Monday, August 27, 2007
Limitations: Characters have to be video game characters first, then part of some other media type - so Lara Croft is allowed, but Spawn isn't.
Group One -
Snake from MGS 3
Kratos from God of War
King Bowser from Super Mario 64
Group Two -
Ken from Street Fighter 2
Lara from Tomb Raider Legend
Dante from Devil May Cry 3
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Marx spoke at length about the extraction of labour in modern society, and while he was sloshed most of the time, he still remains a really influential chap (Gandhi done right). What he meant by ‘extraction of labour’ was that when you buy a commodity like a jersey or a vibrator or whatever, we admire the product but fail to see the work that’s been put into it. Now imagine all that work … times a thousand! Over ten million Asian (read Indians) migrants are in the gulf region right now, working in the most squalid conditions, and all for what? Five U.S Dollars a day. As I said before, build your skyscrapers in the desert and all that, ship a bunch of coolies in to build them for you if you like, but give them a decent wage at least. Many of the workers aren't even paid for months on end, and there's nothing they can do as their passports are taken from them, and they have no money to return home. We're supposed to be the best example for mankind - someone give me something to be optimistic about.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Saving private Gandhi
Passion of Gandhi
Bend it like Gandhi
Lock stock and Gandhi
Kingdom of Gandhi
Teenage mutant ninja Gandhi
Kiss kiss bang Gandhi
When Gandhi met sally
You’ve got Gandhi
The Gandhi code
One night in Gandhi
The good, the bad and the Gandhi
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I caught the Bourne Ultimatum last night. The Rating indicated Sex and Language... There was no S, no L - just a lot of V. A good show - better than the second and on more with the first - how many movies can you say that about? No really - I'm trying to think about it. Well police Academy 3 was better than 2 - but it wasn't a trilogy so I don't think it counts.
Anyway - many of you might know that Edgars are now in bed with Ster Kinekor, so that means no more R16 movies at Pavilion. The marketing department tells us that its in our interests as now we have twice the amount of cinemas to go - quite a good offer, but what those bastards don't tell us is that now you can only buy two tickets at half price, as opposed to Nu metro where you could buy four. MJ feels cheated. Also - what happens to the four SK movie cards i have - do they become redundant?
Nu Metros PR people put the following poster up - it says ' Thankfully now you don't need a card when you go to the movies'. It sounds great for those who never had a card before, but I'm not feeling very selfless right now - i love pavilion. Oh well, it was good while it lasted. Now if only Musgrave had a decent halal place, then I wouldnt mind.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I just got a new baboon as a resident, and like most new acquisitions, I tried feeding it to my crocodile, but I think Mj might have spoilt his favourite pet, as the bloody reptile refuses to eat anything but swans and beavers. (A beaver is a terrible thing to waste) the investment of time brings me to today’s post – the current state of South Africa’s tertiary institutions.
As Universities start to resemble assembly lines more than institutes of higher education, we need to step back and contemplate on whether this initiative is beneficial to the country. While I cannot comment adequately on the Engineering department (suffice to say they’ve got their own shit to worry about with all the plagiarized theses and what not. And lets not forget the Commerce faculty and the hiccup they’ve had with the MBA accreditation)
The problem with reform in post apartheid South Africa is that you have to constantly be politically correct- but as laudable as that is – it will not help us gain a foothold in global academia – if I was to suggest a compulsory English Competency test, someone might say that I’m racist – but just as you can’t drive legally without a license, I believe that you shouldn’t be studying at a ENGLISH medium university without being able to understand English – and no – this is not a swipe at Black students only – but anyone whose English isn’t up to scratch (anon haters on QL’s blog included) Secondly – the structures are in place to help one if they need it (writing place, academic writing modules etc) but many people do not exploit them at all.
Students who enroll for a media degree, need to be told from day one that it will not guarantee them a job in the industry unless they willing to work hard and get experience. I feel it’s really easy to scrape a pass, most University students could (media studies) but it’s substantially harder to excel in it. Start freelancing, get involved in some internship programme, get down on your knees, write for magazines, newspapers whatever, and just build a portfolio so you have something to show prospective employers. You’re not just competing with other grads in your department, but also people from other institutes, and technikons. Oh yeah – stop dissing people who have diplomas – its this shitty ‘Indian mother’ mentality which tells us that degrees are worth more than diplomas – most people I know who have graduated with a diploma in advertising work better in industry than their degree counterparts.
I had a dream that I was dipping Marie biscuits in my tea. I think this is what it meant
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Has our inability to be self-reflective in some way prolonged a reformation that is so badly needed. I think about how we handled the cartoon crisis last year?
Do you blame the cartoonists for illustrating the Prophet (peace be upon him) based on how Muslims are viewed in modern times?
Someone remind me again, why were boycotting the Sunday Times? I remember when i was heading up the Media portfolio for SAHRO, last year, and the question of the boycott came about - and one gentleman stood up and said "The Sunday Times needs to be boycotted because its run by the Jews". No its not, i said - its run by a Black Empowerment group, and besides, they haven't showed the caricatures - M & G, and the Cape Argus did, and that too, it wasn't done out of solidarity with the Jyllands-Posten or anything - they were just reporting on a global event". I saw the cartoons. Yes, i was slightly offended by them (not to the extend of going pyro - does that make me less of a Muslim?), but the difference lay in my choice of wanting to see them or not - we have a choice - you can choose to see them or you can choose not to - either way, its not gonna go away. It'll be like what etv does in their Sunday News slot - if they show the score of the delayed soccer game, they warn the public and tell them to look away if they don't want to see the score.
Suits are rather impractical though - There are hardly any benefits for them, you cant play soccer while wearing them, forget about wearing a suit to a braai - all they are really good for is to make you feel more suave and upper class than you really are.