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Geek Culture

  • #BlackCoffeeftYoza: Twitter user scores collab with Black Coffee

    Yesterday was Yoza Mnyanda's crown birthday and she decided to shoot her shot. Mnyanda -- a recent University of Cape Town film grad and aspiring cinematographer with the voice of an angel -- seized the day and tweeted South African DJ and producer Black Coffee, asking how many retweets she'd need for him to make a song with her. @RealBlackCoffee how many RT's do I need for you to make a song with me? It's also my birthday today. 😊👑🙂https://t.co/tRidKs3Ger — needacameraplzhelp (@YozaMnyanda) February 23, 2017 Attached was a performance she did last year for UCT's Live Room. Black Coffee was so impressed he...

  • Complaining about abusers at the Oscars won’t change anything [Opinion]

    I don’t remember a time the distinction between art and artist wasn't being argued. It’s a debate that seemingly has no end and it’s not because there’s no right answer. It’s because the ones with the power to end it don’t seem to care. The battle is one of ethics vs industry, and when it comes to money, industry always wins out. And this issue is all about money. Year after year, the Oscars honours artists who have been accused (and sometimes convicted) of heinous crimes. Woody Allen is a famous example. Even after being accused of sexually abusing his adoptive...

  • UP reimagines Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech as an adorable LEGO movie

    It's not easy to make something like the formulaic Budget Speech (however important it is) interesting for the average consumer. Sorry Pravin Gordhan. Mention something about "higher fuel costs" and some might pay attention, but can you remember the big numbers announced by Pravin Gordhan yesterday? The challenge to inject some fun into the speech and make it more relatable to the average citizen was taken up by University of Pretoria's GIBS Business School. Instead of simply narrating and explaining what the ten-figure digits mean using, you know... people, the school channelled its inner master builder. You know? Like the LEGO Movie? If...

  • Inventor of ‘On Fleek’ Peaches Monroee seeks royalties

    Vine user Peaches Monroee shot to fame with the vine that changed the course of the English language. If you've ever used the phrase "on fleek" you have her to thank for it -- and now she wants you to pay up. Monroee has set up a gofundme to raise money for a cosmetic and hair line she wishes to start. As a nursing student, she doesn't have the funds to get them going herself, and is asking for the money she "deserves" to make. "Everyone has used the phrase/word but I haven't received any money behind it or recognition," she writes. While it may seem...

  • Hlomela Bucwa, SA’s youngest parliamentarian, remembers ‘lost generation’ in fiery speech

    You might think South Africa's Parliament is filled with seasoned individuals who have sat through many a State of the Nation Address and Budget Speech, but it also plays host to parliamentarians like Hlomela Bucwa. At 24 Bucwa is the youngest member of the house, but you probably wouldn't have guessed on her confident, measured maiden speech given in Parliament yesterday. Representing the DA, she took to the podium to oppose NSFAS -- South Africa's student funding scheme -- and suggest a few alternatives of her own. Hlomela Bucwa is Parliament's youngest member at just 24-years-old Although many a parliament member might...

  • Here’s how to request TV shows, movies for Netflix [Update]

    Netflix is arguably the most popular subscription-based video streaming service around, owing to its substantial library and homegrown content. Not all locales are as well-stocked with content though, forcing many to use region-hopping services. But what if your desired content isn't on Netflix at all? You might not know this, but the streaming service actually has a page that lets you request movies and TV shows to be added to the platform. What happens after you've hit the "submit suggestion" button, then? "If you've already submitted a request for a title, you can sit back and relax -- we've received your feedback and there's...

  • South Africa’s box office chart: Fifty Shades Darker comes first yet again

    Sex sells and South Africans are totally buying. This past weekend saw Fifty Shades Darker hold strong in first place at the box office, suggesting that plot and character development are irrelevant when you can watch stock characters get kinky enough for middle-aged white women. So what does that mean for the other films this weekend (17 to 19 February 2017)? The Great Wall starring Matt Damon debuted at number two and proved my theory about plot. Matt Damon in armour and a pony tail is just kinky enough for middle-aged women to get behind. The Lego Batman Movie held its own in third place, as former champion of...

  • 9 animal livestreams too adorable not to bookmark

    We've all had those days. You wake up late, your toast is burnt, your boss is angry and two hours into the work day your anxiety is through the roof. Luckily for humankind, scientists have discovered a bad day antidote. No longer does a bad morning mean a bad afternoon. There exists on the internet multiple live streams of any kind of animal you fancy living its daily life and you can watch them whenever you want. Two minutes watching one of these, and your day is turned around. Here are my favourites. Keeping up with the Kattarshians These kittens live in a beautiful mini-house designed just...

  • Last week in trailers: sexy La La Land, funny Godzilla and sadly Adam Sandler

    "Why, oh, why is Adam Sandler still making movies?" and other questions in this week's trailer round up. Let's do this. Sandy Wexler Let's quickly rip off this plaster. Adam Sandler is starring in Netflix original Sandy Wexler.  Watching the trailer for the first time, I thought it was the biopic of a poor soul who worked his whole life only for Adam Sandler to cement his legacy. The reality is sadder: this is a fictional story about an annoying talent manager whom everyone hates, but seems to do well anyway. After only two minutes, I was ready to rip out my ear drums if it...

  • The Great Wall: Twitter mocks blockbuster with #ThankYouMattDamon

    The Great Wall, released in South African cinemas today, is yet another film dealing with the controversy that comes with casting a white actor in an ostensibly Asian role. This time, the story is of an elite force defending China along its famous border. The enemy? Dragons, of course. Annoyed audience members took to Twitter to criticise what was viewed as a narrative with a white saviour complex. With the help of #ThankYouMattDamon, users tweeted about everything Matt Damon has done for Asia. all of you asian kids who get red packets for lunar new year have matt damon to thank... he started the...

  • #HurtBae leaves South Africans deep in their feelings

    Forget #SaltBae and #ThePeoplesBae, South Africa has found a new bae to fawn over. In a YouTube video released by The Scene, two exes sit face-to-face to discuss why they broke up. Kourtney and Leonard dated while they were in college and throughout their relationship he slept with "countless" other women. In the video, they discuss how their romance blossomed and the break up that followed. Kourtney would go through his phone, questioning his conversations with other women. He admitted to his infidelity and promised he'd change. He didn't, and she eventually walked in on him and another woman. She said she still...

  • This video of Cape Town’s dams shows just how bad the water crisis really is

    Cape Town is running out of water, there's no denying that fact. This week, the City of Cape Town announced that dam levels are just over 35%, of which around 25% is usable. It sounds incredibly dire, and that's largely because it is. But words and numbers scantly do justice to the problem. Somerset West Drone pilot NicRed, noted this and took to the skies above four of the city's six largest dams -- Steenbras Upper, Voelvlei , the Berg River and Theewaterskloof -- to capture footage of the leaking water stores. "I have been collecting this footage over the last 20...

  • American Horror Story: Donald Trump is actually happening

    Gone are the days of mindless escapism. Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story, has revealed that the show's upcoming season seven will be based on last year's US Presidential election. "I don't have a title, but the season that we begin shooting in June will be about the election," Murphy confirmed on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday night. When asked if a Donald Trump-like figure would be a focus, the showrunner would not give a definite answer. "Uh, maybe," was all he would give fans. It was confirmed last month that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters would be returning to the hit...

  • ShowMax expands to Europe, with Poland its first destination

    Africa seems to be just a tad too small for growing South African streaming company ShowMax. The Naspers-owned video-on-demand company today announced that it has infiltrated Europe, with a new service launched in Poland. This is ShowMax's first big foray into Europe, after it initially offered Afrikaans channel KykNET to Europeans, North Americans, Australians, and New Zealanders. To be fair, though, ShowMax's Polish move is a substantial jump from its KykNET offering. "This is a big deal for us, especially coming just 18 months after we launched ShowMax," explains ShowMax head John Kotsaftis. "With more than seven million people paying for online...

  • Netflix knows what you did when your partner was away

    Valentine's Day is over and it's time to come clean. You spent the day spoiling your partner, but they deserve to know the truth. You cheated. I know it. You know it. Netflix knows it. You promised them you wouldn't watch that series without them, and then you went and did it anyway. At least you're not alone. Netflix has released a survey that compiles how often people cheat, why they cheat, and with which shows. If you're in Brazil and you haven't Netflix-cheated, then I have some bad news for you: your partner probably has. 58% of Brazilians surveyed reported that they had cheated...