September 2, 2003CENTURY PLANT: This cluster of Century Plants [Agave Americanan] grows behind the Ceramics Apse. One of the plants has begun to grow its flower stalk. This first photo was taken on 5/1 of this year. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> There is a remarkable difference in size on 5/6. >>right>> This photo was taken on 5/12. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> 5/22 We did not measure the size but the push of this plants effort is amazing. >>right>> On 5/28 little branches have sprouted at the top portion of the stalk. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> On 6/9 buds have grown on the branches and >>right>> on 6/27 the beautiful flowers are visited by busy bees. [Photo & text: sa] The stalk of this plant turns into a very light, hollow wood, with solid branches and large seedpods on those branches. It has been observed that this kind of stalk can be used for a version of the aborigin instrument digereedoo. This report will continue. [Photo & text: sa]
Vittorio ColaoMobile operator Vodafone announced plans to introduce TV services and residential broadband in the UK next year.Discussing the move yesterday, Vodafone said that it would use its fixed line assets acquired through its 2012 takeover of Cable & Wireless, in a move that will see it take on the likes of UK incumbent BT and mobile rival EE, which is also due to launch a TV offering.Speaking on Vodafone’s Q2 earnings call, Vodafone’s regional CEO for Europe Philipp Humm said that with the currently dormant Cable & Wireless network, Vodafone has more than 500 exchanges that deliver a “VDSL-like speed,” covering “a little bit more than 50% of the homes here in the UK.”Asked about the specifics of Vodafone’s TV plans Humm said: “We would not definitely comment on giving out set-top boxes like EE does at this point in time. We’ll have to see what we do once we have then the things ready and launched.”Vodafone already offers TV in five markets – Germany, Portugal, New Zealand Spain and the Netherlands – and now claims 9.6 million multi-screen, multi-platformTV customers across fibre, mobile and IPTV.“We have a wide, wide range of content agreements, distribution content agreements with the usual suspects and the usual big brands. So we think we have a very solid competence that we can deploy further in this area but please don’t ask me today if I’m going to bid for football rights because that’s not the priority for the time being,” said Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao.Speaking on Vodafone’s earnings call, Colao said that 4G technology is accelerating data growth and that one fifth of its mobile data in Europe is now from its 4G network.Alongside this, he said that “content is clearly important,” with Vodafone bundling Netflix with its offering in four markets.“Video and audio today is 40% of the total traffic. Video is increasing almost 90% in Europe,” said Colao, citing YouTube and Facebook as helping to drive this growth.
Amazon-owned video platform for gaming enthusiasts, Twitch, has launched as a channel on Roku devices in Europe and North America. The free-to-view channel is available for all current-generation Roku players in the UK, Ireland, US and Canada, and Roku TV models in the US and Canada.Viewers can tune into the channel to watch live videogame broadcasts, just like on the web. They can also browse live channels and games and follow broadcasters, adding them to their home screen.“At any given time you’ll find hundreds of live broadcasts from popular games including League of Legends, Counter Strike, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Minecraft and many others,” said Roku’s vice-president, content acquisition, Ed Lee, in a blog post.Amazon agreed to buy Twitch for US$970 million (€847 million) in cash in August 2014. The service launched in June 2011 and is used by gamers to live-broadcast, watch and chat about videogames, with users able stream their gameplay direct from their connected Xbox or PlayStation consoles.As well as individual gamers, the site is also used by publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and e-sports organisations.