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Cast & Crew: An Interview With South African Artist Alex Hamilton About His Exhibition Of Pop-Culture Icons
In an era of all-consuming mass media that craves and divides our attention, reality TV that increasingly scrapes the bottom of the barrel for shock value and ratings, and suspect role models made famous by the Internet, what is truly important to us? What gives us meaning? What do we relate to? How do we now define ourselves? Alex Hamilton's Cast & Crew exhibition presents 1000 icons of our modern times, from artists and musicians to politicians, media stars, and religious figures, and asks us to decide for ourselves.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 November 2008  |  Add Or Read
Category: Culture > Features


A Tale Of Terror: The Boise Zombie Walk
Halloween comes but once a year but zombies are forever (unless you hack them to bits, which is recommended). Celebrate the quest for braaaaainnnnsssss with brainwavez.org's recent shuffle through Boise, Idaho, the potato capital of the world (not including Ireland...and possibly some other places).
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 12 November 2008  |  Add Or Read
Category: Culture > Features


Palin As President
Close your eyes (after reading this). Now imagine: it's sometime in the future. The near future. The US elections are over. The Republicans are in power. But oh, no! John McCain has died of complications related to being very old. There's a new president in the White House. It's a woman. Who is it? Could it be... Sarah Palin? What would it be like to visit the Oval Office with Sarah Palin in charge? Well, wonder no more as you experience Palin As President.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 24 October 2008  |  Add Or Read


Two Creek Coffee House, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Cappuccino
Two Creek Coffee House is the perfect place for an idle summer morning or late afternoon drink in a comfortable garden, or perfect for a warm drink on a chilly winter night. Unfortunately, it's also a perfect place to be confused about cup size (coffee cup, not bra cup) and overpowering coffee.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 3 October 2008  |  Add Or Read


Salt Lake Roasting Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Cappuccino
One would expect a lot from a coffee shop that has great views, a wide selection of desserts, and a reputation for roasting beans on the premises. However, great expectations should be left to Dickens when it comes to the experience at Salt Lake Roasting Company.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 16 September 2008  |  Add Or Read


Beards Of Our Forefathers By David Malki !
Recently another anthology of Wondermark, the world's only web comic, was published. This hardcover collection features about 120 strips, the eight-page short story Treachery!, and bonus material that is not available anywhere else.
By: Gideon Joubert  |  Posted: 8 September 2008  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Reviews



The Anti-Connoisseur's Guide To A Walk In The African Bush
Africa. Continent of mystery and charging wildlife. Stay in your cars, people, you don't want to get mauled! However, should someone give you the opportunity to go for a stroll with a ranger (make sure he has a big gun), well, you can't really turn something such as that down, can you? It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience... assuming you return with your life. It's pretty much guaranteed you'll return with an experience.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 August 2008  |  Add Or Read
Category: Travel > South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Activities


FancyGens LavaLamp Generator
Experience the mesmerising, luminescent, floaty happiness of decades gone by with a few mouse clicks. Okay, it's not really the same thing at all but it's something to do for five minutes, and who doesn't need something to do for five minutes? Plus, there's lava! (...Sort of.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 August 2008  |  Add Or Read


Woolworths Café, Constantia Village, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa: Tall Cappuccino
Between illness, hectic work schedules, and public holidays Cappuccino Quest Friday just wasn't going to happen last week, so here's a special Cappuccino Quest Monday entry filled with enough organic blah to make the most stoic old-school farmer feel just a little guilt.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 July 2008  |  Add Or Read


Hollow On The Square, CBD, Cape Town, South Africa: Cappuccino
Here's what happened after we left Caffè deLuca. I still remember the Hollow On The Square service quite clearly. Whenever I pass the entrance to the square (the hotel is actually on a square) I get a bit of a feeling, best described as vague discomfort. I'm not fond of bad service.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 June 2008  |  Add Or Read


Caffè deLuca, Cape Town, South Africa: Singolo Cappuccino
Every time we haul something out of the (unpublished) archives and have little flashbacks to the experience, which was usually not that exciting, we wonder if anything has changed, and if the coffee's improved since we visited (if it wasn't that good the first time around, which is often the case).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 June 2008  |  Add Or Read


Woolworths Café, Cavendish Square, Claremont: Cappuccino
Cappuccino Quest Fridays, Week 2! We're sure people have been taking bets to see if we'd make it this far.... Anyway, this is definitely one from the archives. Apologies to Gideon, who handed it in timeously. We will return to the establishment at some point, too, just to prove that nothing is likely to have changed, bar the price.
By: Gideon Joubert  |  Posted: 13 June 2008  |  Add Or Read


Jonkershuis, Cape Town, South Africa: Cappuccino
Announcing Cappuccino Quest Fridays! We've been testing, but we haven't been posting, which somewhat defeats the purpose. So, in an attempt to get the Cappuccino Quest backlog up on the site, we're making Fridays Cappuccino Quest days. We'll be posting something - whether it's a recent review or one from the (unpublished) archives - every Friday until there's no more backlog and our consciences feel some sort of relief. Wish us luck....
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 June 2008  |  Add Or Read


Bjork - Wanderlust
If you went down to the waterfront recently you were in for a big surprise. Björk was to be seen surfing down a mythical river of electric blue spaghetti, atop a giant yak. The occasion? The premiere of her new 3D music video, "Wanderlust".
By: Ambre Nicolson  |  Posted: 6 June 2008  |  Add Or Read
Category: Culture > Features



Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? The Whinger's Guide To South Africa From AA To JZ
Now that we're over this year's Valentine's euphoria (you know, the five of you that were actually experiencing it) and sugar highs from Easter chocolate, it's back to the business of cynicism. Although most of us at brainwavez.org are skilled practitioners of the art, we're not the only masters. Recently Two Dogs published Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? The Whinger's Guide To South Africa From AA To JZ. We spoke to co-author Tim Richman about aspects of the South African experience that unite us all in a way that even Nelson Mandela couldn't.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 April 2008  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Features


Chicago - The Musical
Murder! Treachery! Deceit! Lies! Thrills! Although that's technically all in a day's work for some of South Africa's parliamentary ministers and their associates, in this case we're talking about Chicago - The Musical, which has returned to Cape Town and is at Artscape until 13 April. You still have two weeks, so if you missed it in 2005 you have no excuse now.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 March 2008  |  Add Or Read
Category: Culture > Theatre


Activities > Skydive Cape Town
Skydive Cape Town
If the weather's good but you've run out of things to do in Cape Town (though hard to imagine, one presumes that could be possible) why not jump out a plane? Experience our attempt at defying gravity, strapped to the crotch of a complete stranger, at 9000 feet.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 January 2008  |  Add Or Read
Category: Travel > South Africa > Western Cape > Activities


Vye mini-v S37-800 Mini Notebook
The brainwavez.org shop's not even in an alpha stage yet (it's more like a conceptual zygote) but we have a special offer that's running for the next month. It's primarily for our South African readers but if you are elsewhere and willing to pay the shipping costs you can partake in all the fun too. We wouldn't want you to miss out!
Posted: 24 January 2008  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Shop


You thought the site was dead. But it isn't. This is proof, almost from beyond the grave, except not, because no one died, including the site, like I said. Just ~clickety~ and read!
Posted: 23 January 2008  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: News