Thursday, September 14, 2006

I've set up a photoblog called identify at http://identify.wordpress.com

Have a look, I'll be maintaining that far more than this! :)

Monday, August 07, 2006

At the Sunday Times Online for a week doing multimedia journalism. Check out NML RAW!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Create your own Pollock

Opinions are divided on whether Jackson Pollock's work is actually art or not. It depends a lot on your conception of art - must it have at least one ideal meaning? Or is art any creation at all that appeals to our senses in some way or another? Whatever your opinion, this site is an interesting way of spending two minutes trying to create a Pollock-like work of 'art'! Apologies for low image quality, for some reasons printscreening and pasting into Photoshop didn't work, so I had to take a photo of the screen with my cellphone :)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Breaking through

So around 5000 security guards from the SA Allied and Transport Workers’ Union (Satawu) decided to strike yesterday in Cape Town. Fine - it's their right. But evidently they were more than slightly peeved with the powers that be, and went around smashing shop and car windows, looting, harassing and even violently attacking. It seems the childhood mentality of throwing a temper tantrum when you don't get your way was the order of the day. The police, forced to use stun grenades and rubber bullets, arrested 40 people, including the Western Cape secretary of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), and Evan Abrahams, Western Cape secretary of Satawu. Great - that's not embarrasing - not one bit!

But there was one positive that came from all of this - Media24 Digital produced and published a video of the events... now while videos may be old-hat for international news sites, they are still very rare in the South African online news scene. At Grocott's Mail Online we use them in our special reports, but none of the bigger news websites uses videos at all. So, although Media24's video had no storytelling characteristics like narration, it is encouraging to see that at least some form of video was published. A step in the right direction? For sure - and it's long overdue!

Monday, May 15, 2006

So, Grahamstown, eh?

Was driving with a friend today and she did a u-turn in front of an oncoming car, causing it to brake quite heavily. I mumbled something in disapproval and she replied that "ag, it's Grahamstown, it doesn't matter."

Okay then.

Sure, this town is full of happy-go-lucky students and rests in a little valley somewhere in the middle of a wacky province in a wacky country (Zuma is once again deputy president of the ANC), but that doesn't mean we're excused from the basic norms and conventions of common sense.

In 'the real world', people who get drunk more than twice a week are seen as alcoholics. In Grahamstown, people who get drunk more than twice a week are seen as life- and fun-loving students just having a good time. Which I suppose is partially true, but my point is that being a student in Grahamstown seems to have become a valid excuse for almost anything one gets up to - and it shouldn't be.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Sanity expelled

Read this article

Some kids in the USA have been expelled for merely VIEWING a website -- from their own personal computers AT HOME!

This irks me. Who does the school think they are? The function of a school is to educate. What its learners do after hours should be of no concern to the school - unless, of course, what happens out of school hours brings the school's name into disrepute. And I firmly believe that VIEWING a website is hardly detrimental to a school's name. It could be argued that the guy who originated the hate-speech was indirectly bringing the school's name into disrepute - but for the 20 kids who just read what he wrote? Come on! Get real!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006



So today is local government election day across South Africa. We're out in full force covering the goings on. There've been no nasty incidents reported so far - let's hope it stays that way. This pic was taken at the public library in town (Grahamstown) - another citizen fulfiling their political and social obligation by casting their vote.

While many people spoken to are positive about the elections and their significane, many others have resigned themselves from the matter, concluding that no matter who they vote for, it won't make a difference. Sometimes one can't help blaming them, when one looks at issues like corruption, nepotism and a distinct lack of proper service delivery.


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