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Geek Culture

  • Shiba Inus borking at fidget spinners is YouTube’s next viral craze

    Although we've seen some pretty incredible things done with fidget spinners, some people still believe they're a waste of time, and potentially deadly. It seems that Banana, a lovable but derpy Shiba Inu has just joined the latter camp. A clip of the fluff ball and his human went viral this week after YouTube channel ShibeNation republished it. That version of the clip has over 730 000 views, and 21 000 likes. And it's easy to see why. Not sure whether to bork at it loudly or destroy it with his bare teeth, Banana has a mild internal conflict between his natural...

  • Zack Snyder steps down from Justice League after tragedy

    Director Zack Snyder has backed away from DC's Justice League as it enters its final stages of post-production to spend time with family. His wife, Deborah, a producer on the film, has also pulled out of the project. Tragedy struck the Snyder family in March when their daughter, 20-year-old Autumn, took her own life. The film took a two-week-long hiatus for the Snyders to mourn, but the director told The Hollywood Reporter that he initially wanted to keep working. "In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it," he said. But when...

  • That Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o heist film is happening

    A movie based on a tweet based on a Tumblr post has been bought at Cannes Film Festival, and it's the news 2017 needed. It all started in 2015, when Roxy Macdonald reblogged a Tumblr post of Lupita Nyong'o and Rihanna at a Miu Miu fashion event. http://elizabitchtaylor.tumblr.com/post/90856351997/they-look-like-theyre-in-a-heist-movie-with Two years later, Twitter user @1800SADGAl took up the concept and posted it to Twitter -- this time adding that the two look as if they don't just scam anyone, but rich white men to boot. Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans...

  • South Africa’s box office: Guardians of the Top Spot Vol. 3

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has held on to the coveted number one spot for its third week in a row, refusing to move an inch for newcomer Alien: Covenant. It's no surprise: Chris Pratt, baby Groot and some fun-loving superhero action is all South Africa needs to be sold, with warm reviews just the cherry on top. Alien never really stood a chance. But how did the other blockbusters fare this weekend? (19 to 21 May) Unsurprisingly, Alien, the biggest newcomer of the week, didn't even crack top three. Megahit Fast and Furious 8 has held on to second place for the third week in a row, after...

  • Last week in trailers: more like The ENOji Movie

    It's been three whole weeks since I've done a Last Week in Trailers, and I've missed plenty of important ones, but now is not the time to reminisce on what might have been. There is no time like the present. If we look back we are lost. It does not matter how slow we go so long as we do not stop. So here's what happened last week in the world of trailers. The Emoji Movie I could try to ease you in to the suffering that will occur with this trailer, but there is no trailer this week that is half...

  • Katy Perry’s ‘Backpack Kid’ swishes his way into SNL history

    Sit down, Katy Perry. Clearly the people came to see the Backpack Kid. Performing at SNL this past weekend, the pop star whipped out her latest and catchiest single of 2017 dubbed Swish Swish. And while her vocal performance was solid, there's one particular area in which she was upstaged. Ladies and gentlemen, @katyperry performing #SwishSwish live in Studio 8H! 🎶 https://t.co/opaqgz9jaF #SNLFinale pic.twitter.com/pyztFyOxka — Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) May 21, 2017 First spotted by Rihanna late last year, 15-year-old Russell Horning took to the stage at the end of the performance and "flossed" his way into SNL folklore. Now, it's not exactly unusual...

  • Renewed or cancelled: which of your favourite premiere shows are still alive?

    It takes courage to fall in love with a show as it makes its debut on TV. The world of television is fickle, and the Studio Gods are capable of culling without mercy. So if you went ahead and defiantly placed your heart in one of the 2016-2017 seasonal debuts anyway, you made an admirable choice. But was it worth it? Here's a list of shows that have been renewed or cancelled after just one season. Renewed 13 Reasons Why Netflix's 13 Reasons Why was never meant to have a second season. Based on the standalone book by Jay Asher, the show details...

  • This gorgeous novel was illustrated using good ol’ Microsoft Paint

    My proficiency in Microsoft Paint is unquestionable, especially when I whip out those uncanny two-dimensional stick figures. But while most of us might not use Windows' default drawing application for any serious Banksy-esque creations, this man did. Pat Hines has a decade's worth of experience using Microsoft's drawing app and put that expertise to good use in his graphic novel, Camp Redblood And The Essential Revenge. The novel is illustrated exclusively using Microsoft Paint. And at this point you're probably thinking "uncanny two-dimensional stick figures" again, but nope. Hines' work is laced with gorgeous shading, vibrant colours and faces purveying tangible emotion. Illustrated...

  • ShowMax and Polish mobile operator strike deal

    Three months after ShowMax announced that it will offer its service in Poland, the South African video streaming company is now partnering with one of the country's chief mobile operators. Play, the operator at the centre of the deal, will now offer ShowMax to its eight-million contract customers. Those with mid- to upper-tier contracts -- the majority -- will receive ShowMax services for free for 12 months. Those in the lower contract brackets will receive one month free. ShowMax will be free to Play's contract subscribers for 12 months "The level of interest in Showmax since our launch in Poland earlier this year...

  • Apple showcases Table Mountain, Muizenberg in iPhone 7 tutorial videos

    As smartphones become more complicated, manufacturers are finding novel ways to educate their consumers. Apple's new video campaign does just that, shedding light on some of the basic ways to shoot with an iPhone 7. But there's something particularly noticeable about some of these videos. Especially for South Africans. Available to view on Apple's official site and on YouTube, the video series showcases a few landmarks that Cape Town residents would instantly recognise. One is undeniably Table Mountain, looking across from Lion's Head. Another is of Muizenberg Beach's famous colourful changing huts. While those two are definitely filmed on South African soil, we...

  • Fidget spinners are surprisingly good guitar picks, viral video suggests

    South Africa hasn't yet been infected by the global fidget spinner craze. Although you can purchase the distraction device at a number of stores, I've yet to see humans in the country playing with one out on the street. But that doesn't mean they aren't any less cool. Of course, these gadgets have also been given a bad rap, and dubbed a fad by many. But some have clearly taken up the challenge to make the fidget spinner, developed in the 1990s by Catherine Hettinger, publicly acceptable. Yes, you can also use a fidget spinner for things that don't quite involve fidgeting Take...

  • #BowWowChallenge: you just can’t fool the internet, even if you’re Bow Wow

    Social media challenges are seemingly a genre of memes unto their own, but throw hip-hop artist Bow Wow into the mix, and you have yourself a viral fad. Posting a flashy Instagram snap to his timeline this week, the rapper whose real name is Shad Moss, seemingly lined up a charter flight on a jet, fit with Maybach in tow for a trip to New York. "Travel day. NYC press run for Growing Up Hip Hop. Lets gooo. I promise to bring yall the hottest show EVER," he writes on the post. But that was all just an illusion of reality. Travel day....

  • Michael Bay-like motorcycle explosion from China caught on tape, goes viral

    Usually its Russia that's on the receiving end of bad driving memes and videos, but last Saturday it was a Chinese motorcyclist who made all the wrong headlines. In Nanchang, China, a motorcyclist collided with a truck attempting to turn into a three-lane road. The bike, caught between the truck's cockpit and dump tray, then exploded, setting the motorcyclist on fire. It all looked a lot like a set-piece in a Michael Bay movie. A motorcyclist in China escaped with his life, and a few more Instagram views, after his fiery crash went viral Remarkably, the motorcyclist didn't sustain any "life-threatening injuries" after...

  • A tweet about chicken nuggets just broke Twitter’s all-time retweet record

    It's not often Twitter users see more than 1000 retweets for a single tweet, let alone 3.5-million, but that's what internet famous nugget-loving teenager Carter Wilkerson achieved this week. Ousting previous record holder Ellen DeGeneres for posting the most retweeted tweet of all time, Wilkerson has single-handedly turned the humble chicken nugget into a meme. HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3 — Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017 In total, his tweet now boasts over 3.5-million retweets, compared that 2014 Oscar selfie with 3.4-million retweets. While he's still nowhere near that 18-million retweet milestone Wendy's set for "a year of free...

  • Theewaterskloof Dam is now just 15% full, vlog captures its sickly shape

    Like Lion's Head at sunset or Camps Bay on a Saturday, Cape Town's largest dam, the Theewaterskloof, is seemingly the new hottest spot in the city for vloggers. We've covered a fair few vlogs and clips from YouTube and Instagram documenting the state of Cape Town's drought. And thanks to hot, dry weather we've been experiencing recent months, each video is seemingly more dire than the next. Self-proclaimed "wannabe vlogger" Adam Spires is the latest to take a walk alongside the dam, reminiscing with his viewers about his years spent jumping into its now mostly evaporated lake. The City of Cape Town...