Let There be Freeware: MindMaple

Let There be Freeware: MindMaple

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My love for freeware has led me to many places. I’ve been to the back-alleys of the internet, to where the juvenile garage-based programming companies advertise their freeware; to silicon valley’s finest and everywhere in between.  I was in mid-yawn when I came across MindMaple, a new company who shows promise of being the next big thing. They grabbed my attention right away with their well-designed website and powerful product.

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A Crash Course in South African History

A Crash Course in South African History

I have been watching a lot of videos on Crash Course World History and unfortunately their site has nothing on South Africa; a country with a history that was strongly influenced by trade and  was the first to implement a type of social engineering termed “Apartheid”. This system has been and still is a source of controversy in the South African society. It bred a plethora of social struggles among the different races and cultures and helped shape the country I am living in today. As I am a coloured person (mixed race), one can only understand the context of my life stories and viewpoint after understanding my country’s history and it’s impact on our lives. So here’s the just of it in about 10 minutes… Read more

The Silent Passenger

The Silent Passenger

It was in the passenger seat of my dad’s car, where I first thought of the analogy that could best describe how I had been living my life for the past three years. It was way too early on a Monday morning, still dark and damp from the previous night’s rain and I sat in silence while my heart raced with every questionable decision my dad made on the road. His car had been burgled a month ago and so the usual distraction of his car radio blaring classic eighties music wasn’t there any more to calm my neurosis. Read more

Why you should never apologise for being hilarious: The thin line between humour and offence

Why you should never apologise for being hilarious: The thin line between humour and offence

Anybody who has felt the scorch of a hurtful comment that was meant as a joke but cut too close to the bone, would probably agree with me when I say there is a thin line between humour and offence. Stand-up comedy usually takes lots of practice, preparation and editing but at times the performers still get it wrong and have to give awkward apologies or mock the audience for being over-sensitive. We all want to be funny, but there are no rules and guidelines to comedy, so it becomes a great source of controversy and conflict. Read more