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What is the "Right" Age to Have Kids? Some Thoughts

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It's true that the age of having kids is ultimately an individual preference and choice, and will vary depending on each individual's circumstances. But it's also true that we can make various general claims about general pros and cons of having kids either earlier or later. And it's also true that the trend has been recently shifting toward having kids later and later  as a general 'cultural norm', for various reasons (and it is something I do not agree with). I am in favor of having kids relatively early. My parents had 4 kids starting somewhere around age 21 (or so); by the time they were 30 already had 4 kids & were already busy paying off a house. This used to be normal. Nowadays, everyone seems to be: "Oh, but you shouldn't even start having kids until at least 25 but actually only in your 30s or 40s once you are already 'stable'", or whatever. I'm more in favor 'have kids younger'. If you have kids at around 20, they

Art - Underrated music video by MduComics - Dj Underscore Fire Burn

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I love this 2009 music video, one of my favorites - I think it deserves more credit and more views. https://youtu.be/WG7vXOTbeuQ On the surface, if one doesn't pay close attention, it seems like just a vibey, chill song with a nice beat ... but at the same time portrays several fairly deep topics one doesn't normally see covered in a music video ... it's also sort of almost affectionately showing characters portraying the real people sort of bleakly and stoically and emotionlessly and uncomplainingly every day doing the dirty, underpaid and underappreciated work of coal mining and of electricity generation which is a crucial backbone of all other economic activity, and showing how some of these parts of the economy work and interconnect between each other and between people ... in a cool chill music video. This is real art. There's an almost dual nature to the music video: One can either just chill and superficially enjoy the music, or think more about the deeper issues

Antivirus Software that Cries Wolf

Whichever managers decided to start marking mining software as 'viruses' or 'malware' are doing a grave disservice to the integrity of the software industry. Labelling something that isn't a virus a virus because of some ideology is not only dishonest, it undermines trust of the user base. Whether or not one disagrees with mining, it's not the purview of antivirus software to "decide". Your job as antivirus software is to tell us if it's malware or not. That's it. I don't see it as a small thing. It's a fundamental violation of a sort of 'implied contract' that has been in place for decades that I should be able to trust that my anti-virus software is simply working to protect me from just that - viruses and other classes of malware. Now I no longer know what their agenda is, but it's clear they have other agendas. A sort of 'trust' is broken. I'm supposed to be able to trust that the anti-virus vendor is trying

New blog address

I will henceforth be posting new articles at the following address:  http://djoffe.com/blog/

Painting / Underpainting Process Video

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Rethinking African Political Structures Along Ethically-grounded Lines - Draft Thoughts

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[This article constitutes some rough 'draft thoughts' and is a work-in-progress, potentially subject to substantial re-editing - input and comments welcome - these ideas are not 'fully-formed', and it's a complex issue. The slightly ambitious question is really, what political changes 'should' we make in Africa if we were to broadly expand liberty and increase the protection of individual rights.] "Africa Before the Scramble, 1876" The concept of "illegal immigrant" as it pertains to African countries is historically based primarily on colonially defined borders (e.g. Berlin Conference 1884-85 , i.e. the "Scramble for Africa", and later 'tweaks' to the lines drawn on maps ... in some cases the colonists even effectively drew these lines right through local communities , splitting them - e.g. the Batswana groups have been split across four countries: Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe). As compared to p

New paintings

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I'll be exhibiting four new paintings at the Members Exhibition of the Arts Association of Bellville, opening Wednesday 2 March 18:30 and running until 19 March (public library building, Carl Van Aswegen St, Bellville, Cape Town -33.9019889,18.6265181). Please stop by and have a look if you're around. (If any interested buyers, or if you want any more info etc., please contact me via this form .)