farm….which was his passion without a horse. So it’s safe to say his hate was selfish.
So he never allowed Chicken and women in the compound where the stands. Maurice did not marry and on his death in 1958 the barony became extinct. Today the Castle still stands out, with most things vandalised. Its now the property of Egerton University.
I visited the Castle with my wife when we were celebrating our second year anniversary. The gardens are really good for weddings and parties. And yes, women and chickens are now allowed to visit the Castle. The ghost of Egerton has rested.
The inside of the Castle has not been maintained, especially the Bowl room, which if it is kept well can create a really nice experience for those who have never had one. It’s also a pity that the management would allow something and pricy and eunique as the Organ to be vandalized. I wish more can be done on the inside.
I visited the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Addis Ababa, this was Emperor Haile Selassie’s house that he donated to host the university. It’s a wonderful museum and I wish the management of Lord Egerton Castle would do the same.
The lady abandoned the house by calling it “chicken house” then the castle she called it “Horse House”. The Lord died and left it where it stood, its should not be abandoned again, it has had enough of it……and it needs justice.