The London Olympics may be crazily over budget, have an insane opening ceremony planned – with live animals – but they have what has to be the raddest official song in Olympic history, “Survival”, Muse’s new track from their upcoming album The 2nd Law. Click through to listen.
In my opinion this is a far more exciting countdown than the Olympics; in 40 days, NASA’s nuclear powered Curiosity rover will enter the Martian atmosphere, and the landing is the most nerve-racking part for the engineers.
Norah Ehpron basically created the mould for modern day romantic comedies, writing both “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless In Seattle.’ She passed away yesterday in Manhattan of complications relating to acute myeloid leukaemia.
I don’t really care how fast it is, I just want to own something that uses an infinite-capacity wireless vortex beam. Though it sounds like a death-ray, it describes what American and Israeli researchers have used to create the fastest ever wireless network: twisted beams of light that transfer data at 2,56 terabits per second.
The internet is obsessed with cats. Completely and utterly obsessed. In Google’s secretive X labratory, scientists have developed one of the largest neural networks for machine learning by connecting 16,000 computer processors. What did it do? Watched Youtube, and worked out what a cat is.
These photographs of famous landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Blackpool Tower could have been lost forever, were it not for a major conservation project which has made them freely available on the internet for the first time.
Yesterday Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island subspecies of the giant tortoise, died, marking the total extinction of his subspecies. It’s a sad day, as Lonesome George became a symbol of other species on the brink of extinction, and an ambassador for Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands.
In terms of advertising, I would rather watch a race car driver catching little balls in a car going 180 miles an hour, than a dog talking from a bakkie. It’s a little silly, but definitely worth a watch, even if it is just to hear how genuinely excited Coulthard gets when he catches the ball.
We sometimes underestimate the importance of language, especially when swimming in the ubiquitous sea of English. Language is bound tightly with identity, and when you imagine a language going the way of the Dodo, it is scary to think what else is lost with it. Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, has launched the Endangered Language project, a website devoted to preserving languages that are close to dying out.
The internet is a bizarre place, filled with dancing robots singing Bohemian Rhapsody, crazy lawyers suing charities and cartoonists for no good reason, pages and pages of tentacle porn, and gigs and gigs worth of hate-filled YouTube comments. But every now and then the internet dons a cape and becomes a super hero.
I always hate the end of the month when the money runs dry. No money equals stress, no fun, and generally less food. Not if you are Heidemarie Schwermer, however, has firmly given “The Man” the finger and has been living at the end of the month for the last 16 years.
Forbes on Tuesday released its list of the 100 highest paid athletes, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., nicknamed “Money,” is in the top spot with earnings of $85 million. He is a solid 23 million ahead of second placed Manny Pacquiao, and miles ahead of the only South African on the list, Ernie Els, who is in 91st place with earnings of $17,4 million.
In a move that makes the defacing of Brett Murray’s painting look quite low-key, an alleged young Mexican-American artist has stencilled over Pablo Picasso’s “Woman in a Red Armchair” at a Houston art museum.
In a typically outstanding interview with New York Magazine, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, has come out saying that London is a great city because of a “greater range of girls at the bar,” that he’s doing it all for fame, and he wants to “assume supreme power in England” to build an airport in the thames. Radical.
On Saturday, Top Gear broke a world record by performing the first double loop in a car. As nothing exploded, no sarcastic comments were heard as the vehicle made its loops and it didn’t crash, we can be safe to assume it wasn’t Clarkson, Hammond or May driving.
Argentinean tennis player, David Nalbaldian lost his marbles yesterday afternoon in the finals of the AEGON Championships at Queens in London, and kicked at some advertising boards and injured a linesman in the process; the act got him disqualified from the finals which saw Marin Cilic take the title.
Glow sticks burned brightly all over Canada yesterday as optimistic ravers partied at the thought of being able to pick up doses of MDMA at their local government run ecstasy shops. Dr Perry Kendall said that pure MDMA is “safe” when consumed responsibly by adults.
There’s a new documentary coming out this month called Line of Sight. While standard cyclists drive me mental (only because I am convinced I am going to run one over unintentionally) these guys are even worse.
The South African documentary Dear Mandela, directed by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza, won the Grand Chameleon Award for best film and documentary at the closing night ceremony of the festival.
The documentary continues to impress audiences after it won best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival last year.
This week I answer a reader’s question: In a crowded wine market such as SA, is there still space for any new entrants? And if so, how should you approach things to ensure you aren’t destined for the scrapheap of failure?
The idea of not mentioning the war was lost on a bunch of Poms in Haworth, a small village near Bradford in West Yorkshire, who were seen wearing Nazi SS costumes as a delegation of German visitors arrived on a visit to their British twin town.
A 2oceansvibe reader has alerted us to an incredible local artist’s portrait of soccer star Wayne Rooney. Hidden in the “antiques/collectibles” section of Gumtree.co.za is an original acrylic painting of the English striker, on sale for R5 000. It may well turn out to be the must have work for local collectors this year.
Bizcommunity, one of South Africa’s more popular sites for news, jobs and events in advertising, marketing, media, retail and related sectors, has launched an online shopping portal called BizBuy, focusing on lifestyle and business products.
30 years later the famous case of baby Azaria Chamberlain being eaten by a dingo while on holiday has finally been put to rest. Her mother, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, long maintained that a dingo took her baby, even as she was sentenced to life in jail for her daughter’s murder, a conviction that was later quashed.
In recent years we have seen reality television sink from the lows of Big Brother down through teen pregnancy, to the dregs of Jersey Shore. Earth, it would seem has little left to offer in terms of reality TV. Enter Dutch team, Mars One, who are looking to raise an initial $6 billion to send a team to mars by 2023, and make a reality show out of it.
The Citizen reported over the weekend that Tokyo Sexwale is to be booted out of President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet in yet another cabinet reshuffle. The rumour comes from a “highly placed source” who told The Citizen that “Sexwale has been speaking against Zuma’s government lately. Zuma wants him out.”
Over at Simply Sean, blogger Sean Wilson has written a very cheeky post on what former Sprinbgbok coaches think about Heyneke Meyer’s team selection for his first test in charge on Saturday against England in in Durban. From the absurd utterances of Peter de Villiers to the grumpy racism of Andre Markgraaf, Sean nails it. Here are a [...]
I am sure I have mentioned most of these tips in the past, but there is little harm in reminding you of some solid wine-truths. One thing I promise, if you follow any of these tips, your enjoyment of wine will increase. And, hell, isn’t that what life is all about, drinking wine?
He’s at it again. Louis Theroux has dived back into the hornet’s nest of the American porn industry 15 years after his intial foray. What he has found is that an industry that used to make billions is now fighting for survival, as so much free pornography is available online. Things have got to a point where Theroux says that pornography is now simply advertising for prostitution.