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Happy Holidays From brainwavez.org
Happy holidays to all our friends and visitors. It's been a good year for brainwavez.org and we'd like to thank you all for your support, participation, friendship, and encouragement.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 December 2011  |  View Comments
Category: News


brainwavez.org 2011 Gift Guide
It's December already? That means it must be time for our 2011 roundup of stuff we have or stuff we want or (occasionally) stuff we might give to other people if they've been nice (or very, very naughty).
By: The brainwavez.org Team  |  Posted: 12 December 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Shopping


Verbatim Bluetooth Audio Cube
Zap the audio from your phone, tablet, or computer to the Verbatim Bluetooth Audio Cube for instant amplification of your favourite tracks (and the odd system alert sound but that just adds to the excitement).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 November 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Hardware > Reviews


The ZombieBooth User Gallery Wants Your Braaaaaiiiinnnnss
What does an average zombie horde look like? What would you encounter if random members of the public suddenly amassed outside your house, looking for braaaaiiinnns? We asked for your best ZombieBooth shots and here's what we received. Combined, the collection is slightly frightening. Therefore, don't forget: when confronted, aim for the head. (Then run like hell!)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 November 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Software > Features


Turn On Captain America For $15
Turn your favourite (male) superhero or super villain on (or off) with a one-of-a-kind light switch. That's about all we're going to say as an introduction. (This post is not suitable for people with taste. Don't say we didn't warn you.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 November 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


The 2011 Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
Another year, another festival celebrating whisky. How time flies! We attended the opening night in Cape Town, where the festival ran for three days. Here's a rundown of what you missed, or what to expect if you will be attending in Johannesburg, where the festival will be running until the end of the week.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 November 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


2011 South African Blog Awards - We Need Your Help!
Forget zombies - the South African Blog Awards are our worst nightmare. This year it's all gone to hell (again, but worse) so we need your help. All it requires is one email address, one vote, and you're done. At least that's no longer complicated....
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 November 2011  |  View Comments
Category: News


ZombieBooth v3.05
Somewhere, deep in a lab that's probably in Japan, some clever real-time-processing technology has been utilised for the advancement of zombies. The result? With one click of a camera button and this free zombification app you can be your own worst nightmare!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 November 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Software > Reviews


In Pictures: The 2011 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Passersby screamed in terror (well, some of them; most looked bewildered and a handful looked delighted) as the Capetonian zombie horde continued on its path of mayhem towards the V&A Waterfront. Here, in pictures, is part 2 of this now annual HorrorFest event.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 October 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


In Pictures: The 2011 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
The thirst for blood and braaaaiiiinnnnnsss led a shambling group of undead Capetonians across the city in a nightmarish zombie walk. Here, in pictures, is part 1 of this now annual HorrorFest event.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 October 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Screen > CSI: Legoland
CSI: Legoland
Murder most foul has be committed in Legoland. The suspects? Three dodgy minifigs. CSI is on the case. After all, to find the culprit it's imperative that you follow the evidence.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 October 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Reviews


Kilian Martin: A Skate Illustration
The beauty of skateboarding is celebrated in a short piece that's expertly shot in urban and rural settings to allow colour, light, and architecture to complement the freestyle techniques.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 September 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Reviews


Zombie Gunship v1.1
The Zombie Apocalypse is nigh and your mission is to protect human survivors fleeing for the safety of an isolated bunker. What better way to annihilate the ranks of the undead than with ridiculously powerful weapons mounted on the angriest bird of them all?
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 26 August 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Games > iOS > Reviews


Games > Red
Red
Red alien circles (and the occasional meteor) are trying to destroy your space base. What are you going to do about it? Shoot at 'em, of course! You can't destroy them but you can use physics to your advantage in this oddly Zen action game.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 July 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Games > Casual > Reviews


In Pictures: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, a Buddhist kingdom in South-East Asia with a tumultuous history. Here are 24 hours spent on a recent trip, captured in pictures. Please note that some of the images and text many not be suitable for sensitive people.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 July 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Travel > Cambodia


Verbatim GT Portable Hard Drive
With sleek racing-car looks the Verbatim GT Portable Hard Drive brings a fresh visual aesthetic to the average grey and beige computing environment. We took it for a spin to if what's under the hood is up to speed.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 July 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Hardware > Reviews


Burrito Bison
In Burrito Bison you play a famous wrestler who is captured while at the supermarket and sucked into Candyland where the gummy bears expect you to wrestle for their entertainment... but you have other ideas in this amusing variation on the launcher game genre.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 June 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Games > Casual > Reviews


Glitterboys And Ganglands
Tiaras and tucking take centre stage in this documentary by husband-and-wife team Matthew Brown (producer) and Lauren Beukes (director) that follows three contestants who are preparing for the 2010 Miss Gay Western Cape pageant.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 June 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


X-Men: First Class
Despite the silly title, questions finally have answers and the mysteries of the origins of the X-Men are revealed in this remarkable prequel to the X-Men film franchise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 June 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews



Treadmillasaurus Rex
In the interests of serious scientific enquiry, a dinosaur is placed on a treadmill and forced to face unfathomable horrors. Only you can wear silly party hats and jump over spikey balls as the ultimate treadmillasaurus rex!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 May 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Games > Casual > Reviews


Apacer AP520 USB 2.0 4-Port Hub
This compact hub from Apacer is designed to be portable and to take up as little space as possible in your bag and on your desk, while still making four ports available to you so that you can plug in and access multiple USB devices at once.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 May 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Hardware > Reviews


5 Zombie Questions: Sarah Lotz
Today we debut a new feature on the site in which we ask someone five zombie questions. Author Sarah Lotz, who has zombies crawling out of all sorts of places in her back catalogue, kindly allowed us to use her as our inaugural guinea pig. Here are the results of the experiment.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 May 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features


Minkster Meitropolis Series Designer USB Flashdrives
Much like Mimobots and other designer USB storage devices, the Minksters are a combination of form and function and would look equally at home in your collection of miniature vinyl toys.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 May 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Hardware > Reviews


Screen > Thor (3D)
Thor
Thor, another comic-book star, makes his debut on the silver screen as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in director Kenneth Branagh's special-effects-laden blockbuster, which stars Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 April 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


10 Classic Fictional Music Videos From TV's Past (And Present)
There have been many musical TV show episodes over the past few years but few fictional music acts have released their own music videos. We've tracked down a few of our favourites, starting with three that debuted in the 2010 TV season. Plus, two words: Robin Sparkles!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 April 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Features


Smash Putt Miniature Golf Apocalypse!
Mini golf. Putt-Putt. Iconic and awesome, this classic game is reworked as Smash Putt, a traveling Industrial Art exhibit full of mayhem and chaos. This isn't the post-Depression putt-putt with Dutch-style windmills you may have played as a kid. It is more impressive, and vastly improved with the dangerous additions of booze and power tools, giving you the perfect handicap for your bad score (and maybe more of a handicap, if you get too close to the power tools).
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 4 April 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Donna Lewis: Sandcastles (Live On After Hours)
The free download of "Sandcastles" is a rare glimpse into a live performance by Welsh singer-songwriter Donna Lewis. Mostly known for rich productions and layered soundscapes, this live recording is the opposite: stark and full of despair, yet hauntingly beautiful and captivating.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 11 March 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Music To Note


LEGO Club Music Season 1 Videos
The LEGO Club Show is a show for kids that's produced a number of amazing music videos that can be appreciated by all ages. Here's season one's collection of LEGOfied rock, pop, metal, and rap, along with a whole lot of great animation.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 March 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Features


Design Indaba Conference: Day 3 Live Blog
It's the last day of the Design Indaba 2011 conference, which is being held in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a live blog transcript of the day's events, with speaker information and talk highlights, and featuring Mexican textiles based on indigenous designs and knowledge; redesigning bikes; changing perceptions of what African art and design is; pupunha plywood and sustainable eco design; interface design; typoplastic surgery; biotypography; computational informational design; Google Creative Lab; Hugh Masekela; and much, much more.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Design Indaba Conference: Day 2 Live Blog
We're on to the second day of the Design Indaba 2011 conference, which is being held in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a live blog transcript of the conference events, featuring social design; Coca-Cola modular design systems; Alessi; stationery for imperfect people; eco design and redesigning products; teaching kids to believe in themselves; quirky experiential design with a basis in science; interpreting Xhosa beadwork into knitwear; and much, much more.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Design Indaba Conference: Day 1 Live Blog
The Design Indaba 2011 conference starts today in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a live blog transcript of the day's events, featuring QuaDror; Improv Everywhere; social design; Harley-Davidson; sustainable environmentally-friendly building construction in Burkina Faso; title-sequence design; branding and product design; a special session of Michael Wolff with the simulcast attendees; and much, much more.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Rich Mulholland Gets A Tattoo: Part 1
At the 2011 Southern Ink Xposure tattoo convention in Cape Town, South Africa, Rich Mulholland sat with local tattoo artist Derek of Metal Machine Tattoo & Body Piercing to get the first half of an elaborate tattoo done, which is based on a design by US graphic designer Hydro74. We documented the process in this photo essay and video presentation. (There's blood, colourful language, and art - what more could you hope for?)
Please Note: Some of the images and the video may not be suitable for sensitive people.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Screen > 127 Hours
127 Hours
Sometimes a movie is so agonisingly painful to watch you feel as though you are trapped and need to cut yourself free to escape the experience. The reverse holds true in 127 Hours, in which James Franco expertly plays an outstanding character who must undergo a riveting but painful experience to remove himself from a (literal) rock and a hard place.
By: Robert Lemmer  |  Posted: 18 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


Games > Love
Love
In Love you play a polyamorous square who derives happiness from being near others (the closer the better and the more the merrier). Yet one cannot have love without tragedy and actually touching one of the other blocks will end your game - and your shot at happiness - quite abruptly.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Games > Casual > Reviews


The Sun In 3D
Tucked away slightly in the Wikimedia Commons is a 3D anaglyph of the sun that was taken by NASA in 2007 and spruced up on 9 February 2011 by a Wikipedia user to give it more depth and impact. Get out your red-cyan glasses!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Features


Kentucky Route Zero Showcase: 3D Models And Concept Renderings
A secret highway in Kentucky is the setting for the magical realist adventure Kentucky Route Zero, an independent game that is being developed by a small team in the US. The game's artist recently released a few screenshots of character and object renderings, some of which we are featuring in this showcase.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Games > Features


NinJump v1.02
You're a ninja on a mission to scale an infinite wall. Why? Who knows - it's a ninja mystery. Do not let that philosophical conundrum stop you, however. Instead, use your favourite finger to jump past obstacles and progress ever upwards.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Games > iOS > Reviews


Screen > Black Swan
Black Swan
Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky, tells the story of a ballet dancer whose single-minded, emotionally stunted focus and psychological fragility threatens to derail her career when she is picked as the principal dancer in her company's production of Swan Lake, which means portraying both the innocent white swan and the seductive black swan.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews




A Look At Shopping Online With NetGifts And NetFlorist
The online shopping sites NetGifts and NetFlorist offer South African consumers a wide range of gift items that are perfect for special occasions or emergency gifting situations. Read about our experiences trying out the site and placing an order.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Features


How International Best-Selling Author Jodi Picoult Writes One Book A Year
American commercial writer Jodi Picoult launched her new book, House Rules, at the Cape Town Book Fair last year. Thoroughly entertaining and captivating, Jodi knows how to wow her audience. South African authors could learn a thing or two from her unashamed self-confident style that ultimately results in people queuing to buy her books.
By: Anne Louise Taylor  |  Posted: 31 January 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features





Paul Frank Laptop Case For 15-Inch Macbook Pro
Protect your notebook with a stylish, eye-catching neoprene-based cover designed by Paul Frank Industries for the MacBook Pro - but is it robust enough?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 January 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Accessories > Reviews



Screen > Smile
Smile
Much like last year, we're kicking off this year's posts with a fun short film. This one is appropriately named Smile and there's no talking - everything is expressed purely with visuals, which makes the sentiment instantly universal and very endearing.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 January 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Reviews