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There's A South African Comics Easter Egg In Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
South African comics are represented in the final instalment of the Resident Evil film franchise both in front of and behind the camera. The standout appearance is in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment so here's what to look out for when you watch the movie.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 February 2017  |  View Comments


Film Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Alice has one last chance to destroy the Umbrella Corporation and save the world's few remaining humans in what is a satisfying, but technically very flawed, final film in the long running action-horror film series Resident Evil.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 February 2017  |  View Comments


Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered featured this month at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, as part of Zombiegamer Events' January community e-sports tournaments. Highlights included a rule change for map picking and a dilemma manifesting in the final rounds of the losers' bracket that forced the organisers to make a controversial executive decision.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 January 2017  |  View Comments


Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Launch, #StayinAliveZA Cape Town
For one totally rad evening the Eighties made a huge comeback at the Cape Town launch of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Dayglo reigned supreme and zombies were just part of the fun as gamers celebrated the new release in the long-running first-person-shooter series.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 December 2016  |  View Comments


How Uber Analyses Its Data To Discover Customer Needs
An AfricaCom session featured Uber's Tim Willis, who spoke about Uber's growth in Africa, how it's disrupting courier services, and what it discovered when it drilled down into the data from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa; Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria; and Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 November 2016  |  View Comments


Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town
Battlefield 1, a first-person shooter set during World War I, was launched in Cape Town at MWEB's MCave but unfortunately the results of the Mirai botnet's attacks were felt all the way down south as EA's servers were affected during the celebrations.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 November 2016  |  View Comments


5 Zombie Questions: Jason Aaron
Jason Aaron is well known for his writing work on some of Marvel's top titles, as well as his award winning creator-owned series. He offers his perspective on the Wolverine fandom's zombie debate and contemplates whether brains or ribs would be most appealing to Southern zombies.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 November 2016  |  View Comments


Lenovo Launches The Moto Z Modular Phone In South Africa
The Moto Z's selling point is Moto Mods - hardware extras that you can snap onto the device to extend the battery, have a better camera, or, even, convert the phone to a projector. Is this a gimmick? Is this the future? Lenovo is betting on the latter.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 October 2016  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: ESWC FIFA Qualifier, Cape Town
Four Cape Town FIFA players have qualified to represent the region in Johannesburg in early October, with the ultimate aim of winning the South African spot in the international ESWC tournament in Paris at the end of October.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 September 2016  |  View Comments


Kay Carmichael Experiments With More Personal Storytelling In Kay's Comics
Comic creator Kay Carmichael is a fan favourite due to the sword-wielding, giant-slaying female protagonist in her speculative fiction series Sophie The Giantslayer but her new, more intimate, storytelling experiment, Kay's Comics, offers amusing observational commentary on real life.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 September 2016  |  View Comments


Watch As The Book Lounge's Comics-Inspired Window Comes To Life For Open Book
A group of South African comics creators transformed a window at The Book Lounge in Cape Town into a comics-inspired artwork in honour of Open Book Festival 2016. brainwavez.org tagged along to document the process: find out more about the project, view our behind-the-scenes photos, and watch a timelapse video of the art coming to life.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 September 2016  |  View Comments


Introducing Lengau, The Fastest Computer In Africa
The CSIR has developed Africa's fastest supercomputer for the use of academics and industrial researchers. We got to go inside (twice) to find out more about the technology and how the supercomputer was planned and built. You can get a glimpse too with our quick video showcase.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 August 2016  |  View Comments


FNB's ConeXis Phones Continue The Bank's Charge Into 21st Century Banking
South African bank FNB has announced that it will be offering its clients two Android based handsets that are branded as FNB devices. Here's more about the smartphones, as well as some first impressions of both the initiative and one of the phones, to help you decide on whether you should get one.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 August 2016  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Black Ops III At Trenchtown In June
We feared that the May e-sports tournament at Trenchtown might be a one off occurrence but the Zombiegamer Events team was back in June to facilitate the welcome return of Call Of Duty, which resulted in a tense, close final. Here's a quick rundown of the day, with photos and a highlights reel.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 July 2016  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: FIFA 16 At Trenchtown In May
E-sports events hosted by Zombiegamer returned to Trenchtown last month after quite a hiatus. The first tournament for the year was a FIFA 16 event, in which the first prize was R1000. Here's what happened on the day.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 June 2016  |  View Comments


Stuart Lightbody Conjours Up Memorable Moments At Alexander Upstairs In Cape Town
Magician Stuart Lightbody has returned to Cape Town after a stint in Prague to present a new show at Alexander Upstairs that features some of his favourite effects and crowd pleasers from his previous theatrical endeavours.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 June 2016  |  View Comments


How I Made The DOOM Cape Town-Launch Highlights Video On An Android Phone
Last week's launch of DOOM in Cape Town offered the perfect opportunity to experiment with video production and editing on an Android phone. Here's what happened - and what tools you can use to make your own video.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 May 2016  |  View Comments


DOOM Launches In Cape Town
Journalists from around South Africa, plus a handful of lucky gamers, got a chance to try out DOOM at the MWEB MCave at the official launch of the game. TGN Racing Simulators also showcased VR games at the event to give gamers a break from the intense deathmatches.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 May 2016  |  View Comments


FanCon Recon 2016: Jamie McKelvie
British artist Jamie McKelvie's creator-owned comics, most of which were also produced in collaboration with writer Kieron Gillen, require as much praise and recognition as his work on titles such as Young Avengers. Here's a primer to introduce comics fans to the magical worlds he's created, which will particularly be of use to fans attending this year's FanCon, where he is a special guest.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 May 2016  |  View Comments


A Look At The NAG Jam: rAge Cape Town 2016 Entries
The NAG Jam: rAge Cape Town 2016 72-hour game jam featured indie games competing for top honours under the theme "Down, But Not Out" and a chance to be showcased at rAge in Cape Town. The winning games included some addictive gameplay, interesting premises, and... a little bit of tickling?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 April 2016  |  View Comments


5 Zombie Questions: Dale Halvorsen
Dale Halvorsen, who until recently was better known for his award winning cover-design work under the pseudonym Joey Hi-Fi, has been collaborating with writer Lauren Beukes and artist Ryan Kelly on the horror comic Survivors' Club. He discusses luring apocalypse survivors to Table Mountain, fending off a zombie Lauren Beukes with bad movies, and what he thinks is the best zombie film ever made.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 April 2016  |  View Comments


Report: Whisky Live Celebration, Cape Town, 2016
This year's Whisky Live event in Cape Town features some old favourites as well as some new gems. Here's what to expect from the festival, plus learn more about The Balvenie, Wild Turkey, Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Wolfburn, Glenfarclas, and others.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 April 2016  |  View Comments


Falcon Comics (Officially) Launches With An Exhibition And A New Comic
Cannibals and a daring female protagonist feature in a new comic by Falcon Comics' Luis Tolosana. The comic was printed on large-format canvasses and formed the centrepiece of an exhibition to launch Falcon Comics (finally) and showcase Luis' work.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 April 2016  |  View Comments


The Chickening Is Everything Deadpool Isn't
Deadpool fans hoping for a humour-infused surreal experience will be disappointed with the new film, which opens tomorrow, but cheer yourself up with The Chickening, a reworking of The Shining that's dipped in saucy, NSFW poultry.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 February 2016  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2015, Day 8 To Day 15: Doodles, Horror, Typography, Judge Dredd, Star Wars, And More
Most of the South African comics creators who started creating daily works for The InkTober Initiative were still going strong in the second week of the project, as you can see in this, part two of brainwavez.org's 2015 roundup.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 October 2015  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2015, Day 1 To Day 7: Aliens, Broforce, Robots, Mario, Mutants, And More
It's October, which means it's once again time for The InkTober Initiative, a month long project that artists from all over the world participate in in order to hone their skills. This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of South African comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2015.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 October 2015  |  View Comments


Readers Den Comic Shop Celebrates A Low Key Batman Day In Cape Town
Saturday, 26 September, was Batman Day. Did you know that was a thing? Apparently it's a thing. DC Comics's worldwide celebration (read: marketing stunt) of all things Batman included a free comic at participating comics shops and lots of social-media buzz.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 October 2015  |  View Comments


Windhoek's Doodle Sessions Draw People Together
Once a month drawing enthusiasts in Namibia's capital city get their sketch pads, pens, pencils, and crayons out and prepare to spend an afternoon doodling away, creating art, and arguing about the importance of lightsabers.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 29 September 2015  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Black Ops II At Trenchtown In August
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is back - well, it was, briefly. A recent flashback tournament at Trenchtown, organised by Zombiegamer Events, saw 16 teams of two compete on the Xbox 360 for the honour of winning what will likely be the final time the game is seen in action. (Unless there's a flashback flashback tournament sometime....)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 September 2015  |  View Comments


Readers Den Comic Shop In Claremont Relaunches - And It's Bigger And Better
Comics fans in Cape Town are celebrating after Readers Den Comic Shop relaunched one of its stores in a bigger space that's filled with even more merchandise, collectibles, graphic novels, figurines, and comics than ever before.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 September 2015  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: FIFA 15 At Trenchtown In July
The Trenchtown e-sports events in Cape Town are back - and more popular than ever if July's attendance is anything to go by. The tournament featured a FIFA 15 event across two platforms and some great prize money to sweeten the taste of victory.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 August 2015  |  View Comments


Sector Issue 2 Launches In Cape Town (And An Unofficial Goodbye Of Sorts To Readers Den)
A new bimonthly comics anthology featuring the work of South African contributors has reached its second issue (on time, too) and to celebrate it was launched recently in Cape Town at Readers Den Comic Shop. The anthology features serialised speculative-fiction stories to showcase long form storytelling and, hopefully, stronger results due to a deeper, more considered approach to comics creation.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 August 2015  |  View Comments


Revellers Go Back In Time At The Exclusive 2015 Negroni Social In Portland
The kickoff event for the growing annual worldwide phenomenon that celebrates the esoteric Italian cocktail known as the Negroni was an invite only affair in Portland, Oregon, that featured 12 special Negronis that were expertly concocted and crafted by drink experts from all over the world.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 13 July 2015  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: Mortal Kombat Cup Qualifiers In Cape Town
When the kombat is mortal there can be only one (after a series of polite Swiss meetups). What the hell are we talking about? Fatalities and brutalities, of course! Read on to find out what happened when 64 Capetonians gathered to smash each other's spines and rip out some (virtual) hearts (literally).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 May 2015  |  View Comments


The South African Virtual-Reality Community Is Organising - And The Revolution Will Be Televised (In 360-Degree 3D)
When was the last time you tried a virtual-reality headset? Twenty years ago? Never? Did you even know that virtual reality was a reality - in South Africa? Developers, content creators, and people who are just curious have met in Cape Town to organise a formal VR community to make it easier to share ideas and work on projects - and everyone's welcome.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 May 2015  |  View Comments


May The Fourth Be With You: The Internet Celebrates Star Wars Day 2015
Every May the 4th for the past 14 years the geek community has celebrated Star Wars culture with puns, memes, and jokes. This year was no exception - even Twitter got in on the action with emojis, which resulted in an explosion in the day's stream. Plus, the world's biggest LEGO Millennium Falcon was built in Australia and Vanity Fair went behind the scenes of the new movie with the help of photographer Annie Leibovitz's lens.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 May 2015  |  View Comments


5 Zombie Questions: Mike Carey
Mike Carey has had a prolific career in comics writing for the big publishers for long runs on some of their most successful and most critically acclaimed titles. He has also written a zombie-themed novel that is up for a major award, all of which makes him a perfect candidate, in the runup to Free Comic Book Day, to contemplate zombie humanity, the X-Men in a zombie universe, and the terror of non-human zombies.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 April 2015  |  View Comments


Battlefield Hardline Launches In Cape Town At MWEB GameZone
To celebrate the release of Battlefield Hardline, the latest instalment in the Battlefield series of first-person shooters, MWEB GameZone hosted a launch party last month at the MCave in Cape Town that featured multiplayer action and lots of prizes, as well as goodie bag loot and spot giveaways.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 April 2015  |  View Comments


South African Comics Art Showcase: Oscar, Eskom, Tigers, Squirrels, And A Cow, Plus Doodles, Prints, And Works In Progress
This roundup of recent work by South African comics creators and cartoonists features work-in-progress teasers of upcoming projects, some biting political commentary, and more doodles, superheroes, and speculative-fiction experiments.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 April 2015  |  View Comments


Democrazy - Zapiro And Mike Wills On 20 Years Of Political Shenanigans, As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Cartoonist
South African students were treated to the lighter side of the darker moments of the past 20 years of the country's history in a presentation by cartoonist Zapiro and writer Mike Wills based on their popular collaboration Democrazy.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 March 2015  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: February T-Fest: FIFA 15 Xbox 1v1
This year's first FIFA 15 T-Fest e-sports tournament, organised by Zombiegamer, drew some new faces to the event, which featured a round robin first round before knockout stages separated the best from the rest.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 March 2015  |  View Comments


South African Comics Art Showcase: Politics, Robots, Doodles, And Superheroes, Plus Stray And Fixed Up Sneak Peeks
This roundup of recent art by South African comics creators features some fun doodles, new prints and sketches, some futuristic experimentation, and in-progress peeks at two comics series.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 March 2015  |  View Comments


The Highs And Lows Of Being (A) Stray
It has taken nearly 18 months to get the first issue of a new creator-owned comics series into comic shops. From a successful Kickstarter campaign to a publisher backout that left the project homeless and printing and distribution problems, we bring you the roller-coaster ride that is the behind-the-scenes story of Stray, a superhero comic by Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 February 2015  |  View Comments


Live Drawing At Readers Den: Daniël Hugo And Chris Beukes Tackle Star Wars #1
The first issue of the new Star Wars comics series was launched at an official party at Readers Den, which included giveaways, freebies, and live cover drawing by two South African comics creators.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 February 2015  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
In early January Cape Town's competitive Call Of Duty console teams faced each other for the first time this year at a Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament organised by Zombiegamer.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 January 2015  |  View Comments


Art Auction Raises Money For Mama Taxi's Deni Brown
Fans and friends of Mama Taxi's co-creator Deni Brown gathered in Muizenberg last month to raise funds, in the form of an art auction, to help with Brown's medical costs.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 January 2015  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: End-Of-Year FIFA 15 2v2 Tournament At Trenchtown
Cape Town's e-sports tournaments for 2014 wound down with a FIFA 15 team event at Trenchtown that featured both Xbox and PlayStation consoles and a decent number of teams vying for a respectable first prize.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 January 2015  |  View Comments


5 Zombie Questions: Nathan Sawaya
In a world that's zombie apocalyptic, sacrifices will need to be made. Those include LEGO bricks... and therefore possibly the will to live. Brick artist Nathan Sawaya offers his LEGO-inspired ideas for surviving the zombie apocalypse.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 January 2015  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: FIFA 15 R10K Tournament At Trenchtown
A massive first-prize payout of R10 000 tempted gamers from all over South Africa to a FIFA 15 tournament at Trenchtown but the challenge wasn't just going to be beating some very skilled opponents - Eskom was threatening to initiate load shedding in the middle of the event, which could potentially derail the tournament.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 December 2014  |  View Comments


South African Comics Series Crossroads Launches At The Book Lounge
The stories of the women of the Crossroads informal settlement in Cape Town have been transformed into a series of comics by Koni Benson and the Trantraal Brothers. The team joined political cartoonist Zapiro at The Book Lounge in Cape Town to discuss the project.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 December 2014  |  View Comments


brainwavez.org Gift Guide 2014
It's time to sit behind your computer screen and shop till you drop (onto the keyboard from exhaustion). Skip the mall crowds, save your sanity, and use the annual brainwavez.org Gift Guide as a jumping off point for gifting awesome. Your friends will appreciate your great taste.
By: The brainwavez.org Editors  |  Posted: 11 December 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 25 To Day 31: Soldiers, Rock Stars, Cats, And Doodles
In the final post rounding up The Inktober Challenge for 2014 we see which South African comics creators fought fatigue with fortitude (and determination) to make it to the end(ish) and who was felled by the demands of the mighty pen.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 December 2014  |  View Comments


Ukusela eKapa (#WDC411), Part 1: The Big Squeeze
Throughout the year the Ukusela eKapa team has been travelling around greater Cape Town encouraging people to "squeeze", thereby giving each person a chance to make a permanent, personal mark on a ceramic cup that will be shared with the world.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 November 2014  |  View Comments


The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden
Last month Red Bull brought the international finals of its Doodle Art competition to South Africa and set up the Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery in The Company's Garden in Cape Town, where visitors could interact with the doodles and learn more about the winning countries as part of a World Design Capital project.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 November 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 17 To Day 24: The Little Witch, The Last Unicorn, Outer Space, Monsters, Dragons, And More
The InkTober Challenge is a challenge for a reason, though the point is to increase your skills and work out of your comfort zone, not just produce work. However, the project has taken its toll and some South African comics artists have slowly begun to fall out. See who has found the fortitude to keep going, who has just disappeared, and who knows how to bow out gracefully - all in part three of brainwavez.org's 2014 showcase.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 November 2014  |  View Comments


5 Zombie Questions: Raymond E Feist
It's that time of the year when ghouls, ghosts, and monsters come out to play. Internationally acclaimed speculative-fiction author Raymond E Feist gives us his take on dragons, the apocalypse, voodoo, zombies, vampires - and zombie vampires.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 October 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 9 To Day 16: Ripley, Rocket, Groot, Superman, Mini Dachshunds, And More
October's #inktober challenge is in full swing and South African comics creators have continued to work hard to produce one ink-based artwork a day. This is part two of the brainwavez.org showcase of their creations for 2014.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 October 2014  |  View Comments


Zapiro's Democrazy Showcases 20 Years Of Work At The AVA Gallery
The work of prolific South African editorial cartoonist Zapiro is featured in a new exhibition that's running in Cape Town until the end of the month. Plus, get a glimpse into some work-in-progress sketches from Zapiro's archives.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 October 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 1 To Day 8: Alien, Mario Bros., LEGO, Werewolves, And More
It's October, which means it's time to get ink on your hands (if you're an artist, anyway). This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of local comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2014.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 October 2014  |  View Comments


FIFA 15 Launches In South Africa With A Celebrity-Filled Soccer Showdown
The South African FIFA 15 launch featured a showdown between celebrity gamers and their friends, as well as four lucky fans who got to join in on the action, in a knockout tournament on the Xbox One at MWEB's offices in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 October 2014  |  View Comments


GrafLit 2014: Urban Interiors: The Launch And Exhibition
GrafLit 2014: Urban Interiors, the latest anthology of graphic literature by South African artists, was launched recently in Cape Town at a corresponding art exhibition to which artists, illustrators, and comics creators featured in the book contributed illustrations, sculptures, and paintings.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 September 2014  |  View Comments


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
The latest exhibition at the Alex Hamilton Art Studio in Cape Town featured papercraft, vintage mashups, steel artworks, and a stencilled flock of birds.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 September 2014  |  View Comments



New Updates For Mountain Add Cool Items And Extra Features... But The Haters Keep Hating
Mountain, the game that gave reviewers all over the world an existential crisis last month, has recently received updates for iOS and desktop operating systems that not only fixed a few bugs but also added extra functionality and lots of new items. Additionally, last week the game was finally released on Steam and Amazon Apps, and for Android.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 August 2014  |  View Comments


Rare Japanese Whiskies Go On Auction In Hong Kong
Today a large selection of rare Japanese whiskies and Scotch was offered on auction in Hong Kong. Here is a small selection of some of the more interesting lots, as well as the breathtaking amounts that they fetched.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 August 2014  |  View Comments


Velocity Graphic Anthology 4 Is Out - And Heading For San Diego Comic-Con
South African and Australian comics are once again heading to San Diego Comic-Con to feature during a panel discussion on comics from the Southern Hemisphere, which will be presented by Velocity Graphic Anthology's publishers. This year, among other stand-out local comics, Velocity Graphic Anthology 4 will be showcased, which was launched earlier this month in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 July 2014  |  View Comments


A Look At Disco Zoo's v1.2.1 Update: Hats, Balls, And Outer Space
It's time to start rescuing space animals from the Moon in the version 1.2.1 update of Disco Zoo, a mobile game for iOS and Android devices. Plus, let your animals entertain themselves with balls and amuse yourself by dressing them up in fancy hats.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 July 2014  |  View Comments


Exclusive: Stray: Issue One Cover Reveal And Finished Artwork
Stray is a new comics series that has been in development thanks to the help of Kickstarter backers and an enthusiastic comics community. The first issue was recently revealed digitally to backers and brainwavez.org has an exclusive reveal of the other cover art that nobody knew had been completed, as well as a showcase of some of the first issue's inks and colours to whet your appetite.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 June 2014  |  View Comments


Comics: South African Roundup #4
Some very good South African comics were launched last year and the quality just keeps getting better. Here is a roundup (mainly) of some of those books, which feature office high jinks, mind-bending existential mashups, and dramatic speculative fiction, as well as an in-depth review of a collection of an impressive body of work that spans more than a decade.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 April 2014  |  View Comments


School E-Sports: Fairbairn College Versus Fairmont High School FIFA 14 Tournament
A soccer-focussed face off between Fairbairn College and Fairmont High School in Cape Town kicked off the first interschools e-sports challenge in the city. At stake: bragging rights and, ultimately, possibly school colours.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 April 2014  |  View Comments


School E-Sports: Call Of Duty: Ghosts At Fairmont High School
At another school's challenge in Cape Town young gamers at Fairmont High School finished off the first term by competing in a Call Of Duty: Ghosts tournament for prizes and the chance to represent their school in future competitions.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 April 2014  |  View Comments


Trenchtown E-Sports Roundup: February And March
In February two players deftly dominated Halo 4 - no matter what everyone else threw at them - and in March an extended FIFA 14 tournament final ended in an unexpected manner.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 April 2014  |  View Comments


Blank Books Mini Comics Festival: Summer 2014
Three new South African comics were launched at the Blank Books Comic Book Day Summer 2014 mini comics festival in Woodstock, which featured the Trantraal Brothers, Falcon Comics, kEda Gomes and Wesley Harris, Moray Rhoda, and Warren Raysdorf - and there was also free beer.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 April 2014  |  View Comments


Design Indaba: The Secret Identity Of South African Comics
For the past few years local comics creators have quietly been working on publications and getting them printed, to the delight of a growing South African fan base. At this year's Design Indaba four artists took to the exhibition stage to talk about the fantastic work that is being created by a small but passionate group of artists and writers all over the country.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 March 2014  |  View Comments


School Gaming Day Roundup: Fairbairn College
Some younger FIFA 14 players in Cape Town were given the chance to compete for prizes and bragging rights at an e-sports event at Fairbairn College, which was organised by Zombiegamer. The result was a fun day characterised by occasional wild play on the virtual pitch and the possible birth of some enthusiastic future e-sports competitors.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 March 2014  |  View Comments


dotFNB: Technology And Shopping Merge In A High-Tech Bank Of The Future
Through its high-tech dotFNB branches South African bank FNB is looking to the future by incorporating interactive technologies into the products and services, thereby turning the traditional banking experience into a retail adventure.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 February 2014  |  View Comments


Foster The People Live At The Doug Fir Lounge In Portland
After a year hiding in a studio, one of 2011's biggest chart topping bands announced its new single, album release date, and a surprise show in Portland, Oregon, USA. The band thrilled the audience on a sleepy Monday evening playing a mix of its old familiar songs with the raucous beats of its freshest-but-still-surreptitious material.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 19 February 2014  |  View Comments


Tech Bytes: Still Single? Here's Why
Sexual performance tracking, plotting sexcapades on a map, chastity bras - the world's obviously drunk on the 21st century's technologies and has gone mad! If you've been a little too eager with your apps and hardware (so to speak) here are some of the reasons why you may still be single.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 February 2014  |  View Comments


2upGamers January E-Sports Roundup
In January, at the 2upGamers e-sports events in Cape Town, Call Of Duty: Ghosts was a featured tournament for the second time and FIFA players were given another day (almost) all to themselves.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 January 2014  |  View Comments


Black Sheep | Clever Monkey: Pop Art From Cape Town
Artists Pete and Elaine Woodbridge have joined forces to put together an exhibition of artworks that use quirky, humorous monkey and sheep characters, as well as vintage photography from orphaned works, to examine how we view ourselves, and our place in the world.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 January 2014  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The 2013 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
A mysterious forcefield ("rules") prevented the zombies of the 2013 Cape Town Zombie Walk from continuing their adventure into, or past, the South African Museum so the mangled group mingled before U-turning to follow the path back through the city to the starting point.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 January 2014  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The 2013 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Now an annual Halloween tradition in its fourth year, the 2013 Cape Town Zombie Walk gathered the likeminded soulless from all over the city who shuffled and moaned their way through some of the most picturesque parts of Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 January 2014  |  View Comments


2upGamers End-Of-Year Wrapup
2upGamers ended off the year with two Trenchtown tournament days and an anniversary celebration for the community that featured showcases of popular games from 2013 - and a Couples Doubles event that, mercifully, didn't involve dancing.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 December 2013  |  View Comments


Jabez Olssen On Editing The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Jabez Olssen, the editor of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, discusses some of the challenges the team faced, what it is like working with Peter Jackson, and what hardware and software is crucial to getting the job done on such a massive filmmaking project.
Posted: 12 December 2013  |  View Comments


brainwavez.org Gift Guide 2013
Once again, brainwavez.org very proudly presents its annual gift guide - a selection of covetable items that will delight geeks and non geeks alike. This year we have a bumper selection of items to pile under trees and stuff stockings of both the naughty and nice.
By: The brainwavez.org Team  |  Posted: 27 November 2013  |  View Comments


FilmSpeed: A Forza Motorsport 5 Live-Animation Experiment
The worldwide release of Forza Motorsport 5 is imminent so, to whet your appetite, here's an amazing reanimation of in-game footage that was accomplished by driving a McLaren C12 fitted with a camera around a track lined with panels of images taken from the game.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 November 2013  |  View Comments


The Pop-Culture Guide To Invader Zim
In the cult animated television show Invader Zim a useless alien with delusions of grandeur and his intelligence-crippled sidekick robot are sent to invade Earth, with unsurprisingly disastrous consequences.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 November 2013  |  View Comments


Clash Of The Titles: Call Of Duty: Ghosts Faces Off Against Battlefield 4
This month the latest games in two popular e-sports first-person-shooter franchises launched. To celebrate, MWEB GameZone in Cape Town hosted a showdown between the two to see which game - and its fans - would triumph.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 November 2013  |  View Comments


2upGamers Trenchtown October: Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Bows Out And FIFA 14 Is In
In October 2upGamers hosted two days of competitive e-sports events at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town. It was also a chance to say goodbye to Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, which has been a 2upGamers staple, and welcome FIFA 14.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 November 2013  |  View Comments


Teju Cole Examines The African Supercity
Lagos, the African supercity, is a hostile environment. It is big, overcrowded, and cruel but it is also a place of creative struggle, a place that produces writers such as Teju Cole, the award-winning author of Open City, who presented a talk entitled Cityscapes Live: Lagos at this year's Open Book Festival in Cape Town.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 23 October 2013  |  View Comments


Pulp Fiction At Open Book
The backdrop of many of this year's Open Book Festival events featured an installation of nearly 25 000 books, split over multiple venues, that were subsequently donated to libraries, courtesy of Granta Books in the UK.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 October 2013  |  View Comments


A New Exhibition Explores The Legend Of Blue Mamba
An exhibition featuring Blue Mamba, a character created by cartoonist and comics creator Andy Mason, has opened in Cape Town and features 15 years' worth of work that is explored in the new graphic novel The Legend Of Blue Mamba.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 October 2013  |  View Comments


Animal Life: A Fonzo Customisation Show Hosted By Toitoy
Cape Town's Toitoy vinyl toy speciality store recently hosted an exhibition of customised toys that included a rooster, a dentist/pilot, a fox, and a caged bird, all based on the same base blank vinyl toy - Fonzo by Burundanga Design.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 October 2013  |  View Comments


The Shining Girls Charity Art Show Raises R100 000 For Rape Crisis
Ninety-five artworks, depicting around 50 South African artists' interpretations of themes from author Lauren Beukes' novel The Shining Girls, formed part of an exhibition and sale to raise funds for Rape Crisis in South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 October 2013  |  View Comments


FIFA 14 Launches In South Africa
Local gamers were treated to exciting challenges against pro players, great prizes, and a fun evening of gaming and socialising at the recent South African launch of FIFA 14, which was hosted by MWEB in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 October 2013  |  View Comments


2upGamers Trenchtown September: FIFA 13 Gets Its Final Moment
In September the 2upGamers Trenchtown competitive-gaming tournament in Cape Town focussed on fighting games, with some Forza 4 action thrown in for fun. The event also gave a chance for everyone to say goodbye to the monthly FIFA 13 tournament, which concluded this month with another exciting, dramatic final.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 September 2013  |  View Comments


GrafLit: The Official Launch And Exhibition
Light and dark, both literally and metaphorically, mix effortlessly in a new anthology of graphic work that was launched recently to showcase contemporary work by both professional South African illustrators and writers and up-and-coming talent.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 September 2013  |  View Comments


Comics: South African Roundup #3
This South African comics roundup features a number of comics that have been produced this year, some of which have set the bar very high with their quality printing, fantastic artwork, skilled storytelling, and fun, quirky characters.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 September 2013  |  View Comments


2upGamers August: Halo At Trenchtown And An Ultimate Gamer Mini Showdown At UCT
In August some serious FIFA 13 and Halo 4 action dominated the 2upGamers e-sports events. At the community gathering an impromptu Mini Ultimate Gamer challenge threw us in the deep end... and at the end of the night Han Solo made us all cry (not in a good way).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 September 2013  |  View Comments


Comics: South African Roundup #2: Joe Daly
Joe Daly has achieved international acclaim for his comics work and is highly regarded in the industry yet he is not well known in South Africa, although he has been publishing books for about 10 years. Here's our roundup of his publications, including his stand-out series Dungeon Quest.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 August 2013  |  View Comments


A Taste Of Three Expressions To Celebrate Glenfiddich's 125th Birthday
Glenfiddich, a single-malt-whisky distillery in the Highlands of Scotland, has been celebrating 125 years with events around South Africa in which three of its whiskies are being showcased. Learn more about its 12-, 15-, and 18-year-old expressions, as well as what happened at the Groove Lounge event at Twankey Bar in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 August 2013  |  View Comments


2upGamers July: Trenchtown E-Sports Intensity And Casual Gaming At UCT
The 2upGamers community casual gaming events were up and running again in July after uncontrollable scheduling problems left the event without a venue in June. Meanwhile, Trenchtown gained more recognition as a noteworthy e-sports event as teams from out of town flew in to Cape Town to participate in the games.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 August 2013  |  View Comments


Fine Brandy By Design And The First Cape Town Fine Brandy Fusion Festival 2013
Although it has been running for 10 years, the Fine Brandy Fusion festival graced Cape Town for the first time this year. Complementing it is a selection of lifestyle and design initiatives and an educational campaign to put local brandy more firmly into the minds of South Africans.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 June 2013  |  View Comments


An Evening With Lauren Beukes
After a quick speaking engagement in Portland, Oregon, at Powell's City Of Books to promote her grisly new novel The Shining Girls, author Lauren Beukes unwittingly endured the weirdness of the city with an acquaintance turned tour guide, which included crashing a studio party and hunting buck in high definition.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 24 June 2013  |  View Comments


Infographic: Runtastic Facts And Figures
Runtastic's fitness apps for mobile devices have helped millions of people lose weight and get fit. We have an infographic depicting how much carbon has been saved, how many kilometres have been logged, and some cool records that have been set, courtesy of Runtastic.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 June 2013  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The Last Of Us - Naughty Dog's Survival-Horror Game For The PlayStation 3
An infection has wiped out most of the population, quarantine zones keep the few remaining healthy people confined, factions emerge to claim territories, and a lone man tries to escort a teenage girl through the madness to safety in this survival-horror game by Naughty Dog.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 June 2013  |  View Comments


Double Roundup: 2upGamers May And Trenchtown's June Launch
At May's 2upGamers event in Cape Town the Wii U and PC gaming saw some action, Trenchtown was launched in a big announcement, cosplay took centre stage, Couples Doubles was a hit, and the Celebrity Challenge hit a snag.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 June 2013  |  View Comments


In Pictures: Cosplay At Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town
Well over 80 cosplayers joined in the fun at this year's Free Comic Book Day events in Cape Town. Some competed in an official costume competition, while others were there just for fun. Either way, many of the cosplayers set a very high standard with their amazing costumes. Here's a showcase of some of the best.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 May 2013  |  View Comments


Comics, Competitions, And Cosplay At Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town
This year local comic-book store Readers Den organised the biggest Free Comic Book Day event that Cape Town has ever seen. Thousands of fans were treated to free comics, great discounts, awesome prizes, local comics creators, and a huge cosplay competition.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 May 2013  |  View Comments


Comics: South African Roundup
Ahead of this year's Free Comic Book Day festivities, here's our roundup of the most interesting comics, graphic novels, and zines that have been produced by South Africans in the past few years.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 May 2013  |  View Comments


Infographic: 10 Things You Didn't Know About iPhone Cases
What percentage of people have dropped their iPhones in the toilet? (It's more than you think. Also: yuck.) Do more men or women care about the brand of iPhone case they have? We have an infographic with the answers to these and other pressing questions, courtesy of Tiny Prints.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 April 2013  |  View Comments


2upGamers April: Call Of Duty, FIFA 13, Street Fighter, And Good Hope FM DJs Play Forza
An atmosphere of intense concentration and some nail-biting close calls during a number of gaming challenges were counterbalanced by four Good Hope FM DJs enjoying the first MWEB GameZone Celebrity Challenge at April's 2upGamers event in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 April 2013  |  View Comments


You've Got Mail... If You're Lucky
There are serious costs attached to keeping things old school on a trip to the post office to mail some letters, such as being harassed by a belly button.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 26 March 2013  |  View Comments



Ink, Art, And Accessories At The 5th Cape Town International Tattoo Convention
A new venue, tattoo professionals from all over the world, and an expanded lifestyle exhibition were on offer to curious visitors at this year's annual tattoo convention in Cape Town, South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 March 2013  |  View Comments


Tech Bytes: Be My Valentine
From geeky gifts to anonymous messages, the Internet offers a 21st Century way to celebrate Valentine's Day, with a little old-school handiwork thrown in for good measure.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 February 2013  |  View Comments


Designing The Shining Girls Covers: We Go Behind The Scenes With Joey Hi-Fi
Presenting: an unveiling of the South African cover designs for The Shining Girls, the highly anticipated forthcoming novel by Lauren Beukes, and an in-depth interview with designer Joey Hi-Fi in which he discusses typography, Ray Gun magazine, and things that glow in the dark.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 January 2013  |  View Comments


Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art
Mix sailors, sirens, creatures from the depths, nautical superstitions, and a few skulls and crossbones with Levi's Trucker Jackets and wine bottles and you have the recipe for Homeward Bound, this year's art showcase at the Cape Town International Tattoo Convention.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 January 2013  |  View Comments


Moleskine Announces Notebooks Themed Around The Hobbit
We've had LEGO, Peanuts, Woodstock, Star Wars, and Pac-Man themed notebooks, among other pop-culture treasures. Now Moleskine has added The Hobbit to its collection of special limited-edition notebooks.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 December 2012  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
In part 2 of our coverage of the 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk the shuffling becomes more realistic, a forcefield is encountered, ice-cream makes an unexpected appearance, and several children become traumatised (probably for the rest of their lives).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 November 2012  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
The sun beat down on the horde. Thirsting for braaaaiiiinnnsss, the zombies lurched across the grass as waves crashed ominously against nearby rocks. No passersby were safe. Here, in pictures, is part 1 of this annual Horrorfest event.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 November 2012  |  View Comments


Impressive Student Projects Showcased At UCT's Annual IS Expo
A drug-dispensing and monitoring system, a crowd-funding platform, an online meal-booking system, a digital forensics case-management system, a traffic-incident monitoring system, and a health-data capturing and monitoring system were some of the student projects showcased at this year's Information Systems Expo at the University Of Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 October 2012  |  View Comments


Co/Mix 2012: A Roundup Of Open Book's Mini Comics Festival
Independent artists, illustrators, comics creators, and comics publishers gathered to participate in panel discussions and introduce and sell their books, comics, and artworks at a special day-long event called Co/Mix, held as part of this year's Open Book Festival in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 October 2012  |  View Comments


The 2012 Whisky Live Festival: A Second Opinion
In this guest post whisky aficionado Wayne Abrahamse summarises the benefits that this year's Whisky Live Festival offered both local consumers and whisky and allied brands, as well as the marketing opportunities that many brands missed.
By: Wayne Abrahamse  |  Posted: 9 October 2012  |  View Comments


The 2012 Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
Single-malt Scotch lovers should be particularly happy with this year's selection at the annual Whisky Live Festival. Here's our roundup of what to expect, as well as specific whiskies to look out for and tasting notes of many of the highlighted whiskies.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 October 2012  |  View Comments


Is Print Media Heading For Extinction? Journalists Weigh In
At a lively session entitled "The Future Of Print Media: Does It Have One?", held as part of the 2012 Open Book Festival in Cape Town, four journalists from three continents debated whether print and quality journalism as we know it are still going to exist in a few years.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 September 2012  |  View Comments


Inside Groupon South Africa
Groupon South Africa recently moved into new premises in Cape Town. Take a peek "behind the green curtain" to find out more about the company and its operations in South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 September 2012  |  View Comments


Mash-Up At The Alex Hamilton Studio & Gallery
Comic panels, superheroes, art, ephemera, vintage toys, stencil art, painting, and a little bit of humour have all been mashed together by four South African artists currently exhibiting in a new show in Cape Town in which pop culture takes centre stage.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 September 2012  |  View Comments


The DK Army
After years of traversing university life with the aid of Wikipedia and Google a chance encounter with a Dorling Kindersley book conjures thoughts of the good old days when learning meant going to the Windhoek Public Library and fighting to the death for the right to borrow a DK book.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 6 August 2012  |  View Comments


James Fouche: Exploring The Criminal Mind
Crime writers and the crime genre are perennial favourites at the Cape Town Book Fair and this year was no exception. Up-and-coming author James Fouché shared his thoughts on the complexities involved in both delving into the criminal mind and drafting the moral and psychological pen sketch of an antihero while writing a crime noir thriller.
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 12 July 2012  |  View Comments


Derryn Campbell's Quest To Make South Africa Awesome
If there is one thing that South Africans can do - and do well - it is grouse about everything from crooked politicians to the less-than-stellar performance of Bafana Bafana, the national men's soccer team. Derryn Campbell's vision of unifying South Africans via her best-selling book Awesome South Africa is a refreshing alternative and visitors to this year's Cape Town Book Fair were able to hear her describe how the book came into being as well as expand upon her vision.
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 21 June 2012  |  View Comments


Designing The Nokia Lumia 800: An Interview With Stefan Pannenbecker
Behind every tech product and gadget is a team of industrial designers who decide every aspect, from where the buttons should be placed to what materials the product should be manufactured from. Nokia Design's Stefan Pannenbecker tells us a bit about the development of the Nokia Lumia 800.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 May 2012  |  View Comments


The Art Of The Brick: 68 LEGO Sculptures By Nathan Sawaya
You may not know the name unless you're particularly a LEGO fan but you'll definitely know the work of Nathan Sawaya, the artist who makes the huge, imaginative, modern-art sculptures and art pieces out of LEGO pieces. Sixty-eight of his sculptures were recently on display in Portland and here's a showcase of what visitors saw.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 May 2012  |  View Comments


Billy Galaxy: A Portland Pop-Culture Store With A Collection Of Wonderful Vintage Things
Tucked away behind a small storefront in the centre of Portland, Oregon, is a vast collection of pop-culture memorabilia spanning decades. Best of all, it's all for sale - much of it at very affordable prices.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 April 2012  |  View Comments


Moleskine Announces LEGO-Themed Notebooks
Moleskine + LEGO. It was inevitable that the two would be combined. Today the new range of notebooks is officially being launched worldwide with the release of an endearing stop-motion video to advertise the range. We've got that, and more, in this roundup of the new editions.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 March 2012  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features


Tech Bytes: Long-Distance Love Connections
From pillows that connect long-distance lovers to remote-controlled waterproof pleasure objects, advances in intimate technologies mean that lovers both near and far can remain connected - sometimes in very surprising (and occasionally disturbing) ways.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 February 2012  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Features


Rich Mulholland Gets A Tattoo: Part 2
In this, the long-awaited second part of Rich Mulholland's tattoo experience, we visit tattoo artist Derek Baker's studio in Cape Town to watch the action and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes. Once again there's blood, colourful language, and art... which pretty much describes a day in the life of most South Africans....
Please Note: Some of the images and the video may not be suitable for sensitive people.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 February 2012  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Tattoos Inspire Art In Body Of Work
What do you get when you combine tattoo-inspired art with tattoo artists? Putt-putt, of course. (Also, art.) The 4th annual Cape Town International Tattoo Convention is about to begin, and festivities kicked off earlier this week with the exhibition Body Of Work.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 January 2012  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Crime: Fact Or Fiction
Everyone loves a well-written crime thriller, but in a country such as South Africa where crime is rampant, how exactly do local crime writers spin their yarns and at the same time captivate an audience that has become inured to violence? This was the topic of a Cape Town Book Fair panel discussion hosted by local author Andrew Brown. Best known for his Sunday Times Fiction Prize-winning work Coldsleep Lullaby, Brown is also an advocate at the Cape Bar as well as a South African Police Services reservist. Joining him were authors Margie Orford, Antony Altbeker, and Deon Meyer.
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 24 December 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features


The Recurring Supersleuth Of Crime Fiction
Mike Hammer. Ed McBain. John Rebus and Inspector Morse...a veritable pantheon of fictional supersleuths. To these can be added Benny Griessel, Clare Hart, and David "Kubu" Bengu. Their respective creators - Deon Meyer, Margie Orford and "Michael Stanley" - discussed their characters' virtues and vices with Mike Nicol of UCT's Department of English at this year's Cape Town Book Fair.
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 23 December 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features


brainwavez.org 2010 Gift Guide
Here's a roundup of some of our favourite things from the past few years, all of which would make excellent gifts. A few have been reviewed or featured on brainwavez.org but many haven't so, among the familiar, expect some surprises that we think you'll love.
By: The brainwavez.org Team  |  Posted: 10 December 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Shopping


10 Classic Speculative-Fiction Works Reinterpreted As Word Clouds
What happens when you take the text from 10 classic pieces of literature and use it to generate word clouds? The short answer is: some hits, some misses, and a few surprises. The longer answer is: rather attractive results (in most cases).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 December 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features


An Introduction To Ovi Music And Ovi Music Unlimited
The Nokia Music Store, which is now called Ovi Music, and the Nokia Comes With Music service, which is now called Ovi Music Unlimited, have gone through some huge changes since their launch in 2009. Here's a look at what's on offer and what to expect if you are interested in either of the services.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 November 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Features


The Finer Points Of Whisky: A Connoisseur And Renegade Face Off
Last week, a few hours before the Whisky Live Festival kicked off in Cape Town, Brandhouse hosted a whisk(e)y tasting for members of the media and whisky aficionados, which was a great way to set the mood for this year's festival. The tasting was led by two experts in the field, South Africa's Rynard van Der Westhuizen and Scotland's Bruce Campbell.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 November 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Keeping It Weird: The 2010 Portland Zombie Walk
The following is a photographic journey among some of Portland's hungriest, braaaaaainnnn-starved zombie citizens who wandered around the city in their effort to "Keep Portland Weird" (the city's unofficial motto), as well as an (obscured) experience of their comedic attempt at reviving Michael Jackson by dancing to "Thriller".
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 8 November 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


The 2010 Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
In South Africa, November means whisky festival time. Once again the three-day event is being held in Cape Town before it moves to Johannesburg and we attended the opening night event, sampled a variety of whiskies from around the world, and learnt more about the culture of whisky making.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 November 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Saturday At Rocking The Daisies 2010
The Rocking The Daisies music festival, which takes place over a weekend each October on a wine farm near Cape Town, South Africa, and is now in its fifth year, was three days of sensory overload and great local music. Here's our showcase of some of the artists that performed on the main stage on the Saturday night.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 October 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Features


Chick Lit Or Women's Fiction: Is There A Difference?
Have you ever found yourself wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to chick-lit novels, more precisely known as women's fiction? At this year's Cape Town Book Fair four South African writers demystifed the topic and why this type of literature is so thoroughly enjoyed.
By: Anne Taylor  |  Posted: 29 September 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features


Music From The Motherland - Souvenirs To Take Home
To coincide with, and in celebration of, the 2010 World Cup, Sony Music Africa released two albums of official event songs and collaborations between African artists and international headlining acts. The albums were great souvenirs, whether you visited the country and wanted to take some musical memories home with you or even if you never left your couch (or sofa) and just enjoyed the spectacle from across an ocean. However, the two albums didn't tell the whole story - here's a more comprehensive roundup of music from, and by, Africans, with a special focus on South African artists.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 September 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Features


Wole Soyinka Urges Children To Fight For Access To Books
There is a Nigerian saying that "an old man is there to talk". Seventy-six-year-old Nigerian literary giant Wole Soyinka is never afraid to give his candid opinion. According to the Mail & Guardian newspaper, at a gala dinner hosted by the department of arts and culture during the Cape Town Book Fair, guest of honour Soyinka began his speech with an anecdote about what has always remained an important issue to him - access to books for the youth.
By: Anne Taylor  |  Posted: 7 September 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features


Nokia N8 First Look (Hands On) - With Screenshots!
It's felt as though Nokia has been stuck in a rut, while other phone manufacturers have been zipping past with fancy features and smart services. The N8 is the phone that Nokia is hoping will change all of that. I've had a sneak peek at what's coming - and here are my first impressions.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 August 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Hardware > Features


Bid On The Zoo City Bares
Celebrate the launch of Lauren Beukes' latest novel with a bid on an artwork in a collaborative project designed to generate funds for a very important South African initiative.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 August 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features


Alex Hamilton's Roadtrip
Roadtrip, in the words of the artist, is "an exhibition about memory, adventure, landscape, and the car that always broke down on the side of the road". It is running in Cape Town for the whole of July before it moves to other cities in South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 July 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Designing The Zoo City Cover
In a brainwavez.org (semi) exclusive, we examine the cover design for the South African edition of Lauren Beukes' forthcoming novel Zoo City, which is published by Jacana. We talk to the artist, Joey Hi-Fi, and bring you a behind-the-scenes gallery taken from the concept document that shows the evolution of the design.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 March 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features


Showcase: Maemo 5 On A Nokia N900
Maemo 5 is a Debian Linux-based operating system that is installed on the Nokia N900 cellular phone. As it's a customised version of an operating system that is designed to run on all sorts of devices, including desktop machines and laptops, it has lots of productivity features and tools. This is a showcase of some of what the OS has to offer the phone.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 March 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Software > Features


Highs And Lows Of Reunion
Réunion, a small island in the Indian Ocean, offers the fantastic contrast of a little bit of France in Africa and a little bit of Africa in France. Plus, there's great surf, strong rum, breathtaking vistas, and a very active volcano.
By: Alison Westwood  |  Posted: 26 November 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Travel > Réunion > Features


Halloween Pumpkin Carving
For Americans, pumpkin carving is an integral part of celebrating and enjoying Halloween, and has become a form of fine art. brainwavez.org presents some interesting jack-o'-lantern and carved pumpkins from a massive collection available on Flickr. We hope these will serve as a source of inspiration (for the artistically minded) or consternation (for those who are artistically inept (or undead)).
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 19 November 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


The 2009 FNB Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
The 2009 FNB Whisky Live Festival is the largest whisky festival in the world. It's running in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, this month so we went along on the opening night to bask in warm, golden glows and determine just how much whisky one can sample in an evening. (The answer: not nearly enough!)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 November 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


brainwavez.org Zombie Shorts Festival - The B Roll
What do you end up with once you're picked the best? A lot of weird stuff. Here's a selection of zombie shorts that didn't make it into our recent film festival. In these, "horror" really stands for "horrorble" (including that joke) but if you're open to it there's still lots of fun to be had watching this crazy selection. Once again, you need to be an adult to access these videos.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 October 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Features


brainwavez.org Zombie Shorts Festival: Selections From Rockstar Games Social Club TV
What better way to kick off our Halloween festivities this year than with zombies? We lumbered around the Rockstar Games Social Club TV web site to find the undead lurking in sometimes surprising places and, therefore, we compiled a film festival, as one does when confronted with horror! Watch in order, or pick and choose - either way, we hope you enjoy it! (Although there are no brains in this showcase it's still not suitable for minors. If you fall into this category, we recommend a few years of growth and, in the meantime, "A Tale Of Terror: The Boise Zombie Walk".)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 October 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Features


Vaux's Swifts At Chapman Elementary, Portland, Oregon, USA
If you are in the Portland, Oregon, area in September, you have the option of viewing Vaux's Swifts during their annual migration, a marvel of nature, which is either inspiring or vaguely Hitchcockian, depending on how paranoid you are.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 8 October 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Travel > US > Oregon > Activities



Marketing District 9: The Web
Many web sites were launched as part of the online viral-marketing effort to promote District 9. In this showcase we will look at those sites (collectively referred to as "The District 9 Movie Experience"), and more, to see how they related to, and complemented, the real-world marketing campaign. (Plus, for fans, find out about some amazing items and downloads you may have missed on each site.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 October 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Features


Marketing District 9: The Real World Campaign
The marketing campaign for District 9 was one of the most extensive ever seen... if you lived pretty much anywhere but in Africa, where it didn't exist. Simultaneous campaigns were run in the real world, using traditional marketing techniques that included billboards and posters, and online, using social-networking sites and web sites. This article focusses on the real-world campaign, most notably as was seen in key cities in the US in the run-up to the movie's release.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 September 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Features


2009 North American Organic Brewers Festival
brainwavez.org is taking a slight detour from a focus on books but is keeping the alliterative spirit alive by shifting to beer. It's summer in the United States, which means there are ample beer festivals aimed at quenching thirst, surviving heat waves, and making ugly people beautiful. The first festival of the summer in the Portland, Oregon, area was the North American Organic Brewers Festival, a delightful and sustainable romp through some of the best organic beers available today.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 13 August 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Interview: Lauren Beukes, South African Author Of Moxyland
Your phone is your lifeline but it can also be used to control you, art is (partly) alive, and corporations control (almost) everyone in Moxyland, Lauren Beukes' debut novel in which the lives of four characters intersect in an imagining of Cape Town, 2018, that will make most very uneasy. In this exclusive interview the author talks about her influences, her writing process, and exciting projects that were birthed as the book's release gained momentum.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 July 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Features


Photo Essay: Panel Discussions At The 2009 Cape Town Book Fair
In the last in our series of photo essays on the 2009 Cape Town Book Fair we highlight some of the interesting discussions that took place during various panel sessions with authors and academics. Visitors to the fair can attend almost all the panel discussions for free, which makes them a popular feature of the fair every year. As a special bonus for this essay we have included video clips from two of the most popular sessions.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 July 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Features


Photo Essay: Authors At The 2009 Cape Town Book Fair
The opportunity to meet authors - both local and international - and hear them talk about their writing processes and experiences is one of the most exciting aspects of the Cape Town Book Fair. Here is a selection of some of the authors that were manning stands, launching books, and signing autographs for fans at the 2009 fair.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 June 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Features


Photo Essay And Report: The 2009 Cape Town Book Fair
Thousands of people braved crazy winter weather over four days to attend the fourth Cape Town Book Fair, which was held earlier this month at the convention centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Here is a showcase of some of the highlights from the stands and exhibition areas, in the first of a few reports we have compiled.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 June 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Features


Earth - The Comprehensive World Atlas
In 500 years' time what will the legacy be that we have left on this planet? With wars, clashing religious ideologies, and climate change threatening to decimate the world as we know it Earth - The Comprehensive World Atlas, with its detailed descriptions of countries and cultures as they stand today may become one of the few remaining published records of the time we spent here during one of this planet's most tumultuous periods.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 June 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Features


Photo Essay: Behind The Scenes At The South African Music Awards
The South African Music Awards are the highlight of the country's musical year and a celebration of its diverse styles and talents. The main awards ceremony is televised but fans stuck at home always miss out on all the other happenings and more candid moments. Curiosity got the better of us so brainwavez.org sent a correspondent behind the scenes, armed with a camera, to find out what happens.
By: Christine Curtis  |  Posted: 29 May 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Music > Features


Tomb Raider: Underworld Wii - How To Deal With The Thailand Lever Bug
If you're stuck in Thailand with Lara Croft, with no lever in sight, follow our as-complete-as-it's-ever-going-to-be guide to getting her out of this very fine mess. After all, you still have about eight (less buggy?) levels to go before you finally finish this Wii game.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 February 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Games > Wii > Features


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


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


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: 29 May 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


Women's Bodies: A User's Guide
To acknowledge Valentine's Day we thought we'd skip all the boring mushy stuff and head straight for the sex, and what better way than with a manual designed to answer all your pressing questions? We recently sat down with Kerry Rogers, author of Women's Bodies: A User's Manual, and asked pressing questions about her new-found career as a sex-manual writer. (Please note that this article is not suitable for minors.) [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 14 February 2007  |  Category: Books > Features


Music > lostprophets Live At In The Venue, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 10 November 2006
lostprophets in concert
For once, MySpace actually served a purpose. Jase noticed a bulletin the Welsh metal band lostprophets posted, saying that the first four people to email the band would receive two free tickets to its Salt Lake City show at In The Venue. He immediately shot off an e-mail and prayed to the concert gods for a quick response. Without being forced to make a sacrifice, he was notified he won the tickets. Here's what happened at the show. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 19 December 2006  |  By: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Music > Features


Art Decko 2: A South African Exhibition Of Skateboard Decks
Art Decko 2: A South African Exhibition Of Skateboard Decks
Take some blank skateboard decks, invite a few South African artists to create artworks out of them, repeat for the second year and you have the exhibition Art Decko 2, which has been touring the major centres in South Africa and is now in Durban until next Friday. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 12 December 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Culture > Features



Music > Ladysmith Black Mambazo Live At The Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 7 November 2006
Ladysmith Black Mambazo in concert
Many months ago, Mandy informed Jase about the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. While looking at the concert schedule for Salt Lake City, he found that the group was headed there to perform, so he bought tickets and went to the show, keeping the review as a surprise for Mandy. What follows is the review of that concert from the perspective of someone living in the States. Jase exhausted his entire repertoire of adjectives for this review. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 11 December 2006  |  By: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Music > Features


Music > Fiona Apple Live At The Huntsman Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 25 October 2006
Fiona Apple in concert
Jase had front-row seats to the experience of Fiona Apple performing live in Salt Lake City, Utah, of all places. He's still shaken by the ordeal (the Fiona Apple ordeal, not the ongoing Salt Lake City ordeal)...but in a good way. We promise. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 14 November 2006  |  By: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Music > Features



Cappuccino Quest > A Cappuccino Tour Of New Zealand, August 2006
A Cappuccino Tour Of New Zealand, August 2006
It's been a month in the (sporadic) making, and quite an effort of back and forth editorial and graphics work and decision making (hence the lack of posting of other items on the site recently), but we are now proud to present brainwavez.org's first Cappuccino Quest Tour: A Cappuccino Tour Of New Zealand. While on vacation in New Zealand in August 2006, Jase stopped at a few cafés and restaurants to sample the local cappuccinos and provide us with this report, complete with travelogue notes to set the scene. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 29 September 2006  |  By: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Exhibition > Bodies...The Exhibition: An Exhibition At The Earls Court Exhibition Centre In London, England
Bodies...The Exhibition
One might consider paying GBP17.50 to have a close-up look at preserved cadavers slightly macabre (and expensive), especially while on vacation, but I did it anyway. You can, too, until the end of the month. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 25 August 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Culture > Features




Exhibition > Star Wars L'Expo: An Exhibition at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris, France
Star Wars L'Expo
If you're in Paris at the moment you owe it to yourself to visit the Star Wars exhibition being held at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in the 19e. Whether you're a fan of science, science fiction, or movie making, there is sure to be something in this exhibition for you. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 22 August 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Culture > Features



Music > Missy Higgins Live At The Independent Armchair Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa, 7 July 2006
Posted: 12 July 2006
Missy Higgins in Cape Town! Oh my! Here are most of the important adjectives from the article: enigmatic, quirky, odd, endearing, charming, powerful, and infectious. However, you should probably read what Mandy J Watson had to say for the context. [ Read the article ]
Category: Music > Features


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