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Theatre Review: Andrew Klazinga's If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This)
Does magician and mentalist Andrew Klazinga really have mental powers? He explores the possibilities in his first solo show, which is running as part of the Cape Town Fringe Festival.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 October 2017  |  View Comments


Theatre Review: Greg Gelb's Refocused
In a show that forms part of the Cape Town Fringe Festival magician Greg Gelb uses his skills in a humorous way to remind his audiences of what's important in life.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 September 2017  |  View Comments


Theatre Review: Brendon Peel's Hocus Pocus
Mentalist and magician Brendon Peel is in Cape Town to confound audiences with a show, which is running as part of the Cape Town Fringe Festival, that presents a selection of effects that will entertain and mystify fans both old and new.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 September 2017  |  View Comments


Theatre Review: Stuart Lightbody's Unique Wonders
In his new show magician Stuart Lightbody has chosen to challenge himself by allowing audience members to make decisions that affect what happens each night and what magical effects will be performed. The result is a three week run during which no two performances are the same.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 August 2017  |  View Comments


Film Review: Wonder Woman
After years of countless DC and Marvel films Wonder Woman has finally become the first female superhero to get her own movie in the current filmic incarnations of the two competing comic book universes. It's been a long wait.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 June 2017  |  View Comments


Film Review: Alien: Covenant
Director Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, which sits in the timeline between Prometheus and Alien, starts off well, with memorable, likeable characters holding some silly plot points together but unfortunately it devolves into an unsatisfying mess that rehashes everything we've seen before instead of focussing on the points that would have offered something new.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 May 2017  |  View Comments


Film Review: Kong: Skull Island
The story of King Kong is rebooted into the MonsterVerse with a new origin story taking place on Skull Island, Kong's home, where he has lived undetected and in balance with the rest of the fauna and flora on the island. Of course, humans invade and chaos ensues.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 March 2017  |  View Comments


Film Review: Logan
Hugh Jackman gets a final outing as Wolverine in the tenth movie, and third stand-alone Wolverine movie, in the X-Men film franchise, which features a superb cast as well as heart-wrenching character-driven moments and (literal) gut-wrenching action sequences.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 March 2017  |  View Comments


Film Review: The LEGO Batman Movie
In an amusing parody of superhero movies LEGO Batman has to learn to work with others if he wants to save Gotham City from (arguably) the largest collection of villains any fictional city has ever had to face.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 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


Cappuccino Quest: Visit The Top Of Table Mountain In Cape Town, South Africa, For The View, Not The Cappuccinos
Table Mountain is situated in a nature reserve in the middle of Cape Town, South Africa. It's the city's pride and joy and it serves nearly a million visitors a year with staff members who offer impeccable, friendly service. The cappuccino making is not yet up to scratch however but hopefully that will change.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 January 2017  |  View Comments


Game Review: We Become What We Behold
Our insatiable appetite for violence and drama is perfectly captured in a five-minute browser based game that points a lens towards the news-cycle feedback loop and asks us to consider our role in what the media presents to us.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 January 2017  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: Cosecha Restaurant In Paarl Outside Cape Town, South Africa, Makes Great Food But Dire Coffee
If you're looking for a change from the traditional fine dining cuisine found at many South African wine estates then Cosecha Restaurant, with its Latin inspired cuisine, offers a welcome alternative - but, unfortunately, the cappuccinos aren't as skillfully prepared as the food.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 December 2016  |  View Comments


Game Review: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Force is strong with this one but it's not without its technical problems. However LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still a good re-creation of the film and offers some delightful moments to entertain fans of all ages.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 December 2016  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: Doughnut Hive At GrandWest, Cape Town, South Africa, Reaches A New Low
The sorry tale of bad coffee at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World in Cape Town continues. This time two of us really took one (each) for the team in an experience that included revolting coffee and awful service as the cherry on the top.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 October 2016  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: Forries In Cape Town, South Africa, Surprises With Some Decent Coffee
There's a barista at Foresters Arms Restaurant & Bar in Newlands who knows how to prepare a good cup of coffee so patrons have even more reason to visit beyond the weekend-sports-events camaraderie for which for the pub is famous. (The pizza is pretty good too.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 July 2016  |  View Comments


Film Review: X-Men: Apocalypse
Is a bigger, badder, more powerful antagonist still relevant as a plot device for a sequel? If it's executed the way it has been done in X-Men: Apocalypse the answer is no. Hackneyed storytelling and destruction devoid of moral consequences mars the latest instalment in the X-Men franchise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 May 2016  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: Bad Coffee Is Probably Why The Coffee Shop At GrandWest, Cape Town, Is Now A Burger King
It's not only difficult to find decent food at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World - coffee is a problem too. While The Coffee Shop seemed as though it would be the best option it turned out to be another Cape Town disaster, with terrible cappuccinos and lacklustre service.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 April 2016  |  View Comments


Film Review: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
The addition of martial arts, sword wielding, gun fighting, and zombies to a Regency-era classic tale of manners and marriage turns a new film adaptation of Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen's beloved novel, into a different kind of bodice ripper (har har).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 March 2016  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: Two Cappuccinos And Two Flat Whites At The Twankey Bar, Cape Town, South Africa, Are Unexpectedly Disappointing
A team training exercise in cappuccino evaluation turned into a bit of a disaster after - by sheer bad luck once we managed to coordinate four schedules - we picked a day for the adventure when a skilled barista wasn't behind the bar to make great drinks.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 March 2016  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: A Hot Cappuccino At Denta Club, Bangkok, Thailand, Launches Our New Cappuccino Quest Project
The Cappuccino Quest is back. After a long hiatus we're rebooting - just like Hollywood likes to do - with all new content evaluated from scratch based on updated criteria and a lot of research. Our first review, from a trip last year, serves as an introduction to how all of this came about and what you can expect in future.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 February 2016  |  View Comments


Film Review: Deadpool
There's been much hype and anticipation for this chapter in Marvel's X-Men universe that introduces audiences to Deadpool, an anti-hero who is a fan favourite due to his unpredictable behaviour and twisted sense of humour, which offers plenty of potential for a story that's far from the run-of-the-mill glut that we have been subjected to lately. Unfortunately, the film-makers may have played it too safe....
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 February 2016  |  View Comments


Game Review: Mr. Snapz: The Cookie Caper
Help Mr. Cinnamon Snapz race through the confectionary lands to restore the pieces of the broken chocolate-chip emblems... or don't. You may not have the patience to navigate the frustrating puzzles, problematic user interface, and bad graphics quality of this casual game for iOS and Android.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 August 2015  |  View Comments


Review: Happy Plugs Earbud Leopard
Happy Plugs is a Swedish company that describes itself as a fashion house, not a tech company, but it seems to be trying very hard to ensure that its products' performance is as notable as their aesthetics. Happy Plugs Earbud Leopard earphones are part of a range of audio devices that the company produces.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 August 2015  |  View Comments


Review: Jupiter Ascending
In Jupiter Ascending a cleaning lady discovers that her destiny extends beyond buckets and brooms... all the way to the stars. Before she can claim her birthright, however, she'll have to navigate bureaucracy and betrayal with the help of a lone wolf(man).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 February 2015  |  View Comments


Interstellar
In Interstellar, a new film by Christopher Nolan, the human race has to take to the stars - or risk dying out permanently on Earth - but the resulting emotional sacrifice may be too great for the man coerced into piloting the research expedition that could be the only chance humans have left to save themselves.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 November 2014  |  View Comments


Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past
The X-Men's past and future collides in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. With the future looking bleak it's up to Wolverine to travel to the past and enlist the help of the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto, who come with their own complications, to change the timeline and save mutanity.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 May 2014  |  View Comments


The LEGO Movie
One hundred minutes of 100% product placement coalesce in a feature film all about LEGO in which a group of rebels task an average, ordinary, everyday construction worker with saving the world - whether he is capable of doing so or not.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 March 2014  |  View Comments


300: Rise Of An Empire
With Sparta's 300 finest warriors heading north to defend against the invasion by Persian God-King Xerxes and his formidable army, it's left to the remaining Greek city states to defend against his equally terrifying naval forces, which are commanded by a ruthless warrior. 300: Rise Of An Empire tells their story - the Battle of Artemisium.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 March 2014  |  View Comments


Review: Pompeii
The story of Pompeii, Vesuvius, and Herculaneum (and Oplontis and Stabiae) is captivatingly culturally infused in multiple generations the way the Titanic and dinosaurs are, yet, surprisingly, Hollywood hasn't really plundered the topic, which is ripe for all sorts of storytelling. Enter director Paul WS Anderson, who finally tackles the topic in Pompeii, and in 3D.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 February 2014  |  View Comments


Riddick
The universe's most soft-hearted badass finds himself in another predicament that requires him to utilise all his survival skills and abilities to outwit new opponents, both human and alien, in this third installment in the Riddick franchise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 October 2013  |  View Comments


This Is Not A Minimalist Game
There is a kingdom (or a minimalist something, anyway) in This Is Not A Minimalist Game that needs rescuing (although "reviving" might be a better word) and it's up to you to accept the quest and solve the puzzles in this short, fun adventure game.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 August 2013  |  View Comments


Man Of Steel
The 2013 reboot of the Superman film franchise offers a contemporary re-interpretation of Superman's origin story as well as engaging, interesting characters portrayed by a star-studded cast. Not everything about this film is satisfying, however, and fans need to brace themselves for some disappointments.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 July 2013  |  View Comments


Fear Less!
A little pixelated girl plagued by nightmares of being chased by a grim reaper needs your help to find her way to peaceful dreams - so grab a sword and start running!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 April 2013  |  View Comments


Epic Coaster
The rollercoaster ride of your life is calling but do you have the skill the keep the coaster, and its crazy thrill-seeking occupants, on the track while thumping music elevates your heart rate and cheering crowds pop up to distract you? Probably not - but give it a try anyway.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 January 2013  |  View Comments


Escape The Red Giant
The sun has turned into a red giant so you need to jump from asteroid to asteroid performing tricks to build combos that will award you extra points as you try to outrun the red, burning death - for as long as you can because sun, sun, sun, here we come, come, come....
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 January 2013  |  View Comments


The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
A tale of high school, and growing up, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower features strong performances by an ensemble cast that results in endearing portrayals and a sensitive exploration of difficult subjects that will resonate with many viewers.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 January 2013  |  View Comments


Knightmare Tower
Knightmare Tower is a variation on the launcher-game genre by Canadian development company Juicy Beast, which made Burrito Bison and Burrito Bison Revenge. You can definitely see the evolution of both gaming and interface concepts from the Burrito Bison games but Knightmare Tower is dissimilar enough that it feels fresh and fun and is incredibly addictive.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 December 2012  |  View Comments


Serena By Ron Rash
Serena, a highly disturbing story filled with tension and suspense, is a well-written tragedy about a passionate marriage that deteriorates at an alarming rate until all that is left is revenge and violence.
By: Anne Louise Taylor  |  Posted: 22 October 2012  |  View Comments


Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8 Inch
Protect your small tablet or e-reader with a designer form-fitting neoprene case by Built NY. It's light, has two pockets, and is available in designer styles.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 October 2012  |  View Comments


Burrito Bison Revenge
Burrito Bison is back and now he wants revenge! (Well, technically, he wants his wallet but there's revenge involved in the process.) So, expect to find yourself back in Candyland launching a bison, squishing gummy bears, and raking in more cash than you'll ever know what to do with.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 September 2012  |  View Comments


Pacman: Most Wanted
The yellow pellets are calling a bright-yellow Dodge Challenger but the ghost squad is too close for comfort in this short film that's a nod to Pac-Man and car-racing games.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 September 2012  |  View Comments


Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
With three weeks to go before an asteroid smashes into the Earth and the world comes to an end two very different people set out to make the most of the time they have left in this comedy drama starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 September 2012  |  View Comments


DODOcase Classic For iPad 3/iPad 2
New uses for the skills of artisan bookbinders have been devised in the form of the beautiful DODOcase Classic For iPad 3/iPad 2 hardcover protective case that is both durable and stylish.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 August 2012  |  View Comments


Effing Worms 2
Instead of being the one running away from the horror you can be the horror in this action-packed casual game (that only has one worm, although the title would lead you to believe otherwise). Bonus fun: eat bazooka marines riding cows.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 August 2012  |  View Comments


The Dark Knight Rises
Bruce Wayne is broken (and broke) and Batman has forsaken Gotham, though it hardly matters as the city has triumphantly combatted crime and sees itself liberated as a result of the legacy of Harvey Dent. This is Gotham, however, and a new villain who considers himself to be the true liberator of the people is heading to town in director Christopher Nolan's conclusion of the Batman trilogy.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 July 2012  |  View Comments


Kilian Martin: Altered Route
Freestyle urban skater Kilian Martin once again demonstrates his skills with the help of a talented director, an atmospheric location, and high-speed photography slowed down to highlight every nuanced move.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 June 2012  |  View Comments


#Zombies: Followers Of The Dead
Once the zombies start attacking will you be in the middle of the action with weapons at the ready, documenting the proceedings... or organising the survivors? This short parody looks at the rock-star social-media organisers who keep hope alive as the living dead rise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 February 2012  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Reviews


Games > Escape
Escape
You're trapped in a shaft and the only way out is up in this one-button fast-paced wall-jumping game - but how high can you go? Will you escape?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 January 2012  |  View Comments
Category: Games > Casual > Reviews


Fotoshop By Adobe
Let's start 2012 with some tasteful, entertaining jabs at the beauty industry. Do you want "full lips, sparkling eyes, and lashes that never end"? They can be yours with the aid of Adobé's new range of beauty-regime products.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 January 2012  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Reviews


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


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


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


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: 5 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


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


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


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


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


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


Editing The Dead
What if you could influence the events that unfold in Night Of The Living Dead by making choices to direct the characters in the story? That is the premise of the interactive movie Editing The Dead.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 November 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Interactive > Reviews


A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
Freddy's back, creepier than ever - but not in a good way. An updated story with a tweaked origin for the 21st century makes this horror remake more serious than most of its predecessors and it ventures into territory most audiences wouldn't want to think about while enjoying a slasher film.
By: Robert Lemmer  |  Posted: 9 November 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


Night Of The Living Dead: Reanimated
The zombie apocalypse is just as scary when it is presented in a mixed-media format, as is the case for Mike Schneider's tasty, undead brainchild, a reconceptualisation of George A Romero's landmark film from 1968.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 29 October 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > DVD > Reviews


Retro Review: Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
The zombie apocalypse will be televised as the dead rise and begin to feast on the living in Night Of The Living Dead, a classic zombie horror movie that shocked audiences when it was first released and, decades later, continues to resonate with contemporary audiences and have a heavy influence on pop culture.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 October 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


Eduardo Gouveia: Monkey Island Rocks (Two Versions)
Celebrate 20 years of piratey one liners and insult swordfighting*, secret immortality**, and repeatedly falling off a cliff ("rubber tree!"), with two great remixes of the theme tune to The Secret Of Monkey Island.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 October 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Music To Note


Tom Smith: Zombie Pirates In Love
Break out your rum and eye patch, and train your parrot to groan for "braaaiins", because zombie pirates are searching for love on the high seas in this crazy composition in which their ultimate buried treasure is a zombie bride.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 1 October 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Music To Note


The Most Awesomest Thing Ever
Here's a bit more frivolity before we dive back into serious subjects. It is: The Most Awesomest Thing Ever! It's a little project in progress (possibly forever) and, if you're open to it, it presents certain philosophical conundrums to keep you on your toes (mentally speaking).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 September 2010  |  View Comments


Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Robots
The ninja-infested high seas are no place for a pirate. Well, I mean, they are, it's just not pleasant. Then, on land, zombies. Plus, the robot scourge! Or, maybe, what's a poor ninja to do? You just can't catch a break. Pirates and zombies. We'll need robots! Also, what about those zombies? Shame. Mmmmmmmm. Braaaaaaaains. The robots? Silent killers. Like the ninjas. It's cyclical.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 September 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Reviews


Bombproof By Michael Robotham
Beat the worst of London's underworld at their game. Rescue your sister. Clear your name - and not necessarily in that sequence. A tall order for anyone - but especially for someone being hunted by every military and police agency in the United Kingdom as a suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist....
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 30 July 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


I Write Like
Do you fancy yourself the next Shakespeare, Byron, Shelley, or Palahniuk? Now you can determine which famous author your writing resembles by merely entering a sample of your text into an analyser so dust off that manuscript you've been wanting to submit and discover if you, too, could make The New York Times Best Seller list.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 29 July 2010  |  View Comments


Jane Austen's Fight Club
What do you get when you mash up Jane Austen's Regency-era characters and sensibilities with Fight Club? Well the first rule of fight club is that one never mentions fight club. (But the answer is blood on your lace and scrapes on your knees, of course.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 July 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Reviews


The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind By William Kamkwamba And Bryan Mealer
Most reviews of this book include the word "inspirational". While this is certainly true, there is far more to William Kamkwamba's story than inspiration, so you won't find that word in this review. Instead, you will find others that are equally glowing.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 27 July 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


As The Crow Flies By Veronique Tadjo
As The Crow Flies is a short novel that explores the individual loves of nameless characters living in urban landscapes and other unidentified locations who are unconnected to each other, yet linked through the themes of love or suffering in a world in which love finds it hard to thrive.
By: Anne Taylor  |  Posted: 26 July 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


Games > Wrath v1.0.6
Wrath v1.0.6
Use your favourite finger to mow down waves and waves of inter-stellar bad guys and bosses out for your blood, then head for the space bar for a brewski. (Ok, not really, but this game could do with more variety and/or a mini drinking game to provide complexity to the challenge.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 July 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Games > Android > Reviews


World Cupinion
Part of the fun of a live sports event is watching it with friends and participating in the form of fan reactions - but what if you're home alone or stuck at the office? World Cupinion, a university research project being run during the World Cup, presents a whole new interactive experience.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 July 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Software > Reviews


Vuvuzela Button
The sound of a thousand angry bees, the bleats of a dying lamb - the vuvuzela, South Africa's traditional weapon (circa the 20th century) of mass aural destruction, is the embodiment of many things, Zen not being one of them. If you don't have one, or if you're currently out of breath from blowing your own horn a little too hard and a little too long, the Vuvuzela Button will be a vital addition to your virtual toolbox.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 June 2010  |  View Comments


Nokia N97 mini (Testing Notes)
Nokia's N97 mini cellular phone, which runs Symbian S60 5th Edition, was released late last year. Is it an improvement over not-so-well-received Nokia N97? Have a look at our testing notes and decide for yourself.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 June 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Hardware > Reviews


Ravens by George Dawes Green
On its jacket Ravens is described as a "terrifying, gripping, unique" work of "psychological suspense". Instead, I found an appealing but B-grade narrative with lacklustre characters and a predictable plot.
By: Lenina Rassool  |  Posted: 1 June 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


Girls At War And Other Stories by Chinua Achebe
Girls At War And Other Stories is a collection of short stories written over a period of 20 years that not only celebrates the diversity of African culture but questions and explores the conflict between traditional African beliefs and modernism introduced by British colonialism.
By: Anne Taylor  |  Posted: 28 May 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


Black Sunlight By Dambudzo Marechera
I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up this novel. Would it be frustrating? Captivating? Engrossing? Catastrophic? I can definitively say that it was all of these qualities, many more, and certainly far fewer. If you're confused, I am too. But then that's the nature of reading stream-of-consciousness writings, especially from one of Zimbabwe's most unconventional authors.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 24 May 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


The Hurt Locker
If you don't want to worry with complex plots and prefer your action taking place on Earth, go and see The Hurt Locker, a contemporary war film delivering good action with little need to engage the higher brain functions.
By: Robert Lemmer  |  Posted: 13 May 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


Home Away, edited by Louis Greenberg
It's an impressive undertaking: coordinate 24 writers to write 24 stories, each inspired by a different hour of the day and a different city of the world, and use these tales to "reflect on the nature of home", with no restriction on genre, fact, or fiction. The result? Whatever you choose to make of it.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 May 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


Apacer Handy Steno AH321
The entry-level Apacer Handy Steno AH321 USB 2.0 Flash Drive features a no-loss cap design and storage capacities from 1 GB to 16 GB, as well as some impressive performance capabilities.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 May 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Hardware > Reviews


Mpemba Effect Presents Ambient Afrique
Mix sounds and rhythms deeply rooted in African culture with Western influences and the result is the laid-back aural journey of Mpemba Effect's Ambient Afrique. Let the groove generated by this South African producing duo lull you into an altered state of consciousness.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 April 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Reviews


Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant
For those who can't bear the excruciatingly long flight, customs issues, plane delays, lost baggage, and inappropriate frisking by airport security officials, sometimes it's best to leave the passport at home, and follow your nose to the source of Moroccan delicacies that are best described as tantalising, succulent, dreamy, and experiential.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 21 April 2010  |  View Comments


Games > Sushi Cat
Sushi Cat
Combine a lonely, hungry cat on a mission of the heart with sushi-consumption challenges, strange obstacles, a little bit of physics, and some outlandish music and you'll have an epic 45-minute(ish) tale with which to amaze no one in particular, unless you do really well, in which case you can be all, like, "Hey, I did well!"... which may, still, not exactly amaze anyone in particular.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 March 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Games > Casual > Reviews


Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel In Letters By Mark Dunn
Ella Minnow Pea was first published in 2001 and it amazes me to think that I have lived nearly a decade without this book. I promise you'll find a nerdy love for words, language, and the processes of language construction in Mark Dunn's beautiful little novel. You'll enjoy every letter (especially the missing ones).
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 16 March 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Memory Keeper's Daughter focuses on some rather annoying characters and has some pretty poor editing. However it is a compelling narrative of lies, deception, and intense emotion you won't forget but you'll have to read the review to decide if you want Kim Edwards' novel - and its problems - permanently lodged in your memory.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 9 March 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


Nokia N900 Testing Notes
Nokia's N900 is a classy touchscreen phone that emphasises productivity as well as play. It runs the Maemo 5 Linux-based operating system and using it feels almost as though you have a mini desktop computer in your pocket. Almost. Our testing notes reveal the pros and cons.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 March 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Hardware > Reviews


Apacer Handy Steno AH161 plus
The design of USB flash-memory storage devices has come a long way from the grey, thumb-sized units with a company logo that were (and still are) handed out at corporate events. They've now evolved into playful fashion accessories, such as this one, that will appeal to anyone with even the vaguest aesthetic leanings.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 March 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Hardware > Reviews


Stephen Kellogg And The Sixers: My Old Man
"My Old Man" from Stephen Kellogg And The Sixers is a profound song of loss, nostalgia, and disappointment, with a surprising and near-contradictory playfulness that will make you want to have one last word with your old man. We are not responsible for any therapy sessions that may be required, though we will take credit for introducing you to this awesome track.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 25 February 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Music To Note


Apacer Handy Steno AH160
Just over four years ago brainwavez.org was launched, complete with its first (tech) article, with the intention of it being primarily a tech-review site, with a little bit of culture thrown in. Instead it became a tech-culture site and we never got around to reviewing hardware and software. Today, that all changes. Behold! A tech review: Apacer's Handy Steno AH160 flash-memory storage device.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 February 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Tech > Hardware > Reviews


Play With Spider
Spiders seem to invoke terror in all but the least faint-hearted so if you're one of those wishy-washy types you may wish to play with a hamster instead (although there's a spider there too). Meanwhile, should you possess the necessary fortitude and an interest in variables, you will probably enjoy Play With Spider.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 February 2010  |  View Comments


Neighbours: The Story Of A Murder by Lilia Momple
Neighbours: The Story Of A Murder is a novel of tragedy and triumph concerning the history and destabilisation of Mozambique, which teaches us that other cultures and countries can offer a lesson in humanity, perseverance, and the perils of greed, while reaffirming the idea that we can become neighbours through compassion and storytelling.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 27 January 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


Fiction Generator
"The Metabots": "In a dragon-filled Atlantis, a young schlub with mild OCD stumbles across an otherworldly portal which spurs him into conflict with a government conspiracy, with the help of a sarcastic female techno-geek and her wacky pet, culminating in a fistfight atop a tower."
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 January 2010  |  View Comments


Butterfly Boucher: We Don't Have A Clue
Butterfly Boucher may have a quirky name and her music may be equally quirky but the free download of "We Don't Have A Clue" is a fun and uplifting song that will make you smile and appreciate the day as time flutters by.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 18 January 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Music To Note


MEOW
This animated music short is too good to save for Halloween (although, in our minds, every day is Halloween at brainwavez.org) so I thought I'd post about it to start 2010 with some fun - may it be a reminder that the horrors of 2009 are now in the past and may it be a sign that 2010 will be filled with zombies and kittens! (Preferably at a safe distance if the two are one and the same.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 January 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Reviews


Simon's Cat, Created And Illustrated By Simon Tofield
In a relatively short time Simon's Cat has become a much-loved online animated series of shorts but this is not the first time that an Internet meme has tried to cross the divide. Is it possible for a digital sensation to be reinvented successfully in a different medium. Does Simon's Cat translate in book form?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 December 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


Giles: The Collection 2010
Voted Britain's Favourite Cartoonist of the 20th Century, Giles' career at the Daily Express and Sunday Express spanned almost fifty years. Giles: The Collection 2010 brings together some of his best loved cartoons in the ideal Yuletide stocking filler... and what Christmas would be complete without Grandma?
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 9 December 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


Stubbs The Zombie In Rebel Without A Pulse
Satisfy your inner zombie's craving for B-R-A-I-N-S, find the ghoul of your dreams, and take your revenge on society at large in an ode to gleefully over-the-top carnage and bad taste. Our anti hero feasts on brains, has a real problem with authority, and turns everyone he meets into a zombie - and if that isn't bad enough, he (shock! horror!) even smokes....
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 13 November 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Games > Mac > Reviews


Black Hills By Nora Roberts
Black Hills is a well-written, intriguing modern love story with an underlying plot of suspense. It cleverly weaves itself tighter and tighter until your focus has shifted to looking for a killer instead of rooting for the relationship.
By: Lenina Rassool  |  Posted: 9 November 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews



Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt
The variety of monsters, called yokai, in Japan is astounding - and many of them are very bizarre. Should you find yourself face to face (or, erm, worse) with one, this fully illustrated, very handy guide will be indispensable: use it to learn how to spot yokai and how to survive the attack. Plus, it's filled with fascinating cultural observations that will astound and delight. You'll never leave home without it! (You may also never want to go to Japan after reading it....)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 October 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews


Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
It seems only fitting that brainwavez.org focuses on zombies, as they have an unnatural (or natural) penchant for braaaiins. With that, we present to you the guts, gore, mayhem, and poetic beauty of Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry For Your... Brains.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 21 October 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews



House Of War by Hamilton Wende
Intelligent, well-crafted and multi-layered, Hamilton Wende's latest work manages to straddle both the spy-thriller and psychological genres with a healthy dollop of history, drama, and romance thrown in for good measure.
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 16 October 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Books > Reviews



District 9 - ZA Perspective
District 9, aliens and all, is an intrinsically South African tale but with themes distilled for international audiences. In this, the second of brainwavez.org's District 9 reviews, we present a South African perspective of what has become a global phenomenon. We encourage you to compare it to our previous review, written from an American perspective, and then let us know your thoughts in the comments.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 September 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


District 9 - US Perspective
It's very difficult not to have an opinion about District 9 so we thought we'd write two, independently, from different sides of the globe. In this review we feature the perspective from a member of the audience for which the movie was created, America, although other nationalities are certainly welcome to read it and are encouraged to comment (though they are also kindly asked to accept that the inadequacies of the film are an attempt to appeal to American audiences).
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 10 September 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


Alive In Joburg
brainwavez.org is taking a step away from reality to explore the alternate, alien-filled world of Neill Blomkamp's Alive In Joburg, the short film shot in 2005 that forms the basis for this year's blockbuster film District 9. Hopefully, if you can see past the poncho-wearing, grotesque aliens and the abundant anachronisms of the short, you will enjoy the splendid squalor of stranded aliens. Or something.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 1 September 2009  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Shorts > Reviews


Music To Note > Uh Huh Her: "Explode"
Uh Huh Her: Explode
You'd be forgiven if you find you trip over the words every time you try to pronounce the name of the band Uh Huh Her (the band members have the same problem) but don't let the tongue twisting distract you from the subtle musical layers and mesmerising electropop bass of "Explode".
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 July 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Music > Music To Note


Johnny Golightly Comes Home: A Portrait Of Eccentricity by Pat Hopkins
Johnny Golightly Comes Home is an interwoven tale of the stories of two men: an artist buried within multiple identities and a writer tasked with the impossible assignment of getting to the core of these identities in order to write the artist's biography. The result is a riveting, engaging account of frustration and eccentricity that is rich with metaphor and symbolism.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 June 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Reviews


Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Still Kak? by Tim Richman and Grant Schreiber
Just how kak is South Africa? Well, ask any citizen about his or her particular issues and you're likely to hear that it's all pretty kak. To combat the problem South African authors Tim Richman and Grant Schreiber keep publishing new books that tackle kakness. Why? Because South Africans don't know how to fix anything but at least they can buy a book, have a laugh, and keep a local publishing company afloat during the recession. Or something. It's all so kak, who can keep track?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 June 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Reviews


Pompidou Posse by Sarah Lotz
Author Sarah Lotz's riveting debut novel is a sensational tale of two British teenagers on the run in Paris that features quirky characters, dark humour, and the seedy side of one of Europe's most glamorous cities.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 June 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Reviews



Going Green By Simon Gear
These days we're all being encouraged to "go green" but sometimes it's a bit overwhelming knowing where to start or whether there is any point to your efforts. In Going Green - 365 Ways To Change Our World South African author Simon Gear presents bite-sized pieces of advice to help us transition to a more harmonious lifestyle.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 June 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Reviews


Duncan Sheik: Whisper House
Whisper House, Duncan Sheik's enigmatic sixth studio album and a collaboration with Holly Brook is probably best described as a 10-track experimental narrative journey with a supernatural edge that touches on various themes, including World War II and grief.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 8 April 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Music > Reviews


Death Dice Overdose
Overdosing is never fun, except in this game, and in playing this game so much that you take three weeks to write the review (though some might argue that that's not fun). Anyway, if you like fast-paced madness that's oddly zen and usually over in 30 seconds, Death Dice Overdose is your game.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 March 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Games > Casual Games > Reviews


Tomb Raider: Underworld Wii
Lara Croft's off again, raiding tombs and damaging precious archeological heritages in the quest for the truth about her mother's whereabouts. Throw in some Norse mythology and beautifully diverse environments and you have the makings of, well, another Tomb Raider game.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 February 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Games > Wii > Reviews


Games > Snot Put
Snot Put
We're kicking off this year (a bit late, but anyway...) with some light-hearted gaming. If you sucked at sports in high school there's no reason why you can't be a dweeby champion as an adult. Well, actually, there's a good reason but don't let it stop you... we present: Snot Put.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 February 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: Games > Casual Games > Reviews


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


Debra Fotheringham
The second track for Music To Note comes from a great independent singer/songwriter from American Fork, Utah. I first heard Debra Fotheringham four years ago, and recently met up with her after a Salt Lake City performance where I acquired her first full-length album. Debra is now embarking on an exhaustive tour through Utah, Seattle, New York, Germany, and various other European cities.
Posted: 2 July 2007  |  Category: Music > Music To Note


Boy In Static
It's winter in South Africa, so half of us are suffering from seasonal affective disorder and feeling gloomy. So am I, but I like this song more just because I'm having a really bad year and it somehow feels my pain. If you're lucky enough to be somewhere where there is summer, this song is for your next relationship breakup or general moment of depression. Stick it in your iTunes playlist. You'll need it one day when you least expect it!
Posted: 11 June 2007  |  Category: Music > Music To Note


Tasty Apps Red Snapper
Sometimes you need to archive a web page for offline viewing or permanent archiving, and the PDF function in Safari on the Mac just doesn't get it right. Enter Red Snapper: a perfect little browser plug-in for preserving almost everything on the Web. Well, if you have a Mac. Don't complain. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 24 April 2007  |  Category: Tech > Software > Reviews


Cappuccino Quest & Dining > Chai-Yo, Cape Town, South Africa
Chai-Yo: vegetarian dining review
Chai-Yo, a Thai restaurant in Cape Town, South Africa, is the perfect restaurant to visit with a group of friends on a laid-back Friday evening in order to wind down after a hectic work week. Read the review or have a look at the Cappuccino Quest entry.
Posted: 28 February 2007  |  Category: Dining | Cappuccino Quest


Matt Wertz: Everything In Between
After receiving a promotional copy of Matt Wertz's latest release Everything In Between, we at brainwavez.org are having an exceptionally difficult time picking our jaws up from off the floor. The album is a delight to listen to, and we're happy to have it join our CD library. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 9 February 2007  |  Category: Music > Reviews


For The Bible Tells Me So
brainwavez.org recently attended a Sundance Film Festival screening and Q&A session for For The Bible Tells Me So, a thought-provoking American documentary that examines how the religious right uses biblical references to justify its condemnation of the homosexual "lifestyle" and how religious gays and lesbians struggle to reconcile their faith with their sexual identity. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 7 February 2007  |  Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


Secret Location, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Here's a bit of an oddity: great coffee made at a friend's house by a machine that was never in view. How do you review such a thing? With great difficulty, although we've tried. In fact, we couldn't even manage to get a picture, so you will have to imagine how absolutely coffee-like this cappuccino looked. Don't forget not to imagine the foam, because there wasn't any due to a malfunction. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 25 January 2007  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Kauai: Regular Cappuccino - Takeaway, Cape Town, South Africa
Happy new year from brainwavez.org! We're going to start off the year by publishing the Cappuccino Quest backlog (among other things), starting with this review of the takeaway option from Kauai. At the same time we will be tweaking settings and interface elements on the site so you will see some changes happening. Do not be alarmed! Anyway, back to the Cappuccino Quest. We don't really recommend that you try this option, judging by our experience, but you'll have to read on to find out why. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 15 January 2007  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Cappuccino Quest & Dining > Mugg & Bean (Cavendish Square Branch), Cape Town, South Africa
Mugg and Bean dining review
What happens when we have dinner and two different cappuccinos at the Mugg & Bean in Cavendish Square? We end up with a whole lot of Mugg & Bean articles for the site! Therefore, a selection: how about the dining review, or the Cappuccino Quest entry, or the red cappuccino Cappuccino Quest entry?
Posted: 21 December 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest | Dining



Eclectica > Terry's Chocolate Orange White Chocolate Confection
Terry's Chocolate Orange White Chocolate Confection
After two years of searching four continents for an elusive product that had disappeared into the ether, we finally found delicious, affordable white chocolate, fashioned in an aggressively fun-to-eat way. This is a review of Terry's White Chocolate Orange, otherwise known as "edible romance". [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 20 December 2006  |  By: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Eclectica



Cappuccino Quest > Seattle Coffee co., Cape Town, South Africa
Seattle Coffee co., Cape Town, South Africa
Seattle Coffee co. is actually in Cape Town, so don't be confused. We ended up there one evening to kill time and are still searching for the coffee that goes with the cappuccino. If you're ever looking for some overpriced foam, though, this is the place to visit. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 4 December 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest



Music > Mat Kearney: Nothing Left To Lose
Mat Kearney: Nothing Left To Lose
For once, radio's predictable programming has served a purpose: every day at 7:08am Jase's alarm clock radio goes off, signalling the dawn of a painful new workday. For about a month the lead single from Mat Kearney's CD, Nothing Left To Lose, lessened the pain. Here are his thoughts on the entire album. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 1 December 2006  |  By: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Music > Reviews


Cappuccino Quest > John Dory's Fish & Grill, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
John Dory's Fish & Grill, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
We were on our way to catching up with the Cappuccino Quest backlog, everything was finally in order (literally) and then we were presented with this slightly delayed entry from a "fish and steak" restaurant in Port Elizabeth. Now, as this may be the only reason, ever, for you to visit Port Elizabeth, we happily present Gideon's cappuccino experience. Should you ever find yourself stranded there...well, erm, good luck. At least you'll know where to go to get a decent cappuccino. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 20 November 2006  |  By: Gideon Joubert  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Cappuccino Quest > @ the Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
@ the Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
The bizarre, communist sounding "red cappuccino" has quietly been appearing on menus all over the city in the last month. This was our first encounter with the drink, so we had no idea of what to expect. The experience turned out to be quite pleasant...this time...but be warned, there's an art to the red cappuccino that many in Cape Town have yet to master. We will be adding more information about it in the coming months but, for now, have a look at how @ the Waterfront fared. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 17 November 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Cappuccino Quest > Wild Bean Cafe (Forest Drive, Pinelands), Cape Town, South Africa
Wild Bean Cafe (Forest Drive, Pinelands), Cape Town, South Africa
The Wild Bean Cafe is proof that you can find decent coffee in strange places, and don't have to pay a fortune for it. It's a pity about the swizzle, stirring things, but I forgive them. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 3 November 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest




CFEA > M&M's "50 Dark Movies Hidden In A Painting"
50 Dark Movies Hidden In A Painting
Halloween is over for another year, but if you're still in the mood for ghosts and ghouls you may want to test your knowledge of frightening movies by playing M&M's "50 Dark Movies Hidden In A Painting". It's not particularly scary (unless you're freaked out by timers) but it'll have you working that grey matter to try to figure out the literal translation of the visual clues. (It's harder than it sounds.) [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 2 November 2006  |  By: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Centre For The Easily Amused


Cappuccino Quest > Bardelli's, Cape Town, South Africa
Bardelli's, Cape Town, South Africa
We're slowly getting through the backlog. These things are a lot easier to test than they are to write. Anyway, If you're looking for one hell of a cappuccino experience, Bardelli's may be the place for you. Mandy barely made it out alive, and has murderous thoughts about the barista, but that's probably normal. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 30 October 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Dining > Caffeine (Riebeek Street Branch, Cape Town)
Caffeine
This is what happens when people from opposite sides of the globe have a disagreement concerning what constitutes bad service - cultures clash, emails fly around, a certain individual experiences great angst, and it takes ages for a review to be posted. Here, finally, is Mandy's review of Caffeine in Riebeek Street, Cape Town. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 27 October 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Culture > Dining > Reviews


Film > Imagine Me & You
Imagine Me & You
In the romantic comedy Imagine Me & You there's a lesbian twist to the love triangle that forms the core of the plot. That's actually all you need to know because after reading that you will already have decided whether or not you want to see the movie but if you'd like to have some reasons why you should on hand, this review will help. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 20 October 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


Cappuccino Quest > Salt Lake Coffee Break, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Salt Lake Coffee Break, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
After four years of steady patronage to Salt Lake's infamous Coffee Break, Jase finally tried a cappuccino and wrote a review. It was his first cappuccino at Coffee Break, and it will most likely be his last. Find out why. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 18 October 2006  |  By: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest




Music > lostprophets: Liberation Transmission
lostprophets: Liberation Transmission
In September of 2006 Jase Luttrell went to see the Welsh metal band lostprophets in concert. This isn't a review of the concert, because he spent too much time in the mosh pit. Later, he cleaned off the blood and sweat, and went home to write a review of the band's latest album, Liberation Transmission. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 17 October 2006  |  By: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Music > Reviews



Eclectica > The Fruit Company's Chocolate Appeal Gift Box
The Fruit Company's Chocolate Appeal Gift Box
Gift baskets are not only for Hollywood celebrities: anyone can order one from The Fruit Company in Oregon, in the US, except, perhaps, if you are in South Africa, but that's more an issue regarding the postal services, which we won't go into right now.... [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 6 October 2006  |  By: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Eclectica



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


Cappuccino Quest > Starbucks (Phinney Ridge Branch, Seattle, WA)
Starbucks
Today, a succinct, cautionary tale as to why you, perhaps, might prefer a cappuccino somewhere else (and by that we mean anywhere). [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 13 September 2006  |  Posted by: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest





Cappuccino Quest > Caffeine (Riebeek Street Branch, Cape Town)
Caffeine (Riebeek Street Branch)
I heart cappuccinos. No, really, I do. This one told me so, so it must be true.
(Apologies for the poetry, it was completely accidental. I promise.)
Anyway, today's entry is another one for the great city of Cape Town. I ordered it while out on the town for a light lunch, a review of which will be posted shortly (days shortly, not minutes shortly). [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 8 September 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Eclectica > Old Spice High Endurance Hair & Body Wash
Old Spice High Endurance Hair & Body Wash
Old Spice's all-in-one hair and body wash product is perfect for travellers with a limited luggage capacity. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 5 September 2006  |  Posted by: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Eclectica





Eclectica > Kelty Coyote 4750 Extended-Trip Pack
Kelty Coyote 4750 Extended-Trip Pack
brainwavez.org Note: Today we are launching a new section on this site, "Eclectica". For weeks we argued about the name and wasted so much time that we haven't finished putting together the section, so fancy things will be coming soon. The Kelty Coyote 4750 Extended-Trip Pack is on sale at the moment, though, so it forced our hand and the section is thus born today! [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 31 August 2006  |  Posted by: Jase Luttrell  |  Category: Eclectica


Cappuccino Quest > Gula-Gula Victory Cappuccino Sweet (circa: within the last 10 years)
Gula-Gula Victory Cappuccino Sweet
This is another one of those things I found, okay? It happens. Anyway, it enables us to add a new kind of product to the Cappuccino Quest Product Database, the cappuccino sweet! Although the Cappuccino Quest was supposed to be about finding decent cappuccinos in restaurants and coffee shops, the inclusion of this sweet is a good thing. I don't know why, but it is. I have another (fresher) sweet on hand for a later post, so perhaps by then I'll have a reason. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 28 August 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Music > Bjørn Lynne: Beneath Another Sky
Bjørn Lynne: Beneath Another Sky
Bjørn Lynne is an independent composer who hails from the demo scene from the late 80s and early 90s. In more recent times he has completed a number of well-known game soundtracks (most recently Worms Open Warfare) and his music has appeared in various television productions. In-between working on these musical projects he composes instrumental albums, which are always a treat for his large Internet fan base. Beneath Another Sky is his latest release. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 10 August 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Music > Reviews


Film > Mission: Impossible III
Mission: Impossible III
This is what happens when you go and see a movie right before you go on vacation - you write extensive notes, but you forget to write the review. Oops. The DVD is probably going to be released soon, so if you are thinking of buying it, you might want to read this first. If it doesn't change your mind, please purchase the DVD through one of our many affiliate links. It'll make the pain I experienced watching this movie go away. Thanks. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 3 August 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


Cappuccino Quest > Nescafé Cappuccino
Nescafé Cappuccino
Once upon a time I bought Nestlé's Nescafé Cappuccino. It was fantastic - cappuccino in a sachet! No longer did I have to trek to a coffee shop to indulge in a wonderful cappuccino. Then a terrible thing happened and the recipe was changed. I no longer buy this product. You may be wondering why. Today's Cappuccino Quest research has all the answers. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 2 August 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


CFEA > Bunnyhero Labs Adopt A Pet
Bunnyhero Labs Adopt A Pet
Today we launch a new section on the site: the Centre For The Easily Amused (or CFEA for short). The Centre is a depository for interactive and distracting eclectica from around (primarily) the Web. We're kicking it off with a little site that allows you to design your own virtual pet, place it on your web page, and never visit it again! It's Bunnyhero Labs Adopt A Pet! [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 25 July 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Centre For The Easily Amused


Cappuccino Quest > Caldo Caldo Cappuccino
Caldo Caldo Cappuccino
Science meets coffee in the most disturbing way we can imagine (so far). Not only that, but it was presented as a bribe, which we think is both horrendous and scandalous. Although it does not strictly conform to the Cappuccino Quest Official Rules, Mandy reviewed it anyway. Sort of. As best as one can, basically, without actually drinking it. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 12 July 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Music > Kyler England: Live Wire
Posted: 10 July 2006
About three years ago, CD Baby had a $5 CD sale. Since Jase Luttrell had just received his tax return, he had some extra money to spend. This is how he stumbled across Kyler England. Now considered a "longtime fan", he has decided to throw some words together to describe Kyler's latest CD Live Wire. [ Read the review ]
Category: Music Review


Music > Maren Ord: Pretty Things
Posted: 6 July 2006
Jase Luttrell went to a Maren Ord concert held earlier this year in Utah and, because he's such a fan, he knew some obscure facts and won himself a copy of her third album, which hasn't even been released yet. Super! [ Read the review ]
Category: Music Review


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