Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Distressing Indeed!

Just found this quote: "What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult." [Sigmund Freud] 'Nuff said!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kaena avatar

Oh, and the CGI of Avatar reminds me of Kaena. I suppose everything builds on what has gone before. Anyway, despite its borrnwings~ a bit of zen here, a splat of green movement there~ Avatar is big enough and complex enough to entertain n ponder on for many viewings.

Emerald avatar

The more I watch Avatar, the more I think of John Boorman's 'Emerald Forest'. Is that because of the ecological theme, the tribal theme, the Corporate Greed theme or because the central character falls in love with a girl and her exotic culture? Or all of these together? I haven't figured that one out yet.

Browser Wars (new edition) Opera alpha

The Browser Wars continue with Opera's "pre-alpha" release 10.5. Basically this a techie/geek release--not for real everyday use, not even really for testing--just to show off some new stuff; but it's FAST! Faster even than Google's Chrome. Because it's an unfinished release, pix are not fully rendered, but there's a gr8 r-click tool that enables you to open any open page in another browser of your choice [I've been wanting this feature to reappear since I first used it with Cyberdog back in 1986 or so]. If you're up for some fun, try it out. Available now (as they say) from Opera's site.

Janee Bennett

The New Beyonce?

Janee Bennett is a singer-cum-model-latest-image-on-the-scene from Manchester, UK. recently she's been getting some airplay and praise-song reviews in the urban/dance press. You can see what she looks like :-) but can she sing and dance? Yeah, she can sing but it's still a young voice to my ears, particularly since her music is grime. Can she be the new Beyonce? Can she sing RnB? Who cares? We've still got the old one! If she can grow into the new Janee that will probably do for the rest of us.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Exciting test match!

Well, I knew cricket could be exciting--even test matches--but I never realised a drawn test match could be exciting 8-] SA and England draw in Cape Town... and it was right down to the last ball! Good sport!

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swazi singing

Now, don't get me wrong but Swazi women have a way of singing that sounds like crying--a thin up-and-down-the-scale modulation-- that is very local; is it derived from traditional singing (traditional weddings, funerals, ceremonies and the like) or from church settings (especially those of Zion)? I don't know the answer to that one yet but it's certainly interesting.

Sakhile Live in Swaziland

https://www.mixcloud.com/ken-rowley/african-jazz-7-sakhile-live-in-swaziland-december-1987/ For me the best South African band of al...