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June 29, 2010

Walk on Water

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29 June 2010

Ever dreamt of walking on water? These guys are, technically, doing it, although they are running more than anything! :)

They use water repellant shoes, and use their momentum to get them going as they speed off the edge of the water. How about trying it! :)

June 25, 2010

Lego men going crazy!

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25 June 2010

With all the World Cup madness going around the world, it's not surprising that the World Cup inspired Legofussball.eu to recreate some moments from Lego men.

It's unfortunate though that the audience is not quite as excited as they sound! Plus, they're missing all their vuvuzelas! :)



(Thanks Tarryn!)

Gloomy images at Dostoyevskaya to cause more suicides?

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25 June 2010

Feodor Dostoyevsky was a 19th century author notable for his novel Crime and Punishment. He is also often thought of as a great psychologist in literature. However, he was also famous for being depressed a lot of the time, and for his crippling gambling habit.

In this article, there are questions about naming a train station after him - the concern is that more people will be influenced by the negative atmosphere of the station, particularly with its "mosaics representing violent scenes" from some of his novels.

They are afraid that more people would be inspired to commit suicide, especially if they already have "unnatural psyches".

I haven't seen any of these images, except for this one, which certainly does seem a little overbearing and gloomy...

But surely they should have thought about this BEFORE they decorated it? :) I don't know, seems a little too retrospective.

Has anyone seen any of these pics?

June 24, 2010

Tubed ribbon embroidered rose

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24 June 2010

This is such a beautiful ribbon embroidered rose! I love what ribbon does for embroidery, and roses are really rendered so wonderfully through the medium! :)

Bearverine?

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I love it when headlines are analogous and don't actually tell you anything about the story. I have no examples myself, because I don't really peruse headlines to find funny ones (although I do notice spelling mistakes like crazy!)

Anyway, I thought this comment on an article was funny. The headline was "Two Mating Bears and a Wolverine", and the commentary is about what the article sounds like it's about and what it's really about.

They were hoping for a Bearverine!

June 15, 2010

Visual Economics

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The BP oil spill

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The BP oil spill has been in the news since 20 April 2010 when a semi-submersible offshore drilling rig experienced an explosion. During the disaster the wellhead was damaged, and the hole left behind has been leaking ever since.

It has been estimated that 1 050 000 US gallons per day are spewing out of the broken well a day. (For South Africans, a gallon is four litres - that's 4 200 000 litres a day!) Here's a video of this. There are also reports now that the leakage is coming from multiple points.

This is an absolute disaster, with over 400 species of life currently threatened, and if the oil spill continues to spread, even more.

BP is attempting to clean up the area with skimmers and other clean-up tools. There are perhaps many volunteers, but according to this video, they are not allowed to assist in the clean-up. Why would that be?

If you'd like to see how big the oil spill is, this is quite an awesome app. It allows you to move the oil spill to another location. As you can see from the image, I have moved it over Johannesburg. You can see how big it is!

The effects of the spill are disastrous once the slick makes landfall, as you can see from these images. Take a look here if you'd like to find out how the spill affects underwater wildlife.

Many are saying that the fault does not lie with BP. This is true, because BP only exists to fulfil a demand - a demand that every person with a car is creating every time we get into our car to go to work, go to the shop, go out to a movie...

We are, however, trapped in this society. What can we do to get out?

June 14, 2010

Ban Vuvuzelas?

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Soccer fans around the world are calling for South Africa's celebratory musical instrument, the Vuvuzela, to be banned during the 2010 World Cup soccer matches.

The instruments have, according to the New Zealand Herald, been called "mindless" and "excruciating". ESPN's Mike Greenberg said on Mike and Mike that it was as though you were being "attacked by a swarm of locusts for 90 consecutive minutes".

I haven't had much personal experience with vuvuzelas myself, not being too much of a noise-making fan, but one was once blown right behind me when I was at Sandton City and it felt as though my brain was vibrating within my cranium!

I watched the opening match on Friday as well, and the drone was at exactly the same pitch at the beginning and all through the match, as it was when Bafana Bafana's Simphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal or when Mexico scored their equaliser.

Perhaps we need to learn when to blow the vuvuzelas to celebrate - use them to show when we're really happy about the situation on the field - than constantly blow them because the game on field might be a little more boring than expected!

Plus, South Africa might find that we need to pay many medical bills in future because the international visitors during this time find themselves in need of hearing aids because of the instruments!

June 13, 2010

Photo Album

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A while ago I worked on some ribbon embroidery - which is certainly one of the most fulfilling crafts I enjoy doing.

The ribbon embroidery consists of spider-web roses, which are my favourite type, and the rest of the stitches are lazy daisies and French knots.

I used a pattern that I had copied from one or other book during my adventures in research. It only took me a day to complete, and the heart shape looks beautiful on a photo album cover.

The end product is going to be a gift.

Selfish...?

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How do you know if you're just being selfish and jealous or just being sad?

I'm having a really difficult time telling the difference between the two...the more sad I feel, the more selfish I feel, the more jealous I feel...

All our emotions are connected, I know, but how do you know which one to listen to?

June 12, 2010

World Cup

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The 2010 Soccer World Cup is most definitely here! :)

The excitement was palpable yesterday and the day before, with the constant buzz of vuvuzelas in the distance sounding like a giant swarm of bees.

We were in Sandton City on Wednesday evening to see "Drumstruck", and walking through Nelson Mandela Square was contagiously optimistic and exhilirating. I was going to post my own video here...but it's not working! :(



Congratulations to Bafana Bafana - we're still in it! I don't really know much about soccer but those saves were awesome, and so was our goal.

I would just like to say, though, that we really needed someone singing our anthem to lead the audience - it was some of the worst anthem-singing ever! (besides that rasta guy during that one test in France!)