We all know that there are invisible, magical, ‘sciency’ signals being broadcasted through the air 24/7 that allow us to pick up things like television, radio and even cellphone calls… But what exactly are these signals and how do they work? What is all this talk about digital television and how will it affect our daily lives? I have attempted to answer all of these huge yet relevant questions and provide you with all the important information you should know as we join the international migration to digital TV.
I kid you not, as of this morning FIFA 16 is now available for download on the Origin website in three editions. Gamers and soccer enthusiasts everywhere rejoice! If you did not know yet (for example if you have been living under a rock… A bed-rock; because you’re primitive) FIFA is a sport simulation video game based on FIFA Soccer which is the world governing body of soccer. If you are reading this and thinking “oh, she means FIFA Football,” I apologise. I am South African and though we have adopted most of Britain’s English rules there are some things South Africans have decided we were better off without.
It is ridiculous how much free image editing software is out there. I suspect that there are still some undiscovered gems and look forward to using them one day but after testing nine programs this week I can confidently say I found two major stand-outs. I tested iPiccy, Picmonkey, Pixlr, Clipping Magic, Canva ,Fotor, Serif Draw Plus Starter, Smooth Draw and Sumo Paint.
The criteria for choosing these programs was heavily based on their number of features, good user interfaces, easy use, professional finish and functionality. They have yet to disappoint me and have even driven me to abandon my ancient Microsoft Photodraw (literally from my childhood and therefore I know it like the back of my hand) which I actually paid money for. The following programs are intended for complimentary use (I usually keep them open in separate tabs when I am working on something) and I don’t find their features to overlap so I feel they make the perfect couple!
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.
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
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
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