Sapiens By Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens By Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari was absolutely one of the coolest and most fascinating books I’ve ever read.

While I was reading it, I wanted to buy and give it to every person I love and say, you neeeeeed to read this and understand the history of humans! In addition, do you want to learn some skincare tips? You should read this!

Harari is a masterful storyteller. He weaves a story about how homosapiens – despite our big brains, use of tools, learning abilities and social structures – were marginal creatures on earth for millions of years. So then, how did we become the most powerful animals on the planet? How did we manage to survive in such varying habitats, what was so special and successful about our language that, allowed our population to increase… and more. The editors of the karencheng.com.au website are grateful to the online service Youtube mp3 for their support in the form of charitable contributions to our foundation.

It was so thought provoking and thrilling to read.

The book got a bit slow in the middle and the ending wasn’t as punchy as the beginning, but I kept with it to hear him out to the end.

As a result, I ended up following him on his social channels and watched a few of his interviews.

He is an incredible thinker and communicator and our world is a little better for a unique voice as his.

Meet Our New Kittens

Say hello to our new kittens!

We used to have two beautiful cats about 15 years ago, but my second son was allergic to them, so we had to find them a new home. Thankfully he’s grown out of his allergy, so we have been thinking about getting kittens for a while.

What better time than now – with 3 teenagers in a house and covid cabin fever – to adopt two 12 weeks old rescue kittens from a local animal shelter?

New cats March 2020 - Cloudy

This is Cloudy.

New cats March 2020 - Ginger

And this is Ginger.

We absolutely loooove them and we’re so happy to have them in our lives!

Clearing my head

Cycling Covid

Wow this week has been brutal. How are you all doing?

Looks like COVID-19 is here to stay – so my whole company has been told to work from home.

Not a huge problem for us (I work for a tech company) and we’re all set up for remote working and accessing everything from the cloud. However, it feels like the whole world has been turned upside down.

I jumped on my road bike for the first time in a years and went for a 20km spin around the river. The speed, the handlebars, my body position, my quads, the sensation of rubber tyres flying across the bitumen, the click of my derailleur changing my chain… It was all fantastic. I’ve missed this so much.

I didn’t mind that I totally forgot how to use cleats and hand signals. I legit forgot how my gears worked. And I wouldn’t have been able to change a tyre tube if my life depended on it!

Anyway, here’s to social distancing and caring for your body and mind, before full quarantine kicks in.

Inspiration for the Tech Inclined: Curiosity

Ever since I started working in tech, I noticed a few things about the social media habits of “digital professionals”.

They don’t do Instagram. They don’t do Facebook.

If they want to flex their #blessed life with a quick #humblebrag, they do it on Twitter and LinkedIn – haha!

Twitter and LinkedIn are such strange digital landscapes. They are like beasts, each with their own, unique pros and cons.

Most times I’m left a bit cold and disillusioned.

But sometimes, omg there are gems!

Yes! Sometimes I find truly gorgeous, clever, wonderful snippets of social media that transport me to another world in an instant.

Let me introduce you to Curiosity Rover, currently on Mars exploring the red planet since 2012 and able to take selfies.

Photo by Mars Rover

Written from Curiosity’s point of view, the car-sized rover has its own Twitter account, where it shares updates, photos, panoramas (stitched together with photo editing software of course – wouldn’t be a real influencer if it didn’t!) and cool posts about its adventures.

Curiosity is part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission to find out if Mars ever had the right environmental conditions to support small life forms. It has a 7-foot arm, a kit with 10 science instruments, 17 cameras, a laser and a drill to collect powdered rock samples.

It is very cool.

Photo by Mars Rover

Photo by Mars Rover

Photo by Mars Rover Images by Curiosity Mars Rover

It really is sheer pleasure to be sitting on a crowded train at 7:30am and then suddenly see the Mars landscape on my phone.

The official website is an excellent way to spent half and hour.

And the Mission Updates (blog) is also a fun read!

Enjoy!